Nature of Love: Real love is bestowed and cannot be created

 

Baba in Nasik

On Sunday, 30 March 1930, Shroff brought his family and friends to Nasik to see Baba who expounded on the nature of love to them:

Love me and you will know me; but I am such a Reality that it is extremely difficult to know me. The price is love. No repetition of God’s name, no penance and no meditation is necessary — only love, and such love that it annihilates your ego. This means your love should be so deep that it makes you forget yourself and the world. This experience will leave you desireless, dazed and confounded. This is real love.

You have feeling for me in your hearts, and because of it you may remember me often during the day, but you do not continuously. This feeling or devotion, though good, is not love. It should not be mistaken for love, because that real love to see and know God cannot be created. It has to be bestowed. It is bestowed through the grace of the Master, and such grace is conferred on a very, very lucky few.

Still, don’t be discouraged. Although you do not have the love that is needed, you have deep feeling for me. Try always to remember me and to speak of me. This is the best beginning — the determination to be ready to receive the Master’s grace. If this continues, a day will come when you will be the lucky one to receive the great gift — the bestowal of my love. To be ready, perpetuate this feeling in your heart and increase it, making it deeper and deeper.

-www.lordmeher.org, p1157
Mar, 1930; Nasik

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