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E ven three times a day to offer
Three hundred cooking pots of food
Does not match a portion of the merit
Acquired in one instant of love.

Buddhism / Mahayana / Madhyamaka 4390 | 
Precious Garland 283 

S o remember the name of thy Lord and devote thyself with complete devotion.

Islam 4370 | 
Qur'an 73.8 

T he disciple that takes abode in the Master's home to receive guidance
Should with his heart the Master's guidance accept. He should nowise show
off his ego; He should ever in his heart meditate on the Name Divine. The
disciple that has abandoned himself to the Master-- All his objectives
shall be fulfilled. One that serves and seeks no recompense, Finds union
with the Lord.

Sikhism 4365 | 
Gauri Sukhmani 18, M.5, p. 285 

A s in the sky flies the white-clothed crane,
Keeping its mind behind,
In its heart continually remembering its young ones;
So the true Guru keeps the disciple absorbed in the love of God,
And also keeps him in his heart.

Sikhism 4362 | 
Adi Granth, Gauri, M.4 

K nowledge puffs up, but love builds up. If any one imagines that he knows something, he does not yet know as he ought to know. But if one loves
God, one is known by him.

Christianity 4350 | 
1 Corinthians 8.1-3 

P raise the Lord!
Praise God in his sanctuary;
praise him in his mighty firmament!

Praise him for his mighty deeds;
praise him according to his exceeding greatness!
Praise him with trumpet sound;
praise him with lute and harp!
Praise him with timbrel and dance;
praise him with strings and pipe!
Praise him with sounding cymbals;
praise him with loud clashing cymbals!
Let everything that breathes praise the Lord!
Praise the Lord!

Judaism 4347 | 

M y heart is joy-filled, blossoming with love;
Ravished am I by His love--
Love of my eternal Lord.
He is the immortal Lord Supreme,
Whose will nothing restrains;
Gracious, compassionate,
In each one's life involved.
He is my sole knowledge, object of meditation, adoration,
His name in my soul lodged:
Neither ritual garb nor wandering nor austere yoga
Know I to win Him over:
Nanak, true devotion alone conquers His love.

Agreeable is the cool night, followed by happy day;
Thou who art asleep in thy own ego, the Beloved calls thee.
Awakened is the youthful bride to the Lover's call,
In aspect pleasing to Him.
Thou youthful bride! discard falsehood, deceit,
Maya-absorption, concern with the world.
Round my neck I wear the pearl-string of His Name,
The jewel string of His holy Word.
With hands folded Nanak makes supplication:
Show Thy grace, take me into Thy favor!

Sikhism 4346 | 
Bilaval Chhant, M.1, p. 843-44 

H ow may I live, Mother, without the Lord?
Glory to Thee, Lord of the Universe!
To praise Thee I seek;
Never without the Lord may I live.
The Bride is athirst for the Lord;
All night is she awake lying in wait for Him.
The Lord has captured my heart;
He alone knows my agony:
Without the Lord the soul is in travail and pain--
Seeking His Word and the touch of His feet.
Show Thy grace, Lord; immerse me in Thyself.

Sikhism 4345 | 
Sarang, M.1, p. 1232 

A s a hart longs for flowing streams,
so longs my soul for thee, O God.
My soul thirsts for God,
for the living God.
When shall I come and behold
the face of God?
My tears have been my food
day and night.

Judaism 4344 | 

T he path to the Unmanifest is very difficult for embodied souls to realize
[by effort at meditation]. But quickly I come to those who offer me every
action, who worship me only, their dearest delight, with undaunted
devotion. Because they love me, these are my bondsmen, and I shall save
them from mortal sorrow and all the waves of life's deathly ocean.

Hinduism 4343 | 
Bhagavad Gita 12.5-7 

H e is the Living One; there is no god but He: call upon Him, giving Him
sincere devotion. Praise be to God, Lord of the Worlds!

Islam 4341 | 
Qur'an 40.65 

A nd you shall love the Lord"--namely, you shall make the Lord beloved.

Judaism 4340 | 
Yoma 86 

T hose who remember the Lord with every breath, each morsel,
And in whose mind ever abides the spell of the Lord's Name--
Says Nanak, are blessed, perfect devotees.

T he supreme Lord who pervades all existence, the true Self of all
creatures, may be realized through undivided love.

Hinduism 4338 | 
Bhagavad Gita 8.22 

T he quest of pleasure brings nothing but torment abounding;
Man thus makes of his evil desires only a shackle about the neck.
Thou seeker of false delights, liberation comes only through the love of God.

