A Cup of Tea (130)
I have received your letter.
There is a great difference between love and pity.
There is pity in love
but there is no love in pity;
therefore it is important to know things as they are:
love as love, pity as pity.
To take one for the other
is to create unnecessary worry.
Ordinarily, love has become impossible
because as he is man cannot be loving:
to be in love the mind must be completely empty
and we love only with our minds,
so that when our love is at its lowest it is sex
and at its highest it is compassion,
but love is a transcendence
of both sex and compassion.
Therefore understand what is
and do not strive for what should be –
what should be flows out of the acceptance
and understanding of what is.