According to Vedanta, love of God is identical with love of the Ultimate Truth. In the scriptures of Vedanta, God has been mentioned as Satyasya Satyam—the Truth of all truths.
Bhagavad Gita, the famous scripture of Hinduism, tells us how the emotion expressed as love of sense objects, if obstructed, can successively become transformed into anger, delusion and confused thinking, thus causing great harm to the individual’s mind.
According to Sri Ramakrishna, the emotion or thought of lustfulness cannot be suppressed, repressed, or annihilated with the thought of hatred toward the opposite sex. We have to learn the art of transforming lustfulness into love of God.
According to the ancient teachings of Vedanta, Divinity is equally present everywhere, but it is not equally manifest in all places. Manifesting our inherent Divinity in the fullest measure is called experiencing God. The only way to transcend suffering in this world is to experience this Divinity. And Divinity can be experienced only by the pure mind. Purification of the mind is called in Sanskrit ‘Chitta-shuddhi’. Without Chitta-shuddhi or the ‘purification of mind’, no God-vision is possible.
Swami Bhaskarananda – Head of Vedanta Society of Western Washington, Seattle, USA.