"God is Love," rather "Love is God."
One who can see the fine difference between these two statements is the
only true Lover of God. By nature, every one is after love, but only
saints and God's true servants have really experienced the awareness of
Love. There are two kinds of love: spiritual and sensual. The worldly,
as well as those who seek God, are all within the field of physical or
sensual pleasures until they realize God.
Anytime an action or emotion partially or wholly involves anything
that is in the realm of the ever changing Prakriti, such as bodies,
organs, senses, pranas, the mind, intellect or ego, it is considered a
physical or sensual pleasure. Such pleasures must keep changing and
come to an end, which results in misery. In the devotional paths, a
devotee ultimately becomes Love where duality exists no more. Radha is
Krishna or Krishna is Radha, but these two identities cannot exist
simultaneously. Such is the ultimate nature of Love. The aspirant who
prefers to use the path of discrimination ultimately experiences
self-realization where Love alone remains.
When we speak of Love, we are talking about the true ultimate Love
that depends on no objects, persons, circumstances, time, place, events
or reasons because all those must constantly change and come to an end.
Such a finite love is no good for a person seeking Eternal Love,
without which one will never find eternal peace. We, being sparks of
that Love, cannot be pleased with anything less than that Supreme Love.
Love never bargains, trades or expects. Love never complains, never
demands, and never hopes. Love never accepts anything less than Love,
and therefore, never lowers itself to physical, mental or intellectual
pleasures. Love cannot be measured, imagined, argued about or logically
arrived at. Only full faith and complete surrender to the will of Love
enables us to totally dissolve our ego and merge into this ocean of
As Brihadaranyakam Upanishad says, "Verily, it is not for the sake
of the body of a wife that a wife is dear, but for the sake of the Love
or Self (Atman) in her that the wife is dear." This statement also
applies to husband, sons, wealth, name and fame, gods, creatures and
all creation. To experience true Love is the goal of all of the Yogas
presented in the Gita. Below we meditate on Love further. This introduction to Love prepares us for the
beautiful experience that awaits all of us only if we will listen,
practice, meditate and absolve ourselves as directed by Mother Gita.