WEB POSTED 10-30-2001

Love, a requirement to achieve greatness

Minister Farrakhan: Love is never absent from a student who desires greatness in his or her chosen field of endeavor. First of all, we study ourselves. All of us have been given a gift from our Creator. The greatest joy and peace of mind is when a person finds the purpose for their being, for their existence, for their life, on this planet and the peace of mind comes, not just when you dream about the purpose, but when you actually are working toward the fulfillment of your purpose.

Once you discover your gift, you must love the gift and love the Giver of the gift in order to become great with that gift. Now, if it’s basketball, if it’s baseball, if it’s boxing, if it’s computer science, if it’s medicine, if it’s law, whatever field of endeavor you chose to become great in, you have chosen that field. The worst motivation is to chose to be something for the sake of money or for vanity, rather than for the sake of service and the glorification of God, Who is the Giver of the gift.

So in loving the gift, you automatically will fall in love with the one who teaches you how to become proficient in your gift. So I don’t know of any basketball player that has become great, a baseball player, tennis, boxing, music, whatever your endeavor is, that does not remember with great fondness the teacher, who made them excel in their chosen field of endeavor. So love is all the way through.

Now the degree of love that is required to become great in anything must be a high degree. But the greatest degree of love is required, when one is to interpret the word of love. One has to be so in love with God, that he or she knows God in a hint or a sign and can look at the word of God and is so in tuned with God (because of the profound love of the student for God, the Master Teacher) that the student can look at the word and know God’s intention in revealing such a truth.

That’s the highest level of all. Prophets and messengers don’t reach that highest level. They reach, I would say, they come close to that level. But the Messiah reaches that level because his love for God is so, so magnificent, and so great, until he subordinates himself so totally to God that he becomes one with God.

So God lives in him and dwells in him and manifests Himself through him. That cannot happen, except with the profoundest degree, the superlative degree of love. So if you put it in a cheap vernacular, when you love a person to the “mostest and the bestest.” I say this with a smile behind it.

Brother Jabril: This reminds me of the scripture where the Jesus says, “I’m in my father and my father is in me.”

Minister Farrakhan: Yes. Only love allows the person who is traveling to travel in you. Love is the vehicle that allows the teacher to ride inside the student. And even when the teacher is absent, the teacher is present, because love has allowed the student to drink the teacher in to the degree that the student and the teacher become one.

The following is another excerpt from another part of Closing The Gap, Part Two.

Brother Jabril: The presence of your present violin teacher, Ayke Agus, over the last few days, during the course of your conversations, has given rise to expressions of great truths. One of them involved a vital aspect of the teacher-student relationship. We looked at those things about teachers, or certain kinds of teachers, that many students find difficult to grasp.

She [Ayke Agus] is an example of a student of a master, who saw through certain difficulties of her teacher. Because of her love for her teacher, she was by him as others were not, who later walked away from him, but who later on regretted their behavior towards him. She was of those who stuck by him, despite the difficulties involved.

In part of your comments yesterday, on what she said on this subject, in your own personal case, who, regardless to what the Honorable Elijah Muhammad laid on you—and he laid some heavy trials and tests on you—you would not let him go. Of course, there were a few others like this. But I am not referring to them here.

What he put on you, of tests and trials, only brought you closer to him, rather than drove you away from him. Others might have considered your reaction to him as silly, ridiculous, as they would not have gone through what you experienced, because they don’t look at such experiences as you (and a few others) did. Please comment.

Minister Farrakhan: It is difficult for a student to comprehend the ways of a master—the methodology of the master, the psychology of the master, the spiritual sensitivity of the master. A good teacher prepares the student, not only in the art or science of the profession, but the teacher, if he or she is a good one, recognizes that your gift becomes the means of your trial.

The gifted person, who has the gift but has not the character to go along with the gift, must be careful, because the gift can become the means of the student’s destruction. So a good teacher will carry the gifted one to the threshold of pain and then take them over that threshold and continues to give the student painful experiences. Why is this? Because to become great in any field, you will inspire the evil emotion of envy in others, who want to be great in that field but cannot equal the one who is supremely gifted of God.

The envy of the envier causes the envier to criticize you harshly, to throw stumbling blocks in your path. If you lack the character to persevere past or through your pain from someone who is in your field but hates you because you are doing well or better than he or she is doing, if that embitters you, if that becomes an impediment in your spirit, then you cease to become as great an artist or a professional, as you could have become, if you did not allow the surrounding emotions to become a stumbling block in the pathway of your progress.

In the case of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, he was looking for a student that would be able to carry or share the burden of his mission in his absence. Which meant, that the student must not only be proficient, in the teaching of the message, but the student must be able to bear the pain that goes along with success.

In the case of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, whom God has raised at the end of the world of Satan, to be with him, you would have to endure the wiles of Satan; the schemes of Satan and how he uses people that you love to overturn you and destroy you.

More next issue, Allah willing.