Sunday, July 31, 2011

love is the most powerful medicine

by Ram Dass

One day in India on my second stay, Maharaji said to me, “You don’t have to change anybody; you just have to love them”. In relationships, when the other person doesn’t fit into your model of how heaven would be, you don’t have to play God. You just have to love individual differences and appreciate them the way they are. Because love is the most powerful medicine.

The key is that you aren’t even doing it manipulatively: “I love you, now change.” You’re looking at another being, just the way they are, and saying, “Let me appreciate God’s perfection.” You lost the key? Great. You forgot to pick up the laundry? Right. If each of us is separate, and yet each of us is part of the whole, but we got lost a little bit into dualism and we’re finding our way back out, every time we’re in the presence of unconditional love, we remember. And when we remember, we open. And when we open, the light pours through us.

If you became a person who could love unconditionally, everyone you love would flower before your very eyes. Every way you look would be light. That’s one of the fringe benefits of this method. It’s breathtaking. At every level.

8 comments:

  1. So beautiful!!! Thank you for sharing this today. I so believe this.

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  2. i fully agree with Ram's quote, and i fully admit that I have a long way to go before i will love everyone unconditionally. it's hard to break down this programming from years of being divided by TPTB's. they pit everyone against each other, and "love thine enemy" has been totally forgotten.

    great post.

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  3. Perfect love for me is Crist himself, I try to look at everyone and see His face...that way I can't forget to show love towards my neighbor.
    Beautiful post Kelli. Gets yah thinking, big time!!
    Peace, Love & Raw Health,
    E

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  4. This is important, Kelli! Love is really what it all boils down to. If only we could remember this at every minute of every day....

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  5. THanks Kelli!!! What an inspiration to read today!!! :)

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  6. I heart this post - so awesome. Full of truth, inspiration and a powerful reminder. Thanks Kelli.

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  7. Stumbled over here from Annie's Kitchen Garden. Excellent post. The scripture below has helped me tremendously on my understanding of what love is, so much so I have committed these words to my memory.

    1 John 4:7-21 New Living Translation

    7 Dear friends, let us continue to love one another, for love comes from God. Anyone who loves is a child of God and knows God. 8 But anyone who does not love does not know God, for God is love.

    9 God showed how much he loved us by sending his one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him. 10 This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.

    11 Dear friends, since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love each other. 12 No one has ever seen God. But if we love each other, God lives in us, and his love is brought to full expression in us.

    13 And God has given us his Spirit as proof that we live in him and he in us. 14 Furthermore, we have seen with our own eyes and now testify that the Father sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. 15 All who confess that Jesus is the Son of God have God living in them, and they live in God. 16 We know how much God loves us, and we have put our trust in his love.

    God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them. 17 And as we live in God, our love grows more perfect. So we will not be afraid on the day of judgment, but we can face him with confidence because we live like Jesus here in this world.

    18 Such love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear. If we are afraid, it is for fear of punishment, and this shows that we have not fully experienced his perfect love. 19 We love each other[a] because he loved us first.

    20 If someone says, “I love God,” but hates a Christian brother or sister,[b] that person is a liar; for if we don’t love people we can see, how can we love God, whom we cannot see? 21 And he has given us this command: Those who love God must also love their Christian brothers and sisters.[c]

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