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5

The Sojourn of a Beggar to the Abode of Love

 

BY LYN OTT

 

Dedicated to all lovers of God everywhere. In them do I believe.

 

 

PART I. GIFTS OF LOVE

 

GIFTS OF LOVE*

 

"Love is a gift from God to man.
Obedience is a gift from Master to man.
Surrender is a gift from man to Master.
 
" One who loves desires the will of the Beloved.
One who obeys does the will of the Beloved.
One who surrenders knows nothing but the will of the Beloved.
 
" Love seeks union with the Beloved.
Obedience seeks the pleasure of the Beloved.
Surrender seeks nothing.
 
" One who loves is the lover of the Beloved.
One who obeys is the beloved of the Beloved.
One who surrenders has no existence other than the Beloved.
 
"Greater than love is obedience.
Greater than obedience is surrender.
All three arise out of, and remain contained in,
the Ocean of divine Love. "
 
Meher Baba

 

When I went to India in 1965, I went for a specific reason. I understood inwardly why I went to India. I knew that I had come to receive the gift of love. It was very frightening for me, the prospect of receiving a gift of love from God. Who would not be afraid? I feared that I would be overpowered and destroyed by the gift, and I did not want that. Not even the saints want that and I am no saint. But I was not overpowered nor destroyed by meeting face to face the Divine Beloved. Baba held my face between His cool hands. It was a face flushed with the fever of anticipation.

 

*From The Everything and the Nothing.

 

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