Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Only Love Can

For those who have followed my writings, you know that I speak a lot about the importance of having pure, unconditional, perfect love for all beings; the kind of love that Jesus and all the great spiritual teachers of the past and present have spoke about.  It’s not easy, not even for me, but it gives us something to strive for.  Love can be taught and expressed through countless venues:  people, songs, poems, writings, quotes, and so much more.

A dear friend of mine, Richard Mekdeci, an artist, musician, and speaker, wrote a song based on the text of Martin Luther King, Jr. called, “Only Love Can Do That.”  Excerpts of the lyrics are:  “Darkness cannot drive away darkness, only light can do that.  Hatred cannot drive away hatred, only love can do that.  All you soldiers of peace, hatred has an enemy.  If you want the fighting to cease, remember these words from the fallen King.  We all must try to be an instrument of peace.  Remember an eye for an eye leaves everyone blind and our children never see.  Only love can heal, only love can take the fear away.  Only love is real, only love will come to save the day.”  It’s a beautiful song based upon the words of a beautiful man. 

I found many quotes on love and many were from Martin Luther King, Jr. Some are: "People fail to get along because they fear each other; they fear each other because they don't know each other; they don't know each other because they have not communicated with each other."  "Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it. Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it. Hatred darkens life; love illuminates it." "Like an unchecked cancer, hate corrodes the personality and eats away its vital unity. Hate destroys a man's sense of values and his objectivity. It causes him to describe the beautiful as ugly and the ugly as beautiful, and to confuse the true with the false and the false with the true." "If we are to have peace on earth, our loyalties... must transcend our race, our tribe, our class, and our nation; and this means we must develop world perspective." 

All religions and spiritual teachers have taught the importance of our loving each other as ourselves.  Maybe that’s part of the problem.  Too many of us don’t love ourselves.  I learned several years ago that we tend to attract that which we feel about ourselves. 

There is a lot of hate, fear, and violence in our world right now and much of it comes from ignorance.  How can we love as Jesus, one of our many great Spiritual Leaders in our history taught us, if we do not even attempt to have compassion and understanding for our fellow man?  Why are we so quick to jump on the bandwagon of hate and ignorance without looking within our own hearts to find the Truth of which Jesus taught? 

Another wonderful song is the Judd’s “Love Can Build A Bridge” and the lyrics go like this:  “I'd gladly walk across the desert, With no shoes upon my feet, To share with you the last bite, Of bread I had to eat, I would swim out to save you, In your sea of broken dreams, When all your hopes are sinkin', Let me show you what love means.  Love can build a bridge, Between your heart and mine, Love can build a bridge, Don't you think it's time? I would whisper love so loudly, Every heart could understand, That love and only love, Can join the tribes of man, I would give my heart's desire, So that you might see, The first step is to realize, That it all begins with you and me. When we stand together, It's our finest hour, We can do anything, anything, Keep believin' in the power.”

Isn’t it time we stopped looking at our differences and find out what we have in common?  My friends, this is the only way we are ever going to find peace in our nation and our world.  As long as we keep ourselves separated by hate, fear, and ignorance, we will never walk the walk.  We will never walk in the shoes of Jesus, Buddha, Gandhi, Mother Theresa, or Martin Luther King, Jr., and others until we do. 

We can no longer tolerate hate and ignorance, both of which come from fear.  When we hate others, it reflects more on us than the people we are hating.  How can we complain about others and their behaviors when we are doing the same thing?  In other words, we’re hating the haters.

As you pray and/or meditate, let’s look deeply within our hearts and find the great Spiritual love that is within us.  God’s love.