Let us forget the Ramana Maharshi ideal of loving everyone and everything. If we love everyone, doesn't that mean we really don't love any ONE? If we love everything, doesn't that mean we really do not love any one THING? When love becomes generic, it loses its value because it is as common as dirt, and all objects and people are the same.
But in real life, is it not the passionate, exclusive, and singular love for the beloved, that allows us to see God in human flesh? Is it not singular, exclusive love that allows the personal self to burn away, to become empty and totally receptive to the other? If love were everywhere, to whom or what can we surrender?
Was not the love of Rumi for God and for his guru, Shams? It was not for all the trees in the forest, or all the people on Facebook. It was for his one beloved, God in Shams.
It is in this duality with the beloved that we find God on earth in human or animal form, and the beloved finds God in us. God worships himself through me and you in duality.
Only then, only when love has completed its work does the self, the I Am, drop away and we find rest in stillness, emptiness and receptivity—the silence of the heart.