Sunday, May 22, 2011

The concept of love as flashed on the f.b. on May 22,2011.

Bishwa Nath Singh:

Love is an emotion of strong affection and personal attachment. In philosophical context, love is a virtue representing all of human kindness, compassion, and affection. Love is central to many religions, as in the Christian phrase, "God is love" .Love may also be described as actions towards others or oneself based on compassion. Let us have glimpse of concept of love that one comes across in Buddhism and Hinduism!

(Photo of love that existed in between Romeo and Julliet)

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Bishwa Nath Singh:

In this Picture,love that existed in between Romeo and Juliet could be seen in the said painting as how they loved each other.In Buddhism, love has a special significance. Kāma in Buddhism is termed as sensuous, sexual love. It is an obs...tacle on the path to enlightenment, since it is selfish. Karuṇā is compassion and mercy, which reduces the suffering of others. It is complementary to wisdom and is necessary for enlightenment. Adveṣa and mettā are benevolent love. This love is unconditional and requires considerable self-acceptance. It is very much different from ordinary love, which is usually about attachment and sex and which rarely occurs without self-interest. Instead, in Buddhism love refers to detachment and unselfish interest in others' welfare. The Bodhisattva ideal in Mahayana Buddhism involves the complete renunciation of oneself in order to take on the burden of a suffering world. The strongest motivation one has in order to take the path of the Bodhisattva is the idea of salvation within unselfish, altruistic love for all sentient beings.In Hinduism, love has its own explanation. kāma in Hinduism is pleasurable, sexual love, personified by the god Kamadeva. For many Hindu, it is the third end (artha) in life. Kamadeva is often pictured holding a bow of sugar cane and an arrow of flowers; he may ride upon a great parrot. He is usually accompanied by his consort Rati and his companion Vasanta, lord of the spring season. Maara is another name given for kāma.In contrast to kāma, prem – refers to elevated love. Karuna is compassion and mercy, which impels one to help reduce the suffering of others. Bhakti is a Sanskrit term, meaning "loving devotion to the supreme God." A person who practices bhakti is called a bhakta. Hindu writers, theologians, and philosophers have distinguished nine forms of bhakti, which can be found in the Bhagavata Purana and works by Maharshi Tulsidas. The philosophical work Narada Bhakti Sutras, written by an unknown author presumed to be Mahrashi Narada, distinguishes eleven forms of love.

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Vandana Kumar Seth :


Bishwa Nath Singh:Love of the wisdom acquired from life may be compared with the flowering of a plant when the necessary stage of maturity has been reached. Love arises for something that is contained within us.


( Photo of Lord Krishna and Radha Rani)

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Bishwa Nath Singh ‎:

Men and women have often made the attempt to sublimate the impulse of love for what is within them. In the Mystics, for example, we find evidence of how they strove to transmute the urge of self-love into love of wisdom, and to let this love ray out in beauty. By sinking in contemplation into the depths of their own soul-life they strove to become aware of the Divine Spark within them. But the truth is that the wisdom which man acquires in life is only the means whereby the seed of his next life is unfolded. When a plant has completed its growth, the seed remains. So it is with the wisdom acquired from life. Man passes through the gate of death and the spiritual core of being in its process of ripening is the seed of the next life. A person who feels this may become a Mystic and mistake what is only the seed of the next life to be the Divine Spark, the Absolute. This is his interpretation of it because it goes against the grain for a person to acknowledge that this spirit-seed is nothing but his own self. The Divine Deed of Love flowed back upon the earthly world; as time goes on, in spite of the forces of physical decay and death, the evolution of mankind will be permeated and imbued with new spiritual life through this Deed — a Deed performed, not out of egoism but solely out of the spirit of love. Love is an emotion of strong affection and personal attachment In philosophical context, love is a virtue representing all of human kindness, compassion, and affection. Love is central to many religions, as in the Christian phrase, "God is love" .Love may also be described as actions towards others (or oneself) based on compassion or as actions towards others based on affection.In the above Picture.we see Lord Krishna and Radha Rani who are cited as a true example of eternity love as how immensely they loved each other.Let us join to offer our humble obeisance to their lotus feet!

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Vandana Kumar Seth :
The word love is the reason for our existance and so this word is existant in all the religions.

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May 22,2011.

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