Sacred space: In love and fear
In love and fear
SWAMI BRAHMDEV Dec 1, 2011, 12.00AM IST
People tell me they are afraid to love. The only thing that does not exist is fear. It is just negative imagination and when you imagine negatively, you make it happen.
If they are afraid of love, it means that whatever they call love is not love. Love is Divine, God, the Supreme. How can we be afraid of that which is the Truth?
Love is divine nature. If i am afraid of love, it means i don't know anything about love. We are made with the substance of love. That substance which nature used to make life, that substance is love. And when we are made of love, how can we be afraid of love? Only love exists. All life is love, if you know how to live it. But we live with our limited knowledge, understanding, consciousness, and with our limitedness we create our own definition of love. And with it, which is based on your limited nature, you feel afraid.
It is when you have fear, not love, that a desire will come to protect yourself. All the wrong processes will start. To protect from one fear, one hundred desires will be born. Just to protect yourself from your fear, a big game will start. Your attitude, your mind, your emotions, your vitals ...they start playing their game and give you a programme "Do like this. Live like this." And that programme will eat up your life.
Desire is a very good thing, it is my power. If i know how to use this power, one desire in life is enough to fulfil everything. One central desire is enough. But when the senses, memories, notions, ignorance help to play this game, they enter into the cycle of "desires". Desires are good for experience, for growth, for learning, but desires are not the best source for growth. When a desire comes and you do not fulfil it, you grow more than when you hasten to satisfy it.
If your mind is sick, negative, what kind of desire will your mind create? If the body is weak, sick, the quality of all your desires will be according to that. If my emotions are very sick, negative, what kinds of desires will they create? So, first grow your mental, physical, emotional capacities. Educate your senses, so at least they give better, healthy desires. That is why sometimes our desires come just to protect our fear, our ego, when they come from the senses.
Our desires are mostly based on selfishness, on greed, on ego-satisfaction, on our self-centredness. Desire means ignorance, it is born from ignorance.
Slowly, with the experiences of life and the growth of consciousness desires will reduce. And if one is growing very slowly or does not want to grow, then desires play a big role. Some people learn and grow very fast. Some people learn very slowly, and so grow very slowly.
If we just use these powers and our power of thinking and of consciousness and go deep within and ask, "If i have to desire, what should be the highest and best desire?" Instead of hundreds of desires, one is enough. Never ask God to give you anything. Tell God, "I need you. How you will fulfil this desire, that is your problem." That leads to what is called the desire-less state or the desire-fulfilled state.