This is a Great question. I had to pull on the reins of my horse because I had a hiccup in my giddy-up. That is the question asks "What is your definition of 'Love'?" rather than 'what does Love mean'. I 'feel' those two are different. But, I 'think' they are holistically connected. The first asks of my feelings while the second what I think hence:
For what I feel Love means is it is to experience and be cosmically connected to something and/or someone. In other words, it is both personal and universal being 'undefined' and there is contentment with that. Or, simply for Love I cannot explain what I feel.
To define it would mean to assign words with meanings. That said, what I come up with now is ‘Love are phenomena of the spirit’. That will have meaning for each who reads. For me some hints are:
** Love and Spirit are abstract nouns
** Phenomena is the plural of phenomenon therefore usage of are instead of is
** ‘Of’ indicates relationship between a part and a whole
** ‘The’ indicates one or more somethings of common knowledge while remembering Spirit is an abstract noun
** And, spirit was chosen over soul as I don’t adhere to them being one in the same
Therefore we arrive upon; An abstract cosmically manifested of an abstract.
Thanks Tim Mitchell for your wonderful answer! I am really pleased and impressed to read such an insightful description of love .It is indeed very difficult to define 'love'. But it is the most beautiful emotion and that's sure.Happy Valentine's Day
Hi, Chitrangada. I like that picture. My son and I picked a dozen that color last night, for our wonderful lady of our life. (ours look a little more wild)
In our hobby we polished up a great emerald and made a necklace -- again a little more wild that a gem. Back in August we found a heartshaped stone at the beach and saved it for today. Of course a wonderful handmade card.
Yes I wasted your time with that little report. But it shows to me about the definition of love. My son and I worked together in love. And we did it out of love. And we did it out of selfish love because we love to see mom happy.
My only real definition of love is; "That which is the very very best in all of us, together and apart".
Best of days to you friend.
Thanks Ericdierker for your beautiful response! I agree with you that Love is the best emotion in all of us. And I truly enjoyed your little report. Happy Valentine's Day!
Thank you it has been a pleasure to read the answers. Today I just got all crazy in love with my loved ones. Maybe just switch in my brain or heart. Maybe love is not of us and indescribable. Whatever this feeling is Thanks to the Creator Namaste
Thanks for coming back Ericdierker! Yes I have also enjoyed going through the responses.
And I repeat with you, Thanks to the creator! Namaste !
Happy Valentine's, my Sweet.
“....Love is your quest for the unknowable.” He replied.
“It is your intuitive search to give meaning to life,
To re-discover your own beauty.
Love is the inner sweetness that walks with you,
Carrying your shadows and dancing with your joys.
When you seek, you reach for the Current,
That floods your core with an unspoken sweetness,
Birthless, deathless and immortal.”
“How can we find this?” said another.
“You are the Light at all times.” Said the old man.
“For as you cannot exist without the inner Candle,
So too, you cannot live without Love.
When you are deep in the throes of desire, Love is there.
When you delight in the joy and spontaneity of your children,
Love is there too. The addict bellows a cloud of smoke from his addictions,
Because he too, seeks Love...” -Manatita.
Taken from my poem: Love-songs of The Prophet.
The Gift of Love
" Both Light and shadow, are the dance of Love.
Love has no cause, it is the astrolabe of God's secrets.
Lover and loving are inseparable and timeless.
Although I may try to describe Love,
When I experience it, I am speechless.
Although I may try to write about Love,
I am rendered helpless.
My pen breaks, and the paper slips away,
To that ineffable place where
Lover, loving and Love are One.
Every moment is made glorious,
By the Light of Love." _Jalal Uddin Mohammed Rumi.
Have a great day!
Hi, my bro, Manatita! What a beautiful description of love! I am very very happy to find thess nice lines on "Love" which is only experienced but not describable in words for people like me.
Hope you are doing good (it is evident). My blessings
Thanks Manatita for your precious and poetic response! Who else but you, can define 'love' in this way. Many thanks dear friend ! Your words inspire and bring us closer to God--the ultimate symbol of love!
Thank you both, my dear, dearer, dearest friends.Love is omnipresent and the very breath of all sentient and insentient life. It is the pulse of Being. Truth is in all, but Love is ALL. Hari Om!
Man: TIME is winding down! Keep believing man rather than GOD & you will be LOST (Prov 14:12)!
Whos Jalal Uddin Mohammed Rumi? "Man rather than GOD" (Acts 5:29)?
