Thursday, September 16, 2010

Love without Limits

A rich lady was badly bitten by a rabid dog. It was long before Louis Pasteur developed the anti-rabies treatment. She summoned her lawyer and dictated a long list of names. The lawyer thought that she was preparing her will, to transfer her wealth to her close associates in case of an accidental death by rabies. He enquired about it, expecting to get a good share for himself. But she replied that the list was of her enemies whom she should bite and kill, in case she developed active rabies.
An old man was celebrating his 105th birthday. In an interview, he was asked, “What is the reason for your long and happy life?” He replied, “That is because I have no enemies.” “Wonderful!” exclaimed the journalist. He continued, “Please tell us how you could achieve this unique distinction of having no enemies at all.” The old man replied, “It is very simple. I had a lot of enemies. All of them died earlier.”
Jesus Christ taught, “Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may become the sons of your Father in heaven.” Lying on the cross, He pardoned those who crucified Him.
Abraham Lincoln used to love even his enemies. A friend advised him, “Why do you try to make friends of your enemies? You should try to destroy them.” Lincoln replied with a smile, “Am I not destroying my enemies when I make them my friends?”
The concept of unconditional love is sublime.

© By Dr. Babu Philip, Professor, Cochin University of Science & Technology, Fine Arts Avenue, Kochi-682016, Kerala, India.
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