‘प्रेम’ करो – ‘रब’ से, ‘सब’ से, ‘अपने आप’ से …’

Swamiji said…

” ‘एक ‘सच्चा संत’, एक आध्यात्मिक गुरू अपने शिष्यों को, अपने भक्तों को सौ मांओं का प्यार देते हैं।’ The pure, divine love that an enlightened, self realised ‘guru’ bears for His devotees is equivalent to the love of a hundred mothers…and love is all that ‘He’ expects from His devotees in return. One of the most wondrous gifts that God has blessed us with is ‘love’ ; an emotion as divine and beautiful as ‘He’ Himself is! ‘He’ loves each one of us, unconditionally; and it is this feeling of ‘love’ within us, which vividly expresses ‘His’ presence in us, that ‘He’ wants us to relate with; and ‘give’ to others in abundance, with generosity and in a large measure.”

” प्यार की भाषा तो हर कोई समझता है ! The language of love is universal, for the emotion of love is the easiest to convey. A smile, a kind act, a helping hand; all these gestures are small acts of love which bring happiness to all. Consider, on the contrary, how difficult it is to convey hate. It entails harbouring harsh thoughts, being violent. It is God’s and Nature’s wish that we all love one another.”

” Neither is the heart nor the ‘atman’ an arid desert which allows only dry, thorny cacti and bushes to exist on its hard, cracked surface; but rather both, the heart and ‘atman’ are akin to fertile lands on which flowers of ‘प्रेम’, ‘स्नेह’, love and affection can blossom, and , should be grown aplenty. And, when love is inherently present in us, why shouldn’t we shower it on God, others, and ourselves joyfully and happily? After all, we can give something to others, only when we have it in us, and, are in possession of it. So, the best is to ‘give’ and ‘share’ love with others as it makes us magnanimous and generous; caring, compassionate and teaches us to rejoice in the act of doing something selflessly for the good of others.”

“A life devoid of this warm feeling of love would be worthless and colourless. Love that suffuses us, exhilarates us and brings a look of utter joy on our face, on receiving love from our family members; pure happiness in our eyes while giving love to our friends, and , experiencing soul-stirring bliss while expressing divine love for God or ‘Guru’. Love is perennial. It increases exponentially as we spread it among others.The more one gives and spreads it, the more one receives and benefits by doing so.”

” Intense and deep devotion…‘Bhakti’ is nothing but love for the Supreme Soul, the परमात्मा | We must strive to cultivate this love in our hearts for God and express our adoration and affection for ‘Him’ while worshipping Him. It is only when we love God that we also truly begin to appreciate His creation; the world around us. Do we truly understand what it is that God would like to receive from us? ‘He’ is certainly not looking for donations and expensive offerings from us, which at times, we offer to Him in the form of a bribe for answering our prayers. All that our Master, our Sustainer and Nourisher needs from us is pure love and devotion…’Aur ‘Ishwar’ se apaar prem karne mein jo anand milta hai, uss mein divyata hoti hai !’ When love for God lights up our body, mind and soul, we are energised to endlessly keep repeating ‘His’ name and singing ‘His’ glory. Can we forget the unwavering love that a young child like ‘Prahlad’ bore in his being for Lord Vishnu ? We are here because of ‘His’ will alone, as ‘He’ infused life into us, as and when, He wanted to! Isn’t this a good enough reason to love ‘Him’, thank ‘Him’…’शुक्रिया अदा करने के लिए, हमें मनुश्य योनि में जन्म देने के लिए’ and to make the most of every moment of this lifetime and finally exit this world with gratitude and love for Him, as the spark of life in us, too, will be extinguished by Him at ‘His’ will.”

“Once, we succeed in realising God’s presence in us, we understand that the same light of divinity is inherently present in others too, and , accept them and love them for what they are as … ‘हम सब उस नीली छत्रीवाले के ही बच्चे हैं!’ Colour, class, religion or race should not be allowed an inch to blur our already clouded vision which could bring an abrupt end to our emotions of love for others. Rather, differences that exist between us, should be embraced without any hesitation. Unfortunately, at times, the love that we had for our elders and parents, when they were younger, begins to recede as they age and become dependent on us. We should draw strength from the rare and exemplary love that ‘Shravan Kumar’ nurtured for his visually impaired parents till the last breath of his life…loving, serving and respecting them till he met his fateful end ; and emulate the love that he always had for his parents.”

” Does not a painter seek appreciation for his work, his paintings? Does not a singer seek appreciation for his songs?
Similarly, would God who created this world not want us to appreciate it? Would ‘He’ not want us to be kind to the world we live in? We are all but guests in this world. And just like a lodge’s owner likes only well behaved guests, so does God like those who spread love in this world that has been lovingly created by Him.”

