Reposted from 8/6/07 post
on the Nisargadatta Yahoo group:
Re: Dr. Hawkins on Love.
There is absolutely nothing in ordinary
human experience to compare with the
joy of the presence of the Love of God.
No sacrifice is too great nor effort
too much in order to realize that
To understand the nature of God, it is
necessary only to know the nature of
love itself. To truly know love is to
know and understand God; and to know
God is to understand love.
The experience of the presence of God
is available and within at all times,
but awaits choice. That choice is made
only by surrendering everything other
than peace and love to God. In return,
the divinity of the Self reveals Itself
as ever present but not experienced
because it has been ignored or
forgotten, or one has chosen otherwise.
Spiritual truth, then, is universally
true and without variation through time
or place. It always brings peace,
harmony, accord, love, compassion, and
mercy. Truth can be identified by
these qualities. All else is the
invention of the ego.
Peace is literally a choice and a
decision, although not a popular one in
our society despite all the rhetoric
about the term. The decision to
overlook the seeming inequities of life
instead of reacting to them is a choice.
Q: What prayers are useful?
A: Ask to be the servant of the Lord,
a vehicle of divine love, a channel of
God's will. Ask for direction and
divine assistance and surrender all
personal will through devotion.
Dedicate one's life to the service of
God. Choose love and peace above all
other options. Commit to the goal of
unconditional love and compassion for
all life in all its expression and
surrender all judgment to God.
At first, spiritual purification seems
difficult, but eventually, it becomes
natural. To consistently choose love,
peace, or forgiveness leads one out of
the house of mirrors. The joy of God
is so exquisite that any sacrifice is
worth the effort and seeming pain.