There is someone who speaks to my soul in moments of solitude…
His name is Lord Nityananda and he dances in my heart inviting me to join him. He is the One I call out to in times of distress. He is the One that points me toward divine love, when I feel myself tumbling in the sea. Nityananda, or Nitai, is always with me, working his keys of compassion on the stubborn doors of my heart, creaking it open to real loving.
For my heart belongs to the Bhakti Yoga tradition, in which loving compassion, is personified by a sweet dancer by the name of Nityananda, or “eternal bliss”, who appeared on this very day, in Bengal, India, over 500 years ago. Nityananda’s bliss is expressed in his dancing, and thus he is known as the “King of Dancers”.
Ever since the fifteenth century, Lord Nityananda’s devotees have been dancing in hopes of attracting one of his loving glances, which are known to fill one with such divine ecstasy, one never wishes to stop dancing!
Nityananda is known as all those things in our lives that guide us toward the light: spiritual teachers, words of wisdom, sacred books, liberating sound vibrations. His gentle nature towards all souls has inspired hearts over the centuries to give up envy, anger, greed and prejudices, and dance their differences away through love!
For Nityananda’s love knows no bounds, as he dances from marketplace to marketplace, or heart to heart, giving away divine love for free.
And nothing gives him greater pleasure than to watch others get swept away into the ecstatic dance of eternal bliss. And they say that just one of Nitai's glances is full of so much compassion that it is like healing on achy hearts, massaging away any pain, and delivering pure bliss. Who will not want to dance for a glance from beautiful Lord Nityananda?
Madhava Lata Dasi: “Though I am originally from Italy, today I live in India in the very South, in the State of Kerala where I own a small hotel named the Paradesh Inn facing the Arabian Ocean. For 6 months it is open and our customers are mostly Yogi/Yogini who retreat in this area every year for weeks of full immersion. (For video of hotel click here) I follow Bhakti Yoga and writing poems is part of my meditation on Krishna, since I draw inspiration for my poems from the many books I read about Him. I usually publish my poems on my blog here."
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