The Love-Within Personalreligion
Our focus now is inward to be outward
by transforming the predominance
of our self-love to our Love-self.
Love endows us with a sort of personal religion;
we respect another live within ourselves.
- Honoré de Balzac
LOVE AS THE ESSENCE OF RELIGION
I:1 Consider that there were a religion based solely on Love as the bond of unity within us and within all else, and that can be experienced transconsciously a Love-within religion.
I:2 Consider further that this love-within religion were based on the root meaning of the word "religion" which has its French derivation religare, meaning 'to tie back, tie up, tie fast; fasten . . . (re-RE + lig + bind, tie),' and understood to mean the linking of the human and the Divine.
I:3 And relatedly, that the word 'dharma' in Hindu and Buddhist tradition derives from the Sanskrit word "dharan", meaning 'something that holds together'; and that this Latin root 'religio,' meaning "to link-back" to the spirit is the identical meaning of the word "yoga" which comes from the Sanskrit "Yuj;" i.e., "to yoke" to the spirit In other words: "to bind or unite; or that which binds one back to one's origin. Thus religion means 're-union with God'."
I:4 To consider further the Latin root of the word religio, "to link back" that is, to link the human back to its spiritual root we find that wisdom is the guide through which we are able to link back to our essential,spiritual, root: Love.
I:5 Accordingly, It is through the way of religion, then, that connects, binds, us to our spirituality, our divinity: Love; and it is through wisdom that guides us to and through, this binding.
I:6 Regarding Love's spiritual significance, we can transfer the philosophical, or metaphysical, meaning of love into a religiously spiritual context; in which case, we have the familiar statement "God is love." If love is the bond of all unity, and God is love, then, of course, God is the bond of all unity. The essential word here is "bond".
I:7 Considering that God is spiritual in the religious sense of the word "spiritual," then, Love, is essentially spiritual; and accordingly, I will continue to capitalize the word as such when used in this spiritual context.
II:1 Given all these conditions, we would then have an all-encompassing religion that would be both realistic and ideal, thus satisfying the two sides of our human nature: our humanness and our transcendence.
II:2 We must keep in mind the human part of us regarding this love-wisdom reli- gion; in which case, Love diversifies into human love, transcendent love, and human-transcendent love the balance between the two.
II:3 Would not this be a religion that would satisfy the receptive humanist, if not the open-minded agnostic, and even the soft-core atheist; especially if we added further that this religion is individualistic and companionable, not organizational; is exclus- ive of ritual, dogma, catechism, dignitaries, myth, miracles, theology; has psycholo- gy, philosophy, and science on its side. Accordingly, this Love-within religion more precisely, would be considered a personal, or self, religion rather than a collaborative institutional religion.
II:4 And would not this religion restore the good name to religion, which has lost its role and meaning to so many people.
II:5 For consider: as Love is the essence of all religions whether it is called God or Allah, or Brahma, or whatever else our Love-within religion would not conflict in any way with other religions; it would only amplify, clarify, essentialize, them. In this sense, then, religion is or should be spiritually, essentially, expressed.
II:6..Love is so essential, so crucial, to our lives, and to life itself, that, if for no other reason, it is incumbent upon us to make a religion of it in order to keep in touch with its essence, its divinity; and this 'in-touch-with' is the mystic aspect of this religion.
II:5 Jesus taught, lived, and experienced, Love in both its human and transcend- ent embraces, and died for it; and so, he belongs to all mankind as an avatar the ava- tar to Christians of Love. Buddha, the same, in his way, and all the other avatars down through the ages in their ways. His humanistic love wisdom all Christians are familiar with through the Christian religion; his transcendent Love wisdom that the kingdom of God is within us - however, they are not so familiar with, for reasons I need not explain here. This transcendent Love wisdom Christ expounds indirectly in his parables, and directly in his overt statements, however sparse they were. They establish the basis of the Love-within statements of which I expound.
III:1 This Love-within religion, as said, has a psychology, a philosophy, and a wis- dom, as its underpinnings. As such, psychology is concerned with our humanness; philosophy with our transcendence, and wisdom with our human-transcendence.
III:2 Here is our humanness in its broadest aspects: our pleasures and pains, our wants and needs, our self. Here is our transcendence in its broadest aspects: truth, right, understanding, grace, and being.
III:3 Our humanness keeps us grounded to life; our transcendence inspires us be- yond life, and our human-transcendence guides us through life.
III:4 As we are both humanly bound and transcendently free, the best we can do in our human state is to strike a balance between our humanness and our trans- cendence through a human-transcendent wisdom; or simply, human-transcend- ence.
III:5 Human-transcendence, then, is the wisdom aspect of this love-within relgion. The Love aspect of it is the source of this wisdom: that which makes us wise both humanly and transcendently.
III:6 In sum, then, The mystic experience is the foundation of this love-within reli- gion; Love, its source; and wisdom its guide through both our humanness and our transcendence, and the balance between the two in respect to our individual adap- tability.
V:1 To take the basis of this love-within religion conceptually one step further into the unknown, into the void, so to speak, we have to ask the ultimate question as to its source: "What is the meaning of it all'?" And to avoid traversing in circles, the answer is simply: Meaning.
V:2 If it is the case that everything has meaning, then the meaning of everything from part to the whole is Meaning.
V:3 If then Love is the bond of unity from part to the whole then Meaning is what necessitates this bond of unity.
V:4 And further, if it is the case that God is Love, then the Godhead, in the words of the mystics, is Meaning.
V:5 Accordingly, our Love-within religion is underpinned by the oneness of Love as the bond of unity; the wisdom of human-transcendence as the synapse, as it were, between our humanness and our transcendence (Love); and Meaning as the source of both Love and wisdom.
V:6 As regards our human relationship between these three ultimates of reality, we might say that wisdom is our humanity, Love is our divinity, and Meaning is our
VI:1 The individual concepts of this love-within religion; that is, Love, wisdom, Meaning, the mystic experience, and religion, are written and quoted separately in the following notes and verse-couplets by myself and by others. These, in turn are followed by e-books and other contents on this site, as related to our conscious transformation informing the ideas and ideals of which can be assimilated in each sincere, sensitive individul by living them in relation to this love-within religion; i.e. Transconsciousness.
VI:2 Love in its creative human meaning is an affectionate bond of compassionate unity; In its destructive human meaning is a bond without affection nor compassion.
VI:3 Love in its universal, oneness, meaning is the bond of unity.
VI:4 Whatever exists, from an atom to a star, from an amoeba to a human, is bound, bonded, by love into a unitive whole. Hence, Love, as the essence of our being, of all being, is a metaphysical God and not an anthropomorphic God, except as it exist essentially in man.
VI:5 This bond, this love, we can categorize into three main branches: transcendent love, human love, and human-transcendent love.
Human love can be subdivided into self-love, erotic love, vital love, and nihilistic love - summed up as our humanness.
Transcendent love can be subdivided into love-as-essential being, love-as-God, and love-as-divine summed up as our transcendence.
Human-transcendent love can be subdivided into humanistic love, ideal love, and selfless love summed up as our human-transcendence.
VI:6 Love, then, in these three senses is not only the meaning of our life, but the meaning of the world; in which case, it can be called Love-Oneness in the abstract, and our Love-Divinity in the personal.
VI:7 To view love in this threefold sense as Love-Oneness is the source of our conscious transformation.
VI:8 This conscious transformation in us, and in others, takes place by being aware of love in all senses of the word: human, transcendent, and human-transcendent, and acting accordingly wisdom.
VI:9 Wisdom is the median, the synapse, as it were, between our humanness (the human-in-us) and our transcendence (the divine-in-us).
VI:10 The psychological sciences psychology, psychiatry, psychoanalysis, therapy, et al attempt to lead us to an understanding of our humanness. wisdom takes us to the next level by bridging our humanness to our transcendence. It attempts to answer not only the "why" but the "wherefore."
VI:11 Religion makes that bridge between our humanness and transcendence pri- marily through faith. Wisdom, on the other hand, appeals to reason or more to our point, understanding: understanding of both our humanness and transcendence
for that bridging.
VI:12 Where the psychological sciences are concerned mainly with human matters, and religion, primarily with transcendent, or spiritual matters; wisdom, on the other hand, concerns itself with both sides of our nature-compare Aristotle's analysis of practical and contemplative wisdom.
VI:13 Now as the psychological studies of man have been systemized into sciences, and religions systemized into theologies and rituals and devotion; wisdom requires the services of philosophy to systemize it into a coherent integral whole. Philosophy is the ideal medium for this task, since its etymolo- gical meaning is "love of wis- dom." Philosophy, we might say, figuratively, is the sister of wisdom.
VI:14 Wisdom, through philosophy, makes good use of the psychological sciences for its human insights and judgments, and of religion for its transcendent insights and councils.
VI:15 Now the first task of philosophy, in this realm of wisdom, is to order the overall randomness of wisdom's truths, or eternal verities, into a semantics of contemporary meaning; first, into its practical meaning, then into its transcendent meaning, however sketchy and vague these meaning are. Wisdom, by its very nature is really, in the end, most elusive to us; and we can only do our best with what we have, which is not very much other than images, and the like.
VI:16 Practically, wisdom means the "quality of being wise; knowledge of what is true and right coupled with just judgment as to action; it means sagacity, discern- ment, or insight."
