Agape Love: A Tradition Found in Eight World Religions by Sir John Templeton

By Sir John Templeton

The culture of agape, or unconditional love, isn't really unique to anybody faith. truly, it's a significant underlying precept present in religions around the world. the idea that of altruistic love is person who demanding situations the religious individual to like your enemies, or to like with no considered go back. it's a love that flows out to others within the kind of compassion, kindness, tenderness, and charitable giving.

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Consequently, as the love is, so the life is; and as the life is, that is as the love is, so the entire person is in soul and in body. —E M A N U E L S W E D E N B O RG 26 seven or ninety-eight or even ninety-nine sheep safely in the fold. Images come to mind of a cold, dark, rainy night and of a loving shepherd braving the elements, searching desperately, never quitting until the lost sheep is found again. The God of Christianity, like the brave shepherd, will keep searching high and low for those who have gone astray.

He turned to a life of prayer, fasting, and asceticism as he developed his political and social philosophy, which eventually found expression in the practice of satyagraha. Satyagraha called for civil disobedience in order to protest unjust laws, laws that caused human suffering and assaulted human dignity. Participants must be prepared to face the physical and legal consequences of their actions, for their civil disobedience was to be practiced nonviolently, with an attitude of love. Satyagraha included an element of bhakti yoga, which is the way of loving devotion to God.

T A M I L P ROV E R B Lord, I do not want wealth, nor children, nor learning. If it be Thy will I will go to a hundred hells, but grant me this, that I may love Thee without the hope of reward, unselfishly love for love’s sake. ” Indeed, most branches of Hinduism teach high moral principles. The moral law contained within the Mahabharata emphasizes kindness to all creatures. Thus, agape can be viewed as a natural course of action for those operating at a high level of spirituality. The Hindu holy text, the Bhagavad-Gita, teaches that those seeking ultimate spiritual freedom are characterized by such qualities as compassion and generosity.

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