LOVE – INSIGHTS
It is amazing how many different insights about Love are there.
to mention just a few:
Muzaffer Ashki al-Halveti al-Jerrahi:
The essence of God is love and the Sufi Path is path of love.
Love is to see what is good and beautiful in everything.
It is to learn from everything, to see the gifts of God
and the generosity of God in everything.
It is to be thankful for all God’s bounties. This is the first step on the road to the love of God. This is just a seed of love. In time, the seed will grow and become a tree and bear fruit.
In the final analysis, love is not merely an emotional something. Love is creative, understanding goodwill for all men. It is the refusal to defeat any individual.
When you rise to the level of love, of its great beauty and power, you seek only
to defeat evil systems. Individuals who happen to be caught up in that
system, you love, but you seek to defeat the system.
In spite of the deep-seated craving for love, almost everything else
is considered to be more important than love:
success, prestige, money, power –
almost all our energy is used for the learning of how to achieve these aims, and almost none to learn the art of loving.
Could it be that only those things are considered worthy of being learned with which one can earn money or prestige,
and that love, which “only” profits the soul, but is profitless
in the modern sense, is a luxury we have no right
to spend energy on?
only because I love. Everything is, everything exists,
only because I love.
Everything is united by it alone. Love is God, and to die
means that I, a particle of love, shall return
to the general and eternal source.
Love is not sensation; it is a flame without smoke. You will know love
when you as the thinker are not.
You cannot sacrifice yourself, the thinker, for love. There can be no deliberate action for love, because love is not of the mind.
The discipline, the will to love, is the thought of love; and the thought of love is sensation, Thought cannot think about love, for love is beyond the reaches of the mind. Thought is continuous, and love is inexhaustible.
That which is inexhaustible is ever new, and that which has continuance is ever
in the fear of ending. That which ends knows the eternal
beginning of love.
Chief Dan George, Coast Salish:
My friends, how desperately do we need to be loved and to love. Love is something you and I must have.
We must have it because our spirit
feeds upon it.
We must have it because without it we become weak and faint. Without love our self-esteem weakens.
Without it our courage fails. Without love we can no longer look out confidently at the world. We turn inward and begin to feed upon our own personalities, and little by little we destroy ourselves.
With it we are creating. With it we march tirelessly. With it, and with it alone,
we are able to sacrifice for others.
If the eye is unobstructed, the result is sight. If the ear is unobstructed, the result is hearing. If the nose is unobstructed, the result is smell.
If the mouth is unobstructed, the result is taste. If the mind is unobstructed, the result is wisdom.
If the heart is unobstructed,
the result is love.
The Book of Mirdad:
Love is not a virtue. Love is
more so than bread and water; more so than light and air….Love is the Law of God. You live that you may learn to love. You love that you may learn to live.
No other lesson is required of Man.
Of love the first form is of self and of self in others;
– the second form is love of others and of self in them;
– the third form is love of duty or God
and the other forms are by-products of it; that is, it is love
of that for which the individual exists.
Love is what we are born with.
Fear is what we learn.
The spiritual journey is the unlearning of fear and prejudices and the acceptance of love back in our hearts. Love is the essential reality
and our purpose on earth.
He who knows Love becomes Love, and he knows
all beings are himself, twin-born of Love.
Melted in Love’s own fire, his spirit flows
into all earthly forms, below, above;
He is the breath and glamour of the rose,He is the benediction of the dove.
The funeral pyre
Where I have laid my living body.
Al the false notions of myself
That once caused fear, pain,
Have turned to ash
As I neared God.
Personal love, no matter how intense and genuine,
inevitably ties you up: love in freedom
is the love of all.
When all the false self identifications are thrown away,
what remains is an all embracing love…
Love is a flame that burns everything other than itself. It is
the destruction of all that is false and the fulfillment
of all that is true.
Rumi’s insights are amongst the very best:
Don’t look for Love, look for the one
looking for Love.
You are such an ocean of Love that you have no boundary.
The desire man and woman feel for each other, is only a drop from that ocean.
Each moment from all sides rushes to us
the call of Love.
Both light and shadow are the dance of love.Love is without cause,
it is the instrument of the divine secret. The lover
and the loved are eternal and indivisible.
On the path of LOVE we are neither masters nor the owners of our lives.
We are only a brush in the hand of the Master Painter
Except for Love nothing you see
will remain forever.
Although I may try to write about Love
helpless I am rendered,
my pen breaks , the paper slips away
at the ineffable place
where Lover, Loving and Loved are One.
A life without love is a waste.
Should I look for spiritual love, or material, or physical love?” Don’t ask yourself this question. Discrimination leads to discrimination. Love doesn’t need any name, category or definition. Love is a world itself.
Either you are in, at the center…
either you are out, yearning.
Yeats here seems to speak of sexual love,
but his meaning goes much deeper than that:
A woman can be proud and stiff
When on love intent;
But Love has pitched his mansion in
The place of excrement;
For nothing can be sole or whole
That has not been rent.
Which is the deeper meaning of these verses?
True happiness is in Love, which is the stream
that springs from one’s soul.
He who will allow this stream to run continually in all conditions of life, in all situations, however difficult, will have a happiness which truly belongs to him, the source of which is not without, but within.
Sri Aurobindo has the last word:
Love is the deepest and most intense and its privilege is to be the key
to the most profound and secret recesses
of the Divine Mystery