What is love according to Swami Vivekananda

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“Strive for that kiss of the beloved, that touch of the lips that raptures the bhakta and transforms him into God. For those who have been blessed with such a kiss, the worlds disappear, the sun and moon pass, and even the universe melts into an infinite ocean of love. That is the complete rapture of nondual love. (The Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda, Volume 3, Lectures from Colombo to Almora, The Sages of India) (p. 208) ”
- James Swartz, Yoga of Love: Naradas Bhakti Sutra from the perspective of Vedanta
“Just as lovers, caught in the agony of orgasms, no longer know which body belongs to whom, so the bhakta no longer sees the difference between his body and the body of God. All duality disappears and nothing remains but the sweet nectar of eternal bliss. (P. 209) ”
- James Swartz, Yoga of Love: Naradas Bhakti Sutra from the perspective of Vedanta
“This highest original self (existence-consciousness-bliss) supports us in future births and also in this present one. It is the ultimate support for the self-realized, the liberated, who are anchored in it by realizing it. It doesn't act, but every act, big and small, depends on it. It is the goal that all human beings strive for and the essential eternal self of all things and beings. Everything we value is thanks to him. (bṛhadāraṇyaka upaniṣad 3.9) ”
- James Swartz, Yoga of Love: Naradas Bhakti Sutra from the perspective of Vedanta
“Appreciating the time means being aware of the downside of the life process. Birth is wonderful, but it loses its luster when I consider death. The period between birth and death is also not a rose garden; we are exposed to physical and psychological pain every day. Today you may be happy, but tomorrow you can suffer again. Time is a voracious mouth that devours everything, including pain. There is nothing you can do about that. Follow your goal and don't waste time. Use them consciously and do what can be done. Become a master of time and hurry with a while. (P. 194) ”
- James Swartz, Yoga of Love: Naradas Bhakti Sutra from the perspective of Vedanta
“The first lesson from Vedanta: love is not in objects. It is the law of isvaras that love only flows to a source of joy [...] From the moment I discovered myself as love, I have opened up an inexhaustible source. I no longer care whether I am loved by others, I love everyone without being able to defend myself because I have no other choice. Pure love means that isvara loves through me and as me. He embodies himself through my presence. People are drawn to me because my love awakens their love. (Pp. 158-159) ”
- James Swartz, Yoga of Love: Naradas Bhakti Sutra from the perspective of Vedanta
“Creation is simply a mixture of a single, conscious, immutable subject and constantly changing objects. So direct your gaze to yourself; the changing part is not you and the unchanging part is you. When the unchanging awareness that you are shines its light on the inanimate matter part of you, then your body and mind are enlivened. You give them life, not they give you. The entire universe is carried by consciousness. At the level of the physical body, consciousness is experienced as the life principle (prana). Should you have any doubts about it, then touch your body and you will experience sensation and recognize that it is blessed by the principle of consciousness. But when you are no longer connected to your body, it becomes food for the worms. If you extend this thinking to the cosmic level, you can only come to the conclusion that the cosmos is a single, harmonious, intelligent being. The visible, tangible part of creation is matter and the intelligent, sustaining principle is God, consciousness. (P. 70) ”
- James Swartz, Yoga of Love: Naradas Bhakti Sutra from the perspective of Vedanta
“Just as a person whose hair is on fire will immediately jump into the nearest pond to extinguish the flames, so a qualified student who has been burned by the deceptive flames of duality (samsara) rushes to a competent teacher serve who, because he has discovered his innate, eternally free self, rests in undisturbed serenity. (Vedanta-sara 1.30) ”
- James Swartz, Yoga of Love: Naradas Bhakti Sutra from the perspective of Vedanta
“Appreciating solitude is obviously a useful value, for one cannot indulge in self-exploration when one is surrounded by and connected with other troubled spirits. The deliberately chosen withdrawal must be distinguished from an escape in which we flee from ourselves or from things that we do not want to face. When an activity is only an escape, we feel inadequate. A mind that values ​​solitude is one that enjoys being to itself. Solitude is the best environment for self-exploration. (P. 196) ”
