And he said, "Whoever discovers the interpretation of these sayings will not taste death." The first saying of Jesus in the Gospel of Thomas
Is Love the Divine Law?
A Divine law is believed to comedirectlyfromGod. But is it a law as we know it, such as thou shalt not kill, steal, lie or is it more of a physic law. Or perhaps, we simply use the word law because otherwise it is beyond our understanding. Love, as we understanding it, would certainly curtail any negative action against anyone we loved.
Our Spiritual teachers, Jesus, Krishna, Buddha and Lao Tzu and many more provided their wisdom to help answer that question.
Jesus said love your neighbor as yourself.
Buddha said out of the abundance of your heart, cultivate love and compassion for all beings.
Lao Tzu said nothing but good comes to him who loves others as he loves himself.
Krishna said those find the “Way” are those who have love and forgiveness in their hearts.
Storge: natural affection, the love you share with your family.
Philia: love you have for friends.
Eros: sexual and erotic desire kind of love (positive or negative)
Agape: unconditional love, or divine love
Ludus: playful love, like childish love or flirting.
Pragma: long-standing love. The love in a married couple.
Philautia: the love of the self (negative or positive)
The 18th century mystic and spiritual explorer Emanuel Swedenborg said, “man knows that there is such a thing as love, but he does not know what love is. He knows that there is such a thing as love from common speech, as when it is said, he loves me, a king loves his subjects, and subjects love their king, a husband loves his wife, a mother her children, and conversely; also, this or that one loves his country, his fellow citizens, his neighbor; and likewise of things abstracted from person, as when it is said, one loves this or that thing Although the word love is so universally used, hardly anybody knows what love is.”
Love is the most powerful emotion we can experience, a force to be reckoned with. Perhaps that is why love is considered the one “Divine Law”, the emotion that conquers all emotions.
We all have difficulties in expressing universal love or compassion. According to the Law of One, we are here to evolve spiritually through healing and balancing by learning the ways of love with wisdom. It is about healing, by knowing yourself, accepting yourselves and other selves and knowing we are all part of the Creator.
Session 5.2 provides the steps for the healing process.
Scott Mandelker PhD, combines eclectic Western psychology with intensive study of Eastern religions, and followed upon years of formal training in US and Asian Buddhist temples said the Law of One material is “One of the most important spiritual documents since Jesus”. You will find his understanding and reading of session 5 on YouTube.
We all have our own experiences, observations, opinions, etc., about love that should be shared with the world in your own way. May the force be with you.