CELEBRATION OF LOVE AS A HOLIDAY TRADITION


WHOLE BODY – WHOLE LOVE – WHOLE HOLIDAY:

CELEBRATION OF LOVE AS A HOLIDAY TRADITION: IN JEWISH TRADITION, THE DAY OF PROCLAMATION OF TORAH TO THE JEWS AT MOUNT SINAI IN EGYPT IS CELEBRATED AS SHAVUOT, THE HARVEST HOLIDAY, THE FEAST OF WEEKS, THE HOLIDAY OF THE FIRST FRUITS. AMONG CHRISTIANS THERE IS NO COMPARABLE HOLIDAY TRADITION TO CELEBRATE THE PROCLAMATION OF THE TWO GREAT COMMANDMENTS BY JESUS CHRIST.
CELEBRATION OF LOVE AS A HOLIDAY TRADITION: IN JEWISH TRADITION, THE DAY OF PROCLAMATION OF THE TORAH TO THE JEWS AT MOUNT SINAI IN EGYPT IS CELEBRATED AS SHAVUOT, THE HARVEST HOLIDAY, THE FEAST OF WEEKS, THE HOLIDAY OF THE FIRST FRUITS. AMONG CHRISTIANS OF NUMEROUS DENOMINATIONS THERE IS NO COMPARABLE HOLIDAY TRADITION TO CELEBRATE THE PROCLAMATION OF THE TWO GREAT ‘LOVE’ COMMANDMENTS OF JESUS CHRIST WHICH IS THE BASIS FOR CHRISTIAN FAITH BOTH IN TERMS OF RELATIONS WITH GOD AND OTHER MEN.

The word “LOVE” does not appear in the TORAH( Law) given to the Jews at Mount Sinai. I conducted a study of the holiday traditions of the US and I am totally surprised to note that there is no traditional celebration of the Proclamation of the two Great Love Commandments of Jesus Christ. Jewish Holiday “SHAVUOT” celebrates the giving of the ‘TORAH'(the LAW or Instruction) to the Jews. God gave the Ten Commandments ( The Decalogue, The Code of The Ten Words)on the sixth night of the Hebrew month of ‘Sivan’. Shavuot always falls 50 days(PENTECOST) after the second night of Passover. The 49 days between Passover and Shavuot are known as ‘Omer’. While Jesus Christ has retained the essence of The Code of The Ten Words; but, He has changed the Operating Principle of the TORAH or The Law. Jesus has instructed that the Law would be followed by His believers not through the use of force or authority but by simply embracing the equally powerful influence called “LOVE.”

WHOLE BODY - WHOLE LOVE - WHOLE HOLIDAY: THIS IS AN OPEN APPEAL TO ALL THE MEMBERS OF THE US CONGRESS TO PASS A DECREE OR LAW TO BEGIN A NEW TRADITION IN THE NATIONAL LIFE THAT CELEBRATES THE CENTRAL ROLE OF LOVE IN WHOLESOME HUMAN RELATIONSHIPS.
WHOLE BODY – WHOLE LOVE – WHOLE HOLIDAY: THIS IS AN OPEN APPEAL TO ALL THE MEMBERS OF THE US CONGRESS TO PASS A DECREE OR LAW TO BEGIN A NEW TRADITION IN THE NATIONAL LIFE THAT CELEBRATES THE CENTRAL ROLE OF LOVE IN DEVELOPING WHOLESOME HUMAN RELATIONSHIPS.

I am posting this article to make an open appeal to all the members of the US Congress to pass a decree or law to commence a new tradition in the national life that celebrates the central role of love in developing wholesome human relationships. I am using the term ‘Whole Body’ to describe the perfect unity of body, mind, heart, soul, and God that establishes man as a Whole Being. Love is central to man’s relationship to God and man’s relations with other persons. The term love includes the feelings or the emotion of love expressed by a person( “The Subject”) and it involves a personal experience evoked when another person(“The Object”) reflects the feelings of love. Love has to be known as “The Medium” that generates the attachment or devotion to another person; and this attachment implies connection by ties of affection, sexual attraction, devotion, friendship, goodwill, compassion, respect, trust, and commitment. This kind of care and concern for a person, or persons in a relationship could be called ‘Whole Love’ if whatever is done for Love occurs beyond good and evil.

