Question: How can we love someone when their defects and had qualities are so obvious?

Sri Chinmoy: Try to feel that someone’s defects and bad qualities do not represent him totally. His real self is infinitely better than what you see now. Something more — his imperfections are your own imperfections.

If you really want to love humanity, then you have to love humanity as it stands now and not expect it to come up to a specific standard. If humanity had to become perfect first, then it would not need your love, affection and concern. Right now, in its imperfect state of consciousness, humanity needs your help. Give humanity unreservedly even the most insignificant and limited help that you have at your disposal.

You are God’s Creation; so is humanity. Humanity is only an expression of your universal heart. You can and must love humanity, not just as a whole, but also individually — because until humanity has realised its supreme Goal, your own divine perfection will not be complete.

Sri Chinmoy, Love.First published by Agni Press in 2006.

This is the 3030th book that Sri Chinmoy has written since he came to the West, in 1964.

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