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The Yoga of Love

The path of love versus the path of discipline

Let us compare the Path of Love with the path of self-discipline.

Generally, spiritual seekers consider discipline, especially self-discipline,

as the driving force of spiritual ascent. For example,

we rely on discipline to focus our mind and energy.

And we work hard to overcome the lower tendencies of the ego,

or at least we think we should. Discipline has a lot to say, but folks,

if you want to get your life in order and focus your mind, love works much better than self-discipline.

 

The Yoga of Love

The Yoga of Love

These great things that we as seekers strive for (focus, constancy, and a well-ordered life)

are nothing more than inherent properties of love. Consider this:

When people fall in love, that love begins to bring order to their lives,

almost immediately. It happens on practically every level.

They quickly change everything in their life, naturally and happily.

Well, when they’re in love, the giddiest people are suddenly perfectly focused on one point:

they focus on the loved one.

There can be no doubt that constancy is also achieved through the power of love.

The lower mind is naturally fickle.

And obviously, that is why a great effort must be made to discipline,

direct and reorient the mind. But the true heart is naturally constant.

You naturally focus on that thing and you don’t have to make an effort to keep your mind from wandering.

As you can see, the results of being in love double,

and even exceed, the results of disciplined attempts to put life in order.

Love achieves the goals of ordinary self-discipline and traditional spiritual effort:

focus, constancy, bringing life into perfect order, completely naturally. Effortless.

Happily. Ecstatic, even. And that is a statement that no ordinary self-discipline, traditional in nature, can make.

The Yoga of Love

The Yoga of Love

There is a value to self-discipline, to be sure.

But the kind of self-discipline that is a natural expression of love is more effective.

The usual egotistical-style approach to problem-solving is often so problematic

and problem-focused that it reinforces the problems.

Instead, love solves problems by seeing/being beyond them.

The effort is self-limited; love is Self-limited. Love moves mountains;

the effort moves mounds of sand. The effort overcomes some small challenges; Love conquers all.

Any life moved by love is focused, uplifting, caring.

Can there be any doubt that such a life is truly pious? Since God is love,

a life directed by love is Divinely directed, and not selfishly directed or selfishly “perfected.”

So we see a real difference between that discipline which exists in reaction to the ego

and that love which exists in response to life, and which is of the very nature of the heart.

They are two very different things.

The Yoga of Love
The Yoga of Love

A habitual spiritual effort is an act about the ego, embraced and performed by the ego.

It is a response to the Divine, even when it manifests in people, and it is a creative expression of the Divine.

The Yoga of Love

The true and natural path of the heart.

The Way of Love is quite natural to us, not in the sense that the survival instinct is “natural”,

but in the sense that love is inherent in who we are.

So we are talking about the nature of the heart.

No person in her right mind would claim to be hateful or evil at heart.

Every heart is warmed by an exchange of love, while it is bored by a mediocre exchange and cooled by an exchange of hate.

We love our true Self, we love everyone’s true Self and we love Divinity.

Ask anyone these questions, and you can verify this: “Do you love Divinity?

Do you love the Divinity that dwells in you, as you have seen it?

And do you love the God that is, the Divinity of all?

” both intuitively and through various kinds of experiences,

the beauty and power of the Godhead that he is, and the Godhead that they are.

And then you ask, “Do you love the egoic nature? Do you love the tendencies?

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