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Then there is animal love, or the love in its third aspect, in all insects, birds and beasts. But the characteristic of this love is carnal, as it simply aims at gratifying one's own desires and passions. For instance, if a hungry tiger spots a deer, love for the deer takes possession of the ferocious animal. How to get hold of that deer becomes the temporary object of his life. This is a very low form of love. Just as a lover is restless and only thinks of the way of reaching the beloved, so the tiger in this case, too, is very restless and remains so until he catches hold of the deer and becomes one with it by devouring it.

 

In human beings, love in its second aspect, termed human love, is much higher in comparison with that of the inanimate objects and the animals. But this human love has again to be divided into four subdivisions: (4) carnal love, which is the lowest (3) greedy love, which is lower; (2) selfish love, which is low; and (1) selfless love, which is the highest aspect of human love.

 

Out of these four sub-aspects, all human beings have more or less of this carnal human love (4) or lust, the object of which is to gratify desires and passions. In human beings, it manifests itself in the same way as in the mute creation. When one becomes hungry and thinks of a cake, love for the cake rises in one at once. Under such circumstances, if one actually catches sight of a cake, the love for it will be intensified. Like a lover, one will be impatient and eager to catch hold of the cake and become one with it. The same can be said of any vulgar desire in a man—his restlessness for its fulfillment and his satisfaction after becoming one with the desired object. This is the lowest form of love in the human being.

 

The greedy human love (3) is imbued with desires for revenge, publicity, money, etc. Think of a usurer and his love for money. Until be succeeds in collecting just as much money as his ambition desires, he can enjoy neither sleep nor food. His beloved is money. His passion for money is generally termed avarice, but it is love in a lower form. The condition of a fame-craving man is the same as that of an avaricious man. He may be called ambitious, but it cannot be gainsaid that he is in love with publicity. And what an ardent lover he is! He will give garden parties to officials; he will lavish gifts upon reporters to boom him, and of course, he will do such public service as will bring him great fame. Anger is also a form of love. Suppose A calls B bad names and slaps him without any adequate reason.

 

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