Thursday, February 09, 2006

Do What You Love and Love What You Do

Love is the only power.

It is Love that gives rise to the universe. Without Love we would all be formless entities in the void.

Earlier today, I watched my mother eating her breakfast cereal. She said she was having it with Soya milk which she recently started drinking instead of her usual skimmed milk. I asked her what it tasted like. She said she will have to get used to the taste. She spoke about how much she loved skimmed milk.

"You've said something very important there," I said.


"You said how much you love skimmed milk. I believe that one should eat or drink what one loves not because society says it is good for you. It is Love that sustains us not beliefs about food and nutrition. You already know where I stand when it comes to beliefs anyway."

"Yes, I know where you stand," she said. "I'm going to try this milk for now and if I don't like it I'll go back to my skimmed milk."

I have written elsewhere that the reason why I can go for hours without eating is because I am being nourished by what I love doing, and also consciously absorbing Divine Love all around me. I believe there's another way one can consciously be nourished by Love, even if one is not aware that Love is all around us - by doing what you love and loving what you do. Eating is one such example.

There have been some foods I have loved instantly, some I have grown to love and others I have not cared for but had to eat because as a child I didn't have much of a choice, though I would swallow the food down with copious amounts of water. But now I eat only what I love and I pay no attention to beliefs about food. If it's something someone has prepared that I don't like, it's no big deal because I know that I am always absorbing Love from the universe anyway.

Another way to love what you do is to consciously be with people, situations or things you love. After all, it is Love that bonds people and unites all life as one. Have you noticed how animals can sense when people love them and they want to be around that environment? Here's a wonderful story I read recently.

"In Russia a hedgehog was found with a broken leg on a country road by a woman doctor. The good woman took it home, set the leg and cared for the little animal till it was fit, and then gave it to her grand-daughter who lived 48 miles away. However, Topa (as they had named the hedgehog) refused to eat and became so sluggish and miserable that the girl reported that she had released it into the forest.

"Two months later, Dr Ushakova found Topa sitting on her doorstep. This little hedgehog had walked 48 miles to return to the person who had saved it and cared for it, and who has now let it stay. But what happens? Soviet veterinary scientists are not busy engaged in trying to discover more about the 'homing instincts' of hedgehogs. Irrespective of the fact that the animal was not returning to its natural habitat. The answer is to be found in one word: LOVE." (Sathya Sai Baba - The Embodiment of Love, by Peggy Mason and Ron Laing, p. 89)
Isn't that lovely?

I once had a neighbour who had this little white fluffy kitten I named "Snowy." I fell in love with him and every day I would feed him. I also used to bathe him to keep his fur clean. He would lie on my bed and we would play and then he would go home. I felt very sad when I had to move away from my friend. After I left, one house mate, who was still living in the house, told me how Snowy used to come to the house every day to look for me and he was very miserable without me. Poor love!

When I was a student I lived with another student friend and her husband. We decided we wanted a cat. One day while they were out they phoned me to tell me they'd found our perfect pet, a dog. I told them I preferred a cat as we had agreed but they said this dog was different. Apparently, the dog had taken a shine to my two friends and he had followed them. They had no choice but to bring him along. He became their pet and he was a little darling.

It is love that unites us. When we do what we love and love what we do we are being our one true self - Love.

With love,

See BBC news story called Snake 'befriends' snack hamster