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Here Endeth The Lesson

Hari OM
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 Ten; Section 2 the Teachers - Attainment Promised.

We are at the final suutra of the text and in it Narada-ji makes of himself the 'third person', humbly acknowledging the Higher Authority.

Ya #d< nardàaeKt< izvanuzasn< ivñisit
ïÏte s _ai´man! _avit s> àe:q< l_ate
s> àe:q< l_ate #it.84.
Ya idam naarada-proktam shivaanushaasanam vishvasiti
Shraddhate sa bhaktimaan bhavati saH preshtam labhate saH preshtam labhate iti ||84||
He who believes and has faith in this exposition, given out by Narada as taught (commanded) by Lord Shiva, he gains the Love of God and attains his objective; yes he attains his goal.

The conclusion of all masters, and more particularly here, of Narada-ji who is handing down the message directly for the Lord Himself, is that those who are prepared to adhere to there belief and are solid in their faith cannot fail in the spiritual quest.

This verse is given as a form of promise and an emphatic one, at that, using repetition to underscore the point of it all.

There it is then. Find first the spark of Love within you. Nurture it with the water of bhajans/hymns, feed it with satsanga/group discussion, fertilise it with puja and japa, continue its propagation with the teachings of the masters. Build within yourself the temple of Love Divine; live the philosophy of Unity in Creation. Having read and listened to those who expound the teachings, do not bemoan the lack of Love in your life… act upon the knowledge gained, apply the methods and principles, practice the skills, discover the change within yourself and note how this reaches out and effects the world around you.

You cannot 'fix' the world - you can fix yourself. In doing so, you may surprised to find that the world, or at least the part of it in which you experience, improves too. Love spreads. Be the Love Divine.

Here ends the Narada Bhakti Suutra… the teaching. Go forth and make it your own.

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