We may be unloved, but we are never unlovable
Small children feel unloved when their parents are too busy to spend time with them. Worse still, if this happens repeatedly, they feel unlovable – they feel that something is wrong with them because of which their parents don’t love them. Feeling unloved is distressing, but feeling unlovable is devastating.
A similar psychological reaction may play out in our lives as adults. If we find ourselves neglected or rejected by others, we too may feel unloved. Worse still, if we face coldness and harshness from people repeatedly, we may feel unlovable, imagining that something is wrong with us that makes us unworthy of anyone’s love.
Countering such fears, Gita wisdom assures that Krishna always loves us. His love for us is based not on who we are, but on who he is – the all-loving Lord of all. The Bhagavad-gita (05.29) states that he is the well-wisher of all living beings. “All living beings” means that there is no exception – he loves everyone, no matter how fallen they may be.
Krishna’s omni-benevolence implies that no matter how many people abandon us, he will never abandon us. He always resides in our heart; nothing can make him give up his intimate indwelling position or his unfailingly affectionate disposition.
We can direct our consciousness towards Krishna by practicing bhakti-yoga, which enables us to feel peace and joy in his remembrance. Such enriching feelings, coupled with the Gita’s profound philosophical wisdom, give us the conviction and realization that we are always valued, loved, treasured by the person who matters the most: Krishna.
With the emotional security coming from our spiritual connection with Krishna, we can maturely face obstacles and reversals in our worldly relationships. Based on what is best for our growth and service, we can work positively towards restoring frayed relationships or forging new ones.
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