The Resonance of Love
What is this resonance of love that flows between the Master and the disciple? You can feel it, sense it, be rocked by it, and long for it when it wanes. How can it be described? How can it be understood? How can it be sustained and how can one increase the capacity to surrender to it? Thousands of people, poets, and song writers have tried to describe love. It has been described as the quickening of the heart, the weakening of the knees, the rising of the senses of every molecule of the body, and the natural and visceral attraction to the beloved.
Sometimes people spontaneously cry when they see the Master. Perhaps this crying is a reflection of the shock of love, the electric current of love that the disciple may feel in the presence of the Master. This love, which emanates from the Master, is an indescribable force. It is a force which can modify all those who are touched by it. The state of mind of Sant Charandas was described this way:
Sometimes streams of tears would flow from his eyes. When waves of love arose, he could not contain them within himself.
Precisely stated, resonance is a phenomenon in which one system is driven by another system to vibrate with greater amplitude at some preferential frequency. Resonance requires three basic conditions: an object with a natural vibration or frequency, a forcing function applied to the object which causes energy to build up in the object, and a lack of energy loss which causes the object to resonate.
We can look at our self as the object and the Master/Shabd as the force of love that is applied to our soul. Meditation provides the condition for the energy of love to build up, which allows the resonance to grow. A reciprocal vibration of love between the Master and the disciple can then ring forth, strengthening in purity and force, much like a Tibetan singing bowl which grows in its harmonic clarity and continuous sound when it is struck.
This resonance of love changes us at the molecular level. It sets up a harmonic magnetism and begins to attune the soul to the Shabd, which is continually resounding at the eye centre. The Shabd is love in action; it is the force of love that emanates from the Master. And, it is this force that initiates and sustains the resonance of love between the disciple and the Master.
Sant Dadu Dayal is quoted in The Teachings of Goswami Tulsidas:
The lover is converted into the Beloved;
That indeed is called true love.
Of that Beloved,
God himself becomes the lover, O Dadu.
This invaluable gift of love, this sweet resonance, is the Lord’s mercy and grace. It is the continuous call to turn our attention homeward. The Master has struck us with his force of love so that we can sing forth and attune ourselves each day through our meditation and keep the melody of our lives in harmony with the Shabd.
When you offer him your existence,
He gives you His Life.
Sheikh Abol-Hasan, The Soul and A Loaf of Bread, rendered by Vraje Abramian