VI:17 Meaning inheres in, manifests itself through, Love.
VI:18 Love imparts unity, and Meaning imparts Love.
VI:19 Love binds the world as it is according to its ultimate Meaning.
VI:20 Though Love keeps the world as it is, Meaning keeps Love as it is.
VI:21 Love is that everything is as it is; Meaning is why everything is as it is.
VI:22 Meaning: the Meaning of everything.
VI:23 Meaning is/is-not everything.
VI:24 The meaning of Meaning in a word: Meaning.
VI:25 Meaning: the ultimate mysterium of everything.
VI:26 Were we to ask, "What is the meaning of Meaning," we would find ourselves moving in a circle going quite nowhere. We could only keep answering: meaning.
VI:27 The "scheme of things," The "nature of reality," and all such phrases, are familiar substitutes for "the "meaning of . . ."
VI:28 That our life has meaning: our dread and anguish if it doesn't.
VI:29 Self-love: so that our life is to mean something.
VI:30 All that we do or think has meaning-whether we know it or not.
VI:31 As life has its meaning, however unfathomable that meaning is to us, so our life has meaning.
VI:32 That we mean something is our share in Meaning itself however insignifi- cant our share may seem to us.
VI:33 We strive and struggle to put meaning into our life so to be in touch with the meaning of life itself; though we have no idea that that is our passion. Perhaps one day we will have that idea.
VI:34 My meaning is Meaning; is essentially Meaning, to be more precise.
VI:35 Though I may be of little consequence in life, I am of all consequence in Meaning.
VI:36 My "lowly" meaning in relationship to all Meaning is that I fit into the total existential mosaic. I play my part in the scheme of things, however insignificantly to my perspective.
VI:37 From good to evil, from love to hate, from the sublime to the ridiculous, from the ordinary to the bizarre, all that we do and think in our interest and concern is that our life be meaningful, that we matter in some way - and so, that we are loved; or at least needed.
VI:38 A person will kill for love; and that is the evil (destruction) inherent in love.
VI:39 Our pursuit of God is no less nor more than, is ultimately, our pursuit of Meaning.
VI:40 If God is Love, then the Godhead, of which the mystics speak, is Meaning.
VI:41 Though I may conceive Meaning, though I may intuit It, even experience It, I nevertheless can never understand Its eternal infinitude.
VI:42 We can know of Meaning; but can never know It at least in our present form of consciousness.
VI:43 Meaning is "behind the scenes," so to speak of the modes of Love that we conceive, such as, order, essence, being, substance, and the like.
VI:44 Love is my divinity, whereas Meaning is my sanctity. And why "my divinity"? Because of its pure oneness of everything. And why "my sanctity"? Because it is the that love is pure oneness Remember "I am that I am."
VI:45 Religion proper consolidates transcendent, or spiritual, matters.
VI:46 Pay no attention to religion as this or that, as harmful or beneficial; it is the spirituality of religion with which we are conscerned; the spirituality that abides in us and in everything.
VI:47 Religion, we might say, is the home of Love.
VI:48 Religion is the human structure of Love.
VI:49 Without religion as the ballast of our life, we flounder about ever seeking answers and stability and peace of mind to little or no avail.
VI:50 When fear grips us on the sudden, religion's undercurrents take over for us.
VI:53 How many vows and resolves on our own have we made to little or no avail, until finally we give up! Yet the great poet-playwright, Shakespeare, says it best in response: "It is religion that doth make vows kept."
VI:54 Religion in its essentiality faces change that we would rather not face.
VI:55 Religion fortifies us against the storm of our passions.
VI:56 Yes, we have to die and leave life behind; but religion promises Life within death; or otherwise stated, death preceeds life.
VI:57 We live between good and evil; but religion sets us within and beyond good and evil.
VI:58 Institutional religions centers God beyond us; our Love-Within religion centers God within us.
VI:59 Institutional religions expounds the name "God" as the spirit of the World; our Love-Within religion names this spirit "Meaning."
VI:60 Religion joins us, the best it can in life, with others of similar values.
As the Name of this Love-within Relgion
Something has happened to me today
I'm glowing beyond my feet of clay.
This epiphany I'm to always remember
and its ensuing religious stir.
That God I found in my mind's own soul
as one transconsciousness whole.
This Experience I've had long ago
not realizing what now I know:--
That my pure conscious bliss Immersion
is my God/Love-within's unison.
I gloried in the realization
that there was I as personal Son.
And all that I write here in scriptural style
bears witness to what I need to reconcile;
and that is: what I was before this day
is that I've become worthy, I can say.
Especially that I can now be alone
not having tensions that keep me blown.
Though I may not feel my soul's presence,
I'll think to be with its spiritual essence.
Thus my thought will be equanimity,
calm, quiet, strong, enduring staunchly.
Now I know things will fall into place
with my insight that Consciousness is in space.
Though self-consciousness will return its rule,
I no longer will be its impulsive fool.
For another dimension I have found
inward to me with no limited bound
Where I'll be amidst life's "sound and fury"
with hardly a self-interest worry.
All is not yet said in my quest for Me
beyond my living self where I just Be.
My self all entangled in ego and id
can hardly hope from them to be outbid
whether by Christ, Krishna, Buddha or Zen;
prayer, meditation, Om, or amen.
So, it seems I'm back where there I sought
the connection of my mind without thought.
Its whereabouts, yes, I know It's There;
my connection to It, though, seems Elsewhere.
Experience of It, I know is rare:
does not happen through forms of prayer,
on our knees, or cross-legged in meditation,
or yoga, fasting, or otherwise hard-won;
but It comes through Grace when sparked to give
Itself to anyone who is "positive".
By "positive" I know for this sure:
that we must be clean-mindedly pure;
not the monkish virtues meant to pain
us for heavenly rewards to gain;
but to live the love of goodness as best
we can, and to lessen all the self's rest.
And by "love of Goodness" I mean not only
moral and spiritual, but of glee,
with natures' ways of not only good
but of evil's intentions understood.
So I want my love of goodness to be
both human and transcendent for me.
Yet with my transcendence as ascendant,
as I know it can be for me to be blunt;
but inconsistently, I must admit;
which forms the patterns in my mind to fit.
I need something to remind me of its Source,
and to stay true to its Meaning's course:
A word, a phrase, something that unifies
my conscious self to my transconscious rise.
My conscious self is psychological;
my transconscious self sets beyond my skull.
This much I've shown in verses above:
that transconsciousness is none other than Love.
And so must consciousness and its other forms
be all akin as Transconscious norms.
Now I may have my quest at its end
In formulating my transconscious Friend.
And here it is as I assert humbly:
Self-love defines us psychologically
And just as humbly this too I assert:
it is our Love-self self-love as obvert
that surely defines us transconsciously
Self-love as I'm bound; Love-self: as I'm free.
Self-love, I'll leave as it is for now
and concern myself with the Love-self vow
to keep my self-love in check and intact,
under their understood balanced pact,
which is: both have their natural share
in giving to each other with good to spare:
to balance fairly our humanity
its weaknesses and strengths ordinarily.
The balance of which I speak is a new
form of wisdom, effective and true
that balances our humanness and
transcendence as both ordinary and grand.
For those, however, myself as one,
who aspire to shine or burn like a sun,
their transcendence must outshine their humanness;
their far reach cannot, nor never, be less.
For those, and myself do I appeal
to offer this wisdom to guide what they feel:
To do right for their individuality
that keeps them closely to their true Me.
Assuming then that we need to transcend
our self-concerns for our higher end,
That is our Love-self to take precedence
over self-love where mostly it makes sense.
And this is where wisdom's judgment takes place
in matters where reason wins the case.
But where the emotions take on fire
reason's wisdom and care weakly retire.
My everlasting need is to know
why all that IS, above and below.
Love from Meaning is my God of al;l
my comfort I know will never pall.
But what is missing I have to say
perplexes me always from day to day.
And that is the link from God to me --
Is that an actual reality?
And though Love and Unity are said to be
the oneness that God is linked to me;
Whether either link is true or not
no feeling moved me even a jot.
And feelings have this much to mean:
without them, mind is as grass ungreen.
So how do I palpitate my mind to feel
God "out there" is God "in here" with zeal?
Years had gone by with this quest in mind:
How to discover this golden find.
And then in an unexpected flash
It struck me; and all doubts left at a dash:
That God within our mind's abyss
Is no other than our pure-conscious-bliss.
Then I knew I found the key once and for all
why our God-within is what others extol.
And those others who "Experienced" It
attest to even less than they could admit.
And this Kingdom is Conscioussness-Itself
in our own mind's effulgent Lit-Self.
Then there's the golden chamber of Gita's Place
that lies behind the eyes of our face.
And Rumi's glorious poems of Love
Inspire us from below to above.
And Moses' Decalogue from God
Enlightens the Way where we must trod.
And Buddha's compassion and eight-fold ways
Are pure Conscious's enlightened rays.
And Zen's no-thought keys us into our Light:
imperceptible to outward sight.
And LaoTzu's enigmatic Nameless-None
is the Light of our own inward Sun.
With God in my mind in faith and belief,
old habits dispel much to my relief.
And pleasures that pained me habitually
are now easier to bear courageously.
And what I've feared to do or not
with my God-within I care hardly a jot.
The person I've always wanted to be
seems now a gathering possibility.
