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This book really turned me on, and gave me a different perspective. I highly recommend it for all those who need to heal their inner child. easy to read and difficult to put down once you start reading it.
Reviewed in the United States on February 21, 2012
"Love is not love that alters when it alteration finds..." In Sonnet CXVI Shakespeare told us what true love is, but he didn't tell us HOW to get it. Eknath Easwaran, renowned spiritual teacher and founder of the Blue Mountain Center of Meditation, in this touching, compassionate, and often witty e-essay, tells us how. Practice! Daily practice of specific spiritual tools and techniques. One of these is putting our partners first at every opportunity we get during the day, overlooking his/her faults, forgiving, letting go and moving on...to the next opportunity! Hard enough, indeed, for most of us. But gradually, over time, says Easwaran, we begin to see that this is a spiritual dynamic, a spiritual law like any law of physics. Love begins to fill our consciousness, grows deeper daily, a win-win situation as we see that making our partner happy makes us happy too. Not only that but also, he tells us, in perhaps the most astounding statement in the essay as he strikes out of the marriage vows "till death do us part" and assures us, instead, that this kind of love, learned over years of hard work and practice, goes beyond death and becomes etched in eternity. "Love's not time's fool, though rosy lips and cheeks within his bending sickle's compass come. Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks, but bears it out to the very edge of doom." Nodding in agreement with Shakespeare's tribute to true love, Easwaran does the Bard one better by giving us the road map to it.
This is a beautiful short ebook regarding the topic of love. It was very refreshing to read Easwaran's writing. The first section describes a talk to a group of teenage girls who ask him what true love is. He says that love when the other person's welfare is more important than one's own. Qualities such as patience, forgiveness, and thinking more of the needs of the other person seem to be important to having a loving, lasting relationship. Love in Easwaran's mind is not based on physical attraction, and he points the way to a more spiritual conception of love. These qualities can be extended to other relationships as well and are not restricted only to romantic relationships. In its highest conception, universal love, one is able to have a loving relationship with all of mankind.
Reviewed in the United States on February 13, 2012
Just like the Beatles' song title, All You Need is Love, learning to love is easier said than done. However, Easwaran's down to earth, practical approach to the idea is enjoyable to read on many levels. He uses every day examples to drive home the most lofty spiritual goal: love is the answer. Then he tells you how to move in that direction. My church is struggling right now to get through a divisive issue. I will be recommending it as a small group book discussion. Lots of gems to pick through!