Is our assumption about love blocking our realization of love?

Love is what novels and movies talk about. Such depictions of love conjure images of sensual highs and emotional crests.
 
But real love is more about giving of ourselves to another person; it is about service and sacrifice, about selflessness and absorption in another. And real love is that which lasts and lasts forever. That love is possible only at the spiritual level, because that level of reality alone is eternal. As souls, when we direct our love towards Krishna and through him to all living beings, then the resulting love floods and fulfills our heart eternally.
 
But because we are too attached to material things, as the Bhagavad-gita (15.11) we can’t perceive the momentous changes happening in our consciousness at the spiritual level. We assume that when we practice devotional service, Krishna signs a contract to take care of our material life on our terms. This assumption prevents us from relishing Krishna’s love at the spiritual level of reality, but also prevents us from raising our consciousness to that level. Drowning people when rescued get relief not by the removal of water from the ocean but by the removal of their own soaked bodies from the ocean.
 
Similarly, devotional service provides us relief not by changing the nature of material reality, but by giving us an experience of a higher reality and thereby changing the nature of our relationship with material reality. When we open-mindedly and whole-heartedly serve Krishna, without expecting our service to act as a subconscious bargaining tool to get him to agree to our terms, then we discover how his terms and his plans for us are far better than what we could ever have thought – and his love is far sweeter than what our fanciful notions of love had conjured.

Bhagavad Gita Chapter 15 Text 11

"The endeavoring transcendentalists who are situated in self-realization can see all this clearly. But those whose minds are not developed and who are not situated in self-realization cannot see what is taking place, though they may try."
Devotional culture sets us free from our emotional cocoons
Evil never wins as thoroughly as when it wins in the heart
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11 Comments

  1. Oh Lord pls hv ur mercy upon me n show n guide me to d path toward u…
    N pls help me by providing d patience n strenght required for this selfless Spiritual Love for d purpose of serving u more n more…..
    Hare Krshna…..\●/
    Hare Rama…….\●/

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  2. Hare Krishna !
    Thank you very much for making us clear
    about love which we see in movies
    compare to love of Krishna. Thank you
    again for openning our eyes.

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  3. Thank you for such a wonderful explanation. I liked the point “Similarly, devotional service provides us relief not by changing the nature of material reality, but by giving us an experience of a higher reality and thereby changing the nature of our relationship with material reality”.

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  4. Hare Krishna Prabhuji,
    The punch line is “Love is expressed through sacrifice and service and is possible only at spiritual level of reality”. If only the whole world understood this, and imbibed it in their lives, all the problems of the world would be resolved.
    Till that day comes, we have to make an earnest attempt in trying to take this message to maximum number of people of this World.
    Yours servant,
    Stoka Krsna Das

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  5. Love in material world is temporary. But can one person have true love for other person in material world?
    Please describe it.

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  6. Thank you pr for posting this article,this is most commonly seen and is the general trend of an ordinary and a non self realized person…,

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  7. Very beautifully explained, prabhuji.

    I now have your book. As you suggest in the book, i read its one page every morning …

    I send your posts to some of my friends. They truly enjoy them.

    Hari Bol.

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  8. You have explained so nicely prabhu. I read the BG translation after reading your description and felt that I wouldn’t have understood 10% of the translation if I had not read your explanation. Thank you prabhu for very appropriate examples.
    Hare Krishna

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  9. Thanks for explaining the difference between love in movies compared to love of Krishna..

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  10. thank you pr ji for explaining to us the concept of

    KRSNA THE SUPREME PLANNER…..THE PERFECT PLANNER … THE SUPREME BRAIN. ……” then we discover how his terms and his plans for us are far better than what we could ever have thought – and his love is far sweeter than what our fanciful notions of love had conjure “

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