The law of attraction

Newtons-lawWe all have attraction and affection for someone—this is natural. Unfortunately loving relationships in this world does not guarantee us complete satisfaction. They often break prematurely and even end up as hateful relationships. The ideal person of our dreams, who can reciprocate with us perfectly, in all situations, seems always to elude us.
The ancient Vedic scriptures of ancient India inform us that every spirit soul is attracted towards the Supreme Soul, God, or Krishna. He is the only person who can fulfill our innermost needs of loving relationships. He will never betray us, and no force in the universe can break this eternal relationship.
Unfortunately, we have forgotten this relationship. To uncover this loving propensity all we need to do is practice devotional principles, especially the chanting of Hare Krishna mantra. Just as iron filings get attracted to a magnet, all of us in our pure state have a natural attraction towards Krishna. Lust and many other unwanted things prevent the full exhibition of these loving feelings, just like rust covers iron.
The loving attraction is quite similar to Newton’s law of gravitation, which states that every point mass in the universe attracts every other point mass with a certain force. If m1 and m2 are the masses of two bodies separated by a distance r, then both will exert the same attractive force F upon each other. The force will reduce as the distance between them increases. However, this law differs from Newton’s law in some areas. Whereas the attractive force exerted by each mass on the other is the same, the attraction (in this case, the affection or love) that God, Krishna, has towards the wayward spirit souls is much greater than what those souls have towards Him. As Radhanath Swami says, “There is no limit to Krishna’s beauty, His sweetness, His attraction, and His attractive qualities.”
The attraction between Krishna and His devotees is unaffected by the physical distance between them, unlike the attraction between two physical masses. Other material barriers, like the language in which a prayer is intoned, one’s social or financial standings, or any other mundane criteria, have no effect on this spiritual relationship.
“Where were the hunter Dharma’s piety, Dhruva’s maturity, and Gajendra’s knowledge? Where was Kubjä’s beauty? Where was Sudämä’s wealth? Where was Vidura’s noble birth? Where was Ugrasena’s chivalrous strength? Lord Mädhava is pleased only by devotional service and not by material qualifications.” (Çré Padyävalé 8)

In sharp contrast to Newton’s law, the attraction between Krishna and His devotees has been known to increase with distance. Love in separation from Krishna is described as the highest form of love, higher even than love in union with Him. The most exalted devotees, the gopis of Vrndavan, experienced this form of love. After first enjoying a decade of Krishna’s association in Vrndavan during His early pastimes, they later had to undergo a century of separation from Krishna while He spent His time in Hastinapura and Dvaraka. All the while, their love for Krishna kept increasing, and finally reached its culmination, despite the fact that they were separated by a great physical distance.

Bhakti, or loving devotional service, is known as Sré-krsnaakarshiné, “that which attracts Krishna.” Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura writes in Jaiva-dharma, “The devotee whose heart is infused with Suddha-bhakti attracts the attention of Krishna – along with that of all His close associates – by the power of his love. Love is the only way to conquer Sri Krishna, no other means are viable.” Prahlada, although a five-year-old boy, by the power of his devotion could attract the Supreme Lord Nrsimhadeva, who appeared just to protect His dear devotee. Between a magnet and iron, it is the magnet that has the power to attract, not the iron. But with bhakti (which begins with the chanting of the holy names) the devotee, who is an infinitesimal spirit soul, can attract the Infinite, all-powerful Krishna.

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