I often use the expression: “the other of me”. It can also be called “the other of you” or “the other of themselves”, etc. Grammatically speaking, it is not a correct term, neither in Italian nor in English, but spiritually speaking it is perfectly correct.
Who is “the other of me”?
There is a simple but yet a very complicated answer. It is simple because if humankind really knew the meaning of the word Love, then equality would be the basis upon which modern society would build its foundations. Unfortunately we are not yet at this point, so to provide an answer, we must start from the beginning, the very beginning.
If you want to look at yourself, you must put yourself in front of a mirror; as God did, He generated the mirror: us, His exact copy. When I say: copy, I’m not talking about the material aspect but rather our real essence: the Spirit. My Master says that the most important awareness for a person interested in discovering the reality of things is to understand that:
It is written: “God created man in His own image”. Can we? If God had an image He also possessed limits, but because God is an energy, with no limits, He can not enter into the dimension of things. He is above everything! The material world is an expression of the Spirit, a world in which the Spirit is able to recognize Itself. So we are “the other part of God”, the part that is necessary for Him to comprehend who He is. This is the never ending process of life, this is evolution.
He made the Creation equals to His Creator. This is the magnificence of God. He didn’t create something that was less than Him. What could be a better demonstration of pure love? I don’t see any.
Here’s why I say “the other of me” when I refer to another person. If God considers all of us “the other part of Him”, how can I not do the same? There is a story I would like to share with you, a story told by Mother Teresa. She said:
I had the most extraordinary experience with a Hindu family who had eight children. A gentleman came to our house and said: Mother Teresa, there is a family with eight children, they have not eaten for so long – do something. So I took some rice and I went there immediately. And I saw the children – their eyes shining with hunger – I don’t know if you have ever seen hunger. But I have seen it very often! And she took the rice, she divided the rice, and she went out. When she came back I asked her – where did you go? What did you do? And she gave me a very simple answer: They are hungry also. What struck me most was that she knew – and who are they? A Muslim family – and she knew. I didn’t bring more rice that evening because I wanted them to enjoy the joy of sharing. But there were those children, radiating joy, sharing the joy with their mother because she had the love to give.
Mother Teresa was able to see “the other of herself” in every person: beggars, leprosy patients, poor people, the unwanted, the unloved, the uncared for and to give them the love they needed.
If we truly want to understand the meaning of the word love, the new equation to express this must be: me equals you.
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