08/20/2011 Comments Off on Love

Love defined
1. passionate attraction and desire: a passionate feeling of romantic desire and sexual attraction
2. very strong affection: an intense feeling of tender affection and compassion
3. strong liking: a strong liking for or pleasure gained from something
4.. something eliciting enthusiasm: something that elicits deep interest and enthusiasm in somebody
5. a strong positive feeling toward somebody or something

“Don’t forget love;
it will bring all the madness you need
to unfurl yourself across
the universe.”
~ Mirabai

[1] “This is love: to fly toward a secret sky, to cause a hundred veils to fall each moment. First to let go of life. Finally, to take a step without feet.” (Rumi, The Pocket Rumi by Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi, Kabir Helminski)

[2] “The minute I heard my first love story I started looking for you, not knowing how blind I was. Lovers don’t finally meet somewhere. They’re
in each other all along.” (Rumi: The Book of Love: Poems of Ecstasy and Longing‎ – Page 169 by Jalalu’l-Din Rumi, Coleman Barks, Jalāl al-Dīn Rūmī, John Moyne, Nevit Ergin, M. G. Gupta )

[3]Reason is powerless in the expression of Love.
Love alone is capable of revealing the truth of Love and being a Lover.
The way of our prophets is the way of Truth.
If you want to live, die in Love;
die in Love if you want to remain alive.

[4] The religion of love is separate from all forms of religions
Lovers are of one nation and one religion – love
And that is God.

[5] “Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself, that you have build against it.” Rumi

[6] Someone asked: What is love?
I said: Don’t ask about this meaning.
You will see when you become like me.

[7] All year round the lover is mad,
Unkempt, lovesick and in disgrace.
Without love there is nothing but grief.
In love… what else matters?

[8] In Truth
In truth, love for the Illuminator of hearts
keeps lovers awake all night without food and sleep.

Oh friend, if you are a lover, be like a candle:
Melt all night long, burn joyfully till morning!

He who is like cold weather in autumn is no lover –
in autumn’s midst the lover’s heart is burning summer.

Dear friend, if you have a love you want to proclaim,
then shout like a lover! Shout! Shout!

But if you are chained by sensuality, make no claims to Love –
enter the spiritual retreat and burn away your chains!

Oh simple man, how can a lover be joined to sensuality?
How could Jesus eat from the same trough as his ass?

If you want to catch the fragrance of these symbols,
then turn your eyes away from everything but Shams ad-Din of Tabriz!

But if you cannot see that he is greater than the two worlds,
you are still a wretch drowned in the ocean of heedlessness.

So go before the teachers of jurisprudence and become a master
of the science of “This is permitted and that is forbidden.”

My spirit has passed beyond childhood in love for Shams ad-Din –
love for him is not mixed with raisins and nuts.

My intellect has left me and my verses are incomplete –
that is why my bow has no more designs and wrappings.

Oh Jalal ad-Din, sleep and abandon speech!
No leopard will ever catch that lion!

[From the Jalal ad-Din Rumi’s Divani Shamsi Tabrizi,
translated by W. C. Chittick in “The Sufi Path of Love,” p. 339-340.]

[9] Don’t Look for Love,
Look for the one , looking for Love.

[10] I would love to kiss you. / The price of kissing is your life. / Now my loving is running toward my life shouting, / What a bargain, let’s buy it. – Rumi

[11] This is love: to fly toward a secret sky, to cause a hundred veils to fall each moment. First to let go of life. Finally, to take a step without feet.~ Rumi

[12] A thousand half-loves must be forsaken to take one whole heart home.~Rumi

[13] “An eye is meant to see things.
The soul is here for its own joy.

A head has one use: For loving a true love.
Feet: To chase after.

Love is for vanishing into the sky. The mind,
for learning what men have done and tried to do.

Mysteries are not to be solved: The eye goes blind
when it only wants to see why.

