THE WAY OF LOVE: ANCIENT RELIGION OF THE PROPHETS AND SAGES
The spiritual path of SacredService for Human Liberation is The Way of Love, the universal and timeless Religion of the Great Prophets (divine peace and blessings rest upon them all), the most renowned of them being the Noble Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses, Mary the Mother of Jesus, Jesus Christ, and Muhammad.
The path of sacred service begins with Love and ends with Love.
True Love is not love that involves clinging, lust, confusion, neediness, fear, or grasping for the Lower Self. True Love frees us from the illusions of our fears and desires so that we can transact with God, Man, and Nature sincerely. William Penn wrote, “Love grows. Lust wastes by Enjoyment, and the Reason is, that one springs from an Union of Souls, and the other from an Union of Sense.”
The Way of Love is founded upon love for The Creator and Sustainer of the cosmos, love for all of the infallible prophets along with their families and companions, love for all of the spiritually realized sages of the world who taught and teach this Way, love for the global family of faith in God regardless of religion, and loving-kindness for all of humanity.
Repentance, uprightness, tranquility, truthfulness, sincerity, mindfulness of God, awareness of God, beholding God, and knowing God are the qualities that gradually manifest from the hearts of those who follow the Way of Love.
According to the Holy Koran, The Creator said, “Surely those who embody Faith and do righteous deeds will the All-Gracious endow with Love.”
Prophet Muhammad declared, “The best of actions after faith in God is loving-kindness towards all of humanity.”
Jesus Christ Son of Lady Mary said, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.”
The Buddha taught, “We will develop and cultivate the liberation of mind by loving-kindness, make it our vehicle, make it our basis, stabilize it, exercise ourselves in it, and fully perfect it. Thus should you train yourselves.”
And Rumi, the world’s most celebrated mystical poet, wrote, “Your task is not to seek for Love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.”
The power of love is the greatest force in the universe to defeat the love of power in the hearts of human beings. Great agents of peace, love, and service in the world like William Penn, Ahmadu Bamba, Mohandas Gandhi, Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan, Cerno Bokar Taal, Martin Luther King, Jr., Mother Theresa, and Nelson Mandela each demonstrated this immutable cosmic principle during their lives. Becoming an agent of love in society begins with the love of the Creator for us, God says in the Holy Koran, “God shall bring forth a people whom He loves and who also love Him.” Sages commenting on this verse teach that The Creator begins with His Love for these blessed people because they could not love Him without Him first inspiring their souls with the ecstasy of divine love.
Becoming an agent of divine love in the world is beautifully explained in this saying of Prophet Muhammad,
“Verily God Most Exalted has said: ‘Whosoever shows enmity to a beloved servant of Mine, then I have declared war against him. And My servant does not draw near to Me with anything more beloved to Me than the duties I have obligated upon him. And My servant continues to draw near to me with voluntary acts of service until I Love him. When I Love him, I am his hearing with which he hears, and his sight with which he sees, and his hand with which he strikes, and his foot with which he walks. Were he to ask something of Me, I would surely give it to him; and were he to seek refuge with Me, I would surely grant him refuge.’ ”
According to the spiritual teachings of Prophet Muhammad, the Quintessence of all the Prophets, the Way of Love is comprised of five elements:
- Faith based on reason, reflection, and realization,
- Practice based on sacrifice, detachment, and transcendence,
- Beauty of Soul based on constant mindfulness and beholding of your Creator,
- Action based on identifying the Archetypes of the End Times in your historical context, and
- Spiritual Certainty based on the Light of divine unveiling.
SacredService offers classes and retreats designed to guide our removal of the barriers to experiencing Infinite Love and the gradual embodiment of these four elements which are keys to everlasting happiness, eternal life, inner peace, and social justice. Along with these four elements, we deepen the roots of Love in our souls through a daily discipline of meditation, invocation of the beautiful Divine Names, prophetic supplication, recitation of God’s Eternal Speech, and service to our fellow creatures.
The soul of a human being who follows this most ancient of paths ultimately becomes spiritually awakened and radiates love, light, and liberty upon all. This kind of human being is described in the following words of Inayat Khan, a spiritual master of the Way of Love, “The souls of all are from one and the same source, but a soul which is unveiled shines out. Love and light come continually from such souls. We need no proof of it for it is living, all else is dead in comparison.”