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Manifesting Love, Even to Our Enemies: Mondays Inspirations,14

Updated on June 10, 2017
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The Beatitudes

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There is a very inspirational story about one of the ten original Gurus of Sikhism. He lived at a time when they were persecuted and so had to fight. One day, one of his soldiers brought a complaint about another fellow comrade, who was tending to the wounds of an enemy soldier.

The Guru asked to be brought into their presence. The accused soldier became nervous and apprehensive, but the Guru simply said that this man had understood his philosophy, and personally tended to the wounds of the enemy soldier.

“Love your enemies,” said the Christ. “Pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.…” Matthew, 5: 44 (Berean study Bible).

This approach is demonstrated by the Christ in different areas of the Gospels and indeed the poetic beatitudes serve as a prime example. He tells us that it is very easy to love those that we are familiar with; the real test comes when we are faced with greater challenges, to love those we do not know, indeed those who may be inclined to harm us.

Forgive seventy times seven; turn the other cheek … now I dare say that the Christ is not asking us to go back to God, for the temple is infinitely important, as its real purpose, is the manifestation of God’s Light –to praise, adore, glorify ... so we are asked to be wise, but compassionate.

“Let your Light so shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” –Matthew 5: 16. (Berean study bible). We are asked to be God’s lamps … are told that a city on a hill cannot be hid. So it behoves us to openly express our Love for all and not to hide it under a bushel.

Sri Guru Nanak Devji

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So how can we love our neighbour? There is a sublime poem called ‘Anyway,’ and perhaps you have read it. It says quite clearly that some will reject our help or advice even when they need it, but that we ought to love them anyway. Loving is a quality of the compassionate Heart, not the emotional heart, and one of service, of self-giving. Note the difference in capitalising.

The Heart identifies, seeks union, and is an excellent Team player; acting with a sincerity of purpose or purity of intent. It won’t ask you to hug your neighbour and constantly try to say nice things, for it knows that this may be impossible. Instead, it demands our purity of intentions, such as was displayed by the Sikh warrior on the battlefield to his enemy, even to the point of adding expensive balm on his wound.

“Blessed are the pure in Heart.” Says the Christ in the beatitudes, “For they shall see God.” Matthew, 5: 8. A pure Heart is a peerless manifestation of God’s divine reality. love and empathy, which basically springs from Love and Gratitude to the Divine, are simply the essential keys.

The good samaritan

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Recently I told the story of the young patient with minor ailments, who wanted to jump ahead of the queue; not seeing that most of the others were aged and infirm, that they had much more severe ailments than her. Indeed some were heaven bound.

This is a big problem at large. We see our own shells or houses and are so engrossed that it blinds us to the reality around. Have you seen folks with their mobiles lately? Head down, unaware of what’s going on around them, they are lost in another world.

Indeed they wake up only when they bump into someone and proceed to tell that person off. We can be so much like this, only seeing our own little world, like the elephant which was described in many ways, according to the viewpoint of the individual.

There is another enlightening story of a woman who went to Siddhartha to cure her dead son. So the Buddha said that he would do so. She was extremely happy. First, he said, bring me some mustard seed from a house that has never seen death or infirmities.

So off she went quite quickly, her dead son the focal point of her concentration. She soon found that in every house she visited, someone had either died or was infirmed or a relative: cousins, grandsons and so forth, had passed on. The story does not end there, for discrimination dawned in the Heart of this woman and she became a disciple of the Buddha.

The spiritual Heart

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The Buddha

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Love manifests, like a bird in flight, free and gliding on the wings of joy. It is in the East and West; above and below and has no time for discrimination. It flows through the addict and the paramour; the family man and in those attached to kamini kanchana (desires and the craving for material things).

In its purest form it rises, free from expectations, bargaining and possessions and flows like a serene river, to the ocean, its Source. We are called upon to love even in an imperfect creation, as humanity is only an expression of a universal Heart. In the universal Heart, all Hearts are one.

“Be universal in your Love,

You will see the universe to be a picture of your own being.” –Sri Chinmoy

So our own fulfilment, lies in the acceptance of others, as part and parcel of our own lives. This is what the saints have been telling us. For how can we love a God who we have not seen, unless we love those whom we can see? Why should we expect to die and awake anew in heaven, if our fears, insecurities, anger, jealousies, greed, pain, ego and self-doubt, has not been transformed on earth?

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Quotes from a Yogi

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The Buddha was asked by Ananda – out of concern – not to preach in a particular village. “Why?” Enquired the Buddha. “Because the people are bad … sinful” Said Ananda. “So what happens if we find the same problem in the next and the next village?” Said the Buddha. “We keep moving, until we find some good people. Some worthy of the Dharma.” Said Ananda.

So the Buddha basically spoke like Christ, reassuring Ananda and telling him that it was not the good they sought, but the sinful. The good already knew the Truth, but it was the wicked that needed to hear his sermons. Everyone has the Light, no matter how tiny and is a divine spark of the Supreme.

