“People pray to me to solve their difficulties, saying that they love me, but there is a vast difference between love and prayer.
“In Persian, ‘to pray’ means to beg, to want, to desire something—even the blessings of God. But when a person really loves, he gives himself over to his Beloved completely.
“This is true love. In that, there is no begging, no wanting, and no room for desires. Only the longing to unite with the Beloved remains.
“Love means the renunciation of the self; prayer means selfishness, no matter how high the prayer may be. So there is a vast difference between when one prays and when one loves.” —Meher Baba, Lord Meher, 1st ed., Vol. 4, p. 1374, Bhau Kalchuri