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The Daily Dharma – May 19, 2021

The greatest experience in life is when you simply give without any conditions, without any expectation of even a simple “thank you.” On the contrary, a real, authentic love feels obliged to the person who has accepted his love. He could have rejected it.

When you start giving love with a deep sense of gratitude to all those who accept it, you will be surprised that you have become an emperor – no longer a beggar asking for love with a begging bowl, knocking on every door. And those people on whose doors you are knocking cannot give you love; they are themselves beggars. Beggars are asking each other for love and feeling frustrated, angry, because the love is not coming. But this is bound to happen. Love belongs to the world of emperors, not of beggars. And a [person] is an emperor when she is so full of love that she can give it without any conditions.

from Love, Freedom, Aloneness; The Koan of Relationships

To be continued . . .