God or Love, is breathing inside the poor, the rich and impoverished; the East and West and in the worlds beyond. Whether our flames flicker or burn as a cauldron, they are still within and like some good petrol, continues to drive the car. So it behoves us to love; to be empathetic to our enemies as well as our friends; to dance the song of oneness, as only by doing so, will we ourselves find Peace. Our Beloved’s blessings to all. Glory be!!

“Forget any idea of right and wrong any classroom ever taught you. An empty heart, a tormented mind, unkindness, jealousy and fear, are always the testimony you have been completely fooled.

Turn your back on those who would imprison your wondrous Spirit with deceit and lies.

Come! Join the honest company of the King’s beggars … come, join the courageous who have no choice but to bet their entire world, that indeed, indeed, God is real.” –Hafiz.

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      manatita44 2 months ago from london

      Yes, yes, Jay, you did the right thing. I was saying to Kari that the journey is personal. Each one has his/her own struggles and unless we have the eye of the Seer, we really do not know what it is.

      I suffer from chronic fatigue which can affect my moods and make me irritable. I scream or shout at someone every two or three years. It is always due to ill health. I call it pain. We really offend others when we ourselves are in pain. Anyway, the people we offend may not see the larger picture.

      Something else l told Kari which unfortunately got deleted. We speak of the Heart ... the Heart ... God already knows all, He does not need us to tell him. So He is familiar with our sincerity of purpose; our purity of intent.

      I commend you for forgiving your father-in-law and you are probably right about his history. Grace gives us more and more empathy and as we pray, we begin to be aware of things or people around us. Before that it is self, self, self ... the small self...me, me, me ...

      Finally, pity is not the right word for some. It implies looking down on the individual. I don't think you meant that. Still, all beings are of God, share similar aspirations: Love, happiness, warmth, shelter ... and have the same inner flame whether small or large.

      In other words, humanity are our brothers and sisters. Let us continue our prayers. Thank you so much for sharing.

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      Jay C OBrien 2 months ago from Houston, TX USA

      Once I learned to forgive my step-father, Jim, forgiveness became easy. Jim suffered from PTSD from his Korean War experience. He tormented my mother and me until my mother divorced him. I was angry with him for years until I realized that he had undergone a terrible trauma and he suffered continuously. My mother and I only got the overflow of his torment. I now pity him and wish him well. I hope he gets over his PTSD. That is why I am so against war.

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      manatita44 2 months ago from london

      Yes, yes, Kari.

      I so agree with you! The spiritual life is a personal one and each individual goes through his/her own struggle. It really is that personal!

      One has to pray; meditate, practice intense or spiritual exercises. Actually, true prayer begins when we begin to let go of 'free will', to realize that we lack capacity before God; to rely on Grace. Before this the ego is very strong.

      Actually, there is no right or wrong here. We are learning lessons along the way, which invariably help us, but it is few who may see this at the said time. As we pray (God listens) and as we listen (God speaks), the inner voice gets stronger and we are able to make wiser and better choices.

      Always remember, it is not X or Y's fault. This may be true, but work with the inherent weaknesses within. In other words, go inwards, not outwards.

      I commend you for willingness to try. The divine won't ask us to come sprinting to It, but rather to do a long and arduous marathon. While some may move faster, like a bright child in school, we will still experience life's struggle. Nothing happens without the Lord and so it is an essential part of the game. Be hopeful, patient, forbearing ....God speed!!

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      Kari Poulsen 2 months ago from Ohio

      Forgiving your enemies is hard. Loving them even harder. I try to look for the good in everyone. Some are harder to find than others.

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      Tamara Moore 4 months ago

      You are very perceptive.

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      manatita44 4 months ago from london

      You are sincere and perhaps speak for so many of us humans! Religion has nothing to do with it, but the weakness of human nature has. Religion is offered to us by our parents or the environment in which we are brought up etc. So this makes culture and other asociations cause us to see it a particular way.

      The weakness is in an inherent nature which Christianity showed in the dark ages and other faiths also. Man is weak and all faiths prescribe prayer. For we cannot do it without Grace.

      This is the actual purpose of Grace. To assist us via prayer, selfless service to mankind; to help us to realise that all things are interconnected and that we are brothers and sisters of our mother/father God.

      Peace comes from from the Divine and without becoming receptive to this Higher Light, Peace will elude us. We need to believe this; to have faith and so all faiths have recommendations (rules to follow). We cannot jump from A to Z.

      But you're a good man, Fullerman. You will see that as you try, the divine forces will conspire to help you. Religion may be necessary; may inspire, but humans, each one individually, have to do the work. Here is a deep aphorism from my Guruji:

      "O Bible, the Saviour has taken away my sins, will you not take away my little, little worries at least?"-Sri Chinmoy

      Watch the 'these people' and the 'forgive the enemy' in your speech. All have the flame of God inside them and that includes your own dear household. Love calls us to be loving to ALL Its children. Much Love, my Friend.