” And finally us! When God loves us, accepts us the way we are, with our shortcomings and imperfections, why do we not love ourselves! While it is important to be self-critical and seek personal improvement; we must not lose the knack for appreciating ourselves. It is said that God made us in his own image. We are all God’s children. But, then, we often question – How is it possible that we are not as gifted and capable as we desire to be? We must learn to have a positive opinion of ourselves, but, not be blind to our weaknesses, at the same time. What we call flaws in us are certain abilities and strengths that God believed were not needed by us for our journey in a particular lifetime. It is our duty to embrace, unquestioningly, all that God has endowed us with. It is only by loving ourselves that we will learn to understand our strengths and move forward in life.”

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  1. Thank You Swamiji for making us learn / understand some very important aspects of life…
    Om Shri Swamiji Ajaye Gurudevaye Namah 🙏🙏🙏💐💐💐

  2. Swamiji was so selfless in his views and action. What a wonderful person.
    We are so blessed to have known him. He will ever be missed.

  3. Love God. Then see Him in all creation. Love that creation as it’s His reflection only.
    Love yourself as you are also part of same creation that is part of God.
    Ultimately , be alike to everyone as everyone is He only.
    This teaching of Swamiji “love love love” is the solution to all our ills.
    Jai Gurudev 🙏

  4. Om Gurudevo Namaha,
    Such an enlightening message and powerful words.
    Love is the most powerful force in the universe. Love is the only way of fulfilling a relationship. Without love, relationships cannot exist and without relationship, there is no need for love. For love to change the world, three relationships are necessary:
    Tthe most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.
    Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’
    The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’
    God’s plan is to change the world in which we live. Not through exercising his power, not by commanding us to live better lives, not through fear of punishment but by using his love, enabling us to love him, to love ourselves and to love those around us.
    God in three persons (the trinity) loves himself out of relationship.
    He loves us out of relationship (he created us).
    We can love him too out of relationship.
    This relationship enables us to love ourselves.
    We love those around us out of relationship.
    Loving God
    God is love. His nature is love.

    For God so loved the world
    that he gave his one and only Son,
    that whoever believes in him
    shall not perish but have eternal life.
    (John 3:16 NIV)

    The whole thing starts with God loving his creation and making it possible for us to love him. Loving God “with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength”.

    Loving myself
    When I was a child, I was told, “God first, then others, then myself”. But this is not what Jesus said. He said that we should love God first so that we can love ourself, and then love others. If we miss out loving ourselves we cannot really love God or those around us.

    It is quite natural for me to love myself. We cherish our own bodies and protect ourselves from those who would hurt us. But as a child of God, that appreciation for myself takes on new meaning when I begin to love God and seek the good of those I come into contact with from day to day.

    The relationship between God the Father, the Son (Jesus) and the Holy Spirit is pure love. Does God expect anything of us that is not true of Him? God is love and loves his creation AS HIMSELF. So we too can love ourselves and then love others.
    Loving my neighbour
    We do not love our neighbour to be obedient to a command. Loving other people is not just about actions – but about relationship. Jesus told a story when he was asked, “Who is my neighbour?”
    Our neighbour is anybody we come across or interact with as we live our lives. It could be:
    A driver who ‘cuts us up’ on the road.
    Our boss or workmate,
    The person on the other end of the ‘phone.
    The old lady living next door.
    The homeless man, lying in the shop doorway.
    The Samaritan who helped the man who had been robbed didn’t think, “Now then I must help this man because God has commanded me to love him”. He put himself in the other man’s shoes and his heart went out to him and he had to do whatever he could to help. “If this was me lying there, I would hope that someone would come along to aid me in my distress.
    Although there was no pre-existing relationship between the two men, a relationship was created once the Samaritan man put himself in the shoes of the other person (empathy). Although love involved actions, his first response was out of relationship.
    The thought “If that were me” showed that he also valued (loved) himself. That was why Jesus said “Love your neighbour as yourself “. If he had low self-worth he could not have empathised with (loved) the other man.
    Summary
    It’s all about love. It is God’s way, it is his nature and we are included in that love. And love can change everything, as we respond to his love, learn to love him, learn to love ourselves better and begin to love everyone we come in contact with. I am not saying that without God we cannot care about other people. I can only speak for myself:

    “Without a deep knowledge of God’s love for me, my love for myself would be restricted and my love for others would be limited to my family and friends. As I learn to love God my self-worth is increased and I can begin to empathise with strangers and to show something of his great love for them”
    Jai Gurudevo Namaha

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