PURE LOVE IS THE ROYAL ROAD TO REACH GOD
There was an old man who had earned much wealth and had been a powerful being. During his last stage, his body has lost its vigour. But, even then he is anxious that no religious men should enter his house and preach an other-worldly doctrine which he thinks is not conducive to the material progress of his family. He holds his heavy walking stick and keeps away the pious men who had endeavoured to bless the house. Finally, the pious men enter into the house after the death of old man and do bhajans, sankirtan to convert the house into a veritable Vaikurtha. Similarly, In the heart of jiva, desire will manifest with all its diabolical strength. Repeated knocks and blows in this world, depletion of the vital energies diminishes the strength of desire. Even then, it sits at the entrance to the Antahkarnana with a big stick(delusion and doubt) and never allows any holy thought to enter the mind. Finally, desire dies by godís grace and divine influences crowd around jiva and enable it to realise its divine nature.
There are many ways of realising God - The Shanthi Marga (Path of Peace); The Sakhya Marga (Path of Friendship); Anuraaga Marga (the path of attachment); Vatsalya Marga (the Path of Affectionate Love); Madhura Marga (Path of ).In all these five paths, there is some element of self-interest. But in the Prema Marga (path of Pure Love), there is no trace of self-interest. Hence, all other paths merge in the path of Love. Therefore, Pure Love is the royal road to reach God.
One should realise that Love assumes many different forms when it is exhibited in different relationships in worldly life. The love between husband and wife is termed Moha (infatuation); The love between a mother and child is called Vaathsalya (maternal love); The love between kith and kin is called Anuraaga (attachment); The context of the relations between mother and child, husband and wife, master and servant, the preceptor and the pupil can only be termed as Anuraaga i.e., Attachment but cannot be termed as Prema i.e., Love because Prema can be applied only to the total love towards the divine.
Love is natural, utterly selfless and our ancients declared as "Anirvachaneeyam Prema" i.e., Love transcends speech. The Love makes even the divine as well as devotee dance in ecstasy. Such a love will dwell only in the hearts of the pure, unselfish and godly beings. Our scriptures have compared this love to a precious diamond. Only divine is qualified to offer such love. Hence, the greater your love for the divine, the greater is the bliss you experience. Your bliss declines in the measure of the diminution in your love. The extent of your love determines the magnitude of your bliss.
Love of God is greater than nectar. It is called Paraa Bhakthi, Devotion to the Lord. It transcends the four Purushaarthas (goals of fife). Man may love the body, the mind, the Buddhi or the Antha Karana (the Inner Instruments). Love for the body ends with the death of the body. Love for the mind results in bondage because of the aberrations of the mind. Love for the intellect results in endless speculation and enquiry. Love for the Antha Karana promotes the ego feeling and encourages dualism (separating man from God). Only the one who realises his oneness with the Aatma can experience infinite bliss----the bliss that is eternal.
Love is the form of the Divine;
Love alone can merge in love;
One experience oneness with divine when filled with divine love;
Happiness arises from pure love which is the source of - Truth, Righteousness,
Omsai Srisai Jaijaisai