Wednesday, 15 October 2008

What is Love?

Love. Life. Duality.
Romance is seeking perfection  Love is forgiving faults.
Romance is flying   Love is a safe landing.
Romance is the anguish of waiting for the phone to ring to bring you a voice that will utter endearments;  Love is the anguish of waiting for a call that will assure you someone else is happy and safe.
Romance is eager, striving always to appear attractive for each other,  Love is two people who find beauty in each other no matter how they look.

Authentic love finds many expressions – the love of spouses, love of friends, love of families.
And if your love is real, watch out – once it starts growing, there’s nothing that can stop it! 

(Marjorie Holmes)

Ad Oostendorp on how to find you if you hide:

How can I find you if you hide far away?

Dearly Be Loved,

Please, please listen to this
with the wholeness
of your true Heart:

It is Me who caresses you
with the subtle perfumes of the evening breeze.
It’s Me who invites you
with the laughter of playful children.
It’s Me who seduces you
as the full moon, whispering to you from above.
It’s Me who embraces you
in the smile of you lover, melting your Heart.

I come to you with the gentleness of indescribable Beauty
I hold you within the deepest Silence
I meet you in the Intensity of Living
I guide you every time you’re flowing with Life.

Over and over again I’m touching you
at the Centre of the Centre
in the Heart
Moment by moment
Every moment
always NOW…

Can’t you feel Me, even in these words?

How can I find you,
if you hide
far away
in future fantasies,
or in dead pasts,
in the strategies of your mind.

It’s so simple to meet Me
…just open up and be present…

I am closer to you than
your breath,
even closer then
‘I AM’…

I love you as MySelf
You are Me
I am you.

For millions of years
I prepared this earth and the whole universe.
I created earth, air, fire and water.
But My Desire was not fulfilled.
Being Alive, my reflexion had to be Alive too…
So I entered with My spirit into matter
And biological Life started…


Finally in Man
I could enter My creation from within…!
I could walk on this earth
Enjoy the beauty of My creation.
And this would be only the beginning…

But you separated from Me…
You didn’t wanted to be One, but desired to be many…
I allowed Myself as you, to play with separation
To feel the pain of it.
To feel the longing for Home.

For that I had to withdraw
To the background.

Although you left Me
I never left you
I was always there to heal your pain,
to dry your tears.

I whispered to you
in the sparkling lights of the stars,
in the humid smells of the woods,
in the joyful eyes of your children,
in the barking of a dog in the distant,
the peaceful sleep of newborn babies.

Now your slumber has lasted long enough
Now it’s time for you to realize
It’s Me, only Me, that’s giving you Life.
It’s time to realize you are Me
And always were…

You are not many…
You are all One being
You are the One
everybody, everything
is Me
You are Me.
I am the One

Just leave everything you know behind
Open your Heart
Be here
Loose yourself in Me
Drown in My Beingness
Only This
Only This
Only Me.

(Ad Oostendorp @

 Fear of love: Poem

Swami Chetananda about being together:

Being Together

When you are with someone you love very much, you can talk and it is pleasant,
but the reality is not in the conversation. It is in simply being together.
Meditation is the highest form of prayer.
In it you are so close to God that you don’t need to say a thing –
it is just great to be together.

(Swami Chetananda)

 Fractal fire heart

Kip Mazuy recommends to live as love itself:

Live as love itself

It is in the absence
of who you think you are
where there is perfect contentment.

In meditation,
you begin to move beyond
the experience of yourself
as the body and mind,
separate from everything else.

The contraction of you
begins to dissolve,
and there is unconditional, nurturing peace.
No me or you,
just the infinite ocean of consciousness.

As an ego,
you live as a resistance to this peace.
You fight it in every moment.

In complete surrender in the moment,
you live as love itself.

(Kip Mazuy @


 Hate in Love, the water takes it all... (photo:


Nisargadatta Maharaj, the famous Indian advaita/non-duality guru said:

 Do not pretend that you love others as yourself.

That which you are, your true self, you love it, and whatever you do, you do for your own happiness. To find it, to know it, to cherish it is your basic urge.
Since time immemorial you loved yourself, but never wisely.

Use your body and mind wisely in the service of the self, that is all.
Be true to your own self, love yourself absolutely.
Do not pretend that you love others as yourself.

Unless you have realized them as one with yourself, you cannot love them.
Don’t pretend to be what you are not, don’t refuse to be what you are.
Your love of others is the result of self- knowledge, not its cause.

Without self-realization, no virtue is genuine.
When you know beyond all doubting that the same life flows through all that is and you are that life, you will love all naturally and spontaneously.

(Nisargadatta Maharaj)

And finally, see Jnaneshwar‘s take on love:

'Supreme Love' by Jnaneshwar (Jnanadeva) - Art by @

So what do we feel about love today?

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