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When Teresa of Avila was asked what she did in prayer, she replied, ‘I just allow myself to be loved.’

Anthony de Mello, Sadhana, a Way to God

The world is indeed full of peril and in it there are many dark places. But still there is much that is fair. And though in all lands, love is now mingled with grief, it still grows, perhaps, the greater.

J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings (via exiled-elf)

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When I speak of love I am not speaking of some sentimental and weak response. I am not speaking of that force which is just emotional bosh. I am speaking of that force which all of the great religions have seen as the supreme unifying principle of life. Love is somehow the key that unlocks the door which leads to ultimate reality.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., 1967

Love is invincible facing danger and death.

Passion laughs at the terrors of hell.

The fire of love stops at nothing— it sweeps everything before it.

Flood waters can’t drown love, torrents of rain can’t put it out.

Love can’t be bought, love can’t be sold— it’s not to be found in the marketplace.

Song of Solomon 8:6-8, “The Message”

The finite in man longs for the Infinite. The love that moves the stars moves also the heart of man and a law of spiritual gravitation leads his soul to the Soul of the universe. Man sees the sun by the light of the sun, and he sees the Spirit by the light of his own inner spirit. The radiance of eternal beauty shines over this vast universe and in moments of contemplation we can see the Eternal in things that pass away.

Juan Mascaró, Introduction to his translation of The Bhagavad Gita

Come, dear lover—
let’s tramp through the countryside.
Let’s sleep at some wayside inn,
then rise early and listen to bird-song.
Let’s look for wildflowers in bloom, blackberry bushes blossoming white,
Fruit trees festooned with cascading flowers.
And there I’ll give myself to you,
my love to your love!

Song of Songs 7:9-12, The Message

His words are kisses,
his kisses words.

Song of Songs 5:15, The Message

Celebrate with me, friends!
Raise your glasses—“To life! To love!”

Song of Songs 5:1, The Message

Take me away with you!
Let’s run off together!
An elopement with my King-Lover!

We’ll celebrate,
we’ll sing,
we’ll make great music. Yes!

For your love is better than vintage wine.

Song of Solomon 1:4 The Message

Hello! Thank you for your constant widsom and good vibes across my Tumblr feed! I read a lot about "letting go of attachments" in meditation and Buddhism literature. How does this translate into attachments to say, your wife or your kids? How could you not feel attached to them?

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Thanks. There is a difference in love and attachment. We often we think we love something or someone, when in reality we are attached to them. We must love in such a way that those we love feel free. We don’t love them for what they can do for us or a need they satisfy in our lives. We love them just for who they are without expecting anything in return. We don’t twist or pull them to fit our image of who they are. It allows a spaciousness and a freedom to exist between you that allows both of you to be and to become.

Wisdom tells me I am nothing. Love tells me I am everything. Between the two my life flows.

Nisargadatta Maharaj

(This is why the practice of Buddhism and Yoga work for me.)

My lover is mine, and I am his.
Nightly he strolls in our garden,
Delighting in the flowers
until dawn breathes its light
and night slips away.
Turn to me, dear lover.

Song of Solomon 2:16, 17, The Message

Get up, my dear friend,
fair and beautiful lover—
come to me!

Look around you: Winter is over; the winter rains are over, gone!

Spring flowers are in blossom all over. The whole world’s a choir—and singing!

Song of Solomon 2:11-12, The Message

Look at him there,
on tiptoe at the gate,
all ears, all eyes—ready!

My lover has arrived and he’s speaking to me!

Song of Solomon 2:9-10 (The Messsge)

All I want is to sit in his shade,
to taste and savor his delicious love.

Song of Songs 2:3, The Message

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