A lover is always accused of something.
But when he finds his love, whatever was lost
in the looking comes back completely changed.”
~ Rumi

[14]   “What you seek is seeking you.”~ Rumi

“Love is always lonely in crowds … .Whatever you have received more than others, health, talents or ability; in gratitude for your good fortune, you must render in return some sacrifice … and by some working of the universal law, as you give of love, you are given more love and
happiness to go on with.Tenderness toward those weaker than ourselves strengthens the heart toward life itself. The moment we understand and feel sorry for the next man and forgive him, we wash ourselves, and it is a cleaner world.”
– Albert Schweitzer (Source – Let There Be Light by Bernice Dittmer)

“In the world take always the position of the giver. Give everything and look for no return. Give love, give help, give service, give any little thing you can, but keep out barter. Make no conditions and none will be imposed. Let us give out of our own bounty, just as God gives to us.”-Swami Vivekananda

“If selflessness becomes the religion of the world, there will be heaven on earth. When work is done as worship of the Lord, it is transformed from karma into yoga. Cultivate cosmic love. Rekindle the light of love in the world.” – Swami Sivananda

[1] “He who wants to do good,
Knocks at the gate;
He who loves….
Finds the gate open” – Rabindranath Tagore

[2] “In love I pay my endless debt to thee for what thou art.”
Rabindranath Tagore

At first, the way of your love seemed easy.
I thought I’d reach your union with speed.
After taking a few steps, I found the wayis an ocean.
When I stepped in,a wave swept me away.
Hamid al-Din Kirmani

“Do not break the thread of love by a jerk. Either it will be broken forever or will have a knot when tied.” – Rahim

“It is our duty to give love to all, even to those who tend to disappoint us. Love that is not given freely is not true, Divine love. Through
such perfect Divine love you will be able to change the heart of your
friend. Pure love always conquers in the end. It transforms the hearts
of others as well as the heart of the giver.” – Swami Sivananda

“Piousness and the path of love
are two different roads.
Love is the fire that burns both belief
and non-belief.
Those who practice Love have neither
religion nor caste.”
Abil Kheir

To love deeply in one direction makes us more loving in all others. Anne-Sophie Swetchine

“Love has no desire but to fulfill itself. To melt and be like a running brook that sings its melody to the night. To wake at dawn with a
winged heart and give thanks for another day of loving.” ~Kahlil Gibran

“The Bible tells us that if anyone smites us on the left cheek, we should turn the right cheek. How many do that? More often, the person slapped wants to give his assailant twelve slaps in reprisal—and perhaps a kick or even a bullet! It is easy to strike back, but to give love is the highest way to try to disarm your persecutor. Even if it doesn’t work at the time, he will never be able to forget that when he gave you a slap, you gave love in return. That love must be sincere; when it comes from the heart, love is magical. You should not look for the effects; even if your love is spurned, pay no attention. Give love and forget. Don’t expect anything; then you will see the magical result.”
Paramahansa Yogananda, Self-realization‎

“The success of love is in the loving—it is not in the result of loving. Of course it is natural in love to want the best for the other person, but whether it turns out that way or not does not determine the value of what we have done.
The more we can remove this priority for results the more we can learn about the contemplative element of love.
There is the love expressed in the service and the love in the
contemplation. It is the balance of both which we should be striving
for. Love is the key to finding this balance. ” Mother Teresa A simple path‎ – Page 95

Behold, my bothers, the spring has come; the earth has received the embraces of the sun and we shall soon see the results of that love!”

–Sitting Bull, SIOUX

Spring is the season of love. Spring is the season
of new life, new relationships. It is the springtime that really reacts
to the new position of Father Sun. New life forms all over the planet.
Life is abundant. New cycles are created. Mother Earth changes colors,
the flowers are abundant. It is the time for humans to observe nature
and let nature create within us the feeling of Spring. We should let
ourselves renew. We should let go of the feeling of Winter. We should
be joyful and energetic.” Elder’s Meditation of the Day

“You should be able to say: `My Lord, I love You as the father loves the child, as the lover loves the beloved, as the friend loves the friend,
as the master loves the servant. I love You with the strength of all
human loves, for Thou art my father, my Mother, my Friend, my Master,
my Beloved.’ When you truly love God with all your heart, you feel that
love for Him day and night.”
(Paramahansa Yogananda, `Man’s Eternal Quest’)

“I engaged in a religious life only for the love of God, and I have endeavored to act only for Him; whatever become of me, whether I be
lost or saved, I will always continue to act purely for the love of
God. I shall have this good at least, that till death I shall have done
all that is in me to love Him.”
(Brother Lawrence in `The Spiritual Athlete’)

“No matter what the question or the problem is, the answer is always Love. Love is not just a sentimental emotion. It is an unfathomable power
that, when truly acknowledged and understood, will transform our lives
into expressions of love, abundance, health, happiness, abounding joy and spiritual enlightenment.”

