Editorial

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Young and old suffer from the most pervasive pain of the time: loneliness. Those who suffer most acutely often find themselves unable to speak or act acceptably. They find themselves in the asylums and suicide columns.

To say that the consuming drive of any human being's life is to find love may seem to be an oversimplification, yet a sweeping overview of the world shows this to be the case. People have been searching in many different places for that love and their search has taken such forms as neurotic plunging into work, conquering the world, ingestion of mind-altering chemicals, making a million dollars, and driving too fast, just to name a few. Loneliness, by its nature, is quite impossible to overcome alone. People reach out to each other. Yet if too many attempts at love and union fail then one begins to hold oneself back. At this stage material pleasures, career satisfaction, such philosophical insight as can be acquired, or some similar substitute is accepted in place of being in love. The frustration of this natural need for love has caused more personal, social, national and international pain than any other specific cause which may be designated.

Recent advances in psychiatric medicine have shown that going back to the source of frustration, to those first experiences of feeling unloved, can help a person see through the substitutes for love that he has accepted and incorporated into his way of life. Experiencing this makes transparent the "escape mechanisms" that we use to avoid pain, something which generally puts us in contact with our own woefully inadequate basic assumptions. Our existence can become so dependent on external relationships in careers, family and education that one forgets that there is a depth of feeling more basic to what life is about than simple accomplishment of goals or day by day family life.

With the Knowledge of Shri Guru Maharaj Ji one is shown practically the energy source of the world … in essence, is shown the Primal Cause. With the connection to the source established, one is then able to begin the process of rebirth into life. Though the accomplishment of finally perceiving the inexhaustable source of love within marks the end of the search which spurs man on, it does not end his involvement with the world.

Aristotle, the Greek sage, was asked about friendship, and in one of his letters replied, "What is a friend? A single soul dwelling in two bodies." Centuries later, the great Roman orator, Cicero, reechoed this observation by stating: "A friend is, as it were, a second self." The Romans and Greeks placed highest value on the supreme sharing of love between brothers.

Jesus addressed himself to the question of love between brothers and sisters and said: As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love. If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love, even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love. These things have I spoken that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full. This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you. Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

Reintroduced into the glorious miracle which is life within this human frame, it becomes incumbent upon all to share this experience. Sharing this experience truly means informing the world of what Shri Guru Maharaj Ji has come to offer. Sharing this experience also means allowing the source of Love within to explode outwards, engulfing all about with a feeling of how truly precious this love is.

Love is truly a marvelous thing, marvelous is where and when it exists. Love cannot be saved, cannot be bought, cannot be traded and cannot be bargained for. Love does not exist when it is withheld, or parceled out in small portions. In fact, Love can truly exist only when it is given - outwardly - freely, by the Grace of Guru Maharaj Ji.

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