I’ll admit, sometimes, I think it would be nice to be able to shrink Narayan down and put him in my pocket. To carry him around with me wherever I go and keep him all for myself. Such an idea might make for an interesting (or more likely disturbing) romance novel but it certainly wouldn’t make for a very good life for Narayan!
When he was 18, leaving home and moving off to college, his father said to him, “I love you, Son… too much!” Can we ever love too much? Or is it rather that we haven’t yet learned to love enough? That isn’t to say that Narayan’s Dad didn’t love him with all of his heart, it is just that, in that moment, he was feeling what many of us feel when faced with the loss of a loved one – attachment.
One day, I was sitting in the car with our little dog, Kali. She was a brand new puppy and her ears didn’t stick up straight like they do now. They were too big and flopped over. But when she looked up at me from the floorboard with her little black puppy eyes, her ears flipped up straight and she looked absolutely irresistible. In that moment, I felt so much love pouring from my heart to hers… but then it stopped. “What if something happens to her?” “What if she doesn’t live very long?” Attachment, which is based in fear, got in the way.
Is it worth it? Is the love we feel enough to carry us through the inevitable loss of a loved one? Would we (could we even) go through life without knowing what love feels like rather than experiencing the eventual pain of separation?
Paramhansa Yogananda said, “Love is not merely an emotion. It is a very real substance. When it is consciously directed, it finds its way unerringly to its mark, and it is the one thing which cannot be withstood. You may try many ways to find God, but He will strangely elude you until you enter into, and pour forth, great love from your heart.”
Love is the essence of our being. We must learn to love without thought of the little self, which says, “What’s in it for me?” “What will happen to me when he’s/she’s gone?” “Will I ever love again?” Love without limits! For the soul knows no boundaries of time and space. The love that we share with those who have gone before us is not lost. It finds its way, as Yoganandaji said, “unerringly to its mark.”
I’d like to leave you with this quote from Albert Einstein that I just stumbled upon:
“If instead of E=mc², we accept that the energy to heal the world can be obtained through love multiplied by the speed of light squared, we arrive at the conclusion that love is the most powerful force there is, because it has no limits.”