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 Eight; Section 1 - Obstacles and Remedies; Avoid Arguments. Having spent some time being advised of what it is to travel in the Higher Planes of Beingness, the text now takes us back into the saadhana, the means of working towards such exalted heights ourselves.
Vaado naavalmbyaH ||74||
Vain disputation and discussion should not be entered into.
Understanding the essential divinity of all Masters, the devotee must not indulge in controversial discussions. Unless one is oneself a master of the shaastras, one is not benefited by, nor will benefit other, with uncontrolled, prideful disputations on philosophical declarations.
The nature of Truth is such that it can never be proved by argument alone. By argument, neither an atheist can prove 'there is no God', neither can a sage prove 'there is a God'. It is only in the inner experience as we lift ourselves from the limited, little hide-out of our intellect, when we disengage it from its bondages with the objects, emotions and thoughts, and rise to the heroism of a greater living, only then, released from this tiny well of existence, can we have at least a vague suspicion of perhaps a possibility of the existence of a Greater Reality.
So long as we are embedded in flesh, hibernating in the midst of sensuous sorrows and vaasanas, basking in the brilliant warmth of some intellectual fireworks, or remaining encrusted with the prison-house of the body, mind and intellect, nothing can be understood or experienced of the Truth. Since nothing can ever be proven by arguments, let us leave them. Let us LIVE the path, that in itself becomes its own unquestionable proof.
Certainly, when in a discussion with equal minds, it is possible to put forth the tenets of philosophy and the supporting texts and such like, but it is also incumbent upon us when we embark on such, to accept that the other party may put forth their own views and also find it within us to pare back the ego aspects of debate - which so readily jump forward! - in order to at least acknowledge the there are differences of opinion and that as long as neither party is hurt or infringed upon in any way, then each may proceed with life in the framework of their choosing. For the bhakta, that is to devote his or herself only to living according to the scriptures and guidance of the Guru in order to keep a focus on the Higher, and live life to the best that can be done. To lose time in arguing where one is never going to be 'heard' will only cause distress to oneself, and strife to another and risks bringing about conflict which harms all. This is discussed further in the next suutra.