The South Asian Times

22 October 2018 07:00 AM

Illumine your self with love

By Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj

If we were to sum up the message in all the talks and verses written by the great poet-saint, Sant Darshan Singh Ji Maharaj, we would find one theme permeates them all. That theme is divine love.

Just as the atom permeates all matter, so does divine love permeate all life. The purpose of all existence is divine love. Divine love means the love between the soul and God. This love moved God to create all creation, including each of us, and this love is what draws each back to the Creator.

If we are to commit our life to the highest purpose it would be to illumine ourselves with love. Who should we love? We should love God. When we love God, we also love all God’s creation, including all humanity and all creatures of the earth.

There is a beautiful story in the Bible that tells how Jesus and his disciples were traveling. They came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister named Mary, who sat at Jesus’s feet listening to what he said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made for his visit.

Martha was annoyed that Mary was only sitting at Jesus’s feet basking in his love while Martha had to do all the work. Martha went to Jesus and asked, "Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!" Jesus replied, "Martha, Martha, you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and this will not be taken away from her."

This story has caused many to wonder about its meaning. But those who understand the true meaning of this story realize that the heart of the story is love. It is describing that the highest of all in life is to love. Mary was lost in love with her Master, Jesus. She was enraptured by his glance and by his presence, and she melted into ecstasy. The true purpose of his coming was to enjoy the heart-to-heart and soul-to-soul meeting. This story is not saying that the service that Martha was doing was not good, but it is talking about how worried and upset she was. She was not lost in love, but caught up in the trials and troubles of life.

Yes, service is there, but Martha was only focused on the tasks at hand and criticizing what others were doing, without being lost in the love that we need to be lost in while doing service and while looking to find God. That is why Jesus told Martha that Mary had made the better choice and that her choice to love was not going to be taken away from her. It is talking about Martha who, while doing service, was not engaged in love, but instead was distracted, troubled, upset, and critical of others. That is not how seva with love and selflessness is to be performed.

This story points to the fact that the highest of all pastimes in this world is love. Love can be having darshan and enjoying the physical presence of the Master and it can be performing seva, but only that seva which keeps love at the forefront.

Love is the fabric of life. It is the most important goal and occupation we can have, for it is the only way back to God. If we wish to continue in separation from God, then let us only engage in the millions of tasks this world has to offer that take us away from God. If we wish to go back to God, then let us engage in the work of love.Sant Darshan Singh Ji Maharaj has beautifully said in a verse:

I could have rested in the comforting shade of your tresses,
But there is no time from the never-ending problems of life.

Sant Darshan Singh Ji Maharaj is emphasizing the sad truth that we are so caught up in the never-ending problems of life that we never rest in the comforting shade of the tresses of the Master. The Masters have traditionally come from a culture in which long hair or tresses was the style. Whether their hair flows out upon their shoulders with their silken, glimmering strands that capture the heart of their disciples or whether their hair is tied up in a bun under a turban, when the turban is removed the disciples can enjoy those lovely tresses. Those tresses symbolize the love and protection of a Master.
In this verse by Sant Darshan Singh Ji Maharaj, the lover wants to be with the Beloved and have those tresses flowing out freely for the lover to enjoy. The lover wants to look at them and be intoxicated by them. This symbolizes the ecstasy the disciple experiences when in the presence of the Master. The verse is saying that those moments are the most comforting and blissful times we can have in this life.
Unfortunately, the never-ending problems, stresses, and tasks of life are pulling the disciple away from these blissful times. The disciple always wants to be in the moments of bliss that come from the presence of the Master. But life is pulling the disciple and Master apart from each other. There is always one excuse after another that keeps them apart. One day it may be that the disciple has to watch the World Cup competition of a favorite team. Another day it may be that we have to shop for this thing or that thing. Another day we are growing our business. Another day we are tied up with this petty problem or another. There is no end to the reasons we are pulled away from the moments of love.

Sant Darshan Singh Ji Maharaj is saying that if we wait for some time and we complete this task or that task, resolve this problem or that problem, take care of this person or that person, time will pass us by. We will never get to the moments of love that are the most important pastimes in life. Love is the ingredient that makes this life beautiful and worth living. It beautifies everything. It fills us with the nectar of bliss to propel us through the trials of life. Once we realize that time and problems are keeping us away from those blissful moments between Master and disciple without, and the disciple meeting the radiant form of the Master within, then we will attain the goal of love.

It is true that we have some responsibilities in life to earn our livelihood, take care of our family, and perform our duties to our society. But within positive mysticism and performing our duties, we also need to snatch away as much time as possible to devote to spiritual love. We need to realize that divine love is the highest pastime of all. We need to make time for that every day. Masters have given us the minimum time by which we can successfully connect with love, and that is ten percent of our time, or two and a half hours a day minimum. That time can be spent in meditation where we contact that love within us.
Everyone seeks to love and be loved. Love is a universal need. From being newborn babies to our last dying breath, we seek love. Children want the love of their parents, family, and friends. As adults we seek the love of our partner, spouses, family, friends, and children. Listen to most people on their deathbed, and they have only three words to say to those around their bedside, and that is "I love you," and those are the last three words they want to hear from others.

We feel our life is filled with beauty, warmth, and happiness when adorned by love. When bereft of love, we feel life is empty and not worth living.

There are different degrees of love we can experience. Most loves of this world, such as between parent and child, lovers and beloveds, spouses, family, and friends are reflections of a higher love. They are love on a miniature scale. They are physical reflections of a love that exists at the level of spirit. These loves of this world are but reflections of the love of God, or divine love.
(To be continued....)

Update: 20 Sep, 2017