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What are the Signs of Love?

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar ji, signs of love

When you love someone you don’t see anything wrong in them. Even if you see some fault in them you justify the fault and say Well everyone does it, it is normal.

You think you have not done enough for them. The more you do, the more you want to do for them. They are always in your mind.

Ordinary things become extraordinary. For example: A baby winking at grandmother.

You want them to be yours exclusively.

When you love someone, you want to see them always happy and you want them to have the best.

You get hurt even over small things.

- Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Devotion, prayer and being connected

In devotion to God there are three things: Stuti (praise), upasana (being connected) and prathana (prayer).Praising the qualities of God, meaning viewing the wonderful creation of God and being wonderstruck by it. To realize the presence of a creator and say, ‘what a wonderful creation you have created oh Lord!’, and then praising the qualities of the creator that is stuti (praise).

Just because you praise don’t think you are persuading God to grant you some favors. It is to hope that by praising, those qualities would come to you. When you say my grandmother and grandfather were very patient people, won’t you also get that quality of being patient? That is why when we are praising the qualities; those qualities will come to us. This is Stuti (praise).

Upasana means to create a near or a close relationship. To think God is mine.

A close relationship is to be developed with God. To develop a close connection with God, through mother, through father, through Guru, through your favorite Godhead (idol, name, and symbol) is called upasana. Now prathana (prayer); what is prayer? It is a request to God to help you out in something in which you are deficient in. Make up the things in which I am deficient in. Then yes I am thankful to whatever you have given me so far, this is prayer.

~ Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Devotion is your nature

Devotion is abiding in your own nature; like the sweetness cannot leave sugar, the coolness cannot leave ice; the nature to flow does not leave water right! Similarly devotion is your nature it won’t leave you.

~ Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

The love of one who is so centered

Q: What is Divine Love?

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: There is a love in which respect is not lost in spite of intense intimate love, the love of one who is so centered. The more you go near Krishna, the more you go near Buddha, the more you go near Jesus, your respect will only increase, and it will not diminish.

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar playing the Veena

Upcoming festivals in India, Late November 2010

17 November:

  • Tulsi Vivah / Dev Uthani ekadashi: 4 months of chaturmas which started on dev shayani ekadashi, three days before Guru Purnima, get over on Dev Uthani Ekadashi
  • Bakrid

21 November:

  • Kartik Purnima, the month of raas which started on Sharad Purnima ends on Kartik Purnima
  • Guru Nanak Dev's Jaynati, Guru Purab
  • Dev Deepawali on the banks of River Ganges in Varanasi

22 November:

  • Indian month of Marg Shirsh begins. Krishna says in Gita: ‘Among months, I am the month of Marg Shirsha.’ This is also the month when Gopis of Vrindavan had performed Divine Mother Katyayni’s worship on the banks of River Yamuna, with a prayer to grow in devotion to Lord Krishna, and receive the consciousness that their sole sustainer, caretaker and beloved is Lord Krishna. The Gopis’ prayer in Sanskrit from Srimad Bhagwat Purana is:

Katyayni Mahamaaye Mahayoginya dheeshwari,
Nand Gop Sutam Devi, Patim Me Kurute Namah.

कात्यायनी महामाये महायोगिन्यधीश्वरी।
नंद्गोपसुतं देविं पतिं मे कुरुते नमः॥

Following the example of Gopis of Vrindavan, many people recite this prayer especially in the Indian month of Marga Shirsha, as a spiritual practice to grow in devotion and surrender to Lord Krishna. `कृष्णः एव गतिर्ममः, Krishna is my only refuge’ as Vaishnav saint Mahaprabhu Vallabhacharya had reminded.

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