And now to keep my eyes disciplined:
not to be blown by each tempting wind.
To do what's right is easier now
to act by Aristotle's moral how.
To be free from others' dislike of me
is heavenly sent especially.
A habit unwanted deep in its cell
can by another one now dispel.
Though not erased but left behind
now that God is set firmly in mind.
Why always do we need to be right
when all is right in our limitless Light.
Doing-without for my mind's well-being
is now a welcome, pleasant feeling.
To be our God-within's limitless abysm
is known as mankind's sacred mysticism.
Personal interests take second place
once All-Consciousness showers its grace.
Resentments, frustrations, there'll always be,
but much less they become when once we see
something more important, more essential
that blesses our life like a miracle
Look in front of you to see empty space
and know All-Consciousness is in its place.
All-Consciousness remains ever intact
while all that lives dies always in fact.
Die as you must though reluctantly,
know death is what you will always BE.
Think this: Death is prior to life! -- Ask why:
For it determines what lives must surely die.
And that determination is BE-ing everything
and everyone that ever was, is, or will BE-ing
What I feel today I know won't stay
No matter. To All-Consciousness I pray.
Human consciousness's flit here and there;
Consciousness-Itself is ever everywhere.
Our thoughts, images, feelings in our minds
are flickers that All-Consciousness binds.
That-which binds each thing in purposed form
resides within as its eternal norm.
And that eternal norm makes itself known
as instinct, reason, and configured bone.
Human beings deeply know to be true
that they are of conscious Oneness too.
With this knowledge, we need give It a name
that reminds us ever that we're all the same.
A word that touch and embrace make us feel
that beyond our shadow Some-non-thing is real.
And that word which is perfectly right
is" Love" that binds everything sealed tight.
So the space we perceive everywhere
is in it where our minds must stare.
All else particular, objects are placed,
as meaningfully so interfaced.
So inward space where Consciousness is pure
is what we name "Love" and that's for sure.
Since Love in this sense we think as divine,
It must be That which will ever Shine.
And this is That to be preserved as culture
for humankind to keep as a treasure.
This treasure's to be placed in a locket
of endearing love in its pure Love set.
And further placed in a treasure chest
inscribed "religion" at its very best.
To justify Love as a religion
is firstly its need for enculturation.
This religion of Love's especial culture
brings those of like mind all together.
And its name is "Ascendancy Culture"
meant to foster man's transforming nature.
Secondly, and most importantly,
is Love as religion's identity.
The root meaning of "religion" is this:
"to bind together" in synthesis.
"To bind together again" is its complete
translation; which means we're meant to meet
together soul to Soul as wave to sea;
and wisdom is the guide for us to Be.
And since Love binds all things in unity
"religion" and "love" accord perfectly
As inward space determines reality;
and what is real is bound relationally -
Love takes the principal role in the world
as It has creatively, with strife, unfurled
And so it can now be easily understood
why religion holds Love as its perfect good.
Love being Consciousness as only It,
Its religion's name must sound like holy writ.
"Transconsciousness" is its aesthetic name -
"Trans" meaning beyond the worlds' structured frame
The kind of religion transconsciousness
is, is our Love-Within one, I profess.
Having established the religion to be
for all times from here to eternity,
the kind it is will be universal:
personal and not institutional,
will be based psychologically
as well as philosophically be.
Ritual and ceremony will do too
even priest, minister, or guru.
All other religions can keep their flock
as their life's traditional religious rock.
All that is required absolutely
is that our Source is loved primarily;
and faithfully can be reached
whatever else is taught or preached.
Does this mean that I can have two religions?
It's like having two good daughters or sons:
Each one pleases in his or her own tone
both are loved for themselves alone
And this religion that welcomes us all
is the kind that transformed Saul to Paul :-
Sudden Vision! our mind overtaken:
it can happen to us; we're not forsaken.
And this all happens with Love in the mind
wherein reason and will both go blind;
and ineffable Meaning binds all through Love
in which we BE with nothing to think of.
At least I know this Known to be true
from my own Immersion: believe me do!
I've been inwardly consciously There
that "trans-place" known as One-Star-Nowhere.
And from this Immersion what I surmise
is this awaits each mortal when he dies.
I know this to be in a dream that took place:
in which, shot dead, I burst into pure Space.
The same dream happened right after the first:
shot dead; again into purity I burst.
I leapt out of bed to research such a dream;
And sure enough, dreams convey such a theme.
And if not with our soul consciously,
Then certainly Soul transconsciously.
And so our religion is of a kind
Expressible of our transconscious mind
that glows as our love-within religion
that now has reformingly begun.
Con, sub, un, collective, consciousness forms;
now we add transconsciousness as five forms.
Transconsciousness has its own nature
determinate so of any other.
Transconsciousness then is this religion's name;
the kind it is is our Love-Within's claim.
As love has numerous meanings complex:
love of this and love of that; mostly sex
"making love" and siring offspring for the race
that we're mindless of nature's undisclosed face:
that love is Love as the will of the world
cosmically binding all things unfurled
So mysterious to human ken unknown
that we call it God - of Meaning' own.
Prayers to Chant
My Love-Within envelops me
throughout as bond of unity,
as Being-One divinely,
from here and now to infinity.
My Love-Within extends to everyone
and to everything within the sun
with Meaning begun, done, and undone
Forever, never, to be all and none.
As prayer to chant I free my mind
from mortal thoughts and acts that bind
me to all right to glow in dignity unwind
where everything is
The Meaning of Love and all that it binds:
my mantra and prayer
to chant and pray.
as my inward God-Self;
where Meaning reveals Itself totally,
with every breath, thought, and imagining.
in will, form and purpose
so that I may think and be in mind
to contemplate, reflect, and meditate.
as my divinity in life embodied
both here and now
in both strength and weakness vulnerably.
that I feel or not feel,
matters not since It's there nonetheless
as silent grace impervious.
is the sore spot of my humanity;
both soothed and controlled by my gracious grace
in sweet sessions of silence
as my busy mind seeks its secret Source
that saves me from my troubled self.
it frees me from my ego-self
of which I need balanced in harmony;
that only the wisdom of grace unfolds'
that mirrors God-within
as "God is Love" equals "Love is God:
Identity of Love and God within.
is the power to will
induced to will-to-power in life:
as force of will to survive and mutate.
is Love-Itself in all that is;
Of Love-Itself is I-myself Itself:
my grace of being in life and beyond.
against habits to break,
can only do so when in love with Love;
such love can only be in Identity.
decides organic life,
By death's decree eternally everywhere;
so I live and die here essentially.
that guards my eyes from sights unwanted,
so that I may be free to see the forest
through the trees that display for me to it.
light of my darkened moods
that lead me where I should not go;
does light my way through thorns that harm and hurt.
that keeps me in suspended in suspense
anticipating what might or might not be.
SELF-LOVE / LOVE-SELF
Love Contra Strife
Our focus now is inward to be outward
by transforming the predominance
of our self-love to our Love-self.
Love endows us with a sort of personal religion;
we respect another live within ourselves.
- Honoré de Balzac
1. We have our self-love and we have our Love-self.
2. Our self-love expresses our psychology; our Love-self expresses our transcendence.
3. Our self-love is concerned with our ego-sensuality; our Love-self is concerned with our human-transcendence.
4. Our self-love preserves our self-identity; our Love-self preserves our self-freedom.
5. Our self-love says "I"; our Love-self says "We."
6. Self-love says, "Me first"; Love-self says "You first."
7. Self-preference, self-concern, self-interest, self-assertion, self-confidence, self-conscious, self-sufficient, self-contained, self-control, self-defense, self-denial, self-depreciation, self-destruction, self-determination, self-effacing, self-esteem, self- lessness, self-criticism, self-giving, selfish, unselfish, self-identity, self-importance, self-assurance, self-centered, self-mastery, self-poised, self-recrimina tion, self-regard, self-righteous, self-sacrifice, self-satisfaction, self-seeking self-starter, self-sufficient, self-will, self-worth
8. Yes, we love ourselves natural; Yes, we love Love - trans-natural
9. I did it for my own sake as contrasted with I did it for Love's sake.
10. Our ego-self: I want; our self-love: I need.
11. Since the word "self" is included in both self-love and Love-self, let us take a look at the word as it applies either predominantly to self-love or Love self, or to both.
12. Acquaintance with our Love-self is to be the quest of our life a life of beauty and wonder.
13. And what is this Love-self of which we are to be acquainted? Is it not the very pith, essence, of our being? How so? As Love binds all individual beings as one, so our Love-self binds us not only to our individual being, but to all beings as well. And "all beings" is as if to say, being itself as the bond of all beings.
14. The ultimate act of selfless love: "Greater love has no man than he lay down his life for his friend."
15. The ultimate act of self-love: Greater love has no man than he forego pleasure in pain.
16. The ultimate Aim: to be more of your Love-Self than your self-love.
17. "Love is not different from the Self . . . the Self is love" (Ramana Maharshi)
18. Our Love-Self is our eternal youth, our immortal mortality.
19. We have our self-love, our Love-Self, and their Love-Being or simply Love itself or Being itself. Our self-love is our humanity in all its splendor and meaning, our Love-Self is our transcendence in all its wonder and meaning, and their Love-Being is the source of both in all its sacredness and meaning.
20. Make your Love-Self your constant companion.
21. Yes, love your self; it's your humanity; and yes love your Love-self even more since it is that which enriches your humanity.
