POWER OF LOVE
I heard a
beautiful story of a college professor in New York who gave
his business-economy students the assignment of going into the
slums and finding 10 students each to interview. Then, the
university students had to prepare reports on each of the 10
children they had interviewed. The final item of the
assignment was for the students to rate each child's chance of
success in the world.
the students all completed their assignments. With 20 students in
the class, the professor ended up with 200 papers on 200 different
children living in the slums. Every single report ended the last
question of "What are this child's chances of success in the
world?" with the same answer: "This child has no
or thirty years later, another professor at the same college came
upon these 200 old reports in the economy department's filing
cabinets. He thought it would be interesting to see whether all 200
children had really turned out to be victims of their impoverished,
over 90% of the children who had "no chance" had turned
out to be successful doctors, lawyers or professionals. The
professor was astonished and went to each one to ask what had helped
him or her become a success. Every single respondent (now they were
middle aged) said, "Well, there was this one teacher I had who
changed my life and gave me the ability to succeed."
professor finally found this one teacher who had changed the lives
of all the children. When he found her, she was past ninety and very
frail. He asked her how she had possibly taken these impoverished
children who had no chance of success in the world and turned more
than 90% of them into successful professionals. The old woman looked
at the professor very simply, smiled and said, "I just loved
power of love....enough to give hope to the hopeless, enough to turn
failures into successes, enough to make lives worth living.
teacher had not done any special program, nor had she taught the
children any special skills. None of them recalled a particular
lesson, activity or project. Rather, the simple fact that she loved
them and believed in them was enough to change their lives.
all have this power to transform not only ourselves, but others.
Yet, do we use it? Do we take the divine gift of love in our hearts
and use it as much as possible, to help as many as we can?
last several days have marked the special occasion of Janmashtami,
the birthday of Bhagwan Krishna. When we look at the message of His
life, we can see that He taught us, Love, Love and Love all. From
the moment He was 6 days old, He had enemies. So many demons and
asuras came to kill Him. But, what did He do? Did He fight them with
anger? Did He hate them? Did He send them forever to Hell? No. He
granted them all liberation.
Bhagwan Krishna went -- whether it was to palaces, to the simple hut
of Vidurji, to the gardens of Vrindavan -- He brought only His
divine love. His divine love changed not only the lives of all
those who met Him during His physical presence on Earth, but the
ever-present love He continues to shower upon us change all who open
their hearts to it.
this time when we celebrate His birth and celebrate His assurance
that He will CONTINUE to come, whenever there is strife, whenever
there is darkness and whenever we need Him, let us take to heart His
divine message of
All, Hate None. Heal All, Hurt None."
has given us a special ability to touch others with our smiles, to
change a life with a simple warm embrace, to bring meaning to the
lives of others by our love. We must use this divine gift and never
let it go in vain....
blossom under the warm rays of the sun, and the flowers of our lives
-- our children, our families, and all those around us -- will
blossom only under the warm rays of our love.
we learn how to love others, really, truly love them, not for who we
want them to be, but rather for who they are -- for the perfect
souls that God has created -- then we have learned one of the
greatest lessons of life.