| Dear Blog Reader
Remember that song ‘Hey Ya’? Aside from being very catchy.. it had a great line: ‘If nothing is forever, what makes love the exception?’ The singer was saying as much to try and leave a romance, but in doing so he was also calling out the truth of real love by speaking to it’s mundane expression that we’re all much more familiar with. Love means two.. you and someone who all your attention, affection and activity can be given to always. That really is the special element of love; that it continues always where as any other experience comes and then goes. But who amongst us can accept the burden of so much attention? Who in our lives have we met that we can genuinely give all of ourselves to without having to consider our own protection or position to some degree? This natural fear, inspired by the fallibility of everyone we’ve ever known, keeps us from experiencing the true, unreserved, selfless nature of love.
The Spiritual Master is that person we can give all of ourselves to.. the person that can accept all our effort and attention and return to us in kind a clear experience of our own loving self. On the upcoming full moon, Wednesday the 14th, we celebrate the Supreme spiritual Master, Krishna’s brother, Balarama, who is the original and eternal Guru expression of the Divine. By His grace, if we are sincere in our prayer and faithful in this possibility, he will connect us with that person able to inspire the best version of ourselves. Because they’re free of the unwanted elements of conditioned consciousness, the bonafide Guru can bestow the grace of pure clarity and focus to us that are symptomatic of actual love.
I’m sharing this today so you can begin your meditation and anticipation for the special event. Whether you are searching for Guru or searching for a deeper connection with your spiritual master, we are all in need of Balarama’s mercy if we hope to one day truly serve Krishna. I invite you to let this focus guide your reading, chanting and service these days leading up to our special kirtan event on the 14th so on that blessed day you can really recognize something, or rather, someone to celebrate.
Deva Madhava das