Spirit is thirsty for love
by Swami Prasad Sharma
(Dona Paula, Goa, India)
Let us presume that God and Nature are the two essential ingredients to create living forms on Earth. In living beings, God became spirit and Nature became the body, and creation in the form of various species of animals and plants started, and is still continuing. Unless man was created, God couldn’t get the most desired taste of love.
But the majority of mankind remains indulged in forming sects or groups and selfish behaviour to guard their own interests. Gradually, among mankind all vices, particularly greed and hatred, developed. All the more, it led human beings to pursue lust, passion, and greed, for wealth, name and fame. It resulted in no stable love between any two individuals with whatsoever relationship.
Spirit remained thirsty for an elixir, i.e., love. As He is all pervading, so it was only possible through the example of one who loved the remaining creation. But, whom would He select for imparting the training for such love? When all are indulged in the game of selfishness, then who would offer himself for the rigorous training to keep the love at heart in which thirsty spirit dwells? God would have felt satisfied when two individuals were bound by a steadily growing love, and God would be enjoying the elixir that was created in their hearts.
As a last resort, God himself appeared on Earth as a human being, for the purpose of creating that
love. That is why self-example is the best example. He attracted people from all walks of life to play a role model for others.
Some people who got associated with the incarnated God, even for a while, felt the presence of love in their hearts for the rest of their life. When it couldn’t remain contented anymore, they started sprinkling it around among other people. But the majority of mankind remained selfish to enjoy fleeting pleasures. The ratio of righteous versus selfish people still remains more or less the same, even today, i.e., 1 in 20, which is what it was 5000 years ago during the great war of India (Mahabharat) between the warring cousins – the righteous Pandavas, and the wicked Kauravas, 5 and 100 respectively.
It may be noted here that righteousness makes one capable of enjoying love, producing it, and supplying it to all-pervading God, through selfless service to mankind.
For this, one should achieve knowledge of the self and develop love at heart to all. Then one is considered a saint. God enjoys his bond of love with the whole of mankind.
It is all something like a mother, weary of the agony, created by her selfish and lusty children, approaching her husband to find a way out. Still love and sacrifice are the qualities God has adopted to keep His family united.
The saints, His own-selves, have been doing this job perfectly.