“The embodied soul may be restricted from sense enjoyment, though the taste for sense objects remains. But, ceasing such engagements by experiencing a higher taste, he is fixed in consciousness.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-gita, 2.59)
रस-वर्जं रसो ऽप्य् अस्य
परं दृष्ट्वा निवर्तते
rasa-varjaṁ raso ‘py asya
paraṁ dṛṣṭvā nivartate
“I started this magazine a while back. I guess you could say it is based on a hobby interest of mine. I really admire this one public figure, for everything they have done. Their contributions have helped and inspired countless people across the globe.
“It is not difficult to find content for the publications. I simply focus on the many achievements. Sometimes there will be direct interviews to quote and analyze. Others volunteer their personal level of appreciation. This is not about earning money. I derive tremendous pleasure from the process.”
2. Master and servant
“I will do anything for my boss. They are the kindest human being I know. They rescued me from a terrible work situation I endured for many years prior. I will never forget that. I feel eternally indebted to them, and I just hope that they are pleased with my service.”
3. Friend and friend
“My friends mean everything to me. I often joke that people only need to see a therapist if they don’t have any real friends. If you share your feelings with someone, who is an equal, then that does so much good for mental health. I wish everyone had good friends like I do.”
4. Parents and children
“I appreciate and respect the various methods of parenting employed by people I know. I tend to be on the lenient side. Basically, whatever my kid wants I will do; within reason. I feel that is my duty. I had a happy childhood; I only have good memories from the first ten years of my life. I want to make sure my child has a similar experience.”
5. Lover and beloved
“They give me so much strength and support. I could never quantify it. Though we have been together for years, it feels like every day is still the honeymoon period. I don’t know how I got this lucky. I didn’t even try that much. I wasn’t looking, but they say that’s when the special someone enters your life.”
His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada explains that there is bound to be frustration in these relationships due to misuse. The loving propensity originates from before anyone can remember. Well prior to the current lifetime, tracing back as far as behind the timeline of this creation itself.
The proper outlet is the Supreme Personality of Godhead. That these relationships exist within the manifest realm is proof of the love every living being holds for God. The spiritual master, who teaches genuine spiritual life, thus has the simple task of taking an already existing propensity and redirecting it towards the proper corresponding entity.
Otherwise, the outpouring of love will continue. There will be corresponding rules and regulations based on the perverted version. This can be known as religion or concocted dharma. It has its own symbols of allegiance, such as a covering on the face, injecting unknown substances into the arm, reading contradictory and ever-changing published literature, and following false prophets.
However sincere a person may be in this exercise of love, there is always some kind of frustration. The relationship is vulnerable to breaking. I love someone today, and tomorrow I hate them. Though I gave everything to my children, one day they scorn me. They refuse to speak with me based on my political beliefs. I appreciated that one person so much, only to later learn of their embarrassing flaws.
The Supreme Personality of Godhead is known as Achyuta. He never falls down. He is the topmost person, Purushottama. To appreciate Him, to become friends with Him, to serve Him – these things are as natural as learning to walk and talk. The science of self-realization, bhakti-yoga, is for every person, irrespective of country of origin, language spoken, or religious tradition inherited at the time of birth.
There is detectable progress along the path. Just as the hungry person knows when they have eaten to their satisfaction, so the devotee of Krishna feels bliss in their connection with Him. It is a transcendental taste that begs to be experienced more and more, and the benefactor is more than willing to facilitate the indulgence into the infinite future.
Variety in relationships to see,
Different love offered by me.
But always frustrated in end,
Sometimes others not to extend.
Known since pervertedly reflected,
But that essential spirit detected.
So for Supreme should find,
Where love properly aligned.
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