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12

DIVINE LOVE

 

Chapter III

 

While defining God, we have seen that, in spite of being infinite and indivisible, the Almighty has four states. Similarly, in spite of the fact that Love is essentially Love, it has four aspects, and the highest can be called Divine Love, the same as we call the other three aspects, human love, animal love, and natural love.

 

Irrespective of the four divisions and subdivisions shown in the diagram (Figure 4), from the magnetic to the Divine, all is Love. The divisions and subdivisions are but different aspects of the one all-pervading Love, which means that everyone has love, and that love is everywhere.

 

All inanimate things have natural love, i.e., love in its 4th aspect, which is the lowest aspect. In some cases, it is perceptible, in others it is imperceptible. For instance, in a magnet, the lowest form of love which has the power of attraction, is clearly visible. It cannot be subdivided. It is only magnetic.

 

Figure 4 Stages of Love

 

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

 

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