originally posted by: ChesterJohn
a reply to: namelesss
No, Jesus said it would be "their love for one another" not unconditional love, that people would know them by.
Then you miss the entire message in your fundamentalist dependence on every word being 'true' and literally interpreted!
That was the Pharisee's problem, also!
It is you who are clueless, blinded by the words in a predominately fictional book, and the vanity of your 'beliefs'!
Had you ever actually experienced unconditional Love, you'd Know (only by experience), rather than depending on the book for validations of your
imaginary (vain) concepts ('belief infection')..
True, unconditional Love is ALWAYS recognized by It's unconditional Virtues; Compassion, Empathy, Sympathy, Gratitude, Humility, Charity ('Charity' is
never taking more than your share of anything, ever!), Honesty, Happiness, Faith...
That is exactly what Jesus lived/preached/taught!
That is the transcendence that resolves all 'laws' of the Bible, all 'rituals' and 'practices' (all vanity, all 'conditional')!
Any 'words' in your book that say differently, are obsolete crap and need to be excised!
Time to trim all the holy crap that you folks use to validate your judgmental hatefulness!
Vainly blinded to unconditional Love!
That is what 'sin' does, it blinds you to unconditional Love!
You seem to not mind being unconditionally Loved by your Jesus ("Just as I Am!"), yet you argue against it for others, from your selfish vanity...
It is alright for Jesus to Love you, dirty wretch that you are (or don't you believe the bible when it tells you THAT?), but damn those gays and
atheists and Muslims and Nazis and Catholics and Brooklynites and, and, and... there is no end to the vanity of your 'conditional' Pride!
No 'Gratitude', or any of the other unconditional Virtues that are displayed in unconditional Love!
Here's something that might be of value, if you aren't too ego (vanity)-bound!;
Shams of Tabriz’s 40 Rules of Love
How we see God is a direct reflection of how we see ourselves. If God brings to mind mostly fear and blame, it means there is too much fear and blame
welled inside us. If we see God as full of love and compassion, so are we.
The path to the Truth is a labour of the heart, not of the head. Make your heart your primary guide! Not your mind. Meet, challenge and ultimately
prevail over your nafs with your heart. Knowing your ego will lead you to the knowledge of God.
You can study God through everything and everyone in the universe, because God is not confined in a mosque, synagogue or church. But if you are still
in need of knowing where exactly His abode is, there is only one place to look for him: in the heart of a true lover.
Intellect and love are made of different materials. Intellect ties people in knots and risks nothing, but love dissolves all tangles and risks
everything. Intellect is always cautious and advices, ‘Beware too much ecstasy’, whereas love says, ‘Oh, never mind! Take the plunge!’
Intellect does not easily break down, whereas love can effortlessly reduce itself to rubble. But treasures are hidden among ruins. A broken heart
Most of problems of the world stem from linguistic mistakes and simple misunderstanding. Don’t ever take words at face value. When you step into the
zone of love, language, as we know it becomes obsolete. That which cannot be put into words can only be grasped through silence.
Loneliness and solitude are two different things. When you are lonely, it is easy to delude yourself into believing that you are on the right path.
Solitude is better for us, as it means being alone without feeling lonely. But eventually it is the best to find a person who will be your mirror.
Remember only in another person’s heart can you truly see yourself and the presence of God within you.
Whatever happens in your life, no matter how troubling things might seem, do not enter the neighbourhood of despair. Even when all doors remain
closed, God will open up a new path only for you. Be thankful! It is easy to be thankful when all is well. A Sufi is thankful not only for what he has
been given but also for all that he has been denied.
Patience does not mean to passively endure. It means to look at the end of a process. What does patience mean? It means to look at the thorn and see
the rose, to look at the night and see the dawn. Impatience means to be shortsighted as to not be able to see the outcome. The lovers of God never run
out of patience, for they know that time is needed for the crescent moon to become full.
East, west, south, or north makes little difference. No matter what your destination, just be sure to make every journey a journey within. If you
travel within, you’ll travel the whole wide world and beyond.
The midwife knows that when there is no pain, the way for the baby cannot be opened and the mother cannot give birth. Likewise, for a new self to be
born, hardship is necessary. Just as clay needs to go through intense heat to become strong, Love can only be perfected in pain.
The quest for love changes user. There is no seeker among those who search for love who has not matured on the way. The moment you start looking for
love, you start to change within and without.
There are more fake gurus and false teachers in this world than the number of stars in the visible universe. Don’t confuse power-driven,
self-centered people with true mentors. A genuine spiritual master will not direct your attention to himself or herself and will not expect absolute
obedience or utter admiration from you, but instead will help you to appreciate and admire your inner self. True mentors are as transparent as glass.
They let the light of God pass through them.
Try not to resist the changes, which come your way. Instead let life live through you. And do not worry that your life is turning upside down. How do
you know that the side you are used to is better than the one to come?
God is busy with the completion of your work, both outwardly and inwardly. He is fully occupied with you. Every human being is a work in progress that
is slowly but inexorably moving toward perfection. We are each an unfinished work of art both waiting and striving to be completed. God deals with
each of us separately because humanity is fine art of skilled penmanship where every single dot is equally important for the entire picture.
It’s easy to love a perfect God, unblemished and infallible that He is. What is far more difficult is to love fellow human being with all their
imperfections and defects. Remember, one can only know what one is capable of loving. There is no wisdom without love. Unless we learn to love God’s
creation, we can neither truly love nor truly know God.
Real faith is the one inside. The rest simply washes off. There is only one type of dirt that cannot be cleansed with pure water, and that is the
stain of hatred and bigotry contaminating the soul. You can purify your body through abstinence and fasting, but only love will purify your heart.