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What is Love ?

Some Time : Sam Hindu

“Most in the modern age have been sold a false concept of love. This concept is perpetuated in literature, film and music, with endless intoning of lyrics about ‘love’—‘I love you, You are my one and only love, Let’s make “love,” I want to love you tonight,’ etc. Love has been mistakenly equated with romantic feelings, physical attraction or sexual desire—and illicit sexual relations. It is invariably confused with simple lust!

“All forms of lust are selfishly motivated. It is a desire to ‘have’ another person sexually, in order to gratify one’s own senses.

“This is the opposite of true love!

“The language of the New Testament, Greek, includes three distinct words that may be translated ‘love.’ We will briefly examine each of these words.

“Agape is spiritual love. This is the word used in Scripture to describe the love of God. It is pure, completely selfless love, which can only enter the human mind through God’s Spirit (Rom. 5:5). When God says that He is love, He is speaking of agape.

“Philia or Philadelphia can be translated as ‘brotherly love.’ This is natural human love between family members or friends.

“Eros is sexual love, as intended by God to exist within the confines of marriage. This is love that is expressed by the physical means of affection and sex. However, this is not the same as lust, which is expressed by different Greek words.

“True, mature love can be defined as genuine concern that is directed outwardly toward another. Love is unselfish. It is not focused on getting or taking, but rather is interested in the welfare of others, and is centered on the desire to give.

“Those motivated by love believe Christ’s statement, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ Though many have heard or read these words, very few actually apply them. To do so is contrary to human nature, which is essentially selfish.”

Valentine’s Day has always focused on getting: from getting a sex partner for the year in ancient times to getting affection, getting love—getting sex— today!

No matter how hard a person tries, or how sincere one is, the lust-filled pagan origins of Valentine’s Day cannot be ignored. God does not—and would never—condone such a holiday. Notice: “Thus says the Lord, Learn not the way of the heathen…For the customs of the people are vain…” (Jer. 10:2-3).

True love cannot be expressed once a year as part of a superficial holiday. Nor can it be found in a one-day affair of free sex that so often results in unwanted pregnancies, abortions, STDs, pain, depression or suicide. Instead, true love is focused on continually giving another person what he or she needs with no ulterior motives—in the way God commands (Rom. 13:9-10).


5 Responses

  1. no those are Hindi and not used in sanskrit scriptures and texts. For example what word exactly was used to describe Rama’s feeling for Sita? I am looking for exact words please. Thanks.


    • Sneh


      • yes sneh, mamta etc – my point is that just as you have given many examples from European languages – we should also see how many different types/words for love was described in ancient Indian sources.


  2. Can you please give examples of the word ‘love’ in Sanskrit scriptures. Thanks.


    • PREM. PYAAR.


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