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Love is the inner bond, the inner connection the inner link between man and God, between the finite and the Infinite. We always have to approach God through love. Love is the secret key that allows us to open the Door to God. Where there is love, pure love, divine love, there is fulfilment. Without love, we cannot become one with God.

What is love? If love means possessing someone or something, then that is not real love; that is not pure love. If love means giving and becoming one with everything, with humanity and divinity, then that is real love.

Nothing can be greater than love. God is great only because He has infinite Love. If we want to define God, we can define Him in millions of ways, but I wish to say that no definition of God can be as adequate as the definition of God as all Love.

We pray to God just because God is all Love. God is not like a schoolmaster with an iron rod who strikes us all the time. Just because God is all Love, all Compassion, we go towards Him and not towards anybody else.

The world exists just because love still exists on earth. No other divine quality can create, sustain and fulfil God here on earth like the quality of love. Divine love does not mean an emotional exchange of human thoughts or ideas; it means the fulfilment of oneness.

We cannot bind divine love with our human thoughts, ideas or ideals, but we can bind divine love through constant self-sacrifice. Divine love is infinite, but we can bind the infinite in us through self-sacrifice.

Love means acceptance. What are we going to accept? We are going to accept this world of ours which is around us and within us. If we do not accept the world, which is God's outer Body, then we are negating and denying God silently and secretly, if not categorically.

How can we help our sisters and brothers of the world? We can help them if we become all love for the One who is eternally all Love. Let us love the One, the root of the tree. Then we shall see that the branches, the leaves and the foliage of the tree also will feel our love. Each individual who fulfils God and His Creation embodies God's living Concern and living Sacrifice. And it is in this Concern and Sacrifice that God and man are both fulfilled.

Sri Chinmoy, Love, Agni Press, 2006