Greetings! There are two parts to this article. The first part talks about moving our attention towards love and highlighting it. The second part talks about what measures we could take to actively promote love in our daily lives.
PART ONE – HIGHLIGHTING LOVE
We live in a world torn with violence. In spite of multiple peace talks between the world leaders, peace and harmony is still a myth. What is it that each one of us could do as world citizens to promote world peace and create a world of love!
I was reading the following from Bhagawatham (one of the 18 Hindu literary works which talks about the life of Lord Krishna and other incarnations of God) where Kamsa (demon king) sends his messenger Akrura to Brindavan, the home town of Lord Krishna and his brother Balarama, to invite them to Mathura (Kamsa’s hometown). Kamsa’s intention was to invite the brothers to Mathura and kill them both in a wrestling match. Akrura was good-hearted but being a citizen in Kamsa’s kingdom, he had no choice but to obey Kamsa. Hence, reluctantly he went to Brindavan to the invite Krishna and Balarama. Let us read the following quote that illustrates how Krishna and Balarama greeted Akrura, who was coming as a Kamsa’s secret messenger of death.
“Akrura rushed towards them (Krishna and Balarama) and fell at their feet. He wanted to announce to them his name and where he came from; but his eyes were full of tears, his throat was choked and he could not speak, overcome as he was with so much emotion.
Krishna lifted him up and embraced him even as Akrura had imagined. Balarama then embraced him. Both the brothers took his hands in theirs and led him to the inner chambers. They gave him water to wash his feet and hands and then offered Madhuparka, a concoction of honey, curds and ghee which was the time-honored way to greet honored guests. After they had made him rested, they made him partake of rice cooked in milk and other delicious food. After they had eaten, Balarama went and brought garlands of sweet-smelling flowers and he gave Akrura tambula which was fragrant with camphor powder. He smeared sandal-paste on the arms and chest of Akrura… The Lord of lords was treating him like an honored guest; as a great man, and Akrura knew he did not deserve the honor which they lavished on him. But he was at the same time thrilled.”
– Extracted from Srimad Bhagavatam by Kamala Subramaniam
Now, one may argue that Lord Krishna was a divine personality and all powerful and hence, he had no fear of Akrura or Kamsa. Is it possible only for Lord Krishna and Balarama to treat such messengers of death with love sans fear because they are divine personalities? Or, is it possible for ordinary humans like us also to treat such messengers of death with utmost love sans fear or hatred? Is it possible for us also to cultivate such love and friendship devoid of fear in our interaction with our fellow beings. I strongly believe so and I humbly place my thought process in this article.
What is God or Divinity? Some say, God is power, God is love, God is all knowing etc. OK. Not knowing what or who God is, let me accept what the scriptures say of God, that is, one who is all knowing, all powerful, all compassionate, all forgiving, all loving etc. Hence, we can think of Lord Krishna as an embodiment of all this. Now, when Akrura approached Krishna to invite him to Kamsa’s kingdom and Krishna being all knowing, why did Krishna not kill Akrura as soon as he spotted him; very much like these secret drones which are finished upon entering a foreign territory. Why did Krishna resort to manifesting his kindness and compassion and not power when dealing with Akrura? I don’t know. But, when I read how loving and kind Lord Krishna was towards Akrura, it triggered a chain of thoughts within me as to how each one of us could resort to using love instead of power in our daily lives, even with so called enemies who come forward with the intention of hurting us!
Each one of us has both the storehouse of power and the storehouse of love within us. In any given situation, it is our choice whether we want to manifest our storehouse of power or our storehouse of love when dealing with others. Manifesting power leads to reaction and vengeance whereas manifesting love leads to positive transformation of all the parties involved. Now, how to make it a habit to avoid the temptation to manifest power and foster the habit to manifest LOVE in our daily lives. I am not sure I have the answer. But, I have tried certain religious/meditation/spiritual practices in the past and then adopted one of the meditation practices to help me in this process of self transformation towards becoming a love-filled being. In my humble opinion, it is a worthwhile exercise for each one of us to find out what system works best for us to connect ourselves with the source of love within and become love-filled, loving, love-able beings.
Alright. Coming to the practical aspect of how to manifest love, here are some tips I have learnt from different sources and have tried in my life. It helped me in rebuilding myself and hence, I am sharing with all, for whatever it is worth.
1. Start with yourself first.
2. Believe in the source of goodness within yourself.
3. Magnify that goodness within you by noble and selfless thoughts and deeds. Many years back, when I deliberately started thinking selfless thoughts, it felt artificial. After a while, it becomes a cultivated, willful habit. Then later, it becomes your nature.
4. Believe in the goodness in others; whenever possible, serve them to magnify their innate goodness.
5. Collaborate with others in multiplying the goodness. When we start connecting our goodness with the goodness in people around us, we start forming a GOODNESS club.
7. Never compare whether your goodness is superior to other’s goodness or not. It does not help in anyway. Understand that the goodness club you are forming with others is one of joy and fulfillment and not for personal ego-bolstering. You are doing it, because you believe in Goodness and you believe in promoting Goodness and making this world a better place.
8. Just like a profitable, growing company attracts competent employees, the GOODNESS club will also start attracting more and more GOOD souls.
7.When the GOODNESS club crosses a particular threshold and becomes massive, just like a black hole attracts everything into itself, the GOODNESS club will also start attracting all kinds of souls (good, bad, ugly) into its fold and help those souls imbibe GOODNESS and become transformed.
8. Finally, when all the souls in the world have joined the GOODNESS club, we can safely say that the GOODNESS club has evolved into a GOODNESS world, a GOD world, a LOVE WORLD!
When we ourselves become loving and lovable, this world would become a LOVE WORLD, where purity, love, and selfless become the name of the game to live and succeed in this world and bring about a paradigm shift in this world – a change where if our children or grandchildren were to stumble upon words like violence, intolerance, hatred etc., they would have no clue as to what those words meant. Even if they were to look up in Google to finds its meaning, they would end up getting a message on their screen like: “UNKNOWN TERM(S); WORD(S) NOT FOUND IN THE DICTIONARY, ENCYCLOPEDIA OR ANY KNOWN BODY OF KNOWLEDGE.”
Sounds Utopian? Not really! If an entrepreneur could dream of a Disney World and successfully launch it and make billions, it is equally possible for us all to jointly dream and launch the LOVE WORLD; let us believe in it and be willing to adopt LOVE as our way of life. There is a good news to it. The world of LOVE already exists. It does not need money or time to build it. All we need to do is just walk into that LOVE WORLD and populate it; no matter how tempting the modern world of competition, jealousy, hatred may appear, let us remain for ever in the world of love and base all our thoughts, words and deeds on love alone. and manifest love relentlessly.
This may sound like a dream but I would rather dream of leaving behind a LOVE WORLD for my progeny! Thank you co-creators of the LOVE WORLD!