LOVE – THE ESSENTIAL PREREQUISITE
As you know, the curry, even if it is prepared with
maximum care in all other aspects, can not be treated as a
palatable dish if there is want of salt in it. Similarly,
all human endeavors to find out a link between the finite
and the infinite fail, if there is want of devotion in them.
Take the case of Karma. The aspirant is a Karma Yogii, but
all his Karmas are sure to fail if there is want of
A Karma is glorified only when it remains
associated with devotion and love for the Supreme.
Otherwise, a Karma becomes a mechanical one, and the little
bit of introvertiality that one possesses in the rudimental
stage, disappears after a short while and the movement
becomes purely extroversive one. That is, human existence
itself becomes a machine. So one can not achieve the Supreme
Goal by dint of one’s Karma, when the said Karma is not
associated with devotion or love for the Supreme.
And now let us see what happens if one is engaged in Tapasya.
‘Tapasya’ means freely undergoing hardship in order to reach
the goal within a short while. Now what does happen if,
while doing this Tapasya; there is no love for the Great?
Such Tapasya is nothing but a misuse of time. Tapasya
without love is a misuse of time and will have an adverse
effect on the physical body and also on the psychic body and
the result is definitely bad.
What is Yoga? “Yogashcittavrttinirodhah”. Yoga is suspension of all the
psychic propensities. Now if, during the suspension, this
period of suspension, there is love for God, then all the
suspended propensities rest on the Supreme Entity. Suppose,
one is a great Yogii but if there is no love for his goal,
then those suspended propensities are finally converted into
crude matter, that is, the subtle human existence becomes
like iron, it becomes like wood, it becomes like sand.
What a deterioration! What a downfall! This particular type
of yoga where a yogii does not bear love for the Supreme
Entity is called `Hatha Yoga’ in Samskrta. It is dangerous
for the human elevation.
`Hatha’ comes from `Ha’ and `Tha’.
`Ha’ represents `Surya Nadii or Ida Nadii’ and is the
acoustic root of physical force. `Tha’ represents `Candra
Nadii or Piungala Nadii’ and is the acoustic root of the
mind. So `Hatha’ implies forcible control of mind by
physical force. In popular parlance whenever something
happens very abruptly or all of a sudden we use the word
`Hathat’ i.e., `Hathena kurute Karma.’ Obviously a
practitioner of `Hatha Yoga’ can not attain liberation.
Suppose, a man has no devotion or love for the Supreme, but
he is a Jinanii, an intellectual. Others recognize the fact
that he is a really great Jinanii, he knows this and he know
that. But Jinana without Paramatma is like the skin of a
banana. It is not the real banana, it is the skin of a
banana. One will get no taste from it. His knowledge is not
Paravidya, his knowledge is Aparavidya., that is, his
relative knowledge pertains to the crude materialism. This
type of crude material knowledge concerned with the crude
materialism has done much harm to human society during the
last one century. It has misguided the entire human society,
it has converted human beings into animals, and animals also
have been exploited by the propounders of these crude
“Preyaskara Ya buddhih sa buddhih pranaghatinii
Shreyaskara ya buddhih sa buddhih moksadayinii”.
It has been said that all knowledges – `Para’ and
`Apara’ are just like a very big ocean of milk. Now, after
churning the ocean of milk, what do you get? You get butter
and butter-milk. After churning this type of ocean the
butter portion has been enjoyed by the devotees and the
butter-milk portion is left for the Jinaniis. Intellectuals
fight amongst themselves regarding the ownership of that
butter-milk portion. And finally not even that butter-milk
is enjoyed by them, because before they come to a decision
as who is to enjoy that butter-milk, the butter-milk gets
deteriorated, goes rotten.
There are many categories of Bhakti. Amongst them the main three
types are Tamasii, Rajasii and Sattvikii Bhakti. Tamasii Bhakti means
static devotion. It is not actually Bhakti because the unit’s
desire is for his or her enemies to be destroyed. Since
Parama Purusa is not the goal, it is sure that he or she
won’t get Parama Purusa.
Rajasika Bhakti means mutative devotion. In this form of Bhakti, one
wants physical property. So one may or may not, as a result of this Bhakti
gain prosperity, but it is sure one won’t get Parama Purusa,
because Parama Purusa was not the goal.
In the case of Sattvikii Bhakti, or sentient devotion, the goal is Parama
Purusa. Sadhakas should aspire for Him and Him alone, and
this is the Supreme Goal of all human endeavors.
Shrii Shrii Anandamurti, Patna, September 13, 1978
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