I'm so struck by Sri Ramakrishna's overwhelming desire... his longing... to know and experience the Presence of Mā. His craving for relationship with Her propels me to stir up my own appetite for devotion in its purest form, or, as I've heard GuruJi say, "Love for Love's sake".
The more I read about these divine embodiments of devotion and grace; and the deeper I dive into my own experiences and relationship with Mā, the more I find myself disinterested in the affairs of material enjoyments. It's strange... a bit like having lost one's sense of taste due to a cold, and what was once a favorite food is now bland and boring.
I pray for more of this longing... desperate passion for knowing Her in and as all... and Her alone.
There is a poem by Rumi that brings me to tears each time I hear or read it, that I find relevant to this conversation:
Love Dogs by Rumi
One night a man was crying Allah! Allah! His lips grew sweet with praising, until a cynic said, “So! I’ve heard you calling our, but have you ever gotten any response?”
The man had no answer to that. He quit praying and fell into a confused sleep. He dreamed he saw Khidr, the guide of souls, in a thick, green foliage.
“Why did you stop praising?” “Because I’ve never heard anything back.”
“This longing you express is the return message.”
The grief you cry out from draws you toward union.
Your pure sadness that wants help is the secret cup.
Listen to the moan of a dog for its master. That whining is the connection.
There are love dogs no one knows the names of.
Give your life to be one of them.
So much love to you all. I'm continuously blown away by Her unfolding in each of our lives, and so grateful for the opportunity to explore that unfolding with each of you.