Discover the various layers of your existense

Published: 23rd October 2013 09:00 AM  |   Last Updated: 23rd October 2013 09:00 AM   |  A+A-

Yallabdhva puman siddho bhavati,  amrito bhavati, tripto bhavati

Having attained that, human life becomes perfect. There is nothing that you feel you don’t have. That perfection dawns in life. Siddho bhavati, amrito bhavati - you recognise that something deep inside which has never aged, never dies. Tripto bhavati - it brings such fulfilment. Love  brings such fulfilment in life.

Yat prapya na kinchid vanchati, na shochati, na dweshti, na ramate notsahi bhavati

Having attained that, there is no more craving, no more desires. Na shochati - you will not sit and cry for anything, there is no sadness. Na dweshti - you do not hate anything. Na ramate - nothing else is ‘rejoiceful’. Nothing else is pulling you off your centre, nothing else is charming.

Notsahi bhavati - then there is no other enthusiasm or excitement that can take you off. That does not mean you are devoid of enthusiasm - notsahi bhavati. You are not over-enthusiastic, not over-excited about anything.

Yat gyatva matto bhavati, stabdho bhavati,  atmaramo bhavati

Matto bhavati - knowing which you become intoxicated; stabdho bhavati - so still deep within you. Atmaramo bhavati - you are reposing in the Self. Only love can make you repose in the Self, only love can quieten you; matto bhavati - only love can intoxicate you. There are so many types of intoxication, but the intoxication that comes out of love is the intoxication, the  supershot. You are amazed, wonder-struck. It is baffling. Atmaramo bhavati - and it reposes you in the Being.

The Rishi addresses all the three levels. Emotionally you get intoxicated, intellectually you are wonder-struck and you repose in the Self.

The three layers of our existence are the Spirit (the  Self), the Mind (the Intellect) and the Emotions. How does love have such a profound impact on all three layers? Cravings, desires and aversions arise in the heart. Curiosity, inquisitiveness,  enquiry are in the intellect. Joy comes out of intoxication. That is why many people get into intoxication or curiosity when they read all sorts of magazines or watch television. Everything is for the intellect - to calm it down and satisfy the urge of the intellect to know. There is nothing so  wonderful, so awesome, as this deep devotion.

Stabdho bhavati, atmaramo bhavati - is this just an emotional exercise or will it take us further towards the ultimate reality, the truth to Self-realisation? The Rishi says, “It takes you to the Self.

Such is Stabdho bhavati, atmaramo bhavati - is this just an emotional exercise or will it take us further towards the ultimate reality, the truth to Self-realisation? The Rishi says, “It takes you to the Self. Such is the glory of Bhakti, of love.”

This commentary is from the book Narada Bhakti Sutras by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar www.artoflivingshop.com

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