A Bucket of Love

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“Love is in the air/ In the sec­ond month of the year/ When ev­ery­thing looks so lovely/ And the sky is also clear,” Dorothy Parker wrote this lovely qua­train as an ode to Fe­bru­ary, the month of love and lovers.

It’s not for noth­ing that Valen­tine’s Day also falls in Fe­bru­ary and this month cor­re­sponds with vas­ant ritu (spring) in the sub­con­ti­nent, which evokes the soul-glad­den­ing and heart­warm­ing feel­ings of love. Poet John Keats was so en­am­oured of Fe­bru­ary that he wrote, “Let Fe­bru­ary come/ A month so win­some/ With a bucket of love and flow­ers/ Hearts will be ripened and love will blos­som.”

Mankind is all the more in need of love be­cause we’ve had enough of vi­o­lence, blood­shed, bad blood, ran­cour and wars. Only love has the ca­pac­ity to heal wounded hearts and bind them like glue. J Kr­ish­na­murti said, “Noth­ing but love can save mankind be­cause all hu­mane traits come out of the womb of love.” We can win hearts with love and not with ha­tred. The Bud­dha melted the hard­est hearts with his all-en­com­pass­ing love and com­pas­sion. Mo­han­das Gandhi em­bar­rassed the mighty Bri­tish Em­pire with his un­con­di­tional love and it was the over­whelm­ing power of love that could make the re­leased Nel­son Man­dela say with a dis­arm­ing smile to the Dutch jailer, “Sorry, I’ve noth­ing to give you ex­cept for my love.” The Dutch jailer wrote in his mem­oirs, “Liv­ing alone for 27 years in an iso­lated is­land gaol, Man­dela could come out sane and smil­ing sans any bit­ter­ness be­cause he didn’t let the love and hope in his heart die.”

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