Love And Meditation
Discourse: Prasanna Guru
If some of us have felt the essence of love, the difficultly arises in keeping the flame of love alive. The very moment one transfers the experience of love into words and memory, the mind takes over, only to end up in creating an unreal picture of love.
It is imperative to understand the fact that love can be felt only in the present. And all thoughts of love deny love and push the individual to ignorance so that one is in the unreal world of love.
The individual gets mired in the web of thoughts which is basically of attachment and dependency. The built-up thoughts about love which bring false happiness, inexorably give way to pain and suffering arising out of losing it. Only an individual who is integrated, harmonious and sensitive can keep the flame of love going. It becomes indispensable for the individual to stay rooted in the present, so as to be in the pool of love. And only an individual who is in love with himself can know the art of loving others.
After knowing that love blossoms and expresses itself in the present moment, the question of whether one is rooted in the present becomes inevitable. If one is in the present and in love with himself and others, then meditation does not mean anything to him.
If you feel that you are not in peace, harmony and in exuberance, then meditation is a tool that can bring you back to love and life. Meditation creates the space in you so that you can witness your own insensitivity and habits. This very seeing of your own insensitiveness opens the doors of sensitivity in you.
This sensitivity of seeing one's own shortcoming triggers the channel of intelligence. Seeing yourself and others without the interruption and interpretation of the mind, frees the mind so as to be active and alert. The natural flow of moving along with the life source makes you supple and receptive.
False images which were products of the mind break down in front of reality. As an individual you once again regain your original innocence of being with yourself and flowing with the present. This being in the present inexorably opens the doors of love which comes along with pure intelligence to face reality without remorse.
Meditation cleanses the dust of ignorance that accumulates over time. The more you use meditation to get back to your source, your inner Self, the more you become aware of your unconscious repressions which were hindering you from knowing your potential. Once the unconscious repressions are brought out and they pass through the channel of the conscious mind, you become free of bondages. Without this release, any attempt to love yourself and others becomes an exercise in futility.
Meditation bridges the conscious and unconscious, helping the individual to set himself free from his own bondage. And only the one who has freed himself from the fetters of mind can come back to his natural state – which is love itself. Only a loving person can be with reality and face it intelligently. Meditation becomes the tool which takes the individual to merge with the very ocean of love which is in one.
Ultimately the individual comes to face the truth that meditation is in love personified.
The writer is founder, Nishane School of Spiritual Sciences & Prasannaashrama, Bangalore. www.nishaneschool.com