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The world exists because love still exists on earth. If this one divine quality left the world, then there could be no existence on earth. Let us love the root of the tree. Then we shall see that the branches, the leaves and the foliage of the tree also feel our love.
Love is the secret key that allows a human being to open the door of God. Where there is love; pure, divine love, there is fulfillment. What is love? If love means possessing someone or something, then that is not real love that is not pure love. If love means giving and becoming one with everything, with humanity and divinity, then that is real love.
Where there is oneness, it is all pure love. At every moment, we have to be very careful whether it is human love or divine love that has entered into us or operating in and through us. If we give someone something and expect something in return because we feel that the person is under obligation to give us something back, this is human love. But if we can do something unconditionally, that is divine love. In divine love, we give for the sake of giving, and we feel it is up to the other person whether to give something back or not. This is unconditional love, this is divine love. Divine love makes no demand. It is spontaneous and constant. It is unlimited in every way. It is like the sun. The sun is for everybody. Everybody can use sunlight, but if we keep our doors and windows shut, what can the sun do?
Divine love at every moment illumines us, and in illumination we see total fulfillment. In divine love there is no possession; only a feeling of oneness. This oneness can enter into an animal, flower, tree, or even a wall. When we have divine love for someone, at that time there is automatically inseparable oneness. No bridge is required, we just become one.
The greatest influence known to man is absolute love. Through the ages, mystics, sages, singers and poets have all expressed the ballad and call to love. As humans, we have searched endlessly for the experience of love through the outer senses. Great nations have come and gone under the guise of love for their people. Religions have flourished and perished while claiming the true path to love. We, the people of this planet, may have missed the simplicity of absolute love.
Simply stated, absolute love is an unlimited way of being. We are without any limit to our thoughts and feelings in life and can create any reality we choose to focus our attention upon. There are infinite imaginative possibilities when we allow the freedom to go beyond our perceived limits. If we can dream it, we can build it. Life, through absolute love, is a wondrous adventure that excites the very core of our being and lights our path with delight.
Unconditional love is a dynamic and powerful energy that lifts us through the most difficult times. It is available at any moment by turning our attention to it and using its wonderful potential to free us from our limitations. It requires practice and intent to allow this energy to fully permeate our daily experience. It begins with ourselves, for without self-love, we cannot know what true love can be. In loving ourselves, we allow the feeling to generate within us and then we can share it to everyone and everything around us. That which we send out, returns to us in greater measure. If you have not thought about how you feel towards yourself, physically, mentally, and emotionally, or spiritually; begin the journey that changes everything. Begin the journey of absolute love.
Love has mysterious ways of being fulfilled. All of us seek fulfilment in some form or other. Some seek it in relationships; others seek it through power, name, fame or money. The common factor, however, is the truth that all of us seek fulfilment. All things that we seek, except love, put us in “wanting mode” and not in “fulfilling mode”. Love is the only energy which mysteriously makes you feel fulfilled. So, in the corporate context, can you bring in love? Yes, if you do what you love and love what you do. Love your work, love your difficulties, and love the richness of difference between you and your boss. What is wrong with having differences? Why should you see the difference without the energy of love? If you bring love energy to your work front, then you won’t need a holiday from work, for the work itself becomes a holiday.
Love is experienced when you accept people for what they are and motivate them to peak their potential. Love makes one enjoy one’s relationship and one’s work and builds trust. Through this process, you accept the weakness and faults of the other – be it your boss or spouse – and learn to love them for what they are. During the civil war, someone approached Abraham Lincoln and said, “We have an enemy, and somehow we should get rid of them. Destroy them”. Lincoln responded, “If I turn my enemy into a friend, have I not slain my enemy?” This is the power of love. Lincoln continued his commitment to make friends of his enemies. Can we learn from Lincoln the power of love, the power of commitment? In one’s organization there can be internal enemies. Instead of being stressed out, learn to love them, accept them, make friends and transform them. The whole process involves love, which leads to fulfilment.
Love gives the power of “direct perception”. In day to day living, there is no direct perception because your perception is through resistance. You resist through your likes and dislikes. Your likes and dislikes become your rigid framework. Without direct perception, in the corporate world, you can’t see others objectively; for your rigid likes and dislikes interfere in your perception. You try to safeguard and protect what you want and hence are not free to see the other objectively. Understanding happens, when you see the “other” person as he is. This is true both at the workplace and at home. Understanding comes through being aware of “what is”. To know “what is”, you should not allow your interpretation, prejudice, and conclusions to interfere in your perception. See “what is” without condemnation, without giving personal slants that is always in “self-love”.
