Love is Logical Lust is Insanity

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Here i philosophically analyze and define the meaning of love as well as it's importance.

Submitted: March 21, 2014

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I am now back at the ashram in Mumbai in which I first stayed at upon coming to India. As I sit in my same cob house that was so difficult to adjust to upon first arriving, I am amazed at how things have changed. The walls are still made of cow dung, the roof still of straw, however by the mercy of Guru and the monks whom I have had the privilege to associate with, my mentality is hardly recognizable. Never would I have thought that I could fall so deeply in love with a place that failed to fulfill so many of my past material desires. But if India has taught me anything, it's that real love, the kind which can change the way in which a person perceives the world, the kind which can elevate the lover to the highest imaginable state of consciousness, comes from the desire to please the object of your affection. That so called love which is based off of the desire to have your own needs catered to can never provide satisfaction. This type of feeling, despite numerous arguments by movies and tv shows is actually called lust as it is bred of selfish desire where as actual love is bred of selfless desire. In the Bhagavad Gita it is said, "...the wise living entity's pure consciousness becomes covered by his eternal enemy in the form of lust, which is never satisfied and which burns like fire." (BG 3.39) Lust can never lead to satisfaction because the resultant pleasure is always temporary and fleeting. How can we expect to be satisfied with something that can only give us pleasure for a limited time? Love is eternally satisfying because at any moment we can offer our hearts to the object of our affection. Despite this, most people continue let lust be the driving force of their life, blindly chasing after that which is like nectar at first but poison at last. The more one is pushed along by this lust, the more one faces deep confusion and suffering, eternally despondent as despite their increased sense pleasure, happiness seems to always elude their grasp. Lust is always aligned with the material world, for the means by which we attempt to satisfy our cravings are through sense objects such as wine, women, money etc.. Most of the time the more the object of our lust is sought after, the more we feel this temporary boost in fulfillment. For example, someone who buys a new Honda may feel puffed up for a few weeks driving around in his new car, where as someone who buys a Ferrari may feel puffed up for years. Love however is completely transcendental to the material world, it is always spiritual and never subject to anything material. If a small child were to pick a simple flower from a garden and give it to his mother, the mother would be much more pleased than if a stranger had given her a bouquet of flowers. What makes the difference in the level of satisfaction felt by the mother is love. Love makes all the difference. Where as both the Honda and Ferrari will break down and the sense of satisfaction will be no more for either driver, the sense of fulfillment provided by the simple exchange of the flower from child to mother will exist much longer. This is so because the happiness felt by the mother was not necessarily based off of the flower it's self but came from within. Thus it could never be taken away. Surely the flower in some short time will wilt away and die but the love which was the actual basis of the exchange may be felt for a lifetime. This is a very simple example, but in reality, happiness is not as complicated as the media and our minds make it out to be. If we simply develop the mentality of reaching out in compassion to others, even if inconvenient for ourselves, we immediately become freed from imprisonment by the restless flow of selfish desires which pick us up in passion and leave us in a state of misery. Through becoming situated in this mentality of compassion, our consciousness, being thus aligned with spiritual reality, may flourish and bring us to a state of being that is transcendental to the distress we have all been facing while in a materialistic state of mind. Despite the eternal satisfaction felt from pure love and despite the eternal dissatisfaction felt by lust, today we live in a world that is moving on selfish desire. Such a world is bound to suffer. Today we live in a world where arguably the number one business is the pentagon, an organization who's soul purpose and designation is to carry out systematic attacks on other countries. How healthy is a culture which has produced enough chemical and nuclear weaponry to annihilate every man, woman and child on the planet many, many times? How well-meaning is a society which uses it's greatest minds and financial resources to perfect the ability to kill others? In such a world, it is very difficult to develop a mindset that is purely focused on the well being of others as we are constantly being pressured to conform to our surroundings. However anyone who has ever made a serious contribution to this world was not afraid to be different. Most became successful by voraciously pursuing an idea that they had faith in despite their surroundings failing to support them. Bhakti Tirtha Swami, is one such example who rose from his Cleveland ghetto to become one of the greatest political and spiritual leaders in the world, his accomplishments are innumerable. A Princeton graduate, BT Swami has written a great number of books, many of which are used in universities and leadership organizations throughout the world. This great soul has said, " If we are too cowardly to launch ahead with love and devotion, or if we are too afraid of being different, that is most unfortunate, for the norm of this world is one of insane patterns." Dogs and hogs on the street in India are in constant competition within their species for food. Dogs and hogs will attack their competitors and each has the mentality of everyone for them-self. Because of their lack of sensibility they are perpetually in anxiety and fear, not knowing if they will have enough food to satisfy their hunger. Humans on the other hand have the special ability to act out of love or compassion and work together for the ultimate good. Dogs and hogs will always be in competition, lust is their nature and thus they will always suffer, humans however have the privilege to choose whether they will compete or cooperate. What a benediction! The choice to suffer or to be satisfied! Obviously because of this special boon we've received as humans it can be easily concluded that this human life is not meant for competing like the dogs and hogs but for loving exchange, something that an animal could never understand. And so in this life we have been given a choice, we may chose to act like the dog, we may chose to act like the hog or we can realize who we are meant to be, who in reality we are and we can become immersed in the ocean of satisfaction only accessible through this selfless service and cooperation. The choice is yours. 

A poster once hung on the wall in Harrison High School that read, "The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others" I always remembered that quote but I never truly understood it until I came to India. What a journey it's been and what a debt I have accumulated towards all of the people who helped along the way. To all of the compassionate souls who tolerated my doubts, frustrations, endless questions and misunderstandings I am eternally grateful and I pray to become firmly situated in a mood of humble, menial service unto those wise souls who have given me so much. By their mercy, each place that I've traveled to in India has given me a deeper understanding of reality which is the most incredible gift I could have ever hoped to receive. My Guru says that the best thing you can give someone is knowledge because ultimately all suffering is due to ignorance. Though there are still thick layers of ignorance that I will need to work through, at least now I can be sure that I am in the right classroom, with the right students and the right teachers. A huge thank you to everyone who has provided any kind of feedback on the things I've written, all responses have been very genuinely appreciated as I am in no way qualified to be disseminating any of this transcendental knowledge but by the mercy of Guru and the monks whom have been so kind, I am compelled to present my humble attempt. India, I will miss you deeply but I'm sure I will be back soon, as for America, I have a feeling the adjustment period may be a bit more rocky than previously anticipated but I'm up for the challenge. I love India and the separation will be painful but the feeling I have towards this great land is something that can never be taken from me, as heat can not be separated from fire, as a sweet scent can never be separated from a rose, as light can never be separated from the burning sun, my deep appreciation and love towards India can never be separated from me. 

This post was inspired by the cows at the Govardhan Eco Village goshala. I will miss you girls more than anything. If it wasn't for the cows and the incredibly compassionate and wise cowherd boys at the ashram, I would have made no advancement at all. Thank You


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