In order to really understand the word LOVE let us look at the images of a rose, a lamp and a tree. Is it possible for a rose to say, "I shall only offer my fragrance to good people, and withhold it from bad people?" Or can you imagine a lamp withholding its rays from a wicked person who seeks to walk in its light. It can only do so by ceasing to be a lamp. Again have you noticed how a tree gives the shade to everyone good or bad, young or old, even the one who seeks to cut it down. These three things, the rose, the lamp and the tree display an indiscriminate quality of love that if we all were to practice would make this world so full of bliss.
The second quality is free giving. Like the tree, the rose and the lamp, real love gives and asks for nothing in return. Wouldn't you despise a woman whose choice of a husband was determined not by any virtous quality he may have but by the amount of money he has. But is the love of a man towards a woman any different if it is determined by outer beauty only. Love looks beyond the exterior of a person and sees inside their heart. Unconditional love for thy neighbor is difficult because people tend to seek the company of those who bring them emotional gratification and avoid those who don't. People tend to be positively disposed towards those who give them what they want and live up to their expectations and tend to be negative or indifferent towards those who don't. Open your eyes and see your, "so called love," for what it really is, a camouuflage/disguise for selfishness and greed. These three things, the rose, the lamp and the tree display an unconditional love for us humans that could heal the world if we all were to emulate it towards all thy neighbors.
The third quality of love is its unself-consciousness. Love enjoys the loving and is blissfully unaware of itself. The way the lamp is busy shining with no thought of whether it is benefiting others or not. The way a rose gives out its fragrance simply because that is the way it is, whether there is someone to enjoy its fragrance or not. The way a tree offers its shade. The light, the fragrance and the shade are not produced at the approach of likable persons and turned off when there is no one there or dislikable characters approach. These three things, the rose, the lamp and the tree display a quality of love that encourages us to love thy neighbors naturally without any consciousness of any merit of doing so.
The final quality of love is its freedom. The moment coercion or control or conflict enter, love dies. It destroys your capacity to love which is your very nature.
Love is the emblem of eternity, it confounds all notion of time, effaces all memory of a beginning, all fear of an end. Dear readers let us always open our hearts wide enough to give love and receive & embrace it in our lives and in the world at large. Love is taking action — positive, genuine, definite action — to reach out and help others, proving your love for them