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   At first one loves only when one is loved.
   Next, one loves spontaneously but one wants to be loved in return.
   Further on, one loves even if one is not loved but one still wants one's love to be accepted.
   And finally one loves purely and simply without any other need or joy than that of loving.

THE MOTHER, Bulletin, Apri11966.

Poetry, articles on love




     I have wrapped the wide world in my wider self
           And Time and Space my spirit's seeing are.
     I am the god and demon, ghost and elf,
           I am the wind's speed and the blazing star.

     All Nature is the nursling of my care,
           I am its struggle and the eternal rest ;
     The world's joy thrilling runs through me, I bear
           The sorrow of millions in my lonely breast.

     I have learned a close identity with all,

           Yet am by nothing bound that I become ;
     Carrying in me the universe's call
           I mount to my imperishable home.

     I pass beyond Time and life on measureless wings,
     Yet still am one with born and unborn things.



Sri Aurobindo


The Mother On Purification and Libration of Love



From The Four Austerities and the Four Liberations

Sri Aurobindo On Purification and Libration of Love


From Thoughts and Aphorisms

From The Synthesis of Yoga

From Letters On Yoga

On Love

This is a miracle that men can love God, yet fail to love humanity. With whom are they in love then ?
 SRI AUROBINDO, Thoughts and Aphorisms, 52.

Absence of love and fellow-feeling is not necessary for nearness to the Divine; on the contrary , a sense of closeness and oneness with others is apart of the divine consciousness into which the sadhak enters by nearness to the Divine and the feeling of oneness with the Divine. ...In this yoga the feeling of unity with others, love, universal joy and Ananda are an essential part of the liberation and perfection which are the aim of the sadhana.

                                SRI AUROBINDO, On Yoga. II, tome I. part II, 8. 

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