You are causing a lot of souls to be LOST with your "poetic expressions" of man, soothing their "itching ears"(IITim4:3)!
LORD have mercy on your poor soul! Time is winding down!
A good question, Chitrangada. It is very difficult to describe Love. I can only experience it and find a kind of happiness and bliss in it.
Manatita has answered it very beautifully here and I am very glad to see him come timely to our rescue. I fully agree with his thoughts and those lines describe fully my enjoyment and experience of Love.
Thanks for asking this question. My blessings to you.
Thanks VenkatachariJi for responding to the question! Love is indeed difficult to define.Love can be seen in different forms. Love for God, for parents, for spouse, for children, for other living creatures. Love is the most precious emotion of humans
Hi Chitrangada, Love is the most important quality that a person can have. There is a quote that says, "love conquers all". I think that
I Corinthians chapter 13 sums it up beautifully.
For me there are many different kinds of love. Love isn't love till you give it away. The love of my spouse, children and grand children. Then there is love of my friends and extended family and parents. Each has a special place in my heart. As more people become part of my life, my heart and love grows. There is always room for more. Each is different, but there is room for all. My cure for the world is more love. Thank you for asking.
Love is a strong emotion of caring about the wellbeing of another.
Naturally there are various types of love such as parental, sibling, friendship/platonic, and romantic love.
What distinguishes romantic love from the rest is our desire to be intimately physically connected with our mate as well as us not wanting to share that part of them with anyone else.
With that being said everyone has their own idea of what love is suppose to "look like", "feel like", and how people who are "in love" should behave like. It's love if it meets (our expectations).
Essentially if someone does not love us (the way we want to be loved) than we simply do not (feel loved).
Thereby an excellent question might be:
How do (you) know when you are loved?
Nevertheless (you) can never know what extent someone cares.
There are those who are smooth talkers and excellent at setting the stage but really don't care. And there are some folks who just do a piss poor job of expressing their love (your way) but would gladly lay down their life for you!
Thanks dashingscorpio for answering the question in detail. I agree with your views. Everyone has his/ her own definition and understanding of love. I think if it selfless, it is love. There can't be any place for ego in true love. VGood day to you!
" I think if it selfless, it is love." TRUE!
"Greater LOVE hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. Ye r my friends..."(Jn15:13-14)!
"GOD IS LOVE" (IJn4:16)!
Love is a feeling of happiness. Why then are so many unhappy people?
Here is the answer
God gives us love so that we create a family. But there is one problem - just the opposites receive love. What do the opposites? They fight. Very often, after a wedding a divorce. Millions of people do not want to understand that love is happiness but only the opposites get a chance to be happy!
Thanks Stas Karimov for responding to the question and sharing your opinion!
Appreciate you for taking the time to answer the question!
A heavy burden on your shoulders, Stas. Yoga philosophy will ask you to look at your own mirror, not the world's. What you see, is what you are. No one owes you anything. Food for thought. Peace!
"Yoga?" GOD "working is us" not enough for u (Phil2:13)? HE needs ur help thru "yoga?" Prov14:12! GOD is JEALOUS(Ex34:14) & u DENY *HIS* POWER(IITim3:5)!
How "carnal" you are by going by EXTERNAL things rather than what the WORD of GOD SAYS!
Man: " “....Love is *your quest* for the unknowable.” Proverbs 3:5 "Lean not to *your own* understanding...."
Eric: " "That which is the very very best in all of us, together and apart". Philippians 2:13 "It is GOD who WORKETH in us to will & to do of HIS good pleasure."
Tsmog: " An abstract cosmically manifested of an abstract." "Abstract?" GOD doesn't exist?
Terrie: "Different kinds of love?" If not GOD'S LOVE, not LOVE!\
Rachael: " "love conquers all". ONLY *IF* GOD'S LOVE!
Dash: TOTALLY "carnal!"
Ven: If man mixes ANYTHING in with GOD'S SPIRIT (Acts 17:23-25), which includes man's opinion of how to reach HIM, GOD is NOT PLEASED! Until I can find "yoga" in Scripture, man-made LIE!
Stas: " feeling of happiness." Philippians 3:19 "Whose end is destruction, whose God is THEIR BELLY, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things."
"CORRECTING" (II Timothy 3:16) with HIS WORD! II Peter 1:3 "According to HIS divine power hath given us ALL THINGS that pertains to life and godliness..." Didn't GOD SAY the "definition of LOVE" is in Scripture? Why don't you LOVE GOD enough to find out what HE SAID regarding the "definition of love?"
