Beneath everything that separates the world from itself, love holds us firm to one another.
Here are ten perception-changing quotes on the concept and practicality of love – taken from some of the world’s great spiritual teachers.
“Love is like the flame of a lamp or candle. It cannot help but give light to others.”
– Hazrat Inayat Khan, Sufism
HAZRAT INAYAT KHAN was born in Baroda on the 5th July 1882. His father, Mashaikh Rahmat Khan, came from the Panjab, where he was born in 1843 as a descendant of an ancient family of Sufi saints, zamindars (feudal landowners), poets, and musicians.
“Love is the reality, and it is not a mere emotion. It is the great Truth that lies behind all of creation.”
– Rabindranath Tagore, Hinduism
Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941) was the youngest son of Debendranath Tagore, a leader of the Brahmo Samaj, which was a new religious sect in nineteenth-century Bengal and which attempted a revival of the ultimate monistic basis of Hinduism as laid down in the Upanishads.
“One who loves all the world as if it were his own flesh and blood, can be relied upon to rule an empire.”
– Lao Tzu, Taoism
Lao Tzu was a mystic philosopher of ancient China, best known as the author of the Tao Te Ching (often simply referred to as Laozi). His association with the Tao Te Ching has led him to be traditionally considered the founder of Taoism (pronounced as “Daoism”). He is also revered as a deity in most religious forms of the Taoist religion, which often refers to Laozi as Taishang Laojun, or “One of the Three Pure Ones”. Laozi translated literally from Chinese means “old master” or “old one”, and is generally considered honorific
“To truly understand the meaning of compassion means to understand the interdependence of all living beings. We are all part of one another.”
– Thomas Merton, Roman Catholic
Thomas Merton was a very famous American Catholic author of the twentieth century who is greatly known for writing classics like ‘The Seven Storey Mountain’, ‘New Seeds of Contemplation’ and ‘Zen and the Birds of Appetite’. Merton was a great writer who has a total of 70 books to his credit. Merton was a greatly religious personality who devoted most of his life writing on poetry, personal journals, collections of letters, social criticism, peace, justice and ecumenism.
“Love implies that you are dividing yourself between the lover and the beloved. But if you find that place inside of you that is love, you will no longer even love yourself. You will just be love.”
– Osho, Mystic
Osho Many of the most influential people our world has seen have exposed truths, wisdoms, and controversial viewpoints that have earned them both respect and fear from the masses. Osho Rajneesh was one of those people.
“I’m not interested in being a lover, I’m only interested in being love.”
– Ram Dass, Hinduism
Ram Dass (Richard Alpert), one of America’s most beloved spiritual figures, has made his mark on the world giving teachings and promoting loving service, harmonious business practices, and conscious care for the dying. His spirit has been a guiding light for four generations, carrying millions along on the journey, helping free them from their bonds as he has worked his way through his own. He makes his home in Maui.
“My religion is simple and has no need for temples or philosophy, other than the philosophy of love. No matter what the person’s religious beliefs or lack of, there is no one who is not grateful for kindness and compassion.”
– Tenzin Gyatso, The 14th Dalai Lama
Tenzin Gyatso The 14th Dalai Lama is the current Dalai Lama. Dalai Lamas are important monks of the Gelug school, the newest school of Tibetan Buddhism which was formally headed by the Ganden Tripas.
“In truly loving others, one can more naturally acquire the ability to let go of the world.”
– Ramakrishna, Hinduism
Ramakrishna Parmahamsa is perhaps the best known saint of nineteenth century India. He was born in a poor Brahmin family in 1836, in a small town near Calcutta, West Bengal. As a young man, he was artistic and a popular storyteller and actor. His parents were religious, and prone to visions and spiritual dreams. Ramakrishna’s father had a vision of the god Gadadhara (Vishnu) while on a religious pilgrimage. In the vision, the god told him that he would be born into the family as a son.
“The source of love is deep in us and we can help others realize a lot of happiness. One word, one action, one thought can reduce another person’s suffering and bring that person joy.”
– Thich Nhat Hanh, Zen Buddhist
Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh is a global spiritual leader, poet and peace activist,
revered around the world for his powerful teachings and bestselling writings on mindfulness and peace. He is the man Martin Luther King called “A
n Apostle of peace and nonviolence.” His key teaching is that, through mindfulness, we can learn to live happily in the present moment—the only way to truly develop peace, both in one’s self and in the world.
As we see from the wisdom of spiritual teachers, love is something every single human is capable of embracing, giving and receiving. And being able to practice it requires no training or special knowledge – only the realization of each of our desires to improve one another’s lives.