Love, Chapter 16: Invitation to Heaven)
to Truth?" I asked.
that what a scientist does every day?" he replied.
look for God," he said. "By definition, religion is an instrument for
finding Truth. But by nature, Truth is absolute. That is something that no man
can ever fully reach, because the Universe that we behold is constantly
expanding. Truth is something we can only strive towards and understand its
shades and color as we move along and apply our understanding. Our glass is
never as full as it could be. There is always more to be discovered, which can
be understood. There will never be an end to this process of filling our world
with ever greater light."
I raised my
glass, smiled at Ushi, and suggested we drink to that. So, we drank to Truth.
grinned at me. "Most priests, religions, and institutions, literally
prevent you from filling your glass, but freedom requires that one's glass be
filled to the brim and be overflowing. This presents a great challenge," he
said, raising his glass again.
We all drank
to that, too.
lives depend on our glasses being as full as they can be," he said as he
put his glass down.
I must have
looked at him with a blank stare. What did he mean? He didn't refill our
natural phenomenon," Steve explained. He insisted that we take a moment to
think about that.
my shoulders. Ushi didn't say anything.
up and raised his glass as if it were for another toast. "Oligarchies are
very poor," Steve continued, "their glasses are empty; they are never
free; they are constantly struggling to manipulate the world in order that they
may have their glasses filled for them by the labors of other people. This is
becoming evermore precarious for them. They steal, loot, and plunder, but
nothing happens that fills their glasses. In a sense, they are desperately poor
in spite of their stolen riches, or because of them. This vital point they
cannot understand. That is why they steal more and more. They are determined to
continue down this road until they own the whole world and everyone else is
and reached for the bottle and filled his glass up just a pinch more. Then he
continued his lecture.
oligarchy cannot understand what makes humanity truly rich," he said.
"What makes us rich is not what we take from the cup, but what we put into
the cup out of the riches of our human Soul, our intellect, our ingenuity,
wisdom, caring, etc. Our glasses contain only what we create for ourselves, what
we discover of ourselves, what we enable ourselves to be, and the joy that we
find in the beauty and the strength of one-another and of the whole of humanity.
Our glasses contain all that. One might call it the substance of Love."
to me and said. "You must never forget this little parable, Peter, because
it embraces everything. What the world calls God, I recognize as the creative
Principle of the Universe, the root of its existence. Everything that exists in
the Universe unfolds from this Principle expressed by Intelligence, from the
greatest clusters of galaxies to the tiniest part of a particle of an atom.
Everything is ordered by universal principles that are aspects of the Principle
of the Universe. And it is all exceedingly intelligently arranged. The Universe
manifests one Principle universally. It does this in an extremely harmonizing
manner, which I call Love. Love then is the substance of the Universe, and
Intelligence is the reason for its being, and by reflection, our being. Our
universal humanity manifests this one Principle to the fullest, whose Spirit is
Love, as far as we comprehend it. It renders us the tallest expression of Life
on our planet. The principle of our humanity, therefore, is Love. Love is its
name. We live it."
his wineglass down and reached for a slice of lemon that he had prepared for his
soda water. He held it high. "If I squeeze the lemon, what do I get out of
it?" he asked. "I get lemon juice, right, because that is what is in
it? Now if I touch a human being, what do I get? Well, unless our humanity has
dried up in the desert of sophistry, hate, mutilation, and slander, I'll find
myself surrounded by expressions of Love. The name of our humanity is Love,
among other such elements of the Sublime as I had listed before."
like Principle, Mind, Life, Soul, Truth, and Spirit?" I interjected.
at me for a few moments in silence. "We radiate all of that, because it is
the substance of our being," he continued. "All aspects of the Sublime
are a part of the design of the Intelligence that shapes the Universe. If we
touch a human being, that is what we get. We get a manifestation of the
Principle of the Universe, and that Principle is Universal Love."
includes a whole lot, I agree," I said quietly.
find in it the substance of good," said Steve, "and we rejoice with a
great joy over it, which is an expression of Love. However, in order to live
Love, it has to be alive in us. The Principle of the Universe has to be our
Life, consciously, including everything that pertains to it. Then loving will be
the natural result. However, this loving must be a joy for what we are. It must
manifests the joy that we find in our own humanity. Joy manifests our
self-loving as an expression of universal Love. It expresses these in the
highest possible sense, as the tallest expression of Life in our Universe. It
defines us as a spiritual species with near boundless capacities and potentials.
