Bhakti Song 44 – Love is Supreme

On 01-03-1993 in my morning devotion when I thought that most of the time fear is the motive behind seeking God in many people’s life, I wrote this song.

அன்பின் உயர்நிலை

அன்பன்றோ அவனியில் உயர்நிலை

அறியாரே மானிடர் அந்நிலை

அதைக்காட்ட அடைந்தாய்நீ என்நிலை

துணிவாய்த் துறந்தே உன்நிலை.

அச்சம் ஒன்றே அவனியில்

அனைவர்க்கும் இறை மீதுஉள்ளது

அந்தோ என்னே பரிதாபம்

அதன்கண் வாழும் மனுநிலை

அன்பற்ற தொழுதலின் அவநிலை

உயிரற்ற உடலது ஆகுமே!

உண்மை பக்தனின் உயிர்நிலை

உள்ளான அன்பது ஆகுமே

உலகிற்கு இவ்வழி காட்டவே

உவந்தே வந்தாய் மனுவாக

உன்னுயிர் அளித்தனை எமக்காக

ஊற்றினை அன்பதை உயர்வாக

அன்பின் வழியது உயர்நிலை

அறிந்தேன் இன்று அந்நிலை

அறிந்தே நீயும் என்நிலை

அருள்வாய் மென்மேலும் அந்நிலை

 

English Translation

Love is the supreme in this world

But people don’t understand this

To demonstrate it you took my nature/form

By giving up your noble status

 

Most of the people in this world

Have only fear about god

What a pity as they

Live with such attitude?

 

Worshipping God without love

Is like a body without life

But the inner love is

Is the very life of a bhakta

 

To show this path (of love)

You came voluntarily as human

You gave your dear life for us

And poured out your noble love on us

 

Love is the noble one

I understood that today

As you know my condition

Give me that more and more

 

Notes

There is no place for ‘appeasement’ in true bhakti. But unfortunately it is a reality among Hindus in their devotion to their deities. They have this assumption or fear that not doing certain rituals in a prescribed form will induce the wrath of their deities. And elaborate remedy rituals will be prescribed and carried out later. Any tragedy that falls in a family will be first related to the wrath of ‘kula devata’ (family deity). And a vow will be taken to visit their family deity shrine if that particular tragedy is averted. In case if it already happened, like sudden death of children or youths, a visit to the family deity will be planned in the near future.

Even among the so-called high caste people this is quite common. Sometimes not performing ancestor’s annual ritual (sraddha) for a long time will be one of the many reasons for the unexpected tragedy in the family. Apart from this bad time, planet influence, birth of new babies, or the horoscope of the life partner, etc. will also bring unwanted trouble to the family.

When I met one parents of a bhakta at Chennai, this subject also came for our discussion. Then I said to them:

We know poems in which the writer says that what a (good or bad) day, time, karma, planets and even Yama (deity of death) could do to her, as the hands and feet of her deity will come before her with full armor.1 Also we know Jnasambandar’s ‘kolaru padigam’ in which he sings to ward off the influence of the nine planets in the life of a devotee.2 We sing these songs in our puja and worship, but after the puja is finished, when we began the day’s work, we immediately consult all the bad omens, good and bad times, astrology, etc. By this, we are telling our god that though I have faith in you, yet I cannot trust that you will protect me, as these songs claim which I have just recited in puja. Believing in such writings, but by not implementing them, we are proving that either our bhakti is false or god is false.

The common response to this is that though gods can overcome any situation, as we cannot escape from the influence of our karmas, we have to undergo such tragedies in which gods too are helpless. Such contradicting views are common in Hinduism as it accommodates all kinds of views.

But according to the Muktiveda, God never punishes us by sending tragedies in our lives, though He might allow sufferings to disciplines us. Certain tragedies that we face could be the consequence of our acts to which we cannot blame God.

This is a great relief for me when I understood God’s love for me through our Lord. I need not blame God, karma or bad time (as Goswami Tulsidas said: kalahi karmahi ishwar par mitya dosh lagatehai—quoted from memory) for any tragedy in my life. I need not afraid of anything in life—even of God.

The ‘fear of God’ which Muktiveda talks about is more a reverence and moral fear than animistic kind of fear of some punishment from God. Though I cannot write poems in English, yet I wrote the following lines on March 1, 1993:

LOVE ALONE

Love its love alone-that

force me to love you Lord.

Neither have I had fear of hell

nor I have fear of God,

but love its love alone,

that forces me to love you Lord.

If you came down on the earth,

it’s love that forced you.

Gave your life on the cross,

love is the motive for that too.

As your bhakta I can come

on this basis of love alone.

Ask I you nothing but this

one blessing to fill my heart.

 

No doubt the Muktiveda is unique for me and Muktinath is unique for me as He removed the fear about death (what will happen after that?), people (for their opinion about me) and future (anxiety about tomorrow) in my life. I value these in my bhakti in the Lord, as most of the time such fear daunt us. In a sense my bhakti in the Lord address the three major dukhas (pains) in Hinduism: (adyatmika, adibhoutika and adidaivika—caused by oneself, by external forces other than oneself or even by gods. (more on this in Living Dialogue)

 

 

1..நாள்என்செயும்வினைதான்என்செயும்

எனைநாடிவந்தகோள்என்செயும்

கொடுங்கூற்றென்செயும்

குமரேசன்இருதாளும், தோளும்

சதங்கையும், சண்முகமும்கடம்பும்

எனக்குமுன்வந்துதோன்றிடினே?

–quoted from memory.

 

2.. ஞாயிறுதிங்கள்செவ்வாய்

புதன்வியாழன்வெள்ளி

சனிபாம்பிரண்டுமுடனே

ஆசறுநல்லநல்ல

அவைநல்லநல்ல

அடியார்அவைக்குமிகவே.–சம்பந்தர். கோளறுப்பதிகம்.

–quoted from memory.