“Love abounds in all things, excels from the depths to beyond the stars, is lovingly disposed to all things.”
Hildegard of Bingen
Truly nothing great can be achieved without love, this goes equally for spiritual maturity as for all earnest earthly endeavors. Love is the bridge between the personal and the universal, between the parts and the whole, between you and the divine. Love has the power to dissolve you in your own essential ecstasy, a subtle ecstasy that only arises when an individual beholds his own original face.
The greatest satisfaction a sentient being can experience is dissolution of its own boundaries, whether they are physical, mental or spiritual. Dissolution is the sweetest thing to an entity that believes itself to be a separate self.
Well for starters, how can one possibly withstand the immensity, complexity and commotion of the universe without the dissolution and unification with something or someone perfect?
Love brings about a promise of this possibility of total dissolution. It is only through love that one can traverse on this bridge of light.
Love harmonizes and unites but does not rigidly bind, therein lies the beauty of it. The love of a mystic is a love towards existence, and the buddha knows that existence is derived out of the supreme principle.
The Supreme Being is the source of all love, and knowing this, being this, you become this love. Now there is no difference between this love and you, this is the greatest grace that life can bestow upon you.
This is the evidence of truth and this is your grace.
Quotations and Excerpts
“The soul is made of love and must ever strive to return to love. Therefore, it can never find rest nor happiness in other things. It must lose itself in love. By its very nature it must seek God, who is love….”
Mechthild of Magdeburg
“Love one another, but make not a bond of love: Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls.”
“It is love alone that gives worth to all things.”
St Teresa of Avila
“Love is my religion, I could die for that.”
“First the pangs of separation
Then grows the thirst for Love
Says Kabir then only hope
For the union to materialize.
“To Love is to reach God.”
“While God waits for his temple to be built of love, men bring stones.”
“The ultimate lesson is learning how to love and be loved unconditionally.”
“If a thing loves, it is infinite.”
Daniel Seeker is a wandering dervish and lifelong student of the past, present and future. He realized that he was made of immaculate and timeless consciousness when meditating in his hermit cave on the island of Gotland. His writings are mostly a reflection of that realizaton. Daniel currently studies history, philosophy, egyptology and western esotericism at Uppsala Universitet. He’s also currently writing his B.A. thesis in history which explores how Buddhist and Hindu texts were first properly translated and introduced to the western world in the late 18th and 19th century.