Once, before time, there was only Love. Pure Unconditional Love, Divine Love. Silently waiting. The Pure Love moved within Itself to share Itself and created a celestial sound. However, Pure Love itself is Silent so the first sound was forced out of the realm of Pure Love, becoming conditioned love. Love is primary to everything. The material world emerges from Pure Love. The whole Universe is a projection of Pure Love.
The good news is that in our essence, we’re already Pure Love, perfect in every way – perfectly healthy, perfectly happy, all our desires are instantly fulfilled. Unfortunately, the bad news is we’ve forgotten it and thus lead a less that perfect life, where we get sick, depressed and frustrated.
We forget we are love because of stress, fatigue and toxins, which result from:
- an overload of responsibilities, either at home or at work
- unfulfilled desires, when nothing seems to go our way
- threats to our happiness and security, from watching the evening news or living in a hostile environment
- poor lifestyle choices, such as eating an unhealthy diet, not getting good quality sleep or sufficient balanced exercise
- toxic relationships with family, coworkers or the world in general
- feeling unloved or unlovable
Fear is the opposite to Love and it is the biggest obstacle to Love’s free flow in our lives. Stress and fear plant the seeds of illness, which if not removed, lead to the majority of ailments we face.
Fortunately, we don’t have to search for Love, we just need to dissolve the barriers we have created around it. The great mystic Osho said, “If you meditate, sooner or later you will come upon love. If you meditate deeply, sooner or later you will start feeling a tremendous love rising in you that you have never felt before, a new quality to your Being.” Meditation is a journey from activity to silence, a reconnection with our essential Self and the unfoldment of our true inner Love
During meditation the body experiences deep rest. Rest is how the body naturally heals itself, which it does by throwing off stress, fatigue and toxins. This allows for Love to begin to flow freely in all areas of our life. Meditation is a journey from fear and confusion to the awakening of Love. Love is the ultimate healer, which dissolves all our sorrows, pains and fears. When Love flows freely, our mind and body becomes healthier; our heart opens bringing greater understanding, compassion and forgiveness; we enjoy loving meaningful relationships, opening the possibility for a more peaceful, harmonious, loving world.
At the beginning of creation, the Great Divine was wondering where to hide the most precious jewel of Pure Love. Some celestial beings suggested the distant stars, others suggested the deepest oceans but the great Divine said, “No, let’s hide it deep within every person, beyond all the chaos and confusion of the mind, only true lovers will think of looking there.” So let’s look.
Between any two thoughts we have, there is a space. This space is silent, or it would be the next thought, but this space also holds the Infinite Possibilities of Pure Love. However, we are not our thoughts, we are the thinker of our thoughts. Therefore, the only place the thinker, our Soul can be, is also in the spaces between the thoughts, meaning our essential nature, our Soul, is Silence and Pure Love. Meditation takes us to quieter levels of the thinking process until we slip into the spaces between our thoughts. With regular practice of meditation we reconnect with our essential nature and begin to re-integrate the Silence and Infinite Possibilities of Pure Unconditional Love, back into our everyday life.
One of the greatest limitations to our love are the prisons we create from binding ourselves tightly in our memories and desires. All memories and desires are in the thinking process. When, through meditation, we go beyond thoughts, we access the Unlimited Infinite Possibilities of Pure Love and break free from the chains of past conditioning. Meditation restores the memory of happiness, wholeness and Pure Love. This Love is not merely romantic love, it is the ecstatic love experienced by saints, yogis and those blessed with Divine Grace.
Our lives have many layers. Meditation restores the memory of Love in all the layers of our life.
The Universe is a projection of Pure Love, an evolution from Universal Unconditional Love to individual love, to ego, intellect, mind, senses and ultimately the physical body and the environment. Meditation is an involution, a return journey from the gross world to subtler and subtler levels until we arrive back home to rest in Pure Unconditional Love. By making the journey back and forth from the gross to subtlest levels, we begin to reintegrate all the different levels. Finally we gain the realization that everything is nothing other than Pure Love in different disguises. With this realization, separation dissolves. Separation is the biggest cause of conflict in the world. When two people, who see themselves as separate, have a falling out, it can easily escalate into a bigger conflict. All the wars in the world are because we see ourselves as separate from others. We still maintain our individuality but, when we realize that at our deepest level, we are all part of the same wholeness, on a Cosmic level, two people fighting is as ridiculous as if your hands decided they didn’t like each other and started hitting each other. Maharishi Mahesh Yogi said, “From the insurmountable pangs of separation to the unlimited joy of eternal union, swings a tender wave of love.”
Meditation provides the path to bring Pure Love back into our life. When we dive into a swimming pool we come out wet. We bring some of the water with us. In meditation, we dive into the eternal, unbounded ocean of Pure Love and come out scattering the joy, bliss and glory of Love in all directions. It often reminds me of the line in a Fleetwood Mac song, “Drowning in a sea of love, where everyone would love to drown.” In meditation, Pure Love “drowns” everything that no longer serves us, so we emerge as our true Loving Self. Even though it may be hidden by clouds, the sun is always there, waiting to share its light and warmth. Just the same, even though covered by stress and fatigue, Pure Love is always waiting to shine in our lives. Set aside a few minutes to meditate and bask in Love’s radiance the whole rest of the day.
Like any journey, it’s easiest to ride in a vehicle and have someone who knows the way to guide us. In meditation, there are specific sounds called mantras which fulfill both these requirements.
The mantras used in a technique such as the Chopra Center’s Primordial Sound Meditation Program, carry our awareness inwards, from activity to silence. Inherent within these mantras is also the desire to return to their source, Pure Love. These mantras have been used for thousands of years and know the way Home. Silently repeating the mantra, our thoughts settle down until we slip into the spaces between the thoughts and enter our Home of Pure Love. Although it is better to use a mantra that is specifically chosen for us, there are other sounds we can use.
PREM is the Sanskrit vibration of Divine Love ( the “e” is pronounced with a slight “ay” sound).
Sitting quietly with eyes closed, begin silently repeating the sound PREM.
The key to meditation is to be effortless, the less we do, the greater the rewards.
Don’t focus or concentrate, just continue repeating the sound easily and effortlessly.
Other thoughts are part of the process so don’t struggle against them. Whenever you notice you have drifted away from the sound, gently come back to it.
Don’t look for any particular experience during meditation. The experience will be whatever is appropriate at that time.
Continue for 15-20 minutes.
At the end of meditation, stop repeating the sound and continue resting quietly for another couple of minutes before opening your eyes.
Reinstalling Pure Divine Love in our hearts, opens our awareness to the magnificent blessings of the Universe. We fall in with love ourselves and everyone and everything in creation. We become One in Love. Meditation will bring us to the door, where Love will invite us in.
Welcome to the world of Pure Love!