what is love?

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Divine Love
“God is Love,” rather “Love is God.”
One who can see the fine difference between these two statements is the only true Lover of God. By nature, every one is after love, but only saints and God’s true servants have really experienced the awareness of Love. There are two kinds of love: spiritual and sensual. The worldly, as well as those who seek God, are all within the field of physical or sensual pleasures until they realize God.

Anytime an action or emotion partially or wholly involves anything that is in the realm of the ever changing Prakriti, such as bodies, organs, senses, pranas, the mind, intellect or ego, it is considered a physical or sensual pleasure. Such pleasures must keep changing and come to an end, which results in misery. In the devotional paths, a devotee ultimately becomes Love where duality exists no more. Radha is Krishna or Krishna is Radha, but these two identities cannot exist simultaneously. Such is the ultimate nature of Love. The aspirant who prefers to use the path of discrimination ultimately experiences self-realization where Love alone remains.

When we speak of Love, we are talking about the true ultimate Love that depends on no objects, persons, circumstances, time, place, events or reasons because all those must constantly change and come to an end. Such a finite love is no good for a person seeking Eternal Love, without which one will never find eternal peace. We, being sparks of that Love, cannot be pleased with anything less than that Supreme Love.

Love never bargains, trades or expects. Love never complains, never demands, and never hopes. Love never accepts anything less than Love, and therefore, never lowers itself to physical, mental or intellectual pleasures. Love cannot be measured, imagined, argued about or logically arrived at. Only full faith and complete surrender to the will of Love enables us to totally dissolve our ego and merge into this ocean of love.

As Brihadaranyakam Upanishad says, “Verily, it is not for the sake of the body of a wife that a wife is dear, but for the sake of the Love or Self (Atman) in her that the wife is dear.” This statement also applies to husband, sons, wealth, name and fame, gods, creatures and all creation. To experience true Love is the goal of all of the Yogas presented in the Gita. Below we meditate on Love further. This introduction to Love prepares us for the beautiful experience that awaits all of us only if we will listen, practice, meditate and absolve ourselves as directed by Mother Gita.
–Swami Radhanandaji
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Love In Solitude
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The True Lover Of God
Pure Heart
Proof Of A True Lover Of God
Love of God
God Alone Is To Be Loved
Of The Love Of Jesus Above All Things
The Weaning From The Idolatry Of self-Love
Green Wood For The Burning Before Acquiring Love Of God
Uneasiness, Foolish Fears And Depression Due To Lack Of Love Of God
Various Difficulties In Loving God
Love is Sweet
Of the Marvelous Effect Of The Love Of God.



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