My book Wise-Love, which is a concise handbook on the spiritual essence of bhakti yoga is due out on March 31. Some people are curious as to why I chose March 31 to launch Wise-Love. There are a few important reasons.
Just eleven days after spring 2018 begins we have a full moon on March 31.
When the outline of Wise-Love came to me I knew I would focus on describing the self/consciousness according to saints, sages, and Vedanta texts. I envisioned that each chapter would develop an understanding of consciousness. Then I saw a waxing moon rising until it reached its fullness at the apex of the sky spreading glorious illumination in a dark night. It’s been known for centuries that the moon affects mind, emotions, and behavior all of which are closely linked to consciousness. This visualization inspired me to title each of the seven sections of Wise-Love with poetic references to the moon. For instance, the final section of the book is called “Full Orb of Consciousness” and a lovely graphic of a full moon graces the spread. In this way, the full moon is tied to Wise-Love and appears in wise-love. Therefore, I thought it fitting to observe its release when the full orb shines on us.
Another reason is that on the Judeo-Christian calendar March 31 is Passover. Some people describe Passover as a celebration of a journey from slavery to freedom.
The idea of going from slavery and bondage in matter, which keeps us from our self, to freedom in the world of consciousness is compelling to all spiritual seekers.
On the bhakti calendar, March 31 has important significance relating to Krishna and his brother Balarama (Rama). Krishna is Supreme Consciousness, or the Supreme Person. Rama is nondifferent from him. They are both Supreme though Rama has a slightly different disposition. As Krishna’s elder brother, Rama dotes on Krishna and seeks to serve him constantly. On this occasion, however, while Krishna retreats to his secret rendezvous place with his beloveds, Rama, with encouragement from Krishna, goes to another area of the forest to dance with those devoted to him.
On the full-moon spring night, Rama and Krishna dance with their beloveds spreading the effulgence of pure love everywhere. Known as the rasa dance, the event has layers of meaning that are beautifully drawn out by Graham Schweig in his Dance of Divine Love: India’s Classic Sacred Love Story: the Rasa Lila of Krishna. (View the book trailer here.) This night, God’s beloveds hear his flute call and come running to participate in the dance of divine love.
On this sacred day, we’re invited to join with our Divine Other in the dance of wise-love and enter our eternal love story.
Please join me then to welcome the birth of Wise-Love.
I’m hoping each of you is blessed with a productive 2018,