Learned something fascinating at yoga class today.
"Bhakti is wise love."
No, I'm not talking about romantic love or parent-child love. This is something else.
People say love has no place for wisdom. That love is blind and stupid.
But what if we were to perceive love from a place of compassion and describe it as the act of say, forgiveness? Forgiving those we love but who hurt us either intentionally or unintentionally or because their circumstances left them with no other choice? Or even forgiving ourselves for not being perfect enough to forgive?
There is so much beauty in loving wisely, and in the wisdom of love. Very often, our mind and heart are disconnected, or worse, are at conflict with each other. In the same way, our inner and outer worlds are often not in sync, and we are forced to live a life where we are not true to ourselves. Rather, we force ourselves to live in Asatya - by lying to ourselves. And when we live in Asatya, we also commit Himsa - violence - toward ourselves and the world around us.
Conversely, when our thoughts and feelings are in sync and our inner and outer worlds are at peace with each other, we can be in a state of balance, and then experience and express wholeheartedly, whatever concept the term "wise love" means for us, forgiveness, or something else. We may or may not immediately succeed in expressing or experiencing this Bhakti, but we will succeed in trying. And trying is our Dharma - our lifelong duty, thus creating Bhakti Yoga as a means to continue walking on our path as Karma Yogis or "householders."
Here is a Yoga mudra - a yoga pose with our hands - whose wisdom we can invoke when we wish to bring our inner and outer worlds in sync: Dharmachakra mudra, or the gesture of turning the wheel.