Wednesday, January 8, 2014

VIII: 22

Chapter 8, Verse 22

"This highest of states
Can be attained, Arjuna,
By unswerving devotion to me,
Within whom all beings dwell
And by whom all this is pervaded."

Paramahansa Yogananda:

The sole gift a human being may present to the Infinite Giver is love.  To bestow that gift on God, or miserly to withhold it, is our only private power.

Father Bede Griffiths:

The whole point of Bhakti is that it is to be centered on God.  In him and by him, this Universe is "spun out," like a spider spinning its web.  This can be compared to St. Paul's conception of Christ as the Person, in whom all things consist or "hold together."  That Highest Person in whom all these things and beings exist is the Purushottam, the Supreme Person, and he can be quickened in the heart by love.

St. Francis of Sales:

Many have asked for a secret way to wholeness, but there is no secret except undivided love for God.  The only way to gain that is by loving.  You learn to speak by speaking, to study by studying, to run by running and to work by working.  In the same way, you learn to love by loving.

Sri Krishna Prem:

Above our heads, like the Full Moon, shines forth that higher level of our being, which we can see beckoning to us, drawing our hearts with her beauty.  The best and easiest means to make the ascent is for aspirants to give themselves in love and devotion to that which is above their present level of consciousness.  Loving devotion is the easiest way by which people can transcend their limitations.  This is the great force which will carry aspirants out of their egoic selves.

These lines of Percy Shelley describe the rapture of the soul, dizzy with loss of self, soaring towards the Light.

Lamp of Earth!
Where'er Thou movest,
Dim shapes clad with brightness,
Souls whom Thou lovest,
Walk upon the winds with lightness,
Till they fail, as I am failing,
Dizzy and lost, yet unbewailing!

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