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Time ~ & Appreciating the Love

Mar 26, 2017


LOTUS OF THE HEART

Living in LOVE beyond Beliefs

We Share One Life, We Are One Life

Who knows how my love grows?
Who knows where the time goes?

Once upon a time, an island existed where all feelings lived: Happiness, Sadness, and all others, including Love. One day, it was announced to the feelings the island would sink, so, all made boats and left, except for Love.

Love wanted to hold out until the last moment. When the island had almost sunk, Love asked for help.

Richness was passing by in a grand boat. Love asked, "Richness, can you take me with you?" Richness answered, "No, I canít. There's a lot of gold and silver in the boat. There's no place here for you."

Love decided to ask Vanity, who was, likewise, passing by and in a beautiful vessel. "Please, Vanity, help me!", cried out Love. To this Vanity said, "I canít help you, Love. You're all wet and might damage my boat."

Sadness passed close by, too, and Love asked, "Sadness, may I go with you?" "Love, I'd like to take you with me, but I'm so sad I need to be by myself."

Happiness passed by Love, and she was so happy she did not even hear when Love called out to her for help.

Suddenly, a voice was heard, "Come, Love, I'll take you with me." This voice was that of an elder. Love went with this elder, not knowing where they were going. When reaching dry land, the elder departed on his own way. Love, feeling so blessed and overjoyed, she forgot to find out who was the elder. So, Knowledge, also an elder, being on shore, Love asked the identity of the elder. Knowledge said, "Time." "Time?", asked Love. "But why did Time help me?" Knowledge smiled and answered, "For only Time is capable of understanding how valuable Love is."

The subject tonight is Love
And for tomorrow night as well,
As a matter of fact
I know of no better topic
For us to discuss
Until we all
Die!

*Hafiz (Sufi, c. 1320), "The Subject Tonight is Love," Trans. Daniel Ladinsky.

Love

©Brian Kenneth Wilcox 2017. Brian is a Hospice Chaplain, living out his vow to serve all living beings by serving those preparing to die and their friends and family. Brian lives a vowed life, alone in a quasi-hermitic life, and integrates varied religions, but most especially the contemplative paths of Buddhism and his native faith, Christianity. Brian received a 'mystical' Christ-experience at age 9, and was introduced to a peace untouched by pain and suffering. Later, in his mid-30s, after surviving a dark night of despair, Brian was vowed to a contemplative Christian way of life on St. Matthew's Feast day, 1995, by Greenbough House of Prayer, in Georgia, USA. This began many years of ardent reading, spiritual practice, and exploration of many spiritual paths, including publication of his book An Ache for Union: Poems on Oneness with God through Love. The Journey has led Brian to the joy beyond the ache, a contentment in experiential union with Grace. Brian lives with the affirmation that Love, not as emotion but Divine Presence, transcends all paths of religion and is our Source and Destination. As St. Paul writes in the Christian Bible, "Now remain always, faith, hope, and love, but the greatest of these is love." Peace to All!

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