“Power based on love is a thousand times more effective and permanent than the one derived from fear of punishment. . . . I am fascinated by the law of love. It is the philosophers’ stone for me.” ~ Gandhi, Young India, January 8, 1925
Discovering, and thoroughly testing the “power of love,” gave Gandhi’s life a simplicity and a power we might all envy. Of course, there was a qualification: the love he is speaking of here is a selfless, detached (but powerful) lively concern for the other’s welfare, leaving no room for seeking anything for oneself. That is the ideal, of course. We can verify it by being aware, as much as possible, how close our love for someone or someones (or any planets we happen to live on) has come to this ideal. The results in terms of our own peace of mind, fulfillment, and external effects should be, as he said elsewhere, “mathematically proportionate” to that achievement. Thus our life as well becomes an “experiment in truth.”
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