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Bhagavad Gita Chapter X – Verse 9

With their heart fixed on Me, with their life resting in Me, mutually enlightening one another and perpetually singing My glory, they are delighted and rejoiced. (Bhagavad Gita Chapter X – verse 9).

A true devotee has his very being in Bhagavan. His mind, his heart, is constantly fixed on Him. What we love is uppermost in our mind. We are never separated from anyone we sincerely love. Such a one is constantly with us. We see him with our mental eye; we feel his presence; we talk to him mentally; and our life is interwoven with him. To him goes our last thought when we drop off to sleep; he greets us when we return to consciousness next morning. And sometimes even in dream he is with us. So it is with the bhakta and his Beloved. Bhagavan is his lodestone. To Him his mind runs naturally. In Him he finds rest, peace and happiness.

We always speak of the thing with which our heart is most filled. What is dearest to us, what concerns us most, forms the object of our conversation. And so the bhakta talks of God. His whole nature rests in the Deity. Life is valueless without Him. All other desires have fled from him. The bhakta wants to enjoy his Lord. He is filled with the joy that is found in Him alone. He is truly happy, truly rich and rejoices always, because he has found a great and wonderful treasure. All earthly love is but a part of that infinite Love, which is God.

‘Never, O beloved, is the husband loved for his sake but for the sake of the Self in him. Never, O beloved, is the wife loved for her sake, but for the sake of the Self in her.’ (Brihadaranyaka Upanishad). Wherever we truly love, there we love God. The husband, the wife, the child, the friend — all of them are only mediums through which a little of God becomes perceptible to us.

God is everywhere, but our sight is not properly adjusted to enable us to see Him. He, the Beloved, is the adjuster of our sight. Suppose we take opera glasses and look at the steps. We have to adjust the glasses, each according to his sight. The different persons we meet are like different opera glasses, differently adjusted. One suits my sight, another yours. One reveals in his personality love to me, another to you. But it is always a glimpse of God in the person that calls forth our love. I look through your glasses and everything is blurred. I see the person you most love, but do not find anything lovable in him. The God in him is blurred to my sight. Another person, like another pair of glasses, suits me. Yes, I love him and see a little of God in him. To you it may be quite hidden. Only a sage can see God through all mediums, all glasses, all manifestations. His sight is so sharp that it burns through all veils. Says the Upanishad, ‘Knowing that the same Bhagavan inhabits all bodies, the sage will worship everybody as such.’ He sees God at the back of the personality. And having seen once, he speedily recognizes God in all. There is a puzzle card. We cannot find the hidden man. At last we discover him. Henceforth we will always see him whenever we see the card. In another place in the Upanishads we read, ‘Of the cows of different colours the milk is of just one colour. The wise man regards the Atman like the milk and the different manifestations like the cows.’ The Atman is the same in all, no matter how people differ.