I John 4:8 "He that LOVETH not knoweth not GOD; for GOD is LOVE!"
"STUDY" (II Timothy 2:15)!
Hi, gods love is included in that. I am not sure why you always sound so negative about people's answers. God is in everything for me. My you should stop basing everything just on writtten words and let those Exeter your heart. Anyone can look up scr
Is 8:20 "IF THEY SPEAK NOT ACCORDING to THIS [HIS] WORD, there is NO LIGHT IN THEM!" Therefore, it would behoove all to "look up Scripture!"
I remind ("preach") what GOD SAID!
ALL have "choice" (Josh24:15)!
Norine we are talking about love here,god is love. Love is important in god and in all of us. It's impossible to write about all in a short answer forum. I am not sure why you want be so negative.
Terrie there is a diff in GOD'S (SPIRIT) LOVE & "natural love!" I'm ONLY reminding (preaching) ALL how to acquire! If "P" Christians knew this, the world wouldn't be in the predicament it's in! Knowledge is in WORD(IIPet1:3)! "STUDY"(IITim2:15
Iron sharpens iron but but hammers crush everything. Don't be a hammer.
Talk to GOD about HIS WORD! I only deliver!
IITim4:2;Jm5:20; Lk17:3-4;Rev3:19;Mk16:14;ICor5:12; Ezk33:8-9+++
I "try" to show LOVE by "correcting" for I 2desire "no one is lost" (Jn6:39-40)!
I don't believe there is one definition for "love". Maybe that's why there is so much chaos in the world.
My definition and understanding of "love" is that it is an unconditional feeling of wanting to have a person or thing be part of your life no matter what others think. To give your love is a very special thing. You can't expect it to be returned though, that's the part most have trouble with. I don't expect anything from the people or things I love but I am thankful when they choose to give a gift or card to show they care.
It is my hope that someday the world will come together on "love" so beasts and people can coexist. There would be no need for weapons of destruction. We'd only use hands and tools to help each other keep our place on the earth and live happily ever after.
Humans claim to be the smartest creatures on the planet, but "love" eludes us all.
You see what I mean? STRICTLY "carnal" love defined! That's why "the world" is in the predicament it's in! MOST don't believe GOD!
Thanks for your response to the question! Truly appreciated!
If you can find the words for a feeling, it is already dead. Therefor there is no definition of love, you just feel it. I aim to not ever describe it into words, for if I do, it is already too logical to me (dead).
For God so love the world that He gave His only begotten son that that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life St. John 3:16
Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down His life for His friend. St. John 15:13
Author said it perfectly: UNSELFISHNESS as GOD who died for us (Acts 20:28)!
Rightly so Norine Williams. What a wonderful God.
GOD bless you in your "understanding" that GOD *IS* LOVE!
You wear your 'handle' well ("blessedp")! lol
Gracias! Norine. With such a blessing we must let His Love be known.
Bless you too.
I promised I'd serve Him until I die by "obeying" my calling to preach His Word! Satan hates It but he has already been defeated!
I'm on the battlefield for my LORD helping gather His army (The Church)!
Preach The Word in and out of season. Obey your calling for better are on before. God will carry you through for you are covered by His redeeming blood. No weapon form against you shall prosper.
I will stay bless. Thank you and you stay bless the s
You're "conformation" from GOD! Bless you blessedp for allowing GOD to use you as 'a vessel' to deliver His Word!
Oh how I love Jesus!
Gracias again! Have a blessed night!
God is Love. Love is God. Jesus Christ showed us how to Love with the Love of God.
Love is patient with others and is kind.
Love is never jealous or envious of others.
Believe it or not, Love never boasts and is never prideful.
Love is not ill-mannered or easily angered.
Love is not selfish either.
Love does not delight in evil and never keeps a record of wrongs.
Love is amazing!
Love never gives up and and always rejoices with Truth.
Love always protects and never harms anyone.
Love preserves, Love always trusts and Love never ever fails! Love, is in fact, God.
Is your love for others like this?
Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this question!
Those are not "his thoughts!" His Response is from the WORD of GOD!
Wiseman, these people are talking "natural" love and MOST know NOTHING about the LOVE of GOD from their responses.
Sounds like they worship "idols" be it man or thing!
The love of god according to the gosple of norine, of course. (Miss-spell-ing intentional). No body knows nothing about love like norine does. This is just humour not vindictive.
(wish there was vivid formatting possible here)
GOD *IS* LOVE!
