Monday, June 30, 2008

Love Divine...

"To love another person is to see the face of God."
~~quote from the final scene of the musical Les Miserables

Just when I think my heart can contain no more, love finds me and opens me still further to all that is. I am in awe of the abundance of love I find dwelling in the deepest parts of my soul. When I stand back and look at myself loving another, I can understand why people believe in the idea of a god. Love does somehow seem so much bigger than us. It seems to engulf us and expand us all at once. The consuming fire and the cooling wave. The yin, the yang and all that lies between.

I see in the eyes of the beloved a divinity that cannot be defined, a nameless god, an altar to the sublime. And I will worship there all the days of my life.

tall penguin

4 comments:

jdbartlett said...

"It's that moment, that brief epiphany when the universe opens up and shows us something, and in that instant we get just a sense of an order greater than Heaven and, as yet at least, beyond the grasp of Stephen Hawking. It doesn't require worship, but, I think, rewards intelligence, observation and enquiring minds.

"I don't think I've found God, but I may have seen where gods come from."
-Terry Pratchett

I'm not sure it's beyond Steven Hawking; I think his zeal for science is rooted in it. Einstein certainly wrote about it, Richard Dawkins has written and spoken of it and called it a sort of pantheism. The world is simply awesome, and evolution has left us with a brain capable of amazing feats of pattern recognition. We're able to recognize at least a fraction of that awesomeness (the visible part of the spectrum is very small, after all), and our imagination sorts it into beautiful patterns.

Unfortunately, it's very hard to dignify this kind of feeling without some organized religion or another insisting that it's their god you can sense in your wonder. It's not. It's not any god. But it's definitely the place where gods come from.

Teaching Kids Yoga said...

"I see in the eyes of the beloved a divinity that cannot be defined, a nameless god, an altar to the sublime. And I will worship there all the days of my life."

What beautiful poetry!

There is Sikh Poet who sang:

Oh my beloved,
kindness of the heart
breath of life
I bow to you

Divine teacher,
beloved friend
I bow to you
again and again

I bowed my head to god
and god took all of me
every imperfection
god took all of me

Everyday
god lives and breathes through me
Looking in the mirror
I love you
Sweet God

(Snatam Kaur Khalsa from her Live in Concert Album)

I think it is worth wondering: if we are seeing the divine by loving others, they are seeing the divine by loving us.

What a state to see ourselves and love ourselves as divine - all our faults and victories also divine.

What a state that would be!

Thanks for sparking these thoughts.

tall penguin said...

"It's not any god. But it's definitely the place where gods come from."

Thank you for these beautiful quotes and words jd. It's strange that anyone would want to stake a claim on the divinity of love as the manifestation of their particular god. Love is so much bigger than anyone thing or entity. That is what makes it the most powerful force in the universe methinks.

"It doesn't require worship, but, I think, rewards intelligence, observation and enquiring minds."

These ephiphanous moments of complete surrender and sacredness are the gifts of the examined life, the reward for being present to all that is. I live for these moments of clarity and connectedness. I think we all do.

tall penguin said...

Thank you Aruna for sharing Khalsa's words. Beautiful.

"I think it is worth wondering: if we are seeing the divine by loving others, they are seeing the divine by loving us."

Yes, it is a beautiful unfolding exchange that is happening.

"What a state to see ourselves and love ourselves as divine - all our faults and victories also divine. "

If we could carry this awareness of divinity around with us every moment of every day, the world would be changed in ways we could only imagine. I'd like to see that world.