Looking for an eternal companion?
by Swami Prasad Sharma
(Dona Paula, Goa, India)
Looking for an eternal companion?
Each one of us needs a companion to ward off our loneliness and in whose company we may feel secure and repose our confidence fully, and enjoy as well. A mortal companion cannot fulfill such conditions forever.
Worldly relations are woven with selfish motives, not easily perceivable. Hence in physical relations we look for love, but when there is a difference in opinions between the two, or one not playing to the other’s tune, relations are jeopardized. If one is not able to prove his worthiness then the other starts neglecting.
Most of us are under the impression that a pair of husband and wife could be the best example of companionship. But in practice it is lacking, due to many reasons. Suppose the wife happens to have a horrible dream and wakes her husband up to listen to the dream and expects consolation for her mental disturbance. The husband, being in no mood to get his sleep disturbed, may say to her to tell him the dream in the morning. The wife with a broken heart may pass a sleepless night thinking about her non-cooperative husband. There are many issues that divide companionship in a moment.
A breach of trust is a powerful divider and sometimes it may be due to a misunderstanding. Although we may want to repair companionship, it is too late.
Here my point is that there is no companion who could remain steadfast throughout life other than our own consciousness. When marching on the road to supreme love there are many obstacles to be crossed. Here we need to realize first our own self that will facilitate to reach our goal (Please see my article : From loneliness to universal companionship).
Our own self is always present to be explored afresh as we have forgotten it with the passing of our innocent childhood (Innocence is divine). It is already awake if you are awake, it sleeps with you and, in short, it accepts all your feelings
day and night. No matter whether one is aware of his own self or not, this companion always remains with him. The day one happens to meet his own self or discover it, the joy of meeting surpasses all worldly joys. Attachment to one’s body has vanished and then care of the body is taken over by the so-called spirit. Body, mind and intellect, together a human body, are on one side and the self may be considered the true companion on the other hand. In fact, it is nature that through the human body expresses its love towards its caretaker companion, i.e., spirit.
Existence of the human being is for the realization of love through such a unique relationship (The spectrum of the love of God). All saints have witnessed such companionship, between nature and spirit. In essence, one is just a witness, not a doer, because the body belongs to nature and the self belongs to the supreme.
A witness is supposed to be impartial and expected to narrate the happenings in toto. However, in practice it is mostly otherwise, as our mind is worldly and selfish too!
So we should try to witness the supreme love between body and spirit. Both go together to sleep and get up together. Both are trying to please or tease each other and don’t know the third. An impartial witness is allowed to see their togetherness and play, and sometimes the witness takes care of both. We all are destined to become witness of the divine play, whenever He bestows His grace upon us.
I was born on 8 December 1945 and had self-realisation on 20 August 1977 at the age of 32. Thereafter I automatically shifted to the devotion path and a sort of relationship developed with God. Starting as a servant to God, then friendliness with God and then started liking God in child form. There is nothing left except to enjoy divine love and feel its presence in the whole world.