Peace and the Ancient Traveler - (Yoga Meditation Newsletter)
- From: The Essence of Spiritual Life
By Swami Rama
Reprinted with permission of the Publisher
Copyright Himalayan Institute Hospital Trust
PEACE AND THE ANCIENT TRAVELER
Peace has perhaps never been experienced by the world. It is a narrow
gulf, a gap between two wars. As long as two diverse principles exist
in the universe, there can never be peace.
Peace is only an ambition, a desire, and a thought of those who do
not understand the diverse ways of the two principles in life and the
universe. Sages, having understood the Reality, have attained a state
of nonattachment and wisdom and remain unaffected by the turbulence
There is no other way for peace but to go to the deep silence where
She resides in Her Majesty, full of peace.
The Ancient Traveler:
The most ancient traveler in the universe is love. It is love that
travels from the unknown to the known, from eternity to eternity.
Those who want to realize the greatest delight should realize
themselves in others. This is the definition of true love.
The spirit of love is boundless and emancipates our being from
illusory bonds and superimpositions. It is unity that will lead us to
Truth. That which is the beginning and the end of the phenomenal
world is divine.
Loving somebody does not mean hating others. Remember this. If you
love somebody, that means loving all. Your love should travel toward
expansion, not toward contraction.
Learn to love others and demonstrate your love through selfless
action. This is very important. Try not to hurt others through
speech. Dark words have no capacity to contain real feeling and love,
for they are not containers. Love is immortal and needs an immortal
container. People say that it is expressed through the heart;
therefore, the heart is the center of love. I deny that. The soul,
actually, is the real container of love, for the soul alone is the
most ancient traveler, and so is love. They are one and the same.
There are two types of love: one can be expressed, and one can never
be expressed or explained. Anything that can be explained is not deep
love. Though we all try to express it in a million ways, it is in
There is only one Reality without second, without any space, time, or
causation. We call it love.
You talk of love. You always aspire to have love. You always want to
be loved. If you really want to know what love is, there are two
phrases: as life is to live, love is to give.
Usually love is mingled with selfishness. I need something, so I
say, "I love you." You need something, so you say you love me. This
is what we call love in the world. Real love is when you do actions
selflessly and spontaneously, and you don't expect any reward.
Reverence is the first rung on the ladder of love.
Love is not mere contemplation of the truth, but suffering for it.
Suffering is not punishment, but a reward and a gift of love. The
reward is received when you are no more there.
May we light the fire of love that burns out the ego and enables us
to pass from fearful fragmentation to fearless fullness in the
God bless you. God loves you, I love you, let you learn to love