The dictionary has many four-letter words, but none as powerful as LOVE. Love has the power to impress upon or influence almost all human beings. Love manages to control both hearts and minds.
When in love, the most rational among us is known to do crazy things and often be told by our family and friends that we have completely lost our minds, but we are happily oblivious to these comments. Our eyes are controlled when in love in such a way that we are blinded to not only how the one we love looks but to all the faults he/she may have.
What is obvious to most bystanders somehow misses our notice. Our ears are controlled as well, for how else can you explain that we are selectively deaf to any criticism of the one we love ?
Let us compare love to some of the four-letter words we think may have a powerful effect on us :
HATE : This is the exact opposite of love —— a feeling which makes us completely despise another and all we want is to destroy the one we hate. Hate consumes us equally in our pursuit to destroy our enemy and brings depression if we fail to do so. Love can either make you or destroy you. Love is sacrifice and hate is revenge.
PAIN : Love has this phenomenal capacity to both give and tolerate pain. Love has this unique ability to give agony and ecstasy at the same time.
HURT : It can be interpreted in two ways —– the physical component caused by injury and the emotional component caused by feelings. It is only the ones we truly love who can hurt us the most.
SOUL : Most religions teach us how the soul is the purest part of us, how it is released only after we die. But, has even one of us ever seen life after death, or come back to tell the tale? If you want to see a true reflection of your soul, love someone selflessly, you shall get very close to seeing yourself in the eyes of the one you love.
HELP : This gets the closest to love, you usually see gratitude in the eyes of the one you help. And if you give without expectation, you shall have managed to control the heart and mind of the person you have helped for life. Unfortunately unlike love, it is unilateral in dimension and makes the giver more powerful than the receiver.
CASH : Money can make a person feel very powerful and buys us material things. Sadly, the best things in life do not come with a price tag and true love cannot be bought.
LUST : This emotion is selfish and shallow. It is momentary and has absolutely no effect on the heart. Lust and desire are interlinked. It is usually one-sided and never deep.
In these comparisons, love stands above the rest. Love can heal this world, it is probably the balm we are looking for in today’s troubled times. As Gandhiji would say, “the day the power of love overrules the love of power, the world will know peace”.
————- Muffazal Lakdawala.