The path that is followed by most persons in the beginning of their spiritual search is the path of love, bhakti yoga. Love is the easiest and most effective way to begin our search.
While pain motivates, once we feel comfortable and the pain has stopped, we'll stop evolving. Love is a far superior spiritual vehicle.
The true teacher of love is the heart. The heart is very wise. It makes mistakes from time to time, but it has a wisdom all its own. If you want to follow the path of love, it's a good idea to meditate on the heart chakra every day.
On the path of love we feel that if we love today, it's only because God is loving through us, because there is a special grace present with which we can love. Everything is the will of God -- we are only instruments of her will and we learn to love and accept. There's no place to go. There's nothing to attain. There's nothing to be reached.
Love leads us to ourselves -- this is the mystery of love. The secret of love is acceptance, acceptance of our finite self, of our life, our birth, our death.
Love does not seek to please itself, but offers itself and its light to others. As we love truly and deeply, we see the white light of truth in others. Seeing this reminds us that the same light exists within us. As the Tibetans say: "Recognition is liberation."
Most people suffer in love because of attachment. Attachment means we're interested in a net return on our investment. This kind of love doesn't work very well as it destroys the nature of love.
As your love grows, you will find that your attachment to this world will fall away.
You don't love perfectly without first loving imperfectly. It's far better to love imperfectly than not to love at all.
We cannot say that you are spiritually advanced if you are unkind to those around you. The only way you can really evaluate spiritual advancement is to see how someone treats those who are close to them. Someone may be able to meditate well, but if they can't manifest that meditation in just good common sense by loving and being kind to those around them, then I can't say they're spiritually developed. Real spirituality and love is always manifest. It always goes to those who are with us and around us.
The art of spirituality is learning to be happy in any condition and in any circumstance. This is the art of love. It is only if you have the courage to follow your heart that you will succeed on the path of love.
Love is the strongest force in the universe. If you really love, then you're willing to step outside of your own love sometimes to do that which is right.