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Love is All You Need

This fire that we call loving is too strong for human minds. But just right for human souls ~ Aberjhani.

Love. Unconditional love. Romantic love. Materialistic love. One can examine the nature of love but one cannot measure it. You cannot have a comprehensive examination of love.

love is everywhere
Love is everywhere

We have had philosophers, writers and poets attempting to describe their understanding of the emotion from the experiences they have had. Art, novels, music, movies and culture in different countries in different centuries have been enthused and enriched by love.

And they still continue to be. It will always be a guiding force for humanity. We have read sagas of Romeo and Juliet by Shakespeare and watched movies like Casablanca. In India we have had poets like Mirza Ghalib whose poetry on the emotion is as astounding as anything can ever be.

Rumi said love has no nature. You can feel love for the passenger sitting next to you in the bus, for your children, girlfriend, husband, parents, pet and all the gorgeous and heart-warming things under the sun. Love is the ultimate source of Joy.

If we flip the pages of history, we had Platonism theory of love that described love as a pure and non-sexual feeling for friends and family, also known as platonic love. It is the desire to love fellow human beings, understand them and help them nurture and grow.
Rumi quote on love
Socrates, who believed himself to be the unsurpassed master of love, in Plato’s “Symposium”, divided love into two categories – Eros (earthly love) and Divine Eros (divine love). Eros is the material attraction towards a beautiful body for physical pleasure and reproduction.

Divine Eros, on the contrary, is human soul gradually transcending to unconditional deific love. There is a difference between attraction of two human bodies and the affinity of two human souls.

Love is the hunger of the human soul for divine beauty. It has deeper emotional affiliations. One is enlightened to create and be in love. To grow and help others grow. And then of course, we had Aristotle inscribing, “Two bodies with one soul.” This was the idea of love by three great philosophers of the western world.

Coming to the 21st century, we all in some fathomable ways must be aware of the existing reality. I am not going to talk about the divorce rates and the confusion amongst people to reach to a conclusion about their emotions. I solely believe we are living in a time and age where people are not self-aware about their emotions and it is disheartening. A life is to be loved and lived, lived and loved.

It is a clear reflection of the fact that when one is not in love with oneself, it leads to a pool of doubts. To love someone else, one has to be in love with oneself first. One needs to unlock the channels of thoughts and constantly discover. Love helps you travel through the difficulties and find a new world. That’s the beauty of love.

And somehow, I don’t know how, seeking true love has become an old-school theory. I distinctly blame the pop culture for imposing such a negative mindset that leads to mental collapse, psychosomatic diseases, drug abuse and everything that destroys the soul.

The idea of polygamy and infidelity is on the rise turning love into a cheap commodity. Alain Badiou (21st century writer) in his book, In Praise of Love (2012) wrote that love needs constant reinventing. We need to maintain it in a state of tension, unpredictability, and risk. One cannot choose to be fragile. Strength and loyalty is the dignity of love, and one cannot separate love from overall human dignity and hope.

Love is life-changing and soul-warming. It is an event and celebration. It is the basic food for the human kind to evolve and grow. Learn and understand.

This particular Rumi quote concludes my stream of thoughts on love, “Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.

Unravel and introspect. And, most definitely, love whole-heartedly.

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Elias

Unconditional Love is the essence of living in unity with life. When it enters the realms of duality (i. e. here) it turns into seven main vibrational fields, almost like the light rays entering the prism.
Those six vibrational fields surround every individual as portals to unconditional love. There are many names given to that kind of love over the years of history, ranging from honesty, honor, courage, …. as all are shades of that love.
But much more specifically it can be described as these main vibrational fields:
Appreciation, Humility, Forgiveness, Valor, Understanding, Compassion
Taken from wingmakers.com

Camille Ian

Love is a vibrational frequency, not an emotion.

dorothy hart

Most love among humans is found to be emotional, sensual and intellectual attachments. Where we turn our fellow human into an object for personal gratification. Martin Buber, (in his book “I-Thou”) called this an ‘I-it’ relationship. Healthy love is, “Thou shall love thy neighbor as thy self.” When we ‘know’ our true selves as Devine non-dimensional spiritual beings of awareness and then able to see our neighbor as ourselves; Martin Buber calls this the “I-Thou” relationship. Perfect healthy love is non-personal non-conditional benevolence. Only God can love unconditionally. When we love one another, we love the spiritual qualities one radiates,… Read more »

Jordan Kinsley

i love this article

Chris

Its interesting but regardless though wha if you have Aspergers and dont know how to feel love then what.

Marianne

“4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” People with Asperger’s can be and do all of that in varying degrees, like everyone else. Love itself is not an emotion, it is a way of being and interacting with the world. What people feel is the… Read more »

june

Actually, it is very much an emotion as well as a lifestyle choice – it is a real feeling that varies in depth depending upon a wild range of circumstances. That good feeling, or the desire to one day experience that good feeling, is what drives the behavior.

Bill

If you have Aspergers, then you can take action that stems from the result of love. If you see someone is lonely, talk to them. If someone is hungry, feed them. If someone is down, pick them up. You don’t need to feel love in order to give it. Love is the action of helping others.
If I had to program a robot that has no emotion, I would program it to do no harm and to help where help is needed. That is love.

june

You can ask to experience true love and you will. I did that and it was amazing and painful at the same time. But I got the experience and now can refer back to it whenever I need to remember.

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