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Sweet Tears

Crying in relationship to God is one of the most sacred actions that is greatly dear to GOD. Crying is one of the highest devotional songs. One who knows crying, knows spiritual practice. If you can cry with a pure heart, nothing else compares to such a prayer.

One of the most common reasons for sincere believers crying before God when alone is their earnest prayer to Him. This is especially true when a person experiences severe emotional distress during hopeless situations, when all else in the form of worldly means have failed to save him or her from certain loss, grief or death. These are times when a person comes with tears in his eyes.
When he leaves, he is carrying the same tears, but the quality of tears is different, it is of gratitude. Still tears flow, but those are of gratitude, of love; it is so beautiful to cry in love of God. Here are some evidences that depicts crying for God is an extraordinary blessing recognized in all devotional paths:-

Tirmidhy reported in his Sunan from the Hadith of Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “One who weeps out of fear of Allah, will not enter the Hell till milk returns back in the udder; and the dust which a person suffered in the cause of Allah shall not gather with the smoke of Hell-Fire.”[4]

 “He who loves me is made pure; his heart melts in joy. He rises to transcendental consciousness by the rousing of his higher emotional nature. Tears of joy flow from his eyes, his hair stands on end, his heart melts in love. The bliss in that state is so intense that, forgetful of himself and his surroundings, he sometimes weeps profusely, or laughs, or sings, or dances; such a devotee is a purifying influence upon the whole universe.”
~ Srimad Bhagavatam 11.8 (Lord Krishna to His disciple Uddhave)

“As a [thirsty] hart* longs for flowing streams,
so longs my soul for thee, O God.
My soul thirsts for God,
for the living God.
When shall I come and behold
the face of God?
My tears have been my food
day and night.
~ Psalm 42.1-3

Our lives appears as different as we live it. We pursue our distinctions, whether they are achievement, wealth, even philanthropy. Then at the end of life, we become more similar again, the way we were as babies. How we cry out at the end of life will depend on how much we desired our Heavenly Father all the years in between. Blessed are those described by Psalm 84:2 “My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the LORD; my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God.”. Abhey Kumar “Abhey”, an Urdu poet from Meerut written exquisitely:-

                    सफ़र हयात का हँस कर गुज़र भी सकता था

                     तुम्हारी  याद में रोकर गुज़र गया लेकिन

Connecting with God or inner Self is the one thing that matters most. Beyond that I wonder if in God’s eyes the lives we live are not so different. Perhaps whether we live in wealth, in poverty, or in a totally different culture, our earthly life is secondary. Perhaps to him our hardships and successes don’t matter so much. I suspect that, like a parent, God longs to hear us call out to him long after we’re babies. He recognizes every voice and feels the beat of every heart. He longs to hear us call and never stop until our dying day.

Let us pray to be among those fortunate ones whose eyes gush forth as they remember Almighty in solitude, especially when praying the late-night prayer in the dark – in complete seclusion from the eyes of the world. One, who has cried even once in love (Meera, Drupadi, Buddha, Chaitanya Mahaprabhu…..), knows the taste of it, of surrender and of devotion and the entire creation rejoices it. The entire creation is longing for only one thing, the transformed tears, from salty tears to sweet tears.

Shyam

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