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"It is the desires that tie one to the individual consciousness. Once these are removed, the being becomes one with the supreme consciousness"
Love is the four-letter word on which epics have been composed, movies based, songs and poems attributed. And yet, if you look at any great love story, you will find that the end is always tragic; the story ends with the separation of the lovers. The truth is that there is no such thing as love, and realising this is enlightenment.
Every person in the world is looking for love, yet there is hardly anyone who is aware of it. Today one spends a lifetime in the pursuit of the physical; lust and possession are mistranslated as love. Love actually is in letting go of the people you love, to give them the freedom to live their own; it lies in sacrifice and being there for them unconditionally without expecting anything in return. In the realm of energy, the colour pink translates as love. If you look around you will find that the colour is always present in minute quantities — particularly in some flowers, because that small amount is enough to sustain creation.
Love is a physical emotion too and it does pertain to physical creation. The thing about physical creation is that everything in it is bound by time. Be it your body, your relationships, your business or power — the day you receive it, the day of it leaving you is decided as well. Leave it will, and when it does, it will lead to pain. And the dearer the thing is to you, the greater will be the pain of losing it. Love is not timeless and ends in grief. It is a bondage that needs to be done away with and the way to open this bondage is through yoga, as only it can take you beyond physical creation.
The human body and physical life are controlled by various energy centres called chakras. It is through these chakras that one forms connections with the physical creation and gets tied to it. There are seven major chakras in the body, each pertaining to a specific human desire and state, which are called bondages in yoga. The emotion of love is governed by the fourth centre, called the anahad, its location in the physical body coinciding with the centre of the chest cavity. There are two more chakras after the anahad — the visshuddhi and agya — that need to be transgressed for one to attain enlightenment, the state depicted (and clairvoyantly) as golden radial light around the head of an enlightened soul.
Yoga does not prescribe the suppression of desires. Everything in life is an experience, a necessity to go beyond. The practice of yoga and Sanatan Kriya takes a practitioner through love and to enlightenment which is real and not bound by time. I detail here a practice from the Sanatan Kriya; a practice when done under the guidance of a guru gradually takes the being to the subtler experiences of the world of ether.
  • Sit in any comfortable position keeping your back absolutely straight.
  • Pay reverence to the energy of the guru and take your awareness to the centre of the chest cavity.
  • Become aware of a light pink lotus at this point and of soft baby pink light emanating from this lotus.
  • Gradually, let this light expand to fill up your entire body, the surrounding environment, planet earth and finally entire creation.
  • Experience this light and try to understand its texture, temperature and effect on your body. Stay with this pink light for as long as you are comfortable.
  • When you open your eyes look first at the centre of palms, then the physical body, then anywhere else you choose to look at.

Yoga is a subject of energy, which manifests in various permutations and combinations of creation. Thousands of years ago the Vedic rishis had harnessed this energy to decipher the mysteries of creation, now rediscovered by modern science. In 1905, Albert Einstein propounded the Theory of Relativity (E=mc2 or that everything in this creation is nothing but energy). The Law of Conservation of Energy states that energy can neither be created, nor destroyed; it can only be transformed from one form to the other. In this sense, since energy cannot be created, everything is pre-created. The only dynamics is then transformation.
What spurs this transformation? Our ancestors identified this as ‘the thought’. Energy follows thought. The atom bomb was at first a thought, a desire to create a device for mass destruction. Similarly, an aeroplane too was first conceived as a desire to be able to fly. In fact the entire creation is nothing but a manifestation of a single thought — the desire to experience. This thought led to the emergence of Mata Adi Shakti from who emerged the tridev and their three consorts.
A thought is an action unleashed, what manifests thereupon is an equal and opposite reaction. Each one of us through our thoughts and actions constantly creates ripples and gets tied into the reactions of those ripples into more ripples. This was realised by the Vedic masters as the law of karma. Newton’s law of action and reaction is no different.
However, thoughts too are not created; they exist in the space and we just happen to catch them depending on our individual frequencies, our states of being. One cannot expect a hungry man to think about restoring peace on earth. His thoughts would be driven by the desire to procure food. Our thoughts are thus governed by desire. The purpose of yoga is to still the thoughts from desires.
It is the thoughts and desires that tie one to the individual consciousness. Once these disturbances are removed, the being becomes one with the supreme consciousness. A yogi is then able to channelize the energy of the divine through the self. However a yogi does not use this energy for personal gains, his purpose becomes that of higher creation. Have you ever seen the sun asking for remuneration for its services? And conversely so, if the sun starts rationing its energy according to an individual’s capacity to afford, would it exude the same brilliance? So is true for a yogi. If he is in yoga, he will radiate the same attraction and definitely not put a fee to spreading the light of gyan.
The article was published in dailypioneer.


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