Sunday, March 6, 2011
Love your neighbor as your SELF.
“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”
Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is LIKE it: ‘Love your neighbor as your SELF. All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” - Matthew 22:36-40
In this exchange Jesus illuminates the most important Commandment/Law/Way (TAO) when he uses the word "SELF". When he says the 2nd is LIKE the 1st.
When he says Love your neighbor as your "SELF", combined with the 1st Way (Tao) Love Allaha (Brahman/SELF) with all your heart, with all your soul, all your mind, all your strength and Love your neighbor as your "SELF" - it completes the circle. Allaha (Brahman/SELF)=neighbor=SELF
"Love your neighbor as your SELF" was the EXACT CENTER VERSE OF THE BOOK OF THE TORAH. As his teacher, Rabbi Hillel, said: "All the Commandments are within this command."