I knew it wouldn't be long before Satan appeared preaching his "god spell" (Pun intended)!
Me too! For they would see your 'horns & tail'! lol
Thank you so much for naming me, Norine. Could mean there's some fire in my belly! Lol! Never stop learning something new!
GOD (aka WORD) is not to be "mocked!" HE is my FATHER! How would you like for someone to continuously speak evil of your 'earthly' father? How would u react?
When u "repent!" I will speak to u w/kindness! Until then (Matt23)!
Love is extraordinary, unconditional, supernatural, invisible and feeds your feelings with unknown, unwanted and undesirable emotions. But loves only goal is to make each one of us HAPPY.
Welcome to HubPages, John. Carnal love...I fine with that provided there's no one gets hurt and each participant really enjoys it. And that's not satanic.
Rm 9:3 "For I could wish that I myself were accursed fm Christ for my brethren, kinsmen according to the flesh!"
Love gives " unwanted and undesirable emotions" but we "PRESS" (Phil3:14)!
Cherry-picking obscure verses from your bible again, Norine? Please explain what you are trying to say, in plain English.
I have a gift fm GOD but flesh sometimes make It "unwanted & undesirable" but I continue ("PRESS") in the LORD!
I'm human (flesh)!
Love is a person...He gave so you can live eternally...
Thanks for sharing your thoughts Perla Kouame!
Love forgives everything, including lack of love! What is not love is but a call for love.
Thanks Donna and I agree with your opinion! Thanks for your response!
Love has no definition, that's what makes it special. There is no way to describe what one feels when they are in love. Love can be so painful, and it can be so wonderful, sometimes even at the same time. Its not about what love means, or what defines it. Love is different for everybody.
Love is when you smile at the mere thought of someone. Everything they do makes you happy and you want to be there for all of it. Love endures all things, and love will change you for the better. Love is what people spend their entire lives searching for, no matter how painful and no matter how long it takes.
Every person has felt some sort of love, but nobody can describe it.
Love is being joyfully centered in one's own energies to the extent that no matter what the outer circumstance, I am able to meet that person or condition with compassion because I am filled with a euphoric feeling that flows through me and out into the world to raise the vibration of people, animals, plants, and the earth itself.
One understanding of "love" is being totally at one with the object of your love... not separate but fully unite in one.
The most powerful, ultimate expression of love is when it's totally unconditional, requiring nothing to be rendered in return, not subject to payment, or gratitude or dependent upon gifts.
Such love is rarely, if ever, within the scope of our human ability, yet it's an attribute that's worth aiming for.
An example of where such unconditional love is extremely difficult to apply, is when an otherwise positive and friendly discussion gets hijacked and thwarted by Norine's pathological rhetoric. Difficult but not impossible you mght say!
Your point is well made. Sometimes people are like putting weights on to run. Good tough exercise which makes us stronger. I think you oneness concept is right on.
Thanks Alan for your response to the question! Appreciate you for sharing your thoughts on this. Thank you!
it is difficult to describe love...........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
Thanks eclick for your response to the question! Yes I agree, it is very difficult to describe.
GOD'S LOVE is "perfected" in I John 2:5 "But whoso keepeth [all] His Word, in him verily is THE LOVE OF GOD PERFECTED:..."
Natural love is temporary! Even those married 80 yrs "hated" spouses behavior @ 1x or another but not when one has GOD'S LOVE!
My definition of love is two individuals who care and respect each other, honor each other, and try and make each other better individuals in life....There is definitely going to have to be true communication in order to have true love...
Thanks Jolia for sharing your thoughts!
One thing I like about you Chit, you allow EVERYONE voice their opinion & don't "delete!" I wish you knew GOD doesn't need "help" fm "poetic" men (Col2:8)!
LOVE is simply LOVING AND KNOWING YOUR WORTH. You cannot find love with someone, if in yourself, you are void of feelings and lost in the midst of confusions. LOVE IS TO KNOW YOUR WORTH TO YOURSELF AND TO THIS WORLD.
To me loving somebody means to care about them more than anything. Loving somebody means that you help that person you love, even if you can't help yourself. When love enters your life, you must put it ahead of you and it must be truly important to you. Loving anything means you put time into it, and also that you have a relationship with it. When people say I love you or I love doing my job, if they truly do love it, there mind and body must be 100% into it. For example, Athletes all seem to love what they do because they did it since they were little and have a bond with the sport. Also there is no such thing as wierd love you can love a sport just as much as you love your husband. The truth is it's not about what you do for them that dictates how great your love is for them, it's that you actually care and truly love them is what really matters.
