Love is the most profound and the most illogical of the senses. Love can take many forms; it can be love towards an object, love towards people, towards family, friends, work etc. Love is a completely different dimension form logic. You cannot ask questions to a lover; you cannot give justifications; you cannot give reasons. You can simply love or not love.
Let us understand a few fundamental differences between love and like. Although we use similar words like, interest, love, curiosity, desire etc to express positive feelings towards something or someone, we use love very rarely. There is an ocean of difference between love and all other words of feelings.
Love falls into a category of its own because it is beyond the grasp of the mind. No matter how hard our mind tries to understand love, it is always baffled by its mystery and magic. Let’s look at a few examples of the mysterious nature of love in our day to day living.
How often have we experienced this; we love someone, but we actually don’t like them. It’s not just with people; this happens with objects, emotions and places as well. We can hate going to a certain place and yet deep down there is a part of us that is drawn towards it.
Liking is very different from love in a way that we can give perfect logical reasons for why we like someone or something. Like can always be fit into the confined rules and regulations of our mind, hence it is easier to understand.
On the other hand love always seems to be just beyond our grasp. Love is so transcendental that it can even accommodate things like hate, fear, worry, frustration and so many other negative emotions. We can fall in love with negativity just as easily as with anything else. This is probably the single most important reason for all our miseries; without even being aware of it, we might have fallen in love with our troubles. A very scary thought, if you actually think about it!
This gets us to probably the most important question of all. Can we really understand the nature of our reality and the world around us just by using our minds alone? Here, I would like to quote Albert Einstein’s most profound thoughts on the mystery of the mind and its inability to understand reality.
“The human mind, no matter how highly trained, cannot grasp the universe. We are in the position of a little child, entering a huge library whose walls are covered to the ceiling with books in many different tongues. The child knows that someone must have written those books. It does not know who or how. It does not understand the languages in which they are written. The child notes a definite plan in the arrangement of the books, a mysterious order, which it does not comprehend, but only dimly suspects. That, it seems to me, is the attitude of the human mind, even the greatest and most cultured, toward God. We see a universe marvelously arranged, obeying certain laws, but we understand the laws only dimly. Our limited minds cannot grasp the mysterious force that sways the constellations.”
I believe that the mysterious force, Einstein is referring to, which is governing the universe, is Love. When science is able to capture love in a glass jar, it would have figured out the secret of existence. Love might after all be the fundamental building block of life.