22. In your weakness, garnish strength from your Friend and Companion.
23. No one loves you? then either they are unworthy or you are unworthy; or you do not know them, nor they you; or you nor they have not had the opportunity to meet you. In either case, if you are worthy, you have your Love-self to love and be loved as your friend and companion until you meet your counterpart(s) who love It much as you do.
24. When you burn with untoward desire or lust, or revenge, or resentment, turn to the immediacy of your Love-self and transcend with its flood of ease, calm and relief.
25. Consider Jesus or Buddha or Krishna, or anyone else divinely lived as the em- embodiment of your Love-self; so, by living their precepts, their gospel, you're in touch with their divinity. But if neither personage will do for you, then you have the source of their gospel within yourself to be in touch with - your Love-self, as it was theirs.
26. Your Love-self is with you always, right or wrong; but with a conscience if guilt- ily wrong.
27. It is with you always, conscious or unconscious of It; but it is your task to make it conscious so that It becomes an intimate part of your daily life.
28. Think It always, though you may not feel It always or even rarely. Actually you neither think nor feel It itself; but rather the effects of It.
29. When your humanness springs its multifarious offshoots - which is nearly always consider it your self-love that motivates it; when your transcendence intervenes which, in comparison to your humanness, is nearly never consider it your Love-self that intervenes to remind you that you are more than your humanness.
30. Self-love: self-preservation, self-interest, self-involvement, self-centered, self-confident, self-assured, self-esteem, self-mastery, self-respect, self-aware, self-abasement, self-absorption, self-flattery, self-complacent, self-conscious, self-control, self-deceit, self-improvement, self-sabotage, self-sufficient, self-defense, self-indulgent, self-incrimination, self-sacrifice, self-seeking, self-righteous, self-reliant, self-restraint, self-excitation, self-abuse, self-destruction
all natural, both beneficial and harmful; but limiting, insecure, threatened, temporary.
31. Your self-love is referred to as "who"; your Love-self is referred to as "what." "Who" is personal; "What" is transpersonal. Both have their place in our lives. But the question remains always for each individual: Which is to take precedence in one's life? I suppose it comes down to which is more pressing, if not consciously, then unconsciously to the individual. In either case, one's Love-self is eternally present being conscious of It or unconscious of It.
32. Become intimate with your Friend; personalize It; since It is you limitlessly.
33. You're hurting emotionally? Turn it over to your Friend. It will help you take care of it.
34. Something is present ever in the background of our mind that induces us to think and act transcendently beyond our humanness wherever we can. Let us call that ever-presence our Love-self: that aspect of us that wants and needs to love beyond ourselves and to be loved for ourselves.
35. Our Love-self is indifferent to good and evil actually to everything human It is just "there" for us to choose or not , utilize or not, to unify ourselves with any giv- en situation or person.
36. Our Love-self we can think of as simply Love that which binds all things, all matters, in unity. In which case, our Love-self is no more nor no less than Love Itself, other than being personalized.
37. It is our mind that personalizes Love as our Love-self.
38. Yes, you will lose touch with your Love-self periodically; but it is there for you when you are ready for your return. What determines this "readiness" is indeterm- inate; but it will happen for sure so long as you do not sink under your humanness.
39. Our Love-self is Love personalized.
40. Old, unwanted habits cling to us tenaciously however in the background of our mind they may be; and the more insistent they are, the more they trouble us, even torture us.
41. And should we lose that whom we love the most, the most intense, - child or spouse especially for that loss there is no remedy, no "except". Our vital nature takes over and grief consumes us so that we die to our self-love and so to our Love-self for the duration of that grief. What remains is a kind of suspended vacuum en- cased in pain if not anguish. Self-love will return as will Love-self. Which, however will have the more effect on one's life?
42. Old, unwanted habits cling to us however they may be placed in the background of our mind; and the more insistent they are, the more they pervade our lives and relationships. How does our Love-self, our Friend, override, overcome, those pests? Probable answer: A habit stronger than all other habits. And you know the habit of which I speak.
43. When overwhelmed by pernicious or lusting habits - or more to the point, addictions - you can be sure that our Love-self is fairly much deadened without recourse. And so? Possible answer: rebuild! replace! rearrange! these stimulus-response, synaptic, cellular reactions, reflexes, so that attraction turns either to recoil or to passivity. A matter of reconditioning and reinforcement. How? Answers abound, according to each individual and each situation. Yet one constant underlies all these answers, whether they be psychological, philosophical, religious, spiritual, and that is, the ever-abiding Love-self: our savior.
44. Yes, Jesus may be your savior, or Buddha, or Krishna, or Mohammed, or whoever else; but keep in mind that these personages were illumined by their experience of the eternity of Love, whether called Brahma, or God, or Allah, or Dharma, whichever; and that Love expressed itself through their Love-self for which they were in touch and lived by. We too can live by and through our Love-self; most likely not nearly to the extent that these masters did, still, as Lennon sang in "Instant Karma," you can Come and get your share.
45. Concerned about doing the right thing or not? Your Friend will help you decide.
46. Some of us are temperamenally graced with the virtue of patience; others are not. For those who are not, only by turning to our Love-self can we temper the thrust of our intemperate impatience.
47. As for our wayward impulses well, all I can say about them is that we do not have much of a chance against them; except, perhaps, in some cases, if we are immersed enough in our Love-self as a way of life. It is a struggle not always, but enough to realize and accept that, after all, we are, and always will be to some degree subject to vagaries of our humanness.
48. Oh, the relief to turn to my Love-self and be relieved of that anxious mood!
49. Here is a way to offset unwanted thoughts and images when they invade and pervade your vulnerable mind: ? Repeat on the spot, the word "Transcendence" over and over again rapidly so that you do not leave "room" for any other thought. Then just as quickly, switch to the thought of your "Love-self" and repeat rapidly "My Love-self," or "My Friend," or simply "Love"; keep at it until the unwanted/wanted thought dispels. If the word these latter word-thoughts do not take effect, then return to the rapid repetition of the word "Transcendence". That should do it, if you truly want or need to rid yourself of that tempting thought or image. And for this process to have a lasting, consistent effect, you have to be strongly determined to make it work; otherwise, long-term psychological habits persist relentlessly I mean it is a matter of being embedded in your cells (stimulus/response, attraction/re- pulsion, depletion/repletion it will always work for minor matters; for major matters, the struggle is ongoing so long as temptation is on the make to seduce you. You know that phrase the motto, "make love not war"; well, relatedly, Your motto is to be "Make victory not defeat."
50. Frenetic! Frantic! Obsessive! Furious! Lustful! These emotional extremities are self-love gone impulsively wild, which instinctively place us on the verge of going "over the edge," of losing all sense of self to be immersed into the abyss of nonrationality. What transcendence or spirituality can curb, calm, or tame the rapa- ciousness, of such furious emotions when they're upon us? It would be like being trapped in a nightmare. And then there are the wasteland emotions of hope less- ness, futility, boredom, aloneness, guilt, shame, despair, uselessness, dejection, heartbreak, unmitigated stress or anxiety angst; of being abandoned, rejected, ridiculed; where the pool of forgetfulness, and thoughts of suicide prevail. And then there are the variation of fear: anxiety, dread, fright, distress, panic, foreboding.
Are there any remedies for such overwhelming, self-destructive emotions pos- sible when they strike us unannounced? If there are, I know of none other than medication.
So, what we have here is the inevitability of the extremities of our humanity that are almost totally impervious to the assuagement of our Love-self; It simply is out of the picture, and out of the question, under such duress; and we are left only with the stripped starkness of our poor, woeful humanity. We are fairly much on our own. So, in conclusion, we do our best, and hope for the best, with what we have and what we are. And when we are struck, as by lightening, we hope that there is a vestige of an awareness of our Love-self that may, by as a miracle, with a big help from our Friend, and "a little help from our friends" help us get through intact.
And as a further conclusion, our Love-self, spiritual as It is, we have recourse to mostly under our normal, everyday emotional life; It is fairly much nullified when under siege by the extremities of our human psychology.
51. It is not to be expected that everyone would be receptive to their Love-self. There are those who are so hard-cased to their self-love that for them any notion of their Love-self is as foreign to them as the holy grail. I say of "their Love-self," be- cause It is as much essentially them as It is everyone and everything; it's just that they do not recognize It nor most likely ever will unless a sudden bolt of awareness strikes them. Even then it will be interpreted as some other mental phenomenon. These are the hard, or hardened persons who are everywhere always. Our Self-love is for the basically soft-natured persons who invariably are normally receptive to It if under- stood or sensed or experienced.
52. Of course there will be times enough when we simply do not, nor cannot, turn to our Love-self for Its balm and calm. At such times, self-love reigns and we col- lapse morally, spiritually, honorably; and from that point on we are buffeted left and right, by our vulnerabilities, by our receptivities. Hopefully we pull through and return to our Friend who "forgives us seventy times seven."
53. The more immersed we are in our Love-Self, the more our self-love recedes from its dominance, the more it concedes its habits though never entirely, never always.
