The mere removal of hate from the heart will not ensure ananda. Love, too, should be cultivated. That is to say, uproot hate and plant Love. If the absence of hate ensures bhakti, hill and anthill, tree and twig, mud and mountain - what do these hate? They have no dislikes. But for that reason, do we ascribe bhakti to them? We do not; for that would be absurd. The bhakta must first be free from hate and then be full of love. Hate breeds fear, hate is the seedbed of anxiety, scandal and falsehood. It drains your mind of peace. You may have light without oil, fire without smoke, breeze without a bearer fanning you, a chillness in the air of your room in the sizzling heat of summer - but, unless you are at peace with yourselves and with those around you, your pulse will be quick and your blood will be racing in rage and rancour. Love alone can alleviate anxiety and allay fear.
- Baba -