Part 13: True love is selfless
All our life we have not learnt to love, because we follow the principle of take, take and take. But if we wish to enter the realm of God we will have to reverse our principle to give, give and give.In life we are born with many relations like our parents, brothers, sisters etc and there are other relations that we form as time passes. No matter how closely we feel related to these people, the truth is that all these relations will cease to exist one day. Our scriptures inform us that we have had countless such material relations in our past lives as well, and every time it has been the same story; we spend some time together and then we all part ways to form relations in our subsequent lives. Yet, apart from all these transitory relations, there is one relation which alone is eternal. And that is our relation with the Supreme Lord of the Universe who is seated in our hearts and accompanies us in every life form. When we realize the truth that God alone is our relative and he is the soul of our soul, we discover the uniquely intimate and divine bond we share with him. Merciful God has given us the freedom to develop any relation with him as we like, we can look upon him as our child, as our friend, king or beloved. Shree Kripaluji Maharaj in his keertan ‘jo piya ruchi mahaṁ ruchi rākhē’ tells us to worship God in madhur bhav or in other words as our soul-beloved. There is however one correction required even in this bhav, and so Maharajji states:
jo nija sukha ura nahiṁ rākhē
He says; don’t love God for the sake of your own happiness. Love Him for the sake of His happiness!