“Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.”
It had been 10 years since I met my Satguru, Paramahamsa Vishwananda. Since I met Him, I knew that this path, that He is talking about in each of His speeches, is the path for my soul. It resonated with my heart like nothing else in the world. And Guruji always repeats, that this path is easy. There is no big philosophy here. All this path is about could be compressed into just two simple words: Just Love.
Swami Vishwananda says:
There are no tools or technique. Love starts by loving. And it grows in loving, and it ends in loving. This is the mystery of it. And this is the reality of love. Because love in itself is the key.
Yet, what is easy for the heart is not always easy for the mind.
When I look back at these 10 years of my life, I could honestly say that these are 10 most beautiful years of life. Yet, at the same time, these are 10 most challenging years of my life. On the path of Love, the Divine wants to give you everything. But when you allow Love to forcefully enter your life, it will rob you of everything that is smaller than Love. All your worries, dramas and the pettiness of the ego will need to be sacrificed on the way. Like Lord Krishna had stolen the clothes of faithful gopis, so “Love will steal from you all that steals you from Love”, like Rabia had beautifully said.
The path of Love is not easy. You will fall every single day. If you are sincere with yourself and if you genuinely analyse yourself, you will see it clearly. In each and every single day, you did something, that wasn’t out of Love. That’s why the path of Love is the most challenging one. You observe your failures daily, which robs you of your ego, and makes you more and more humble. This process is like tilling the ground to make it more soft and fertile. Because only the heart that is truly humble is worthy of true Love. It’s impossible to love and keep your ego at the same time.
Seeing our own failures, how not to give up?
Because once you tasted the sweetness of Divine Love, it is impossible to turn back. It would be like turning back to who you truly are and admitting that you are, indeed, nothing more than a slave to your ego. Once you tasted the Divine Love, there will always be some part of your heart longing for it.
This Love is unlike any human love. It is not a mere emotion, that comes and goes, but it is rather a Divine movement of the Soul, which vibrates in each cell of your body. Rumi described it poetically: “What was said to the rose that made it open was said to me here in my chest.”
Love will challenge you. Love will transform your life. Love will make you see all your imperfections and all that “steals you from Love”. But Love will also give you a helping hand to rise above any of your limitations, if you are brave enough to listen to its powerful whisper.
For me, this path was never easy. It challenges my ego every single day, and it reminds me every second of my life how much more polishing is still required for my heart. But this Love, the only true companion of my life, is something I wouldn’t trade for anything in this world.