True love is not self-love. Self-love is exclusive whereas true love is always inclusive; it is never exclusive. When you exclude the other, you are in conflict with the other and hence there is chaos. When you truly love the other, then you include the other so that you are not in conflict. Team spirit happens in such an inclusive space. The corporate world will be in pink of health, if you learn to explore how to bring in love as the basis of your work. This should be our real goal. From this backdrop, go ahead in reaching your materialistic targets. Then life is truly fulfilling.
- All We Need is Love….Happy New Year! (natureswalkphotography.com)
- Disagreeing with Lincoln (bycommonconsent.com)
- The Meaning of True Love (from a Buddhist’s Perspective). (elephantjournal.com)
- The LOVE (tonyhaynespoetry.com)
It is an acrostic sonnet, where the first letter of each line forms the title.
Love is like the damask rose
Once smitten, bound by its charm
Vividly feeling nature so close
Every moment makes feelings warm
Learn about being a better thyself
Essence of love shall make you fonder
As the flower enriches the world, it enriches itself
Deeply touched by its wonder
Nurtured scent of the damask fills the air
Acutely mesmerizing mind, heart and soul
The sweetness that pulls those with the flair
Ultimate pure happiness without any foul
Relish the true beauty of divine nature
Earthy wonders lead to blissful future.
This mother Earth, who gives us life; this mother Earth, heart filled with strife. We love her not, though love we should. Her death we plot, for life’s own good. She gave us air, and food, and home, that is not enough we humans scream; with greedy lust our mouths do foam with evil hopes our eyes do gleam. Her air we fill with smoke and death; ourselves we kill, for lack of breath. The sea once clean, now choked with waste, to drink we fear, will death make haste? The soil once pure and full of life is now barren sand of farmer’s strife. No longer can she stand our “love.” Now we must flee like scattered dove; she gave us all, unto the end; now we appalled, our lives defend.
Many of us are familiar with the poem, “Footprints in the Sand”, a beautiful poem, with an unknown author, that we can all relate to in that it depicts the frustrations we have with God when things are going badly in our lives, when we feel He doesn’t care, and when we feel He isn’t there.
Many of us have had a dream for our life, a goal, spoken or unspoken, something we want or wanted, that we think will make us happy and sometimes we achieve it.
“I dreamed I was walking along the beach with the Lord” But is this it? Is our dream to walk with the Lord? Probably not. But maybe, just maybe, God is telling us in this poem that it should be. That our heart’s desire should first be Him and we should desire His presence by our side. Why is this, because He’s a selfish, egotistical God who wants to come first in our lives for the sake of it? No. It’s because He knows we need Him. He wants us to know it too.
“Across the sky flashed scenes from my life. For each scene I noticed two sets of footprints in the sand: one belonging to me, and the other to the Lord” These are the good times. Things are going well, sometimes really well. These are the most special moments of our lives, times we feel close God, the birth of our child, the promotion at work, the news that we don’t have cancer, times when we know God is there and we don’t hesitate to thank Him.
“When the last scene of my life flashed before me, I looked back at the footprints in the sand. I noticed that many times along the path of my life there was only ONE set of footprints. I also noticed that it happened at the very lowest and saddest times of my life”. This is where we feel God’s absence in our lives. Times are tough and we call out to Him but the silence is too loud. We feel alone, abandoned, overwhelmed and yes angry that God would decide to split now of all times.
“This really bothered me and so I questioned the Lord about it: Lord, you said that once I decided to follow you, you’d walk with me all the way. But I have noticed that during the most troublesome times in my life, there is only one set of footprints. I don’t understand why when I needed you most, you would leave me.” Here, some of that anger comes out. The author assumes the prints belong to her, and she carried the burden alone and now questions God. What I love most is that God doesn’t seem to be the least bit bothered by the fact she is angry with Him or questioning Him. He understands her doubts and answers them.
The Lord replied: “My child, my precious child. I love you and I would never leave you. During your times of trial and suffering, when you see only one set of footprints, it was then that I carried you” Here is where the truth comes out. Our walk with the Lord always breeds truth and the truth sets us free. He carries us. He holds us. His Love is not dependent on whether we love Him back. He allows these trials but doesn’t abandon us during them. Suffering is a mystery but it’s also Holy. He is there. He always has been. We must, however, believe this. Everything that contradicts this is just a feeling, not faith.
This poem also shatters our pride. This is where the healing finally occurs!! Sometimes we may feel that we have gotten through a struggle on our own, that when we overcome adversity it’s because we fought hard, we worked hard, we suffered through it and we tend to pat ourselves on the back for being a strong person and having overcome it all by our self. They Lord most tenderly and lovingly says to us here… “No you didn’t”. We got through it because the Lord held us up. He didn’t let us drown, in fact in this poem; He doesn’t even let the waters touch our feet. He carried us through it all.
We all wish to be carried at times, to be taken care of, to give it to someone else to handle. Great news! We have someone who wants to!!