Receiving the Grace
of our Sathguru Kriya Babaji (Part 3)
by Marshall Govindan
Part 1 of this editorial, began with the saying "The amount of Grace you
receive depends upon how much sadhana you do, how much karma yoga or service
you do, and how much love and devotion you manifest". We discussed the
meaning of "grace" ("all that we receive which helps us to evolve
and come closer to the Divine") and "sadhana" ("yogic disciplines
and practices") and "karma yoga" (to do action that is our duty
without expectation of some personal gain).
The yoga of love and devotion has been aptly
described by Siddhar Thirumoolar in his "Thirumandiram",
" The ignorant prate that Love and
Siva are two,
But none do know that Love alone is Siva
when men but know that Love and Siva are the same,
love as Siva, they ever remained".
and in verse 274:
" Worship the Lord with heart melted
Seek the Lord, with love
When we direct our love to God
He too approaches us with love."
and in verse 280:
" What we scorned and what we gained,
the righteous Lord in Love rewards as merit befits;
Who, with burning zeal, seek Him with heart of love
To such, well-pleased, He His Grace awards."
and in verse 283:
" Like the sweet love in sex-act
so, in the Great Love, let yourself to Him succumb;
thus in Love sublimed, all your senses stilled,
Bounding in Bliss Supreme, That this becomes."
and in verse 288:
The Lord God knows them who, by night and
Seat Him in heart's core, and in love exalted adore;
To them wise with inner light, actionless in trance,
He comes, and, in close proximity, stands before."
This reminds us of the fact that mystics
in spiritual traditions around the world agree on the fact
that love is both the means to Self realization and the end
How to cultivate such love and devotion for
God? By seeking ways to feel love towards others, be they divine
forms, human beings, animals or plants. When we can meditate
on the glory and greatness of God as an impersonal being, as "Satchitananda", "Absolute
Being, Absolute Consciousness, and Absolute Bliss", we
feel blissful, and begin to identify with these. When we contemplate
on the personal forms of the Divine, in the form of His incarnations
or as gods and goddesses, we also begin to identify, through
love, with their divine qualities and essential nature. This
may manifest, for example when we participate in spiritual
or religious ceremonies, devotional singing or chanting, or
visiting of holy places, where we view the images of divine
personalities. We become like that which we most often think
of or meditate on. Drawing inspiration from these during the
trials of life, we find the strength to overcome obstacles
and the joy that keeps a smile on our face.
Interacting with gentleness and sweetness
with infants, children and even not so innocent adults, we
feel love and empathy. Even if one lives alone, one may cultivate
this love with pets, such as cats and dogs.
In the fellowship of devotees, one may also
learn how to love selflessly, through acts of service, or "satsang" ("sharing
of truth"). As Thirumoolar says in verse 545:
" the Jnanis seek the Lord of Celestials;
They who seek the Company of Jnanis
Will attain Siva Truth;
They indeed Walk in the Path of Virtue
And are truly blessed;
To resort to such
Is indeed Bliss Supreme."
The spiritual path is long, with many "ups
and downs", and therefore, devotees may give or receive
inspirtation and support to one another during difficult periods,
by meeting from time to time.
Seeking the Divine with a mind which is undisciplined
and changeable requires much patience. Its like a game of"hide
and seek" that children play. As Thirumoolar said in verse
" In the troubled thought that knows
The only thing that stands still
Is devotional Patience Exceeding",
Whenever one is assailed by negative thoughts
or problems, the most effective means to dispel them is simply
to chant "Om Kriya Babaji Nama Aum" or another name
for the Lord that one holds dearest. Chant it with love and
devotion. The Lord's Grace will descend and one will experience
Copyright Marshall Govindan March 1995.
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