What is the purest form of love and what is the reward that it bestows? Bhagawan lovingly and clearly reminds us today.
The love that has Atma as its basis is pure and sublime. Since people are bound by various pseudo-forms of love, they believe themselves to be just individual souls, isolated and individualised, and deprive themselves of the fullness and vastness of divine love. So, people must win the grace of God. When a person secures it, an individual soul will be released from identification with the body and can identify itself with the Atma. This consummation is referred to in the Vedas as ‘liberation from bonds’ (bandha-vicchedana), or ‘release’ (moksha). To battle against the tendency of body identification and win God’s grace as the only means of victory, spiritual exercises have been laid down, such as philosophical inquiry, sense control (dama) and other disciplines of six-fold spiritual discipline. Their practice will ensure the purification of the consciousness; it will then become like a clean mirror that can reflect the object, and the Atma will stand revealed clearly.
– Sathya Sai Vahini, Ch 1.