Love is the will to extend one's      
self for the purpose of nurturing
one's own or another's spiritual
growth.
5


The value of the personal   
relationship
to all things is
that it creates intimacy
and intimacy creates
understanding
and understanding
creates love.
6
Friendship marks a life
even more deeply than love.
Love risks degenerating into obsession;
friendship is never anything
but sharing. 1

Love comes through the eyes
that
see
and through
the ears that
hear,
for people are quite beautiful,
and words make feelings clear.

Love comes through the hands
that
touch
with unabashed affection,
for only through skin-to-skin
can love
maintain its true direction.

Love comes through
the
tastes and smells
of fresh
and well-cooked food,
for in the gift of nourishment
is much else that is good.

But though love comes through
senses five,
love comes
from the heart,
for there resides
the greater love
of which ours
    is a part.
2

    And always,
there is that important distinction;
to love
and
to
be “in love”.

Can one have love?
If we could, love would need to be a
thing,
a substance that one can have,
own,
possess.

Obsession is a state
of mental and clinical disorder
due to which
people get highly self-centered
and feel rather insecure
towards the other person.

They would rather attempt
at tying down the other person
instead of understanding
their emotions and needs.
3

The truth is,
there is no such
thing as
"love."

"Love" is an abstraction,
perhaps a goddess or an alien being,
although nobody has ever seen this goddess
.

In reality,
there exists only
the act of loving.

To love is a productive activity.
It implies caring for,
knowing,
responding,
affirming,

enjoying:
the person,
the tree,
the painting,
the idea.

It means bringing to life,
increasing his/her/its aliveness.

It is a process,
self-renewing
and self-increasing.
4
If love touches you once,
it touches you
forever.

True love never dies
and lives on
and on.
7
Acknowedgements
[1] ~Elie Wiesel
[2] -Love Comes Through The Eyes That See ~Nicholas Gordon
[3] ~Unknown
[4] ~Erich Fromm
[5] ~Scott Peck
[6] ~Anais Nin
[7] ~Unknown
Love Comes Through Eyes . . .