WHAT IS LOVE?
They ask the question, “What is love?” on TV last week and all that the psychologist could come up with was that, “Philosophers have been trying to answer that question for thousands of years.” When you study esoteric science you sometimes wonder why you bother to watch TV and you think that you can spend your time better with a Blavatsky/AAB/DK book in bed. I thought that I could answer that question better than the poor sod on TV without going to the books. What would my answer be without going to the books if I have to answer it to a young person?
There is only one love, not many kinds of love, but one love with different progressive stages of that one love. It all depends where we are on our way of human-hood. First we have selfish love of self when we start to develop our brains as toddlers. When you’re young, [under 10 years old] and in school you fall in love for the first time with that beautiful creature of the opposite sex that is in the same class with you. Puppy-love… for a lot of people that is the nearest to real love because of its care-free innocence. Later, as we know, it gets more complicated, certain things happen to your body and you become aware of a thing called sex. You start to look at the opposite sex differently and you start to fall in love for different reasons by the time you are a teenager. By the time you reach your twenties that love is pure lust mixed up with a lot of other emotions but you still convince yourself it is love because you are so happy. By the time you reach your thirties this happy-love gets another quality added to it; Responsibility. You start to feel responsible for your loved-ones and you want to take care of them and you start to think less of your own needs. During your fourties you get mixed up in religion or spiritualism and you start to love everybody and everything, not just your family. Wisdom gets added to that love and become Christ-love. Later, much later it will become god-love or pure-love. I do not know what comes next, we can just speculate……this is just a simple explanation and it might not happen in the same order with everybody. Some people are born more mature.
For those of us that want some more I went to the little blue books [of AAB] and would like to add the following:
We get three expressions of love: Love in the Personality, Love in the Ego [soul], and Love in the Monad [spirit]. Love in the Personality is love in the three worlds; love in the Ego is love in the solar system, and all that it contains; while love in the Monad demonstrates a measure of cosmic love, and embraces much that is outside the solar system altogether….as evolution proceeds it shows itself as a gradual expansion of the love faculty, passing through the different stages……Love is not a sentiment or an emotion, nor is it desire or a selfish motive for right action in daily life. Love is the wielding of the force which guides the worlds and which leads to the integration, unity and inclusiveness which impels Deity itself to action. Love is a hard thing to cultivate; it is a difficult thing to apply to all conditions of life, and its expression will demand of you the utmost you have to give, and the stamping out of your selfish personal activities…..the chains of love unite the world of men and the world of forms and they constitute the great chain of the Hierarchy. The spiritual effort you are asked to make is that of developing yourself into a vibrant and powerful centre of that fundamental, universal love.
It is not easy to approach the tremendous problem of the place love places in the evolving scheme of things as understood by three-dimensional man. Much light comes if we can ponder deeply on the three expressions of love: Love in the Personality, Love in the Ego, and Love in the Monad. Love in the Personality gradually develops through the stages of love of self, pure and simple and entirely selfish, to love of family and friends, to love of men and women, until it arrives at the stage of love of humanity or group love consciousness which is the predominant characteristic of the Ego. A Master of Compassion loves, suffers with, and remains with His kind and with His kin. Love in the Ego gradually develops from love of humanity into love universal-a love that expresses not only love of humanity, but also love of the deva evolutions in their totality, and of all forms of divine manifestation. Love in the Personality is love in the three worlds; love in the Ego is love in the solar system, and all that it contains; whilst love in the Monad demonstrates a measure of cosmic love, and embraces much that is outside the solar system altogether.
The Law of Love is in reality but the law of the system in demonstration on all the planes. Love was the impelling motive for manifestation, and love it is that keeps all in ordered sequence; love bears all on the path of return to the Father’s bosom, and love eventually perfects all that is. It is love that builds the forms that cradle temporarily the inner hidden life, and love is the cause of the disruption of those forms, and their utter shattering, so that the life may further progress. Love manifest on each plane as the urge that drives the evolving Monad onwards to its goal, and love is the key to the deva kingdom, and the reason of the blending of the two kingdoms eventually into the divine Hermaphrodite. Love works through the concrete rays in the building of the system, and in the rearing of the structure that shelters the Spirit, and love works through the abstract rays for the full and potent development of that inherent divinity. Love demonstrates, through the concrete rays, the aspects of divinity, forming the persona that hides the one Self; love demonstrates through the abstract rays in developing the attributes of divinity, in evolving to fullest measure the kingdom of God within. Love in the concrete rays leads to the path of occultism; love in the abstract rays leads to that of the mystic. Love forms the sheath and inspires the life; love causes the logoic vibration to surge forward, carrying all on its way, and bringing all too perfected manifestation.
On the astral plane, the home of desires, originate those feelings which we call personal love; in the lowest type of human being this shows itself as animal passion; as evolution proceeds it shows itself as a gradual expansion of the love faculty, passing through the stages of love of mate, love of family, love of surrounding associates, to love of one’s entire environment; patriotism gives place later to love of humanity, often humanity as exemplified in one of the Great Ones. The astral plane is, at the present time, the most important for us, for in desire-not corrected or transmuted-lies the difference between the personal consciousness and that of the Ego. [A Treatise on Cosmic Fire, p593.]
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