Two more attributes of divine love, Narada explains : shanti rupat - the divine love is of the nature of peace. And Paramanand rupascha - extreme bliss, extreme ecstasy. Shantirupat - peaceful. It is not the love of excitement - it is the love that comes with peace.
Usually love is associated with feverishness or excitement, tension, because you are in love, and you are worried whether the person whom you are in love with loves you or not.
All the time there is the doubt, “Oh, I love that person so much, does he or she love me also or not? And what do they think?” Fear of losing that love. All these anxieties, feverishness distort love. But divine love is shantirupat, there is such a serene calmness and peace with it. Paramanandarupascha - there is inexpressible joy, bliss.
Loka hanau chinta na karya, niveditatma lokaveda sheeltvat A glimpse of such love doesn’t take time, of course, that is true. But to stabilise that love, to maintain it in our daily life, it needs some strength, it needs some time.
Loka hanau chinta na - what to do? If your world is crumbling around you, don’t worry about it, because you have surrendered, you have offered everything to the Divine; niveditatma - yourself, the world, your own world. When you belong to the divine, you think your world doesn’t belong to the divine? When you belong to the divine, your family also belongs to the divine, your whole world belongs to the divine, your knowledge belongs to the divine, your character belongs to the divine.
Niveditatma lokaveda sheeltvat - we are worried about ourselves, we are worried about our family, about our reputation, about our knowledge, our correctness or incorrectness of the knowledge. These are the four main principles that cause worry to you. You worry about what people think about you, you worry about how you can carry on your life. Don’t worry, when you have offered yourself to the divine, all this also belongs to the divine. So you don’t have to worry, nature will take care of it, the divine will take care of it.
There is a story of Draupadi. She was asking for help from Krishna. But with one hand she was holding herself. She was a queen of Arjuna and she was stripped in an open assembly by the king of that place. She was holding the sari in one hand and she was calling for help from the other. She never got the help. But when she had to leave both hands and with both her hands up she cried, then the help came; then the sari, the cloth that she was wearing would never finish.
The more he stripped, the more it would grow. Have you heard this story? And he got tired, because the pile of sari came up high, and his hands were so tired stripping it off her. But he could not succeed.
There is another story about Krishna. Once He had sat down to eat, persons were serving him. He was eating the food when he suddenly got up in the middle of the meal and ran, saying, “My devotee is in trouble.” Everyone kept saying, “Oh, no, don’t go, eat the food and then go!” He went to the door - and then came back. He said, “He was calling me, but then he took care of himself.”
There are many stories, many events in your own life when you were really desperate and when you dropped all your hang-ups - the help definitely came. But if you are holding onto a handle with one hand and then trying to jump, it is like holding onto the diving board and wanting to swim. You are neither in the water nor are you on the diving board.
You are hanging somewhere in-between.
Excerpts from the book An Intimate Note to the Sincere Seeker by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar