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Potion of love

india Updated: Apr 26, 2010 00:49 IST
R. L. Pathak
R. L. Pathak
Hindustan Times
sai baba

Love begets love, we hear it every day. The adage comes to my mind as I recall my wife who died of cancer in her mid –sixties, in 2008.

She was a regular disciple of Sai and visited the Sai temple at Lodi Road temple for years. As a matter of routine and a regular visitor, she befriended one and all for her endearing and mixing nature. She would offer alms in cash and kind to beggars outside the temple.

It is natural that the faces getting used to each other when not seen for quite sometime get curious. One of such beggars asked, " Why Mataji is not seem these days? Is she alright ?"

A friend told the beggar lady that she was hospitalised and had undergone a major operation and was recuperating. This upset the beggar and one could see her face. The next day the lady beggar brought about 250 gram of ‘munnakka’ and requested to be passed that on to my wife, and prayed that she would get well soon.

Tears rolled down my wife's cheeks out of sheer gratitude and thankfulness. I too was moved beyond description. Love is most potent, and it has a magical effect.

In the words of Tupper, "love is the weapon reserved to conquer the rebel when all the rest have failed. Reason he parries; fear he answers blow for blow; future interest he meets

with present pleasure; but love is that sun against whose melting beams the winter cannot stand. There is not one human being in a million, nor a thousand men in all earth’s huge quintillion whose clay heart is hardened against love.”

Such is the everlasting message of love that ought to be inculcated and practised in both letter and spirit. Only then one can enjoy peace of mind, and will let others too remain in peace. After all, love is the potion that can be used to conquer even the impossible.