Words In Hindu Mythology Which Describes Love

A beautifully defined myth exists in Hinduism regarding the origin of Love. Once there was a super being named Purusha who had no desires, feelings, fear or craving. Reason for this is said to be that the universe was perfect and there was no need of any desires. Then came Lord Brahma into picture, and slashed Purusha into two. Sky became separate from earth, darkness from light, life from death, male from female. Later each of these set off passionately to reunite with its severed half.

This created the urge of togetherness, care, love, lust and much more. We too belong to this species where we keep on searching for someone’s presence and some emotions. With time Love has lost its real meaning and the actual togetherness is lost somewhere. Emotions doesn’t last long and feelings go vague. So, how do we bring back the real Love?

The ancient Vedic thinkers of India have answered these in their books, left for us to cherish. Let’s have a look at what are they.

 

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Maitri (compassion)

A small gesture or expression of care can make any person create the soft corner for you within. These small gestures are not just signals but are magical as they have the power to turn any negative personality to a perfect being.

“The simplest acts of kindness are by far more powerful than a thousand heads bowing in prayer.” said by MAHATMA GANDHI.

Compassion is something which we naturally feel towards kids or pets. The underlying reason behind it is innocence. So, being away from all the materialistic and complicated creations of the world will make people compassionate towards you.

 

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Bhakti (devotion)

Devotion is a very strong word in itself. It has the capacity to make impossible-possible. Luckily for those who aren’t conventionally religious, bhakti need not be focused on God in the usual sense. It can be directed toward whatever higher ideal speaks to us most powerfully, be that kindness, truth, or social justice.

 

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Atma-Prema (unconditional self-love)

What this means in practice is that we see ourselves in others and see others in ourselves. “The river that flows in you also flows in me.” said the great poet Kabir.

When we achieve atma-prema, we recognize that we all belong to one origin and that everyone is equal. Every being is important to us and hence are his/her emotions. This will prevent us from developing any hatred, jealousy or insecurity. Love will be unconditional and selfless.

 

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Kama (sensory craving).

Love consists of a series of stages through which an individual can climb. Kama being one of the phases to explore love. In ancient India, sex was not associated with shame, but a joyous aspect of human existence. It is described as a source of human existence and a must rite by every living being. But while the sages honor kama as a legitimate goal of life, they insist that we’ll never achieve wholeness through the act of sex alone.

 

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Shringara (intimacy)

Any kind of involvement without emotions is baseless and adds no value. Emotions and feeling for each other is very important before getting involved in any activities.

 

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Hence, Love is all about these words framed very cleverly by our ancestors. They have given the answer to all our doubts and it’s just that we have to understand them. Love is vast for sure but not that difficult to understand. Once understood can make a human being achieve everything in this universe.

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