8. Sending Love
(Darshan given on January 29th, 1996.)
A visitor: Swamiji, can I send love to other people? Often I feel so much, and I would send it.
Swamiji: Please send it.
Visitor: Is it enough when I think of these people?
Swamiji: Even when you do not see them physically, you can send love by thinking. I don't say it is the only way, but it is a very effective way. If you think something in your mind, you have actually contacted that thing by your thought. Thought is the best way of communication. You may send any wave of love, or whatever it is. Whatever you think about a particular object, that will be communicated to that object through space and time by the transference of thought power. You can love even the stars in heaven, and your love will reach there. The stars will shine better afterwards.
Visitor: Suppose I want to send my love to my son, for example.
Swamiji: Yes, you can think of him and feel love for him, and that love you are emanating by thinking of him will be communicated to him automatically and instantaneously.
Visitor: Can you love everybody?
Swamiji: It is very difficult to love everybody.
Visitor: Often I can love all, and often…
Swamiji: If you send love to all, it also includes your son because your son is a part of the all, so there is no need of sending love to one individual or one thing particularly. When you love the All, the particular individuals also are included in it, and they will receive your love automatically.
Visitor: That is better.
Swamiji: That is better than individual love because the individual is included in universal love.
Another visitor: I haven't really deeply understood what real renunciation is. What does it really mean?
Swamiji: People generally think, in common parlance, that renunciation is an abandoning of contact with certain persons and things: You have no contact with anybody in this world and you are alone; you physically and materially possess nothing, a condition which you have adopted voluntarily. There is involuntarily abandoning things, and voluntarily. If you want things but you cannot get them, it cannot be called renunciation. You must have it, and then you must not want it. If you have whatever you want, and yet you are not attached to it, that is renunciation. But if you are poor and have nothing, poverty is not renunciation. Having everything and yet not having any contact with it and being satisfied – only a person who has everything, that person can renounce.
Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj used to say only a king can renounce, because he has everything, but the poor man on the road who is sitting there with nothing, what will he renounce? Can he say he has renounced everything?
Actually, this is only an outer form of renunciation, but there is a real spiritual import behind it. You are connected to everything in this universe. You are not alone. Every part of your body, which is made up of physical elements, is borrowed from the five elements outside. There are material particles in your body, there is water, there is heat, there is air, there is space – all the five things are inside you. So your existence is, in one way, a borrowed existence. The materials for your existence have been borrowed from the five elements outside.
Now, think carefully. You are existing because of the existence of the components which constitute your body. If the five elements are the only things that are inside you, or are you, the world cannot be considered as something outside you. The idea of outsideness cannot arise because of the fact that whatever is outside is inside also. The idea of outside and inside vanishes. If there is neither an inside nor an outside, what remains is a universal existence. If this consciousness of your being a universal participant in the whole cosmos is maintained by you, then there is nothing which you have to renounce. It is a still higher form of renunciation where the very necessity to renounce does not arise because of the fact of your having a connection with all things in the universe. This is the spiritual concept of renunciation. But leaving some people and some physical objects and running away from that place, that is a lower type of renunciation.
You have the whole universe connected to you; therefore, there is nothing for you to abandon, and nothing for you to possess also. There is nothing called possession, nothing called abandoning, inasmuch as the whole universal material is constituted of your body, and vice versa. You are a cosmic individual; therefore, you have got everything in you which the universe has got, and by deep thought you can summon the forces of nature into you. This is the characteristic of what you call a superman or a Godman. So I am trying to make you a divine individual by saying this. Would you like to be a divine individual?
Swamiji: Now you have become one already. Do you believe you have already become it? Don't doubt anything. You see, your doubt is spoiling your career. You have understood what I say, and I feel you are satisfied, so why don't you assert this consciousness always?
Visitor: Sometimes I am not really sure if I do the right thing.
Swamiji: If your understanding has accepted what I have said, then your feeling will also accept it. If the feeling and the understanding join together and the whole truth is accepted in your total personality, you have ceased to be a human being at that moment. You are a divine person. Be happy.
Visitor: Thank you.