Karma-Yoga : Ch-3. Part-8.



Therefore true love can never react so as to cause pain either to the lover or to the beloved.

Suppose a man loves a woman; he wishes to have her all to himself and feels extremely jealous about her every movement; he wants her to sit near him, to stand near him, and to eat and move at his bidding.

He is a slave to her and wishes to have her as his slave.

That is not love; it is a kind of morbid affection of the slave, insinuating itself as love.

It cannot be love, because it is painful; if she does not do what he wants, it brings him pain.

With love there is no painful reaction; love only brings a reaction of bliss; if it does not, it is not love; it is mistaking something else for love.

When you have succeeded in loving your husband, your wife, your children, the whole world, the universe, in such a manner that there is no reaction of pain or jealousy, no selfish feeling, then you are in a fit state to be unattached.

Swami Vivekananda

To be continued ...