Truly nothing great can be achieved without love, this goes equally for spiritual maturity as for all earnest earthly endeavours. Love is the bridge between the personal and the universal, between the parts and the whole, between you and the divine. Love has the power to dissolve you in your own essential ecstasy, a subtle ecstasy that only arises when an individual beholds his own original face.
The greatest satisfaction a sentient being can experience is dissolution of its own boundaries, whether they are physical, mental or spiritual. Dissolution is the sweetest thing to an entity that believes itself to be a separate self.
Well, how can one possibly withstand the immensity, complexity and commotion of the universe without the dissolution and unification with something perfect?
Love brings about a promise of this possibility of total dissolution. It is only through love that one can traverse on this bridge of light.
Quotations and Excerpts
“The soul is made of love and must ever strive to return to love. Therefore, it can never find rest nor happiness in other things. It must lose itself in love. By its very nature it must seek God, who is love….”
Mechthild of Magdeburg
Love one another, but make not a bond of love: Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls.
“It is love alone that gives worth to all things.”
St Teresa of Avila
First the pangs of separation
Then grows the thirst for Love
Says Kabir then only hope
For the union to materialize.
“Love always creates, it never destroys. In this lie’s man’s only promise.”
“While God waits for his temple to be built of love, men bring stones.”
Rabindranath Tagore (Fireflies, 1928)
”For small creatures such as we the vastness is bearable only through love.”