Re: How to develop Love and Compassion
Sep 06, 2004 03:35 AM
--- In email@example.com, "Morten N. Olesen" <global-
> 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.
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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