No sooner than the Absolute, pure awareness, manifests itself in the realm of space-time, it brings along its essence, love. As fragrance is the inseparable essence of a sweet-smelling flower, love is intrinsic to Being. Love as essence of existence, being and pure awareness is whole, uncompounded and infinite. However, the dilemma of manifestation is the emergence of duality; the moment love enters the realm of space-time, the possibility of its becoming fragmented and finite is inevitable.
Firstly, the world of space-time is inundated with relatives and is person or object centric – the same object or being may be liked by one but disliked by another. Secondly, there exists a wide range of perception from mild to intense: You can love someone mildly, moderately or intensely. Thirdly, there subsists an opposite of everything – love and hate, good and evil, light and darkness. Every aspect has its opposite.
The expression of love is the need of being rather than of mind. In order to sustain ourselves, however, we function through mind frequently. The mind is always flooded with preferences, beliefs, prejudices, biases, judgements and these form the rational or irrational basis and palpable reason for doing things in a certain way. They are assorted colours of thoughts that form the basis of action.
Contrary to pure awareness, the mind is never whole; it is fragmented and divided. This is so because the very nature of mind is to choose. While choosing it supposedly accepts the best and rejects the worst. In making choices, divisions are created. We fragment love, too, so long as we choose and prefer. Love then becomes finite, subject to reason, condition or expectation. Someone’s appearance may cause you to love that person. A parent loves a child for his obedience, a teacher loves a student for his discipline or dedication; you may love a neighbour because he is cordial. But all these reasons and conditions are finite and subject to change. What if appearance gets altered? What if the child disobeys the parent? What if the student does not perform well? What if the neighbour is less cordial or even rude? With all these happening and affecting the object or person you think you love, love itself becomes ephemeral. We start dithering between extending and withdrawing love, and so experience pleasure or pain according to the altered characteristics or changes in our perceptions. Read more...