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Love is the Core of Existence - Commentary on Patanjali Yoga Sutra by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Love is the Core of Existence - Commentary on Patanjali Yoga Sutra by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

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Sri Sri Ravi Shankar says that it is easy for people who give priority to spirituality to progress on the path of spirituality. Explaining Patanjali Yoga Sutras , Sri Sri also adds that the core of our existence is love and everything is made up of love.
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar says that it is easy for people who give priority to spirituality to progress on the path of spirituality. Explaining Patanjali Yoga Sutras , Sri Sri also adds that the core of our existence is love and everything is made up of love.

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Love is the Core of Existence
Love is in-built in this Creation
 
Patanjali Yoga Sutras - Knowledge Sheet 18
Teevrasamvëganamasannaha
 
tëvra
= keen;
samveganam
= supremacy to it, first preference to it;
asannaha
= easy
“The spiritual path is very easy for one
who gives first preference to it, who gives it supremacy overall other th
ings.”
 -Patanjali Yoga Sutra What do we often do? We give priority to worldly things or survival and anything spiritual featureslast in our list. When you give first preference to your spiritual practice, then it is easier. If thefocus of your life is spiritual growth,then all other things will be around that. Your first and foremost commitment in life is to be with the Truth, to evolve in Truth then work, socialobligations come later in the list of preferences then it is very easy for you. So, it is very easy forone who gives first preference to it, for one whose mind really wants to move in this direction.Even there (minds who want to move in this direction), there are three types.
 Mrudumadhyadhimatratvattatoapi visheshaha
 
mridu
= mild;
madhya
= middle;
adhimatra
= intense natures;
tatah
= further;
api
=also;
visheshaha
= differentiation
“A further differentiation of mild, middle and intense natures also exists.”
 - Patanjali Yoga Sutra
People with three different grades: slow, medium and fast. “Okay, let me do it”,
 
then “I have to doit”, and then “I cannot be without doing it”. Someone who is really into it 100 percent, someonewho is a little mild about it and one who says, “Okay, let me do it, I have to do it”. The first grade,
second grade and third grade.
Eshwara pranidhanad va
 
ëshwara
= God;
 pranidhanad va
= devotion to"Just by one pointed devotion to God."- Patanjali Yoga SutraJust by surrendering to the Lord, you can achieve the fully blossomed state of consciousness. Now,what is the Lord? Who is the Lord? Where is He? It is easy to say surrender to God, but what is God?Where is God? Nobody has ever seen God. Then comes the next question: What is Lordship? What isthat which rules this world?You find that it is love that rules the world. The core of the existence rules this Universe. Like thesun is the center of the solar system and it rules all the planets, the very core of your life is ruledby love. Beyond your changing body, thoughts, feelings lies the very core of your existence which isvery subtle, very delicate. That consciousness, the core of existence is responsible for this wholeCreation. There lies the Lordship.
 
A bird feeds its young out of love. A flower blossoms because of love. Ducks hatch eggs out of love.Cows take care of their calves out of love. Have you seen monkeys? How they care for their youngones! Love is in-built in Creation. That is how the whole Creation functions. What you call as in-
built is the core of consciousness. That is why Jesus said, “Love is God and God is Love.”
 

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