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Known & Unknown Love

From: "Karma Rasa" To: AM-GLOBAL Subject: Known & Unknown Love Date: Sat 06 Feb 2010 13:24:09 +0000 Baba "Vinati ja'i kare tava caran' dhare..." (P.S. 3687) Purport: Baba with folded hands I go on requesting You again and again holding Your lotus feet that: Please come to my home. Please grace me again and again. Baba, You have countless abodes to go visit or stay that may be according to Your liking; even then You should not forget that this little hut of mine is Your creation. Baba I always dance in Your rhythm and sing in Your melody, in Your tune. I feel that You are the tune, melody, and lyrics-- everything. I play Your viina. I am Yours, and everyone is Yours. Your divine play is our world. What way You play Your liila, that is my entire existence. I am always ensconced in Your ideation, in Your dhyan. I always speak and sing Your ideology, Your tales, Your teachings. I move accordingly by Your grace. Baba, when You play Your flute, with that attraction You pull me close to You. And that is my vital energy for forward movement. Baba You are the base of everything. You are the quintessence. Your glory is unfathomable which cannot be expressed. You are everyone's soul-- everyone's heart. Baba with my folded hands I do sastaunga pranam that You please come to my little hut. Please grace me...
Namaskar, Some people may think that only tried and true bhaktas have love for Parama Purusa - but it is not like that. According to Baba, everyone has love for Parama Purusa - only some realise it and some not. Those who realise their longing for the Divine chase after Him; those who don't realise it chase after mundane allurements in hopes of satisfying their unknown urge for the Divine.
For our own knowledge and awareness as well as for AM pracara activities, we should actively understand the difference - as well as the relationship - between a'sakti (mundane attraction) and bhakti (divine love). By this way, we can help others steer their course towards the Supreme, by His grace. Because ultimately, all are seeking Him.
In clear language, Baba lays down the difference between a'sakti and bhakti. Baba says, "In philosophical terms the attraction for finite objects is called a'sakti and the attraction for the infinite is bhakti." (SS-1) Baba says, "Your attraction to the Supreme is called devotion [bhakti], whereas attraction to any finite objectivity is called a'sakti. Attraction to friends is a'sakti, attraction to God is bhakti. In the case of a'sakti the object is limited, in the case of bhakti it is unlimited." (SS-24) Running after the mundane or limited is a'sakti and running after the Divine is bhakti. But even then there is a link between the two as Baba Himself says that a'sakti is nothing but misplaced or misdirected devotion. Please continue reading.
Here Baba points out how all have love for Him - all long for Parama Purusa. Baba says, "Knowingly or unknowingly everyone is moving around Him. Everyone is bound to move, otherwise they will lose their permanent shelter, they will dissociate from their permanent nucleus. This movement is a natural propensity born out of love for Parama Purus'a. Love for the Supreme is a natural propensity." (NKS) So even those on the path of a'sakti, i.e. those running after mundane allurements, have an inner hidden urge for Him. Some may have trouble believing how this is so - but by the following analogy it will all become quite clear.
We all know that babies are prone to putting all kinds of things in their mouth: dirt, stones, pens, plastic, etc. Whatever they can get their hands on, they will stick in their mouth. Is it because they like that object? No. It is because they are in search of something. They are in search of food. And the proof is that when the baby chews on that paper it will cry, spit out the paper, and throw it away. Only when it gets food will it be satisfied. Naive people may think the the baby likes to eat pens and shoelaces etc, as again it will reach for one of those things, but that is of course not true. When that baby does get some proper food, then it will not grab after all those other things - then it will not try and put plastic and paper into its mouth. Here the whole point is that the baby wants food but due to its own unawareness it puts so many other things in its mouth. Similarly, all jiivas desire Parama Purusa. He is the desired Entity of everyone. But those who do not realise that they desire Him try to satisfy their longing with so many mundane things. They may chase after the opposite sex, or money, or name and fame, or so many things - all in hopes of satisfying their innate yet unknown longing for Parama Purusa. Invariably, a person tires of those worldly things - or even suffers backlash from them. Their wife may beat them; their job may make them stressed out; liquor and drugs will make them sick. All kinds of adverse reactions will happen, sooner or later. And in due course- either in this life or the next - they are bound to understand those mundane things cannot permanently satisfy their inner quench for the Supreme. Then they will come more directly onto the path of devotion. Till that time, they will continue to struggle with a'sakti, wrongly thinking that this is where their happiness lies.
