Power of Love
F. Reyes, Founder of World
story of civilization may sometimes be conveniently summarized as
the story of man's unabating search for more and more sources of
power. Almost every major movement in the history of human progress
was brought about by the unlocking of some mighty source of power
power of the wind, the power of water in motion, the power locked
up in coal and in oil, steam power, magnetic power, electric power,
and now, atomic power--man has tapped them all and harnessed them
to the service of his needs and his desires. He has learned, in
fact, to use even the mysterious power of thought, as shown by its
increasing employment in war and peace.
is one power, however, which people, in general, have not learned
to use at all, or have refused, somehow, to use, in solving their
individual as well as collective problems. This is the power of
love. Either they have no faith in it, or they do not know how
to use it effectively. One reason, probably, is that most people
usually identify love with sex. As a consequence of this wrong
attitude, they lose contact with its higher dimensions and superior
possibilities, and thus find themselves unable to release its hidden
and inexhaustible stores of energy. These people do not know that
sex is but one of the many possible expressions of love, and that
love has powers more abundant, more profound, and more significant
than the power of procreation or the propagation of the species.
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Jesus told his disciples to love their enemies, he was not giving
them, as some of us might suppose, a piece of stupid, even impossible,
advice. On the contrary, he was telling them to use the greatest,
most irresistible, power in the universe - the power of love. He
did not advocate the use of any kind of physical or material force.
He very clearly advocated the use of the spiritual force of love.
He knew very well that most men would counter hate with hate.
That is the ordinary way. That is the human way. In advising the
employment of love against hate, however, he underscored a new technique.
This new technique would seek to tap for man's use an inexhaustible
source of power--the heart of God himself. This extraordinary way
would release from the depths of human personality, where God is,
the power of love for use in the solution of human problems. This
is not the ordinary human way. This is the divine way. It is the
way God would solve a problem. In effect, Jesus told his disciples
to be divine, to cease to be merely human, to become the sons of
God that they really are by behaving like sons of God, and to solve
their problems in the only way God would solve his problems, and
that is, by the exercise of the power of love.
of us might think that loving our enemies is just some kind of moral
strategy. The truth, however, is that it is not just a bit of moralism.
In fact, it is technology of the highest order. It is spiritual
technology. It is human engineering at its best.
people think that love is just a sentiment good for poetry or for
novels. How easy it is to forget that love is a law as inescapable
in the world of human relations as gravitation is in the world of
physical objects. But it is precisely just that - an inexorable
law of thought and emotion the violation of which can bring about
broken hearts and broken lives just as the violation of the law
of gravitation can bring about broken arms and broken legs. Being
a law, its operation involves energy transformation. The energy
of love is the most unique kind of energy in the universe. It is
creative, it is intelligent, and it is wise. Its transformations
are the very expression of the Divine Mind itself. It fills the
entire universe, but its mightiest seat of operation is in the heart
of man. Every object in nature manifests, but man and man alone
can manipulate it by the use of his mind and thus demonstrate the
workings of God's mind. This energy of love, this power of love,
which is the very energy of creation itself, is the technique which
Jesus advised his disciples to use when he told them to "Love
is not quite correct to say that the technique of "Love your
enemies" is a new one. It appears new only to those who have
been accustomed to the more common technique of "Hate your
enemies." In fact, it is a very ancient technique among those
who have discovered that God is love, as the fourth gospel very
the great teachers of humanity from the earliest times taught it
and demonstrated it in their lives. Buddha, Mahavira, Lao Tzu,
Confucius, Zoroaster, Nanak, Mohammed, St. Paul--to mention only
a few--all declared in varying ways that love is the law as well
as the fulfilling of the law and that without it no peace, no happiness,
no perfection is possible.
is pretty obvious, however, that very few people, despite the weight
of Christ's authority behind it, believe in the technique of "Love
your enemies." Most of us think it too much to expect of mere
man. But that is just the point. Christ did not for one moment
assume that we are just mere men. He said very strongly that we
have the power to become sons of God, if only we had faith, faith
in him and in the power of love he demonstrated. A little thought
is sufficient to convince us that it is the power of love which
enables man to rise above his human limitations and perform superhuman
feats, whether it be the love of truth which impels scientists to
never-ceasing research, or the energy of passion which creates literature
or music, or erects a Taj Majal.
has many powers. Let us begin with the more obvious ones.
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has the power to create happiness. This fact is so common an experience
to most people that it is not even necessary to mention it. And
if the happiness it creates is sometimes short-lived, the reason
probably is that the love that creates it is still imperfect.
is trite to say that the scarcity of happiness among many people
is due to the corresponding scarcity of love among them. It is also
commonplace to say that the unhappy man is almost invariably also
an unloving man.
these ideas are so elementary that we probably tire of hearing them.
But the fact is that we seem to have such a facility to ignore
them, or to forget them.
forget that selfishness is almost always at the root of all unhappiness
and that love, unselfish love, is the basis of all happiness. The
man who says, "I am unhappy," actually proclaims to the
world what he would be ashamed to admit openly, namely, that he
is selfish. To be happy it is necessary to love, and to love truly
it is necessary to be completely unselfish. Only the unselfish
heart is capable of love and only the loving heart is capable of
is a great law of happiness which, to my mind, should rank in importance
with any other great discovery in science. It is the law which
says: No man is capable of happiness who is incapable of loving
one other person than himself.
call this the Minimum Happiness Law.
