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« on: Dec 29, 2017 07:22 am »

This is such a great read I will share a little bit encourage the full read whenever you find the time!

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Yes, we need human relationships, but human relationships alone are not enough. We also need an intimate relationship with the inner voice and inner guidance arising from the Divine Presence. Human relationships can help to meet our human needs, but no human relationship can ever equal the deep calm, peace and illumination of a personal relationship with the Divine Presence. Yet, all too often we find ourselves chasing after a more perfect human relationship, imagining that if only we had a new friend or a new lover, or if he/she was taller, or thinner, or wealthier, or more loving or more gentle or more appreciative or more supportive, then we would finally be happy.

But, alas, that is all nonsense, it is only the cluttered rambling of the superficial ego. Human beings, and human relationships, will always be imperfect. As a humorist once wrote:


You have two choices in life: You can stay single and be miserable or get married and wish you were dead.

H. L. Mencken


Our deepest needs such as our longing for pleasure, affection and esteem can only be reliably fulfilled through a healthy inner relationship with the Divine Presence. It is certainly true that in the presence of some people, or in some situations, we more easily experience the joyful serenity of the Divine Presence. But the wondrous beauty of such moments is not actually dependent upon that particular person or situation, it is entirely due to your awareness of some shimmering facet of the Divine Presence during that interaction.


A wife loves her husband not for his own sake, dear, but because of the Self that lives in him.

A husband loves his wife not for her own sake, dear, but because of the Self that lives in her.   ...

Everything is loved not for its own sake, dear, but because of the Self that lives in it.

Brihadaranyaka Upanishad, tr by Eknath Easwaran


The love, harmony and beauty which we long for in our life is ever-available in each moment of our life, and our enjoyment of it is only limited by our own ability to accept and embody the inner gift of the true Self, the Divine Presence, which constantly enfolds and supports us, even when we do not acknowledge it.

All of our human relationships will be even more beautiful if we can attune ourselves to the Divine Presence and carry the wonders of that magnificent presence into each moment of our human encounters. Rather than expecting to find peace and joy as a result of a specific human relationship, the greatest beauty will be found when one carries the loving-kindness of Divine Presence into that relationship. The resulting happiness, peace and satisfaction which you will be blessed with will be a measure of the flow of Divine Presence which you are giving, not what you are receiving from another person.

Rather than demanding that life must give to us some certain relationship, or some perfect human being, we must instead learn to see "How great Thou art!", and strive to simply be instruments of the ever-present, unlimited flow of Divine Presence, bringing love, harmony and beauty into the world, and accepting the fact that every human relationship will be, in some way, imperfect, yet delightful.

The work of the inner life is to make God a reality, so that He is no more an imagination; that this relationship that man has with God may seem to him more real than any other relationship in this world; and when this happens, then all relationships, however near and dear, become less binding. But at the same time, a person does not thus become cold; he becomes more loving. It is the godless man who is cold, impressed by the selfishness and lovelessness of this world, because he partakes of those conditions in which he lives. But the one who is in love with God, the one who has established his relationship with God, his love becomes living; he is no more cold; he fulfills his duties to those related to him in this world much more than does the godless man.

Every soul seeks for happiness, and after pursuing all the objects which for the moment seem to give happiness, it finds out that nowhere is there perfect happiness except in God.

The Unity of Religious Ideals, Hazrat Inayat Khan
http://wahiduddin.net/purpose/wedding_9.htm
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« Reply #1 on: Dec 30, 2017 01:36 pm »

Found this of interest because more and more thru this practice of meditation and seeking God i have found relationships less binding. I am able to more easily flow with circumstances as they come in and out of my life.


The work of the inner life is to make God a reality, so that He is no more an imagination; that this relationship that man has with God may seem to him more real than any other relationship in this world; and when this happens, then all relationships, however near and dear, become less binding. But at the same time, a person does not thus become cold; he becomes more loving. It is the godless man who is cold, impressed by the selfishness and lovelessness of this world, because he partakes of those conditions in which he lives. But the one who is in love with God, the one who has established his relationship with God, his love be
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