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In Search of a Lost Love

 
Lord Chaitanya
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07/29/2011 09:27 AM
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Mother Nature is always speaking. She speaks in a language understood within the peaceful mind of the sincere observer. Leopards, cobras, monkeys, rivers and trees; they all served as my teachers when I lived as a wanderer in the Himalayan foothills. They shared the kind of lessons that elevate the spirit.

One particularly illuminating lesson from the forest comes in the form of the Himalayan musk deer. The musk deer is referenced in Sanskrit poetry and philosophy owing to its peculiar behavior. Prized by the perfume industry for its exceptional aroma, musk is one of the world's most expensive natural products, fetching more than three times its weight in gold. The aroma of musk is so alluring that when the musk deer's sensitive nose catches wind of it he roams the forest day and night in pursuit of its source. He exhausts himself in a fruitless quest, never realizing the bitter irony: the sweet fragrance he was chasing resided nowhere but within himself. Musk, you see, is produced by a gland in the stag's very own navel: it was searching without for what was all along lying within.

The sages of India found in the musk deer an apt description of the human condition. We are all pleasure-seeking creatures wandering a forest of some sort -- replete with pleasures and perils alike. Moreover, we are prone to the same type of folly as the deer: we seek our happiness externally. Misconceiving our true needs, we wrongly equate our fulfillment and self-worth with possessions, positions, mental and sensual thrills. We are often drawn into superficial relationships which hold the promise of lasting satisfaction, yet leave us feeling empty.

The true treasure lies within. It is the underlying theme of the songs we sing, the shows we watch and the books we read. It is woven into the Psalms of the Bible, the ballads of the Beatles and practically every Hollywood film ever made. What is that treasure? Love. Love is the nature of the Divine. Beneath the covering of the false ego it lies hidden. The purpose of human life is to uncover that divine love. The fulfillment that we're all seeking is found in the sharing of this love.

The power of love is most profound. It has various levels. In its crudest sense, the word love refers to acts of physical intimacy, and its influence over society is obvious. But on a deeper, more emotional level, not simply of the body but of the heart, there is no greater power than love. For the sake of money and prestige, one may be willing to work long hours, weekends, even holidays. A mother's love, on the other hand, is selfless and unconditional. There's nothing she won't do for the well-being of her child, and she asks for nothing in return.

When love is pure it has the power to conquer. Lover and beloved conquer each other by their affection. The source, the essence, the fullest manifestation of love's conquering power is the love of the soul for the supreme soul, or God. The sages who authored India's sacred texts found that the most astonishing of all of God's wonders was His willingness and eagerness to not only be touched by our love, but to be conquered by it. The cultivation of that dormant love is called the path of bhakti (devotion). This love is within all of us. It is the greatest of all powers because it is the only power that can grant realization of the highest truths and the only power that can reveal the deepest inner fulfillment in our lives. On the strength of this love we can overcome envy, pride, lust, anger and greed. There is no other means of conquering these diseases within us.

One who loves God sees everything in relation to God. Therefore their love flows spontaneously toward everyone, at all times, everywhere. They even love those who wish them harm. If you love God, you can't hate anything or anyone. If the love one offers is met with hate, it doesn't die, rather it manifests in the form of compassion. That is universal love. It is not just a sentiment. It cannot be manifested merely by a shift in mental disposition. It can only come from inner cleaning, an inner awakening. Then that love becomes the reality of life.

This inner cleansing is the goal of all spiritual practice. Every prayer offered, mantra chanted, or ritual performed should be for the purpose of removing the impurities which impede the full blossoming of unconditional love and compassion. This is the only way to peace, both individually and collectively. When our intrinsic love is awakened and our divine qualities shine through, we will not only find the pleasure we've been seeking but also become powerful agents of change in the world.

We are all searching, roaming the forest like the musk deer, seeking the pleasures outside. When we recognize what we are really looking for and begin searching for the lost love within, at that point, the real journey of human life begins.

[link to www.radhanath-swami.net]
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LOVE & PEACE
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07/29/2011 10:00 AM
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07/29/2011 10:09 AM
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So beautiful, OP. Thank you for the reminder - and thanks for posting.

hf
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07/29/2011 10:34 AM
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Thank YOU, OP, as that first part about how truly unique love is between two people is RIGHT ON the money !

Found REAL LOVE about 35 years ago, and lost her to poor timing, emotional and financial instability. I don't even know if she is alive, but the lamp of my love burns bright with the hope we will meet again; here or in the afterlife.

Susan Istzwan, I STILL LOVE YOU and await your call ... same number ! Your gone from the phone books of Greenwich, CT. but NOT from my heart !

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If anything should be pinned , THIS SHOULD BE !
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07/29/2011 10:45 AM
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excellent thread
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Belongs on page ONE !
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07/29/2011 11:14 AM
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He IS RIGHT !

TRUE Love overcomes all !
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TOO MUCH 'doom news'; no one has time to read about what's REALLY worth while.

NOT a good time for a poetry thread either, lol !
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you have 700 million people in your country... go get a new one
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Truth and Love...
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you are so correct, and I have said this already many times. This is the greatest thing to happen to me ever to know and comprehend the true meaning of union with GOD by the embodying of His spirit.

Pure divine Love with all truth, is pure gold in the eyes of the Lord. To come to eat the divine seed of GOD, is like eating the fruit of GOD in the higest purest form, because everything is contained


within this seed (or pearl) from creator source, which will come to those who have been sealed and are reborn of the water and spirit by the power of the living God to become partakers in the great work. "As above; so below; as without, so within." This is the iheritance of overcomers.


We should always try to keep our light shining bright, no matter how many times life has beaten us down. Always strive to keep your love alive inside you, for this will change your waters you hold within and expand them to the unlimited and absolute ,and transform you back to your true selves.

Never give up on the creator incarnating within you, make this your utmost goal to attain and to dwell with GOD within and to know you are one with creator source, which is the purpose of man, to find God within himself.



Hosea 2:16 "In that day," declares the LORD, "you will call me 'my husband'; you will no longer call me 'my master.'
Hosea 2:19 I will betroth you to me forever; I will betroth you in righteousness and justice, in love and compassion.
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Revelation 21:3-4

3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.

4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
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Wonderful! 5*!
Standing in the struggle till I'm 6 feet under the sand, and the Earth recycles my flesh and lets my soul expand like the birds first flight from the nest
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THANK YOU hf
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Hugs an lovehf
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Truthhf
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beautiful indeed!

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