By Armoogum Parsuramen
Love, endorsed by sages and religion, is the foundational explanation for our existence. Science has acknowledged the universality of love. Mahatma Gandhi and Einstein’s daughter, Lieserl had been great influencers in the physicist’s life. Einstein acknowledged their valuable contribution in his grasping of the essence of the universality of love, beyond the materialistic human sentiment.
“Whatever the crisis, the fire of love will overcome it.”
— Mahatma Gandhi
Gandhi’s choice to walk through the path of resistance and liberation in ahimsa – non-violence had not only baffled but touched Einstein. Opposed to hostility and WWII, the physicist overtly termed the Gandhian pacificism as an “instinctive feeling” grounded within “deepest antipathy to every kind of cruelty and hatred,” rather than any “intellectual theory.” Einstein stood in respect and gratitude towards Gandhi’s approach to exercise the politics of non-violence in India. Einstein’s esteem for India’s Bapu is aptly expressed when he admiringly notes:
You have shown through your works that it is possible to succeed without violence even with those who have not discarded the method of violence.
Einstein was deeply touched by the profound belief that everything is possible with love; it acts as an invisible hammer breaking the walls of hate and racism, and all the destructive forces. Einstein was undeniably in praise of the power of love to achieve freedom, unlike the ravaging might of wars and violence. He added that he believes that –
Gandhi’s views were the most enlightened of all the political men of our time. We should strive to do things in his spirit: not to use violence in fighting for our cause, but by non-participation in anything you believe is evil.
Satyagraha and Einstein’s loathing for sadism levelled them up to the same pedestal of universalizing love as a daily way of life. Gandhi’s conciliatory approach hails from the ability to win over with love. It is a reconciliatory mission; it enlightens the world and hearts. It leaves no one indifferent to its soothing touch. Einstein appropriates and lives Gandhi’s philosophy of love, “where there is love, there is life” which uplifts the human soul towards enhancing the value of life and the Universe.
Einstein letter’s to his dear daughter Lieserl is a proof of the scientific and humane belief in “this universal force” about which he brilliantly shared his profound reflection. He demonstrated a higher level of understanding of Love, “an extremely powerful force” that had captivated his scientific interest given that “it is a force that includes and governs all others”, despite the fact that “science has not found a formal explanation”. Einstein’s gratitude letter to his daughter endorses the inclusive power of LOVE.
In the current Covid-19 condition and the tedious days of confinement, our lives have literally turned topsy-turvy. We are bound to witness and face radical mutations in all realms. Einstein’s reflection enlightens us on love as the unifying force which is the purest form of panacea and solace in this difficult moment. It is the universal operating wheel which pulls us to converge into Oneness during this Covid-19 strained test which has gripped the world.
When relationships drift apart, chaos rules and things simply are falling apart, Love rings its clarion call. The Universe opens its arms to call us back to its lap through the “most powerful unseen force”. It is this fiery continuous spark of love which ensures that “humanity not to be extinguished in their blind selfishness”. Einstein reminds us that now is the time to overcome our phobia as “it is the only energy in the universe that man has not learned to drive at will”. It teaches us to slow down and review our own lives, relationships and surroundings.
Anarchy reigns the world; we need to allow love to bloom. Set the soothing fire of Love free to freewheel unity, oneness and the “energy to heal the world” in multiples. Now is the time to consolidate our bonding and to unleash the better version of ourselves and the world.
Armoogum Parsuramen is the Founder-President of Global Rainbow Foundation.
* Published in print edition on 15 May 2020