Love

09/04/2011 Comments Off on Love

Love defined
Definition:
1. passionate attraction and desire: a passionate feeling of romantic desire and sexual attraction
2. very strong affection: an intense feeling of tender affection and compassion
3. strong liking: a strong liking for or pleasure gained from something
4.. something eliciting enthusiasm: something that elicits deep interest and enthusiasm in somebody
5. a strong positive feeling toward somebody or something

Buddhism

You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection. ~ Buddha

Teach this triple truth to all: A generous heart, kind speech, and a life of service and compassion are the things which renew humanity. ~Gautama Buddha

Christianity

Many waters cannot quench love; rivers cannot wash it away. If one were to give all the wealth of his house for love, it would be utterly scorned.
~Song of Solomon 8:7, Bible

Draw me, we will run after thee: the king hath brought me into his chambers: we will be glad and rejoice in thee, we will remember thy love more than wine: the upright love thee.
~Song of Solomon, Bible

And the roof of thy mouth like the best wine for my beloved, that goeth down sweetly, causing the lips of those that are asleep to speak.
~Song of Solomon, Bible

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, 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.” ~ 1 Corinthians 13:4-7

“Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” — The Apostle Paul, 1 Corinthians 13:12-13

“Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.” — 1 John 4:7-8

Hinduism

narada-brahma

yoginām api sarveṣāḿ

mad-gatenāntar-ātmanā

śraddhāvān bhajate yo māḿ

sa me yuktatamo mataḥ

SYNONYMS
yoginām — of yogīs; api — also; sarveṣām — all types of; mat-gatena — abiding in Me, always thinking of Me; antaḥ-ātmanā — within himself; śraddhā-vān — in full faith; bhajate — renders transcendental loving service; yaḥ — one who; mām — to Me (the Supreme Lord); saḥ — he; me — by Me; yukta-tamaḥ — the greatest yogī; mataḥ — is considered.
TRANSLATION

And of all yogīs, the one with great faith who always abides in Me, thinks of Me within himself, and renders transcendental loving service to Me — he is the most intimately united with Me in yoga and is the highest of all. That is My opinion. Krishna in Bhagavad Gita 6.47

[in informal language this is often posted as]

Be fearless and pure; never waver in your determination or your dedication to the spiritual life. Give freely. Be self-controlled, sincere, truthful, loving, and full of the desire to serve…Learn to be detached and to take joy in renunciation. Do not get angry or harm any living creature, but be compassionate and gentle; show good will to all. Cultivate vigor, patience, will, purity; avoid malice and pride. Then, you will achieve your destiny.~Krishna

Imperishable is the Lord of Love.
As from a blazing fire thousands of sparks leap forth,
So millions of beings arise from the Lord of Love and return to him.

The Lord of Love is above name and form.
He is present in all and transcends all.
Unborn, without body and without mind,
From him comes every body and mind,
He is the source of space, air, fire, water, and the earth that holds us all.

Fire is his head, the sun and moon his eyes,
The heavens his ears, the scriptures his voice,
The air his breath, the universe his heart, and the earth his footrest.
The Lord of Love is the innermost Self of all. .~ Mundaka Upanishad, Those who know the Self become the Self

 

Islam

God does not forbid you to be kind and equitable to those who have neither fought against your faith nor driven you out of your homes. In fact God loves the equitable. Qur’an Chapter 60, Verse 8

Be quick in the race for forgiveness from your Lord, and for a Garden (paradise) whose width is that of the heavens and of the earth, prepared for the righteous – Those who spend (freely), whether in prosperity or in adversity, who restrain (their) anger and pardon (all) men – for God loves those who do good. Qur’an Chapter 3, Verses 133-134

Even as the fingers of the two hands are equal, so are human beings equal to one another. No one has any right, nor any preference to claim over another. You are brothers.
_Final Sermon of Mohammed

It is better for a leader to make a mistake in forgiving than to make a mistake in punishing.
Al-Tirmidhi, Hadith 1011

Zoroastrianism*

Taking the first footstep with a good thought, the second with a good word and the third with a good deed, I entered Paradise.

Be good, be kind, be humane, and charitable; love your fellows; console the afflicted; pardon those who have done you wrong.

~Zoroaster

*[Note- these words are probably paraphrased from the actual text; please contact the editors if you are aware of the original text. Thank you.]

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