To love man is to love God alone. Man is the true image of God. He is his aṃśa (part). In the Gita you will find: “A portion of mine own self, transformed in the world of life into an immortal spirit, draweth around itself the senses, of which the mind is the sixth, veiled in matter.” Chapter XV – 7. And: “Knowledge of sacrifice (adhiyajna) speaks of Me as wearing the body, O best of living beings.” Chapter VIII-4.
Love is the fulfilling of the law. The aim of charity, social service, altruism, humanitarianism, and so many other ‘isms’, is to develop this universal love, to expand one’s heart ad infinitum. Theosophy speaks of universal brotherhood and tries to unite all through the common thread of cosmic love. Love is a great leveler. There is no power on earth greater than love. You can conquer this world even if you have one ray of this divine commodity which is absolutely free from even a tinge of selfishness. Pure love is a rare gift of God. It is the fruit of one’s untiring service of humanity and incalculable virtuous actions in several incarnations. It is rare indeed.
He who possesses even a ray of this is a veritable God on earth. He is a mighty potentate. St. Paul says: “Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and if I have not love, I am become as sounding brass or a tinkling cymbal. And though I have the gift to prophecy and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not love, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor and though I give my body to be burned, and have not love, it profiteth me nothing.”
True religion does not consist in religious observances, baths and pilgrimages but in loving all. Cosmic love is all-embracing and all-inclusive. In pure love no one is shut out from its warm embrace. It is wide enough to include the humblest of us, from the tiny ant to the mighty elephant, from the condemned prisoner to the mighty emperor, from the worst scoundrel on the surface of the earth, to the reputed saint.
It is hatred that separates man from man, nation from nation, country from country. It is pride and egoism that divide one man from another man. Hatred, pride, egoism-all are mental creations – the products of ignorance only. They cannot stand before pure love. Just as darkness is dispelled by the penetrating rays of the burning sun, so also jealousy, hatred and egoism are dispelled by the rays of divine love.