WHOLE BODY - WHOLE LOVE - WHOLE HOLIDAY: GERMAN PHILOSOPHER FRIEDRICH WILHELM NIETZSCHE(1844-1900) HAD STATED: "WHAT IS DONE OUT OF LOVE ALWAYS TAKES PLACE BEYOND GOOD AND EVIL." GOD'S LOVE FOR MAN IS UNCONDITIONED.
WHOLE BODY – WHOLE LOVE – WHOLE HOLIDAY: GERMAN PHILOSOPHER FRIEDRICH WILHELM NIETZSCHE(1844-1900) HAD STATED: “WHAT IS DONE OUT OF LOVE ALWAYS TAKES PLACE BEYOND GOOD AND EVIL.” GOD’S LOVE FOR MAN IS UNCONDITIONED AND GOD LOVES MAN WITHOUT DEMANDING THAT MAN MUST ACKNOWLEDGE GOD’S LOVE..

The concept of Holiday begins with the story of creation as revealed in the Book of Genesis and it involves the observance of a ‘Holy Day’. “And God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it He rested from all the work of creating that He had done(Genesis, Chapter 2, verse#3).”

WHOLE BODY - WHOLE LOVE - WHOLE HOLIDAY: THE OLD TESTAMENT BOOK OF EXODUS, CHAPTER 20, VERSE#8 IS THE FOURTH COMMANDMENT THAT ASKS, "REMEMBER THE SABBATH DAY BY KEEPING IT HOLY."
WHOLE BODY – WHOLE LOVE – WHOLE HOLIDAY: THE OLD TESTAMENT BOOK OF EXODUS, CHAPTER 20, VERSE#8 IS THE FOURTH COMMANDMENT THAT ASKS, “REMEMBER THE SABBATH DAY BY KEEPING IT HOLY.”

Holiday is a day of freedom from labor sanctioned by God, and it is set aside for leisure and recreation to renew man’s relationship with his Creator. In Civil Society, certain days are set aside by Law or Custom and Traditions for the suspension of official business activities and very often in commemoration of some important events in national life. I am using the term ‘Whole Holiday’ to recognize a specific day that is set aside by Human Law in recognition of the Divine Law that is conducive to the development of harmonious, or wholesome interpersonal relationships that are essential to promote the health, and well-being of all people. In the US, there are several holidays that are legal and none of them directly address the central issue of developing Love relationships.

WHOLE BODY - WHOLE LOVE - WHOLE HOLIDAY: DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR IS RECOGNIZED FOR HIS ROLE AS A CIVIL RIGHTS LEADER AND FOR PROMOTING INTERRACIAL RELATIONS BASED UPON EQUALITY, RESPECT, DIGNITY, AND TOLERANCE.
WHOLE BODY – WHOLE LOVE – WHOLE HOLIDAY: DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR IS RECOGNIZED FOR HIS ROLE AS A CIVIL RIGHTS LEADER AND FOR PROMOTING INTERRACIAL RELATIONS BASED UPON EQUALITY, RESPECT, DIGNITY, AND TOLERANCE.

Martin Luther King Day is a holiday observed on the third Monday in January to commemorate the birthday(January 15) of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr(1929-1968) for his role in improving interracial relationships.

WHOLE BODY - WHOLE LOVE - WHOLE HOLIDAY: PRESIDENTS' DAY IS A LEGAL HOLIDAY CELEBRATED ON THE THIRD MONDAY IN FEBRUARY TO PAY TRIBUTE TO THE MONUMENTAL SERVICES RENDERED BY THE US PRESIDENTS TO SECURE INDEPENDENCE AND TO KEEP THE UNION STRONG.
WHOLE BODY – WHOLE LOVE – WHOLE HOLIDAY: PRESIDENTS’ DAY IS A LEGAL HOLIDAY CELEBRATED ON THE THIRD MONDAY IN FEBRUARY TO PAY TRIBUTE TO THE MONUMENTAL SERVICES RENDERED BY THE US PRESIDENTS TO SECURE INDEPENDENCE AND TO KEEP THE UNION STRONG.

Presidents’ Day is a legal holiday celebrated on the third Monday in February, specially commemorating the birthday of President George Washington(February.22), 1732-1799, First President of the US(1789-1797) and President Abraham Lincoln(February.12),1809-1865, 16th President of the US(1861-1865).

WHOLE BODY - WHOLE LOVE - WHOLE HOLIDAY: THE LAST MONDAY IN MAY IS OBSERVED AS MEMORIAL DAY IN MEMORY OF THE DEAD SERVICEMEN OF ALL WARS.
WHOLE BODY – WHOLE LOVE – WHOLE HOLIDAY: THE LAST MONDAY IN MAY IS OBSERVED AS MEMORIAL DAY IN MEMORY OF THE DEAD SERVICEMEN OF ALL WARS.

