What makes us happy? What sustains us human beings? What makes us feel fulfilled at the end of this long life as we prepare to pass into the next?
I argue, it’s love. It is the single sustaining energy in all of life.
Success is a devotional path. But I’m talking about romantic love between two people. That is but a paltry slice of Love with a capital L. In fact, I don’t even believe it’s necessary to have an intimate partner to be happy. No.
True love is more universal. It is what Jesus, Mother Teresa, and your mother embodied when you were born.
But what is love, really? Well, it’s you. It’s what happens when little you gets out of the way. Love is so empowering, so guiding, so healing because when you strip away all the layers it’s what we are. We are love. Shrii Shrii Anandamurti, a great guru, gave a universal mantra – “Baba Nam Kevalam.” It means, love is all there is.
But how do we experience it? Well, first we must realize where it resides – within. In other words, it has nothing to do with what’s happening to us, or who we’re with. It comes from within.
Second, the path to love is surrender. Surrender of what? The thinking mind. We only exist as a thought in our minds. Did you know that? Descartes says, “I think, therefore I am.” If not thinking, then what? Where do ‘you’ go?
Have you ever been so enamored by a sunset, a mountain, a song, a piece of art, that it literally stole you away? It was as if you disappeared for a while. Your mind was stopped dead in its tracks, even if just for a little while. I’m sure this happened to you parents out there.
We’ve all had that experience at some point, that timelessness, that awe, that realization that there’s something much, much larger going on here. That is what I’m talking about.
Think of how you felt in that moment? Could you harm another living being in that moment? No, but I bet you could hug ten thousand if you had enough arms.
Love is who we are. It is higher than thought. It is irrational, but it is always benevolent. The Mother Teresa’s will always accomplish more than the intellectuals. Success is a devotional path. It doesn’t matter how good you are at the rest.
Om mani padme hum, another mantra, means “Surrender to your heart.” Get over yourself. Surrender to your heart.