Bible makes a significant statement- ‘God is Love’. It is absolutely a matter of personal realization that God is the purest form of love – in fact, love embodied. Also, it implies that anyone who does not love, does not know God. With all respect and due reverence I intend to take this holy statement the other way around as well- Love is God i.e. feeling true love for somebody amounts to directly experiencing God. Now, the question arises what is love.
Generally, we define love as fondness, affection and adoration but the touchstone is that there should be no deliberate reason for this liking or attachment. Love is an instinctive string which unknowingly pulls souls towards one another. Physical attributes, good or bad traits and demographic factors hold no relevance for this subtle emotion. Further, love is not subject to any declared affiliation yet the lover gets intrinsically bound with the beloved and feels the joy of full freedom in this desired bondage.
One just cannot help loving and the intensity keeps on steadily rising, whatever the situation be. There is not only surrender rather a total immersion of one’s own self into the one who is loved, irrespective of the physical distance. This happens naturally in due course and can never be forced upon. Love makes us delight in the happiness of the loved one and there remains no separate demand for our own sake. It is no business of give and take but only one way track of doling out. There are no expectations from the other side but only cheerful acceptance of whatever comes from that end.
Next is the impact of this sublime bonding on our overall attitude. It has the unique divine energy of completely transforming the aura of the one in love. The elated spirit of love frees our heart from all sort of negative tendencies. One of the Indian Saints, Swami Akhandanand Saraswati, stated that the heart holding true love for somebody has no room for hatred, envy or animosity for anybody else because love is the antonym of all these words. So, there begins an innate flow of generosity, humility and goodness for everyone around. It comes into expression through selfless service and wishing well for all. As a result, the entire universe is felt to be pleasing and loveable.
Getting hold of such a magnanimous vision, symbolized by wilful dissolution of the self and benevolence for others, is palpably an encounter with GOD Himself.
“इक-तरफा इश्क सज़ा देता है, दो-तरफा इश्क मज़ा देता है
हर-तरफ का इश्क खुदा होता है।”
Hence I am convinced that God is love and Love is God. Please feel free to correct me.🙏