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MenoSunday; Life Lived Lovingly

In this last Sunday before I fly off to the BAR, I was wondering what to post. There came the notion to work on the old-fashioned adage that Love is All You Need... typed that into the search engine and got a real surprise; the eleventh response (so not top ten , but hey, front page still!), up came my own name and a link to Aatmaavrajanam bloggy; I took this as a sign that I could continue with the reposting theme that has been begun in prep for my absence. Here it is then, the post from AVblog, November 2014...

Love Is All You Need

Hari OM

Application - that is what 'Workings-days' are about!

The virtues of living have been our focus this past few weeks. We come now to the big one. The single, most-abiding and enduring virtue of all.


This is the most divine of the virtues. It is the diadem in the crown of virtues.

Love mends the broken, heals the wounds, embraces the aches, soothes the pains. Love quells the fears, makes sacrifices, inspires and serves.

Love conquers hatred. Love forgives.

Love seeks not for itself, it doesn't barter this for that.  There is no selfishness in Love. Love is goodness, honour and peace. It strengthens and ennobles the character. It takes interest in others without expectation of self-benefit.

We are talking here of Love with the capital 'ell', Supreme and Universal. Unattached, non-expectant, undemanding. It is the Love which enables a view of  नारायनभाव/ Naaraayanabhava - seeing the Lord in all and knowing all to be a manifestation of the Lord. Love like this purifies and redeems.  It brings divinity into daily living.

This is not the base and common, acquisitive and jealous 'love'; the word has been misused, mistreated. We hear 'love' and assume much of it, only to be disappointed.  Why are we so often thus?  It is because in our depths, in the core of our beings, we know and understand what True Love is and it far outreaches and out-performs that of the needy, the controlling, the clinging, the lewd and the lustful.

Love has no 'use-by' date; it does not get bored neither does it seek beyond itself for answers.

How to nurture this universal virtue within our personality?  We all have it.  It has become dormant is all.  What is required is an adjustment of focus. By reading this, there is already a little light. Read more on the subject of pure Love. Read the scriptures and seek to employ saadhana chatushtaya. Seek satsanga (meeting and discussion) with the teachers and leaders who live the example. Find a way to serve them and your fellow beings. Start small, local. Within your immediate social circle, even. Where you find a spark of distrust or a flash of anger or a hint of hatred within you, stamp it out with remembrance of the Lord and replace it with the Love He provides. If you cannot speak softly in that moment, refrain from speech at all.  If you cannot extend full Love to those whom you meet each day, how will you ever manage Universal Love?

Feel the world as if it were your own body. Feel the body as a temple of God/Universal Love.  Allow it to unite you with all who share this world, be they other races, other creeds; animal, vegetable, mineral. Unite with all. Universal Love is One-ness. Pure Love is the ultimate leveller. It brings equality and equanimity. Ramdas, Hafiz, Kabir, Tukuram, Hildegarde, St Thomas, John of God…. All great souls have tasted this bliss.  What others have achieved, you can also.

 Little by little build your Love muscle!!!


  1. Such beautiful truths. Have a safe journey and a wonderful time.

  2. So well written! Yes, we all need to work out our love muscles!

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

  3. Just think... all this time WE thought LOVE was SUPPER served ON TIME. WHO KNEW???

    1. Hari OM
      Well guys, for those on paws who do the caretaking against squirrels, one of the expressions of Love surely is the caring in return!!!
      Luv Ya.... Yxx

  4. It must be exciting to be preparing for the BAR. It's almost here. I forget. Where are the links for facebook and wherever news will be posted from there?

  5. It would be a wonderful world if everyone lived like that but it's not always so.
    Have a good time.

  6. Top 11 is still pretty good! In fact, it is really really really good. And of course, love is all you need. It makes everything go more smoothly.

  7. Very true...... unattached, non-expectant, undemanding, that is what true love is.


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