Pure love doesn't beg; An illustration
Puttaparthi, Sai Kulwanth Hall (1996 Special Discourses )
Love is a triangle and it is not afraid of anything. It does not beg anyone. Love loves only for the sake of Love but not for any material thing. So Love is for Love. Love is fearless. It does not beg for anything. It loves just for Love. Such Love with these three qualities is the True Love. Once a king went to a forest for hunting. He was tired and felt thirsty. He saw a small hut at some distance. Expecting someone to be there he went and saw a great person meditating in that place. The king waited there without disturbing the person who is in meditation. After a little while the person got up and asked the king who he is and why he was waiting. The king replied that, “He is the king of that kingdom and having come for hunting and getting tired, he came there to take some rest”. Then that great person gave him some cool water and some fruits. The king was happy. Going back, the king requested that person to go along with him to his kingdom and accept his hospitality. That person being a sage who relinquished everything did not accept king’s invitation. The king pleaded repeatedly and then to make him happy, the sage went with him. Both of them bathed and the king went to the altar in his house and prayed to God as follows. “Oh God! By my fortune, I became the king. But this kingdom is very small. I have to expand this by conquering some other kings. Please bless me”. The sage, hearing this prayer got up suddenly and was leaving. The king saw and asked him, “Why was he leaving without accepting the food he was going to offer”? The sage said “I did not come here to beg from a beggar. You seem to be a beggar asking God for a huge kingdom. I can beg from that God directly if I want. I do not want anything from you”. So one who has pure love for God need not beg. One need not ask God for anything. He knows what each one wants and graces that from time to time.
Radha's love is unmatched and she is egoless: Conversation between Yashoda and Radha00:05:50
Truth and love are one and the same. The whole world becomes ‘shoonyam’- null and void due to the union of love and truth. A small example to illustrate this. Yashoda was going from street to street searching for Krishna. Since Krishna has one body, the word ‘searching’ is used. She was in continuous search of Krishna. If Krishna was everywhere, then is there any need to search for Him? But since Krishna had put on one body, she was searching for it. Seeing Radha in front of her, she asked, “O Radha! Did you see my boy Krishna? Did he come by to your place? I went all over and to everybody’s place, I did not find Krishna. Did you see Him?” Radha closed her eyes and with intense love she thought about Krishna, “O Krishna!” In a moment Krishna appeared there!! Yashoda saw this. “Krishna is my son and I am his mother. I thought for long that no love is greater than the mother’s love. I was egoistic with the feeling that none would love Krishna as much as I love him. I could not realise the mighty power of your love. Is there so much power in your love?! He manifested the moment you lovingly thought about him.” What kind of love is that of Radha? Her love is pure, sacred and egoless hence Krishna manifested there. If there is impurity in the heart or traces of ego, God does not manifest even after hours, days, years and eras of trying. Yashoda caught hold of Radha’s hands and said, “O Mother! You have opened my eyes to wisdom and have driven away my ego and ignorance. I realised that there are many whose love is greater than mine. I considered my love to be supreme and top most. It is my mistake. Please teach me love like you.” Radha said, “O Yashoda, it cannot be taught by anybody, it cannot be passed on by anybody. Each one has to understand and realise it by oneself and this love can only be developed once you believe Krishna whole heartedly.”After Krishna returned home, catching hold of Krishna tightly, she said, “Krishna! Pettinadi tinavu! Ne pettinadi tinavu! Gollala puttal kunupoyi, Pattelluga dobuttunavu tinedavu Neetho puttenu mattella Krishna!! Krishna! You don’t eat what is served, You do not eat what I give you, You visit the houses of cowherd boys And eat secretly fists full of butter” “You do not eat the butter that I give you. We have butter in plenty in our house but you do not eat that. But you go to other’s homes and eat butter even if they are chasing you.” What is the inner meaning of this? It only means that to Krishna heart of the devotee is most important than his mother or his home. God manifests without a moment’s delay when one develops love that is pure, unselfish and devoid of ego. The devotees are put to such delusions and troubles due to the body attachment.
Pure love would never change; An illustration00:02:29
Many students are with pure love as long as they are in our institute but when they go out, they say their mind changes due to bad company or due to some situations. This is not correct. If truly you have pure love in your heart, it should not change wherever you are. No society or nobody can change you. One example for this. Suppose we draw the picture of a creeper with flowers on a paper. When this is exposed to the wind, however strong the wind may be, only the paper moves but not the creeper drawn on that. Same way, though your mind may shake temporarily due to some bad company, your heart will be steady. It is not possible for anyone to change the love in your heart. So, it is your heart that is to be filled with love but not merely mind. Mind is only a form of your combined thoughts. This will change with the change of your thoughts. So fill your heart with sacred feelings and true Love and keep it safe.