Excerpted from Sri Paramahansa Yogananda
I Sought Love in Many Lives
And I Shed Bitter Tears of Separation and Repentance Just to Know What Love Is
I Sacrificed Everything
All Attachment and Illusion
To Learn at Last, I Am In Love with One,
With God*, with God Alone.
And Then I Drank Love Through All True Hearts.
I Saw that God is the One Cosmic Lover
The One Sweet Fragrance that Permeates all the Variegated Blossoms of Love
In the Garden of Human Life.
And the Lord Ever Silently Whispers to You,
“I Am Love.”
But to Experience the Giving and the Gift of Love
“I Divided Myself into Three,
Love, Lover & the Beloved
And, My Love is Beautiful, My Love is Pure and Undemanding
My Love is Eternally Joyous.
And, I Taste My Love in Many Ways
Through Many Forms.
As a Father I Drink Reverential Love from the Spring of My Child’s Heart
As a Mother I Drink the Nectar of Unconditional Love
from the Tiny Soul Cup of the Little Baby.
As a Child, I Imbibe the Protecting Love of the Father’s Righteous Reason.
As Infant, I Drink Causeless Love from the Holy Grail of Maternal Affection.
As Master I Drink Sympathetic Love from the Flask of the Servant’s Thoughtfulness.
As Servant, I Sip Respectful Love from the Goblet of the Master’s Appreciation.
As Guru, I enjoy the Purest Love from the Chalice of the Disciple’s All Surrendering Devotion.
As Friend, I Drink from the Self Bubbling Fountains of Spontaneous Love, of Spontaneous Friendship.
As a True Divine Friend, I Quoth Crystal Waters of Cosmic Love from the Reservoir of God Adoring Hearts.
And So, My Love is Playing Hide and Seek in All Human Hearts
That Each Might Learn to Discover and Worship
Not the Temple Human Receptacles of My Love
But My Love Itself Dancing from One Heart to Another.
The Moon Laughs at Millions of Well Meaning Lovers
Who have Unknowingly Lied to their Beloved when saying,
“I Shall Love You Forever”
Their Skulls are Strewn over the Wind Swept Sands of Eternity.
They Can No Longer Use their Breath to Say, “I Love You.”
They Can Neither Remember, Nor Redeem their Promise to Love Each Other Forever.
But, Says the Lord, Without Speaking a Word, I Have Loved You Always.
So I Alone can Truly Say to You My child,
“I love You for I Have Loved You Before You Were Born
My Love Gives You Life
And Sustains You Even at this Moment
And I Alone Can Love You
After the Gates of Death Imprisons You
Where None, Not even Your Greatest Human Love,
Can Ever Reach You.
I am the Love that Dances Human Puppets
On the Strings of Emotion and Instincts
to Play the Drama of Love on the Stage of Life.
My Love is Beautiful and Endlessly Enjoyable
When you Love Me Alone
But the Lifeline of Love and Peace is Cut,
When instead you Become Tangled in Human Emotion and Human Attachment.
Realize My Children, It Is My love
For Which You Yearn Through All Human Hearts
For Those Who Love me As One Person
Or Perfectly Love in One Person
Do Not Know What Love is
Only They Can Know Love,
Who Love Me Wisely, Thoughtlessly,
Completely All Surrenderingly,
Who Love Me Perfectly and Equally In All
And Love Me Perfectly and Equally As All.
When speaking about “God” here, think of “The All,” “Infinity,” “All That There Is,” “Oneness.”