Sometimes the words from someone really makes one stop and see things more clearly. The other day I was listening to Martin Luther King’s sermon “Why I Oppose the Vietnam War” which he gave in 1967 shortly before his assassination. King underscores the sermon of the importance of love and he says
“When I speak of love I am not speaking of some sentimental and weak response I am speaking of that force which all of the great religions have seen as the supreme unifying principle of life. Love is somehow the key that unlocks the door which leads to ultimate reality.”
I have been editing the talks from the recent retreat Tejananda and I led on the Brahmaviharas and the Tonglen practices and Dr King’s words resonated with what these practices are about. The act of love is the key, as he says, that unlocks the door that leads to ultimate reality. It is in the act of love that we stop separating from what is actually happening and come into an intimate connection with life. Perhaps, taking it a bit further, love is the actual nature of ultimate reality.
As I said I have been editing the talks from the recent Awakening Heart and Divine Abodes Retreat. I am doing this to turn them into an ebooklet available to download with links to the led meditations from the Retreat. This is a new way of getting what we do out there and hopefully will lead to other ebooklets on other Retreat themes. I’ll keep you informed of progress.