Which is that one quality on which all that is important for mankind is based? Bhagawan gives us precious pearls of wisdom to contemplate upon.
If one loses wealth, he may regain it, by some ruse or other. If he loses health, some doctor might prescribe a tonic to win it back. If one loses status and authority, he may by sheer luck gain them back. If virtue is lost, it is lost forever; nothing can restore the pristine purity. So one has to be ever vigilant and never slacken. The greatest of the virtues is Love. Love is the basis of character. You may have all other desirable things in plenty; but, if you have no character, that is to say, virtue, which is all strung on Love you can have no genuine peace. Money comes and goes! But, morality? It comes and grows! Morality has to be grown in the heart by feeding it with Love, only then can we have justice, security, law and order. If love declines among the people, nations will weaken and mankind will perish.
– Divine Discourse, Feb 03, 1972.