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      Ryan Fuller 4 months ago from Louisiana, USA

      Being a Christian, it is sometimes hard to forgive the enemy. Not just saying you forgive them, but to actually mean can be a challenge. With everything going on in the world that is tragic, I find myself praying more and more for these people to stop these senseless violence. It is hard, but I do find myself stronger in forgiving the enemy.

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      manatita44 4 months ago from london

      It is amazing that you missed this one. Yes, it is one of my most instructional! I started here on Hub Pages with essays and instructional prose. I went to poetry as it was easier to understand for some, or let's say quicker to read. Same message. Much Love, my Dear.

      You remind me of my son. You go up and down, but your ups are very spiritual, like his. Give God the glory.

      Peace.

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      Tamara Moore 4 months ago

      I need to email this post to myself as it provides me with some very inspiring thoughts, and actions to take. Your posts are a blessing to me, but this one in particular stands out like a beacon of light amongst the Abyss.

      Thank you!

      Hugssssss,

      Tamara

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      manatita44 5 months ago from london

      Hi Dee,

      Hope that you are settling well. So great to know you! perhaps we'll meet someday. Quien sabes? Who knows? May the Lord Christ continue to bless your noble Heart.

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      Dora Weithers 5 months ago from The Caribbean

      Your prose as well as your poetry presents love in its sublimest form. You're full of love and good at sharing it.

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      manatita44 5 months ago from london

      Wow! Ruby. Such a charming piece from you here! I'm becoming bolder (chuckle), or let's say drifting from the poems from time to time. Funny enough, I'm more of a creative writer, but I do the poetry so often that I sometimes forget.

      So glad it was meaningful for you and my Love and Gratitude, as ever. Loving thoughts.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Manatita, this is by far your very best. The inspiration I received was wonderful. Love is the driving force that will free us all from hurtful pride and cruelty against others. Thank you for this. I especially needed this today...

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      manatita44 5 months ago from london

      Ah, Elijah.

      Then it is a real victory for us ... for the divinity within. God bless the vastness of your Heart. Praise be!!

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      Elijah A Alexander Jr 5 months ago from Washington DC

      Yes, I got it and understood is why I didn't respond, there was no need.

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      manatita44 5 months ago from london

      Much appreciation, my Brother. Did you get my e-mail?

      Thank you, thank you, Elijah. Let us continue ... let us continue.

      Peggy,

      You're so sweet!!

      For what it's worth, I almost dedicated it to you. Just that I usually dedicate the poems and I also needed to know that I was not saying anything controversial for you. I feel your lovely spirit. God bless.

      Thanks Jay,

      Different ways of looking at the elephant in this Hub. I respect yours. Much Peace to you and yours.

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      manatita44 5 months ago from london

      Linda I like you.

      My friend Bill likes you and that's good enough for me. But again, you speak from a place that goes much further than your recipes. And yes, they go very far!

      You show a tremendous understanding of my Hub and you seem to have read it all also. There are those who would openly forgive those who harm them. I see this and hear this on the news media all the time and it really inspires me, as it does others.

      Again, There are those who wish they burn in hell! They do not know that this same inner hatred has a great potential, to consume them one day. It is not for nothing that scriptures ask us to forgive. I truly love your 'space.' God bless you Linda.

      P.S I did dedicate a Hub to you after all. Maybe three Hubs back. Look for it.

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      Linda Lum 5 months ago from Washington State, USA

      Manatita - You touched on this topic a few weeks ago in writing about Stephen Jones. Now, although the people he tended to were not his enemies nor were they his friends. They were unknown to him, but he loved them with no regard for his own safety or security and asking nothing in return.

      This is what love looks like. Loving those you know is not a sacrifice (...most of the time), but loving those who you do not know, or (even more difficult) loving those who have hurt you in body or spirit. Perhaps the best example of this in today's world is the surgeon who tends not only those from the battlefield who wear the uniform of companions, but also mending those who wear the battle garb of the enemy.

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      Elijah A Alexander Jr 5 months ago from Washington DC

      Said as one who practices what they preach, may it forever be within you as your daily guide.

      May "joy" continue to engulf you,

      Bro. NatureBoy

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      Peggy Woods 5 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Reading this was like hearing a great and inspiring sermon. This is wonderfully written and definitely inspiring. Thank you!

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      Jay C OBrien 5 months ago from Houston, TX USA

      From article"

      "There is a very inspirational story about one of the ten original Gurus of Sikhism. He lived at a time when they were persecuted and so had to fight."

      which is contrary to:

      “Love your enemies.” Said the Christ. “Pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.…” Matthew, 5: 44

      So which is it; fight or love?