Guru Dev Swami VishwanandaThe Saints know about the pain of Mystical Love. Their hearts pain to be with the Divine; they cry for it.
Love is not always hurting; love can be joyful also! There is a mystical joy, a mystical form of love that you may also discover in pain. This pain is not a pain like one saying, “Oh, I’m having pain.” For example, like someone saying, “Yesterday I went to a certain place and I hit myself and now I have pain.” The mystical kind of love is not a physical pain and it’s not an emotional pain that you create with your mind like saying, “Yes, I am in pain today.” Mystical Love is painfully intense [bittersweet].
Read the life of St. Francis. Do you know how much he was crying always? But even Mystical Love is not always that intense. We are speaking now about the pain of love, but St. Francis also had great joy. This sensitivity [the longing for the Divine] can also manifest itself as being painful. It is not really painful in the normal sense that we know pain to be, rather it is an intense Mystical Love, a longing for the Beloved One.
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