Love, meditate, realize is part of a devotional chant I learned from two very dear spiritual teachers - Sri Swami Satchidananda, and his teacher Sri Swami Sivananda of Rishikesh.
September 8th is the birthday anniversary of Sri Swami Sivananda (1887-1963), and those devotional words were in my mind upon awakening this September 8th.
This is also a very special day for me as it is the day I began writing spiritual essays in 1982. So, to commemorate I will comment on how these three words have shaped my life and spiritual progress for more than 20 years.
Love to me means caring. Caring in action. But first, holding a caring attitude leading to caring thoughts, then the actions that naturally follow.
Even the word love brings up energy in my body and positive thoughts to mind. And feeling energized by thinking of love, I have plenty of incentive to connect with others.
"Love carries me along through the day
In kind and caring ways."
Love is a choice - yes, a choice.
Love begins within and spreads without. In the spreading of love we feel that connection and completeness we seek, to feel fulfilled.
Love is primary on the spiritual path as it picks us up from the dullness of earthly and therefore temporary pursuits and plops us firmly on the fast track to realizing our oneness with ALL.
Meditation is so essential in our earthly life for releasing the past and opening us to the ever present reality of NOW. Now lived every moment, minute and day - day after day.
During meditation we watch what has come before pass by.
And in the past's release we make space for the energy of joy to take hold. And the more we meditate, the more firmly we stay seated in joy when events in our lives take a tumble. It is the soft cushion to fall back upon during stressful times. Meditation is so centering and joy-filled that it gives us a mini-vacation right in the midst of earthly troubles.
A loving attitude, loving thoughts, loving actions combined with meditation set us firmly on-track for realization.
And, what is realization? Is it not the opening flower of joy that transforms us into fragrant blossoms in the presence of every other person and our own soul.
And as we are living, body and soul on the planet now, it is most enjoyable to realize all the joy possible for us and not waste a moment accepting less of life.
The good news is that realization is in our hands, brought to the forefront of our thoughts by choosing to love and choosing to meditate.
The choice is there for us all!
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Article and photo credit Susan Kramer
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