HOW TO LOVE GOD
Love in common sense means caring and support for family and close relations. The more we move away from close to distant relation the felling of caring and support diminishes. If one says he loves is wife which is the closest relationship it would be for his attraction toward sex and also his selfishness to gain satisfaction for himself. This kind of love for our family and relative of lower order since one’s expectation of some return is always associated. Love for God is a difficult proposition. First extreme faith for God or Master which comes from one’s heart turns into devotion. Later Love comes which is defined as desireless devotion.
Love for God is a gift from God to man. One cannot love God or a Master without grace of God or Sadguru or Avatar. Love never seeks it knows to give only and be resigned to the will of God.
Baba has explained all aspects of live, real love, divine love and how to love God or a Sadguru or Avatar in following paras.
Extreme desireless devotion turns into love for God, for master, Sadguru or Avatar. Love seeks the will of Beloved. Love is a gift from God to man. No one can love God as He is should be loved without gift of God, Sadguru or Avatar.
Love means a life of giving without expectation of receiving any reward. Love means suffering and pain for oneself and happiness for others. To the giver, it is suffering without malice or hatred. To the receiver, it is a blessing without obligation.
“People must give and then receive. First give and then you will have all. But instead, people want to first have all and then think of giving. This is not the right way.” (–www.lordmeher.org, p-2207)
Love, as it is generally and commonly understood, is but an attachment with selfish thoughts and motives involved.
Pure, real, unadulterated love has in it not even a tinge of lust. Lust for sex, lust for power, lust for name, lust for fame, lust for self-comforts defile the purity of love.
Pure, real love has also its stages, the highest being the gift of God to love Him. When one truly loves God, one longs for union with Him, and this supreme longing is based on the desire of giving up one's whole being to the Beloved.
When one loves a Perfect Master, one longs to serve him, to surrender to his will, to obey him wholeheartedly. Thus, pure, real love longs to give and does not ask for anything in return.
Even when one truly loves humanity, one longs to give one's all for its happiness. When one truly loves one's country, there is the longing to sacrifice one's very life without seeking reward and without the least thought of having loved and served. When one truly loves one's friends, there is the longing to help them without making them feel under the least obligation. When truly loving one's enemies, one longs to make them friends. True love for one's parents or family makes one long to give them every comfort at the cost of one's own.
Thought of self is always absent in the different acts of loving connected with the various stages of pure, real love; a single thought of self would be love adulterated.
Divine love is the gift of God to man. It can be compared with the grace of the Sadguru which enables man to realize God in a flash. The true lover of God [Mard-e-Khuda] is he whose whole life has become like dust. The agony of love is so dear to him that, although it burns him to ashes, he will not part with it for anything! Though it may make him an outcast from society, a stranger to sleep, hunger and comfort, he prizes this blissful torture above all things in creation. Only God can implant this divine love in the human heart.
The lover continually burns within himself in the fire of divine love. But the wonder is, that despite leading such a life of consummation, the real lover keeps it hidden within himself as an invaluable treasure. He does not want to give it up. His burning within is blissful, although in its fire he ultimately becomes the very dust! (lord meher-pp-4908-1963)
How can one explain love? There are as many ways of explaining love and obedience as there are men. There can thus be no end to the understanding of them except through obedience based on love, and through love itself. All great saints, teachers and masters say the same thing in one way or another when the emphasis is laid on love for the sake of love, or failing that, on obedience in the cause of love. (Listen Humanity, pp. 240-241)
Love includes all kind of sacrifices
The light of love is not free from its fire of sacrifices. In fact, like heat and light, love and sacrifice, so to say, go hand in hand. The true spirit of sacrifice that springs spontaneously does not and cannot reserve itself for particular objects and special occasions.
The spirit of true love and real sacrifice is beyond all ledgers and needs no measures. A constant wish to love and be loving and a non-calculating will to sacrifice in every walk of life, high and low, big and small, between home and office, street and cities, countries and continents are the best anti-selfish measures that man can take in order to be really self-ful and joyful. (lord Meher pp-2591)
Last birthday Message
"To love me for what I may give you is not loving me at all. To sacrifice anything in my cause to gain something for yourself is like a blind man sacrificing his eyes for sight. I am the Divine Beloved worthy of being loved because I am Love. He who loves me because of this will be blessed with unlimited sight and will see me as I am." (Lord Meher, Bhau Kalchuri, Vol. 20, p. 6686)
How to love God.
To love God in the most practical way is to love our fellow beings. If we feel for others in the same way as we feel for our own dear ones, we love God.
If instead of seeing faults in others, we look within ourselves, we are loving God.
If instead of robbing others to help ourselves, we rob ourselves to help others, we are loving God.
If we suffer in the suffering of others, and feel happy in the happiness of others, we are loving God.
If instead of worrying over our own misfortunes, we think of ourselves more fortunate than many, many others, we are loving God.
If we endure our lot with patience and contentment, accepting it as His Will, we are loving God.
If we understand and feel that the greatest act of devotion and worship to God is not to hurt or harm any of His beings, we are loving God.
To love God as He ought to be loved, we must live for God and die for God, knowing that the goal of all life is to love God, and find Him as our own Self.
(Lord Meher, 1st. ed., Bhau Kalchuri, Vol. 13, p. 4424)
Directive from Baba
Everyone now uses the word love; it has been made so very cheap. If one really loves, one would never utter that word. What does it mean to love God? It is a very, very great thing. The true love of God never says anything. He forgets that he loves God.
How will you love God? How should you love God? Not through meditations, not through so-called prayers and other things. There are two ways. One is to leave all and everything. That means to have nothing of your own, not even your body – to renounce absolutely everything. Everything means not only your surroundings but everything, including yourself.
The second thing is something great. There you do not have to renounce anything. You can lead a family life, be in the world, do your work or business, attend to your services, attend theaters, parties, everything. But always do one thing. Constantly think; constantly try to make others happy, even at the cost of your own happiness. That is the second way of loving God.
The only thing that I have been repeating ever since the first time I came, is: “Love God.” Age after age, I have been saying nothing but “Love God.” (Lord Meher, 1st. ed., Bhau Kalchuri, Vol. 14, p. 4970).