The Rungs of Love:
At first one loves only when one is loved.
Next, one loves spontaneously, but one wants to be loved in return.
Then one loves even if one is not loved, but one still wants one’s love to be accepted.
And finally one loves purely and simply, without any other need or joy than that of loving.
The Mother – Words of the Mother: CWM, Vol. 14, p122
“Awakened to the meaning of my heart
That to feel love and oneness is to live
And this the magic of our golden change,
Is all the truth I know or seek…”
Sri Aurobindo – Savitri: CWSA, Vol. 34, Book Twelve, pp 723-24
.… love opens all doors, penetrates every wall, clears every obstacle. And a little true love does more than the most beautiful speeches.
The Mother – Prayers and Meditations: CWM, Vol. 1, p40
True love can achieve extraordinary things, but it is rare. All kinds of miracles can be done out of love for the person one loves – not for everyone, but for the people or the person one loves. But it has to be a love free from all vital mixture, an absolutely pure and selfless love which demands nothing in return, which expects nothing in return.
The Mother – Words of the Mother: CWM, Vol. 15, p325
Love of Nature is usually the sign of a pure and healthy being uncorrupted by modern civilisation. It is in the silence of a peaceful mind that one can best commune with Nature.
The Mother – Some Answers from the Mother: CWM, Vol. 16, p401
Absence of love and fellow-feeling is not necessary for nearness to the Divine; on the contrary, a sense of closeness and oneness with others is a part of the divine consciousness into which the sadhak enters by nearness to the Divine and the feeling of oneness with the Divine…. In this Yoga the feeling of unity with others, love, universal joy and Ananda are an essential part of the liberation and perfection which are the aim of the sadhana.
Sri Aurobindo – Letters on Yoga: CWSA, Vol. 31, p285
Love is a supreme force which the Eternal Consciousness sent down from itself into an obscure and darkened world that it might bring back that world and its beings to the Divine….. That is the beginning of the Soul’s aspiration, that brings the awakening of the consciousness and its yearning for union with the Divine….
The Mother – Questions and Answers: CWM, Vol. 3,p73-74
Love must not cease to live upon the earth;For Love is the bright link twixt earth and heaven,
Love is the far Transcendent’s angel here;
Love is man’s lien on the Absolute.”
Sri Aurobindo – Savitri: CWSA, Vol. 34, p633