When you have everything possible but lack romance, then, all that you think you have may end up being quite worthless. What infuses that spark and joie de vivre into life is the sense of romance — when you are in love with life and living, no matter what, and expect little or nothing in return. When you exude love, you too receive an abundance of love, no strings attached. And to feel romantic is to experience an exultation of spirit that will lead you closer to feeling the bliss that everyone yearns for.Usually, the word ‘romance’ is associated with romantic love as in two individuals falling in love and feeling all lovey-dovey about it. Intimate dinners, soft music, close dancing, red roses, serenades, showering personal gifts, watching the moon, light up dark sky and remembering each other’s special days like birthdays and anniversaries – all of these are described as romantic activity. Yes, they are, in the very worldly and narrow sense.An advt man romances his prospective clients; a writer romances his readers; a movie actor romances his costars and audience, too; a scientist romances his research, an aspiring Neta, his vote bank, a cosmologist romances celestial objects, a sculptor, his sculptures, a teacher his students, and students, their teacher.The list can go on in every sphere of life.Expansive, eternal, romantic love is not only all of the above; it is so much more. And it is not restricted to the feelings between two or three or a few more constituents. It embraces every being, anything and everything in existence and beyond. Romantic love is alluring and endearing because the path of romance is one that is paved with much mystery and excitement. The anticipation, the adrenalin rush, the quickened pulse and the intoxication become heightened when it is all-embracing and leaves nothing and no one out of its warm embrace. That is why the love and longing of the Jivatma, individual soul, for union with the Paramatma, Super Soul, is intensely romantic.Suppose you were told that today was your last living day, for tomorrow you would be dead. Can you even imagine what kind of thoughts would rush into your mind? There is bound to be a massive traffic jam – good and bad thoughts, regrets, wishes, anxieties, worries, sadness, a sense of incompleteness… one could go on. On the other hand, if you are one of those rare evolved persons, you might take things in your stride, you might remain cool, even feel rested. An eternal romantic would likely start the process of romancing death, engaging with the thought and preparing to receive it with a smile, accepting it.The question arises, how does one come to embrace unconditional love? It’s simple if you have an able, genuine guide; complicated if you have to learn from hits and misses.Non-judgmental love, free of expectations, is a big part of the answer. When you stop being overly suspicious, jealous, negative and stop complaining and blaming others for anything that does not suit you, and you stop nursing grudges and living in the past, then, you will be free of clutter. Now there is space for love; you start experiencing that which is beyond mundane matters. As an eternal romantic, you will feel the energy that is Ananda, bliss.By Narayani Ganesh
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