Cohesive Power Of Love

The force of love is the same as the force of soul or truth. We have evidence of its working at every step. The universe would disappear without the existence of that force…
Scientists tell us that, without the presence of the cohesive force amongst the atoms that comprise this globe, it would crumble to pieces and we would cease to exist; and even as there is cohesive force in matter, so must there be in all things animate, and that cohesive force among animate beings is love. We notice it between parent and child, between siblings and also friends. But we have to learn to use that force among all that lives, and in the use of it consists our knowledge of God. Where there is love there is life; hatred leads to destruction…
If love or non-violence be not the law of our being…there is no escape from a periodical recrudescence of war, each succeeding one outdoing the preceding one in ferocity…
All teachers have taught us that law with more or less vigour. If love was not the law of life, life would not have persisted in the midst of death. Life is a perpetual triumph over the grave. If there is a fundamental distinction between man and beast, it is the former’s progressive recognition of the law and its application in practice to his own personal life. All saints, ancient and modern, were each according to his light and capacity a living illustration of that supreme Law of our being. That the brute in us seems so often to gain an easy triumph is true enough. That, however, does not disprove the law. It shows the difficulty of practice. How should it be otherwise with a law which is as high as truth itself ? When the practice of the law becomes universal, God will prevail on earth as He does in Heaven…Earth and Heaven are in us. We know the Earth, we are strangers to the Heaven. If it is allowed that for some the practice of love is possible, it is arrogance not to allow even the possibility of its practice in all the others…

I endeavour to represent love in every fibre of my being…I discovered that, if i was to realise Truth, I must obey, even at the cost of my life, the law of love. And having been blessed with children, I discovered that the law of Love could be best understood and learned through little children. Were it not for us…our children would be perfectly innocent. I believe that the child is not born mischievous in the bad sense of the term. If parents would behave themselves whilst the child is growing, before it is born and after, the child would instinctively obey the law of Truth and the law of Love. Understanding this, I began a gradual but distinct change in life…
To the extent that i have represented Love in my life, in thought, word, and deed, I have realised the ‘Peace that passed understanding’. I have baffled my friends when they have noticed in me peace that they have envied, and they have asked me for the cause of that priceless possession. I have not been able to explain the cause save by saying that, if my friends found that peace in me, it was due to an attempt to obey this, the greatest law of our being.

— M K Gandhi

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6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Maxi Malone
    Jan 31, 2012 @ 17:21:38

    “I will not live one moment, unless I can spend it loving.” St Bernadette

    It is a rare person who is blessed with the gift of pure love, still we must try always.

    Blessings – Maxi


  2. Nandini
    Feb 01, 2012 @ 20:15:18

    I read it there too! 🙂 Great words. I have still kept this paper on my table. Thanks for sharing.


  3. versitalerum
    May 05, 2012 @ 16:27:34

    Great words from a great personality. He rightly spoke about the love of children.. pure and selfless.. the way love is meant to be!Often our love tends to take on a selfish form. We love people because we need their presence in our life or because we can’t bear the pain of missing them.True love is beyond those feelings. Happiness of people we love is what matters in love, not our happiness. Thanx for sharing this wonderful article with us.. 🙂


  4. Neenu KJ
    May 05, 2012 @ 16:30:02

    Great words from a great personality. He spoke rightly about the love of children..pure and selfless..the way true love is meant to be! Thanx for sharing this wonderful article.. 🙂


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