Sikhism 4284 | 
Gauri Ashtpadi, M.1, p. 222 

A s is a well full of frogs
Ignorant of the wide world,
So is my mind deluded by evil passions
Keeping out all thought of the Beyond.
Lord of all universes! show me for one instant a sight of Thee.
Lord! my senses have been fouled;
Thy state I cannot encompass.
Shower on me Thy grace;
Remove my delusions; confer on me true wisdom.
Great yogis for all their praxis
Comprehend not thy Reality inexpressible.
Through love and devotion mayst Thou be known,
Thus says Ravidas the cobbler.

H e lets his mind pervade one quarter of the world with thoughts of love, and so the second, and so the third, and so the fourth. And thus the whole wide world, above, below, around, and everywhere, does he continue to pervade with the heart of love, far-reaching, exalted, beyond measure. Just as a mighty trumpeter makes himself heard--and that without difficulty--in all the four directions; even so of all things that have the shape of life there is not one that he passes by or leaves aside, but regards them all with mind set free, and deep-felt love. Verily this is the way to a state of union with Brahma.

Buddhism 4210 | 
Digha Nikaya xiii.76-77, Tevigga Sutta 

H illel said, "Be of the disciples of Aaron--one that loves peace, that loves mankind, and brings them nigh to the Law."

Judaism 4209 | 
Mishnah, Abot 1:12 

C ompassion is a mind that savors only
Mercy and love for all sentient beings.

Buddhism / Mahayana / Madhyamaka 4206 | 
Precious Garland 437 

I f I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient and kind; love is not jealous or boastful; it is not arrogant or rude. Love does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrong, but rejoices in the right. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Love never ends; as for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. For our knowledge is imperfect and our prophecy is imperfect; but when the perfect comes, the imperfect will pass away. When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; when I became a man, I gave up childish ways. For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall understand fully, even as I have been fully understood. So faith, hope, love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

Christianity 4205 | 
1 Corinthians 13 

B eloved, let us love one another; for love is of God, and he who loves is born of God and knows God. He who does not love does not know God; for God is love.

No man has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us. By this we know that we abide in him and he in us, because he has given us of his own Spirit.

There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and he who fears is not perfected in love. We love, because he first loved us. If anyone says, "I love God," and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, cannot love God whom he has not seen.

Christianity 4203 | 
1 John 4.7-8, 12-13, 18-20 

T eacher, which is the great commandment in the law?" Jesus said to him, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it, You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the law and the prophets."

Christianity 4153 | 
Matthew 22.36-40 

L ove is the firstborn, loftier than the gods, the Fathers and men.
You, O Love, are the eldest of all, altogether mighty.
To you we pay homage!

Greater than the breadth of earth and heaven, or of waters and Fire,
You, O Love, are the eldest of all, altogether mighty.
To you we pay homage!

In many a form of goodness, O Love, you show your face.
Grant that these forms may penetrate within our hearts.
Send elsewhere all malice!

Hinduism 4148 | 
Atharva Veda 9.2.19-20, 25 

T o love is to know Me,
My innermost nature,
The truth that I am.

Hinduism 4146 | 
Bhagavad Gita 18.55 

F or, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another. For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

T he sum and substance of the whole matter is that a man must love God, must be restless for Him. It doesn't matter whether you believe in God with form or God without form. You may or may not believe that God incarnates Himself as man. But you will realize Him if you have that yearning. Then He himself will let you know what He is like. If you must be mad, why should you be mad for the things of the world? If you must be mad, be mad for God alone.

Hinduism 3902 | 
Nikhilananda, 1942; p. 449 

L ove cannot be found through words. Let no one put his faith in them.

Others Beliefs 3868 | 
Psalm 181; Orr, 1947, p. 168 

W ithout love all is false, try however hard you may.
The pain of separation is not born of words; desire [for God] is not born of words.

Others Beliefs 3867 | 
Psalm 181; Orr, 1947, p. 168 

W ithout a torturing thirst, how should one drink the bliss of communion with the Lord?
0 God, give me an aching desire to behold the vision of Thee!
Desire [for God] does not arise without the pain of separation;
How could love exist without this pain?

Others Beliefs 3866 | 
Psalm 181; Orr, 1947, p. 168 

T each me, 0 Hari, to reverence Thy pure Name, that my heart may be glad in Thy worship.
Make my heart to overflow with love, devotion, yearning, 0 Hari!
Make me gentle in speech and humble of bearing, rejoicing in
Thy presence, 0 Rama!
Fill me with spiritual longing, detachment from the world, and a loving heart.
May I steadfastly cherish the desire to remain ever-devoted to Thy feet.
Grant me quiet contentment and self-control, and keep my heart firmly directed toward Thee.
O Ever-Present, awaken me to the sense of Thy constant presence.
O Mohan, grant me knowledge, and the power of meditation, that my mind may continually turn to Thee.
O Lord of the humble, grant that the Light of lights may illumine Dadu's heart.

