What may bring about the arising of the ” Longing “?
Number of spans of our life are even too short to share this subject
but we can certainly find some way outs as preached by our enlightened masters.
Lord Ram has preached the great devotee Shabari in Ramcharit Manas:
The first step to devotion (Bhakti) is to keep company of the saints (Satsang).
Lord Krishna teaches in Bhagavad Gita:
“Obtain that knowledge (from sages) through reverence,
and innocent solicitation,
the sages who are aware of reality will initiate you into it.”
Seeker is advised to approach seers with reverence,
self-surrender, and humility,
to be instructed in true knowledge through devoted service and guileless curiosity.
These seers will enlighten him on it.
The ability to acquire this knowledge comes only with a wholly dedicated service.
They are seers who enable us to have direct perception of God.
They know the mode of yagya and they will teach it to seeker.
It’s total grace of God to find a pure sage.
Without accumulation of righteous impulses,
one can never get association
blessings of an enlightened sage.
The most sacred earning of spiritual life is to take refuge in accomplished sage
to serve such sages with mind, heart and all actions with selfless motive.
To approach really enlightened seers with reverence, self-surrender, and humility,
to be instructed in true knowledge through devoted service and guileless curiosity
must be on the top priority.
Most Revered Nanak Gurudev ji preaches:
“Meeting the True Guru, the wandering mind is held steady;
it comes to abide in its own home.
It purchases the Naam, chants the Naam, and remains absorbed in the Naam………”
Most Revered Adi Shankaracharya ji preaches:
“Among the means and conditions necessary for liberation,
bhakti alone is supreme.
A constant contemplation of one’s own Real Nature is called devotion.”
Nārada Bhakti Sūtra onwards enlightens us on Bhakti:
Nārada, says that bhakti consists of surrendering all strivings-to-become unto That (Self, Pure Beingness), forgetting Which one is subject to extreme distress.
Revered Nārada gave three definitions of bhakti, according to three sages, namely
Parashara, Garga and Shandilya:
(1) delighting in divine worship – pūjādiṣhu anurāga iti pārāśaryaḥ,
(2) delighting in divine stories – kathādiṣhu iti gargaḥ,
(3) removing all obstacles to reveling in Self –
ātma-raty-avirodhena iti śāṇḍilyaḥ.
Most Revered Gurudev, Anant Vibhushit, Swami Paramanand jee Paramhans preaches:
“Believe that adoration of the Supreme Spirit has commenced when,
even while one is leading the life of a householder,
there are signs of weariness and tears,
sentiment so powerful that it chokes the throat.”
Manifold strands are entwined in love: of dharm, precept, restraint, pious association, and sentiment.
Most revered Gurudev Swami Adgadanand Jee Paramhans preaches:
“To become the very embodiment of devotion
as a wayfarer on the path of spiritual quest is the prime necessity.
It is seeker’s love for God that inspires to get ready for the war between matter and spirit.
The initial stage is thus of love, adoration.”
And then says revered sage Ramakrishna:
“I tell you the truth: there is nothing wrong in your being in the world.
But you must direct your mind toward God;
otherwise you will not succeed.
Do your duty with one hand and with the other hold to God.
After the duty is over you will hold to God with both hands…”
Sings Sri Krishna in Bhagavad Gita.
“Seek refuge with all your heart,
in that God by whose grace
you will attain to repose and the everlasting, ultimate bliss.”
Silence always leads to eternal silence.
When your mind and senses get totally restrained,
there is no way out except to reach to the stage of stillness in total silence.
And beloved waits there….waits for your final merger
so that silence may ever last as infinite eternal silence.
You exist no more and identity gets lost forever.
Drop drops in ocean and gets named as ocean.
only oneness exists.