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Old 05-18-2017, 12:50 PM   #1
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Love is patient
love is kind
It does not envy
it does not boast
it isn't proud
love is not rude
It isn't self-seeking
it is not easily angered
It keeps no record of wrongs
love does not delight in evil
but it rejoices with the truth
it always protects
it always trusts, always hopes
It always perseveres
love never fails
love is everlasting
it's eternal
it goes on and on
it goes beyond time
Love is the only thing that will last when you die
But ask the question why
do you have love?

based on 1 Corinthians 13, from a song by Jason Ma. When I first heard this song, I thought about my mum. She epitomizes all of these qualities of love, except maybe the boasting of and pride in her son. lol...
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Old 05-20-2017, 05:31 PM   #2
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Thank you for posting this - it is so lovely, particularly the first two lines.

I would like to add to it a favorite of mine on a similar theme:

Kahlil Gibran on Love

When love beckons to you, follow him,
Though his ways are hard and steep.
And when his wings enfold you yield to him,
Though the sword hidden among his pinions may wound you.
And when he speaks to you believe in him,
Though his voice may shatter your dreams
as the north wind lays waste the garden.

For even as love crowns you so shall he crucify you. Even as he is for your growth so is he for your pruning.
Even as he ascends to your height and caresses your tenderest branches that quiver in the sun,
So shall he descend to your roots and shake them in their clinging to the earth.

Like sheaves of corn he gathers you unto himself.
He threshes you to make you naked.
He sifts you to free you from your husks.
He grinds you to whiteness.
He kneads you until you are pliant;
And then he assigns you to his sacred fire, that you may become sacred bread for God's sacred feast.

All these things shall love do unto you that you may know the secrets of your heart, and in that knowledge become a fragment of Life's heart.

But if in your fear you would seek only love's peace and love's pleasure,
Then it is better for you that you cover your nakedness and pass out of love's threshing-floor,
Into the seasonless world where you shall laugh, but not all of your laughter, and weep, but not all of your tears.
Love gives naught but itself and takes naught but from itself.
Love possesses not nor would it be possessed;
For love is sufficient unto love.

When you love you should not say, "God is in my heart," but rather, "I am in the heart of God."
And think not you can direct the course of love, for love, if it finds you worthy, directs your course.

Love has no other desire but to fulfill itself.
But if you love and must needs have desires, let these be your desires:
To melt and be like a running brook that sings its melody to the night.
To know the pain of too much tenderness.
To be wounded by your own understanding of love;
And to bleed willingly and joyfully.
To wake at dawn with a winged heart and give thanks for another day of loving;
To rest at the noon hour and meditate love's ecstasy;
To return home at eventide with gratitude;
And then to sleep with a prayer for the beloved in your heart and a song of praise upon your lips.

"Have you seen the stars tonight? Would you like to go up on a deck and look at them with me?" Paul Kantner
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Old 05-21-2017, 10:59 PM   #3
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That's beautiful poetry, DelSol! It kinda describes my marriage! Just kidding... I think.

On its face, love appears bi-polar in the dualistic sense. But when one meditates on it, it becomes clear truth. For to truly "love" someone is an act of God. And it makes me wonder how many of us can actually handle "being in love." It sure is kicking my ass, but I'm still standing.
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Old 05-22-2017, 08:01 AM   #4
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Yes, it seems to me human love is very dualistic, but divine Love is not. Marriage is such a wonderful tool for learning this! We must practice morphing the baser love we feel for our partners and families into a more unconditional kind and also extend that to friends, strangers and perceived enemies.

Gibran writes specifically about Marriage as well. It is quite beautiful!

On Marriage
Kahlil Gibran

You were born together, and together you shall be forevermore.
You shall be together when the white wings of death scatter your days.
Ay, you shall be together even in the silent memory of God.
But let there be spaces in your togetherness,
And let the winds of the heavens dance between you.

Love one another, but make not a bond of love:
Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls.
Fill each other's cup but drink not from one cup.
Give one another of your bread but eat not from the same loaf
Sing and dance together and be joyous, but let each one of you be alone,
Even as the strings of a lute are alone though they quiver with the same music.

Give your hearts, but not into each other's keeping.
For only the hand of Life can contain your hearts.
And stand together yet not too near together:
For the pillars of the temple stand apart,
And the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each other's shadow.
"Have you seen the stars tonight? Would you like to go up on a deck and look at them with me?" Paul Kantner
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