There is so much to be in Love with in our humanity, because Love pervades
everything, Peter. That is why it's unfolding, borders on the miraculous. Our
joy in Love, Peter, fills our glasses. Nothing else does. It becomes a radiant
sun that enriches the Universe around us. That is why I say that what we put
into our glasses is the substance of our humanity and our being in Love with it.
That's what counts and enriches our living. The rest is secondary."
the rest isn't secondary," I countered him. "By what you have been
saying, there isn't anything else. The world is filled with problems, but they
all have one root. The war of empire versus civilization is wide and encompasses
many fields and many fronts, but they all have one common factor, which is their
denial of the Sublime, the denial of our humanity, the denial of anything that
matters. The biggest failure that we make is that we are fighting on these
fronts where nothing really matters. We get locked into meaningless single
issues if we are fighting at all. When we are fighting little single issues we
get lost in the back-alleys without ever hitting the core issue. I think we can
only hope to win by developing what really counts on all of these fronts. I
don't think there is a secondary front. The one thing that counts everywhere, I
think, is our humanity. Bur we must develop it scientifically. When we address
all of the challenging issues at once in a fundamental way, maybe we can
actually win. But for that we have to be honest with ourselves about everything
that pertains to our humanity, even sex, even when facing the Truth poses a
smiled. He looked at me, taking hold again of his still half-empty glass and
asked us if we were all satisfied to have our glass only half full. He said,
that one should never be satisfied with that, because that would be dangerous
according to what he had just said. Then he continued his lecture, holding up
his near empty glass.
comes the part that very few people understand," he said. "If we only
embrace science and knowledge and discoveries, our glasses will always remain
half empty, because our knowledge, our science, and our discoveries will forever
be incomplete. There will always be a higher hypothesis superseding the highest
hypothesis that has been created. Our understanding of the absolute is never
He smiled at
me. "But Love, my friend, has no such limits. Love is boundless at every
moment. The Sublime has no limits. God has no limits. No limits are imposed onto
our loving in appreciation for our humanity and one-another. Love is an infinite
source and a presence that fills our glasses right to the brim and lets them
overflow at every moment of our life. This flood, of course, doesn't reflect how
well we ARE loved, but how well we DO love. To be in Love, means to be
joyous;" he added. "It means to be joyous with appreciation for the
beauty of our humanity that we find within and see reflected also in
have much to be joyous about," said Steve to Ushi. "This is what fills
our glasses," he said emphatically to both of us, "and our glasses
will be overflowing. Indeed, we expect them to be overflowing constantly, to be
flooding the whole world with the substance of Love. Naturally, as our glasses
overflow, we thereby enrich one-another's existence with the outflow of our
loving. This is what happens naturally when we begin to be in Love universally.
It is a natural process. This process defines what it means to live as a human
turned to me and smiled. "Be careful, Peter, to never limit the flow of
your loving, or anyone else's. Never create the slightest barriers that inhibit
the power of your loving, or another person's. You must become sensitive to this
requirement, because such barriers are all too easily created, especially
against the loving of those whom we profess to love the most. Don't let your
marriage ideals create boundaries that would hinder your wife in developing
herself to experience the fullness of her being in Love in her daily
his glass again. "Remember, our cup must be overflowing, because that is
what it means to be human. Everyone's cup must be overflowing if the substance
of our humanity is to be a light by which the whole world becomes enriched.
Then, and only then, can we hope that as we inspire the same flow in others
across all boundaries and creeds, and numerous divisions, that the need for
nuclear weapons will fall away. Only then can we allow ourselves to feel
He turned to
me again. "The worst thing we can do," he said, "is to build
barriers against another person's loving, or against our own. If we do this,
there will be no light and our world will drift into a Dark Age. This drifting
into darkness has already begun around the world."
down after his speech. He sat down without taking another sip. "That's why
I won't fill your glasses," he said and grinned. "This responsibility
belongs to you." He reached for the bottle and gave it to me.
flooding, please," Ushi requested, and laughed. We all laughed at that.
that his analogy wasn't intended to become messy.
I took the
bottle with a smile. I would have been lying if I had said that I wasn't
impressed by Steve's speech. Except he stopped short of answering the two
questions that puzzled me the most. I put the bottle back onto the table. Its
time had not yet come.
what really is universal Love?" I said to him as I put the bottle down,
looking directly at him. He seemed surprised at the question. "Steve, it
has been said that the 1648 Treaty of Westphalia that ended eighty years of war,
was founded on a platform of universal Love. But what is universal Love, Steve?
And most of all, what is it in terms of our self-loving? Are the two really the
same? We've been throwing the terms around too casually. How do we understand
them at the leading edge of science?"
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