Love is perfect, love is eternal, and pure love is the natural condition of the eternal living being.
LUST OR LOVE
Lust is the complete absence of love, and love is the complete absence of lust. Love is selfless and God centered, lust is selfish and me centered. Love is enlightening and liberating, lust is degrading and binding. Lust binds me to ignorance and the suffering of repeated birth and death; love elevates me to knowledge and the unlimited bliss of eternal life.
The material dimension is ruled by lust, the spiritual dimension consists of ever- increasing love.
We have all heard the story or seen the movie where the hero, facing death, with all conviction professes to his loved one, “I will love you forever, I will never forget you,” and then leaves his body. This lie is repeated over and over, part of the cheating backdrop of material life and just another feature of lust.
The lie of lust plays out in many ways: ‘I will protect you”, “I will make you happy”, “you are the love of my life”, “we will be happy forever”, etc. This attempt to find the perfect person or the perfect relationship within the material world will always fail because perfect relationships with the perfect person only exist in the spiritual world and not amongst conditioned souls withering within the material universes.
I am completely immersed in the material ocean of temporary relationships, temporary pleasures, temporary attachments to temporary objects, and everything I know, think, feel, and will, ends at death. All of this is anchored in lust or “what will make me happy”.
How many times have I “fallen in love” and “fallen out of love”? It really should be how many times have I “fallen in lust” and “fallen out of lust”? How much pain have I suffered in these different situations and why does anger, resentment, disappointment, misunderstanding, and other failings always appear within these relationships which started out so wonderful and perfect?
Based on lust, material relationships will always end painfully. Even the good marriage relationship of 50 years ends badly, when at death the strong bonds of attachment are ripped apart, when one pleads with the other not to leave. This “love” and attachment is illusory because it is temporary, based on the temporary material body.
“While contemplating the objects of the senses, a person develops attachment for them, and from such attachment lust develops, and from lust anger arises.
From anger, delusion arises, and from delusion bewilderment of memory. When memory is bewildered, intelligence is lost, and when intelligence is lost, one falls down again into the material pool.” BG 2.63-64
Everything in the material world is tainted with lust with a view to enjoy: I love New York, I love the sunset, I love ice cream, I love my family, I love my job, I love skiing, I love concerts, I love roses, etc. Whatever I contemplate for enjoyment through my senses, I spend my life trying to attain. Whatever I know that causes me not to enjoy, I try to avoid.
Completely led by lust, I keep returning to this world again and again, and never, ever, find satisfaction. The nature of this place makes me so burned out that I finally come to my senses and realize that I need return to my spiritual home.
Love is perfect, love is eternal, and pure love is the natural condition of the eternal living being. It is always increasing and the object and source for that love is always the Supreme Attractive Person, Shri Krishna. Love is the dimension of ever-increasing intense bliss where the variety of pastimes with the Supreme Person at every moment become newer and fresher.
My experiences within a material body can never be compared to spiritual experiences. If I string together all of my most satisfying, pleasurable, happy moments of my life and compare those to the dissatisfying moments of boredom, anger, unhappiness, fear, rejection, envy, jealousy, failure, sadness, loneliness, emptiness, defeat, embarrassment, loss, sickness, despair, restlessness, weakness, uncertainty, confusion, etc., which are more prevalent? None of the latter exist in spiritual love.
I cannot taste love by speculation, imagination, intelligence, or anything else within the realm of matter. I experience love by receiving it from the spiritual dimension which can descend into the material dimension. The form of love which awakens me appears in the material dimension as Bhakti yoga.
Bhakti yoga is transcendental loving devotion to the Supreme Person. It can be practiced in the material world as Sadhana Bhakti by relating to God in the following ways:
1. Hearing transcendental sound (scripture, the words of the lover of God, descriptions of the pastimes, form, qualities, etc., of the Supreme Person)
2. Singing or speaking transcendental sound
8. Becoming His friend
By practicing these different items, my original consciousness and love for the Supreme Lord is awakened. Then achieving perfection, I eternally engage in these activities immersed in an unimaginable variety of reciprocal pastimes with Him.