Uttam Kumar & Sucitra Sen in Indrani – 1958
In the fire of Love, I burn.
I reach for you, in heat, in ice,
A moon liquid, light, spills over you,
My lips searching your secret skin,
I lose myself in you.
You hold me in your eyes, desire,
Trembling in hope, in expectation,
Each cell resonating,
Your face a smile, innocent, luminous,
Here in deep sweetness, we come together.
I open to you, as you to me,
Not demanding, you turn gently,
As flowers follow the sun,
Your being, a space for me to fill,
Oh, Ecstasy, Beloved!
United we are, from the myriad trails,
The pathways, long lonely corridors of the past,
As streams on the earth, blood in the veins,
We meet in the Heart, to burn,
In the Fires of our Becoming.
On the edge of time, in the ever present Now,
I wait, longing for your embrace.
To entice you with madness, I reveal my Beauty.
My stars kiss fire, piercing, surrender,
Whispering mysteries, drawing you close to me.
I flower in a thousand blossoms,
Will my nectar soon intoxicate you?
To you I sing in shimmering summer leaves,
Caress you with wild dreaming winds.
From the laughter of children, your friends,
Lovers and strangers in the street, I call out to you.
Longing for you down through the ages,
I gaze into your eyes from myriad faces,
In shadowed rooms, I glance longingly,
Following your footsteps, soft, rhythm,
The sound of your breath, through countless nights,
You, dancing on galaxies, One with spiraling harmonies,
Turn to me.
I wait – to give you All.
V. Susan Ferguson – written sometime in the 1980s
This universe is a temporal illusory hologram made up of waveforms of varying frequencies. The lower frequencies resonate with and produce the multiplicity of the external manifestation appearing to us through the five senses as solid matter. The higher frequencies often remain hidden within, and completely invisible to those who are limited to the five senses.
The word surrender is a strange quantity here in the west. We really don’t understand or value surrender. But in love, surrender to the Beloved brings everything sublime and sweet. In fact women often understand surrender better than men because it is in such a state that a woman achieves her deepest and most life altering orgasms. For most men the word surrender evokes only weakness in warfare.
Hinduism and Sufism incorporate the ideal of devotion and surrender in mystical union. In Hinduism this type of union is called Bhakti Yoga. Bhakti means devotion and yoga means union. In Bhakti the beloved becomes the Beloved, meaning the God-within you. Surrender to the Beloved, the God-within us, generates a frequency that opens the inner realms to us and shifts our consciousness from the temporal illusion of multiplicity to the eternal Real.
Bajirao Mastani – 2015
Bhakti Yoga is a very complex topic, rarely understood in the west because the idea of sacrificing for Love no longer exists in our current consumer society. I believe that one of the reasons Bollywood cinema is rarely appreciated by a western audience is the fact that we simply don’t have a paradigm of sacrifice and giving up ourselves into Love, and these ideas permeate all Indian cinema. Here in the west, we look at people who are involved in unrequited affairs of the heart as victims of their own stupidity. Certainly in practice, loving someone who brutalizes you is not to be recommended. But the ideals of sacrifice and surrender permeate Hinduism and Sufism as a means to Union with the Divine.
I sometimes wonder if anyone here in America still believes in the ideal of loving one person for a lifetime, loving even when that love is not returned. This kind of love is very rare, but all of us need and want to be loved. No matter how hard life has made us, we will each and every one long for that special someone, the one we dream of, the one we lost, or even the stranger we saw only in passing. Alone in our solitude, deep in the shadows of memory, there is not one human being who does not treasure the ideal of love in their heart of hearts. This is the essence of Bhakti Yoga.
It seems that the Creator has left a secret, immaculate, ever-present Longing in every human heart, yours and mine, a longing that cannot be quenched by either flesh, or wine, or ultimately by any desire. In the end, the flesh rots, the wine sours, and every desire – however sweetly fulfilled or painfully crushed – fades. This is the nature of a polarity universe. We did not intend to be trapped here by our desires for all eternity. We intended only to enjoy (BHOGA) life and move on.
