'A sense of humour lends you poise, it gives you balance and it helps you to bend without breaking'

(HH Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda)

MenoSundays; Life Lived Lovingly


12 comments:

  1. He was a clever man.

    By the way: did you know he died in my hometown and several schools and other assorted bear his name.

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    1. Hari OM
      ...well, I knew where he died - but till now, did not know it to be the birthplace of one Mara Jellema!!! &*> YAM xx

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  2. Love is rare, I agree with Merle. also love is and can be a huge burden...

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    1. Hari OM
      as Kempis states firstly here, Love (the capital 'ell', Universal variety) knows no burden. Any time we feel a 'burden of love', we have dropped into our ego-self and therefore we are losing the Universal connection. That is why this variety is rare. Burdensome love comes from having an expectation and finding that expectation not being met. The Love spoken of here is that which passeth all understanding; it is divine, unselfish, uncritical, unstinting, energising and uplifting. Most of us can only dream of Livingly Lovingly as described by Kempis and other enlightened ones. Yxx

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    2. ADDENDUM;
      Sandra further responded that she considered such Love as a myth and that she had not seen it with her own eyes. This reaction is not uncommon; we live in a world and in a condition where we tend only to believe when we can physically see something. With her permission, here is my extended reply...

      Hari OM
      We read of it in scriptures, we hear of it from the stories of the saints and sages and we can see examples of it - (mere glimpses, it is true) - in such movements as Pay It Forward, the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation, and in those people who quietly, without desire for recognition, feed the hungry, provide shelter and clothing for the homeless or simply listen to someone in crisis with a neutral heart and mind... Only the likes of Jesus, the Buddha, the Dalai Lama, Martin Luther King, and such, are the rare few who have been able to Live Love consistently. The rest of us must only strive. The essence of faith is to strive for that which we cannot see but about which these pioneers have told us and that we have the potential to experience... Yxx

      To see is to know. Belief does not require that we see, but that we are intellectually convinced of something. That is the bit we have to work on! Thank you to Sandra for helping build this conversation - and to all others who at various times, add their voices! Blessings, YAM xx

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    3. I came back to see what others say. and I read Berties comment and that could be mine, my dad wa 13 years older thanmother and she died hard, took 7 years and he cared for her like a baby for all those years. and that love he had for her is what I mean when I said love is a burden. it was a burden for him to do it and for her to have him do it and a burden to me and my brother that he had to do it since we both live out of state.

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    4. Hari OM
      I am sorry that this has been your experience. To feel the weight of care (or a level of guilt for not being unable to provide it) is a sorrow. Many people know the need to provide such care; it is the continuous energy of caring which is the burden, of this there is no doubt. What lifts and sustains many through that time of 'burden' is their ability to demonstrate unselfish Love. Others feel only the duty of care and forget to sustain themselves... duty can become a burden. When Duty (Dharma) and Love come together, profound things can happen.

      This has clearly brought deep thinking and reflection to you today Sandra - my Love to you for sharing this. YAM xx

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  3. That reminds me of the way my mother cared for my father for longer than anyone would have thought possible.

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    1. Hari OM
      Living examples are the best of the best... Yxx

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  4. Hi Yam - love is all ... that's what my uncle said ... and it is - non-judgemental etc ... thanks for these reminders for me of times gone by - cheers Hilary

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