You don’t even love yourself – how can you love somebody else? Love yourself, be good to yourself.
And your so-called religious saints have been teaching you never to
love yourself, never to be good to yourself. Be hard on yourself! They
have been teaching you to be soft towards others and hard towards
yourself. This is absurd.
I teach you that the first and
foremost thing is to be loving towards yourself. Don’t be hard; be soft.
Care about yourself. Learn how to forgive yourself – again and again
and again – seven times, seventy-seven times, seven hundred
seventy-seven times. Learn how to forgive yourself. Don’t be hard; don’t
be antagonistic towards yourself. Then you will flower.
that flowering you will attract some other flower. It is natural.
Stones attract stones; flowers attract flowers. Then there is a
relationship which has grace, which has beauty, which has a benediction
in it. If you can find such a relationship, your relationship will grow
into prayerfulness, your love will become an ecstasy, and through love
you will know what God is.