Love equals Respect
Throughout history, there have
been serious discussions on the origin of life.
Scientists, philosophers, and theologians have put forth various
theories and explanations trying to gain insight into the mystery of
life. In reality, to put in
simply, love generates life. Without
it, the Saha world would never come to be.
Just as we love our parents and our parents love us, we are
reborn as humans because our consciousness houses much love as well as
Love has been widely promoted in today’s society.
It brings warmth to the world and like the sun, air, and water is
necessary to survival. However,
we must be very careful in how we love.
We must exercise reason, compassion, respect and sincerity. When our love is tainted, the consequences are ugly and
We must remind ourselves that love is neither attachment nor
possession, and it is not the source of selfishness and hatred.
Looking at today’s young people, we can see that in loving
someone they wish for that person’s immortality, and in hating him/her
they wish for his/ her death. In
reality, love is about sacrifice and giving.
It is to treasure, protect, and support the object of one’s
affection. If we were fond
of money, we should spread our wealth.
If we adore fame, we should use it to shelter other people.
If we love knowledge, we should pass it on to the next
generation. If we have
love, we should use it to bring about another’s happiness.
Marriage is the ultimate expression of two people’s commitment
to a lifetime of unity and support.
In order for a marriage o work, the married couple must love each
other properly. Otherwise,
their love becomes a noose around one another’s ankles.
Marriage is not a license to restrict personal freedom.
A person must not be blind or ignorant in love either. Otherwise, he/she will live in total darkness or drown in the
sea of suffering.
True love is not a one-way street but an exchange of mutual
affection. It is to
understand and comprehend intuitively what your loved ones are thinking
and feeling. Marriage is
sometimes compared to an Italian opera, a French comedy, a British
tragedy, an American farce, or a Chinese scandal.
It is a universal declaration of love and solidarity because love
is good, beautiful, truthful, and pure.
People should not limit themselves to a narrow interpretation of
love. Rather, they should
expand the concept to include not only themselves and their loved ones
but also to extend to society, country, and the world in which they
When the Buddha taught the Dharma, he was expressing his
affection for all sentient beings by showing them its joy and benefits.
The great compassion of Avalokiteshvara Bodhisattva that relieves
sentient beings from all suffering is also an expression of love.
To love is to benefit and help others accomplish something all
that is good. It is giving
others respect, freedom, and convenience.
Do we have the ability to extend our love to all living beings?
Can we love the tree as well as its branches?
In order to have altruistic love, we must learn to broaden the
scope of our love through compassion and purify our love through wisdom.
We must treat our loved ones with respect and dignity, and be
willing to sacrifice ourselves for their sake.
If we could be kind to each other and love one another
unconditionally, our universe would grow by leaps and bounds.