Spiritual teacher A. H. Almaas speaks with host Michael Taft about the centrality of love to our spiritual nature, how to tell the difference between emotional love and spiritual love, how the wounds of love can become openings for awakening, various “flavors” of love, and the necessity of love to approach truth.
A. Hameed Ali, whose pen name is A. H. Almaas, is founder of the Diamond Approach to Self-Realization, a contemporary teaching that developed within the context of both ancient spiritual teachings and modern depth psychology theories. Almaas has authored eighteen books about spiritual realization, including the Diamond Heart series, The Pearl Beyond Price, The Void, and The Alchemy of Freedom.
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00:38 – Intro
03:31 – The book ‘Love Unveiled’
04:24 – Love vs awareness in spirituality
07:11 – Difference between emotional love and spiritual love
10:59 – Relationship between consciousness and love
12:51 – Love is the maturation of realization
14:38 – Difference in the expressions of emotional vs spiritual/essential love
16:54 – Spiritual love as a medium and the nectars/flavors of love
19:07 – Yearning and desire in different traditions
25:37 – Teaching the opening of the heart
26:47 – Working with the barriers/obstacles in different qualities of love
31:03 – Pointing towards the way into the heart
32:20 – Nectars of love
34:08 – Phenomenology of love
36:09 – The three centers of human beings
37:49 – Difficulties with feeling love and loved
41:47 – Working with the wounds in the heart
44:20 – Hameed’s favorite flavor of love
45:18 – The three-volume series on love
48:23 – Outro