Chapter 7: Love Dispels Fear
35 Then one of them, which was a lawyer, asked him a question, tempting him, and saying,
36 “Master, which is the great commandment in the law”
37 Jesus said unto him, “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.”
38 “This is the first and great commandment.”
39 “And the second is like unto it, thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.”
40 “On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”
These two words, law and love, are tremendously significant. They represent two types of mind: the polar opposites. The mind which is legal can never be loving, and the mind that loves can never be legal. The legal attitude is irreligious; it is political, social; and the attitude of love is non-political, non-social, individual, personal, religious. Moses, Manu, Marx, Mao, these are the legal minds: they have given the law to the world. Jesus, Krishna, Buddha, Lao Tzu, these are the people of love. They have not given a legal commandment to the world; they have given a totally different vision.
I have heard a story about Frederick the Great, the king of Prussia - he was a very legal mind. A woman came to him and complained about her husband. She said, “Your Majesty, my husband treats me very mean.”
Frederick the Great said, “That is not my business.”
But the woman persisted. She said, “Not only that, Your Majesty, he speaks ill of you also.”
Frederick the Great said, “That is none of your business.” This is the legal mind.
The legal mind is always thinking of law, never of love. The legal mind thinks of justice, but never of compassion; and a justice which is without compassion can never be just. A justice which has not compassion in it is bound to be unjust; and a compassion which may appear unjust cannot be unjust. The very nature of compassion is to be just. Justice follows compassion as a shadow. But compassion doesn’t follow justice as a shadow, because compassion is the real thing, love is the real thing. Your shadow follows you; you don’t follow your shadow. The shadow cannot be followed, the shadow has to follow. And this is one of the greatest controversies of human history: whether God is love, or law; whether he is just, or compassionate.