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"We love—every one of us. First I love my body because my self is within this body. So actually I love my self better than the body. But that self has an intimate relationship with Kṛṣṇa. Therefore I love Kṛṣṇa more than anything. And because Kṛṣṇa is all-pervading, I love everything.

Unfortunately, we have forgotten that Kṛṣṇa, God, is all-pervading. This memory has to be revived. As soon as we revive our Kṛṣṇa consciousness we can see everything in relationship with Kṛṣṇa, and then everything becomes lovable. Now I love you or you love me, but that love is on the platform of this ephemeral body. But when love of Kṛṣṇa is developed, I will love not only you but every living entity because the outward designation, the body, will be forgotten. When a man becomes fully Kṛṣṇa conscious, he does not see, 'Here is a man, here is an animal, here is a cat. here is a dog, and here is a worm.' He sees everyone as part and parcel of Kṛṣṇa. This is very nicely explained in the Bhagavad-gītā: 'One who is actually learned in Kṛṣṇa consciousness becomes a lover of everyone in the universe.' Unless one is situated on the Kṛṣṇa conscious platform, there is no question of universal brotherhood."

(Transcendental Teachings of Prahlāda Mahārāja, p. 17)

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