How can I
express my love for God today?
(Amar Mann © Copyright)
The mind cannot comprehend God or about God.
It is by loving we can know him/her (God being
genderless) intuitively. Then our daily question
on spiritual path should be how can I express my
love for God today? What good I can do today?
When our loving obliterates the gap between
lover and beloved that means between doer and to
be done, we can know God. That is why it is
written in Sikh scriptures that he/she himself
makes us love him and ultimately unites us. It
also implies that God is the doer. The gap
between lover, beloved and love needs to go. Who
can tell whether Guru Nanak loved God or God
loved Guru Nanak? And where was the love, when
Guru Nanak's whole life was love? When he talked
he talked from the love center, when he eat he
thanked God in gratitude for food, whatever came
it was good for him, it was blessed from God, it
was will of God. For him it was, Thine, Thine,
yours and yours. It also takes away mind's
duality, which always separates. The mind often
turns us into doer and something needs to be
achieved. Instead we need to open our hearts and
use them throughout the day. Not just for some
person for some time in return to their
goodness. And we need to put our mind, the
calculator, aside after using it for some
purposeful reason. Otherwise it just calculates
and turns our whole life into calculations; we
give some affection back in return to some one's
affection. We give gift to someone of the same
amount after receiving the gift from that
person, otherwise expects the gift in return. We
abuse if someone else does. Are not we living
just like 2+2 = 4, with calculations, without
using our hearts?
To live our loving, we need
to express our love for God daily, every moment.
It is love for God, by God and from God. In
order to achieve this I grouped spirituality
into four terms. These are just terms to remind
us, point us in the right direction, please do
not get attached to them.
By this I mean, let's use our hands to clean
some park, as nature also belongs to God. Paint
some one's house who cannot afford it. By this
we are out there in community trying to take
care and in touch with God's nature and God's
By this I mean to practice different methods to
strengthen our psyche and weaken our mind. To
practice not saying 'no' for a day. To spend a
day in silence, to resist arguments, listen more
often, not to complain etc. By this way we are
taking care of mind's clutter.
By this I mean to sing God's praises, meditate
and contemplate on God and God's name. To pray
and reflect upon divinity. By this way we are
awakening the divine within us.
By this I mean to be compassionate with family,
friends and colleagues with whom we spend most
of our day. To be kind, humble, honest at work
and home. Not to live selfishly, always try to
help and take care of our daily social needs
rather than putting on others. By this we are
acknowledging divinity of others also.
knowing God requires a continuum loving, which
we need to live and breathe daily. There are no
separate compartments, the above classification
reminds us the different places to look into to
be whole and unite with the whole. As
Hippocrates emphasized to physicians that 'First
do no harm'. The same implies in our lives and
is very important thing. Our mind has enough
negativity then we combine negativity from
history which is centuries old to kill and harm
others. The centuries old fights are still
fought today, like prosecution of one religious
group by other, killing millions of people. So
walking on this path, please do remember also,
'First do no harm'.