You Who Marry Today (Continued)
with his whispered heart doctrine of, YOU ARE BECAUSE I AM, a marriage was a license to wash dirt on a worked-out gold field and a wedding as a well-wishing in the labour by those who had panned small or no gold in their lifetime. But we have found gold in the dust of his Feet and so have thrown away our picks and shovels and washing-pans.
Fortunate were the people who had traditions that were not burdens; but more fortunate are we who were born outside of tradition, for we are also outside allegiance to authority ignorant of divine truths and spiritual law. In place of that authority we have the living word of God-Man to obey.
Marriage is both a settled way of life and a journey to unknown places, based upon honesty of motive and mutuality of consideration which distinguishes it sharply in tone, tenure and texture from casual relationships that have no motive other than self-gratification and no consideration beyond the passing moment. (It is an exercise in oneness, the blessedness of doing things together within the context of the whole human endeavor. But too often the wide landscape of humanity can shrink to the few shrubs and the patch of grass of 'we and the others'; 'theirs and ours', if not a straight out 'us versus the rest'.
Really doing it together means doing it for the divine Beloved — for together, without him, is two errors trying to make a right, two zeros hoping to add up to one.
You who marry today in the Beloved's name, do not even have to carry the burden of hope — for he who the generations in their travail and misery hoped would come, has come and will be with you to the end of your lives. You have only, hand in hand, to find his house in Love Street, kiss the threshold and to hold out to him the empty cups of your hearts and he, the Beloved of all beautiful unions, will fill them with the wine of his Truth.
Your only problem is how to empty your hearts so that you can obtain that wine — for the Beloved does not pour the precious wine of divine union into glasses that have not been thoroughly washed of the cheap drinks of self-desires.
The Beloved of beloveds has brought you dear ones of His together so that together you can set about this work of glass washing in right earnest — that is His blessing to you — because it is so much easier for two to work together than each on his own.
God made the world out of opposites; and the most perfect opposites are a man and a woman; and being perfect they alone of all the creatures of creation are capable of total union. Animals have their loves, and plants their affinities and the stars attract and repel one another; but only in man can love be fully expressed, for man has that full consciousness by which he can realize that he is in the Image of God. This realization comes by the Grace of the Beloved; but love has given us the work of making our hearts empty to receive that Grace: that it will be poured into the glasses of our own particular heart shapes. This emptying can only be done through love and service.
You who marry today do not have the burden of dead tradition and pathetic hopes to carry. Beloved Baba in His loving-kindness has given us the