Reproduced from the back issues of Bhavan's Journal
More than fifty articles on various subjects like: Upanishads, Veda Saakha, Anusmriti, Viraha, Bhakti,Vidyasthaanas etc
Sweetness & Light
Conquest of Fear
Vedic Heritage
Mantra-Science of Sound
Narada's Teachings
Prayer for Universal Harmony
The Benevolent Tree of Vedic Love
Science of Symbols
Aham Brahma Asmi
Ego
Vyaakarana
Humanistic Education
Relevance of Upanishadic Ideology
Kashi and Ganga
Patala Ganga
Veda Saakhas
Brahma and Ardhanari
Kumara and Swaminatha
Krishna of Pandharpur
Anusmriti
The Chariot of the Sun God
Doctrine of Illusion
Gurus and Disciples
Dharma in Disguise
Realising the Presence of God
Viraha
Narada and the Daughter of King Silnidhi
Krishna Teaches a Lesson
The Reality
Bhakti
To Serve Others is to Feel Blessed
Vedas and Upanishads
Aim of Puranas
Goddess Chandika
Harmony
Vidyasthaanas
Pure of Heart
Body and Soul
Brahma Nirvana
That a Man should be One Man
Vedic Hymns
Worth of Religious Traditions
Creation of the Universe
The True Religious Life
Vedic Dharma
Raja Yoga
Religious Teachings
Yagnas

ECHOES FROM THE ETERNITY : Viraha

What is viraha?
A sense of the void stemming from unslaked longing: on one side, we have the void (abhava); on the other, a simultaneous sense of fulfillment (bhava). The reason is that no sooner does the yearning reach its acme of intensity, than the hiatus that stands between--of space and time and what not--is annihilated, leading to attainment (prapti). With every attainment the aspirant’s receptivity grows, whereafter the soul cries out once agin: “I want more, indeed, still more!” As a result, the attainment fails to retain its native status and a new quest begins. How to put a term to the Termless? In the infinite lila of love one meets with a new attainment with each new approach: one attains and yet feels as though one has failed to attain, one sees and yet feels as though one has not seen enough, and so the pilgrimage to the infinite continues everlastingly. A new savor accrues at every bend: the infinite delight(rasa) has infinite lilts, so the journey knows no end. And yet there is an end to everything--everytime and everywhere, for how can motion outpace the Eternal Poise--the imperturbable, the tranquil?

Nonetheless, motion, too, is a reality wherefore the center of every milan is ever-resonant with the melody of viraha: the lila of the Infinite comes floating, unimpeded, into each finite entity. The drop in the Deep and the Deep in the drop are both true--at one and the same time. Just as the pain of viraha lurks at the heart of milan, so the anguish of viraha outflowers as the eternal bliss of Mahamilan, the Last Mergence. At the point of this final dissolution in the Timeless, the drop and the Deep become, indeed, one; but in the lila in Time a gulf still persists which, even when bridged, seems unbridgeable. In other words, at every clasp of milan, even when a part of the hiatus is spanned, a part still survives which never comes to an end in endless Time. The attainment (prapti) does, indeed, come, but only to be overtaken by the void (abhava) once more so that the quest can start over again. Fulfillment and frustration (bhava and abhava) are equally indispensable to the continuance of the Play. This is the glorious glory of Mahabhava, the Identity in time: even when one attains, the longing for attainment remains unfulfilled: even when one sees, the thirst for seeing says unslaked.

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