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Hari Om

'Freedays' are the 'gather our thoughts' days; Q&As; a general review of the week so far…

In the Narada Bhakti Sutra this week, we had it again confirmed that the Reality of Spirit is actually beyond words, but still we are left with words only to attempt its display and perception. Then in the Aatmabodha text yesterday, we found that we have to use the concept of language to negate all else but the Essential Self, but that the words can become a barrier if we become too caught up in the language itself.

Language, both verbal and non-verbal, is a hugely powerful tool, yet we are so familiar with it that we often ignore it and its effects. What is more, this begins right at the thought level. It requires that we are intensely self-observant in order to 'mind our ps and qs'; freedom of speech is all well and good, but if it becomes indiscriminate, it tends to become abusive and offensive - even if the words themselves are 'clean'. Uncontrolled thinking leads to uncontrolled language construction and the risk of damage. Not just to those who hear/read it, but to our own inner being. We of course have an obligation to not offend others, but the greater offence, if we are at all spiritually aware, is to our connection with the Higher.

Even the words of love can become weapons if they are fed with vitriolic and angry emotion. The words of love can become threats, or seek to enforce guilt. This demonstrates that the words themselves are not the love. Love is a concept beyond language. Genuine, unconditional Love begs nothing of the receiver, places no guilt, lays no blame.

True Love is something we instinctively are aware of and until it has been felt, it may seem like a myth. Meanwhile, there are all sorts of variants on that Love which we can experience; some good, some less so. If we are not careful we can become lost among these lesser loves and lose sight of the Great Love which awaits the alert and keen.

There, and there alone, do we find Self/God/Brahman - our most honest and essential state of being.

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