LOVE IS GOD, GOD IS LOVE, LIVE IN
God is love
and love is God. When you hold on to this principle of love
and develop love to love relationship, you will attain the
state of non-dualism. (Telugu
You have come here with a lot of expectation to take part
in the conference. Though your stay at Prasanthi Nilayam is
short, your experiences are profound and you have described
them at length in your speeches. However, you deserve much
The day on which all the devotees gather and sing
the glory of God melodiously; the day on which the sufferings
of the poor are lovingly removed and all people live like
brothers and sisters; the day on which groups of Dasas (servants
of God) who constantly contemplate on God are served a sumptuous
feast; the day on which noble souls visit us and narrate the
stories of God lovingly; enjoy that day as the real day. All
other days are mere death anniversaries. Do I need to say
more, oh noble souls! (Telugu
Embodiments of Love!
In this conference, you have dealt at length on various aspects
such as the duties and responsibilities of youth and how they
should mould their character. Let all your activities be suffused
with love. Modern youth fail to understand the true meaning
of love. Love cannot exist if there is a feeling of duality.
Ekatma Prema (non-dual
love) is true love. Give and take relationship does not reflect
the true spirit of love. One should keep giving and giving,
without expecting anything in return. That is true love.
To retreat in times of difficulty is the sign of selfish love.
Yathartha Prema (true love) will
reign supreme only when you give up Swartha
(selfishness) and strive for Parartha
(welfare of others). You should know the difference between
Padartha (matter) and Yathartha
(reality). Reality transcends matter. Sarvam
Khalvidam Brahma (verily all this is Brahman). Consider
everything as divine and treat the dualities of life such
as pain and pleasure, loss and gain with equanimity. Sukhadukhe
Samekruthwa Labhalabhau Jayajayau (one should remain
unaffected by happiness and sorrow, gain and loss, victory
and defeat). Never be carried away by the vagaries of the
mind. When you follow the mind, you see only matter, but not
the reality. Mind is related to matter. You should not have
anything to do with matter. When you associate yourself with
the mind, you can never visualise unity. You cannot develop
true love and devotion unless you give up duality.
Embodiments of Love!
Understand that the same principle of love exists in you and
others. A true devotee is one who understands the principle
of unity and acts accordingly. Non-dualism is true
devotion. Share your love with others without any
expectation. Love everybody only for the sake of love. When
you extend your love to others’, you can attain the
state of non-dualism. The love that you experience at physical
and worldly plane day in and day out is not true love at all!
True love is that which is focused on one form, one path and
one goal. It is a great mistake to divide love and divert
it in different directions. Love
is God. God is love. Live in love. Only then
can you realise the principle of oneness and attain fulfilment
in life. Prema Muditha Manase Kaho Rama
Rama Ram… (Sing the sweet name of Rama with your
heart filled with love). You may choose any name you like,
but you should call Him with all love. Love is most sacred,
sweet and non-dual. It is a great mistake to divide such love
and associate it with multiplicity. Your love should remain
steady in pleasure and pain. Love and devotion do not give
any scope for differences. All differences are the making
of your mind. Develop the feeling of oneness that you and
I are one. Never think that you and I are different. That
is the sign of true devotion.
The letter ‘I’ stands for oneness. ‘You’
(individual identity) will not exist when you develop purity
and experience oneness with divinity. Hence, give up dualistic
feeling. The principle of oneness has to be experienced through
love. It cannot be explained in words. But you have not understood
the true meaning of love. You are interpreting it in the physical
and worldly sense. Consequently, your love is never steady.
It keeps changing every now and then. Love should not be tainted
with body attachment. Body is made up of matter. All that
is related to matter will never give you peace and happiness.
Hence, transcend the matter and see the reality. Develop Ekatma
Bhava (feeling of oneness). All
are one, be alike to everyone. It is a big
mistake to attribute worldly feelings to love. There is no
scope for dualism in love.
Embodiments of Love!
Your names and forms are different but the principle of love
is the same in all of you. That is why I address you as the
“embodiments of love”. Love is always one, it
should not be divided. Consider God as one and love Him wholeheartedly.
