Questioner: Love postulates duality. How can the Self be the object of love?
Sri Ramana Maharshi: Love is not different from the Self. Love of an object is of an inferior order and cannot endure. Whereas the Self is Love, in other words, God is Love.
~Talks with Sri Ramana Maharshi, talk no. 433
‘Do not wander and search, having failed to find the Abiding State in spite of receiving tuition in all the arts and sciences, and thoroughly mastering them. The Supreme State is to abide wholly as the Reality that remains enshrined as the form of Love’
~ Sri Ramana Maharshi, as recorded by Sri Muruganar in Guru Vachaka Kovai, verse 649 (translation by T.V. Venkatasubramanian, Robert Butler and David Godman)
Tom’s comments: Our True Nature is simply Love, also known as Happiness. To find what is referred to in the verse above as ‘the Abiding State’, we just need to rest as or Be Love. This is what is meant as ‘Abide as the Self’ – to simply Be Love or Be God.