Love gives naught but itself…You also give when you are in love – flowers, ice cream, bhelpuri. But this is not love, this is bargaining, business.
In a small school, the teacher had been insisting on the greatness of Jesus for almost an hour to the students. The school belonged to a church; it was an international school.
After an hour, she asked, “Can anyone say who is the greatest man in history?”
A little boy, an American, said, “Abraham Lincoln.”
The teacher could not believe it. For one hour she had been hammering into their heads that Jesus Christ is the highest peak human consciousness has ever achieved, and this idiot says “Abraham Lincoln!”
She said, “You are not wrong, but not right either. Sit down.”
Another girl stood up to answer the same question and she said, “Winston Churchill.”
The teacher said, “My God!” But because the school was in England and Winston Churchill was the prime minister, she could not say, “You are not right.” She said, “You are very close to the truth.”
And then a very small boy started waving his hand – and this was strange, because this boy had never done such a thing. He was a very silent individual.
The teacher said, “What is your answer?”
He said, “There is no question; everybody knows Jesus Christ is the greatest man in the world.”
The teacher was shocked even more, because the boy was a Jew. But there was a shield waiting – whoever gives the right answer is going to win the shield. The little boy, carrying the big shield, was followed by the teacher and caught outside the school. The teacher said, “Listen, are you not a Jew?”
He said, “Of course I am. What is the problem? Why are you following me?”
She said, “Being a Jew – and you declare Jesus Christ to be the greatest man in the world?”
He laughed. He said, “Ah, yes. In the deepest core of my heart, I know that Moses is the greatest man in the world. But business is business.”
Love is not business, but man has reduced love into business. Love gives only itself, because there is nothing higher to give. Can you think of anything greater? Anything more valuable?
Love gives naught but itself and takes naught but from itself – that is even more significant to understand. Love knows only giving; even the idea of getting something in return does not arise. But this is the miracle of existence: if you give love, love returns your own love a thousandfold back to you.