By Periyava
Translation from Tamil: V. Krishnaraj

அன்பும் துன்பமும் : தெய்வத்தின் குரல் (முதல் பகுதி)

The purpose of human life is to show love (Love thy neighbor). There is no greater bliss in anything else. Fleeting happiness is attained in accumulating wealth, going after fame, beautifying oneself…There is no fulfilment of the soul. A full measure of bliss is attained by showing love. We never feel the hardships, the bodily inconveniences, financial burdens…when we show love. Bliss of love and fulfillment transcend these hardships. Life without love is useless.
I said when we show love, hardship recedes. The object we showered with love one day gives hardship. The person we loved leaves or we ourselves leave from his ambit. We feel the unhappiness from his separation from us or our separation from him. We are upset by permanently losing bliss of love and fulfilment. The fruit of love at the end is unhappiness. The more we loved, the more we feel the hardship at separation. If we remained with no demonstration of love as a selfish man or inert substance, we may even think it might have been easier. For such a person, there is no hardship from separation.
The selfish man is burdened with a load of sin. Having taken birth as a human, being without love, bliss and fulfillment and remaining inert like a wood, frond, rock… are of no use.
Love ends in hardship. Life without love has no excitement. What to do? Cultivating changeless and imperishable love is the way. What we love should never leave us. That object of love is ever with us. If we have such a thing to love forever and remain with us forever, we will not separate from it. We will be blissful and fulfilled.
That one which is immutable is Paramātman whom we should love with our body and mind and soul. Paramātman will not leave us anytime. When the soul leaves our body, that soul without fear of separation from Paramātman merges with him. The love we show him is permanent.
A question may arise if we must be in love with Paramātman, should we not be in love with others who one day disappear from earth? If we extend our love to Paramātman, we are bound to know nothing is other than him. Thinking of people destined to die and to whomsoever we extend our love, the causal agent of hardship, they will all appear to us as the imperishable form of Paramātma. Looking at the world as Paramātman, we should show love to all. That love will never ever appear as the cause of hardship.
Though some may not look at people as Paramātma himself, it is easier to love virtuous elders and Sat-Gurus endowed with Jñāṉa and bliss and considered as Paramātma. It is enough to give love and dedicate your soul to them. Though they die, the death occurred to the body that pretended to sport Paramātman’s body. Now the embodied soul became one with Paramātman. With that knowledge we will not suffer hardship from separation. Our love will not diminish and stay that way always. First, we should practice loving Paramātman and the Sadhus; later, we should develop loving attitude to all living things. That is the purpose of being born a Jaṉmā.