“My dear, heaven is none other than the heart full of love.”
The child then asked, “What is hell?”
The angel replied, “My dear, hell is none other than the heart empty of love.”
Metaphorically speaking, the heart full of love is an intelligent heart.
The important question is, what exactly is this thing called love?
If you contemplate, you will begin to realize that love is essentially a state of abiding in which there is no hatred. If you realize that love is primarily the absence of hatred, and, with that understanding, if you further your contemplation, you will begin to realize that love is also essentially a state of abiding in which there is no greed. Once you understand that love is the absence of hatred as well as greed, then, automatically, deep contemplation and mental absorption will arise in you, and if you are lucky, you will then realize that love is ultimately a state of abiding, a state of living, in which there is no delusion: no ego; no sense of separate self, no ‘I.’
So, now you know that love is essentially and ultimately that state of abiding in which there is no hatred, no greed, and no delusion. The next question then arises, “what exactly it means to have no hatred, no greed, and no delusion?”
When you confront such a question and when you observe and experience the emotions of love closely and consistently, you begin to understand that love is not only the absence of hatred, greed, and delusion but also the presence of Non-hatred, Non-greed, and Non-delusion. Why? Because, based on your experience, you know that the mere absence of hatred does not necessarily make you feel loving; you have to actively ‘love’ to feel loving. This active parameter of ‘loving’ arises out of Non-hatred, Non-greed, and Non-delusion.
Thus, finally, following two realities about love dawn upon you:
1. LOVE is the absence of Hatred, Greed, and Delusion
2. LOVE is the presence of Non-Hatred, Non-Greed, and Non-Delusion.
SOUL RESEARCH INSTITUTE NEWSLETTER, DECEMBER 4, 09
Celebrating Jesus's Birthday
Dec 20, 2009, 12.30pm - 3.30pm
* Gift Exchange/Share
(Pl bring one gift to exhange,
share with another. Max value $15)
* Potluck lunch
(Pl bring one veg.dish, 45 people)
* Adults Roundtable Noble discussion on "Christ Qualities."
If you are interested, please join us for weekly meditation gathering prior to Jesus's Birthday celebration or come directly at 12.30pm.
"..that ye love one another as
I have loved you.."
"Love your neighbor as yourself"
"My little children,
let us not love
neither in tongue
but in deed
EVENTS AT SOUL RESEARCH INSTITUTE
If you continue your observation and contemplation, then you automatically start looking for the elements –the intrinsic universal phenomena which can facilitate the manifestation of these two realities and bring about the real experience of love. These intrinsic universal phenomena which bring about the real experience of love are called the “Elements of Love.”