THE FLOWER OF FLOWERS

June 21, 2013 Comments Off on THE FLOWER OF FLOWERS

 

Divine love (or prema) is the flower of flowers. It is the rarest of all flowers and it is cultivated in the hearts of all devotees. Prema or bhakti is intense love, or the highest form of devotion to God. It is supreme attachment to the lotus feet of the Lord. It springs from the bottom of the devotee’s heart. In it there is no effort – there is only genuine, natural, spontaneous longing to meet God.

Just as a fish cannot live without water, just as the sunflower cannot live without the sun, just as the chaste wife cannot live without her husband, so also a true devotee cannot live without God even for a moment.

Bhakti or prema is of the nature of nectar. It gives freedom to the devotee and makes him perfectly and fully satisfied. It takes him to the feet of the Lord.

There are three things which are indeed rare and are due to the grace of the Lord. They are human birth, the longing for liberation and the protecting care of a perfected sage.

The man who, having by virtuous actions in previous births, obtained a human birth and a good intellect, is foolish indeed not to exert for Self-realisation. He verily commits suicide, for he kills himself by clinging to things unreal.

There is no hope of immortality by means of riches. Such indeed is the emphatic declaration of the srutis (scriptures). The scriptures declare: “Na karmana na prajaya dhanena tyagenaike amrtatva masasuh” – “neither by rituals, nor by progeny, nor by riches, but by renunciation alone can one attain immortality.”

Mere giving up of objects will not constitute real renunciation. Dear friends, remember this point well. Real tyaga (renunciation) consists in renouncing egoism, ‘mine’-ness, selfishness, anger, pride, desires and cravings.

People despise this Kali Yuga. This is a mistake, for in Kali Yuga you can attain God-realisation easily; you do not have to do hard tapas (austerities). Merely singing the names of the Lord and by his constant remembrance will you attain God-realisation. Wherever there are satsanga (holy company), kirtan (chanting), svadhyaya (study of scriptures), bhaktas, swamis and yogis – there is Satya Yuga (golden age). In all ashrams and holy places Satya Yuga prevails. Kali cannot enter here.  – Swami Sivananda

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