Daily Dose for the Soul

Love, joy, and peace are deep states of being or rather three aspects of the state of inner connectedness with being. As such, they have no opposite. This is because they arise from beyond the mind. Emotions, on the other hand, being part of the dualistic mind, are subject to the law of opposites. This simply means that you cannot have good without bad. So in the unenlightened, mind-identified condition, what is sometimes wrongly called joy is the usually short lived pleasure side of the continuously alternating pain/pleasure cycle. Pleasure is always derived from something outside you, whereas joy arises from within. The very thing that gives you pleasure today will give you pain tomorrow, or it will leave you, so its absence will give you pain. And what is often referred to as love may be pleasurable and exciting for a while, but it is an addictive clinging, and extremely needy condition that can turn into its opposite at the flick of a switch. Many love relationships, after the initial euphoria has passed, actually oscillate between love and hate, affection and attack.

Real love doesn’t make you suffer. How could it? It doesn’t suddenly turn into hate, nor does real joy turn into pain. Even before you are enlightened, before you have freed yourself from your mind, you may get glimpse of true joy, true love, or of a deep inner peace, still but vibrantly alive. These are aspects of your true nature, which is usually obscured by the mind. Even within a normal addictive relationship, there can be moments when the presence of something more genuine, something incorruptible, can be felt. But they will only be glimpses, soon to be covered up again through mind interference. It may then seem that you had something very precious and lost it, or your mind may convince you that it was all an illusion anyways. The truth is that it wasn’t an illusion, and you cannot lose it. It is part of your natural state, which can be obscured but can never be destroyed by the mind. Even when the sky is heavily overcast, the sun hasn’t disappeared . It’s still there on the other side of the clouds.

Reference : The Power of Now. Eckhart Tolle.

10 Comments Add yours

  1. Thank you so much for sharing
    Stay safe and healthy

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    1. GS says:

      Thank you Kanika. I am glad you liked the post. The most amazing and romantic things aren’t in materialistic stuff. The things that matter the most are those little things you do every day to show significant other that you care and that you’re thinking of them. When you love someone unconditionally, you’d go out of your way to make them happy and feel special.

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      1. GS says:

        Glad you agree.

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  2. A lovely start to my morning Garima, reading this article, I have had glimpses of love and joy but as you say the mind likes to come in with its constant chatter. Thank goodness for meditation!
    I hope you are keeping well during this pandemic. Stay safe and keep well, best regards, Carolyn. ❌❌👩‍🦰

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    1. GS says:

      Thank you Carolyn. All is well here. Staying safe and taking all precautions. Everyone says love hurts, but that is not true. Loneliness hurts. Rejection hurts. Losing someone hurts. Envy hurts. Everyone gets these things confused with love, but in reality, love is the only thing in this world that covers up all pain and makes someone feel wonderful again. Love is the only thing in this world that does not hurt.

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  3. Real love permeates through our mind, body, and soul. It is unconditional and forgiving in its attitude.

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    1. GS says:

      Love and joy are inseparable from your natural state of inner connectedness with Being. Glimpses of love and joy or brief moments of deep peace are possible whenever a gap occurs in the stream of thought.
      For most people, such gaps happen rarely and only accidentally, in moments when the mind is rendered “speechless,” sometimes triggered by great beauty, extreme physical exertion, or even great danger. Suddenly, there is inner stillness. And within that stillness there is a subtle but intense joy, there is love, there is peace.

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  4. clcouch123 says:

    I appreciate the three states being deeper than dualism. I think duality often gets too high a ranking in our perceptions of reality. Love, joy, and peace live without an opposite, as you say, and thusly are not turned (and maybe turned back). They are true, however imperfectly we might know them, and lasting. Thank you.

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    1. GS says:

      Real love can only be found within your being. By allowing your inner-stillness to emerge, you discover your true identity. You recognize that love is not something you seek; rather something you are. Real love doesn’t make you suffer.

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