That steal his name and shape and ecstasy,
He is still the godhead by which all can change. https://incarnateword.in/cwsa/34/satyavan#p48,p49</center>
= Why is Love Essential? =
Love does not forgive; it understands and cures. <ref>http://incarnateword.in/cwm/16/28-august-1939#p4</ref>
Nothing can resist the steady action of love. It melts all resistances and triumphs over all difficulties...
It is as the love of the Divine grows that the other things cease to trouble the mind. <ref>http://incarnateword.in/cwsa/31/human-relations-and-the-spiritual-life#p22</ref>
In this love lie peace and joy, the fount of all strength and all realisation. It is the infallible healer, the supreme consoler; it is the victor, the sovereign teacher. <ref>http://incarnateword.in/cwm/01/december-16-1913#p3</ref>
Love alone can work this miracle, for love opens all doors, penetrates every wall, clears every obstacle.<ref>http://incarnateword.in/cwm/01/december-16-1913#p1</ref>
If the spirit of divine love can enter, the hardness of the way diminishes, the tension is lightened, there is a sweetness and joy even in the core of difficulty and struggle. The indispensable surrender of all our will and works and activities to the Supreme is indeed only perfect and perfectly effective when it is a surrender of love. <ref>http://incarnateword.in/cwsa/23/the-ascent-of-the-sacrifice-ii#p11</ref>
For supramental Love brings an active ecstasy that surpasses the void passive peace and stillness which is the heaven of the liberated Mind and does not betray the deeper greater calm which is the beginning of the supramental silence.
Altruism, philanthropy, humanitarianism, service are flowers of the mental consciousness and are at best the mind's cold and pale imitation of the spiritual flame of universalDivineLove. <ref>http://incarnateword.in/cwsa/23/the-ascent-of-the-sacrifice-i#p20</ref>
The more love and bhakti and surrender grow in the heart, the more rapid and perfect becomes the evolution of the sadhana.
Love leads us from the suffering of division into the bliss of perfect union, but without losing that joy of the act of union which is the soul's greatest discovery and for which the life of the cosmos is a long preparation.
All true love and sacrifice are in their essence Nature's contradiction of the primary egoism and its separative error; it is her attempt to turn from a necessary first fragmentation towards a recovered oneness.
== Why Doesn’t Love Manifest? ==
When the surroundings, circumstances, atmosphere, the way of living and above all the inner attitude are altogether of a low kind, vulgar, gross, egoistic, sordid, love is reluctant to come, that is, it always hesitates to manifest itself and generally does not stay long. A home of beauty must be given for Beauty to stay. I am not speaking of external things—a real house, real furniture and all that—I am speaking of an inner attitude, of something within which is beautiful, noble, harmonious, unselfish. People always complain that love is impermanent and passing. To tell the truth, they should be very grateful that it manifested in them in spite of the sordidness of the house they gave it. <ref>http://incarnateword.in/cwm/04/12-may-1951#p3</ref>
For when man speaks of love, he associates it with an emotional and sentimental weakness. But the divine intensity of self-forgetfulness, the capacity of throwing oneself out entirely, making no restriction and no reservation, as a gift, asking nothing in exchange, this is little known to human beings. And when it is there unmixed with weak and sentimental emotions, they find it hard and cold; they cannot recognise in it the very highest and intensest power of love. <ref>http://incarnateword.in/cwm/03/2-june-1929#p5</ref>
Wherever into a human story of love, there has entered even an atom of pure love and it has been allowed to manifest without too much distortion, we find a true and beautiful thing. And if the movement does not last, it is because it is not conscious of its own aim and seeking; it has not the knowledge that it is not the union of one being with another that it is seeking after but the union of all beings with the Divine. <ref>http://incarnateword.in/cwm/03/2-june-1929#p10</ref>
= How Does Love Manifest?=