Agape: In Search of Universal Love
from the novel, The Lodging for the Rose
Rolf. A. F. Witzsche

Story 1 - Lianhua.
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      "You seek passion and delight," the Guru answered, "which are the cause of pain."
      "Indeed, I seek these," said Lianhua. "My passion is life, my delight is in living. I rejoice when our garden grows ripe into harvest. I rejoice in our community as we succeed. Life is wide, deep, profound, a fountain of happiness, we love one another, cherish one another, enrich one another, can you say the same?"
      "But you love sexual intimacies that defile a person," said the guru.
      "But out of that comes life," Lianhua replied. "We honor humanity as a sexual species. You say that human sex was a mistake of creation. You thereby dishonor the wisdom of creation, the wisdom by which you exist. I say that all aspects of a human being are beautiful. None should be relegated to the trash heap. Sexual attraction doesn't divide us, it unites us, it makes us equals in our love for our humanity."
      "But sexual misconduct is harmful," the guru replied.
      "But can there be any misconduct when the goal is to honor, when people reach out to one another in universal love?" Lianhua asked in return.
      The guru did not counter or answer this question, but returned to the monastery.

      It took many days until the monks realized that they were human beings, nevertheless. They began to respect their sexual feelings and sexual delights, and their related longing. Nevertheless, those needs could not be fulfilled as demanded on the platform of their 'royal' status as a holy order. The sexual door remained closed to the monks until they learned to honor one another and everyone as well, until they began to embrace the constitutional principles that the people had embraced as perfect wisdom. Only then, the doors began to open for them as they did learn to honor, even to honor women, and to honor them as beautiful, even sexual beings, and themselves in the same manner.

      As this development began to take shape, the character of the monastery began to change. The monks' isolation from the world became history. The valley became richer and more beautiful. Their higher wisdom became evident in more flower gardens across the valley, and more fields for food, and in the form of new life for the community. Children and young people soon crowded the monastery as a place for learning skills and spiritual knowledge, and the learning of languages, even geometry, and the nature of universal principles and the nature of democracy.

      Since the unfolding society lived in a far away, hidden valley, few visitors came from the outside world. A few merchants made the long trek that takes one across several mountain ranges, and even those merchant visitors were quite rare. However, the visitors who did come to the valley were impressed by what they saw. They were astonished that such a miracle had become possible. Most of them left deeply affected. Some were impressed by the beauty of the harmonious interplay and support that they witnessed, and the people's honoring of one another.
      There was one visitor, however, who was horrified by what he found, by the danger that this new spirit of humanity posed to the existence of dynasties and kings, and religions, churches, and empires. It was that person who promptly spread the word across the land to every emperor and ruler wide and far, and they would all tremble at the very thought of it.
      Then something rare happened. A number of the emperors, who had zealously fought each other, banded together for the purpose of stamping out "this offending spirit of humanity," that they regarded as a threat to their existence, "a spirit that can turn a monastery into a kindergarten," as one of them bloated with indignation. They assembled an army with the charge to stamp out every person in that valley, lest they infect the masses of their own populations.

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