Loving one’s neighbour does not depend on the will alone but, like a gift for music, is based on an innate talent. An innate talent is again a result of previous training or practice in perhaps many previous lives. This practice eventually results in the culmination of the talent, and the individual then appears as a genius in the field concerned.
A large part of the training of moral genius or the perfect ability to love one’s neighbour occurs automatically; this part is therefore outside the control of the will. But I will mention here a few of the most important elements in that part of the training of the above-mentioned ability which is subject to the will, and with which the individual can work consciously on his own growth towards a true and perfect manifestation of love.
Discard the concept of “enemies” from your consciousness.
Never retort against anger, slander or other forms of unpleasantness directed against you.
Never say anything evil about anyone or anything.
Be absolutely uninfluenced by flattery, praise and criticism.
Never take part in killing, wounding or mutilating.
Never let your thoughts deviate from being concerned with how you can best serve your fellow beings. In so doing you will be practising the very highest form of yoga or the most perfect training of that part of your development which is within the scope of your will and which, together with the other part of the refining of your nature by life itself, will ultimately lead you forward to becoming a moral genius and transform you into a perfect being, a God-like human being.
Therefore, let us bid the new year welcome remembering: that at the end of the old year terrestrial mankind has come yet one unit of measure closer to the regions of happiness; that its individuals, despite present and coming sufferings, are, however, “celestial travellers”, immortal “passengers” on a star in a world of stars on course towards the pinnacles of life, light and happiness; and that even now up above the dark Earth and the dark animal kingdom an atmosphere of light has begun to shine and emanate from the distant horizon ahead, an atmosphere of light that vibrates exclusively in the great commandment of love, “Love one another”.