Being in Love
"What is love? It is unfortunate that we have to ask this question. In the natural course of things, everybody would know what love is. But in fact, nobody knows or only very rarely does somebody know, what love is. Films and stories are written about it, songs are composed about it, on the television shows you will see it, on the radio, in magazines – a great industry exists to supply you with ideas of what love is. Many people are involved in the industry of helping people understand what love is. But still, love remains an unknown phenomenon. And it should be one of the most known."
"It is almost like somebody asking, "What is food? " Would you not be surprised if somebody came and asked you that question? Only if somebody has been starved from the very beginning and has never tasted food would the question be relevant. It is the same as the question "What is love?"
"Love is the food of the soul, but you have been starved. Your soul has not received love at all, so you don’t know the taste. So the question is relevant, but it is unfortunate. The body has received food so the body continues, but the soul has not received food so the soul is dead, or is not born yet, or is always on its deathbed.
"When we are born we are born fully equipped with the capacity to love and to be loved. Each child is born full of love and knows perfectly what it is. There is no need to tell a child what love is….
"I cannot define what love is because there is no definition of love. It is one of those indefinables like birth, like death, like God, like meditation. It is one of those indefinables – I cannot define it. I cannot say that "this is love," I cannot show it to you. It is not a visible phenomenon. It cannot be dissected, cannot be analyzed; it can only be experienced, and only through experience do you know what it is. But I can show you the way to experience it….
"First you have to understand the love that is a natural phenomenon. Even that has not happened. First, you have to understand the natural, and then the transcendental. So the second thing to remember is, never be in search of a perfect man or a perfect woman. That idea too has been put into your mind – that unless you find a perfect man or a perfect woman you will not be happy. So you go on looking for the perfect, and you don’t find it, so you are unhappy. To flow and grow in love needs no perfection." Osho
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