Power of Love or Love of Power?

Hope you like this little noetic eye candy I cooked up for you:

power-of-love

When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.
Jimmi Hendrix

The way I see it, power is all about control. Love is all about losing control.

God’s love for us is the primary force behind Creation and the fountain of mankind’s nobility is free will. Which in a funny sort of way means that God gave up “control” and in a sense, put it in our own hands. We are not brute animals, controlled, lashed or beaten by God throughout our lives but instead are guided lovingly by His manifestations, through intermittent divine revelations. And yet, whether we realize it or not, we always have the freedom to choose our reactions, behavior, speech… our very lives.

You and I may not be covetous of power in the meaning that we want to rule a country or take over the world. But in our own way we each choose, moment to moment, to either let go and love; or grab on to gain and maintain control and therefore, power. Lord knows I could sure use less of the latter and a heaping spoonful of the former.

Here’s the curious thing, when your power to love overcomes your love of power, something magical happens. People are drawn to you. You become a beacon, attracting others as if magnetized. They may not even know why but they sense something in you that others lack. Look at the example in the life and person of Abdu’l-Baha. Even as desiring no rank nor station beyond that of servitude, Abdu’l-Baha was so loved, revered and respected by all people.

Sounds good. Now how do we do that?

The Baha’i Faith certainly has answers – which take a lifetime to glean. These two ladies also have some ideas: Karen Armstrong + Jill Bolte Taylor

Just a little something to ponder over the weekend. Hope you all have a wonderful and restful time. It wouldn’t hurt to crank up some of Jimi’s music and dance like no one’s watching.

  • Bird

    What a refreshing post Baquia. Just bought my kids a Wii guitar and they have been jami’n to Hendrix amoung some other greats.

    Just makes me what sing at the top of my voice – LOVE, LOVE, LOVE !!! … John Lennon… In the end the love you take is equal to the love you make…

  • Bird

    What a refreshing post Baquia. Just bought my kids a Wii guitar and they have been jami’n to Hendrix amoung some other greats.

    Just makes me what sing at the top of my voice – LOVE, LOVE, LOVE !!! … John Lennon… In the end the love you take is equal to the love you make…

  • Bird

    This is for those who want to listen. It’s Julian Lennon’s myspace page. I send you “Everything Changes” & “Saltwater” On the top right of the page is the music links.

    Have a nice weekend!

  • Bird

    This is for those who want to listen. It’s Julian Lennon’s myspace page. I send you “Everything Changes” & “Saltwater” On the top right of the page is the music links.

    Have a nice weekend!

  • Max Friedenberg

    We look forward to the time when the Power of Love will replace the Love of Power. Then will our world know the blessings of peace.” ( William Gladstone 1809-1898)