We looked at the meaning of “Valentine” from the on-line dictionary and the following was the result:
a card sent, often anonymously, on St Valentine’s Day, 14 February, to a person one loves or is attracted to.
a person to whom one sends a valentine card or with whom one is romantically involved.
If you want to have a great Valentine day, you need to shoot a card to your great beloved! This is as simple.
But many a times, our love with the beloved is not reciprocated to the extent expected and worst, sometimes our card may bounce back on us with frustration! It is a great anxiety whether our card selected will please the beloved or not. Sometimes even a high priced card may not please the beloved.
Why is this?
Because the expectation of the beloved is different! She or he wants something and had a great expectations but what actually they got is something not up to their expectations!
Bhagavad-Gita says that this kind an expectation is actually called “lust” and not “love”. Love is performed WITHOUT any expectation or response or reward for oneself.
But this is not easy! Both lover & beloved are FULL of expectations! It is impossible to remove these expectations from the minds.
But don’t worry! There is a great way to celebrate the Valentine’s day!
Instead of trying to match the expectations of lover & beloved, why not think of giving something to a common beloved? This is interesting!
Both the lover & beloved can select a wonderful card combinedly and give it to someone whom both love? Mind you that common beloved should be happy with your gift! Otherwise, same problem!
Who could be the lover who is not expecting anything from us but nonetheless loves us all? Who is the one who is giving us so many resources for our maintenance & enjoyment without expecting ANYTHING from us? This is God, Sri Krishna!
Look at Lord’s mercy & attentiveness towards us! He is always wishing our good, providing everything that we want to lead a good life but never ever expect anything from us.
But will Lord be satisfied with my card?
Look at what Lord Krishna says in Bhagavad-Gita:
If one offers Me with love and devotion a leaf, a flower, fruit or water, I will accept it. (BG 9.26)
If one offers with love even a small leaf, Lord will accept it! Don’t have leaf? Then just offer water! He will accept lovingly! Of course, if our beloved accepts our offering, we shall be very happy, isn’t it?
Then Why not give a beautiful card to Lord Sri Krishna, the most beautiful personality that all are attracted to (this attraction is dormant in everyone)?
Both the lover & beloved can select a great card for Lord Krishna!
It will be the greatest celebration of Valentine ever! And mind you, you will be eternally happy!
Finally is this love of godhead proper? see an interesting quote from Srimad-Bhagavatam:
SB 1.7.7, Purport:
Love is a word which is often used in relation with man and woman. And love is the only word that can be properly used to indicate the relation between Lord Krishna and the living entities. The living entities are mentioned as prakriti in the Bhagavad-gita, and in Sanskrit prakriti is a feminine object. The Lord is always described as the parama-purusha, or the supreme male personality. Thus the affection between the Lord and the living entities is something like that between the male and the female. Therefore the term love of Godhead is quite appropriate.
Chant Hare Krishna & be happy!