The tradition of Memorial Day holiday was instituted in 1868 as ‘Decoration Day’ to honor the Civil War dead. The last Monday in May is observed as a legal holiday in memory of the dead servicemen of all wars for they gave their precious lives to let the countrymen enjoy all their freedoms.

WHOLE BODY - WHOLE LOVE - WHOLE HOLIDAY: FOURTH OF JULY OR INDEPENDENCE DAY IS A PATRIOTIC, LEGAL HOLIDAY TO CELEBRATE THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE IN 1776.
WHOLE BODY – WHOLE LOVE – WHOLE HOLIDAY: FOURTH OF JULY OR INDEPENDENCE DAY IS A PATRIOTIC, LEGAL HOLIDAY TO CELEBRATE THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE IN 1776.

Fourth of July or Independence Day is a legal holiday to celebrate the anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence in 1776.

WHOLE BODY - WHOLE LOVE - WHOLE HOLIDAY: THE FIRST MONDAY IN SEPTEMBER IS A LEGAL HOLIDAY IN HONOR OF THE LABORER, THE HARD-WORKING HOURLY WAGE EARNERS AND OTHER WORKERS.
WHOLE BODY – WHOLE LOVE – WHOLE HOLIDAY: THE FIRST MONDAY IN SEPTEMBER IS A LEGAL HOLIDAY IN HONOR OF THE LABORER, THE HARD-WORKING HOURLY WAGE EARNERS AND OTHER WORKERS.

The first Monday in September is observed as Labor Day, a legal holiday to pay tribute to the American Workforce which includes millions of hard-working hourly wage earners who are often called laborers.

WHOLE BODY - WHOLE LOVE - WHOLE HOLIDAY: COLUMBUS DAY IS A LEGAL HOLIDAY COMMEMORATING THE DISCOVERY OF AMERICA ON OCTOBER 12, 1492.
WHOLE BODY – WHOLE LOVE – WHOLE HOLIDAY: COLUMBUS DAY IS A LEGAL HOLIDAY COMMEMORATING THE DISCOVERY OF AMERICA ON OCTOBER 12, 1492.

Columbus Day is a legal holiday in the US commemorating the discovery of America by Christopher Columbus on October 12, 1492. The holiday is observed on the second Monday in October.

WHOLE BODY - WHOLE LOVE - WHOLE HOLIDAY: VETERANS DAY HONORING ALL VETERANS OF THE ARMED FORCES IS A TRADITION BASED ON THE ARMISTICE DAY, NOVEMBER 11, 1918 OF WORLD WAR I.
WHOLE BODY – WHOLE LOVE – WHOLE HOLIDAY: VETERANS DAY HONORING ALL VETERANS OF THE ARMED FORCES IS A TRADITION BASED ON THE ARMISTICE DAY, NOVEMBER 11, 1918 OF WORLD WAR I.

Veterans Day is a legal holiday honoring all veterans of the armed forces. It is observed on Armistice Day – November 11, the anniversary of the armistice of World War I in 1918.

WHOLE BODY - WHOLE LOVE - WHOLE HOLIDAY: THANKSGIVING DAY IS AN ANNUAL US HOLIDAY OBSERVED ON THE FOURTH THURSDAY OF NOVEMBER AS A DAY OF GIVING THANKS AND FEASTING.
WHOLE BODY – WHOLE LOVE – WHOLE HOLIDAY: THANKSGIVING DAY IS AN ANNUAL US HOLIDAY OBSERVED ON THE FOURTH THURSDAY OF NOVEMBER AS A DAY OF GIVING THANKS AND FEASTING.

Thanksgiving Day is among the major US holiday traditions to commemorate the Pilgrims’ celebration of the good harvest of 1621 at Plymouth Colony. The US Congress decreed in 1941 to observe this holiday of thanksgiving and feasting on the fourth Thursday of November.

WHOLE BODY - WHOLE LOVE - WHOLE HOLIDAY: IN THE MIDDLE AGES, SAINT VALENTINE(DIED. A.D> 270)BECAME ASSOCIATED WITH THE UNION OF LOVERS UNDER CONDITIONS OF DURESS. A SWEETHEART IS CHOSEN OR GREETED ON FEBRUARY 14, VALENTINE'S DAY.
WHOLE BODY – WHOLE LOVE – WHOLE HOLIDAY: IN THE MIDDLE AGES, SAINT VALENTINE(DIED. A.D> 270)BECAME ASSOCIATED WITH THE UNION OF LOVERS UNDER CONDITIONS OF DURESS. A SWEETHEART IS CHOSEN OR GREETED ON FEBRUARY 14, VALENTINE’S DAY.

