Love takes many forms, ranging from friendship founded on sympathetic attraction and mutual interest to the supreme heights where, without thought of self, it seeks to serve wherever it can, said Silver Birch, in his reply to someone who asked for his definition of love. " Love is a word which is misused in your world the guide went on. "Very often those who use it do not mean love at all. It is mistaken for the activities of the senses when there is only the desire for gratification of certain instincts. But love as I understand it is part of the spirit stirring within, seeking expression when it realises its kinship with its divine creator.
The greatest love is the love that has no trace of selfishness, that does not seek in anyway to perform any action because it will bring some satisfaction to the individual. That is Human love in its greatest aspect.
It is the spirit that has enthused all who dwsire to uplift mankind, to help the needy, to sustain the weak, to fight the vested interests that prevent the unfortunate from extacting the beauty that life could offer them. " All who, in their own land and in foreign lands, have sought with altruistic motive to raise the standard of mankind, to make it aware of its infinite potentialities, are exhibiting love in its finest form. There are degrees- when the same spirit animates a man or woman to serve the object of his or hers affection. That not need be selfish, it can be unselfish. and there is the lowest kind of love, the love that is restricted, that desires to protect and help only the ones to whom it feels an attraction and feels no pity, no mercy, no sympathy and no compassion for strangers. Divine love covers the universe, it is love that has shaped its course, it is love that has regulated its evolution, it is love which is part of the divine beneficence, it is love which actuates all those advanced spiritual beings who, forfeiting all that they have gained by their attainment, return to your cold, grey unnatractive world to give service to those who need it". Silver Birch 1944.
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