16 Nov Devotion And Devotee Are Supreme
These are some of my yogi friends in India. We had so much fun together. Having fun makes the journey shorter and enjoyable. We need to be sincere on the path, and not serious. A serious mind is more active. It judges more and holds more concepts.
Some sharing :
“Just after the retreat we were cleaning up the hall. KrishanJi also came to the hall. One moment KrishanJi asked me very gently how I feel after the retreat. And I could not tell anything else but the truth that I feel like after a lot of operations on a different levels of my own human existence, starting from the base of the spine all the way up to the neck and top of the head, and figuratively speaking now I was learning how to walk again. But all this happened so tenderly, so gently like in a game, but got so deep and so profound.
Yoga with KrishanJi is like an absolutely pure, beautiful nature. It is like a flower in a field reaching for the Sun and opening up in the Sunrise and closing and bowing it’s head down in the Sunset – this is how I experience yoga with wondrous KrishanJi. Step by step it took me back to my Self in a very delicate and gentle way. Thank you so much dear KrishanJi! ” – Inese, Course in Latvia <3
“He made us climb the mountain, Right to the Top!
Not only did we climb it, but he established that mountain deep inside us too!
A mountain of faith,
A mountain of peace,
A mountain of joy,
A mountain of LOVE!
We reached the pinnacle of devotion,
And just stayed there, singing and dancing in ecstasy!
His presence magical & infinite,
His words carrying a universe within a universe,
His smile like the blossom of a thousand petals,
His eyes sparkling divinity!
To him, who has opened another dimension to existence,
I offer my humble pranams,
To him who has taken us from the real to the “real”
I offer my humble pranams…
You have set a heart on fire again,
It is burning in sweet devotion!
May your MAGIC touch all Beings! ” — Bhamini , Course in India <3
Bharti is a perfect human being. She plays every role in life with sincerity, dedication, wisdom, care, and child-like innocence. I feel blessed and privileged to be married to her. She is loved , respected, and admired immensely by her family, friends, students, patients, and above all by Guru Ji. Soon after our marriage, she and my mother became very close to each other which meant a lot to me. My mother used to call her a bundle of high qualities and virtues.
She is a devotee with unshakable faith. Having a devotee of such pure and firm devotion in the family is a very auspicious blessing, that provides protection and assurance that everything is, and would be, okay.
Bharti and I have travelled the same spiritual path, and though we have had our share of challenges and shaky times, our journey together has been very nurturing and fulfilling. <3
“That alone is to be accomplished. Having obtained the supreme love , the devotee sees, hears, and thinks God alone, and speaks of Him alone.” Narada Bhakti Sutras
Obtaining the state of a true devotion is the highest achievement on the spiritual path. In true devotion, the Divine becomes your priority. You feel the Divine presence within and without. It becomes your breath. You feel It when you are awake, and dream about It when asleep. It becomes Primary, and all else becomes secondary.
But this state of devotion can also bring pain in different ways. Since the world becomes secondary for you, it may cause emotional pain to your close ones who may not like being secondary. You feel their pain. Even I, who understands the value of devotion, at times feel secondary, but seeing it only as my ego stuff, I move on. Another pain that you may feel is if you are not supported and understood by your loved ones. However, the greater pain arises from the longing for the Divine. Though you always feel very close and one with the Divine, but it is never close enough. A small separation remains which can not be filled.
It is this state of closeness and small separation, which gives rise to Meera, Kabira, Guru Nanak, Tulsidas, Jesus, and alike.
Jesus was a true devotee. When Jesus said ‘My God, my God, why have You forsaken me’, it wasn’t because of the pain from the nails being pierced through His body. Instead, it was because of a much greater pain which arose from the intense longing for God. Meera asks the same,”Why have You forgotten me and left me alone?” <3
Honour A Devotee
Over the years, in my journey, I have met so many true devotees with supreme devotion. Some of them are fortunate that their devotion is accepted and encouraged by their loved ones. But there are also many who are judged, questioned, ridiculed, and pressured into doing things that they are no longer interested in. But they bear it all and continue. They learn to hide their devotion, and try to please others but, like Meera, they live like empty shells. Meera says, “My prana lives there (with my beloved), here it is only an empty shell.”
A devotee must be honoured, and not ridiculed and punished. Obtaining supreme love is an accomplishment that must be celebrated. There is no difference between God and a devotee. That’s why Jesus could say ‘Me and my Father are one.” A devotee is soaked in God’s love. That’s why Kabira could say ,”The whole world runs after God but God runs after me.”
Being with a devotee is being with God. Honouring a devotee is honouring God. A devotee, for sure, is liberated, and also brings fulfillment to many others.
“The past generations rejoice in their fulfillment, the divine beings in heaven dance in joy and this earth itself becomes endowed with a Savior.” Narada Bhakti Sutras <3
Protect your devotion and continue……
Guru kindles the devotion in you, but you need to protect it. A lot happens on the path, especially around Guru, both in words and actions, which can create judgements, doubts, concepts and expectations in your mind. These are the clouds that block you from experiencing your own devotion and you may feel that you have lost it, which can be a big discouragement on the path. A true seeker recognizes and observes these rising waves in the mind, but remains above them and continues. Judgements, expectations, and demands spoil love. It is almost impossible to avoid them, but you can learn to rise above them.
Guru’s love transcends judgements and expectations. That’s why He can always love you. His love is supreme. <3
Guru’s love was the reason….
It was a small incident at the Bangalore ashram that caused the major inward shift in me, and changed me forever, which I will share in another post. <3
Where He is not!
He is not just in the light
In darkness too.
Not just in the faith
He is in doubts too
How can you say
You don’t feel Him
Say it again, and listen
He is in your voice too. <3 <3