Our longing for love misdirected and redirected (Gita Daily)

Published on Oct 20, 2013

Based on Bhagavad Gita Chapter 04, Text 10

Loving anyone is a challenge. The poets frequently sing about the thrill of falling in love at first sight, but they rarely sing about the thrill of living in love after many sights. That’s because the thrill of love is agonizingly short-lived. At best, it gradually fizzles out when our object of love repeatedly fails to live up to our expectations. At worst, it transmogrifies into a chill when our object of love abruptly leaves us.

Is our longing for love meant to be always frustrated?
Only as long as it is misdirected, answers Gita wisdom. It explains that we as souls are meant to love the all-attractive, all-loving Supreme Person, Krishna, and delight eternally in that loving relationship.

When we don’t direct our longing for love towards Krishna, the Bhagavad-gita (04.10) indicates three broad ways in which we become frustrated:

1. Raga (Attachment): We search for some worldly object to love and, as explained earlier, become frustrated.

2. Bhaya (Aversion due to fear): We feel that our longing for love is the cause of our suffering, so we try to extinguish itentirely.

3. Krodha (Anger due to indecision): We can’t decide whether to express or repress our longing for love, so we lead lives of angry indecision.

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