54. The despotism of self-love at its exreme shuts out the priority of our Love-self.
55. The ultimate act of selfless love: Greater love has no man than he lay down his life for his friend
56. The ultimate act of self-love: Greater love has no man that he lay down pleasure for pain.
57. Now I can dirty my hands without being squeamish about it.
58. Now it will be easier for me to do the right thing moreso than ever before.
59. Now I will be better able to bear my moods: moods of futility, of hopelessness.
60. Can you bear the exposed nerve at the pit of your bowels? Only in keeping with your Love self can you.
Made for the Sake of One's Love-Self.
1. If you're not able to resist X altogether, then do so partially; less than normal for you.
2. You must most definitely be "in love" with Love for your Love-oath to be effective more than periodically "here today; gone tomorrow," so to speak.
3. Our Love Self: our talisman about our daily awareness.
4. Your X need not be a matter of doing without it; but lessening its excess. On this matter of "lessening its excess," we have to be so careful that, doing so, does not lead back to its habitual excess.
As soon as your "devil" creeps in to tempt you away from your Love-Self, on the instant turn to your mantra "ResistTranscendence-Love", repeated over and over again rapidly so that it blocks out "that old "debil."
On the initial day, your initiation, so to speak, of beginning your quest for the self-freedom that your Love-oath has to offer you, you may feel so inspired, so "glorious," that you will want you forego more of your sensual-sensuous self; how- ever be wary that your cells will want their habitual due, and with a vengeance. One step at a time just as your Love-oath is operative one day at a time.
1. When all seems hopeless, and indulgence indulgence that you always regret seems your only way out of the pain; only your Love-oath for the day can hold you together. Don't betray it. Be strong! Resist! You have your mantras, "resist/trans- cendence/Love" to help you through the cauldrom; you have your love of Love to help you.
2. Keep notice of your inevitable shifting moods from day to day "now you're up then you're down" "now you're fearless, then you're fearful" now "you're sure, then you're unsure" syndrome.
3. "Doing without or less" is the main matter that our Love-oath has to deal with.
4. We all know our own particular matter(s) that has to be dealt with each day. These are the concerns for your Love-oath pact.
5. Quick! Catch yourself before you slip. To your mantra of resistance!
6. Eyes down when "She walks in beauty," (Byron) by you. Impossible, you say? Practically, yes. So, as an alternative, feast your eyes, then "blind" your mind that is, images and thoughts. In other words, indulge your eyes; then let it go. A passing beauty to please the eye and mind. Then, lest arousal flood your mind, back to your Love-oath and your transcendent-mantra, and your life as it is.
7. Keep returning to the thought of your Love-oath and the word "Love" amidst your activities. Keep in touch.
8. With your Love-oath, you now have a purpose strong in meaning to put your resist-transcendent-Love mantra/Prayer in effect.
9. Do not and i repeat, Do not feel or be defeated should you fall (fail yourself). Pick yourself up the next day if possible. Get back on track without any guilt feel- ings. Make your pact again and again it is always there for you - until you feel ashamed that you've gotten so far away from its efficacy. It will do you good when- ever you genuinely want it to.
10. Keep your Love-oath close to your bosom as your dear friend who only cares for your good.
11. Think of yourself as a disciple of Love.
12. Embrace your Love-oath as your Savior and Friend. You yourself have created it consciously, and it is as real as you aspire it to be.
13. And what would be the natural rebound of breaking our Love pact? Discourage- ment, giving up, exclaiming such exclamations as: "What's the use," "The hell with it," "It's too hard," It's not realistic," "I'm too weak," " It's too demanding," "I'm only human," "What's the use," and on and on. Deceptions! Nothing but decep- tions from keeping you on task.
1. Resist! resist!: Your first mantra Your struggle. Next: transcendence: empty your mind in transcendent consciousness. Next: Love your Love-oath.
2. Resist! For what reason, for what purpose? For Love. Why Love? Love is your essence (soul), your essential Being. How do we know this? Is there not some intangible X holding the universe together as-it-is from atom to gravity, from plant life to human life, now and always? This X we call Will metaphysically, or Field, scientifically. Humanistically, we call it Love. For those of us who aspire to be in touch with this X, we realize we have to minimize our ego-sensual self in order to maximize our human-transcendent .
The stimulus (situation) that formerly had you falling into its response will most likely always be present; and only your will to resist (thanks to your Love-pact) will save you from your grace (your Love-Self). So be prepared to face the situation well-armed against the temptation to cave in. Can you do it? Well, you're at war with yourself for the present time; so, you don't want be defeated again do you. This time you have your grace to keep you aright.
Your grace; that is what your Love-oath is to, for you. Keep that in mind always; for it proffers you blessing during your struggles.
I know you feel emotionally cauterizing (burning for release) when "it" (your "issue") strikes you on the sudden that you will not be able to how will you be able to "get on" if you don't give in to "it" on the impulse and it is only the moment; because when you get passed it, it will be as though it never happened)
3. Your Love-Self is proof enough of your need to immerse yourself in, and understand, Love in its most intimate, revealing secrets all that is Love both humanly and transcendently.
As resistance to doing without gradually becomes more and more a welcome behavioral pattern (not yet a consistant habit), it might even become more of a pleasure than giving in.
1. Be at war with yourself in peace against your lesser self for your greater self. And what is your lesser self than no other than your ego-sensuality that demands only its status quo as static in effect or "the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak. And what is your greater self, which is no less than that which places you in the center of your transcendence in its Love-self.
2. "Doing without" in one regard your humanness; is in another regard, doing within - your transcendence.
3. Do you feel yourself the warrior today? Then apply your resist-mantra primarily. Win over yourself.
4. That which tantalizes you is usually that which tempts you against your better judgment.
5. Impulse! Your mortal adversary or your immortal grace beyond conscious thought. It hurls you either Into the abyss of disgrace of ruination or the grace of wisdom.
6. Resist, yes, by all means. But for how long? What is the measure of our endur- ance;? At what point does our resistance collapse? In other words, how long can we hold out? Or do we just reach a point when we never do fail ourselves? Not very likely being subject to the frailties of our humanness. Consider this line of thought: (1) X tempts and we endure as far as we can, then give in; (2) X no longer tempts as much and we endure almost always; (3) X no longer tempts us at all as a result of lack of interest and desire through either old age, ennui, depression, sickness, lessening of our vital energy; exclusion of all tempting human contact and circum- stances; spiritual immersion, moral virtue, moderate-to-severe madness, and so on? Notice that situations 1,2, and 3 are conditions out of the ordinary; yet most of us are engulfed in the ordinary. Only the extraordinary ("perfection," so-called) can propel us consistently and "consistently" is the key word beyond the ordinary. But the extraordinary normally goes against the grain of the ordinary ordinary such as our human loves and attachments and their trails of inglorious deeds and needs. "Trails of glory" are found only in the exceptional; and the exceptional lies in the unity of (human) nature; the ordinary in the diversity of nature; and it is the diversity of nature (the life force) which rules the patterns of survival, both physical and psychological.
So where are we in this matter of resistance? Well, we do what we can with the help of our Love-oath, knowing all along that being both human and transcendent, we need a wisdom that will balance both aspects of our human nature according to our own disposition and temperament our personality-character; in a word. And that wisdom is a human-transcendent wisdom bolstered by our Love-oath. And it is this human-transcendence that keeps our humanness transcendent enough to keep our dignity, our honor, our relationships mostly intact, and mostly in harmony amidst the clash of opposites between other persons and opposing circumstances.
7. What certainly needs to be addressed in this matter of Love-self with its accom- panying Love-oath, is the severity of self-destructive addictions. Generally, not much can be done for them, since their sense of self will have been obliterated under the continuing baleful impulse for their next "fix". Ruination of all that they hold dear and secure rules them as their humanity topples from one stage to another for the "must" of their only love: bodily-mental ecstatics.
Only their instinct for survival, when it comes down to live or die, can alter this endless hell. And this is where love comes into play: the support and care of others for their rehabilitation. And once this rehabilitation is well on its way, however pre- cariously, their humanity gradually infuses them once again, their addiction retreats into the background though always instilled in their cells as a latent disease and then they can breathe freely again and regain a strengthening degree of psycho- logical, emotional, and social normalcy after so much mental entanglement.
Much more than these, however are necessary for many individuals; for them to recover securely, spiritual/religious regeneration demands its due; and here is where our Love-within religion, Transconsciousness, takes its placefor those who are recep- tive to it.
[Aesthetics: the study of the mind and emotions in relation to the sense of beauty.]
During the brief three-day period that I wrote these notes, I actually felt myself in the serene realm of beauty, and it was very inspiring; and again I thought I had found my Answer: the personal, devotional connection with the divine in existence. But as always, I lost the touch; and I went scrambling around for another "answer," another concept. But in the interim I found much support from great minds on this subject of beauty, from whom I'll cite a few passages.
1 The art of life: making your life beautiful.
2 Beauty! the divinity of life: the divinity everyone believes in, experiences,
and cannot live without.
3 Where you find beauty, there you find grace.
4 To act rightly ah, one of the most beautiful of feelings.
5 The thought of beauty inspires one to be beautiful.
6 What word is on everyone's lips, what feeling does everyone experience? yes,
7 Beauty in its sensuous forms leads to the mating of the sexes: the creative
act of life.
8 Giving style to one's character is the first principle in the art of living.
9 Man's crowning glory: his sense of beauty.
10 The aesthetic ideal: to make one's life beautiful.
11 The sense of the beautiful inspires in one the feel of control, dignity, grace, a
strength of gentleness - in a word, power.
