THE LIFE AND MESSAGE OF SWAMI AMAR JYOTI
Human evolution and upliftment of consciousness do not come about through cultural or technological advance, but more by the blessing of spiritual unfoldment. In this sacred process, the Master-disciple relationship is paramount, so much so that it is known as the highest of all relationships on earth.
SATSANG OF SWAMI AMAR JYOTI
OPENING TO DIVINE LOVE
by Swami Amar Jyoti
In Sanskrit, the highest love is described as two stages or expressions. One is subjective love and devotion, called bhakti or prem. But there is a higher love that comes with Vedantic realization called para prem or para bhakti. Bhakti is a subject-object relationship: love and devotion to your chosen aspect of God or your Guru. Para bhakti is direct touch, oneness. Para bhakti comes only in very advanced stages. There you communicate directly rather than through any feeling or separation. When you attain that Vedantic love you are on the fifth chakra. That is very high. Until we reach bhakti or para bhakti, we will always be hungry after love. Many attributes have been given to bhakti, but one of them is that it ends in pain. Because subjective love has the fear of separation underneath, that pathos remains. But in para bhakti there is no pain, there is only joy.
Direct love is its own surety. There is no fear or feeling—What if I lose this? What if I don’t get the love I want in exchange? Para bhakti automatically invokes wisdom in you. You may not look wise—you may look a simpleton to some people—but inside you know. Direct love is a stage by itself. There love begets love. Pain, fear and insecurity are on a human level of relative separation. Vedantic love never puts you in bondage, whereas mundane love will always leave you insecure, and I would say also selfish. It demands in return. Para bhakti never demands. It is fulfilling by itself. You embody love, such that you are unaware you are loving, just as the sun is not aware of giving sunshine. Love is your soul’s intrinsic nature.
Read full Satsang in the Spring/Summer 2022 issue of Light of Consciousness or order MP3 or CD here.
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