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A Hindu perspective on Love

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Love is a meta-term invoked both by religious and non-religious communities. Every attempt to classify what is meant by this term seems to fall short. Only poetic expression seems to come closest in capturing what is meant by this term. The esoteric Hindu definition of this term would be:  Giving expression to the link that already exists between all living things. Despite appearances this linkage between living things is not at a material level. Though our bodies seem to have the same material constituents, no one has been able to demonstrate that love springs up from matter. The linkage we have with others is at a deeper spiritual level, hence every attempt to reduce this linkage to a material or even a mental level, seem to fall short of the target. The natural affinity we have with the rest of the living kingdom is a reflection of the shared spirit that links the whole living kingdom. For the majority of mankind the best way to express this commonality is by invoking the idea of a super personality ~ God.

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