Heathcliff and Cathy in Wuthering Heights
It is this Longing for our Source, our Home, that remains.
This longing is in fact what compels us to love.
Immutable, untouchable and strong this ineluctable longing drives us all every day of our lives. It is in every one and every thing we ever love. We long for the God-within and this is what we see in the eyes of our first love, what we hear in the laughter of children, and what we find so entrancing about that golden sunlight dancing on soft waters. This longing is what makes us love sweet melodies, songs of heartbreak and loneliness. This longing clings to us as the ‘one’ we cannot forget.
When we are young, we all believe that romantic love will last forever. As we grow older and more experienced, we realize that the institution of marriage is a different energy and often quite distinct from romance. But in our lives it is romance that we all remember. That moment when we, unaware, let down our defenses and allowed another, our beloved, into our heart and soul, that moment gave us a window, a glimpse into the Heart of our Source.
The memory of that divine nectar and the sweetness of those feelings of Oneness are sometimes all we have to carry us, dodging the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, through this, the valley of the shadow of death. These transforming feelings of Oneness are what seduce mystics into the hidden world of Silence and the myriad practices that promise the Return of the Beloved.
These same feelings are what draw us all to romantic songs, poetry, and films. When we see these moments of surrender, sacrifice and passionate obsession, we remember the feelings we have lost, feelings we cannot even name, a something that haunts our hearts down the trails of Time – our
Beloved. This is the essence Bhakti Yoga – using this longing within us all to reach the God-within.
Sufi poetry is filled with a virtual wonderland of images of separation from and union with the Beloved, God. The Catholic mystics St. John of the Cross and St. Teresa of Avila both wrote of their ecstatic experiences of reunion with God.
“… O night that has united the Lover with his beloved, transforming the beloved in her Lover. Upon my flowering breast which I kept wholly for him alone, there he lay sleeping, and I caressing him … I abandoned and forgot myself, laying my face on my Beloved; all things ceased;
I went out from myself…”
St. John of the Cross
The idea is that only the purest, unconditional, unrelenting, focused devotion to God and Love can lead the seeker to the ecstatic states of Divine Union and liberation from the transmigration of the Soul. This kind of ideal love is valued and greatly respected in India. In fact Bhakti Yoga is recommended for the Kali Yuga because it is pure and free of the confusion of dueling dogmas.
This Divine Union through Love is always expressed in language normally used to describe what we call ‘profane’ love in the west. But in eastern mysticism, sacred and profane love are often interchangeable as it is understood that God is Love, and the words that describe love between two humans can also be applied to the love between an individual and God.
So what is this Bhakti devotion and divine surrender? When you are ‘in love’ all you think about is your lover. The memories of your lover’s scent, their eyes and hair and everything about them haunt you every moment. You can only think of the hour will you be together again and resume the happiness of your union.
If you use this same focused attention and direct it toward the God-within you, it becomes a very powerful connector. Bhakti or devotion is the waveform frequency that will allow you to utilize your innate God-given longing to create the frequencies of Oneness in your consciousness. It is very simple: either you are focused on the God-within you or you are lost in the external temporal illusory hologram. It is like a switch, really – one or the other! That simple.
Of course, you can get confused and begin to be temporarily trapped by an image of the Beloved and forget that what you love, is you – meaning the God-within. This is the tricky part of using images. But it usually does not take long to clear up such emotional confusion.
It is not unusual to cry a lot as you begin to Remember the God-within you. Most of us have been in so much pain and isolation that the subtle feelings of God’s eternal love can turn the coldest personality into a melting teary eyed blob of bliss. Not such a bad place to be!
Feelings are what generate the frequencies that allow us to reconnect to the One, our Source, because God is LOVE – the ultimate unified field theory.
If you want Love – know that God is Love!
Aishwarya Rai in Devdas