12 Beautify your life-make that beautiful gesture.
13 Everything is beautiful! For there will always be that human being who sees
beauty in the least thing.
14 There is a sensuous beauty for which men-women live, and there is an
ethereal beauty to which they aspire.
15 Inward beauty is the first concern of the artist of life.
16 Beautiful actions and manners can spring either from a self-motive or an
inward motive. The difference is that which is between the genuine and the
superficial, between the real and the illusory.
17 Let us be artists of our life especially in the smallest, most everyday
matters. Let us do that.
18 The true, the real, in life is the great inspirer of beauty in the human breast. If
it's true, then it can be made beautiful, can be seen as beautiful. But this is
not easily understood.
19 Why do I prefer not to do that which is gross, mean? Because to do so is not
expressive of the beautiful; and not because to do so would be sinful, animal,
20 To feel inwardly beautiful is the essential thing, and that which is man's new
21 Beauty inspires one to effort.
22 Appreciation of beauty is the immediate way of taking one outside of
23 Beauty: the perception, feel, and image of the true.
24 Do we ever tire of beauty? No more than we tire of eating or sleeping.
25 Physical beauty without inward beauty in a person is as though that person
was dressed for a masquerade party.
26 The inward beauty of which I speak is not aesthete, nor an effete, beauty, but
of force, of purpose, of commitment - all toward the good, strong in love.
27 Be receptive to beauty and you will find it in the least thing.
28 If you love beauty yet are not gracious in your behavior toward others, then it
doesn't seem that beauty loves you.
29 You are physically unattractive? No matter. Be beautiful of soul; it will last
longer and do you far more good.
30 Beauty saves.
31 When we are struck by beauty, we are transposed out of our self-will.
32 To be beautiful of soul is to be noble of character.
33 Be wary that even beauty, that wondrous gifts of life, does not tyrannize over
you so that you cannot bear the ugly, the natural, the practical; for then you
will have lost the proper perspective of beauty.
34 When you marvel at life, know that you are under spell of life's (truth's)
35 Beauty not only clutches at the throat (Camus), but at the bowels, and at the
36 The aesthetic sense makes one forceful as it does mellow, endearing.
37 It's hard to be aesthetic in the heat and desire of sensuality.
38 The problem with so many artists is that apart from their works they are not
able to translate beauty into their lives.
39 Beauty does not terminate in art; art is only its stepchild.
The Aesthetic Experience
I wrote these verse on aesthetics some time ago placing the spiritual in the aesthetic category, without, I suppose, realizing the full import of what I had done.
Man is an aesthetic being
in quest of higher consciousness
of beauty, goodness, purity,
beyond his animality.
Most seek beauty in sensuous forms,
others in Nature's pageantry,
and fewer still in love of God,
and one or two in quest of Soul.
Transcendent beauty is sublime,
serene and aspirational;
worldward beauty is enchanting,
The contemplation of beauty
inspires ideals of perfection
revealed only in brief moments,
being sent from Eternity.
The magic of beauty's touch
is likened to ambrosial fragrance
of jasmine, frankincense and myrrh,
wafting through the soul's pure places.
Behold man in his consciousness!
fount of all aesthetic values,
without whom nature lies inconscient
of all its sheer magnificence.
That mysterious perception
our minds transmute into beauty
in an intellectual pleasure
of a deep, intuitive kind.
Beauty is a soft emotion
induced by objects of the senses
impressing us with symmetry
of form and elegant design.
Depending on one's frame of mind,
beauty can be experienced
even in stark disharmony,
or in abstract simplicity.
In the consciousness of beauty
we are raised above ourselves:
our passions are then quieted,
we enjoy a good without desire.
The heaving bosom, the quiet sigh,
the enigmatic smile; or tears
of joy, of bliss, or of despair
characterize the aesthetic spell.
Unappreciative of beauty,
one is merely half alive;
not quite human in the finer sense
of refined sensitivity.
Whatever elevates our lives
above our gross carnality,
is aesthetically significant.
An aesthetic experience
is a softening process
of man's basic humanity
given to wayward impulses.
The aesthetic inclines us
to the sensual as it does
to the spiritual in us
depending upon the stimulus.
Desire aroused by sensuous
beauty of masculine or
feminine traits, sets an atmosphere
of enchantment between the sexes.
The more susceptible to beauty
of sensuously delicate forms,
the more impulsively inclined
to excessive sensuality.
The sensuous expressed in modes
of physical and adorned beauty,
of culture, grace, and intellect,
lead to the mating of the sexes.
delights the heavy hearts of men;
thrills the fluttering hearts of women.
For women, beauty in a man
is force of character and will;
For men beauty in a woman
is modest grace, play, and tenderness.
Beautiful faces and bodies
of men and women sensuous,
entrance the imagination
into a dreamy, desiring mood.
Sensuous beauty arouses
the desire to be beautiful oneself,
to the eye of the opposite sex.
What to a man is more lovely
than the alabaster texture
of a woman's soft and silken skin,
her body's shapely, flowing curves?
A woman's beauteous visage
inspires in men the image of
celestial purity, beaming rays
from a chaste and loving soul.
The ethereal loveliness
of a geisha's delicate face,
eyes innocently seraphic --
an ideal of femininity.
But gaze upon a woman's beauty,
upon the contours of her form,
and streams of sensuous delight
inspire men's creative minds.
The rapture of a melting kiss
of one you love, not yet yours,
can vivify one's consciousness
into paradisiacal realms.
What is more sensually tingling
than the near anticipation
of a touch, a caress, the first kiss
of the adorable one you love!
That certain look, that certain smile,
of a woman falling in love with you
enrapture the soul
enhancing it beauteously.
Sensuous beauty elevates us
above gross sensuality;
we eat and drink, but with graciousness;
we mate, but with loving unity.
Cleanliness is next to godliness,
as is said, and experienced
by those given to beauty
of the body and the senses.
Colognes and perfumes and lotions
refresh the body, lift the spirit,
in scents of pleasing fragrances,
adding a little beauty to life.
Dressed in finely tailored attire,
surrounded by chic luxuries;
these place man above the mundane
beautifying his little life.
The graciousness of the hostess
at a lovely dinner party,
adds a charming touch of beauty
to the pleasantness of dining.
The beauty of the senses!:
of sight, of sound, of touch, of smell,
entice us everywhere we turn:
doing us good, or doing us ill.
When most we sigh for beauty's breast
is after sensual indulgences
of improper or sordid kinds --
then by its balm must we be cleansed.
Beware! that beauty of the senses
do not arouse you seductively
enticing you into shameful acts
for which your conscience suffers most.
A beautiful stance without beauty of soul
is mere appearance,
an outward show of vanity,
missing surely the pith of life.
Sense beauty devoid of moral force
offends the aesthetic taste
for beauty of a higher cast
of pure, sublime, essential truths.
Creation in whatever form
transposes one beyond himself
into higher realities
of essential living truths.
A work of art can transport us
beyond our willing selves
into universal wisdom
of man in his humanity.
We honor artists deservedly
for the beauty they dearly impart
to our otherwise mundane lives,
for the beauty they inspire in us.
The sensuous harmony of words
set in poetic modulations
of elegant, vivid rhythms,
thrills the mind and stirs the feelings.
A sense of the beautiful,
of the sublime, can be derived
by solving intricate proofs:
Grand architectural structures
as edifices or residences
are majestic attestations
of man's sense of the beautiful.
The beauty of material things
enhances the lives of the common man
who neither can feel nor express
the higher moods of aesthetic joy.
Artifacts created by man:
of precision, color, and design,
shaped for functions fine or gross,
attest to his ingenuity.
Objects of art created by man
of form, meaning, and symmetry,
designed for fine appreciation,
attest to his sensitivity.
Mechanisms created by man
minute in structure, or grand in scale,
constructed to transcend nature's bounds,
attest to his magnificence.
Music! wonder of the abstract:
romantic, classic, primitive;
each form expressive of our need
to transcend gross reality.
Music! sublime of the spirit,
inspires reverence for life;
poeticizes human life
in various shades of mood divine.
Music! charming and delightful,
beautifies man's drab existence;
conduces to an atmosphere
of graciousness, good-will, romance.
Thank God for music,
for its boon, to the otherwise barren lives
of those without an inner presence
of a transcendent regality.
Music sinks deep into the soul
either lifting it sublimely,
arousing it sensually,
or delighting it joyously.
Romantic music softens us
into a sighing mood for love,
supported by our fantasies
of pleasing self-aggrandizement.
Music: rhythmic, loudly primitive,
excites the blood sensually
to power of masculinity,
to coyness of femininity.
The pulsating beat of sounding drums,
the piercing twang of rhythmic guitars,
stir the blood to Dionysian
frenzy or soft aphrodisia.
The tragic muse of melody
which moves us to deep sighing tears,
uplifts us out of our little selves
thus broadening our humanity.
The sighing strains of violins
wring the sensitive heart in woe:
that wondrous man can be so vile,
and glorious life so cruel.
Heavenly inspired string quartets
sighing melody rapturously,
purify the human state,
inspiring it to seek the Divine.
The sadness in an andante
melts our soul in deepened sorrow
for a life we cannot understand,
for the suffering of poor mankind.
Whose but Wagner's sonorities
blaze with such resounding splendor,
with such swirling, sensuous vigor;
yet can attain such transfigured peace.
