Love alone is the fountain
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Love alone is the fountain from which all virtues fall as drops of
Bowl of Saki, October 8, by Hazrat Inayat Khan
Commentary by Hazrat Inayat Khan:
What do I mean by love? It is such a word that one cannot give one meaning.
All attributes like kindness, gentleness, goodness, humbleness, mildness,
fineness, are names of one and the same thing. Love therefore is that
stream which when it rises, falls in the form of a fountain, and each
stream coming down is a virtue. All virtues taught by books or by a
religious person have no strength and life because they have been learned;
a virtue that is learned has no power, no life. The virtue that naturally
springs from the depth of the heart, the virtue that rises from the
love-spring and then falls as many different attributes, that virtue is
real. There is a Hindustani saying, ‘No matter how much wealth you have, if
you do not have the treasure of virtue, it is of no use’. The true riches
is the ever increasing spring of love from which all virtues come.
Purity of mind is the principal thing upon which the health of both body
and mind depend. The process of purifying the mind is not much different
from the process of cleaning or washing any object. Water poured upon any
object washes it, and if there is a spot which cannot be washed away by the
water, some substance which can take that spot is applied, to wash it
thoroughly. The water which washes the heart is the continual running of
the love-stream. When that stream is stopped, when its way is blocked by
some object which closes the heart, and when the love-stream is no longer
running, then the mind cannot keep pure. … True happiness is in love,
which is the stream that springs from one’s soul. He who will allow this
stream to run continually in all conditions of life, in all situations,
however difficult, will have a happiness which truly belongs to him.
Human love is given to illuminate by its sincerity the heart of another,
there is no greater power to inspire than the power of love. The desire for
service, gentleness, tolerance, kindness, forgiveness, all come from love.
Love alone is a fountain from which all virtues fall as drops of sparkling
Love is given to inspire divine love in the heart of man, and all the
beauty that man sees on earth is beauty created by the power of love, and
by the power of love he learns to recognize it as a reflection of the
beauty of heaven. Thus may earth become heaven, and heaven and earth one
single vision of the glory of God.