Then said Almitra, "Speak to us of Love."
And he raised his head and looked upon the people, and there fell a stillness upon them.
And with a great voice he said:
When love beckons to you follow him,
Though his ways are hard and steep.
And when his wings enfold you yield to him,
Though the sword hidden among his pinions may wound you.
And when he speaks to you believe in him,
Though his voice may shatter your dreams as the north wind lays waste the garden.
For even as love crowns you so shall he crucify you. Even as he is for your growth so is he for your pruning.
Even as he ascends to your height and caresses your tenderest branches that quiver in the sun,
So shall he descend to your roots and shake them in their clinging to the earth.
Like sheaves of corn he gathers you unto himself.
He threshes you to make you naked.
He sifts you to free you from your husks.
He grinds you to whiteness.
He kneads you until you are pliant;
And then he assigns you to his sacred fire, that you may become sacred bread for God's sacred feast.
All these things shall love do unto you that you may know the secrets of your heart, and in that knowledge become a fragment of Life's heart.
But if in your fear you would seek only love's peace and love's pleasure,
Then it is better for you that you cover your nakedness and pass out of love's threshing-floor,
Into the seasonless world where you shall laugh, but not all of your laughter, and weep, but not all of your tears.
Love gives naught but itself and takes naught but from itself.
Love possesses not nor would it be possessed;
For love is sufficient unto love.
When you love you should not say, "God is in my heart," but rather, I am in the heart of God."
And think not you can direct the course of love, if it finds you worthy, directs your course.
Love has no other desire but to fulfil itself.
But if you love and must needs have desires, let these be your desires:
To melt and be like a running brook that sings its melody to the night.
To know the pain of too much tenderness.
To be wounded by your own understanding of love;
And to bleed willingly and joyfully.
To wake at dawn with a winged heart and give thanks for another day of loving;
To rest at the noon hour and meditate love's ecstasy;
To return home at eventide with gratitude;
And then to sleep with a prayer for the beloved in your heart and a song of praise upon your lips.
Yieldmore is a commitment to personal growth and self expression, a network of positive people and professionals *1. Join us on our voyage of learning and helping. Anyone can come to help and take help. See our Ventures (tab) and find one you care about. Write to us with ideas and suggestions for content. Do pass the word around. Mentor those around you and share the sources of your inspiration. Live life to the full and spread good cheer!
*1 - Yieldmore will always remain a free information portal but it promotes the services of it's contributors.
A network of progressively thinking individuals, encouraging people to explore their potential.
Recreation, Learning / Sharing, Self Expression, Personal Growth and Giving Back.
Peacefulness, Declutter, Deconstruction, Quality and Omission of the Negative.
Forum / Chat - a forum / chat site for all members and persons interested in a Better Life. For now we are just collecting questions so write in to us. Some existing forums on stackexchange are:
Counselling - building a directory of counsellors and other quality of life professionals and a platform for them to voice their ideas in the form of articles and videos. Planning a forum, helpline and chatroom as well and would like to link to existing ones.
Mentoring - building a directory of people in their 20s, 30s and 40s who would like to mentor junior professionals and build a connect with children in high schools and colleges. These would include perspectives and ideals not just skills and communication.
Volunteers and Donors - Find places to go and people to share/volunteer their time in orphanages, old-age homes special schools, etc.
Publish selections and summaries from books and entire works
Learn English and Culture through curated lists of movies, books, etc and find teachers for assessments and 1-1 sessions. We have 2 teachers already listed with us who can even take classes for groups of people. Our mp3 player is being enhanced as a lyrics trainer (with a loop feature) for people to learn songs and prayers.
Repository of inspirational information and ideas worth learning and sharing.
Ask people to embrace the path of Learn, Heal, Share, Experience/Emote/Express and Yield More, sharing their experiences with us and making videos/slides for the benefit of others.
Q) I'm ill and I need help / My life is full of negativity. What can I do?
We suggest maintaining a diary and devising some Affirmations that you often repeat to yourself. A practice like Yoga or a program like BrainSync could help a lot. You could reach out to us and we will put you on to one of our untrained members who MAY be in a position to help. Give us some time to build a network of counsellors / a helpline. This could be a 3rd party service and may be paid.
Q) I'm a teacher and want to know how to become better at it. How can YM help?
We are working with some senior teachers to create/curate content aimed at Teacher Improvement. If you want help in a specific area / want someone to guide you, you may write to us.
Q) I'm looking at ways to enhance my professional skills. Also, is there someone who would mentor me?
You can befriend one of our Players who will talk to you and help you make a plan for progress. If someone is available from our network, we can ask them to mentor you. We only ask that you compile what you've learnt and share it on our Learn YM channel and maybe one day pay it forward.
Q) I'm a motivational speaker / life coach. How can YM help me promote myself?
We can guide you in setting up your own youtube/fb/linkedin/twitter/wordpress accounts, give you backlinks from various pages on our website where you write about your point of view, create a minisite for you (for eg http://share.yieldmore.org/helpers/3a/), mention you in our newsletter / at events and promote your stuff on our social media channels.
Q) I'm interested in spirituality but wary of religion/dogma. Where should I begin?
We curate the works of some spiritual teachers here - yieldmore.org/people/ and on our youtube channel (Awakenings / Hinduism / Integral Yoga / Set Man Free). Some books on spiritualism are also published here - yieldmore.org/works/. You could also explore this website: auromere.wordpress.com or write to us and we will put you in touch with someone to converse with.
Q) I seem to be missing a source of inspiration/joy in my life. What can I do?
Fill in this Google Form (to be devised) and then message us on whatsapp / email. We hope to have a helpline in about 6 months time, but you can reach out to ____ if its urgent. If they dont respond, send a message/WhatsApp to Imran at 9841223313.
Q) I have a question / a point of view / an article or video to suggest. How do I post it?
We have a forum, an active youtube account and write content all over the site (yieldmore.org/?o=msall) and encourage people to share their views / backlink to their blogs. You can write to us with your query/suggestion and in time we will give you access to upload content on your own. We do this initially because we want the site to be organized in the best way possible and make sure content is in line with our spirit.
Links + Info
Our website is organized into sub-domains: Learn Heal Share and English, apart from the main site. These correspond to the links to the left of the animation in the navigation bar viz: L H S E & YM. Each site has pages organized into Categories and "Helpers" is a category that lists people relevant to that site. Each site has an About page whose link is just below the site title / byline. English has a list of curated content (books / movies, songs etc) and we encourage you to buy / gift them.
Some Works have been published to demonstrate the "Biblios" plugin that has search with context, multi-device bookmark and saving of quotes. Permissions pending so please respect the disclaimer.
Suggestions for content / links / ideas to promote are welcome. A mini-site replaces the navigation with a list of sub-pages. An example is Imran's Writing. Our content is topic centric but you are welcome to have a Speak/Helper page as well. Do contact us to begin a lifelong friendship. Meet Imran (pg 2 goes into the whys of YM).