Anyway, love can be of three
types — unselfish, selfish and mutual. But unselfish love is
its highest form. Love can unite man with God.
"Solitude" is the pre-requisite for attaining divine
love. Ramakrishna Paramhans has tellingly explained this basic
instinct when he says, "To get butter from milk, you must
let it set into curd in a secluded place. If it is disturbed,
the milk will not turn into curd."
Apatya, Sakhya, Vatsalya and Madhura are various kinds of love
which help to channelise human feelings into love for god. At
the same time, one should not forget three important features
of love such as seeking no return (nature of pure love is to
give and not to take or demand); knowing no rivals (devotees’
neither judges nor condemns anyone, In fact, it is a balance
wheel for the human being: That is why Parthasaraty reminds us
that, "The feeling of true love arises from purity; a
purity wherein there are no distinctions and
certainly a key to every problem. It opens the door to
"realms of eternal bliss". So everyone should be
treated with love.
present situation, nobody can say better than what Sathya Sai
Baba has summed up in a sentence. "Rivalry among those
following different faiths cannot bring peace, nor prosperity
to any country." So God is the source of all love. It is
the most powerful gift given to us. One can emerge victorious
from the ‘ocean of sorrows’ only through love. Of course,
faith is the utmost "sustaining force" for love
because love itself acts as truth, dharma, peace, ahimsa in
the different forms of thought, action, feeling and
compassion are said to be considered as a cure for certain
kinds of illness, particularly in the Tibet region.
Unfortunately these are even omitted in our many spheres of
social interaction. The most tragic part is that their
practice (love and compassion) is thought to be almost
Love is the
highest moral truth, particularly when it is directed towards
the ultimate. Love can in no way to be true if it does not
"serve and sacrifice". In fact these are the two
basic ingredients. There are also the basic factors which
distinguish it from human love. In human love, we usually hope
for "return, benefit or advantage, pleasure and
gratification, be it mental or physical".
Moreover possessiveness is
not love. Becoming sentimental, emotional or weeping for
somebody hardly qualifies to be described as true love. Such
kinds of things add to our "tension, anxiety and
sorrows". This is here we really "fall" in love
but we "rise" in love when love is true and dynamic.