It is necessary to love and be loved, but to the disgrace of this world, people do not love nor are they loved.
Love is something unknown to people; regrettably, they easily mistake passion and fear for love.
If people were capable of loving and being loved, then wars would be impossible on the face of the Earth.
Many marriages—that could be truly happy—are disgracefully unhappy, due to old resentments accumulated within the memory.
If spouses had generosity, they would forget their painful past and would live in plenitude, filled with true happiness.
The mind kills love, destroys it. As well, experiences, old discussions, past jealousy, all of this accumulation of the memory destroy love.
Many resentful wives could be happy if they had enough generosity to forget the past and to live in the present adoring their husbands.
Many husbands could be truly happy with their wives if they had enough generosity in order to forgive old errors and forget the quarrels and unhappy situations that have accumulated in their memories.
It is necessary and essential for married couples to comprehend the profound significance of any given moment.
Husbands and wives must always feel as if they were recently married, forgetting the past, and living happily in the present.
Love and resentments are incompatible atomic substances. Thus, resentments of any kind cannot exist within love. Love is eternal forgiveness.
Love exists within those who feel true anguish for the suffering of their friends and enemies. True love exists in those who work with all of their heart for the wellbeing of the humble, of the poor, of the needy.
Love exists within those who, in a natural and spontaneous manner, feel sympathy for the peasant who waters the field with the sweat of his body, or for the villager who suffers, or for the beggar who asks for alms, or for the humble dog who, in anguish and sickness, dies of hunger on the side of the road.
Authentic generosity, true sympathy, and love exist when we help someone with all of our heart; when in a natural and spontaneous manner—without anyone demanding it from us—we take care of a tree and water the flowers of a garden.
Regrettably, people do not have true generosity towards the world; they are only concerned with their own selfish gains, longings, success, knowledge, experiences, sufferings, pleasures, etc.
Moreover, many people exist in this world who only possess a false generosity. False generosity exists in that sly politician, in that cunning electoral “wolf” who squanders money with the egotistical goal of obtaining power, prestige, position, wealth, etc. Therefore, we must not mistake a dog for a wolf, since true generosity is absolutely disinterested, yet this can easily be mistaken for the selfish and false generosity of those cunning political “wolfs,” those capitalist crooks, those satyrs who covet women, etc.
We must be generous from our very heart, since true generosity is not of the mind; authentic generosity is the perfume of the heart.
If people were to have generosity, they would forget all those resentments accumulated within their memory, as well as all the painful experiences of many yesterdays; thus, they would learn how to live from moment to moment, always happy, always generous, and filled with true sincerity.
Regrettably, the “I” is memory and lives in the past; it always wants to return to the past. The past terminates relationships, it destroys happiness, it kills love.
A mind that is bottled up within the past can never comprehend in an integral manner the profound significance of any living moment.
Many are the people who write to us in search for consolation, asking us for a precious balm in order to heal their painful heart, but few are those who worry about how to comfort the afflicted one.
Many are the people who write to us about the miserable state in which they live, yet rare are those who break their only loaf of bread, which will feed them, in order to share it with others who need.
People do not want to understand that a cause exists behind any effect, and that only by altering the cause do we modify the effect.
The “I,” our beloved “I,” is energy that has lived within our forefathers and which has generated—in the past—certain causes whose present effects condition our existence.
We need generosity in order to modify past causes and thus transform present effects. So, we need generosity in order to wisely guide the ship of our existence; yes, we need generosity in order to radically transform our own life.
Understand: legitimate, effective generosity is not of the mind. Authentic sympathy and true sincere affection can never be the outcome of fear.
It is necessary to comprehend that fear destroys sympathy, terminates the generosity of the heart, and annihilates within us the delicious perfume of love.
Fear is the root of any corruption, the secret origins of any war; it is mortal venom that degenerates and kills.
School, college, and university teachers must comprehend the necessity of guiding their students along the path of true generosity, courage, and sincerity of the heart.
The rancid and torpid people from past generations have not comprehended what that venom called fear is, instead, they have cultivated fear like an ill-fated flower in a greenhouse. Thus, corruption, chaos, and anarchy are the outcome of such a procedure.
Teachers must comprehend the hour in which we live, the critical times in which we are found, and the necessity of raising the new generations upon a solid base of revolutionary ethics that will be in tune with the atomic era, which in these moments of pain and suffering is dawning amongst the august thundering of thought.
Fundamental education is based on a revolutionary psychology and on a revolutionary ethic that vibrate in their own accord with the newly vibrating rhythm of the new era.
The sense of cooperation will completely displace the horrible battle of egotistical competition. It is impossible to know how to cooperate when we exclude the effective and revolutionary principle of generosity.
Therefore, it is essential to comprehend in an integral manner— not only in the intellectual level but also within the different unconscious nooks of our subconscious and unconscious mind— what the lack of generosity and the horror of egotism are. Thus, only by having cognizance of what egotism and lack of generosity are can the delectable fragrance of true love and effective generosity—which are not of the mind—bloom from within our hearts.
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