Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Love of God - Experience It Now!

When I was young and prior to joining this Movement, I had always been taught one either can not experience love of God now and will have to wait until they die, or at best you may get some experience but probably not until you're an old lady/man and even then, don't count on it. Needless to say, this was not very inspiring. 

When I discovered yoga meant to link up, create unity with God, I was drawn to it. When I discovered Bhakti Yoga, I was hooked. :)

Of course, there is a tender balance, as we do not want to become Sahajiya's. But we don't have to and can still reap Divine love. 

Prabhupada tells the rest:

"So to develop attraction for Krishna is not difficult, you simply have to hear about Krishna, his activities, his name, his form and his teaching in Bhagavad-gita. Naturally you will develop love for Krishna, because we are all part and parcel of Krishna. " ~ SP letter to Bhakta Stephen Knapp, Bombay, Dec 18, 75
 [Isn't He cute? ........ You just experienced a bit of love of God. Don't discredit it, keep working it - fun!] 


“Krishna Consciousness is the development of love of Krishna – a position transcendental even to material liberation.” B.Gita 6.30. P

I have got so many students, so many letters, how they are feeling directly. It is so nice. Pratyaksavagamam dharmyam su-sukham kartum avyayam. And very nice to perform. Chant and dance and eat. What do you want more? (laughter). Simply chanting, dancing, and eating nice sweetballs, kachori. So su-sukham and kartum avyayam."   SP lecture & Initiation, Seattle, Oct 20, 68


“One cannot attain love of Godhead by executing karma-kanda or jnana-kanda. But by dedicating ones karma, or fruitive activities, to the Supreme Lord, one may be relieved from the polluted mind, and becoming free from mental pollution helps elevate one to the spiritual platform. Then, however, one needs the association of a pure devotee.” Madhya 9. 263

Those who have developed love of God, oh, they are enjoying the transcendental pleasure in every moment by seeing the artistic work of Krsna. So that is the position of a devotee.
So we request everyone to become devotee and Krsna conscious so that you will find everywhere the artistic work of Krsna, everywhere. Sarvatra sphuraya tara ista-deva-murti, sthavara-jangama dekhe na dekhe tara murti. Just like if you are drinking water... These things are very nicely described in the Bhagavad-gita." ~ Prabhupada lecture at Art Gallery, April 26, 1972


When a living entity comes in contact with the material creation, his eternal love for Krsna is transformed into lust, in association with the mode of passion. Or, in other words, the sense of love of God becomes transformed into lust, as milk in contact with sour tamarind is transformed into yogurt. Then again, when lust is unsatisfied, it turns into wrath; wrath is transformed into illusion, and illusion continues the material existence. Therefore, lust is the greatest enemy of the living entity, and it is lust only which induces the pure living entity to remain entangled in the material world. Wrath is the manifestation of the mode of ignorance; these modes exhibit themselves as wrath and other corollaries. If, therefore, the mode of passion, instead of being degraded into the mode of ignorance, is elevated to the mode of goodness by the prescribed method of living and acting, then one can be saved from the degradation of wrath by spiritual attachment.” B.Gita 3. 37

“The sixth Sandarbha is called Priti-sandarbha, a thesis on love of Godhead. Here it is stated that through love of Godhead, one becomes perfectly liberated and attains the highest goal of life

A distinction is made between the liberated condition of a personalist and that of an impersonalist, and there is a discussion of liberation during one's lifetime as distinguished from liberation from material bondage. 

Of all kinds of liberation, liberation in loving service to the Lord is described as the most exalted, and meeting the Supreme Personality of Godhead face to face is shown to be the highest perfection of life. 

Immediate liberation is contrasted with liberation by a gradual process. Both realization of Brahman and meeting with the Supreme Personality of Godhead are described as liberation within one's lifetime, but meeting with the Supreme Personality of Godhead, both internally and externally, is shown to be superexcellent, above the transcendental realization of the Brahman effulgence

There is a comparative study of liberation as salokya, samipya and sarupya. Samipya is better than salokya. Devotional service is considered to be liberation with greater facilities, and there is a discussion of how to obtain it. 

There are also discussions of the transcendental state one achieves after attaining the devotional platform, which is the exact position of love of Godhead; the marginal symptoms of transcendental love, and how it is awakened; the distinction between so-called love and transcendental love on the platform of love of Godhead; and different types of humors and mellows enjoyed in relishing the lusty affairs of the gopis, which are different from mundane affairs, which in turn are symbolical representations of pure love for Krsna. 

There are also discussions of bhakti mixed with philosophical speculation, the superexcellence of the love of the gopis, the difference between opulent devotional service and loving devotional service, the exalted position of the residents of Gokula, the progressively exalted position of the friends of Krsna, the gopas and the gopis in parental love with Krsna, and finally the superexcellence of the love of the gopis and that of Srimati Radharani. 

There is also a discussion of how spiritual feelings can be present when one simply imitates them and of how such mellows are far superior to the ordinary mellows of mundane love, and there are descriptions of different ecstasies, the awakening of ecstasy, transcendental qualities, the distinction of dhirodatta, the utmost attractiveness of conjugal love, the ecstatic features, the permanent ecstatic features, the mellows divided in five transcendental features of direct loving service, and indirect loving service, considered in seven divisions.  

Finally there is a discussion of overlapping of different rasas, and there are discussions of santa (neutrality), servitorship, taking shelter, parental love, conjugal love, direct transcendental enjoyment and enjoyment in separation, previous attraction and the glories of Srimati Radharani." ~ Madya lila 1.43 P 


“If we have a strong sense of love for the Supreme Lord, then we can discharge our duty and at the same time remember Him. But we have to develop that sense of love.” ~ BG Intro

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