Friday, March 2, 2007

True Love

Not sure what year that picture was taken (early 1900s to be sure) and I sure wish I could have found a different one...

I'll go with what I've got [seems like a possible attribute of "True Love", eh?].

Check out the two people in the extreme upper right. It's a white woman and a black man and they're married.

Louis George Gregory and Louisa Mathew showed true love in spite of the fact that their "marriage was a challenge to the social convention of that time, and was even a criminal offense in some states."

Now, let's move rapidly ahead in time (though we surely won't out run prejudice...).

This picture is from a BBC News article, Star-crossed lovers quit West Bank.

This is Jasmine Avissar and Osama Zaatar. She's a Jewish Israeli and he's a Palestinian Muslim.

I'll share just a few quotes from this heart-wrenching True Love Story:

"First they tried to live in Israel, but the Israeli authorities would not allow Osama to join his wife there.

"Then they tried living in the occupied West Bank, but some Palestinians made life difficult for them.

"Now they've given up and are moving to Europe....

"Jasmine already has permission to go. Osama hopes to follow her soon....

"Neither Israeli nor Palestinian society has accepted their marriage....

"They turn and walk the short distance to the checkpoint that leads out of the West Bank and into Israel....

"Osama cannot go through the checkpoint with Jasmine. They don't know when he will be able to join her in Europe.

"They are still a couple caught in the middle of the Israeli Palestinian conflict."

I want to leave this post on True Love with a quote from the Greatest Human Lover I've ever known:

"Know thou of a certainty that Love is the secret of God's holy Dispensation, the manifestation of the All-Merciful, the fountain of spiritual outpourings. Love is heaven's kindly light, the Holy Spirit's eternal breath that vivifieth the human soul. Love is the cause of God's revelation unto man, the vital bond inherent, in accordance with the divine creation, in the realities of things. Love is the one means that ensureth true felicity both in this world and the next. Love is the light that guideth in darkness, the living link that uniteth God with man, that assureth the progress of every illumined soul. Love is the most great law that ruleth this mighty and heavenly cycle, the unique power that bindeth together the divers elements of this material world, the supreme magnetic force that directeth the movements of the spheres in the celestial realms. Love revealeth with unfailing and limitless power the mysteries latent in the universe. Love is the spirit of life unto the adorned body of mankind, the establisher of true civilization in this mortal world, and the shedder of imperishable glory upon every high-aiming race and nation."

  1. Selections from the Writings of `Abdu'l-Bahá (Haifa: Bahá'í World Centre, 1982), p. 27.


Puzzled Woeman said...

Since growing up, I have experienced to be what I thought at the time, true love. When I first felt spiritual love, however, all other types of love just vanished into the history book of common human error that I have made.

Your post on love really synchs in with me. My sister is dating/living with a black man. I sadly must say that had my own father known, he'd go crazy. It saddens me to know that even my own father suffers from the Closed Mind Syndrome.

Love knows no color, age, boundary, limit, religion. I think love is the the need for the spirit to reunite with its other half.

Lex said...


on the origin of the photo from 1926 in Elliot, Maine

Alexander M said...

Thank you, Lex, for the information.

Baha'i History is critical...

~ Alex