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We must find a way of spreading love among the sons of humanity. (36:1)

Love is unlimited, boundless, infinite! Material things are limited, circumscribed, finite. You cannot adequately express infinite love by limited means. (36:2)

The perfect love needs an unselfish instrument, absolutely freed from fetters of every kind. The love of family is limited; the tie of blood relationship is not the strongest bond. Frequently members of the same family disagree, and even hate each other. (36:3)

Patriotic love is finite; the love of one's country causing hatred of all others, is not perfect love! Compatriots also are not free from quarrels amongst themselves. (36:4)

The love of race is limited; there is some union here, but that is insufficient. Love must be free from boundaries! (36:5)

To love our own race may mean hatred of all others, and even people of the same race often dislike each other. (36:6)

Political love also is much bound up with hatred of one party for another; this love is very limited and uncertain. (36:7)

The love of community of interest in service is likewise fluctuating; frequently competitions arise, which lead to jealousy, and at length hatred replaces love. (36:8)

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