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Re: How to develop Love and Compassion

Sep 06, 2004 03:35 AM
by prmoliveira

--- In, "Morten N. Olesen" <global-
theosophy@a...> wrote:

> The following was taken from the book
> "The Initiate in the New World" written 1927 by Cyril Scott

> The text quoted is an excerpt of a lecture given by the so-called 
Initiate named JMH - Jerome Moreward Haig. The subject of the lecture 
was something like "Love and its relation to maya. And how to 
strenghten you capacity for love through meditation and other means".

>exercise the will to love, and you develop the capacity to love, so 
that your whole love - nature becomes strong and enduring; 

>For observe; love requires to be nourished from within and not from 

> "And so I say to you who are striving for Love - consciousness, use 
every means in your power to attain it. 

Hello Morten,

I have read the post you had mentioned and have reproduced above 
passages I would like to comment on. 

As I understand it, any form of intentionality in trying to express 
love or compassion is a denial of it. The different spiritual 
traditions have placed great emphasis on purification as the first 
stage on the spiritual path, which is not necessarily purity 
according to a certain externally sanctioned code but, in essence, 
freedom from self-interest.

Shantideva, the author of "A Guide to the Bodhisattva's Way of Life", 
presents this idea with great directness:

"Thus whoever wishes to quickly afford protection
To both himself and other beings
Should practice that holy secret:
The exchanging of self for others."

Perhaps this exchange is love. In our everyday lives we seem to 
negotiate easily with self-interest and are not really aware of how 
dangerous it is, how destructive.

We want our self-interest to prevail, no matter what.

Although the "daily conquest of self" is perhaps the most difficult 
undertaking before a human being it can be done, in the words of Sri 
Krishna, by constant practice and detachment for in this life we 
don't really possess anything, nothing is ultimately ours. 


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