12 July 2012 - QA 3

What is love?

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar:

The basis of all existence.

All the cells in your body love each other, that is why they are together. The day they stop loving each other, it all disintegrates. Got it?

If there is one substances by which everything is held together and you want to give it a name, you can call it love. Love is not all wiggly wiggly and mushy mushy, ‘Oh I can’t live without you, I love you so much’, and so on. It is not that. That is just an emotional something. Love means (silence)… that is it.

Love is indescribable. You can’t describe it. And there is not a creature on this planet which doesn’t know it. Got it?

From the sea to the birds, from a chicken to an enlightened person, everybody has experienced love. Love for life is what we think it is, but life itself is love. So see through this knowledge that this whole universe is love.

Love is an existence not just an emotion. Emotion is also love, but the existence itself is love.

The Earth loves the Sun that is why it keeps going around the sun. The Moon loves Earth that is why the Moon goes around the Earth. Wherever there is a force or there is energy or a pull or attraction, you call it love. And where there is repulsion that is also love in the opposite direction. Got it?

You are drawn to somebody or something, why? Because you love it.

You see a cheese cake and you are drawn to it, why? There is a pull.

You see a beautiful girl or a girl sees a beautiful boy, there is a pull, and what do you call that? You call it love! Why? It is because there is a pull, there is an attraction, there is a force. And that force is what manages the whole universe.

Some places it is more obvious and some other places, it is not obvious.
The day the Earth stops loving you, you will start flying. The Earth loves you so much that the gravitational force keeps you glued to the earth. Did you get it?

So love is that force in human life. And all the negative emotions are also a distorted form of love only.

In anger there is love. Ask me how? You love perfection and that is why you get angry. Greed is love. Greed is when you love something much more than life. When you love objects more than life, it is called greed. Hatred is love upside down. Fear is love upside down.