Yearning for the Beloved ~ a Valentine's post from Angad Kaur
Sat Nam dear Lovers of Divine Love
Beyond the onslaught of commercialism, Valentine’s Day can also have meaning and value – it can be an opportunity to remember that we are all born out of the vastness of love that is the Divine which lives and breathes within us.
In the heart's yearning for the Beloved, our lives can become a living expression of the depth of the love that simply wants to give and share and reach out and connect to the One within all.
Often we don’t access this love because somewhere along the way we’ve seeded an idea, or it’s been seeded within us, that we are not fully acceptable. This plays out in our relationships, work places, different environments. But ultimately, we want acceptance in God’s Court. Can we dare to believe that we always had, and always will have, God’s full acceptance that we are beautiful and Divine as we are? Afterall, we were created out of pure love.
Yogi Bhajan said the breath is the kiss of intimacy with God, the Divine source of everything. So to experience the vastness of this love is simply to breathe deeply into the heart of our very being and to carry its name on our breath: Sat Nam. With each breath we manifest the truth of our identity and the reality of God and Me, Me and God, are One.
This is from a beautiful Shabd (composition/poem) by Guru Arjun, the 5th Sikh Guru:
I love the Love of my Beloved.
My mind is intoxicated with delight and my consciousness is filled with hope;
my eyes are drenched with your love. Pause.
Blessed is that day, that hour, minute and second when the heavy, rigid shutters are opened and desire is quenched.
Seeing the Blessed Vision of Your Darshan, I live.
Here is a beautiful Shabd by Guru Nanak, the 1st Sikh Guru:
God is the Enjoyer, and God is the Enjoyment. God is the Ravisher of all.
God is the Bride in her dress, God is the Bridegroom on the bed.
My God is imbued with love; the Divine is totally permeating and pervading all. Pause.
God is the fisherman and the fish. God is the water and the net.
God is the sinker and God is the bait.
The Divine loves in so many ways. O sister soul-brides, the Divine is my Beloved.
God continually ravishes and enjoys the happy soul-brides; just look at the plight I am in without my Beloved!
Prays Nanak, please hear my prayer: You are the pool and You are the soul-swan.
You are the lotus flower of the day and You are the water-lily of the night. You Yourself behold them, and blossom forth in bliss,
And this is an extract from a lecture by Yogi Bhajan’s about living in love:
Man has to live in love—love which is not lust. Love where there is no possession, no slavery of another person. Love which is a giving. Love which is for the sake of love. Love which lasts forever. Love which is a total sacrifice. Love which is more than the grace of God itself. Love which gives a halo around the face of the person. Love through which one can see God in the eyes of the person. Love with which the body shines, the words become sweet, and the communication is absolutely beautiful. That love for which one sacrifices his own life to save a little bit of injury to another person. That love with which one pleasantly and peacefully takes all the pain in his heart to redeem another fellow being. That love can only flow when one knows how to tune into that universal God.
Yogi Bhajan also said the most challenging place to live is in the heart – but it’s the only place to live. If you'd like to practice a meditation at home, this is a link to a Kundalini Yoga meditation to open the heart chakra:
With love & many blessings, Angad