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Force of Love is the Force of Total Revolution

--by Vimala Thakar (Jul 03, 2017)

A tender, loving concern for all living creatures will need to arise and reign in our hearts if any of us is to survive. And our lives will be truly blessed only when the misery of one is genuinely felt to be the misery of all. The force of love is the force of total revolution. It is the unreleased force, unknown and unexplored as a dynamic for change.

We have moved very far away from love in our collective lives, dangerously near destruction, close to starvation. Perhaps we have the wisdom now, the awareness that love is as essential to human beings as the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the food we eat. Love is the beauty, the delicate mystery, the soul of life, the radiant unspoiled purity that brings spontaneous joy, songs of ecstasy, poems, paintings, dances, dramas to celebrate its indescribable, never-to-be-fully-captured bliss of being. Can we bring love into the marketplaces, into the homes, the schools, the places of business, and transform them completely? You may call it a utopian challenge, but it is the only one that will make a significant difference or that is fully worthy of the potential of whole human beings.

Compassion is a spontaneous movement of wholeness. It is not a studied decision to help the poor, to be kind to the unfortunate. Compassion has a tremendous momentum that naturally, choicelessly moves us to worthy action. It has the force of intelligence, creativity, and the strength of love. [...]

The vast intelligence that orders the cosmos is available to all. The beauty of life, the wonder of living, is that we share creativity, intelligence, and unlimited potential with the rest of the cosmos. If the universe is vast and mysterious, we are vast and mysterious. If it contains innumerable creative energies, we contain innumerable creative energies. If it has healing energies, we also have healing energies. To realize that we are not simply physical beings on a
material planet, but that we are whole beings, each a miniature cosmos, each related to all of life in intimate, profound ways, should radically transform how we perceive ourselves, our environments, our social problems. Nothing can ever be isolated from wholeness.

There is much unexplored potential in each human being. We are not just flesh and bone or an amalgamation of conditionings. If this were so, our future on this planet would not be very bright. But there is infinitely more to life, and each passionate being who dares to explore beyond the fragmentary and superficial into the mystery of totality helps all humanity perceive what it is to be fully human. Revolution, total revolution, implies experimenting with the impossible. And when an individual takes a step in the direction of the new, the impossible, the whole human race travels through that individual.

Vimala Thakar was a social activist and spiritual teacher from India.

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On Jun 30, 2017 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

 Vimalatai's  writing deeply resonates in my heart. Love gives birth to life, nourishes life and connects us with life in all forms. Such love is expressed in compassion for others, in kind and generous acts, wiping the tears of others, feeding the hungry and providing shelter. Sadly, the world created by the Divine hands has been converted into fighting zones, us against you, exploitation and destruction. We have been polluting air, water, food and sky-the sources of life- for our self-serving, profit making ends.These are signs and symptoms of the misuse of intelligence , energy and knowledge.

Total love is needed to bring total revolution. We need to awaken ourselves and others as a humanity from this misery creating slumber. We need to have a balance between being and doing. If our doing is without the being consciousness -compassion, consideration and concerns for the life of others, our actions are going to be destructive, hurting us and others. Tooth for tooth, eye for eye or fire for fire is the mindset of destruction. We need to learn to relate to others not as objects to meet our self-centered needs but as an extension of our selves- from me to we.

We have been blessed to to have people in our lives as models who have reached out and have lovingly touched the lives of others to lift them up. The world is still surviving because of their selfless love and service. In order to create, sustain and flourish such love revolutions, we all have to be a part of it. As the saying goes, charity begins at home but does not end it there. What can we do as parents, neighbors, teachers, students, politicians, social workers, corporate leaders, workers and religious leaders to create an inner environment that is rooted in unconditional love and compassion. This is real spiritual work

I have learned how to create an inner environment for planting and nurturing the seeds of love, peace and service. This is my everyday spiritual practice which brings joy and fulfillment in my life. I share my awakening with school children at my daughter's Montessori school by teaching Mindfulness and Peace Education and Mindfulness Parenting. Work is my service and it brings great joy and happiness to me. I am sure there are many such awakened people who are doing such badly needed work. Our community religious centers and educational institutions need to face and embrace this great universal challenge.

May we wake up, see the light and play our vital role in creating and participating the Total Revolution of Love.


