Deep within us there is an ultimate yearning. To pacify this yearning, we create countless desires. We seek pleasure. We seek the love of a partner. We seek distraction. We seek approval and spend our lives creating a ‘self’ people will accept. Even with all this effort, our yearning remains unfulfilled, unsatisfied.
The yearning is God. The love we seek with a partner is the shadow of the love of God. The approval we seek is the shadow of the bliss of merging with God. The pleasure and distraction we seek are to soften the pain of the absence of realizing the love of God.
This yearning is not intellectual. It is not of the mind. It is not worshipping a God in heaven, outside of our Self. It is the source of mind; the pure consciousness of the true Self, which is bliss. This yearning is realization. This realization is that the consciousness we are and the consciousness that is God, are bliss. God’s call to us is the yearning we feel, but we have forgotten that this yearning is for God. When we forget, we fill our lives with desire and attachment to the fruits of desire. We think the fruit of desire will satisfy our longing for love, for bliss.
The countless desires will only exhaust us and create dissatisfaction because the pleasure will be momentary and the human love will be mixed with stories in our mind. Both will remain a mix of pleasure and pain because it is a play in the world of opposites.
All of our seeking, all of our desires and all of our yearning are the calling to return to God. That is knowing the true Self. That is why we meditate.