Accept, Become and Cherish

August 8, 2013

I like saints who are not above or below, but within. The truth of their ups and downs in devotional life are mirrors of our human condition. Their struggles for equilibrium, equanimity and equipoise are living chronicles of how humans ‘normally’ evolve by learning to love, and they have my support. Their stories represent a backlash to the failed pursuit of a religiously prescribed mood of valorous celibacy. So, how can I lose faith or be disappointed in them? After all, their pedestals of purity were fabricated out of fear, not love. This is not natural. I applaud any devotee of Divine Love and Divine Will who never stops showing us the path of self-realization, “As It Is,” full of dust and gravel and endless beauty within reach. It’s Ok To Know…

On the other hand, it is those who continue to pose as scions of piety, instead of adapting their lives to the practical reality of knowing the self, with dignified humility and honesty, who keep us mired in self-deceit. This does not mean that we are owed any explanations, but it does mean that these exalted souls should use their own biography to break down the barriers of institutional exceptionalism that turns away common sense minds from spiritual paths. Taking such responsibility will supercharge the saint’s spiritual life, due to the infusion of authenticity. Humans seem to the be the only living entity whose integrity can increase after suffering the fractures of “falling from grace.” Become To Know…

If our spiritual leaders set the example of practical spiritual living and vulnerability, their emphasis on the principles will have a far-reaching impact. The mood of worshiping any one physical incarnation of “holy person” boxes in all so-called religious organizations, restricting the free flow of love that is the source of all spiritual realization. Respect and veneration of our elders is one thing, but worshiping and following should be a personal activity. It is in such a relationship where true love blossoms. The network of loving association grows from within as one connects with other souls whose loving is also ripe or blossoming. Once we are loving, we are really living and it becomes easy to see that feeling the love is the proof of spiritual truth. Love To Know…

When we stop trying to imagine our way into the moods that we believe will take us towards spiritual achievement, and we instead focus on getting into a loving mood, we will realize how love works mysteriously, not logically or rationally. Authenticity is the basic inspiration of the loving mood that is the foundation of all spirituality. It’s ok to know that even our saints need to learn to love. By their honest example, we can become to know our self in love. Through gradual mastery of this mood, by living this love in personal relationships, we will love to know. The saints are all around us, and we would see this if we could stop ourselves from envying the qualities in other personalities that we wish we already possessed. The process is simple: Accept, Become and Cherish.

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