I'm only human, I don't know what love is but my feeble attempt to answer this question goes something like this:
Love is our breath and the universe.
Love is that which created us.
Love is connection.
Love is beauty.
Love is deep and vast like caverns and canyons.
Love is merciful.
Love is ... us.
I tend to think of I Corinthians when I think of a definition for love. But in terms of the feeling, I think there are multiple types of love or varying degrees. For instance, platonic is different from romantic love. But the fruits of love (such as kindness, compassion, thoughtfulness) can be shown to even a stranger.
writting checks your heart can cash
and thinking of him more often during the day than you think of yourself
About couple, It is a feeling when both find the other's eye sight, laughing at the same thing, singing a same song.
The real truth about love arises when you're older. Unfortunately when you're young, the body takes a different course in determining love. The older you are, you can always reflect back on your past experiences, some good, some bad. But the overall experience always suggests that the human being has loved something rather than nothing. If it is something you can relish the fact that something came into fruition. If it is nothing then it is your own soul that requires the same gratification that becomes similar to the imaginary love that one believes in. Love can be eternal only in the mind that suggests that, but the real truth is something different. Even with friends that proclaim their love in front of me, the man and woman show a different attitude. The woman wants excitement, adventure, even at an old age where it's tough for an old man to provide.
Love is selfless....you just want the happiness of your love....it only gives u strength
Love is friendship, if she can’t be my good friend then I cannot fall in love with her. So basically Love is Friendship
Hi chitrangada i love the picture.. love to me is my family....i came to know about love from my family...i have a joint family and the way they care for each other....support each other .....understand each other....sacrifices for each other....these taught me what true love is....its all about sharing each others feelings...caring the person you love...
Hi Rajendrani Roy!
Thanks for your wonderful answer! A family is bound by love, care and sacrifice for each other. Blessed are those who have a loving and caring family. When our own happiness depends on others smile and happiness. Thanks again!
Thanks to you for asking such a beautiful question...:-) god bless u !!
Love is the most beautiful feeling one can ever have. Love can be felt for parents, a friend, husband or wife, a cousin of yours or maybe your pet. It can be with anyone with whom you feel so close that you can share your fears, sorrows, happiness and deepest secrets without the worry of being judged. You don't have to pretend anything in front of them. You get the feeling of security, freedom and comfort with them.
They never bound you in chains, they understand you, listens to you. One can bare his or her soul in front of that loved one.
Love makes life worth living
LOVE MAKES YOU FEEL AT HOME.....WHILE OTHER ATTACHMENTS LACK THAT KIND OF OWNERSHIP!!
Love is when you would put up with another person`s bad points.
All you need is love," sang the Beatles. When one considers the widely documented health benefits of being in a happy relationship, they might have been on to something. ... Research has demonstrated a myriad of health benefits - physical, mental and emotional - associated with being in an affectionate relationship
It's something we still can't understand. There is no perfect definition because there isn't anything like it.
I'd like to say LOVE is one of the things that separates us from animals. A deer may have protective instincts of her offspring for the sake of reproduction, but they (probably) don't LOVE like humans do.
We also have different types of love... romantic, love for our family, love for our friends. It's a kind of a magic in itself. I love how people from across the ages have sung about love and heartbreak. Humans all share that in common
Thanks Poppy Reid for taking the time to answer this question!
As you rightly said, there can not be one and perfect definition of love. It's amazing how many shades it can have, all so different. But love makes us all so much Human.
My definition of Love is, getting along with people, being about to trust people, having someone be there, for you when you need them.
Love is blind.The definition is love different to every human.
There is no definition for love it's just a felling . Not just feeling it was a greatest feeling which can rule and break the world.It was an emotion . And emotions don't have definition. Love was a meaningful definition less emotion.
The only flower that grows and blossoms without the aid of seasons.
Though i am not expert about the word 'love', I think, love is kinda reflection of nature and a mirror of good things happening altogether surroundings.
I have come to understand that love is not about fireworks and butterflies, but rather, it is something that endures, and stands the test of time. It is everything that The Bible says it is, in Corinthians! Sometimes with love, we have to get our hands dirty :-)
Tamara Yancosky Moore
2 bottles of Far Niente (Lewis?) Cab Sav and a dry-aged ribeye steak.
love is not any thing if your mind is work.
love is only 4 words and its for fool program for all kind of human
Love is a feeling which never exist but persist in thoughts, its often mistaken for care, and affection.
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