As seen in the story below, I do believe that love has the power to convert. It has the power to change, but many persons do not understand love. They think that their personal emotional need for comfort is love; that their personal emotional need for someone to say, "Yes, you are great. You are wonderful," is love. Love is that which requires no such assurances. It is not the fulfillment of weak moments. When there is love a mere mental call will bring the object of your love.
Swami Veda Bharati gave two lectures on "Peaceful Planet, Heart, and Mind" in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, on August 5 & 7, 2010. This is an excerpt of the original lectures.
So, I leave you the question; “do you want to suffer recession or do you want to enjoy the renunciation?” Your renunciation will be helped by your mind discovering its inner fullness through the practice of meditation. That’s all.
Meditation is renunciation. Renunciation means reduction of, reduction of possessions, property. Reduction of wishes and desires is renunciation; and with that naturally comes what in Sanskrit language we call ‘Abhaya’.
A pure mind is a happy mind. Are you unhappy? You are afraid to say, because by this definition - a pure mind is a happy mind - if you admit you are unhappy, then there are impurities in your mind. Unhappiness or pain is a stain on the mind; a stain on the mind is a pain. Do you want to check the level of your purity? Just check the total content of your thoughts. How many happy thoughts do you have, and how many unhappy ones do you have? How many pleasant thoughts do you have, and how many painful ones do you have?
We keep that goal in mind when breathing — we remember that goal; when sitting — we remember that goal; when walking — we remember that goal; when eating — we remember that goal — through all āhāras, the 4 kinds of āhāras described by the Buddha, 4 kinds of intakes. We remain aware. That awareness is called anusati.