Monday, April 14, 2014

Viraha Bhav Bhakti


" And ever has it been known that love knows not its own depth until the hour of separation"
                                              - Khalil Gibran

Spiritualists have always described desires as the bane of human misery. Therefore most philosophies exhort spiritual seekers to abandon all kinds of desires.  But Jagadguru Shri Kripaluji Maharaj elucidates the essence of Bhakti and says that it is the intrinsic nature of humans to desire, then why should they struggle to abandon them?  Rather a small change should be made.  Simply direct all your desires towards God.  This way spirituality will become a joyful journey and a simple endeavor will remain; to increase our desire to see, hear, touch, smell and think of God. Gradually with time, the longing for God will become so intense that the devotee will begin to feel pain in his/her heart.  This is called 'Viraha Bhav'.

To find out more about Viraha Bhav Bhakti, listen to this lecture by Swami Mukundananda.