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Here are the links to the Spiritual Explorations Posts on the heavenly attribute of LOVE:

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+ "God is love ..." -- 1 John 4:8

+ "Love one another." -- Jesus

+ "All you need is love." -- The Beatles

+ "You get what you need." -- The Rolling Stones

+ "If you love somebody, set them free." -- Sting

+ "You make me feel so free." -- Van Morrison

+ "Let my love open the door to your heart." -- Pete Townshend

+ "You can't stop love in action." -- Todd Rundgren

+ "The important thing is not to think much, but to love much; and so, do that which best stirs you to love." -- Saint Teresa of Avila

+ "The day will come when, after harnessing space, the winds, the tides and gravitation, we shall harness for God the energies of love. And on that day, for the second time in the history of the world, humankind will have discovered fire." -- Teilhard de Chardin

+ "A society based on universal compassion is not just our only hope; it is an evolutionary imperative." -- Marc Ian Barasch in Field Notes on the Compassionate Life: A Search for the Soul of Kindness

+ "Time is too slow for those who wait, too swift for those fear, too long for those who grieve, too short for those who rejoice; but for those who love, time is eternity." -- Henry Van Dyke

+ Wisdom tells me I am nothing.
Love tells me I am everything.
Between the two my life flows.

-- Nisargadatta Maharaj

+ "Love is the essence of all religion, mysticism and philosophy." -- Hazrat Inayat Khan

+ "Love is the merchandise which all the world demands; if you store it in your heart, every soul will become your customer." -- Hazrat Inayat Khan

+ "The force of love is greater than the love of force." -- Anonymous

+ Don't ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and then go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive." -- Howard Thurman


Love is at the center of these nine heavenly attributes. God is love and since everything is made in the image and likeness of God, I am love and you are love and we are love. Everything created is created in love. When we perceive anything as unloving in any way, we are not perceiving it as it really is. We are seeing distortions, illusions, fake realities. Love is inescapable and infinite and pervasive. Enjoy the love. Give it away freely and receive it freely. It's everywhere. It's here, now. We are always intimately and intricately connected to the source of life which is love. We are intimately and intricately connected to each other through the abundant, pervasive power of love. Isn't it fantastic? Isn't it wonderful?

This is the message of the sages of the ages. This is message of The Perennial Philosophy, or Mysticism. I like to put it in the following way:

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This is reality. This is the way it is. This is how God made it. Since Freedom is a big part of Love, we are free to reject or resist God's will but, sooner or later, the day will come when we get with the program and enjoy every minute of it.

Have you simplified your life sufficiently so that you can truly experience the love, the amazing love, which is at the heart of creation?

To fully experience the love which is at the heart of creation, you must be fully detached and devoted and delighted because you have learned how to be still, how to be silent, how to be solitary, how to be simple. So, are you ready? Let's go.

God is Love. God is everywhere. Love is everywhere. You are love. I am love. We are love. This is the truth. At the core of our being, we are nothing but love.

So, what's stopping us from expressing this love, day in and day out? That's a good question. That's a vital question. That's THE question. The answer is: Nothing and everything.

You know what to do because you are Love. Got that? You are nothing but Love. So, simply be who you are. This is a good place for me to share one of my favorite quotes: "To be nobody-but-yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else -- means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting." -- E. E. Cummings

Be who you really are. The world wants you to think that you are somebody else. You are not somebody else. You are you and God wants you to be who you really are. And that's the truth. Got that?

Teilhard de Chardin said: "Driven by the forces of love, the fragments of the world are seeking each other, so that the world may come into being."

So, the choice is ours to make. Do we stay fragmented or do we allow the force of Love to make us whole, to make us one, to create a new earth, the one God has always intended, the earth which is totally heavenly. MAKE IT SO.

Make it so by being who you are and nobody else. This is simple enough if you practice stillness. Practice, Practice, Practice. Be still. Be really still and know you are Love. And everything you see, hear, touch, taste, smell is Love. Wow. Beautiful. So beautiful. Abundant. So abundant. Now you know. You are wise. So wise.

Right now the earth is a heavenly place which means full of love. Love is everywhere. Love is pervasive. Love is making all things new now. This is a wonderful thing and we are co-creators of this glorious heavenly reality here on earth. It's a wonderful life. It's a wonderful world. There is an abundance of Love. Enjoy. Be glad all over. Right now. Right here. OK?

Good. Great. Fantastic. Wonderful.

"Love so amazing, so divine, demands my soul, my life, my all." -- Isaac Watts

And that's the truth.






  • Spirituality and Practice offers plenty of resources on the practice of compassion and a photo and quotes gallery.

  • Todd Rundgren sings "Compassion" live in 1990. Lyrics include: "There is nothing so sad as a life without compassion."

  • Watch and hear Karen Armstrong talk about Compassion. She has led the movement which has given us the Charter for Compassion.

  • Inner Frontier offers guidance on the practice of love and compassion by Joseph Naft.

  • Peter Russell offers an illuminating poem on LOVE. I urge you to explore this wonderful website filled with wisdom about our current awakening, a breaktrough in consciousness. A delightful page is called The Church of I AM.

  • Wahiduddin's Web offers "The Philosophy of Love" by Hazrat Inayat Khan. This is a chapter in Spiritual Liberty. Excerpt: "No one can know anybody, however much he may profess to know, except the lover, because in the absence of love the inner eyes are blind." Wahiduddin's Web offers a Daily Bowl of Saki, teachings of Hazrat Inayat Khan. The Bowl of Saki on January 30 (every year) focuses on love as a Sufi devotional practice. Excerpt: "The pleasures of life are blinding; it is love alone that clears the rust from the heart, the mirror of the soul. The heart of man, as the Sufis say, is a mirror. All that is reflected in this mirror is projected upon other mirrors. When man has doubt in his heart that doubt is reflected upon every heart with which he comes in contact. When he has faith that faith is reflected in every heart. Can there be a more interesting study and a greater wonder than to observe this keenly?"

  • The Omkarananda Ashram offers Sayings of Swami Omkarananda. These sayings offer wonderful wisdom on the abundance of God's love and beauty and peace and joy. He reminds us that the practice of stillness is the essential path we must take in order to know that we are living in heaven right now, right here.

  • Kheper.net offers "How to Love God" by Meher Baba.

  • Video: Interview with Ram Dass discussing compassion and politics.

  • Spirituality and Practice offers plenty of resources on the practice of hospitality and a photo and quotes gallery

  • Book Excerpt: No Time to Lose: Pema Chodron on practicing rejoicing for others' good fortune. Excerpt: "Rejoicing in the good fortune of others is a practice that can help us when we feel emotionally shut down and unable to connect with others."

  • Love and Compassion by Venerable Sonam Gyaltsen

  • Video: GREAT COMPASSION MANTRA with words so you can join in the chant.