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power of love which makes it most unique is its power to create
goodness, or at least to awaken it. Love is the basic goodness,
and if it be true that love alone can awaken love, then it follows
that love alone can awaken goodness. It is a fact in psychology
that a child raised in an atmosphere of hate generally becomes cruel.
A cruel man is very often an unloved man who, almost surely, was
once an unloved child.
is true that goodness cannot be imposed from without, that it must
be a growth from within. Nevertheless, this inward growth cannot
even start without the stimulating touch of love. Theoretically,
a child raised among wolves would probably grow to howl like a wolf.
Love is the power which makes a child grow into a human being.
It is the humanizing force in the human family.
may awaken love, but it may also awaken envy or resentment or even
positive hate. We may love a man because he is good, but we may
also learn to dislike him because he presents a contrast to our
badness. Love, however, can never fail to awaken goodness, sooner
or later. The reason is that love is more basic than goodness.
We do not say that God is loving because he is good; rather we
say God is good because he is full of love. Even a hardened criminal
may become good, if he should fall in love; and the love that awakens
within him can become his resurrection.
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Romeo saw Juliet on the balcony, he was so taken by her beauty he
exclaimed, "That is the dawn and Juliet is the sun."
How beautiful Juliet was to Romeo, even if she might have looked
unlovely to his family. How handsome Romeo was to Juliet, even
if he might have seemed unattractive to her family.
Santayana once said that beauty is simply pleasure or happiness
objectified. If this be true, then beauty is a creation of love,
because happiness is created by love. But whether true or false,
one thing love can do: it can irradiate the face of a lover with
beauty and attractiveness.
it is just some kind of magic. But the fact is that the magic is
there, the magic of love. And if this magic can be lasting, then
beauty can be everlasting. Never, never will beauty pass away,
as long as there is love.
when in love, one sees not the body but the soul. Perhaps love
is clairvoyant and can penetrate the veil of flesh and see the radiant
spirit within. Perhaps old age and ugliness are the illusion, and
youth and beauty are the reality which, however, we cannot see,
as long as we are not in love, or have ceased to love. Love, then,
is the vision of the eternal, the experience of the never-dying,
we were not born to grow old and die. Perhaps we were born to
be always young and to live forever. But somehow we have forgotten
the wisdom of love, we have lost the power of love. So now, for
lack of love, we must grow old and we must die. But not quite,
no, not quite, because, somehow, however so small and however so
transient, we are able to experience the wonder of love. Somehow,
sometimes we are able to lift the veil of time and behold ourselves
as we really are in eternity, as gods because we are all children
of God, when we fall in love. Blessed, blessed experience. Then
we cease to be merely human. We become citizens of God's everlasting
kingdom. We stand forth as divine beings. Then we wield the mighty
power of love, and we become young again and beautiful again and
we could only be in love every minute of our lives. If we could
only be completely without hate, without anger, without rancor,
without malice, without vengeance, without fear, without worry,
without envy, without lie, without delusion, without cruelty, without
greed, without selfishness, without any negative thought or emotion
whatever; then, I am sure, we would have no sickness, no old age,
should not be looked at as a startling formula of youth and immortality.
In fact, it is commonplace among the declarations of the spiritual
teachers of mankind. Buddha promised Nirvana to anyone who could
abolish the fires of hate, lust, and greed. Christ promised the
kingdom of heaven to anyone who could be completely full of love
for mankind. Modern science itself, particularly in the field of
psycho-somatic studies, is not without indications that sickness,
old age, and a shortened life are consequences of unwise thoughts
and unwise emotions. Especially are the orientations of selfishness
and hate emphasized as the principal causes of many psycho-somatic
doubt, someday, science will be able to show that love is indeed
the elixir of youth and immortality.
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is no way of explaining just now in terms of the concepts of official
psychology the various powers of love which Eastern psychology recognizes.
according to the sages of the East, has the power to confer wisdom.
The Bible declares this when it says that love is the wisdom of
God. This is called Prajna, or the power of direct cognition
confers the power to ascertain or discern the purposes of things,
even the purpose of the whole universe itself. This is called Dhi.
has the power to transform anything into the nature of the divine,
the power to make things holy. This is called Medha, or
has the power of unification, of merging the individual into the
universal. This is called Shemushi.
has the power of inspired speech, the power to build words. This
is called Dishana.
confers spiritual birth, the birth into the kingdom of heaven.
This is called Manisha.
gives the power of faith. This is called Mati.
confers the power of eternal memory which is the basis of empiric
consciousness. This is called Smriti.
are the eight powers of love which the Eastern sages prefer to call
Buddhi, or Love-Wisdom.
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more word of advice, and it is very important. Many and wondrous
are the powers of love. It creates happiness. It awakens goodness.
It generates wisdom. It conserves health. It prolongs youth.
It creates beauty. It induces long life. It confers heaven. It
does many things which are pleasant and desirable.
be careful, be very, very careful. Love without selfishness, love
without thought of self. Love not for the things love can give,
even heaven itself. Love only for love's own sake.
even the things love can give may disappear like smoke in the air.