The Rule #2 of Love by Shams of Tabriz really hit me hard, as I remembered the words of my own spiritual guide of Shri Ram Chandra Mission. He said,
“Just as God, through Divine will, brought into effect this vast creation, so did the man bring into effect his own tiny creation by his own will… The agencies working for it are mainly psyche, consciousness, intellect and ego…. When this covering is shattered off and the Real self emerges out of it, the real life of spirit begins.” – Babuji
And what Shams said about Rule #2 of Love is –
“The path to the Truth is a labour of the heart, not of the head. Make your heart your primary guide! Not your mind. Meet, challenge and ultimately prevail over your nafs (self, psyche, soul) with your heart. Knowing your ego will lead you to the knowledge of God.”
So, what do I understand from these words of these saints? Continue reading
The day started quite early. It was a long car ride to SSS college. The Heartfulness Session was planned for three days. The car wove around the mountainous terrain, in an anticipatory journey. We were not disappointed, as the college campus loomed ahead of us. The college campus was a sight to behold. Check out the below picture.
The principal was a very hospitable person. He ushered us in and offered us a cup of tea and cookies. The students were already assembled and we started our session.
The session included the following.
- We requested the students to meditate on their own for a few minutes. This we call a Placebo meditation. It is the basis for establishing a scientific basis for Heartfulness meditation, which is to come later. This can be done in any way – as known to the participants.
- This Placebo meditation was followed by a Relaxation Technique done by one of the trainers.
- The Relaxation gave way to Heartfulness Meditation, where the participants closed their eyes, supposing the Source of Light in their Hearts. This continued for about 30 minutes.
My spiritual friend, Shri Parthasarathi Rajagopalachari quoted his Guru that,
“Fear is the production of the lower mind, and love the product of higher mind. When love awakens, fear disappears. A stage comes to the spiritual aspirant where he fears for no cause. That means he is growing up to a state where the state of the lower mind begins to bid farewell.”
I did not dwell deeper into that statement, until recently I read the “Forty Rules of Love” by Elif Shafak.
In this book, Shams of Tabriz says,
“How we see God is a direct reflection of how we see ourselves. If God brings to mind mostly fear and blame, it means there is too much fear and blame welled inside us. If we see God as full of love and compassion, so are we.”
Well, the meaning is the same, isn’t it? Great people always say the same thing, in different words. Continue reading
40 Rules of Love
40 Rules of Love by Elif Shafak is one of the best books I have read in some time.
It consists of two narratives. Ella is a housewife, who recently got a job to review a book for a literary agency. “Sweet Blasphemy” is the book she reviews, which makes for the second narrative. Ella finds that this new job gives her a renewed purpose in life, as she grows distant from her children and husband. She starts corresponding with the author of the book, and this new friendship blossoms into something deeper and meaningful for her. Continue reading