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B will suddenly become angry; but anger is reverse love and nothing else. The hands of B will feel the same twitches and twinges that a restless lover feels, to become one with the most unguarded portion on the person of A. And only when the fists of B have become one with the body of A, will B become satisfied in his greed for revenge.

 

Both the above sub-aspects of human love (3) and (4) require a beloved in the gross form. The object must be tangible, and hence these two are connected directly with gross objects.

 

The selfish (2) and the selfless (3) human loves differ from the two preceding ones in that the former pair, unlike the carnal and greedy loves, do not necessarily require the beloved as a tangible object. The selfish and selfless human love pertain to the mind and therefore it matters little whether the beloved is a gross or a mental object.

 

Consider the love of a father for his son. The father loves the son, and is devoid of vulgar desires of eating or beating the boy. But suppose he loves the boy with this idea, that the boy, when he grows up, will work and earn money for him and thus support him in his old age. Now if the boy grows into an idle, pleasure-loving and troublesome youth, the father will most likely turn him out of his house. True, he loves the boy, but his love is essentially selfish. The father is in love, not so much with the son as with the hope of gain through the son. Now take the example of the mother's love for her child. It is generally seen that the mothers love for her child remains the same, whatever happens, even if the child does not fulfill her expectations. This is the selfless love, but not the highest love, since the mother loves her own child. There is self in her love. The highest human love is that which is devoid of all hopes, interests, desires and expectations, in other words, that which is perfectly selfless and disinterested. And such love is found only in a person who is spiritually-minded.

 

It must be borne in mind that the highest human love is not the highest love. The Divine Love, which is the first aspect, is the highest aspect of the all-pervading Love. One who gets Divine Love gets God. The Divine Love itself is a mighty ocean. It enables the Jivatman (individual) to become Paramatman (Almighty). The Divine Love which beggars description is beyond reason and intellect and so beyond creation. Nobody can create this highest aspect of love in himself, unlike the other aspects of love. The Divine Love is given and not created. It is a gift from the Paramatman (Almighty) in the Shivatman (Sadguru) state to the Jivatman (individual).

 

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