However much I may explain to you about love, it will not be fully understood. You cannot understand it through reading or hearing about it. Yet, I will tell you. Every time you say “Baba, give us your love,” I say love me more and more. I will try to clear up what love is.
According to Hafiz, there is as much difference between the earth and sky as between love and intelligence. Love cannot be understood through the intellect. Love is obtained through uprooting the intellect, and to do so you have to wear your heart on your sleeve. One may be very intelligent, another be absolutely nil. Both can love God if they wear their hearts on their sleeves. This explanation was not given to the Gujarati and Telugu groups.
Suppose Niranjan Singh is very intellectual and Adarsh Khare is not. But if both have their hearts on their sleeves, they can love God. Let one be literate and another illiterate both can love God equally.
Remember one thing: However much I may explain to you about spirituality, love and God, you will never be able to experience what I say. Intellectually you will grasp it. If you read God Speaks from cover to cover, you will understand it intellectually. But after all that, to love God is quite different, and what love is, I will explain. God Speaks has nothing to do with love, but it gives a clear picture about what God is and how one can love God.
Baba then mentioned the reviews of God Speaks and continued:
If after reading God Speaks Niranjan Singh feels happy, I will not be happy. I will not feel happy unless and until Niranjan begins loving me. Listen carefully. If you don’t understand, never mind. Maybe after hearing me, a few may begin loving me as I wish. It is not a joke to be on the spiritual path. Only that one who washes his hands of his mind, body and life, and turns into dust, can progress on the path. Volumes are written about this spiritual path. So I will tell you something about turning into dust. Afterwards I will speak about love.
Listen! There are three things which are most unimportant: to offer me garlands, to worship me, to perform my puja-arti. These are not the signs of love for God.
There are three things which are of paramount importance on the spiritual path. There is no compromise. These are love, obedience and surrender. Love is great in itself, but greater than love is obedience, and greater than obedience is complete surrender. Love seeks the will of the Beloved. Obedience carries out the will of the Beloved. One who surrenders completely is resigned to the will of the Beloved. One who loves exists as the lover of the Beloved. Why? Because he simply loves the Beloved. One who obeys exists as the slave of the Beloved. One who surrenders his mind, body and soul has no existence only the Beloved exists in him.
Love is a gift from God to man. A Perfect Master never gives the gift of love. Obedience is the gift from Master to man. Surrender is the gift of man to the Master.
Lord Meher, 1st. ed., Bhau Kalchuri, Vol. 13, pp. 4762 – 4763.
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