All because of love
when it arrived
my temporal life from then on
changed to eternal.
As our spiritual life takes hold, we become dissolved in the fire of love. Ecstasy, once tasted, gives way to enthusiasm and longing, which propel us onward toward the goal of our desire. The spiritual life represents an awakening of love, fervor in the soul, as we glimpse traces of eternal truth and oneness within the entire range of diverse phenomena in the physical universe. This is accompanied by relinquishing self-love in order to become united with the beloved.
Rumi tells us, “All because of love,” our temporal life is changed to eternal. As we learn about life and death, we may begin to wonder if this is all there is. A little further on, we may also grow weary of the confusion and conflicts of this life. Is Rumi referring to love with a capital L, what we can think of as divine love?
What we do know is that altruistic love changes everything. The temporal world is where separation, duality, and conflict-based perspectives reign. Yet, when we shift our perspective from the temporal to the eternal realm, we enter a mindful state of awareness that enables us to experience a realm of changelessness, as past, present, and future become one continuous moment. From this vantage point, of the eternal self, emotions such as happiness or love can become lasting. In the temporal world, they are often fleeting.
Of the three forms of happiness, “physical happiness” (which results from the sensory pleasures of the body, such as good food, delightful sounds, or beautiful sights), “social happiness” (which derives from human interactions that warm the heart and generate feelings or emotions of giving or receiving affection), and “spiritual happiness,” it is only the third form that offers a deeper, fuller, pervasive, underlying joy that can be ever-present.
Spiritual joy is more of a constant calmness, a perpetual state of acceptance of the way things are and the way things happen, like the deep ocean which remains still though there may be stormy waves above it. The lasting happiness and love of the eternal self comes about through a change of heart, one that allows us to transcend the temporal elements of life, and the conflicts that can pull us in to a frenzied state of being. This is what leads us to the kind of love Rumi is talking about.
Altruistic love comes from the divine self, being inspired by a love of the eternal. As the divine self steps outside of the temporal realm, gets a perspective of the whole, and recognizes who we are at our essence, it comes to understand that the source of lasting happiness is our awareness of our own divinity. This is what allows us to live within a perpetual state of love. As Mother Teresa has said, “We have been created in order to love and to be loved.”