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The God-Lover. A Dedication to Miz BeJabbers
Not so long ago, I spent three months in Africa, serving The Divine. On my last day at work, I was embraced by a girl who hugged and kissed me. Quite cute, quite sweet; quite sentimental, I thought, then went home. That night I could not sleep, but was bombarded by thoughts and desires which burned through my mind and body so intensely, that I was quite lucky to survive.
Poor celibates! We go to others with all sorts of good intentions; indeed with love or joy in our minds, sometimes unaware of the larger picture. Here I am reminded of a Great woman of the Mahabharata called Kunti. She was extremely kind to all, but especially Saints and Sages.
One day, overwhelmed by her kindness, a great Sage gave her a boon to be blessed with a child. Poor Kunti, she was not married and still a beautiful rose, yet the words of the Sage came true, and so she had a charming son. His story I will not tell here, but he grew up to be a powerful, dutiful and highly skilled archer, who fought in the Mahabharata war.
The story is actually quite sad, in a way, as Kunti had other sons later and they all met on the battlefield, on opposite sides of the Struggle. Some say that Karna, Kunti’s first son, was even more powerful than Arjuna, another son of hers. But Sri Krishna was on her side and so Yudhishthira’s army emerged victorious. Thus the moral here is that whenever one duty clashes with another, the Higher duty, should always take precedence.
The divine and illustrious Karna was brought up by the King, and so Karna felt duty-bound to fight on the side of adharma (unrighteousness), because of his sense of loyalty to the King Dhristharasta and his wicked son Dudhodhana.
Back to my sweet sister at work. One day, I received a lovely e-mail from her, in which she said that I was replaced by another girl, who was very nice, and would give me a good run for my money. So I wrote back to her, telling her that first and foremost, I was a God-lover, and that whatever I did was coloured by my Love for God.
I also told her, that if this girl was a God-lover, then she would be giving me a run for my money indeed, and that I welcomed her with much speed!
This reminds me of a comment on one of my Hubs by a loving friend recently. Yoda complimented me, but drew parallels’ with another more deserving poet. All in good faith, of course, but it in turn reminded me, of what I had said to this beloved sister in my story. Here is a very powerful aphorism worth pondering:
“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” Matthew, 6:33 (KJV).
The farmer tills the soil, works with the rain and sun plus other elements, adds decent compost, and finally gets a bumper harvest, some months later. He knows intuitively, about the necessity of watering or dealing with the kernels and roots, before thinking of the branches, flowers, blossoms and fruits. The farmer symbolises the way of the God-lover. The Supreme is always first, and not the other way around.
Two brothers were travelling on a pilgrimage. They both became hungry and deviated from their path, to a plot of land bearing mangoes and oranges. One brother ate to his heart’s content, but the other, being wiser, went and made friends with the owner of the land. The result was that he got not only the fruits, but access to the entire garden.
The great Sai of India used to say, that if one throws a heavy stone at a tree, it will only go so high. However, if the aim was the sky and not the tree, it would definitely go higher.
The God-lover serves quietly, ceaselessly and relentless, in pursuit of the Divine. He does not think of helping. Who can he help? We are all God’s children, and each is Special, each one has his/her own Light. So instead he inspires, strives to elevate, to reach their Hearts, always with the inner message of Love, of Beauty …Light …
May our radiant Lanterns find us worthy, and may we strive to lessen the burden of the Supreme, all being loving branches on the Tree of Celestial Charm, radiating loving and endearing messages for the One. Alleluia! Praise be!
Manatita, The Lantern Carrier. Copyrighted, 17th October, 2015.
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