- James Swartz, Yoga of Love: Naradas Bhakti Sutra from the perspective of Vedanta
"Spiritually speaking, Vedanta is the end of the way, the" knowledge that ends the search for knowledge (who you are). "Almost everyone who isvara brings to Vedanta has already studied with many teachers. Once the bhakta understands the value of a proven means of knowledge and the need for a qualified teacher, he or she will look nowhere else. In fact, when you surrender to Vedanta, your search ends because the teaching shows you very clearly who you are. From that moment on, the only work left is removing any obstacles that are holding you back from appreciating your nondual self. (P. 136) ”
- James Swartz, Yoga of Love: Naradas Bhakti Sutra from the perspective of Vedanta
“I am smaller than the smallest particle that you can imagine, and I am also the largest object that you can imagine. I appear as the entirety of this incredibly diverse universe. I am eternal and unborn. I am whole, all-embracing, all-pervading, undivided, inseparable being. I am the master of everything. I am omniscient. I am the pure essence of the eternally auspicious, absolute joy and the absolute reality behind everything that exists. (Kaivalya-Upanishad 20) ”
- James Swartz, Yoga of Love: Naradas Bhakti Sutra from the perspective of Vedanta
“Maya, the cause of samsara, the belief that reality is a duality and that objects contain joy, is a wonderful, intelligent force, a powerful seductress who makes the world appear attractive and exciting. In the “Bhagavad Gita” Kṛṣṇa warns: “This, my divine maya, consisting of three gunas, is really difficult to grasp. Only those who surrender to me can overcome them. "(Bhagavad Gita 7.14) (p. 138)"
- James Swartz, Yoga of Love: Naradas Bhakti Sutra from the perspective of Vedanta
“Born out of admiration, nondual love is perfect, constant, non-judgmental, universal love for my true, original self, my created apparent self, for the world and for the creator of the world. She is absolutely convinced that nothing is missing. It's effortless, unequivocal self-esteem. She is not critical of herself. It is unambiguous; whatever the nondual bhakta does, he or she does without reserve. (P. 119) ”
- James Swartz, Yoga of Love: Naradas Bhakti Sutra from the perspective of Vedanta
“Try to appreciate the fact that you are always alone, even when you are with others. There is only one of us. We live in consciousness as consciousness. Thinking that you are apart creates a desire for company within you. When you appear to be with someone, you are really only with the thought of that person in your mind. They are never "out there" in the body they appear to inhabit. They are in you. And the thought about her is generated out of you, out of pure love. So if you love an object, you only love yourself. "
- James Swartz, Yoga of Love: Naradas Bhakti Sutra from the perspective of Vedanta
“Convergence of thinking, speaking and acting is what we call straightforwardness. To say one thing but to do the other, or vice versa, is detrimental to a peaceful mind and therefore not suitable for promoting self-inquiry. Straightforwardness does not only include true speaking, it also includes true thinking and acting. A lack of straightforwardness fragments the person and leads to a restless mind troubled by conflict. (P. 185) ”
- James Swartz, Yoga of Love: Naradas Bhakti Sutra from the perspective of Vedanta
“A self-actualized person is never jealous because he is aware of his own abundance. When I feel jealous, I should arouse the opposite thought in me. I should be thinking, “I am delighted with this person's happiness. I admire their good qualities and their joy makes me happy too. "Any negative feeling that threatens inner peace can be neutralized by the opposite thought. (P. 190) ”
- James Swartz, Yoga of Love: Naradas Bhakti Sutra from the perspective of Vedanta
"Self-knowledge is nothing else than the understanding that every experience is nothing other than the self-loving self [...] Joy is everlasting because you are eternal and your nature is bliss."
- James Swartz, Yoga of Love: Naradas Bhakti Sutra from the perspective of Vedanta
“Appreciating the fact that all is one should include all forms of life. You can practice this by respecting the environment. Pay attention to sustainability. Pay attention to your ecological footprint. Vegetarian diet is a great way to honor life. (P. 149) ”
- James Swartz, Yoga of Love: Naradas Bhakti Sutra from the perspective of Vedanta
“I am not the mind, the intellect, the thoughts or the ego. I am not my sense organs. I am not the elements. I am the eternally pure, blissful consciousness. I am Siva, I am Siva. (Nirvana-satkam, verse 1) ”
- James Swartz, Yoga of Love: Naradas Bhakti Sutra from the perspective of Vedanta