Lectures on Unselfish Love
Goswami Kriyananda often taught about unselfish love. Unselfish love is part of a sane lifestyle.
“One of the emotions that most people consider positive is love,” he writes in the Advanced Guide to Meditation. “Yet look at all the destruction and pain that has been caused by this so-called positive emotion.”
When two people fall in love, at first everything appears to be wonderful. But possessive feelings often arise, and if one of them falls in love with someone else, possessiveness can prompt vicious actions.
“If a person wants to possess something or something, it is not truly love; it is an emotion that people call love,” Goswami Kriyananda said. “We need to clearly differentiate unselfish love, which is a feeling state, from selfish love, which is an emotion. Clearly, the type of love that most people experience is selfish love. This possessive type of emotion brings a great deal of anguish and pain – not only into the person’s life, but also to all other people in that person’s life.”
One of the goals of the spiritual seeker is to obtain liberation from the enemy within themselves. Love and serve the beloved. Fulfill all responsibilities with love. But also nourish yourself, and remember that your beloved is on their own spiritual path. Keep your mind free from emotionality. Free others so you can also be freed.
Love at Your Door ©
In this recording, Goswami explains that we can experience even greater problems by ignoring subtler opportunities. Above all, we must make sadhana a part of our lives now, not wait until we establish a career or achieve all our goals.
So, when love comes knocking at the door, remember that love symbolizes an understanding that there is really no giving or taking, but a sharing. Attune your mind to the door, your ear to the door to hear the knocking of love. Then respond to it, approach it, explore it.
When we start learning to love, we begin to see what the world is. So always make time to open the door to love.
Love Conquers Fear ©
Attaining cosmic consciousness allows us to resolve the obstacles of life — which are called ‘karma.’ We all have karma. While we work to resolve our karma, we should practice Prem, unselfish love.
Helping others move away from their fears helps you move away from your own fears. Love more than others hate, love more than they are fearful.
Seek a lifestyle that is a movement towards beauty, peace, serenity, and equanimity. Love enough to understand that your fears should remain within you and be neutralized within you.
Don’t be concerned about whether others understand your love and truth. Just make sure you understand it in such a way that it leads you to love. Then love will conquer fear. Have you loved more today than people have hated?
Let Life Love You ©
All religions teach that from goodness only goodness can come. Love is a goodness, says Goswami Kriyananda. Loving means opening up. with an attitude that only goodness can manifest.
What is a problem? It’s something that we don’t want to happen, in a way we don’t want it to happen. Maybe we have too many expectations, our judgement is faulty, we experience deception or self-deception, karma, insanity. We close off rather than open up. But when we change our attitude, the problems start to go away. Despite the very real problems in life, life is beautiful.
Opening your soul to love can be most difficult. You may feel you don’t deserve it, or receiving it makes you inferior. The secret is this: Your worthiness or unworthiness have nothing to do with allowing life to love you. Just generate energy to be happy. Be happy anyway. Strive to be happy. Allowing life to love you is an opportunity to grow, share, and understand yourself.
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Love Solves All Problems ©
The ritual for solving all problems is this: “I am third, the beloved is second, God is first. Life is first. Truth is first.”
Wisdom of Love ©
So many people are looking for love, and love is all around us. But our misery, fear and chaotic world view block us from experiencing the wisdom of love.