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What is love?

Love has been one of those terms that has gripped the history of civilization. For better or for worse, we, on a daily basis, construe our lives based on our particular understanding of love - we usually link our happiness with love. There are many perspectives on love: emotions, practice, ethic, to name a few. Often, our experiences with love are powerful, and they are indeed worth sharing.

What is your particular understanding of love?

  • Sep 29 2012: Negative. You get butterflies in your stomach when you are trying to tell a lie to your love or when love misunderstands you or when your love has been snatched away by someone else. When love takes over your body, it also occupies your mind and soul. At that moment words may not flow out of your mouth, :) your eyes and eyelids starts speaking, you would look dumfound, you will have glow in your face even on a hot summer, every part of your body will be expressing in its own way, every nerve cells will be flooded with fresh blood. It will be a spontaneous reaction. I wish i could have taken some photos of people who are in love. You may have heard people dream when they are in love. I have seen young girls standing in full view of public and talking to some imaginery imagination, laughing to themselves, hugging themselves. Care should be taken by the concerened to safe guard these young hearts, for there exist some evil men and women whom society calls'em pimps, may use these budding angels into variou illeagel activities. Mr.Christian, love is a subject which can be talked, potrayed, filmed in millions of ways. One good thing about love is, IT IS A WARM FEELING. No mortal or immortal can snatch or rob you of it. A man or a woman may cheat you of your love. But if can forget the past, and nurture the love within you, it will sprout again with a fresh flavour known as - ”LOVE”. :)
  • Sep 27 2012: Love is our happeness and our life.
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      Sep 28 2012: Ashley, in the context of love, how are happiness and our lives connected? Regardless, beautiful :)
  • Sep 27 2012: Love is a whole hearted, peacefull, blissfull, happy FEELING expressed, shown by way of action, thought in mind towards any living, dead, people, animals, aliens :), things, water, air and fire.
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      Sep 28 2012: Hi Shanmugananda,

      In your understanding, love is that "feeling," eh? Like, the butterflies that dance around in our stomach when we're in the presence of something good, true and beautiful?


  • Sep 27 2012: I think to ask what love is isn't really answerable, rather, I think we can find the answer in what it looks like, in describing love. It is such a touchy and intrinsically confusing, elusive concept. But it is real, it is beautiful, and it is not happiness, but joy. As the verses below describe, until we show ourselves vulnerable in the face of love, we will not find it, and until we invest a radical faith in love, we will not know it. Love in a place of vulnerability, patience, and honesty. Brene Brown gives such a great talk on this concept of vulnerability.

    Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 13, one of my favorite descriptions of what love looks like:

    "Love is patient, love is kind. It does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self- seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails....And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love." -- 1 Corinthians 13:4-8,13 NIV