Others Beliefs 3862 | 
Psalm 181; Orr, 1947, p. 124 

O ne says "Swami," one says "Shaikh"; neither grasps the mystery of this world.
One speaks of "Rama" and the other of "Allah," but they have not known either Rama or Allah!
... Says Dadu: I am neither a Hindu or a Muslim. I follow none of the Six Systems [of philosophy]; I worship the Merciful.
Dadu belongs to neither faction: he -is the slave of Allah Rama. He who is without form or limitation, He alone is my Guru.

Others Beliefs 3859 | 
Bani 190, 191; Orr, 1947, p. 62 

O brothers, the love of God is sweet! It is conferred by the Master, and grows sweeter every day.
Wherever I go, I offer obeisance to the Lord; whatever I do is an act of worship to Him.
In sleep, I reverence Him; I bow my head to no other. Whatever I utter is His name.
Whatever I hear reminds me of Him; whatever I eat or drink is to His honor.
To me, society and solitude are one; for all feelings of duality have left me.
I have no need to practice austerity, for I see Him smiling everywhere as the supreme Beauty -in every form.
Whether sitting, walking, or performing actions, my heart remains pure, for my mind remains fixed on God.
Says Kabir: I have experienced the divine state, beyond both joy and suffering; and I am absorbed in That.
0 brothers, the love of God is sweet.

Others Beliefs / Litterature 3853 | 
Bijak, Shastri, 1941;p.49 

S o many bodies, so many opinions! But my Beloved, though invisible, is in all these bodies.
There is no life at all without the Beloved; the Self lives as each and every one.
What, then, 0 friend, are you searching for like a fool?
The object of your quest is within you, as the oil is in the sesame seed.
As the pupil is in the eye, so is the Lord in the body;
The deluded do not know Him, and search for Him without.
The lock of error shuts the gate; open it with the key of Love.
By opening the door, you shall wake the Beloved.
Kabir says: 0 brother, do not pass by such good fortune as this!

Others Beliefs / Litterature 3850 | 
Bijak, Shastri, 1941;pp.52-53,41 

T he soul, desiring to be possessed by this immense God, for love of Whom she feels that her heart is robbed and wounded, unable to endure her sickness any longer, deliberately asks Him ... to show her His beauty, His divine essence, and to kill her with this revelation, and thereby free her from the flesh since she cannot see and enjoy Him as she wants. She makes this request by displaying before Him the sickness and yearning of her heart, in which she perseveres suffering for love of Him, unable to find a cure in anything less than this glorious vision of His divine essence.

Christianity / Catholicism 3845 | 
Spiritual Canticle, I. 11:2; Kavanaugh & Rodriguez, 1973; pp. 448-449 

L ove is ... devout and thankful to God; trusting and always hoping in Him, and that even when he has but little devotion or little savor in him, for without some sorrow or pain no man may live in love.

Christianity 3827 | 
History of Myticism, Abhayananda, 1998; pp. 294 

H e who is thus a spiritual lover knows well what his voice means which says: "Thou, Lord God, art my whole love and my desire! Thou art all mine and I all Thine! Spread my heart into Thy love that I may know how sweet it is to serve Thee, and to be as though I were entirely melted into Thy love." 0 I am immersed in love and go far above myself for the great fervor that I feel of Thy unspeakable goodness! I shall sing to Thee the song of love; and my soul shall never be weary to praise Thee with the joyful song of love that I shall sing to Thee. I shall love Thee more than myself, and not myself but for Thee. And I shall love all others in Thee and for Thee, as the law of love commands which is given by Thee.

Christianity 3826 | 
History of Myticism, Abhayananda, 1998; pp. 294 

T he noble love of God perfectly printed in man's soul makes a man to do great things and stirs him always to desire perfection and to grow more and more in grace and goodness.

Love will always have his mind upward to God and will not be occupied with things of the world. Love will also be free from all worldly affections, that the inward sight of the soul may not be darkened of lost, and that his affection to heavenly things may not be diminished by an inordinate winning or losing of worldly things. Nothing, therefore, is sweeter than love, nothing higher, nothing stronger, nothing larger, nothing more joyful, nothing fuller, and nothing better in heaven nor in earth; for love descends from God and may not rest finally in anything lower than God.

Christianity 3825 | 
History of Myticism, Abhayananda, 1998; pp. 293 

A ll that is in this world is vanity, but to love God and to serve only Him.

Christianity 3821 | 
History of Myticism, Abhayananda, 1998; pp. 290 

F or if things are to go well with a man, one of two things must always happen to him. Either he must find and learn to possess God in works, or he must abandon all works. But since a man cannot in this life be without works, which are proper to humans and are of so many kinds, therefore he must learn to possess his God in all things and to remain unimpeded, whatever he may be doing, wherever he may be. And therefore if a man who is beginning must do something with other people, he ought first to make a powerful petition to God for His help, and put Him immovably in his heart, and unite all his intentions, thoughts, will and power to God, so that nothing else than God can take shape in that man.

