Friday, January 16, 2009

Purest ray serene – love



Love is, in my opinion, the most beautiful of human experiences. It is one emotion that can be felt in whatever we go through, happy or otherwise.

The feeling of love is manifested in four basic ways. The first one is that of universal love. If we can feel compassion for whoever we come across, we are expressing universal love. This is what Vaasudev Krishna means in the Bhagwad Geeta when He tells that the truly educated are ‘samadarshi’ and look upon a dog and a respectable person with equal compassion. It is this love which makes us merciful towards those who had hurt us. It was universal love that made Jesus cry out to God even as he was crucified, “Forgive them, Father; they know not what they do.”

The second type of love is what we feel for people who have made a positive difference to us. We are comfortable with them and life seems incomplete without their presence in some way or the other. These are the people from whom we receive love: usually, our friends and family. This sort of love encourages and empowers us. Such love leaves us with a warm feeling of acceptance. If a friend calls you “the purest ray serene”, can you ever forget it?

The third type of love is exclusive. It is meant for that one person who you love in a way you can love no one else. When this love happens, you understand that it is not mere infatuation or attraction. Deep in you soul, you recognize the person to be your one true love. Whether life gives you the chance to marry that person or not, does not affect your feelings. Just feeling that exclusive love for that special person makes life worth living.

The fourth manifestation of love is for the Almighty. If we can love God as our best friend and see His hand in all that happens in the world, we are endowed with a sense of peace and positive acceptance. We can deal with pain and disappointments when we feel this love which helps us to be patient and to understand that things happen for a reason. This love teaches us that death is not a loss but a moving-on to the next phase of our eternal journey.

Love, thus, is all that matters.

ayeshacgs@hotmail.com

17 comments:

KParthasarathi said...

An amazing write up.I am reminded of the quote "As selfishness and complaint pervert and cloud the mind, so love with its joy clears and sharpens the vision" Helen Keller.Any love applicable to any of the four categories that is pure and genuine brings with it immense joy and reward.
Thanks,Ayesha, for the brilliant post

Ayesha Parveen said...

Thanks Parthasarathi for always inspiring and encouraging me. My best wishes to you.

KParthasarathi said...

Where from do you get such wonderful pictures.They make your blog very attractive.

Ayesha Parveen said...

Thank you again Parthasarathi. This particular picture, of a string of flowers, was given by you in a forwarded email. Moreover, it is you who had taught me that pictures can be used in blogs. If today my blog looks attractive, the credit goes to you as well. I am grateful to you. Best wishes.

Whirlwind said...

Beautifully written Ayesha.Love is like a river which branches out in different forms and directions as it spreads its wonderful message of unconditional and pure element.

manivannan said...

A well thought-out post Ayesha! You've beautifully explained the difference in love.Thanx for sharing your nice thoughts.

Have wonderful weekend!

Ayesha Parveen said...

Thank you Swetha for your appreciative comment. Best wishes.

Ayesha Parveen said...

Thank you Manivannan for your kind comment. Best wishes.

Shravan said...

That is some thing different and yes, love is branched.. good one ayesha.

A New Beginning said...

Beautifully written! The four faces of love and the fifth one maybe universal love for humanity which binds all of us together.
All the very best to you!

Ayesha Parveen said...

Thank you Shravan and Sana for your nice comments. Best wishes.

vim3 said...

truly! what a lovely way to think....and every kind of love has it's own special place and each of the four types, enriches you in so many ways.

Ayesha Parveen said...

Thank you Vim3 for your appreciative comment. Best wishes.

The Bollywood Lover said...

Oh yup, I agree. I think life without love is dull. When we are with the one whom we love, we spend the most beautiful time of our life.

Ayesha Parveen said...

Thank you Bollywood Lover for your comment. Best wishes.

Ayesha Parveen said...

Thank you Aseem (Prerna group) for following my blog and for leaving a kind comment. Unfortunately for me, your comment got deleted due to technical problems of the computer. But thank you once again. God bless you as well.

Vivek Patwardhan said...

Very well said. And very insightful too.

Enjoyed reading your post,

Vivek