River of Love
... Flowing from the Open Heart
Each step on the spiritual path is a step toward the
realization of the wonder and glory of the Divine Self,
which flows into this world as love.
The master Jesus was asked: Master, which is the great
commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the
Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with
all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the
second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as
thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the
Gospel of Matthew 22:36-40
In this world, the essence of Divine Love is manifest as
loving-kindness and selfless service to one another, as the great Persian teacher Sa'di wrote:
Higher spiritual life is
nothing but service of humanity,
It is not the rosary,
prayer carpet, or woolen robes.
Similarly, the mystic Mabel
Learn to look intelligently
into the hearts of men from an absolutely impersonal point
of view, otherwise your sight is colored. Therefore
impartiality must be understood.
Intelligence is impartial;
no man is your enemy, no man is your friend. All alike are
your teachers. Your enemy becomes a mystery that must be
solved even though it takes ages; for man must be
understood. Your friend becomes a part of yourself, an
extension of yourself, a riddle hard to read. Only one thing
is more difficult to know - your own heart. Not until the
bonds of personality be loosed can that profound mystery of
self begin to be seen. Not till you stand aside from it,
will it in any way reveal itself to your understanding.
Then, and not until then, can you use all its powers, and
devote them to a worthy service.
Light on the Path, Mabel Collins
Such are the steps on the path. At the point when one
renounces all claims to the fruits of action and
acknowledges God, the Supreme Self, as the true Doer, then
one opens the door of the heart to the flow of a new sort of
power, the power of love. And as the power of love begins to freely
flow through the heart, like a mighty river it quenches the thirst of our fellow
travelers and gives them the strength to do likewise.
The individual soul is a shoot that springs from the
all-pervading Spirit, its goal being its origin; and every
attachment it has on its way is, no doubt, a detaining on
the journey. The soul is never fully satisfied so long as it
has not reached its destination. The love of the external
world is a rehearsal before the performance, which is the
love of God, the Inner Being.
Sangatha II, by Hazrat
Oh Divine Self, You are the Glory of glory, the Strength of
strength, the Love behind all loves.... Oh how wonderful is Thy plan!
The one who has let go of all excessive preoccupation with
"I", "me" and "mine", seeing only "Thou" everywhere, has opened a
new window to Life. Then, through the opening of such non-attachment, a mighty river will begin to
The love that we cannot live without is the love where the "I am" self is gone, where
one's True Nature is manifest. That is true love.
Joshu Sasaki Roshi
Whenever the river of Self is offered an open heart to flow
through, a mighty flood of love, harmony and beauty flows into the world.
If you are seeking closeness to the Beloved,
whether in their presence or absence,
see only their good.
if you want to be as clear and refreshing as
the breath of the morning breeze,
like the sun have nothing but warmth and light
Shaikh Abu-Said Abil-Khair
That is the task at hand...
to open the heart, and allow the vast, mighty river of Love to
flow unimpeded into a thirsty world.
The ever-selfish ego will try to preserve it's
self-importance and will bring up all sorts of questions to keep us self-absorbed, such as
"Why would God do this?" or "Why would God do that?".
toiling with such unanswerable questions is not the path to
happiness or success. Rather, we must simply say "I don't
know, but Thou knowest all things", and begin to rise above
our self-absorption, discovering that truly we are instruments
of the Divine, each sent on a journey to bring love, harmony
and beauty into the world in our own unique manner.
The point is not to deny our ego, but to extricate ourselves
from our exclusive preoccupation with it.
Our journey is about being more deeply involved in life, and
yet less attached to it.
One-Liners, Ram Dass
As with all journeys, there
are steps which one must take in order to discover the
purpose of their life. A marvelous step on the spiritual
path is the discovery of the
freedom of knowing that "I am That", and all that
truly exists is "That".
Give up trying to visualize God or understand His workings; just take His love and bring it into your life.
Sheikh Jelaluddin Loras
O Lord, make me an instrument of Thy Peace!
The Peace Prayer, attributed to St Francis
Armed with such new clarity of vision, no longer
limited by thoughts of "I", "me" or "mine", one begins to
allow the water of loving-kindness to flow freely into the
thirsty world. And, as that flow begins, as one allows the opening of the heart to become
boundless, a mighty river of love, harmony and beauty flows forth
without limits, without bounds, eternal, all-encompassing.
It is for this that we have come!
posted January 02, 2005