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This Is What Real Love Looks Like

Burning Love -- Spring Botanical Red Tulip Flower“Real love is something so deep, so energizing, that you will not know it unless you experience it. Love is an expression of energy, not something that is transacted. Tell me one thing: can you love people when you meet them for the first time?”

(From the audience: No Swamiji! We don’t even know them, then how can we love them?)

Exactly! This is what you think. Let me tell you, with a little bit of intellectual understanding and meditation, you will realize that you can love anyone without a reason! You can love the trees on the road, you can caress them and feel the energy flow from you. You can love people whom you pass by on the road without even knowing them. Love is actually your very being, not a distilled quality that you possess.

Nothing is as misconstrued as love is today. Today, love is more of a transaction. If someone says something nice to you, you love him; tomorrow if the same person falls short of it, you don’t love him that much or you probably hate him.

Even your lifelong friend, with whom you chat everyday on the computer, will seem suddenly not-so-close if he says something that goes against your approval. Where is your love at this time? It has suffered temporarily!

It is just games that you play; a game in which love and hate surface alternately and interchangeably. And this love-hate relationship is not love at all. Be very clear. It is simply your reaction to a person or a situation, that’s all. This is what we call love. This is not real love. It is subjective love, that’s all.

Real love knows no object. It is simply there whether there is an object or not. Real love is the subject itself. It does not know any object. You are the subject and you have become love, that’s all. Any object that comes in touch with it, feels it. Just like a river flows naturally and people enjoy it at the different places that they encounter it, real love exudes from a person and the people around him will be able to feel it.

There is absolutely no room for conditioning in real love. The energy in you should overflow and express itself as love. It is then that you can break through the highly knotted boundaries of relationships and express yourself beautifully, as a loving being!

In order to discover the quality of your being, that is love, two things can be done. The first thing: repeatedly listen to words like these so that they create a conviction in you about real love; so that a space is created in you for the process of transformation. Second thing: meditate so that the transformation can actually happen.

In practical life, when you go deeper and deeper into relationships, you will understand that all that you feel is not real love, but just some form of give and take. It is all just adjustment, some compromise, some duty-bound feelings, some fear, some guilt. It is all there in the name of love.

Meditation will take you beyond these mis-understandings of love. Meditation will work at the being level. That is why it is a shortcut! When you have to go through life and know it by yourself, it will take you a lifetime. But with meditation, a space opens inside you to experience these things clearly for yourself, whatever your age may be.

Just understand this one thing: when you are able to love without a reason, you will expand like anything. Your world will suddenly seem larger than life. It will be so ecstatic. You will become an energy source to yourself and to others. You will be so overflowing that the energy in you has to touch others. There is no other way. Others will be naturally drawn to you.”

 

Originally posted September 2011

What is Enlightenment?

"We are always chasing happiness. We want to be happy all the time. The shortest way to be that way is to become enlightened!

 

Let me tell you what it means to be in the state of enlightenment. This is my personal experience.

 

The enlightenment keeps me in tremendous ecstasy 24 hours, 365 days a year. The word ‘ecstasy’ is not enough to describe the bliss I am in. Scientists say that whenever pleasure is stimulated in your system, a hormone called dopamine is released. Doctors call the point where it is released as the D-spot. When the chemical is released, our body is flooded with enormous energy.

 

When I am in the state of enlightenment, the idea of boundary, a limiting factor for most of us is lost. The feeling that my body ends here and the rest of the world starts here is absent. Everything is mine. The sensitivity with which I feel my body is the same that I feel for the whole cosmos.

 

My first experience with this kind of joy happened when I was a mere teenager. When I experienced it for the first time, the heightened sense of ecstasy lasted only for a few days. It gave me the first experience, the first glimpse. But after enlightenment, I live continuously in this heightened ecstasy. I am always in bliss day in and day out. It does not diminish, reduce. It just is. There is no time where I am not in this state.

 

When I became enlightened, I could no longer be judgmental. I only have compassion for everyone and everything. Merely by my physical presence, I radiate energy that will touch everyone.

 

With enlightenment, the basic idea of sex disappeared. The idea of being either male or female died. Though I have a male body, I can never identify with a male or female body. The truth is I am holding on to my body delicately, just like I hold a handkerchief, with my fingertips.

 

My mind doesn’t exist. I am like a tape recorder that plays when it is switched on. When it plays, you hear the sound. When it is switched off, there is silence. Similarly, when I stop talking, a space is created. There are no words here. There is only silence.

 

There are thousands of enlightened masters living on planet Earth. Their energies are all one and the same. Only their expressions are different.

 

Let us all strive towards enlightenment. Let us all partake the ecstasy and bliss that is eternal. Let all of us be in Nithyananda – eternal bliss."

 

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What Are You Saving to Do Right Now?

There are no rainy days, so what are you saving to do right now?

I might have been five years old when I first came across the idea of saving things to do on a rainy day. The idea was that someday, perhaps because it was raining outside, we would completely run out of things to do. Then we would be glad we had saved some things to do on that occasion.

I was just alert enough to protest that the whole idea didn’t quite make sense. “Why would we want to do any of these things just because it is raining outside?” I said.

I have to believe there was a time when it made sense to save things to do on a rainy day — but for most of us, that would have been a long time ago, before there were televisions and radios and other modern forms of indoor entertainment, or before there were cars and umbrellas to protect us from the rain if we decided to venture out. Now of course, there are no rainy days to fill. Every day brings its own things to do. 

The trouble is, people are still saving things to do in the future, as if there were a rainy day or some sort of modern equivalent on the way. Most people save ideas of things to do “someday,” as if a day will come along that provides “extra time” to do these things. Many people even keep lists, to-do lists of tasks that they have no intention of doing today, but perhaps someday.

Well, guess what? There are no rainy days, so anything you’re saving to do on a rainy day, or at any indefinite point in the future, you’re actually saving to do right now. Yes, that’s right — for all those things you said you would do someday, this is the moment. Right now. Because if you don‘t do it today, tomorrow won’t be any better.

The catch, of course, is that when you talk about doing something “someday,” it’s easy to imagine a broad expanse of time at your disposal. You can make a list of thousands of things to do, assign years worth of work to yourself. But as soon as you realize that now is the moment, that you’ve been saving all those things to do right now, everything changes.

If you have a to-do list, look at it and realize it is a list of things for you to do right now. This way of looking at it almost doesn’t make sense. You can’t do a whole list right now. You can probably do only one thing in any one moment — two or three at most. You have to decide what to do, and take action. And after that, who knows? Action changes things. The longer you postpone action, or the longer a to-do item stays on your list, the farther you get from the purpose and inspiration for the action. An inspired life results when there is the shortest possible delay between inspiration and action. To live a more inspired life, write fewer things on your to-do list. Instead, when life calls for action, take action immediately if at all possible.

There is something on your list, or an idea of something that you have been meaning to do someday, that can’t be put off any longer. Its moment has come. You aren’t really saving anything to do “someday”  — your life will move forward right now, or not at all. Stop daydreaming about a myriad of things you imagine you will do someday. Instead, ask, what are you saving to do right now?

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