SEED QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION: What do you understand by the strong demanding love that the author talks about that is not "emotional bosh?" Can you share an experience of such love? What is a practical test that helps you check whether your work is filled with such love?
Wow! He said this...sorry for my ignorance. As I think of it, "I have a dream" speech is the only direct words from him that I have read. I thought I knew MLK Jr., read about him and watched documentary films. I was wrong. Thank you so much for this post.
The innate,intuitive and instinctive feeling of oneness with all living beings is demanding love.Its simply the manifestation of the existing nature of our very life force.The original quality of soul.Rarely when I happen to be one with my own self,I experience this love. As Kabir said " Hum sab mai,sab Hai Hum mai" is the test.No anger-hate-violence-ego.Every arising thought is Maitri Bhava.
For me, strong demanding love that is not emotional bosh is: accountable love, giving and receiving love, love that will bear change and disruption and last as love. Love that doesn't need from the 'other' or the 'you' in order to continue. Love that must be met. Love that fulfills itself in all things, not by preference or by prejudice. Love that must be, through it's own isness. Love that makes us our brother's keeper because we are our brothers, sisters, son, daughters, mothers, fathers, and friends, the kind of love that includes all faiths and all lack of faiths without discriminating between or comparing them, the kind of love that is exhausting and replenishing and most of all must give of itself to serve the whole of Loving.
I want to excavate the essence of LOVE in myself and find words expressing it ,beautifully warm and heart expanding and yet-- this elusive, shy role of my soul feels just a touch away when pursued consciously. And yet it is always there-- quite an enigma
The mundane act of just being in the many roles of human journey brings in the fragrance of love.
In my sixth decade, it is the recognition that love is the quiet presence of self which is yearning to overcome the illusion of separateness. IIn 2016 --- to my evolving with others in the game called LIFE or as this posting says-- LOVE!
My question is this: How does JUSTICE fit into all this? How do you "love" someone and still bring them to justice? I'm not advocating the death penalty, but how does a judge who assigns punishment (i.e. jail time) "love" the criminal? How do we "love" someone and still report their crime? We must have "rule of law" or we live in dangerous chaos. How to love at the same time?
Strong demanding love is loving everyone no exception. It is loving those who are challenging to love. It is loving those who hate, those who fear. It is loving ourselves as well; even the bits that we may feel are unloveable. I have felt this type of love several times and it brings my heart to almost bursting. I have felt it when sharing Free Hugs with homeless or with strangers on street corners. I have felt it when in a hospital in Kenya sitting with a dying child, my hand gently on her back rubbing small circles as I whispered a quiet story to her and tried to take some of her pain away. I have felt this love when speaking to my brother and mother with whom I have a challenging relationship due to their own fears and negativity; sometimes I can see beyond that into their hearts and see the wounds they are carrying. A practical test for me is reminding myself that we are all Tall Children and would I say or think what I'm carrying to a small child? It helps me to see the human being in front of me. Here's to love, may it always win.[Hide Full Comment]
This is a very inspiring testimony to the possibility of a person aligning with Divine Love. So uplifting and life-affirming. Thank you so much!
It takes time and much experience to develop the mind capacity to conceptualize this kind of Love. It takes a passion for the pursuit of truth, beauty and goodness. It also takes commitment to serve humanity, especially the most vulnerable. And since the most difficult human decision is to forgive others, it is the most important. More than anything, it builds and maintains relationships, the social core of the brotherhood and sisterhood of the human family.
It's in partnership with God when the soul grows best, and that's when all things become possible. Even the one day possibility of a worldwide recognition that God is Love and Father of us all.
True meaning of love is described here. Many other positive attributes are great if come from love but if do not come from love - likely to come from ego or other motives and so are nothing compared to love itself. Living as a source of love (being internally as love) and then doing all external tasks through this love seems to be a message from this. Great explanation of love!!
My understanding is that what Martin Luther King means by strong demanding love is love that is compassionate and genuine. This kind of love is an expression of one's truth and integrity. This kind of love is based on seeing myself and the other as one, no one better or worse, higher or lower than than other. With this love the other is seen and respected as equal. This kind of love puts the golden rule into action and I treat others as I want to be treated. This kind of love is not a superficial and transient infatuation or passing fancy, but a life commitment and posture. It is strong and demanding. Emotion may be involved in this kind of love, but it is deeper than just emotion, deeper than thinking, deeper than physical -- it comes from the soul. An experience of such love has been when I have spoken or acted with pure and total integrity independent of what others think or say. Honestly evaluating my motives in what I say and do helps me check whether my action is filled with such love. If I have an agenda or intention that I am trying to accomplish, it's time for me to be suspicious of what I am up to as the pureness of my love is likely diminished.[Hide Full Comment]
Love is the master key that opens the door for healing, harmonizing, nourishing, connecting, caring, enriching and uplifting. Love indeed i invokes the God Light, the God Truth and the God Peace in all of us. All traditions of wisdom, all highly evolved spiritual teachers all over the world have taught us the healing power of love by their examples. All of us have been blessed to have parents, siblings,friends, neighbors, teachers, farmers, workers, innovators, care takers and even strangers who have given us taste of unconditional love occasionally or on a consistent level. They are living examples of the kind of love Martin Luther King Jr is talking about so eloquently. Simple acts of kindness touch our hearts with love.Our thoughts, words and actions that harm us and harm others, deprive us and others from benevolence, hurt us and hurt others perpetuate the cycle of hatred and suffering. No violent actions are justified by quoting the name of God or by righteousness. History is full of wars fought in the name of God and by believing and stating God is on our side. And seeds of peace and good will are also planted and blossomed by people who relate to others like their sole brothers and sisters.
I myself and many others whom I know well have been blessed by having people who have showered their love on us on a regular basis. When I offer my service to others selflessly, I smell the fragrance of love, the taste of kindness, the sweetness of compassion and the touch of divinity. Usually, such acts happen. I do not plan them in advance.Being human, I run into helping hands when I need help. And people run into my helping hands when they need help.It is an everyday happening. My cup of life is filled when I reach out and help others and also when people reach out hold my feeble hands.
May we cultivate loving kindness in our hearts and create connectedness within ourselves and others by offering and receiving gifts of love!
Jagdish P Dave