Love: The Way of the Heart. Monday's Inspiration 11
“Love is the root; Love is the foundation of our Path. We feel that God is dearer to us not because He is omniscient, omnipresent and omnipotent, but just because He is all Love.” _Sri Chinmoy.
I have attended many seminars in my six plus decades on this earth, and if you have done this also, you will have noticed, that they tend to have headings that cover many sub-headings. Love is like this … the Mother of all headings; which covers all in All.
Love is the very pulse of being, the great yearning of the one for the One, and the very magic that sends men of God into this world. Speaking of this, the great apostle states:
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. The Bible, John 3:16. KJV, Cambridge edition.
He who loves never grows old; indeed our Lord himself is a shining example. The joy welling up inside the heart of a lover commands him to ‘feed my sheep,’ (John 21:17), and to ‘Keep my commandments.’ (John 14:15)
Some of the most beautiful passages in the bible; predominantly in the gospels, are based on Love or sacrifice, which is another name for Love. The parable of the Good Samaritan, (Luke 10: 25-37), the sacrifice on the cross, even to the point where the force of loving forgiveness prompted the Christ to say:
“Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.”(Luke 23:34), and numerous other examples: Again John reminds us that:-
‘Greater love hath no man than this… that a man lays down his life for his friends.’ (John 15:13)
Of course when love fills our pores, we cannot but feel an intense aspiration to offer up ourselves for the service of humanity like Jesus did, to uplift, to motivate, to turn Godward; to inspire equanimity or inner peace. Most importantly, to build within a Kingdom of Heaven.
“God is love,’ says the apostle, ‘and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God.” 1John, 4:16.
This entire chapter from John is extremely beautiful, and I would encourage God-lovers everywhere to read it. Consider this loving entreaty also:
“Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and everyone that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God, for God is love.” (John 4:7)
Love is silent …unspoken, yet again the bliss of Heaven, expressed within the fire of the Soul. Sometimes it smoulders; again sometimes it's just a tiny flame of beauty, a breath upon the wind. It dances like the daffodils responding to the warmth and radiance of the Sun, and comes forth as a kernel to replenish or invigorates Earth's beauty.
Love dances to the cadences of the Universe; bends in adoration to the Cosmic will, while nurturing the yearnings or longings of the microcosm and macrocosm in equal measure. When one feels it, one may not be able to express in words, but rather will give selflessly of oneself without asking why, simply because Love encourages or inspires one’s Path.
It is Love we see in the purity and innocence of the child; the joy we feel when walking in nature’s dawn and in awakening to the spirit of our tomorrows. From its highest Bliss, the same Essence descends to the gross form of human love, and in its Oneness, tries to lift it in sublimity to its natural state.
Love manifests in our laughter and in our joys; our trials and in our tribulations, and is the very pulse of Being. It is the yearning of the one for the One, rising from Itself and manifesting its Light in myriad ways. Like the Mother, it reaches out in sacrifice, through bruises as well as nectar Divine, always seeing the entire picture, for the benefit of all. Love lies within us like flowers, and we are the sacrifice of Its fragrances.
The good samaritan
Sri Chinmoy's poetry
The spiritual life is an exemplary one, and we ought to walk in the footsteps of Light, to be as perfect as the Father in Heaven wishes us to be:
“Greater love hath no man than this, that a man should lay down his life for his friend." (John, 15:13).
Naturally we are weak, and no one is suggesting this ideal. More a soulful offering to serve God in man. We will make mistakes, but if Paul tells us that it is possible and Christ himself gives us examples, then we belittle them by not walking in the Light.
“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in Heaven.". (Matthew 5: 16)
"You are the Light of the world, a city that is set upon a hill cannot be hid." (Matthew 5:16)
As Free as an Eagle
Love and Light
A commandment is manifested by the adherence to good deeds, as in the parable of the Good Samaritan, or the behaviour of Joseph to his brothers. It can be further defined by the voice of conscience. When one is virtuous, one will feel inner joy and an indwelling satisfaction; a sense of inner peace and a greater aspiration to love and serve God in and through one's fellow man, just as Paul said:-
"If a man say, I love God, and hates his brother, he is a liar: for he that loves not his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen?" (1 John, 4:20)
The form exists, so that we can adore or utilise the form, thereby best serving the formless, but the Form or Creation - the finite - is an aspect of the infinite:
"The earth is the Lord's and its fullness thereof, and they that dwell there in it." (Psalm 24:1, Deuteronomy, 10:14) and again, Christ tests our love for Him by asking us to: "Feed my sheep." (John, 21:17)
Sri Chinmoy on Religion, Love and the Path of the Heart
Love is the Sunlit Path and this is the Path of the Heart. It emphasises courage, going forward, vibrancy and devotion, intensity and the simplicity life … it is defined by a cheerful smile, a serene mind, a pure and loving heart and a life of inspiration and aspiration.
“The Sunlit Path emphasizes the positive way of approaching Truth. We have limited Light, now let us increase it. Let us progress from more Light, to abundant Light, to infinite Light.” –Sri Chinmoy.
Again readiness, eagerness, willingness and speed are very important. One has to fight against doubt, obstruction and other negative forces along the way. One has to give importance to the physical … the Temple, but also to the spiritual Heart. The Heart means identification, spontaneity and Oneness. The beautiful inner flower is always expanding by receiving Light. It is through meditating on the Heart that we increase our service to serve aspiring mankind.
In the Heart is our ceaseless cry, our ever-mounting flame that reaches up to God’s transcendental smile and returns to offer its inner wealth to aspiring humanity … to the world at large.
In Love every day is new; all things are in the moment … the Eternal Now. Let me leave you with one final and eloquent quote by Sri Chinmoy:
“Every day must come to you as a new hope, a new promise, a new aspiration, a new energy, a new thrill and a new delight. Tomorrow will dawn and you have already seen thousands of days. If you think that tomorrow will be another day like those which you have already seen, then you will make no progress. You have to feel that tomorrow will be something absolutely new, that you are going to create in your life.”
_Manatita, The Lantern Carrier. Copyrighted, 14th may, 2017.
~ Awakening The Inner Light.”