The sages were enthralled by the faith exhibited by Sati (Bhavani), they bowed their heads at her feet and said, ‘You and Lord Shiva are the mother and father of the Universe.’ They experienced blissful feelings as they departed from the forest where she was practising her austerities.
As they wondered through the forests speaking to the villagers, they learned of a terrible being called Taraka who was inflicting suffering upon people all over the world. This demonic being was so evil that even the Gods were trembling in fear. The sages and the Gods went before Brahma to express their grievances. Brahma said, ‘this demon will only be defeated by a son of Lord Shiva, you should at once go to the Kama (The Cupid of Hinduism) and request him to unite the Lord with Bhavani. This is the only way to draw him from his deep meditative state.
With great devotion the saintly sages prayed for Kama to appear, he manifested himself with a bow made of flowers. Hearing the distressful story of the Gods and sages he said,
‘I know that nothing good of this can come of this for me personally, acting in this way towards Lord Shiva, disturbing his meditation would ordinarily be unthinkable. I am indeed fearful that I will suffer. This demon is indeed causing tremendous misery and something needs to be done.’
Do not be afraid my dear Saints, I will do as you ask, The holy Vedas proclaim that compassion is the greatest Dharma (innate sense of duty). The sages always speak highly of those saintly beings who dedicate their actions and lives for the welfare of others.’
Kama then departed for the abode of Lord Shiva.
Kama understands that what he is about to do is not ideal from a personal standpoint. Personal gain is of course not a bad thing, but a greater thing is when we act for a cause greater than ourselves. Kama exhibits a commitment to the Vedic idea that we should act for the benefit of all living beings.
A true sign of the evolution of ones consciousness is not expressed by what one wears, or religious ritual or practise, it is expressed by ones actions in the world alone. It is expressed by the genuine compassion and empathy for the suffering of others.
Maharaji was a Jivanmukta, a liberated being, a Buddha. He walked the earth with nothing but compassion for all. He had a tremendous love for Christ and when asked about him said, ‘He was one with all beings and he had great love for all beings, he was one with God.’
When we read the Ramacharitmanas and about the lives of great beings like Maharaji and Christ, or the words of Kama described above, we are transforming ourselves. Ideally, we should study and meditate every morning when we wake up and allow the thoughts to permeate our lives throughout the day. It is not simply a story but a meditation, a transformative practise. Slowly but surely, we open ourselves to this deep love which resides in our hearts and awakens the compassion for us to act primarily out of loving kindness.