From an awakened friend of mine:
|Reading your blog post, I think what some people don't understand is that love is not a way to peace -- it is the only way. Through intense, loving devotion, you either surrender to an object outside of yourself or to the mystery within yourself. The end result is the same. Surrender is not easy -- it means your life is over. It takes extreme passion for your Beloved, for the Self, to do this. This is why so many people spend years on the path of jnana and never get anywhere. All they do is play mind games. Likewise, many bhakti types never move from dogma to true devotion.|
It takes a burning desire to be free . . . the pain, the yearning, the longing has to be so unbearably intense that you can't focus on anything other than freedom. You feel you'll die if you have to live in delusion for another instant. You have to be insanely in love. Ramakrishna felt this way. Janet felt this way. Most don't. They want to read a book or go to a yoga class in their "free" time, and seek material fulfillment the other 23 hours of the day. This doesn't work. They will experience the pale light of a glowworm instead of the brilliance of a supernova explosion . . . then maybe start giving satsang (for money).
Love is the only way. Love is the only way. Love is the only way.