Q358. Is love just a label and not actually the true Self?

A. The truth is that there is nothing that is not the true Self. At the same time, it is also true that everything is an illusion. Whether everything is an illusion, or the true-self, depends on whether or not you can see it as it is. When you can see everything as it is, everything is the true-self, but when you can’t see things as they are, everything is an illusion.

 

When you can see things as they are, your love is the action of the true-self. Then your love is referred to as compassion, true love or wise love.

A couple enjoy the sunset off the Keralan coast, India.. Image shot 01/2007. Exact date unknown.

 

However, when you can’t see things as they are, both you and the object of your love are illusions. In other words, when you don’t know what you are and what the object of your love is, how can you say that you love someone or something without knowing who loves whom or what?

 

Then you are said to be attached to and deluded by an illusion, love, which can often lead you to frustration and unhappiness.

 

Student: “May I, as a practitioner, love?”

Master: “I don’t tell you to not love but advise you to know who loves whom.”

 

©Boo Ahm

 

All writing ©Boo Ahm. All images ©Simon Hathaway

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