Everything!!! Love is one of the most healing and rewarding feelings. Love is pure, love is light, love is free, love is true, love is very near, and when love is allowed it untethers the soul. Swami Kripalu says “Love is the only universal language and worldwide religion. Whether the scripture you hold in your hand is the Vedas, the Bible, or the Koran, it is trivial without love. Love is God’s only envoy, everyone’s well-wisher, and the only guide on the true path”. Sadly, I see love is something that is lacking throughout all of society in some form or fashion. We are taught to love above, and we are taught to love outside of ourselves, but who was taught to really love and trust themselves? This was a new phenomenon to me – self-love, appreciation, care, trust, and ultimate respect. This was the part of my foundation that was seriously lacking and causing upheaval as I continued to build my life.

Being South Carolina born but Pranakriya rebirthed, I choose to seek the teachings from someone I trusted and someone I believed in. Thumbing through the book, Sayings of Swami Kripalu quotes complied by Danna Faulds, I looked to the chapter of love and this is what stood out to me “As long as people continue to focus on material gain and forget their spiritual development, their achievements will be inferior. We must develop our inner being to become love. We may beautify this world as much as we want, but without love, it is like decorating a corpse. To beautify this world, we must carry out experiments in love. Only love can bring unity and remove the separation among all living being.” That resonated on so many levels and that was what I was missing – developing my inner being to become love.

So, there I found myself on this mission, the path to become love. How does one become love? This was the question I sat with in meditation. My answer, I was brought back to my foundational teachings of Yama and Niyama. So basic but this was universal truth. To become love and be loved embodies the teachings of Yama and Niyama – non-violence, non-lying, non-stealing, moderation, non-attachment, purity, contentment, austerity, study of self and scriptures, and surrender to the divine.

I sat back and realized just like love – a firm practice in Yama and Niyama is pure, a firm practice in Yama and Niyama is light, a firm practice in Yama and Niyama is free, a firm practice in Yama and Niyama is true, a firm practice in Yama and Niyama is very near, and when a firm practice in Yama and Niyama is allowed it untethers the soul. Even more, a firm practice in Yama and Niyama gives one the ability to speak the universal language of Love throughout all societies, cultures, and religions.

I leave you with this peaceful message from Swami Kripalu, “Truly, the wise proclaim that love is the only path, love is the only God, and love is the only scripture. Impress this verse upon your memory and chant it constantly if you want to realize your dreams of growth. Love is the wish-fulfilling stone. Only love can bring unity and remove the separation between all living beings. Only love purifies the body and the mind. Love is not far away. Love is as close as your heart. You can find it living without walking a single step. Love is my only path. I am, in fact, a pilgrim on the path of love.”

With much love to you all and from another pilgrim on the path of love, Krissy Dopson Simon.