In his commentary on passages addressing “The Four Sublime States” (in the thirteenth “Digha Nikaya”, a compilation of the Buddha’s discourses), the German Theravada monk Nyanaponika Thera writes of living guided by a Love that is “comforting coolness to those who burn with the fire of suffering….that is life-giving warmth to those abandoned in the cold desert of loneliness, to those who are shivering in the frost of a loveless world; to those whose hearts have become as if empty and dry by the repeated calls for help, by deepest despair.”
We hear the voice of the Buddha from centuries ago, encouraging us to embrace “all beings, knowing well that we all are fellow wayfarers….that we all are overcome by the same law of suffering.”
In the 2010 book “Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion”, Father Gregory Boyle, whose life-work has healed and rehabilitated thousands of troubled young people, writes: “Ruskin’s comment that you can get someone to remove his coat more surely with a warm, gentle sun than with a cold, blistering wind is particularly apt. Meeting the world with a loving heart will determine what we find there.”
Earlier in this passage, he gifts us a gem.
“There is no force in the world better able to alter anything from its course than love.”