We begin with one of the most profound
sutras of Gautama the Buddha: “Love yourself…”
Just the opposite has been taught to
you by all the traditions of the world, all the civilizations, all
the cultures, all the churches. They say: “Love others, don’t love
yourself.” And there is a certain cunning strategy behind their
Love is the nourishment for the soul.
Just as food is to the body, so love is to the soul. Without food
the body is weak, without love the soul is weak. And no state, no
church, no vested interest, has ever wanted people to have strong
souls, because a person with spiritual energy is bound to be
Love makes you rebellious,
revolutionary. Love gives you wings to soar high. Love gives you
insight into things, so that nobody can deceive you, exploit you,
oppress you. And the priests and the politicians survive only on
your blood – they survive only on exploitation. All the priests and
all the politicians are parasites.
To make you spiritually weak they have
found a sure method, one hundred percent guaranteed, and that is to
teach you not to love yourself. If a man cannot love himself he
cannot love anybody else either. The teaching is very tricky. They
say “Love others,” because they know if you cannot love yourself you
cannot love at all. But they go on saying, “Love others, love
humanity, love God, love nature, love your wife, your husband, your
children, your parents, but don’t love yourself” – because to love
oneself is selfish according to them.
They condemn self-love as they condemn
nothing else – and they have made their teaching look very logical.
They say: “If you love yourself you will become an egoist, if you
love yourself you will become narcissistic.” It is not true. A man
who loves himself finds that there is no ego in him. It is by loving
others without loving yourself, trying to love others, that the ego
The missionaries, the social reformers,
the social servants, have the greatest egos in the world –
naturally, because they think themselves to be superior human
beings. They are not ordinary: ordinary people love themselves; they
love others, they love great ideals, they love God. And all their
love is false, because all their love is without any roots.
A man who loves himself finds that there is no ego in him. It is by
loving others without loving yourself, trying to love others, that
the ego arises.
Love makes you rebellious, revolutionary.
Love gives you wings to
Love gives you insight into things, so that nobody can
deceive you, exploit you, oppress you.