by Paramhansa Yogananda –
What is the meaning of ‘pure love’?
The sun and moon and earth and all things are held together by the love of God. If we want to know God, we must not isolate our love, but join it to Divine Love. In spite of the sorrow and the dance of life and death we know that God is love. Then the only purpose of life should be to find God. There is no greater tonic than love, which can beautify the body and mind of man. Love cannot be described; it can only be felt.
All our love in its native purity is the love of God.
If pure love beams in our soul, we will be clothed with the ever-attracting, universal beauty and love of God. All nations must come into the temple of universal love and understanding. Love alone will last. The laws of God are the laws of brotherhood and love.
Although love is born in human relations and the law of mutual usefulness, yet pure love transcends all relations and is free from the conditions of the law of mutual usefulness. Although love is born in usefulness, we are not aware of it. A mother’s love for her child is unconditional. Mothers are known to love even the most useless, ugly, diseased, or wicked children.
Expanding Our Love
Our love must not be limited to those near us. The purpose of being together is that we may expand our love. Nature breaks the ties of family life in order that we may learn that the love we give our family must be extended to our neighbors, friends, country, and all nations.
He who does not love his family cannot love his neighbor or his country. He who does not first love his country cannot learn to love all countries.
Love is a condition of the mind and heart distinctly transcending all relations, yet we can worship God through all forms of human relations; we can love Him as Father, Mother, Master, Friend or the beloved of all hearts.
Love must never remain hidebound in a small circle. Through the gates of friendship, conjugal affection, parental love and the love of all fellow beings and all animate creatures, we can enter into the kingdom of Divine Love. Pure love does not come by talking, but by culturing it gradually on the expanding soil of an ever-increasing feeling of sympathy and friendship toward all.
The person who has never loved anyone in the world, not even birds or animals, cannot possibly love all humanity. One who has never loved his fellow-beings cannot possibly love God. Only the soil of the heart which can grow human love can grow Divine Love.
Inner Culture, November 1939 courtesy of ♥۰sea’lestial۰♥