Patricia Diane Cota-Robles -THE ANSWER IS LOVE!

[1] Love cannot be found through words. Let no one put his faith in them.
[2] Without love all is false, try however hard you may.
The pain of separation is not born of words; desire [for God] is not born of words.

Dadu Psalm 181

Love alone is capable of uniting living beings in such a way as to complete and fulfill them, for it alone takes them and joins them by what is
deepest in themselves. Teilhard de Chardin


Be a lamp to those who have lost their way. Be a doctor and nurse to ailing patients. Be a boat and bridge to those who want to reach the
other shore of peace and happiness. Remove sorrow by means of kind and
loving words. Make a man smile when he is in despair. Cheer him up when
he is afflicted.
Sri Swami Sivananda

Have you ever been at sea in a dense fog, when it seemed as if a tangible white darkness shut you in and the great ship, tense and anxious, groped her way toward the shore with plummet and sounding-line, and you
waited with beating heart for something to happen? I was like that ship before my education began, only I was without compass or sounding line, and no way of knowing how near the harbor was. “Light! Give me light!” was the wordless cry of my soul, and the light of love shone on me in
that very hour.
Helen Keller

To love and be loved is to feel the sun from both sides.
–David Viscott

No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more
naturally to the human heart than its opposite.
Nelson Mandela

“Loving parents have caring children.”
Chinese proverb

“What is Greatness- The hardest task one can have is to continue to love his fellows despite all reasons he should not.”
L. Ron Hubbard

“Love is of two kinds: natural love is one which expects something in return. Divine Love expresses itself in loving service without expectation of
any return.”
Sathya Sai Baba
Ref: Sanathana Sarathi Jan 1986, 44ff

“Duty without love is deplorable.
Duty with love is desirable.
Love without duty is Divine.”
Sathya Sai Baba

“Love is the spirit’s tutor. With it one is able to know all things.”
Shaykh Sidi Hamza el Qadiri el Boutchichi

“They say it is to know union with love that the soul takes union with the body.”
The Thiru Kural Verse 73
रहिमन धागा प्रेम का, मत तोड़ो चटकाय
टूट से फिर ना जुडे, जुडे गाँठ पद जाये

“Says Rahim, don’t allow the delicate thread of love (between individuals) to snap. Once it snaps, it cannot be rejoined and if you do rejoin it, there is a knot in it.”

“In one night, in one hour, in one moment of time, the Spirit descended
from the center of the circle of divine light and looked at me with
your hearts eyes.
From that glance love was born, and found a dwelling in my heart.
This great Love,swaddled in the robes of my feelings,has turned sorrow to joy,despair into bliss, aloneness into paradise.
Love,the great King. has restored life to my dead self; returned light to my
tear blinded eyes; raised me up from the pit of despair to the
celestial Kingdom of Hope.”
(Kahlil Gibran, The Voice of the Master, translated from Arabic by Anthony Ferris)

Every living being longs always to be happy, untainted by sorrow; and everyone has the greatest love for himself, which is solely due to the fact that happiness is his real nature. Hence, in order to realize that inherent and untainted happiness, which indeed he daily experiences when the mind is subdued in deep sleep, it is essential that he should know himself. For obtaining such knowledge the inquiry ‘Who am I?’ in quest of the Self is the best means.”
~ Ramana Maharshi

Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive. ~Dalai Lama

[1] “We really have to understand the person we want to love. If our love is only a will to possess, it is not love. If we only
think of ourselves, if we know only our own needs and ignore the needs of the other person, we cannot love.” Thich Nhat Hanh (Peace is every step: the path of mindfulness in everyday life‎ – Page 80 by Nhá̂t Hạnh, Arnold Kotler)

[2] “The most precious gift we can offer others is our presence. When mindfulness embraces those we love, they will bloom like flowers.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh

“Who is it that loves and who that suffers? He alone stages a play with Himself.
The individual suffers because he perceives duality. Find the One everywhere and in
everything and there will be an end to pain and suffering.”
~Sri Anandamayi Ma

“Love conquers all things; let us too surrender to Love”~ Virgil

“You’re much more a love story than you think…”~ Mooji

Against love’s fire fear’s frost hath dissolution ~William Shakespeare

True love is a straight line between two non existent points.~ Shekhar Kapur

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