On Love and Light // Juan Mascaro

On Love and Light // Juan Mascaro

“Socrates tells us that love is the messenger between the gods and man, and St John of the Cross says that ‘It is love alone that unites the soul with God.’ St Teresa in her homely way says ‘What matters is not to think much, but to love much,’ ‘No eta la cosa en pens mucho, sino en amar mucho’ although she adds that ‘The love of God must not be built up by imagination, but must be tried by works.’ These ideas are in the spirit of the Bhagavad Gita. The vision of God is the grace of God; but the grace of God is the reward of the love of man.

We thus find in the Bhagavad Gita that love is interwoven with light.

Love is the power that moves the universe, the day of life. the night of death, and the new day after death. The radiance of this universe sends us a a message of love and says that all creation came from love, that love impels evolution and that at the end of their time love returns all things to Eternity. Ever as the rational mind can see that all matter is energy, the spirit can see that all energy is love, and everything in creation can be a mathematical equation for the mind and a song of love for the soul. Love leads to Light: Bhakti leads to Jnana, and Jnana is the joy of Brahman, the joy of the Infinite.”

— Juan Mascaro (introduction to his translation & interpretation of “The Bhagavad Gita”)

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