Love is the doorway to God. Love is like a ladder with many rungs. We should climb one rung at a time and reach its peak. This is how we attain the ultimate goal of human life.
Thirty-degree water and boiling water will not be the same. There won’t be any impurities in the boiling water. That is not the case with the 30-degree water. This is also how it is with love. We all have love within us. But our selfishness and ego taint that love. Only when its impurities are destroyed and the mind becomes pure will we be able to experience true love and spread that love to others.
Once there were two brothers who were farmers. Both were married. The older brother had two children. The younger brother had no children. Each harvest, the younger brother would think, “I am childless. I don’t need so much money. But my older brother has two children. Naturally he has more expenses. But if I asked to help him, he would never agree.” So, the younger brother decided to hire a worker to set aside a share of his crop and secretly place it in his brother’s storeroom each night.
The older brother thought in a different way. He thought, “When I get old, my children will be there to take care of me. So, I don’t need any extra income. But my younger brother has no one to look after him in his old age. He needs some financial security. If I offer, he will refuse, saying, ‘I have children.’” So, without the younger brother’s knowledge, the older brother hired a worker to put a portion of his harvest in his brother’s storeroom each night.
Years passed by. Eventually, the younger brother realized that despite secretly removing a portion of his crop and giving it to his brother, his share was not depleting. The same realisation arose in the older brother’s mind as well. To understand the secret behind this phenomenon, one night both the brothers hid out and watched his storeroom. After a while, the younger brother’s employee took rice paddy to the older brother’s house. At the same time, the older brother’s employee was taking rice paddy to the younger brother’s house. The two brothers—at the same time—saw the other’s innocence and selfless love.
In pure love, there is not even an iota of selfishness or ego. True love is sharing without expecting anything in return and without the knowledge of the other. Wherever such love exists, God’s presence manifests. There is a fountain of pure love that can never dry up within each one of us. If we are able to find it and make use of it, we will be able to face any hardship that comes our way in life with equanimity.
Amma, Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi