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Dissertation on Love

by Meher Baba



Given early morning before breakfast on May 28, 1937, at the Nasik Retreat, India. The notes were taken down by Countess Nadine Tolstoy.


What is Love? To give and never to ask. What leads to this Love? Grace. What leads to this Grace? Grace is not cheaply bought. It is gained by being always ready to serve and reluctant to be served. There are many points which lead to this Grace:


  Wishing well for others at the cost of one's self.  
  Never backbiting,  
  Tolerance supreme.  
  Trying not to worry. Trying not to worry is almost impossible—so try!  
  Thinking more of the good points in others and less of their bad points.  


What leads to this Grace? Doing all the above. If you do one of these things perfectly, the rest must follow, Then Grace descends. Have Love—and when you have Love, the union with the Beloved is certain.


When Christ said, "Love your neighbor," he did not mean fall in love with your neighbor.


When you love, you give; when you fall in love, you want. Love Me in any way you like, but love Me. It is all the same. Love Me. I am pure, the Source of purity, so I consume all weaknesses in My fire of Love. Give your sins, weaknesses, virtues, all to Me—but give. I would not mind even one falling in love with Me—I can purify; but when you fall in love with anybody else, you cannot call it love. Love is pure as God. It gives and never asks; that needs Grace.


Yogis in the Himalayas, with their long eyelashes and long beards, medi­tating, sitting in Samadhi, they too, have not this Love . . . it is so precious. The mother dies for her child—supreme sacrifice, yet it is not Love. Heroes die for their country, but that is not Love.


Love! You know when you have Love. You cannot understand theoretically, you have to experience it.



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