|| Shree Hari ||
Love, Lover and Beloved
प्रेम, प्रेमी तथा प्रेमास्पद
God is Our Very Own
As long as there is acceptance of our relationship with the world, till then whatever thing a man gets, he regards it as his own. But through satsang, when man comes to know the point that the world is not mine, rather only God is mine, then he experiences that whatever thing is received, belongs to God only and it is received from God only. Therefore the thing is not ours, rather the One Who is the giver is ours.
Man makes a great mistake that he sees the things that are received, but his sight does not go towards the Giver at all. He regards the things as his own, but he does not regard the Giver as his own ! The thing that is received appears so sweet, but in fact, God (the giver), should appear sweet. To love the things that are received, but to not love the giver of those things is ungratefulness, rather it is sense of enjoyership.
Enjoyment and relishing of every moment ever increasing bliss (love) cannot be from being just one (alone) ‒ ‘एकाकी न रमते’ (बृहदारण्यक॰ १।४।३) ‘Ekaki na ramate’. Therefore, for the enjoyment of that loving play, God resolves that ‘I alone will become many’‒‘सोऽकामयत बहु स्यां प्रजायेयेति’ (तैत्तिरीय॰ २।६) By this resolve of God, countless beings came into existence. God even manifested Shree Ji (Radhaji) out of Himself, He manifested beings from Himself and He also manifested all the things (world etc) for this divine play, from himself. This divine play of love takes place when both the lover and the beloved are equal, where none is smaller or bigger. Therefore God has made beings like Himself, in other words, totally independent. In this divine play of love, Shree Ji was only attracted to God, she made no mistake, but other beings began to mis-utilize the independence that they had received, and began to believe that the things in the divine play (world) were their own and they were drawn towards those things ! They instead of loving God, they began to play with the things received from God. They themselves became the master (owner) of those things and forgot their own master. They accepted those things as their own and they became distant from He who had given these to them. In this manner, by mis-utilizing the independence that was given to them, beings (embodied soul) became dependent and became bound in the cycle of birth and death. God gives the discrimination to beings, out of His grace. When man gives importance to this discrimination, then God gives Him wisdom. On acquiring this wisdom, man experiences total fulfillment and saying that – “I am blessed ! I am blessed !!” saying so feeling exhilerated. But this too is his mistake. In fact, the complete fulfillment are not ours, rather the bestower of that complete fulfillment is ours. Therefore, we do not want this total fulfillment, rather we want He who has given this fulfillment.
From book in Hindi ‘ Bhagwaan aur Unki Bhakti’ by Swami Ramsukhdasji
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