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9.LOVE OF GOD
Mahaprabhu continued, "By culturing Eshk llfl (love) for Allah the Ruh (soul) becomes pure and transcends worldliness."There is an interesting verse in this regard in the sura "AZ-Ma'ida," or "The Table Spread" of the Holy Qur'an (5.54):"O you who believe! If any from among you turn back from his religion, soon Allah will bring people whom He will love and they will love Him.humble towards Believers, mighty towards the Rejecters, striving in the Way of Allah, and never afraid of the blame of any blamer. That is the Grace of Allah, which He will bestow on whom He pleases. Allah is Ail-Embracing, All-Knowing."Thus here is a warning to the Muslim community that they should not become so self-satisfied or arrogant as to depart from the spirit of God's teachings. If they do, the ioss will be their own. God's bounty is not confined to one group or section of humanity. He can always raise up people who will follow the true spirit of Eternal Religion. That spirit is defined in two ways:
1. They will love God and God will love them;
2. Amongst the brethren, their attitude will be that of humility.
They will offer no compromises to unbelievers, they will always strive and fight for truth and right, they will know no fear. Actually in this verse there is a great prediction that soon God will bring people whom He will love and who will love Him. These people will follow the principles of Eternal Religion which means Love of God. By cultivating this love, a soul becomes purified from all material desires and attachments. Therefore he qualifies to transcend the limits of material existence and enter into the spiritual existence. This is the highest perfection of life.We find another relevant story in The liadith. It is narrated that a Bedouin came to the Prophet and said, "When will the Day of Judgment come?" In reply the Prophet said: "What preparations have you made for that day?" Feeling ashamed, the Bedouin said broken-heartedly: "O Prophet, I have not piled up prayers, fasts, charity and alms; the little I have in my possession is the love of God and His Prophet only." The Prophet said: "A man will be with the people he loves."14 (Bukhari and Muslim)Real love is love of God and it is the ultimate goal of life. In the Holy Qur'an the Holy Prophet Muhammad explained that instead of so-called love for the world, people should cultivate real love for Allah. It is the goal of human life. All loving relationships in the material world are just perverted reflections of the real love of God. Because we have forgotten our loving relationships with God, we try to develop the so-called love for different objects of this material world. Thus, we try to become happy, but there is anxiety at every step, for real eternal unconditional love and happiness exists only in the spiritual world. Just like water does not exist in the desert, similarly love and happiness do not exist in the material world. This material love we are struggling to enjoy here is compared to trying to enjoy and satisfy ourselves with a mirrored reflection of a delicious meal but we are frustrated at every attempt. Real love for God is lying dormant within our hearts. If we want to awaken this love, we need to reestablish our forgotten relationship with the Supreme. Attached to the love of wife, child, home, money, country and friend we attain only superficial love but when we engage ourselves in devotional service to the Supreme Lord, we can attain the ocean of pleasure, the reservoir of love, the origin of love. That is why we should engage ourselves in devotional service to the Supreme Lord. This is the only way to awaken our dormant love for God and go back to the spiritual world. It is the ultimate goal of human life and it can be easily tried and tested.
Once the Holy Prophet Muhammad said: "O Lord, grant to me the love of You; grant me that I love those that love You; grant me that I may do the deeds that win Your love; make Your love dearer to me than my soul, family and wealth."