Such one-pointed love towards God can be termed as true devotion.
Devotees like Jayadeva, Gauranga and Eknath developed such
divine love and sanctified their lives. Likewise, Mira and
Sakhubai had unwavering love and devotion towards God. They
did not worship various names and forms. They followed one
path. They installed one name and one form in their heart
and contemplated on their chosen deity incessantly. Those
who are dual-minded and change their path every now and then
are bound to ruin their lives. Hence, never be dual-minded.
Experience divinity with Ekatma Bhava.
You may choose any name you like Rama, Krishna, Easwara, etc.,
and contemplate on the form. You will certainly reach the
goal of life. Lead your life with your mind always focused
on the goal.
Once Radha could not find Krishna anywhere. As she was deeply
attached to Krishna’s physical form, she went in search
of Him everywhere. She always yearned and pined for His physical
proximity. The name and the form are one and the same. However,
people are unable to enquire deeply and experience such oneness.
The power of love is unparalleled. It is beyond the ken of
human understanding. Love can be understood only through love.
Mira’s husband Rana had built a Mandir for Krishna.
Being a great devotee of the Lord, Mira was always found in
the Mandir singing His glory ecstatically. Consequently, she
earned the wrath of Rana. He commanded her to leave the Mandir.
This came as a great shock to Mira. She thought to herself,
“When Krishna is all-pervasive and not confined to this
Mandir alone, how can Rana take me away from Him?” She
left her home and hearth and set out to Mathura. Where is
Mathura? It is not some geographical location. The heart suffused
with nectarine love is Mathura. She sang, Chalo
Re Man Ganga Yamuna Teer (Oh mind! Go to the confluence
of Ganga and Yamuna). Here Ganga and Yamuna symbolically mean
Ida and Pingala
(left and right nostrils). The central part of the eyebrows
where Ida and Pingala
meet stands for Mathura. This is the esoteric meaning of the
song. She proceeded towards Mathura chanting the Name of Krishna
incessantly crossing rivers, hills, dales and forests. When
she ultimately reached Brindavan, she found the temple doors
closed. In spite of her repeated prayers, the doors did not
open. Then she said, “Oh Krishna, my heart is Your temple.
I have installed You in the altar of my heart.” She
banged her head against the temple door, calling out to Krishna.
She had the vision of Krishna and merged in Him. King Rana
repented for having driven away Mira from the temple. He prayed
to Krishna for forgiveness.
People these days do not enquire into the inner meaning of
certain words they use. They are carried away by the worldly
meanings and interpretations. You should take into consideration
the feelings that emerge from your heart which is true and
eternal. This is how Mira experienced oneness with Krishna.
If one wishes to tread the path of devotion, one should hold
on to the principle of love firmly. Ordinary mortals do not
have such firm determination, but a true devotee will never
deviate from the path of love under any circumstances. No
other path except love can take us to God. Develop love more
and more. Wherever you are, love is your sole refuge.
Embodiments of Love!
Fill your hearts with love and let love be the guiding principle
in all your activities when you return home. When you have
love in your heart, you do not need to worry about anything.
God will always be with you, in you, around you and will look
after you in all respects. When you say, “Krishna, I
will follow You.” It means that Krishna is separate
from you. It is possible that you will lose your way. Hence,
you should pray, “Krishna, please be with me always.”
In fact, He is always in you. When you enquire deeply, you
will experience this truth. It is impossible to be away from
Him. Many devotees proclaim, “Oh God, I am in you, I
am with you and I am for you.” They repeat these words
like parrots, but do not say from the depths of their heart.
Actually, God is never separate from you. Pray to
Him wholeheartedly with the conviction that He is always in
you, with you, above you, below you and around you. When you
offer such a prayer to God, He will certainly redeem your
We have one more day left. I will explain all these in detail
so that you will understand them better. Do not feel satisfied
with what you have experienced so far. There is much more
to be experienced which will fill your heart with bliss. How
can you say that your hunger is satisfied by eating a little?
There is a lot of scope for you to experience divinity in
full measure in the days to come.