Christianity 3820 | 
Treatise C.7, Colledge & McGinn, 1982, p. 255 

T he man who has 'God essentially present to him grasps God divinely, and to him God shines in all things; for everything tastes to him of God, and God forms Himself for the man out of all things. God always shines out in him; in him there is a detachment and a turning away, and a forming of his God whom. he loves and who is present to him. It is like a man [who is] consumed with a real and burning thirst, [but] who may well not drink and may turn his mind to other things. But whatever he may do, in whatever company he may be, whatever he may be intending or thinking of or working at, still the idea of drinking does not leave him, so long as he is thirsty. The more his thirst grows, the more the idea of drinking grows and intrudes [on him], and possesses him and will not leave him.

Or if a man loves something ardently and with all his heart, so that nothing else has savor for him or touches his heart but that, and that and nothing but that is his whole object: truly, wherever he is, whomever he is with, whatever he may undertake, whatever he does, what he so loves never passes from his mind, and he finds the image of what he loves in everything, and it is the more present to him the more his love grows and grows. He does not seek rest, because no unrest hinders him.

Christianity 3817 | 
Treatise C.6, Colledge & McGinn, 1982, p. 252-254 

A man should accept God in all things, and should accustom himself to having God present always in his disposition and his intention and his love. Take heed how you can have God as the object of your thoughts whether you are in church or in your cell. Preserve and carry with you that same disposition when you are in crowds and in uproar and dissimilitude. And, as I have said before, when one speaks of similitude, one does not mean that we should pay a similar attention to all works or all places or all people. That would be quite wrong, because praying is better than spinning, and the church is a better place than the street. But you ought in all your works to have a similar disposition and a similar confidence and a similar love for your God and a similar seriousness. Believe me, if you were constant in this way, no one could come between you and the God who is present to you.

Christianity 3815 | 
Treatise C.6, Colledge & McGinn, 1982, p. 252-254 

I have sought Thee daily at dawn and at twilight, I have stretched forth my hands to Thee, and lifted up my face;
Now my thirsty heart cries out to Thee, like the beggar who cries at my door for grace.
The infinite heights are too small to contain Thee, yet, if Thou wilt, Thou mayst make Thy abode in my heart.
Shall my heart not treasure this hope of harboring Thee, or shall I not entreat Thee till my tongue can call no more?
Nay, I will surely worship Thy name, till my nostrils no longer breathe.

Judaism 3773 | 
The Royal Crown; Zangwill, 1923, 1974; pp. 16 

A ccustomed long to contemplating love and compassion,
I have forgotten all difference between myself and others.

Buddhism / Mahayana 3738 | 
Evans-Wentz, 1971;pp 245-247 

I t is the Lord alone who is to be loved and adored at all times with a mind free from external care. To those devotees who love Him and sing His glory, He reveals Himself. This is the highest path, to love the one absolute, eternal, Truth. Truly, this divine love is the Highest.

Hinduism 3682 | 

O ne should not engage in theological disputes; there is room for many different viewpoints, and no single viewpoint is the final truth. One should reflect, instead, on the means to awaken devotion, and one should engage oneself in the practice of those means.

Hinduism 3681 | 

S ome teachers think that knowledge (inan) alone is the means to attain divine love (bhakti); others think that these two are mutually interdependent. But Narada thinks that a fruit must come from a tree of the same kind. Therefore, to attain to supreme love, the only means worthy of acceptance is love.

Hinduism 3679 | 

N arada holds that divine love manifests as the dedication of all activities to God, complete surrender to Him, and extreme anguish in the event of forgetting Him.

A nd this is the conclusion-that for the good man to ... continually hold converse with God by means of prayers and every kind of service, is the noblest and the best of things, and the most conducive to a happy life.

Philosophy / Platonism 3641 | 
Laws, 716C; Jowett 

A man attains perfection when his work is worship of God, from whom all things come and who exists within everyone.
Greater is your own work, even if it is meager, than the work of another, even if it is great. When a man does the work that God gives him, no sin can touch him.
And a man should not abandon his work, even if he cannot achieve it in full perfection; because in all work there is some imperfection, as in all fire there is some smoke.
... It is better to perish in your own work, than to flourish in another's.

Hinduism 3618 | 
18:46-48 and 3:35; based on Mascaro, Juan, 1962 

O nly by love can men see Me and know Me, and enter into Me.
He who works for Me, who loves Me, whose supreme Goal is Me, free from attachment to all things, and with true love for all creation, he, truly, becomes one with Me.

Hinduism 3614 | 
11:54-55; based on Mascaro, Juan, 1962 

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