Contractual Love towards God!
“Love does not grow on trees or brought in the market, but if one wants to be “LOVED” one must first know how to give (unconditional) LOVE.” – Saint Kabir
“Unconditional love” is the word Kabir used. But we live in a practical world. I will give you a certain amount and you give me something equivalent to the amount. Nothing wrong with that, it is totally ethical if no foul is committed in the transaction.
But this mindset has become so strong that we have also started TRADING with God. Whenever anybody is under some difficult problem like suffering from critical illness, or financial problem, or a lady who is not lucky to find a partner or a man who is longing for a kid but things are not working out for him; they move towards God. There are a lot of temples and saints and enlightened people, beliefs, dogmas, superstitions, some are true and authentic and many are fake. You will always find some person telling the sad person that if you go to that temple or that saint, your wish will be fulfilled.
A person whether he believes in God or not is ready to try that option because there is nothing to lose. A person goes to that temple and prays to God to grant a boon for a kid and if that happens, he will visit that temple again, or he promises to do some puja or he will donate 10,000 rupees. There you go! So the relationship between a person and God is 10000 rupees and that is also conditional. If God grants his or her wish only will the act be performed. There is no concrete evidence of whether this works or not, but it definitely makes a mockery of the love or bhakti which the saints and the Lord talked about.
“The only way love can last a lifetime is if it’s unconditional. The truth is this: love is not determined by the one being loved but rather by the one choosing to love.”
― Stephen Kendrick
Wierd, it might seem but true it is that people lack true love and devotion for the divine. Temporary resolution of wishes may or may not work but it will never give you the true juice of love or bhakti. This blog is not about discussing what true love or devotion of bhakti. This blog is just to bring awareness about the wrong belief that has entered into the minds of people and eventually has become a bad habit.
The little take I would like to give on this topic is, “LOVE GOD FOR LOVE’S SAKE!” It is like going to a temple standing in front of the image of the lord and then smiling, thinking that I have got the universe standing in front of him, I will be an idiot if I asked him for a little piece of land.