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The love of one who is so centered

Q: What is Divine Love?

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: There is a love in which respect is not lost in spite of intense intimate love, the love of one who is so centered. The more you go near Krishna, the more you go near Buddha, the more you go near Jesus, your respect will only increase, and it will not diminish.

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar playing the Veena

Is it love

Q: Whenever I see a good looking girl, I find myself in love. Is that love or infatuation?
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar:
Well, time will tell you! First, find out whether they are in love with you or not. If that matches, it is a different story. If it doesn't match, that is a different story altogether. Either case, you will become mature. But don't keep falling in love. Rise in love! In love, you don't expect anything in return. If you want something in return, don't call it love. Then that's need. In a relationship there is a need, but there is no need in love. Love is your very nature. If it sounds too philosophical for now, just keep it in the background and relax. One day you will understand, when your heart breaks or when you realize you expected something too much, something will pop up from the background of the mind and try to save you.

How to dawn love?

Q) Guruji, How to dawn love?
Sri Sri When you lose stiffness in you love dawns. And how this can be
possible!! Then it is said that it is very essential to clean your
“Nadis”. Doing pranayama, sitting in Satsang, sitting with enlighten
beings will surely purify your “Nadis” and with that love will dawn.
1) Take better sleep
2) Do physical exercise and make you body flexible
3) Do Kriya, Pranayama, Meditation and all spiritual gymnastics.
4) And above all these “Grace” works.
A Lazy one cannot be “Bhakta”. He cannot achieve anything in his life.
Love is contagious in company of enlighten ones. When “Nadi’s” inside
opens up you see; unseen. It’s interesting.

How can you love God?

Kailash Mansarovar

If you cannot love your brother whom you have seen,how can you love God whom you have never seen ? You cannot be selective in your forgiveness,in your kindness, in your tolerance.If you can extend this charitable nature to an impossible person, then you will know that it is possible to extend it towards everyone.

~Swami Chidananda.

Distortions of love bring misery


"Life springs from love. The origin is love and life seeks love. The goal of life is also love. And, in between, life is sustained by love. There is not a single creature or living entity on this planet that has not known love or is devoid of love. Yet, love in its many distortions has brought so much misery in life."

~ Sri Sri Ravishankar (a commentary on Narada Bhakti Sutra)

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