On Jun 30, 2017 Kristin Pedemonti wrote:

 The force of love = the force of total revolution because it opens our eyes to our interconnectedness and how truly, as humans and beings, we are all one. I have felt this in waves and in glimmers many times, a feeling of complete compassion, love, joy all wrapped together envelope me and I feel light and nearly to bursting. Recently I felt this at a Compassionate Listening training, the 14 of us had shared many vulnerable stories of experienced conflict, hearts and minds were open and I felt this sense of being utterly connected to each person in the room. I have felt this with animals too. I am not sure what helps experiment with the impossible, other than having so many experiences over my nearly 50 years on the planet, that anything is possible. <3 

On Jul 3, 2017 Mathew wrote:

The subject is very relative and enforced.
The LOVE which is real one will make changes min the Life of people..LOVE can make wonders and without LOVE we cannot develop Life in Fruitful way.
I have too many experiences in my Life where and How the real LOVE works.
I have a friend and and he has undergone an operation .The bleeding of wound is not reducing. Doctors given all medicines.The situation is going to verse .The patient is not confident he is worrying and thinking he will die .The Doctors asked the bye sitters that he has any clause friends that some body can change his thinkings.They asked the patient first he said NO but after some time he told I have friend but he is 2000 Km, away can I speak with Him. They have tried and they got me.. He started speaking continued and it took about four Hours.Doctors encouraged and the patients mind changed and the Bleeding stopped.For 15 days it was continued.The patient became confident and now after 22 years he is keeping fine.The Love is a magnetic Lantern which can change every thing at any time.
We have a center to rehabilitate unwanted and needy people.2003 to 2005 it was functioning at NOCER GRAM near Mathil,Kannur Dt. of Kerala.It has 10 acres of Land and 27 buildings as a Training center. Here we have 30 People staying with us those who have nobody to Look after.The center fourced to close due to Labour Problems and financial Crisis.There are about 45 Employees working for the Training programmes.The closure of the center all people had gone but one person he is about 50 did not go from my side.I have no food or any money to .This person was every time with me.All told him to go and find some places.He said NO.I asked him requested him I have no money or FOOD he did not go from my side.After 8 Months I have to go from the place only this person moved to some places. I dont know where he had gone .I asked several times that why you are not going from my side ,he said you gave me protection for the Two years at that time he cant walk or do any thing with out others Help.Now you are in very bad situation all are Left But I cant leave you since you had treated me given food and shelter and now I am healthy I cant betray you.I think this is LOVE.
LOVE IS THE ONLY SOLUTION FOR THE PROBLEMS in the world. We can LOVE EACH OTHER with out expecting any thing.
M.V.Mathew(Ashoka Fellow)
President and CEO NOCER-INDIA (

On Jul 4, 2017 Kiconco Grace Barbara wrote:

 Love brings total happiness and joy , without it things move negatively .
Recently i was having councilling with  a couple and a man was accusing a wife of not telling him the truth , in due process ,i asked him whether he loves his wife' he replied no at all then i again asked him, that how do you  exepect the wife you don,t love to tell you the truth ? He answered me that she is a woman and am a man' enventually  i was forced to tell them that they both need love , becouse without it families brake.
The following day ,the man came to my home and promissed me that he is gonna love his wife so that she may always tell him the truth;.

On Jul 4, 2017 Kay wrote:

 I've been wanting to write something pertaining to the state of the political environment and how destructive it is, but the bottom line sums it up in this article-love needs to arise. We see ourselves and everything else from a position of separation, a dualistic thinking. If only we saw the divinity in each other starting with ourselves. Thank you Vimala for this beautiful piece!

On Jul 4, 2017 david doane wrote:

The love that is the force of total revolution is the awareness and realization that we are one -- one with one another and with all that is -- and that what we do to any being, living and not living, and to this planet that we are part of we do to ourselves.  With such love we live in I-Thou rather than us-and-them, we live in compassion rather than indifference or worse, we live in cooperation rather than competition, we live in peace rather than war.  My realization that I am intimately and profoundly related to all that is began long ago and deepened as I discovered wisdom of the Far East and particularly wisdom of the Vedanta tradition.  I don't know what is impossible.  I know that what is possible is much greater than what we think is possible.  Our capacity is much greater than our thinking.

On Jul 6, 2017 Amy wrote:

 I definitely am feeling the misery of ONE at this very moment!  Please pray with me for this ONE!  Ily

On Aug 15, 2017 B. Vero wrote:

 I definitely have been working on this meditation of seeing myself stretch and connect to the core of the earth and connect in a grounding way, I was encouraged to stay in my body and this really resonated with my desires - to grow and develop in new ways, as I am already open and willing to access my ability to be conscious and this ties in to the most recent awakin on week 8/8 and 8/15 of the small and the unknown to be a whole. Thank you!