Love is inner expansion; hatred is contraction. That is Sudesh Sehgal, author and inspirational writer, making us understand the importance of love in our day-to-day lives.
What it means is that by being loving and kind-hearted, you are helping yourself; and at the same time you are also helping others come out of their afflictions and see reason to live a reasonably contented and happy life.
Sehgal writes, in his book, The Path of Spiritual Healing, that religion is nothing but love expanded to encompass all the other virtues of life.
So, one can infer, no one can say he/she does not believe in religion and God. The reason is that religion and God have their existential base in love and compassion. So, if you are loving (all human beings are loving by nature), then you are religious too. You don’t have to be a temple visitor and do all the assorted rituals to be religious.
Love makes you cultivate the art of right thinking and living.
When you think and live rightly, your passion for loving and caring goes beyond your immediate circle and you become a universal person. And that is the stage you are about to attain the status of a Bodhisattva.
Love and compassion also form the foundation one has to have in order to be a spiritual person.
Today, when there is war within and outside one’s self, it is spirituality that should be cultivated to bring in peace and harmony.
In this connection, Sehgal says, “The day is not too far off when the need for spiritual insight will be felt by every human being.”
“Man will be so burdened by the superficial pursuits of life that he will simply break down under the weight. He will look for some discovery that can restore him to his natural state of peace. And this discovery will be the path of spiritual healing.”
That will also be the time when the beauty in you will shine; and love and energy for others’ cause will be gushing out!