What is Love? Part III

lionKrishnamurti, from Think on These Things, Harper & Row, New York, 1964.

Simple love is being tender … being sensitive … really gentle in one’s approach to all things…. [And] …The moment you have in your heart this extraordinary thing called love and feel the depth, the delight, the ecstasy of it, you will discover that for you the whole world is transformed . 

It is only when we love … with our whole being … that we can be free and happy.

What brings order in the world is to love and let love do what it will…. [For] … Love is the only quality that brings a total comprehension of the whole of existence.

And, from The First and Last Freedom, same publisher, 1975:

Freedom and love go together. Love is not a reaction. If I love you because you love me, that is mere trade, a thing bought in the market; it is not love. To love is not to ask anything in return, not even to feel that you are giving something – and it is only such love that can know freedom.

Love is one of the most difficult things to comprehend.

Love is the only thing that is eternally true.

Love is a state of being.

Love is not different from truth.

Love is that state in which the thought process, as time, has completely ceased.

When there is love, which is its own eternity, then there is no search for God, because love is God.

Love exists only when there is self-forgetfulness, when there is complete communion, not between one or two, but communion with the highest; and that can only take place when the self is forgotten.

Where there is love, there is revolution, because love is transformation from moment to moment…. And love alone can transform the present madness and insanity in the world…. [But] … You really love only when you do not possess, when you are not envious, when you are respectful, when you have mercy and compassion, when you have consideration for your wife, your children, your neighbour, your unfortunate servants.

Love cannot be thought about, love cannot be cultivated, love cannot be practiced …. When all of this has stopped, then love comes into being …. Then love is not quantitative but qualitative. You do not say “I love the whole world” but when you know how to love one, you know how to love the ‘whole.

It is only when there is love that all our problems can be solved and then we shall know its bliss and its happiness.

The way of love is not to be found through the intellect. The intellect, with all its ramifications, with all its desires, ambitions, pursuits, must come to an end for love to come into existence… So love can only come into being when the mind is not there.

Love can be found only in action, which is relationship.