Application - that is what 'Workings-days' are about!
The Narada Bhakti Sutra is our guide for a while… the nature of Love (with the capital 'ell') and a full exploration of it. As always, you are encouraged to seek out the full text from Chinmaya Publications (links in side-bar); but for those who prefer e-readers, this version is recommended. Whilst awareness and interest can be raised by these posts on AV-blog, they cannot substitute for a thorough reading and contemplation...and practice!
Chapter Seven; Section 1 - The Glory of The Sage; Glory of the Path
_a´a @kaiNtnae muOya> .67.
Bhaktaa ekaantino mukhyaaH ||67||
Devotees who make essential and single-pointed devotion are primary.
Those who choose to carry out devotion for devotion's sake and who see only Divine Love everywhere, these are said to be the best of bhaktas and may be considered as 'sage' (sadhu).
Remember there are two levels of Love. That which is the Higher, Supreme Love - pure, free of attachment, a total identification with the Divine; and that which is the lower love for the Lord, which must be cultivated, raised to the Higher, only then to experience pure bliss. In this suutra, Narada-ji refers to the first of these. True and dedicated bhaktas who have practised all the disciplines and are now soaring in the Higher. They alone can pursue the Divine, live the Divine and portray the Divine. The rest of us can only attempt to emulate them.
The bhakta who as transcended the lower love is single-pointed; nothing is seen but the Divine; all energies are directed to maintaining that contact with the Higher. There is no distraction nor deviation from practice of bhakti.
At this point, the bhakta will appear much as the transcended jnaani; there will be almost constant meditation and when not in meditation, the glories of the Higher will be praised. Everything which is said and done now will pertain only to the Divine… even if it is perceived by those stuck in the lower as being worldly. Often there are tales of eccentric behaviour, or actions which appear to be contradictory from sadhus - but it must be remembered that once one has crossed into the Higher level of functioning, the concept of 'world' is quite altered and any actions do not necessarily have to be understood in relation to it. Everything a Realised Master does will be in accordance with that single-pointed focus of Love.
Thus, in the first stanza, we are to understand that the sage who has transcended sees the Glory of Truth and seeks only to remain within that Love; the Love which is not even a means to an end and where there is no longer any longing for liberation; liberation has been achieved and all that is sought by those having live to out the body's praarabdha is to remain in that Unity with the Lord.
What, though, is the glory of the sage to those around them? This we will see next week.