by staff of the Toronto Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre
Valentine’s Day is a day to celebrate love. Despite the commercial exploitation of this celebration, it’s still a good reminder about the qualities of love and how we can keep our love pure and use it to help us evolve spiritually. In the book Bliss Divine by Swami Sivananda, he speaks about the importance of love and how we can live a life full of love everyday and in all of our actions and thoughts.
“Love is the Law of life. To love is to fulfil the Law. And to fulfil the Law means eternal peace and everlasting happiness…To live is to love. To love is to live. You live that you may learn to love. You love that you may learn to live in the Eternal. A life without faith, love and devotion is a dreary waste. It is real death…Love is the immediate way to Truth.
Love of body or skin is passion. Love of God is Prem or devotion. It is pure love. It is love for love’s sake. Selfish passion seeks gratification through others. But pure, divine love seeks to make the beloved happy, and to derive happiness from the happiness of the latter. Love is sacrifice. To love is to share and serve.
Love vibrates in the form of service, charity, generosity and benevolence. Daya is active benevolence. Passive goodness alone is not sufficient. Active goodness or positive goodness is very essential for one’s spiritual advancement…The spirit of service must be ingrained in you. There should not be a mere show. All service is empty if there is no love, affection, sincerity…Serve, love, give. He who practices these instructions can live through hard times and bad days enlightened by heavenly ray.
Hatred breeds hatred. Love begets love. Fear breeds fear. This is the immutable psychological law. It is the natural right of love, the power of God, to prevail upon this earth, conquering all the forces of hate and evil…Spread the message of love, unity, goodwill, service, sacrifice, cooperation and sympathy…Let all the world be circled with a heart of love.
Live in love. Breathe in love. Sing in love. Eat in love. Drink in love. Talk in love. Pray in love. Meditate in love. Think in love. Move in love. Die in love. Purify your thoughts, speech and action in the fire of love. Bathe and plunge in the sacred ocean of love. Take the honey of love and become an embodiment of love.
Feel that this body is a moving temple of God. Feel that all beings are images of God. Feel that this world is indwelt by the Lord. Feel that the one power of God works though all hand, sees through all eyes, hears through all ears. You will become a changed being. You will enjoy the highest peace and bliss.”