Seventh Perspective

Love and Strife

1            All things interact.

2            If love unifies, how can it separate – which follows from the idea that love causes strife? In answer: Consider how light is manifested as particles in one medium, and as waves in another medium. Similarly with love – in one situation, it unifies, and in another situation, it separates.

3            Unity is the feeling of love. When we identify with something or someone, we feel at one with that object. This is the sentience of love.

4            I hate mendacity because I love the truth; I love mendacity because I hate the truth  ̶  either way, I love-hate Love; contradictions and all.

5            With the consciousness of love and strife, I identify what actually is occurring at any given time.

6            Everything is in relationship; nothing is on its own. This statement, “Nothing is on its own,” can be taken negatively; meaning: the absence of everything; or positively: the essence of everything; which is not itself a thing.

7            Love is attraction; strife is detraction (repulsion)

8            Agitation –-storm-strife; and calm (love).

9            Love causes strife. I feel sorry for my son that he has to be alone. That causes me pain – strife.

10          Change is the way of strife, the way of life, the way of the world.

The Love Testament: Seventh Perspective

Samsara

The Wheel of Life

There is only one happiness in this life, to love and be loved. -George Sand

Your task is not to seek for love, but merely seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it. -Rumi

Love is of all passions the strongest, for it attacks simultaneously the head, the heart and the senses. -Lao Tzu

Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage. -Lao Tzu

Love does not dominate; it cultivates. -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

For small creatures such as we the vastness is bearable only through love. -Carl Saga

The Love Testament: Third Perspective

Third Perspective

The Way of Love

[Written After Falling in Love with My Wife-to-be]

  1         Love is an overcoming of self  ̶  and other selves.

  2         It is now time in our history for love to take the ascendancy over ego. The ego has long had its day. It’s time for it to take the backseat.  Yes, long live the ego! But strong live love!

  3         If you think love is easy, is a kind of weakness, then, my friend, try it sometime – especially when you don’t feel it!

  4         No religious or spiritual stances with the way of love. Anything goes as long as it’s done in love, for the right :  ̶  just-right.

  5         Peace is the moral equivalent of love.

  6         The severe, hard masculine expression does give one a sense of power  ̶  manipulative power; forceful power it is a guise designed to instill fear, awe, respect for you into others. It alienates. The softer, relaxed lilt to one’s expression is a guise too, perhaps; but it instills ease and cheer and friendliness for you into others. It unites.

  7         Love wins all  ̶  even when it loses. A paradox, yes, but one to be understood.

  8         Just the thought of love alone can be enough; one does not always have to be loving, always have to have an object to love  ̶  human or otherwise.

  9         Being in a rush, being anxious, eager, restless, fatigue, are deterrents to the self-controlled love. To offset these, love must be foremost in your mind and life. Too much to expect? Mostly, yes.

10          Love is the great harmonizer  ̶  it gives us both the flesh and the spirit. What more could we want!

The Love Testament: Third Perspective

Samsara

The Wheel of Life

A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person. -A man

It is a lovely thing to have a husband and wife developing together and having the feeling of falling in love again. That is what marriage really means: helping one another to reach the full status of being persons, responsible and autonomous beings who do not run away from life. -A man

In my Sunday School class there was a beautiful little girl with golden curls. I was smitten at once and still am. -HT /American President / on his wife Bess

Love cures people, the ones who receive love and the ones who give it, too. -KM a man /psychiatrist

Love is that splendid triggering of human vitality…the supreme activity which nature affords anyone for going out of himself toward someone else. -Jose Ortega Y. Gasset

It’s terrifying to care, of course, and the young man whom I once heard say to the girl whose hand he was holding, “Shit, I think I love you,” in the ominous tones of someone declaring that he was coming down with the plague, probably put the fear that accompanies loving as graphically as it can be put. –MS / A woman writer

The Love Testament: Second Perspective