The nature of life on earth is illusory, and every soul having the spark of the Divine Love forgets the use and the purpose of that spark and begins to love itself most. By a keen study of human life, man will find that, as a rule, when he claims that he loves, in reality he loves himself; he loves his own benefit in life, he loves another for the help that other gives, for his goodness, for his kindness, for his service, but in all this he surely loves himself, and it is for himself all the while he thinks he loves another.
It is a very high stage in the path of love when man really learns to Love another with a Love that asks no return, when he/she does not seek Love for the sake of Love in return, then Love becomes pure, the Lover gives and gives and gives, but even that is not the purpose of life, it is still greater. The Perfect One, who is the source and origin of the whole Creation, is the Perfection of Beauty. All beauty on earth or Beyond belongs to IT, and the purpose of the Creation of every Soul is to progress in the path of Love until the Soul arrives at a stage where It may find the Perfection of Beauty.
The development of Love is often hindered by different obstacles in life. The first obstacle is ourselves. We begin our life with selfishness, and all we want is for self, and if there is a tendency to love it is for one’s own happiness, one’s own joy. When the question comes, “How much do you love me, and how much do I love you?” it has come to be a trading in love. “I love you, but you do not love me” is as much as to say, “I have bid so much, and I expect a return of love”. This is trading in love, and trade cannot lead anywhere, because it makes one think of the self, and Love is beyond that. To Love is to give, it is not to take at all. The True Lover never speaks of what he/she has done for his/her Beloved, for he/she Loves for Love’s sake, not for the sake of a return.
To what does the Love of The Creator lead? It leads to that peace and stillness which can be seen in the life of the tree, which bears fruits and flowers for others and expects no return, not even thanks in return. It serves and cares for nothing else, not even for appreciation. That is the attribute of the Godly.
Surely we are all here to learn this very deep lesson.