January 21, 2011
What is so significant about the emotion of falling in love? When we are in love, we can’t stop thinking about the person whom we have fallen in love with; constantly we think how to cater to one’s love’s needs; how to make them happy; how to attend to one’s love’s concerns; how to add to their own strength and ability to clear away their suffering.
So in this strong emotion, you kind of forget about yourself. That has an aphrodisiac-like quality; it makes you incredibly high. Also a lot of courage comes up inside. What you before never imagined you were capable of doing, let alone for others, even for yourself!, you begin to have courage to do it so. That’s because your self-centeredness at that moment goes down, therefore courage is able to come up.
I always think that the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, like ordinary people falling in love, are themselves always in love with sentient beings. In that state, they can’t even think of themselves; they don’t even see the point of doing that at all.
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