Get Rid of the Burden of Hatred

I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.

– Martin Luther King Jr.

Imagine that you are obliged to carry some weight all the time. You may then not be able to sleep, walk or talk properly and your life may become quite uncomfortable as your mind would forever dwell on the additional weight you are carrying.

The burden is not reduced if you lift gold instead of bricks.

The problem is not in the weight; the problem is that it is not your natural self. We can all carry much more weight if it is part of our body, but we are unwilling to carry even a little weight if it is external and not a part of us.

Hatred is one such burden, which the soul is unable to carry for long. The natural desire of man is to love because the human soul always seeks to unite with the Supreme Soul for fulfilment by loving others

We human beings always crave for what we lack. We thirst for water if the water content in our body gets deficient. We crave for food when the body needs more energy and nutrition. We long for fresh air as huge amounts of toxic gases are constantly being created in our body, which we must expel and also intake oxygen to live. In the same way, we generally crave for love of fellow human beings without whom we do not feel complete. Like our body, our soul too needs the company of other souls to seek fulfilment.

If love is the nectar of the soul, hatred is like poison. Just like the body knows what is unhealthy for it, the soul too knows what is bad for it. Hence, the soul hates hatred.

Yet, hatred has a purpose. Hatred tells us what is not to be done.

Hatred is therefore, a message to the soul, which tells us what it should stop from. However, many people confuse the messenger with the message and they hate the messenger rather than the message.

Listen to the words of Jesus Christ, ‘You have heard that it was said, “Love your neighbour and hate your enemy.” But I tell you : Love your enemies and pray for those who mistreat you.’

We have to know the acts that cause hatred and get rid of the cause of hatred rather than disliking people.