Symbols of the world's religions



Dr. Harry Kenmore

In the past, humanity was told "We should love God with all our heart, all our strength, all our mind", but it was a commandment whose significance was wholly lost on its listeners. At our end of the time spectrum, today's Avatar tells us that we should be real lovers of God and to become this we must first fall in love with Him.

Please remember this is an ego-liquidating romance that happens inside an individual. Now God is where He's always been and always will be — invisible, silent, and fast asleep within us. This is the God, the Divine Beloved, with whom we must fall in love.

Meher Baba, the living Personification of the Divine Beloved, has come to awaken us, to awaken our hearts, to the Presence of His Divine Residence in us. When we constantly think of Him, silently calling out His Name again and again, He will be compelled to stir, to awaken, to rise up in response to our persistent call.

Modern psychology avers that one of the reasons why mankind has gone wild, flying off on a tangent, is that it suffers from the absence of the giving and receiving of love. Now, actually, the only one you can ever love is yourself. You don't love another person — you can express love, you can beam love, you can radiate love, but you don't love anybody in particular. Anyone who comes within the personal orbit of this radiation, however meager or bright it may be, will feel what you are and then the response will be automatic. If an individual truly loves you, it is because you already experience and reflect love.

Love begets love. But what makes us able to love? First we let God Love us because He is the Source of Love Itself. Love is only an abstraction when we think of it as being a part of God, but when we think of the person of Meher Baba who is literally the Incarnation of Divine Love, ah, then we have personal contact with Love. Then we can feel this Love generated from Him to us and we feel His beneficent Love inside us. This is a real experience — not the sort of love we are able to conjure up with our imagination. It's an actual happening and all of this takes place inside of us.

And what does this Love do? It ignites the Divine or Love-Spark hidden in us, blasting it into flame. When it begins to burn after an unbroken and continuous response accompanied by the feeling of an abysmal gap of separation from our Beloved, then we know what it is to fall in love with our adored Beloved.


THE WAY AND THE GOAL, Vol 1, No 6, pp. 1-2
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