The First Precious Pearl

Love and Work

Love is the heart of religions, the theme of all classical works of art and literature and the song of all devotees. Scientists know only what love does… not what love is. Love can indeed empty our asylums, perhaps all our prisons, may be all our hospitals. People suffer in life due to the lack of love. Love to human hearts is what the sun is to flowers !

Love grows with knowledge of the beloved. To love, therefore, is to know… yet, to know is not necessarily love.

We may often give without love, but we can never love without giving.

Love is at once noun and verb… Love is something to be sustained and fulfilled, by loving. By loving alone can love be made to grow and thrive.

And our work is love made visible. When love is made to manifest, work is done. When we work only to produce profits or wages, work becomes crushing, sweating, joyless labour.

With love in our heart, let us put forth effort and flood the world with our work.

— Swami Chinmayananda.

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