Love and hate
“With our thoughts we make the world.” ~Buddha
Love & Hate are the two most powerful mind states that shape our lives on this planet. Love is born in the relationships of children to their parents. It sustains families, friendships & communities.
Hate is born of conflict, of perceptions of danger to what we most love and cherish. Hatred is not bad, while love is good. Both have roles to play, though love is more creative and brings happiness, while hate is more destructive, and creates suffering.
Hatred is associated with dualistic thinking, which looks upon problems as battles to be won. Love is more aligned with holistic thinking, focusing on relationships and interdependence.
Minds that hate may have difficulty solving complex problems, because we lack the intuitive wisdom, compassion and creativity that comes when our hearts are open.
Is is for this reason that many wise prophets, sages, scientists, artists, poets, writers and spiritual teachers down through the ages have encouraged us to cultivate greater love in our lives, and to understand that only with open hearts (and minds) can we diminish hate, thereby increasing our own happiness and reducing the suffering of others.
Tao & Zen
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” ~Martin Luther King, Jr.
“In this world, hate never dispelled hate. Only love dispels hate. This is the law, ancient and inexhaustible.” ~The Buddha
“Hatred ever kills, love never dies. Such is the vast difference between the two… The duty of a human being is to diminish hatred and to promote love.” ~Mahatma Gandhi
“What actions are most excellent? To gladden the heart of a human being, to feed the hungry, to help the afflicted, to lighten the sorrow of the sorrowful, and to remove the wrongs of the injured.” ~Mohammed
“Emancipate yourself from mental slavery, None but ourselves can free our minds.” ~Bob Marley