Saint Valentine’s Day is celebrated on February 14 and it has become a popular tradition to choose or to greet a sweetheart. But this concept of romantic interest in a person is more related to a sexual attraction and other attributes of ‘Whole Love’ such as trust, respect, and commitment may not be always present. Secondly, the tradition of Valentine’s Day is not related to the concept of God is Love and God Loves man.

WHOLE BODY - WHOLE LOVE - WHOLE HOLIDAY: CHRISTMAS DAY, A HOLIDAY ON DECEMBER 25, CELEBRATES THE BIRTH OF JESUS CHRIST. THE FOCUS UPON GOD'S UNCONDITIONED LOVE IS NOT ALWAYS EXPRESSED IN THIS TRADITIONAL HOLIDAY CELEBRATION.
WHOLE BODY – WHOLE LOVE – WHOLE HOLIDAY: CHRISTMAS DAY, A HOLIDAY ON DECEMBER 25, CELEBRATES THE BIRTH OF JESUS CHRIST. THE FOCUS UPON GOD’S UNCONDITIONED LOVE IS NOT ALWAYS EXPRESSED IN THIS TRADITIONAL HOLIDAY CELEBRATION.

Christmas Day Holiday celebration should reflect the very essence of Christianity.  The Gospel according to Apostle John, Chapter 3, verse# 16 declares: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” The Christmas tradition is about the Joy that is associated with the birth of baby Jesus and the exchange of gifts to express the sense of happiness. Christmas holiday is not in remembrance of God’s Law. Jesus Christ has established ‘LOVE’ as the God’s Greatest Commandment. The Gospel according to Apostle Matthew(Chapter 22, verses#37-40), and The Gospel according to Apostle Mark(Chapter 12, verses# 28-31) describe the Commandments of Love: “Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. This is the first great commandment. The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these. All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two Commandments.” The Gospel according to Apostle John, Chapter 13, verse# 34 describes the need for neighborly relations among people based upon Love: “A new command I give you: Love one another, as I have loved you, so you must love one another.”

WHOLE LOVE – WHOLE TRADITION – WHOLE LAW – WHOLE HOLIDAY:

In the United States, we have no Law, or a cultural tradition to commemorate the event in which Jesus Christ has issued the two great commandments asking people to observe the Law of ‘Whole Love’ which demands, 1. The Love of God with Whole Body, Heart, Mind, and Soul, and 2. The Love of Neighbor as a requirement of God’s Law for man. After my ‘Whole Discovery’, the discovery of the experience of ‘Whole Love’ at Whole Foods Market, Ann Arbor, Michigan on Wednesday, July 30, 2014, I have decided to promote the establishment of a ‘Whole Tradition’ to follow the Spirit of the ‘Whole Law’ to truly observe the Commandment of ‘Whole Love’. To commemorate my ‘Whole Discovery’, I am writing this appeal to ask all the members of the US Congress to approve a new Law to observe the last Wednesday of July as the ‘Whole Love Holiday’. The choice of Wednesday is very appropriate as most other legal holidays are observed on Mondays as a matter of convenience and not for the purposes of obedience to a Divine Law which should be the source and inspiration for the Human Law. The concept of ‘Whole Love’ represents the ‘Whole Law’ that is explicitly pronounced by Jesus Christ as the only Commandment that man must follow and observe in his lifetime. To acknowledge the ‘Whole Law’, to celebrate its pronouncement, we need a new ‘Whole Tradition’ which is reflected by instituting a new ‘Whole Holiday’.

WHOLE LOVE – WHOLE HOLIDAY – CHRISTMAS IN JULY:

WHOLE BODY - WHOLE LOVE - WHOLE HOLIDAY: I AM ASKING ALL THE MEMBERS OF THE US CONGRESS TO INSTITUTE A NEW LAW IN RECOGNITION OF THE WHOLE LAW OF WHOLE LOVE. THE LAST WEDNESDAY OF JULY SHOULD BE A LEGAL HOLIDAY TO CELEBRATE THE SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS IN JULY.
WHOLE BODY – WHOLE LOVE – WHOLE HOLIDAY: I AM ASKING ALL THE MEMBERS OF THE US CONGRESS TO INSTITUTE A NEW LAW IN RECOGNITION OF THE WHOLE LAW OF WHOLE LOVE. THE LAST WEDNESDAY OF JULY SHOULD BE A LEGAL HOLIDAY TO CELEBRATE THE TRUE SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS IN JULY.

I would describe this July ‘Whole Love Holiday’ as ‘BETTER THAN VALENTINE’S DAY’.

