Heavenly Father, give us true love for all; and help us especially to practice that love with sincerity toward one another. Let us feel and manifest that love that we might enjoy eternity with all liberated souls, for Thou, O God, art that Love.
As Long As You Live, Spread Truth And Love
Divine Friendship and perpetual goodwill between two or more souls gives birth to ever pure, unselfish, all-emancipating, divine love. Ordinary love is selfish, darkly rooted in desires and satisfactions. Divine love is without condition, without boundaries, without change. The flux of the human heart is gone forever at the transfixing touch of pure Love.
God loves all regardless of our wrong and evil actions though the hurt we do to ourselves by bad actions saddens Him. If we would be God’s true children, we must become unconditionally loving like Him. So, everything that you do, do for God. As long as you live, spread truth and love - be little children, unafraid, simple, and kind. Never mind how others behave. There was a time when I felt some resentment, some hurt, if anybody slapped my hand when I raised it to help them; but I feel that no more. My heart is brimful with love for God and His tremendous love for all.
- Paramahansa Yogananda, selections from SRF Mag Fall 96, 14.
*Photo of St. Francis taken at Lake Shrine Meditation Garden, Pacific Palisades, CA, 2013 Convocation.