Form of Love
By Paramahansa Yogananda
Friendship is the purest
form of Godís love because it is born of the heartís free choice and
is not imposed upon us by familial instinct. Ideal friends never
part; nothing can sever their fraternal relationship. I have never
lost a true friend. Even though two to whom I gave sincere love
became inimical, I am still a friend to them. To be a true,
unconditional friend, your love must be anchored in Godís love. Your
life with God is the inspiration behind true divine friendship with
all. True friends bring mutual progress to one another.
relationship is the highest expression of friendship, for it is
based on unconditional divine love and wisdom. It is the loftiest
and most sacred of all relationships. Christ and his disciples were
all one in spirit, as are my Master [Swami Sri Yukteswar] and I and
those who are in tune with me, because of the common bond of Godís
divine love. Drinking His love together from the chalice of sincere
hearts is the unifying sacrament of this relationship.
In human friendship
familiarity should be avoided, or after a little while friends may
take advantage of each other. But in divine friendship there is
ever-increasing respect; each one thinks only of the highest welfare
of each other. That is the nature of the divine friendship between
guru and disciple. One who partakes of this relationship is on the
way to wisdom and freedom.
Whenever I speak to
others, as in these services, one form appears before me: my Guru.
His influence is paramount in my life. Even now, though he is no
longer on this earth plane, he is always with me.