God's power of love in today's world18

God’s Power of Love has three gifts to offer man: aspiration, liberation and perfection. Man’s power of love also has three gifts to offer: possession, frustration and destruction.

God’s Power of Love in today’s world can be felt only by the special few who have discovered the inner truth that Love is the beauty of our aspiring life and the duty of our manifesting soul.

The body of today’s world is a filthy pig. The vital of today’s world is a mad elephant. The mind of today’s world is a devouring tiger. The heart of today’s world is a timid deer. The soul of today’s world is a helpless lamb.

In supreme silence, God’s Power of Love is performing its eternal Divine Duty. Slowly, steadily and unerringly, it is transforming the body, the filthy pig, into a clean and pure child; the vital, the mad elephant, into a one-pointed dynamic runner; the mind, the devouring tiger, into a seeker of the highest Truth; the heart, the timid deer, into a brother of boundless confidence and concern; and the soul, the helpless lamb, into a chosen instrument of Divinity’s Eternity.

Marguerite Blessington said, “Love in France is a comedy, in England a tragedy, in Italy an opera seria and in Germany a melodrama.” Now I wish to add that love in America is at once a frightening and enchanting experience of a green life’s red adventure.

The master philosopher Plato remarked, “Love: a great mental disease.” When our physical consciousness lives in the doubting, suspecting and unaspiring mind, this great utterance of Plato’s is, to some extent, undeniable. But if our awakened consciousness lives in the illumining soul, love is nectar, the very breath of Immortality.

Napoleon Bonaparte has given us an amusing and interesting piece of advice: “The only victory over love is flight.” When our human emotions run riot, the necessity of flying away is perhaps indispensable; but when our divine emotion, the all-loving emotion, reigns supreme, we have to know that we do not need victory over love, but the victory of Love. This victory of Love is self-expansion in God-Manifestation.

India’s matchless leader, Mahatma Gandhi, has a special message, an inner message, which runs, “Love is the reverse of the coin of which the obverse is Truth.” In the life of aspiration we come to realise that Love is Truth embodied and that Truth is Love revealed.

Man’s obtrusive ignorance of Divine Love results in a most damaging failure in the battlefield of life. Man’s power of love is constantly wanting in perspicuity and lucidity. Man’s love of power knows not how to procrastinate. Fast, faster and fastest it runs; and when it finally reaches the goal, it is compelled to shake hands with bitter frustration.

Earthly experience, frustrated and shattered, convinces a lover that there is no such thing as love. It is all chicanery. Heavenly experience, illumined and fulfilled, reveals to a God-Lover the truth that Love alone is here on earth, there in Heaven.

Here at this august hall, the Dag Hammarskjöld Auditorium, we are trying to throw light on love in today’s world. My heart tells me that the love that the United Nations has is not a guarded and limited concern, but a soulful dedication to the Supreme Cause.

An unaspiring man loves God in a perfunctory manner. An aspiring man loves God in a soulful and ebullient manner. A God-Realised man loves God in an unconditionally surrendered manner. It is through him that God, the Inner Pilot Supreme, reveals His Power of Love in today’s world.

GNS 17. Dag Hammarskjold Auditorium, United Nations, New York, 7 October 1971.

Sri Chinmoy, The Garland of Nation-Souls, Aum Press, Puerto Rico, 1972