Love has its limitations

September 21, 2013 Comments Off on Love has its limitations

Love has its limitations when it is directed towards limited beings, but
love directed to God has no limitations.

Bowl of Saki, September 18, by Hazrat Inayat Khan

Commentary by Hazrat Inayat Khan:

If someone limits his love to a single object, saying, ‘I only love this
and there is nothing else I need’, surely he has not the right kind of love
either. True love is limitless. Though it begins by being limited in such a
way, yet it progresses and some day breaks out. … To speak of the jealous
God means that the unlimited force of love cannot allow its expression to
be directed towards one limited object. That is why the love of God alone
is the culmination of love, for love is as vast as God. Verily, love itself
is God.

The individual soul is a shoot that springs from the all-pervading Spirit,
its goal being its origin; and every attachment it has on its way is, no
doubt, a detaining on the journey. The soul is never fully satisfied so
long as it has not reached its destination. The love of the external world
is a rehearsal before the performance, which is the love of God, the Inner

~~~ “Sangatha II, 1 – Tasawwuf”, by Hazrat Inayat Khan (unpublished)

Man can love another human being, but by the very fact of his loving
another human being he has not got the full scope. To express all the love
that is there, he must love the unlimited God. One admires all that is
beautiful in color, tone, or form; but everything beautiful has its
limitations; it is only when one rises above limitations that one finds
that perfection which is God alone.

As we give all things they come back to us through Love. The more we give,
the more comes back. Love has its limitations when it is directed to
limited beings, but love that is directed to God has no limitations, God
alone deserves all love, and the freedom of Love is in giving it to God.

~~~ “Sangatha III, 30 – Ta’lim”, by Hazrat Inayat Khan (unpublished)

Love for one person, to whatever depth it may have reached, is limited.
Perfection of love lies in its vastness. ‘The tendency of love is to
expand, even from one atom to the whole universe, from a single earthly
beloved to God.’ When love is for the human being it is primitive and
incomplete, and yet it is needed to begin with. He can never say, ‘I love
God,’ who has no love for his fellow man. But when love attains its
culmination in God, it reaches its perfection.


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