Tormented man, Tchaikovsky!
Your woeful chords sing tragically,
while your melodic tonalities
enchant with poignant register.
The delicate scores of Debussy,
his dancing play of tonal colors,
charm the mind in a kaleidoscope
of melting poetic textures.
Mighty titan! noble Beethoven!
the towering accents of your majestic rhythms
inspire in men lofty thoughts
and heroic stately virtues.
The stately grandeur of Brahms, sublime;
his power and granite themes,
set in classic symmetry,
breathes the very soul of romance.
Give me the graceful, gallant muse
of Mozart's melodious strains;
such music that lightens the heart
could only be given by the gods.
The clear wellspring of a Vivaldi
concerto refreshes the heart,
and evokes a radiant smile
transforming gloom to joy and hope.
Hail to thee, Schubert! blithe spirit!
Your Octet F, divinely inspired,
uplifts the spirit in pure delight
by its sheer rapturous tones.
Bach! seraphic spirit of music
from the ether and form
of our living existence,
your harmonies trill from the spheres.
The Beatles! music multiformed
from beat to rock to melody;
the magic of their songs
exude a gaiety of life refreshed.
That I exist perplexes me,
sometimes with spiritual joy,
other times with tragic sadness;
but always with wonder and hope!
Life is comic as it is tragic
To the sensitive mind of man,
and thereby takes on meaning more
than merely living and then dying.
Just as man is faced with life
with all its harsh realities,
just so much in due proportion
must he be soothed in sweet illusion.
Illusion is beneficial
if it blesses one with hope, or
with beauty and creativity;
otherwise it becomes delusion.
The tragic sense of life in man
inspires art, philosophy, religion,
all of which ennoble his race.
It's sad that we must live then die
without apparent reason why
except a faith in some Beyond,
easily paled in this whirlwind life.
The materiality of this life,
its pedestrian tasks,
and repulsive human sordidness
-- make us sigh, cry out, for BEAUTY!
The tragic sadness of human life
in suffering, helplessness, and death,
inspire highest forms of art
expressive of deep sympathy.
Nostalgic for days gone by,
or precious loves that gave such joy,
for times of camaraderie,
for beauty that will be no more.
Man's inhumanity to man
blackens hope with foul despair,
expunges love with smears of hate,
and sullies beauty with ugliness.
An 1880 photograph of a woman,
young and fair... now gone;
so strange ... so sad... that once she lived
in youth and beauty, then aged and died!
Beware of the tragic sadness
that cauterizes the heart
because of mankind's preference
for sex rather than sublimity.
Sad, that tragic sorrow sinks the heart,
heaves the breast and blurs the eyes;
burdening the soul dark with grief,
when it should gambol light and easy.
Caught in the web of a weary life
with heart and soul disconsolate,
we pine for beauty's sweet caress
to swell us with its radiant light.
The gasping sobs of compassion
that well up in our heaving breast,
attest to the pure sincerity
of suffering for our fellowman.
When the day is dark, bleak, and dour,
and our soul depressed is just the same,
then we long for beauty divine,
transcendent of our mortal state.
a gull wings through the sky;
beyond the mundane world.
Out at sea,
a sailboat alone
sails rides shimmering wavelets
made golden by the setting sun.
Horses lazily grazing in a wooded grassland,
while in the background looms a mountain of trees.
A blood-red sun slowly sinking
in a horizon of swirling
blazing amber, rose, and golden hues.
Branches and twigs of barren trees
sheathed with scintillating ice
in a starkly winter-clad forest.
gossamer-strewn puffy clouds
floating by in an azure sky
with a crescent moon faintly visible.
In the wilderness, a waterfall
gushing down in a foamy mist,
supplying a meandering stream
at the bottom of a steep and cragged bank.
A lazy, summer day by a stream
with a stone bridge passing over it
a boy sits barefoot, musing, while fishing;
his faithful dog beside him.
the river becomes an irresistible swimming hole;
whoever heard of boys having to wear swimsuits!
A woman, lovely,
of twenty or so,
with gleaming auburn, flowing hair;
a long, red dress;
hat in hand
eyes downcast, musing,
as she walks along a dirt trail
in the thicket of forest greenery.
image of soft innocence.
Starkly barren slender trees
exposed to the crisply frozen air;
while below, carpeting the forest floor,
lies white, fallen snow.
Mountains in the background;
a shimmering, peaceful lake;
a lonely cabin sits on its banks looking out,
surrounded by shrubbery
in multi-colors of gold and red and amber and ...
thousands of feet into the heavens,
shrouded in mysterious mist.
The gentle surf
washing up to the sandy shore;
two lovers strolling hand in hand
alone on the vast, barren stretch of beach.
The silver streak of the ebbing sun
traversing a lane
on the gray shimmering sea.
The moon! The moon!
Set like a pearl in the pale
blue sky of day;
-- image of aesthetic purity,
A windswept gnarled torrey pine
bent to the north atop a rocky cliff
towering above the foamy surf.
the golden globe as it slips into the horizon
for another day.
The lonely, desolate seashore,
where the curling waves ripple
innocently to the sandy shore
as they have for eons,
as they will forever!
The mighty, enduring pine trees,
thick of trunk,
rough, unruly, gnarled, knotted,
with drooping boughs
of graceful beauty.
Ah, what magnificence!
Hello, little bird!
What a lovely sight you are ...
No! don't fly away.
This insect on my finger,
minute in complexity
I gaze in wonder at this gnarled,
and feel myself infused into it.
I breathe in the ambrosial nectar
of this spring air;
it spiritualizes me;
I cannot get enough of it!
I inhale this heavenly breeze
as its ambrosia rarefies me
into higher consciousness
of essential, pure existence.
This delicious breeze tonight
suffuses me with gratitude
that I am alive and witness to
the glories of this marvelous life.
When this airy balm soothes me so,
when it exhilarates my soul
this way, how could I ever do
but what is right, good, and loving.
This sweet breeze caresses my senses
eases the heaviness of my heart,
removes the veil from my darkened mind;
Yes, I could sit here forever!
Afar, one palm tree, its fronds swaying
high in the orange twilight sky,
with silver Venus alone in space ...
I blend into infinity.
Palm trees, image of tropical warmth,
of easy living and fulfilled dreams,
of balmy seaside breezes
promising heaven here on earth.
The radiance of a sun-lit day
warming the cold of winter's breath,
pacifies the human breast
in nostalgic sighs of sheer delight.
Behold the ghostly silver moon!
set eerily in the starless vast,
in a nightly cloak of ebony;
enhancing my spirits airily.
The sun setting in twilight hour
sheds golden rays upon the trees
thus glorifying nature's green
before day darkens into night.
The sky azurely crystalline
projects upon the receptive mind
an image of serene conscience,
of eternal youth of spirit.
Listen to the chirping trill
of a winging bird gliding by,
adding tone to this quiet day,
putting melody into my soul.
What is more delicate than the
Yellow and pink hues of roses?
Is more rapturously fragrant?
Is more delicately formed?
Every small detail and large outline
Of nature in its manifold forms
Endear our spirit to the earth
In plant and animal unity.
The celestial firmament
In its sable star-studded night,
In its golden-rayed day,
Purify the soul's earthliness.
Why is nature's beauty so much
more lastingly satisfying
than man-made objects of beauty?
Is it nature's sincerity?
Appreciation of beauty
can join people together
in mutual affiliation
for the good of love, peace, and joy.
Sympathy with fellow-beings
in their need, distress, or joy,
swells the heart with loving-kindness
beyond the bounds of the willing self.
To love one's neighbor as oneself
requires a beauty of the soul
free from ego's impetuous will
driven to satisfy "me-first."
When we truly love one person,
we can truly love all people;
for love is of the heart and soul,
wherein all of us are truly one.
What a lovely, innocent feeling
it is to simply like a person
for no other reason in the world
than just to like him for himself.
Everywhere beautiful objects
and people fascinate the senses;
but more than these attractions
give me a beautiful loving soul.
Oh, dear heart! I love you so much
it hurts me to my center-core
that the beauty of your precious soul
is ever beyond my mortal grasp.
Affectionate love for another
expressed in endearing thoughts and smiles,
and in warm and tight embracing,
charm the soul in glowing feelings.
We long for love and intimacy
as something rare and beautiful
to idealize our earthly lives,
to cleanse our soddened feet of clay.
Ah, the peace, the joy, the repose
of the hearth aglow with Christmas cheer;
good tidings of love of family
are warm against life's cold outside.
Romantic love is beautiful,
affectionate love serene;
universal love is sublime,
but love divine is glorious.
What pleases us as beautiful
we deem as something fine and good,
as that which makes ourselves feel fine,
and imitative of that good.
The beauty of the human soul
is manifest in its moral sense;
is enriched and made more sensitive
by sensations of the beautiful.
The evils inherent in life
and in man inspire nobility
to overcome that which destroys:--
with love, compassion, and virtue strong.
How to become beautiful of self?
by quiet strength of character;
by striving for the right and good,
with fellow-feeling all around.
A beautiful soul shines forth
without resentments, greed, or lust;
free from vanity's self-absorption,
in tranquil harmony with good.
The beauty of goodness, of virtue,
of high nobility of soul,
of peaceful, strong tranquility,
gives meaning and purpose to life.