WHOLE BODY - WHOLE LOVE - WHOLE HOLIDAY: THE NEW 'WHOLE TRADITION' TO COMMEMORATE THE PRONOUNCEMENT OF THE 'WHOLE LAW' WILL INSTITUTE A NEW, 'WHOLE HOLIDAY' ON THE LAST WEDNESDAY OF JULY. THIS 'WHOLE HOLIDAY' WILL BE CALLED 'BETTER THAN VALENTINE'S DAY. THE ROSES ARE FOR GOD AND THE CHOCOLATES ARE FOR THE NEIGHBOR.
WHOLE BODY – WHOLE LOVE – WHOLE HOLIDAY: THE NEW ‘WHOLE TRADITION’ TO COMMEMORATE THE PRONOUNCEMENT OF THE ‘WHOLE LAW’ WILL INSTITUTE A NEW, ‘WHOLE HOLIDAY’ ON THE LAST WEDNESDAY OF JULY. THIS ‘WHOLE HOLIDAY’ WILL BE CALLED ‘BETTER THAN VALENTINE’S DAY. THE ROSES ARE FOR GOD AND THE CHOCOLATES ARE FOR THE NEIGHBOR.
WHOLE BODY - WHOLE LOVE - WHOLE HOLIDAY: THE WHOLE DISCOVERY OF LOVE AT WHOLE FOODS WILL ESTABLISH A WHOLE TRADITION TO COMMEMORATE THE PRONOUNCEMENT OF WHOLE LAW OF LOVING RELATIONSHIPS AMONG ALL PEOPLE OF THE WHOLE WORLD.
WHOLE BODY – WHOLE LOVE – WHOLE HOLIDAY: THE WHOLE DISCOVERY OF LOVE AT WHOLE FOODS WILL ESTABLISH A WHOLE TRADITION TO COMMEMORATE THE PRONOUNCEMENT OF WHOLE LAW OF LOVING RELATIONSHIPS AMONG ALL PEOPLE OF THE WHOLE WORLD.
WHOLE BODY - WHOLE LOVE - WHOLE HOLIDAY: THE AMAZING 'WHOLE COOKIE' SOLD AT WHOLE FOODS. THE 365 EVERYDAY VALUE MISMATCHED SANDWICH CREMES WILL BE CALLED WHOLE COOKIES IF THE US CONGRESS APPROVES A NEW LAW TO CELEBRATE WHOLE LOVE ON THE LAST WEDNESDAY OF JULY.
WHOLE BODY – WHOLE LOVE – WHOLE HOLIDAY: THE AMAZING ‘WHOLE COOKIE’ SOLD AT WHOLE FOODS. THE 365 EVERYDAY VALUE MISMATCHED SANDWICH CREMES WILL BE CALLED WHOLE COOKIES IF THE US CONGRESS APPROVES A NEW LAW TO CELEBRATE WHOLE LOVE ON THE LAST WEDNESDAY OF JULY.

The term ‘Cookie’ is used to describe a small sweet cake usually flat and often crisp. The word ‘Cookie’ may also be used to describe an attractive, young woman. As Sigmund Freud had explained, all kinds of love have an element of sexual attraction and it is inherently natural as such attraction is the fundamental nature of all living things that are governed by the Natural Law of Generation and Propagation. So, I love my ‘Cookies’ even if it may imply the Love of more than one person. The ‘Whole Law’ mandates the Love of more than one person. If the US Congress approves new legislation to institute a Holiday on the last Wednesday of July to celebrate Love, I would expect that Whole Foods would rename its 365 Everyday Value Mismatched Sandwich Cremes as “WHOLE COOKIES.” The Vanilla Cookie symbolizes God’s Love for man and the Chocolate Cookie symbolizes man’s love of his neighbor. The Command or the Divine Law that demands people to ‘Love One Another’ must be celebrated in a tradition similar to the Jewish Holiday that celebrates the Proclamation of The Ten Commandments. In my opinion, it is not about imposition of religion by State. The State has declared its Independence on July 04, 1776 claiming Natural Rights and quoted the Principles of Natural Law to justify its demand for Independence from the British Crown. Further, the Supreme Law of the US is the Constitution of the US and it gives the Right to Life and supports the Pursuit of Happiness. The opposite of Love is called ‘HATE’ and it precisely undermines the citizens’ right to life and to the pursuit of happiness. The remembrance of the ‘Love Commandments’, the honoring of its Proclamation and a traditional celebration of ‘Whole Love’ will definitely promote the development of social harmony, is conducive to peaceful enjoyment of life and will establish tranquility in human interactions. We need Wholesome Relations between individuals and between nations to prepare the Whole World for the Second Coming of the Christ.

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