Love is the most striking reality of this life. It covers the world like God. Interestingly, it is most tough to “define” love but easier to “know”. We all know what love is. Even an animal knows.
Many died Reading the Scriptures,
Yet they couldn’t become wise,
Anyone who understands the meaning of “Love”,
He is the only Man to be Wise.
Love is, so, not merely an emotion but also the deepest knowledge that a man can expect to know. Once we understand what love is, nothing else is left unknown. Yet there is nothing secretive or complex about love as even the most innocent being “knows” it without reading a single book.
The knowledge of love needs not only the application of three things – the mind, the heart, the soul, but also the intuition.
The intricacy of love is due to the fact that love comes in different dimensions. It is like a living being having many body parts. These limbs are interrelated with one another in such a way that they complement each other. They all are essential and integral parts of the being as a person becomes lame even if one part goes missing.
THE 7 DIMENSIONS
Love is shown in seven different dimensions. It is such as in the white beam of light that hides in it the spectrum of seven colors. If one is missing, love becomes incomplete. These 7 dimensions of love are described below.
- Sensual Dimension of Love
The central dimension of love is in the body, which leads to the gratification of the senses. You can’t love a person who you can’t see or imagine. Sensual love is so essential in love that often time people use the word “love” interchangeably with “lust,” which strives for sexual satisfaction. Though lust has been thought by some as the lowest display of love, yet the sensuality has been an essential ingredient in love. Those who ignored the physical dimension of love often bomb to find love at all in their life.
- Compassion Dimension of Love
According to Aristotle, “Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies.” Maybe this can be said to be the simplest definition of love. When one loves another, he shares the pains and cheerfulness of the other person as if they share the same soul. This is called compassion, which is described as “a deep consciousness of and sympathy for another’s grief.” See it like this. A mother who loves her kid cannot bear the suffering of her child and but will want even to give her own life if that is useful in lessening the suffering of her child. Often people feel mean about their love as they want to shun any pain to their loved one as well.
- Care Dimension of Love
Love is not just an emotion that joins the individuals. When you love someone, you do everything to make the person happy as her/his happiness lays your happiness. The distinction of bodies vanishes for those that are in love.
If love does not get to the positive action of caring, it can’t be love. It is for this reason that all religions asked the followers to show benevolent attitude for the benefit of the less priveleges as only by positive action can God be pleased.
- Sharing Dimension of Love
Love is not just the sharing of the soul but also the sharing of worldly possessions. A family sitting is a typical unit of love where everybody shares everything with one another. They share the house and everything that is there in the house. Everything belongs to everybody in the family. The distinction of mine versus them vanishes for those in love.
- Trust Dimension of Love
Trust is the most vital aspect of love. How can you distrust someone who shares your own soul? When trust is missing in love, love cannot endure. When you love, you ought to put your complete trust of faith in that person. Without trust, love is impossible, as trust is the test of love.
Delicate as a lily,
Trust fortifies relationships.
Without it, there can be no meaning
To the words, “I Love You”,
Without trust, all things fail,
And happiness is barren.
- Reverence Dimension of Love
The material world has created rankings as every material thing has a start and an end, and everything is quantifiable. Hence everything is bigger or smaller than others in some quantifiable criterion. However, the soul is eternal and has no start or end. We often respect those who or older or well-informed than us in the world. Yet all men are spiritually the same as everybody has the same soul. Yet every soul is exhibited in this world as a different being. Since everyone has been created for a different purpose, hence a person is superior to others in some respect.
Therefore when you love someone, you also respect him or her for what he or she is.
- Friendship Dimension of Love
When the souls of the lovers are the same, how can their minds be different? The sharing of mind or thought is called friendship, according to Aristotle.
Friendship is another significant dimension of love. Just like one can depend on friends in the time of need, the same is true with love. Love is not workable without the meeting of the same minds.