An act of goodness done in love
acquaints us with our higher selves,
immersed in pure beauty
above our everyday lower selves.
Nobility and peace of being
are man's highest goods,
leading to a beautiful sublimity
with or without a Deity.
Give me purity before all else!
Therein the beauty of the self
radiates encompassing love and
frees us from our ego-self.
An aesthetic experience
can be so painfully beautiful
in a sigh for pure perfection
unattainable in this life.
Beauty transforms us into
beautiful beings amidst the taint
of our barren lives,
for the moment etherealizing us.
The sun appears white as the moon,
Yet it blinds my unshielded eyes;
as does the purity of the soul
blind those engulfed by pleasure's drive.
To live in the beauty of the world
is fleeting and determinant;
to live in the beauty of the soul
is lasting and inexhaustible.
Better to feel inward beauty
Than just the beauty of the senses;
for then both soul and world unite
in symmetrical harmony.
The beautiful can inspire in us
a yearning for our purer selves:
for what is good, noble, pure;
for love of nature, man, and spirit.
Our minds envision the sun as pure,
as they do the stars set in night;
and in our souls we long for
such purity to beautify us.
Transcendent of the willful self
in realms of beauty consciousness,
ecstatic waves of inspiration
ennoble, purify, the soul.
Find beauty first within yourself
through goodness, love, and purity;
and you will appreciate more
the beauty in everything.
Freedom of the soul brings peace and joy,
brings beauty of the purest kind:
of love that merges one with all,
of appreciation of this life.
Possessed with beauty of the soul,
one lives continuously
in dispassionate radiance,
free from fetters of the senses.
Quiet, peaceful, gentle night
with book in hand and heart aglow;
mind transcendent of the body
blended into eternity.
Breathe in deeply the nightly silence,
feel it tranquilize your soul,
away from the bustle of the world,
away from tensions and commitments.
Merge yourself into the deep of night,
see nothing, hear nothing-only feel;
feel inward peace and quietude...
and nothing but pure experience.
Shhh... Be still...Do you hear it?
The stillness of eternity...
The swirling music of the spheres
within the quiet of your mind?
Nothing exists but your presence:
your breathing, the glow of your senses;
stay that way as long as you can,
In blessed exhilaration.
In this world of darkened nighttime
where all that is, is silent thought;
feel the bliss of a soul unfettered,
uplifted into enhancement.
Project your mind outside itself,
and listen to the stillness ...
feel it...Become one with it!
and you are free from self and sorrow.
Far from the yearning self,
the stillness of consciousness
settles in your restless soul,
freeing you from worldly taint.
In the night feel deep gratitude
for all the blessings in your life;
search and you will find life's meaning,
and gain understanding of yourself.
Feel your limbs and eyelids give way
as slumber overtakes your mind,
releasing consciousness from life,
and even from this peaceful night.
Of existence do I stand in awe,
of its logical structured order;
but more in wonder am I still
that such order IS, and why it IS.
This mysterious universe!:
Incomprehensible to us,
however we may theorize,
however divine our vision.
Poetic insight into reality,
as nature, man, love, and God
are felt as one in unison.
in being and nothingness;
abstracting form from matter
in quest of eternal essences.
to reveal to the inquire
the Intelligence of the world.
Mystic vision of reality
cuts through this world of sense
and reaching to the Source of all
in pure illuminated bliss.
Behold the conscious mind of man!
Behold the spirit of his being!
Wonder of the universe!
Creator of the Unmanifest!
Man is the aesthetic animal
who looks up to the heavens awed,
asking of the universe
The soul-seeking How? Why? What? Whence?
Ethereal sense of beauty:
is but transmuted consciousness
Of nature's sexual design.
Man's aesthetic pulse for beauty
is an inborn urge for transcendence
into higher realms of consciousness
of ideals of Truth, Love, and Good.
Supreme aesthetic experience:
to find beauty within oneself:
in virtue, in love, in quietude,
in the stillness of Eternity.
Freedom of inward peace and strength
beyond self and sensuality,
rendering everything divine
at the core of our being.
The sublimity, the purity,
the sweet joy and serenity,
in being free from the wild of life
is sheer beauty of the spirit.
The sudden, jerking soulful sob,
the dampened eyes of mystic joy,
the instant of pure understanding,
that Something lies beyond our senses.
Oh, these spurts of illumined bliss
felt for Something higher, more divine,
than aesthetic sublimity
than even virtue and human love.
Is our longing for beauty
a longing for divinity,
to reach the Fount of all that is,
to become ourselves at one with It?
0, my soul, live for Eternity!
outside of relativity;
rise above sensuality
in love of good and purity.
Spirituality is beauty:
beauty of thought, beauty of feeling,
beauty in the conduct of our lives,
beauty that is equanimity.
We do want inner peace and quiet,
want to glow in spiritual light,
-- want to bathe in beauty of soul
but cannot have such bliss for long.
To live in luminous consciousness
is an aesthetic experience:
man above carnality.
Whether there be God or no,
our yearning for beauty beyond
the boundary of perception
postulates a pure and perfect ... X.
We seek the glory of Transcendence
not only for our salvation
but to beautify our being,
to approximate its sanctity.
John Lennon: Messenger of Love-Within Personalreligion
It was John Lennon who, with the Beatles, first sang the the spirituality of "Love" into world prominence; just as he sang, and struggled with Yoko Ono, the human- istic transcendence of peace ("Love and peace are eternal.")
Would it not be that because of his "in touch" with Love humanistically and spir- itually that it, in its way "ordained" him to the Beatles' worldwide mesmerization
of a simple pop/rock band that transformed the world in more ways than one, of which we're mostly unaware in our times.
It was the biggest musical event ever in history. It had the character-
istics of God. God's presence on that stage took the form of four boys.
- Brian Wilson (of the Beach Boys)
John has taken poetics pretty far in popular music. A lot of his work is
overlooked, but if you examine it, you'll find key expressions that have
never been said before to push across his point of view: things that are symbolic of some inner reality and probably will never be said again.
- Bob Dylan, (singer-songwriter)
We lost a genius of the spirit.
-Norman Mailer (American novelist)
Regarding my main reasons for considering Lennon as the charismatic Musician-Artist of Love were that he was the first person to announce in song his insight "Love as something new"; and that he intended "to show everybody the light; both of which he pursued throughout his musical career and his lifelong struggle to realize his inward vision.
This "Love as something new," can be interpreted from two perspectives (1) as Lennon said in an interview, "the underlying theme to the universe", and (2) "to everything worthwhile". As regards (1) he sings this message repeatedly in various songs; and, as regards (2) and this, I believe, is the underlying meaning of his provocative statement, "I think the Beatles were a kind of religion." as part of that theme; in which case, this cosmic Love (God) is within us all, inasmuch as love ultimately centralizes all that we are and do (positively and negatively), phys- ically, mentally, and metaphysically.
Of the four band members, both Lennon and Harrison were the two predominant spiritual songwriters - Harrison mostly solo, and Lennon mostly Beatles based, in which case his gospel of transcendent and humanistic love were the essential underlying impetus that explains why the Beatles shone musically, personally and inspirationally, worldwide. There songs radiated a wisdom of life in so many facets, that their music can certainly be considered a joyful wisdom carrying an undenia-bly original beat and melody.
Accordingly, the Beatles surely were "a kind of religion" inasmuch as their music being a part of religion made to accomodate their vision of Love as central to their music canon. That religion, inclusive of the Beatles' music and of Lennon's transcendent humanity as its messenger, would needs be as an original religion as their music inclusive of Lennon's life and wisdom. And that which fits this require- ment would be none other than a Love-within personalreligion: Transconsciousness.
The evidence supporting this claim can be had in their own pertinent words and songs in my compilation, Beatles Spirit: Visionaries of Love.
Excerpts are available on this website at Beatles Spirit: Visionaries of Love
My further studies provide ample evidence supporting my thesis, and would be best read in the following order:
Revolution and the Beatles
The Lennon Testament: A Kind of Autobiography
Man in Transition: A Commentary on Lennon's Life, Character, and Work
In closing this topic, it would be very much in place to quote Lennon's isolated lyrics and statements on Love, which we can assuredly infer his meaning to be our Love-Within reality:
"All these memories lose their meaning / when I think of love as something new.";
"Say the word and you'll be free";
"Love is all you need";
"Love is old, love is new / Love is all, love is you;
"Love is all . . . love is everyone";
"Love is knowing we can BE";
"Love is free"
"Love is the answer and you know that for sure
"Limitless, undying love / which shines around me like a million suns."
As well as stated in his interviews:
"The word is love"; "Love," I wrote it in the spirit of love.
"Love is the underlying theme to the universe."
"Love is eternal."
" 'Love,' I wrote it in the spirit of love."
"So THEY, whoever they are, don't stand a chance because they can't beat all those old bits from religion about love being all-powerful is true, you know. That's the bit they can't do. They can't handle it."
"All those bits from religion about love being all-powerful is true, you know.
"I really thought love would save us all."
"Everything worthwhile got down to this love, love, love, you know: the struggle to love and be loved. There's something about love that's fantastic."
"Even though I'm not always a loving person, I want to be that I want to be as loving as possible, or in the Christian sense, as Christ-like as possible; or in the Hindu sense, as Gandhiesque as possible."
"We [the Beatles] started putting out messages. Like 'The word is love,' and things like that. I write messages.