“Pure love transcends the body. It is between hearts. It has nothing to do with bodies.” Mātā Amṛtānandamayī Devī
“Love just happens. Nobody thinks about how to love, or when and where to love. Nobody is rational about love. Rational thought hinders love. Love is a sudden rising in the heart. Love is an unavoidable, unobstructable longing for oneness. There is no logic in this. It is beyond logic. So do not try to be rational about love. It is like trying to give reasons for the river to flow, for the breeze to be cool and gentle, for the moon to glow, for the sky to be expansive, for the ocean to be vast and deep, or for the flower to be fragrant and beautiful. Rationalization kills the beauty and charm of these things. They are to be enjoyed, experienced, loved and felt. If you rationalize about them, you will miss the beauty and charm and the feelings they evoke. Sit by the seashore. Look at it. Feel its vastness. Feel the rising up and down of the waves. Feel and be amazed at the creation and the creator of such magnificence. What good will it do you to rationalize about the ocean?” Amma
We talk about love all the time; about how much or how little of it we get… It’s everywhere; on the news, during holidays, in our daily conversations. It appears we live in a world obsessed with getting and keeping love, yet we place conditions on it and squeeze the spontaneity out of it. If love is beyond logic, why do we spend so much energy and time analyzing it? Perhaps, it is time to follow the hearts prompting on love. More below!
“Bhakti is love — loving God, loving your own Self, and loving all beings. The small heart should become bigger and bigger and, eventually, totally expansive. A spark can become a forest fire.” Mātā Amṛtānandamayī Devī
“There is love and Love. You love your family — your father, mother, sister, brother, husband, wife, etc. But you do not love your neighbor. You love your son or daughter, but you do not love all children. You love your father and mother, but you do not love everyone the way you love your father and mother. You love your religion, but you do not love all religions. Likewise, you have love for your country, but you do not love all countries. Hence, this is not Love; it is only love. Transformation of this love to Love is the goal of spirituality. In the fullness of Love blossoms the beautiful, fragrant flower of compassion.” Amma
What about you? What are your thoughts? How would you define love? What pulls you to the subject? What do you think would be the perfect example of love in action? What lessons about love has your life taught you? Do share! Thank you. ;-)
*Please bear with me as I catch up on your blogs and commenting… I‘m still recovering from a cold and will be back on track with reading and responding to your blogs by Thursday. Thank you all for your patience! :-)
Positive Motivation Tip: May we find the greatest love in our hearts first and then spread the light of love to many others.
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