The verse which I spoke on today for the morning class, from Canto 9 of Srimad Bhagavatam, goes like this:
“The attraction between man and woman, or male and female, always exists everywhere, making everyone always fearful. Such feelings are present even among the controllers like Brahma and Shiva, and is a cause of fear for them, what to speak of others who are attached to household life in this material world.”
I was just intrigued how scripture delivers many elements to do with human psychology. In this particular context when we contemplate the pastimes of the great Ram and consort, Sita, their deep, profound love for each other carried an aspect of fear. It appears that the fear factor is present in divine love affairs just as much as we find it on the mundane platform. Such is the case for the love pangs felt by Brahma, the god of creation, and Shiva, the god of destruction.
Fear arises from many directions. There’s the fear that certain personnel will not approve of the loving relationship. There’s also the fear that whatever bondage is established in a loving rapture, may at one point be broken. And also there’s some anxiety that lingers between two persons involved in the relationship, that in the future they may hurt one another.
In the case of mundane love, there’s always some anguish. On the highest plane, such as the divine love between Ram and Sita, tension was encountered when they were separated. A simple conclusion here is that where there is love, there is also fear.
May the Source be with you!