of domination and servitude
are what you know as love
but love is different
it arrives complete
like the moon in the window
like the sun
of neither east nor west
nor of anyplace
when that sun arrives
east and west arrive
desire only that
of which you have no hope
seek only that
of which you have no clue
love is the sea of not-being
and there intellect drowns
this is not the Oxus River
or some little creek
this is the shoreless sea;
here swimming ends
always in drowning
a journey to the sea
is horses and fodder
but at land’s end
the footsteps vanish
you lift up your robe
so as not to wet the hem;
come! drown in this sea
a thousand times
the moon passes over the
ocean of non-being
droplets of spray tear loose
and fall back
on the cresting waves
a million galaxies
are a little scum
on that shoreless sea
What you love you empower
What you fear you empower
What you empower you attract
The Maitreyi-Yajnavalkya dialogue includes a discussion of love and the essence of whom one loves, suggesting that love is a connection of the soul and the universal self (related to an individual):
Lo, verily, not for love of a husband is a husband dear, but for the love of the soul a husband is dear.
Not for the love of the wife is a wife dear, but for love of the soul a wife is dear.
— Brihadaranyaka Upanishad 2.4.2–4
Truly, it is not due to the love of a husband
that a husband becomes dear,
but due to the love of God
that a husband becomes dear.
Truly, it is not due to the love of a wife
that a wife becomes dear,
but due to the love of God
that a wife becomes dear.
Truly, it is not due to the love of all things
that all things become dear,
but due to the love of God
that all things become dear.
Love is the whole thing. We are only pieces.
I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality. I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.
-Martin Luther King, Jr.
Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth.
-Henry David Thoreau
If a man walks in the woods for love of them half of each day, he is in danger of being regarded as a loafer. But if he spends his days as a speculator, shearing off those woods and making the earth bald before her time, he is deemed an industrious and enterprising citizen.
-Henry David Thoreau
Treasure the love you receive above all. It will survive long after your gold and good health have vanished.
Never let a problem to be solved become more important than a person to be loved.
Love cannot be said or heard.
Even after all this time the sun never says to the earth, “You owe me.” Look what happens with a love like that, it lights the whole sky.
Work is love made visible. And if you cannot work with love but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work and sit at the gate of the temple and take alms of those who work with joy.
क्या करेगा प्यार वह भगवान को?
Kya karega pyar woh bhagwan ko?
What love can he give to God?
क्या करेगा प्यार वह ईमान को ?
Kya kareha pyar woh eemaan ko?
What love can he give to Religion?
जन्म लेकर गोद में इन्सान की
Janm lekar godh mein insaan ki
Being born in the lap of a human
प्यार कर पाया न जो इन्सान को ।
Pyar kar paaya na jo insaan ko
He who cannot love the human kind
-Gopal Das Neeraj
Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing.
कबिरा प्याला प्रेम का अंतर लिया लगाय |
रोम रोम में रमी रहे और अमल क्या खाय ||
Kabira pyaala prem ka, antar liya lagaye
Rom rom mein rami rahe, aur amal kya khaye
Kabir, the cup of love, I’ve ingested, assimilated
It’s in every hairstrand, nothing’s more intoxicating
Love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is done well.
–Vincent Van Gogh
If equal affection cannot be, let the more loving be me.
Love is putting someone else’s needs before yours.
-From the movie Frozen, 2013
We are shaped and fashioned by those we love.
-Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.
-Martin Luther King
Tell me who admires you and loves you, and I will tell you who you are.
-Antoine de Saint-Exupery
The Eskimo has 52 names for snow because it is important to them; there ought to be as many for love.
-Margaret Atwood, Surfacing
We’re born alone, we live alone, we die alone. Only through our love and friendship can we create the illusion for the moment that we’re not alone.
In every living thing there is the desire for love.
Love is only a dirty trick played on us to achieve continuation of the species.
-W Somerset Maugham
Love, built on beauty, soon as beauty, dies.
Find what you love and let it kill you.
To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance.
Wine comes in at the mouth
And love comes in at the eye;
That’s all we shall know for truth
Before we grow old and die.
I lift the glass to my mouth,
I look at you, and I sigh.
-WB Yeats, A Drinking Song
It takes a great deal of courage to see the world in all its tainted glory and still to love it.
Grief can be the garden of compassion. If you keep your heart open through everything, your pain can become your greatest ally in your life’s search for love and wisdom.
The fundamental need within every living being is to find pleasure. The ultimate pleasure is the pleasure of loving and of being loved. If we do not have that, then all the other sensory pleasures will never satisfy the heart. And the perfect love is the eternal love between the soul and God. But in order for love to be real and satisfying, the supreme absolute has created every living being with free will.
If we do not have free will, then we are like robots. A robot can do incredible things but cannot have relationships, it cannot love. So this is a necessity for love to be true and satisfying—that there be free will. The quality of God is that He is swarat, fully independent. So as His parts and parcels, we also have our minute independence. In order to freely love we must have the freedom not to love. If someone puts a gun on your head and says, “Do what I say, please me according to my desire,” you would probably do it; but will you be really happy doing it? And will that person be really happy forcing you to do it? Not really! But if you had your free will—to reject that person or to want to please that person—that satisfies the heart of both, because there is love.
So God has created everything and everyone in such a way that there can be perfect love. Thus he has given us the free will not to love Him, the free will to accept Him or to reject Him. That is His love.
The culture of devotion fertilizes the field of the heart for the seed of true love to grow.
Humility is the foundation by which love manifests.
Enlightenment is constant awareness of this world as inherently divine, of life as a loving partnership with God and every moment as an opportunity to offer and receive love.
If only humanity made its loving as frequent and as detailed as its complaining.
To love another person is to see the face of God.
We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies.
Martin Luther King
Tolerance is a cheap, low-grade parody of love. Tolerance is not a great virtue to aspire to. Love is much tougher and harder.
N. T. Wright