Here is another of Baba's divine teachings that guides us how everyone is in search of the Divine and it is only the Divine that can satisfy that the unlimited desires of the jiivatma.
2-5. Tasminnupalabdhe parama' trs'n'a'nivrttih.
Purport: There is in the living being a thirst for limitlessness. It is not possible for limited objects to quench one’s thirst. Brahma is the only limitless entity, and so establishment in Brahma’s bearing alone puts an end to all thirsts or cravings. (A'nanda Sutram) Those on the path of a'sakti may get temporary pleasure from crude allurements like the opposite sex and shiny cars etc, but such mundane allurements cannot satisfy them for long. Soon again, they will be on the lookout for something else to satisfy them. Until, by His grace, they come onto the path of bhakti and attain Him. Then their desire for the limitless will be satisfied. All along however, it is their desire and love for the Supreme that keeps them in the hunt. If they really only wanted a sports car then that sports car would satisfy them forever and ever. But that never happens - one day they tire of that car, toss it aside, and look for a new car or something else to satisfy their longing. But what human beings desire, of course, is unlimited bliss, or Divine Love. Just people embark on the path of a'sakti in order to quench their desire, as they are unaware that their true longing is for Parama Purusa, not mundane things.
Why is then that even though everyone's innate desire is for the Divine, worldly attractions are quite alluring. The first reason is because those things are, after all, part of God's creation so they have some temporary charm. Secondly, chasing after mundane things is easy to do. And thirdly, in their ignorance, people think those things will satisfy them. They think, "I will be happy once I get a Mercedes-Benz", or they think, "I will be satisfied when I get a bigger house or a higher post" etc. But none of those things can satisfy them for long. They think it will give them bliss but all too often those things just give them heart-ache and pain. Because their real longing is for the Supreme - that is what is urging them on in their search.
Even though many humans are on the path of a'sakti, it is their longing for the Divine that is the driving force in their hunt for happiness. And it is not just humans but developed animals also that have such an urge. Monkeys, dogs, elephants and others also have an unknown urge for Parama Purusa. A dog's desire to please his master is the seed form of love for Parama Purusa. Same is true for a monkey's desire to please his trainer. Such animals are just on the cusp of human life and certainly they will attain that in their next birth.
Because only the beginningless and endless Parama Brahma is infinite, only He can satisfy all human longing. Baba says, "Brahma is the only limitless entity, and so establishment in Brahma’s bearing alone puts an end to all thirsts or cravings." (Ananda Sutram) Once human beings understand that they are in love with Parama Purusa, then they will chase after Him. It is then that they realise that their travels on the path of a'sakti are fruitless and they have to properly direct their devotion for Parama Purusa.
By Baba's grace, all love Him. This fact must be made common to all then it will be easy to goad everyone toward that Divine Entity. We should help everyone realise that they have innate love for Parama Purusa. This is a great service as it will spare those on the path of a'sakti so much trouble and torment. Because those worldly things can never satisfy their innate longing for the Divine. As sadhakas, in our pracara, we must help everyone to maximally utilise their human life. The cycle of birth and death is endless. Only those who develop samvit (spiritual awakening) can truly set their course toward the Divine, and attain Him by His grace. We should do this in our own lives and guide others as well. That is Baba's order. Baba says, "...It is the bounden duty to bring all to the path of bliss. Verily is this a part and parcel of sadhana - to lead others along the path of righteousness." (Supreme Command) Namaskar, Karma Rasa

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