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The Law of Love
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THE LAW OF LOVE
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1. THE LAW OF LOVE

     CONSCIOUSLY or unconsciously, we are acting non-violently towards one another in daily life. All well-constructed societies are based on the Law of Non-violence. I have found that life persists in the midst of destruction and, therefore, there must be a higher law than that of destruction. Only under that law would a well-ordered sociey be intelligible and life worth living. And, if that is the Law of Life we have to work it out in daily life. Wherever there are jars, wherever you are confronted with an opponent, conquer him with love. In a crude manner, I have worked it out in my life. That does not mean that all my difficulties are solved. I have found, however, that this Law of Love has answered as the Law of Destruction has never done.

Training Necessary for Non-Violence

     It takes a fairly strenuous course of training to attain to a mental state of non-violence.1

    In daily life, it has to be a course of discipline though one may not like it, like, for instance, the life of a soldier. But I agree that, unless there is a hearty co-operation of the mind, the mere outward observance will be simply a mask, harmful both to the man him-

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    1. "Non-violence is not a mechanical performance. It is the finest quality of the heart and comes by training."

Young India : April 16, 1931.

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