The love of God is the real truth and reality of Valentine's Day. St. Valentine
has become the symbol of love in a form. But form he
was not. Love he was.
Love and awareness are one reality
He remains love at all times. Why? Because love is eternal.
Form is not eternal.
In the relative world, the practice on Valnetine's Day is not
only to utter the words of love but to sign them on cards, and not only to sign
them but to present them in the form of 'I am your lover.' In this way, the practice
became the symbol of husband and wife, and true Valentine's Day is no longer
People use the situation in the name of love to get bound,
whereas Valentine showed the world that he is free. He didn't care for the body.
He was not loving the religion. He was actually loving God. For him, God was
When I wish everyone 'Happy Valentine's Day,' the wish is
unsigned because I have no form.
Those who are form oriented cannot become formless oriented. People
think that for love, you can make the greatest sacrifice, and that the greatest
sacrifice of all is the body. So when it is seen that someone has sacrificed
the body, people think this he is the greatest martyr because nobody on earth
can easily become body-less.
All of you are real Valentines. And if this formless love
is not understood or realized by you, you will be getting connected only to some
form. But the spirit of Valentine is only love and that is why it so popular
and why it will remain so. Anybody who has become body-less, formless, has no
mind, and is no longer the victim of the mindhe or she is real love.
Whenever a human being connects with that love which is
eternal, forever, undying, unchanginghe becomes happy! So close the eyes
for a while and be the real love which everybody has in his or her heart.
Now, if it was a question of the sacrifice of Valentine on the level of
body, everybody would have felt so sorry on this this day, saying, 'Oh!
He died because he loved God.'
That will be your joy!
But that's not the question. He loved God because he was God,
and he came to know that he was God, and he let people know that you can take
away the body but you cannot destroy or dismantle the love of God.
Thus you, the lovers of Godeach one of youare
that Valentine, without having to offer your body to be destroyed.
You just need to know that awareness is nothing but love.
Love and awareness are one reality. Bhakti [love or devotion] and gyaan [knowledge
or awareness] are one reality.
These are the ways and means with which we can momentarily,
or even for a day, become happy, which means become free from body consciousness,
even while engaged on the body level and interacting with the body.
In whomever we see the love eternalundyinghe
or she becomes your friend, your lover, your beloved.
Thus the story of love continues until eternity.
I am fortunate to be in the company of love eternal which is being represented
by all of the so-called lovers assuming this incarnation, this body.
That heart which is forever pure, which is forever free from
the traits of the body, can be evolved only when you have a body incarnation.
Therefore, this is 'love incarnation.'
If you see the body and try through it get to that state
of love, you will never reach it. But if you have understood and become united
with the state and existence of love, you will be able to understand all its
manifestations and all the bodies. And then, wherever you hear anybody
sing the glory of love, that will be your joy.
Swami-ji has written a Valentine wish to all his devotees which is
shared here (below) with our Internet visitors.
15 February 2000