Receiving the Grace of
our Sathguru Kriya Babaji (Part 3)
by M. Govindan Satchidananda
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 experienced,
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
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 539:
" 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
Copyright Marshall Govindan March
1995. All rights reserved.
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