This material world is endlessly mutable. Our acquaintances, friends and even family are like straws in the ocean, which come together temporarily, and are then separated eternally by the waves of time. Why are we so attached to these temporary bodily relationships?
Shri Chaitanya is known as the golden avatar of love because he came to freely distribute love of God to anyone who was willing to accept it. He didn't consider a person's caste or creed and welcomed all to the spiritual practice.
In the Bhagavad Gita, Krishna says, "The spirit soul bewildered by the influence of false ego thinks himself the doer of activities that are in actuality carried out by the three modes of material nature."
As far as I know, I am the only practicing Hindu at Union Theological Seminary right now, and this leaves me in a tough spot. This is because I am not sure how I, as a Hindu, as a "Hare Krishna," fit into the fabric of social justice that defines Union.
To honor Sri Krishna, one of my mentors, I will read my Bhagvad Gita. The Quran says, to every nation and every community and tribe, God has sent a prophet and peace maker. I believe that Sri Krishna is God sent to restore balance in the society.
On the hardwood floor of the yoga studio I suddenly understood why mothers in all cultures from the beginning of time have known to sing to babies long before their children will ever begin to understand what they're saying.
Our desire to love and be loved comes from God. For the most part, no one wants to be alone, at least not permanently. The thing everyone is chasing after is love. We all want to know that there are people out there that love us.