Poetry on Love
What is the nature of love? True Love is at once inexpressible and to speak of love is to lose its essence. Yet the great poets have sought tirelessly to give expression to the deepest yearning of the Soul. Poetry more than any other medium seems capable of giving form to the highest ideals of love and the immortality of our soul’s loftiest consciousness.
I am stronger than death and greater than my fate;
My love shall outlast the world, doom falls from me
Helpless against my immortality.
- Sri Aurobindo, Savitri
True love is unconditional, it does not seek to influence or guide others. True love is free from expectation and demand.
To live of love, it is to know no fear;
No memory of past faults can I recall;
No imprint of my sins remaineth here;
The fire of Love divine effaces all.
- St Teresa Avila “To Live of Love”
The power of love to elevate our consciousness is limitless. The Seers suggest that it is love that is our true essence. When we experience love in its purest form we revel in its indescribable transformative power.
“A burning Love from white spiritual founts
Annulled the sorrow of the ignorant depths;
Suffering was lost in her immortal smile.
Savitri by Sri Aurobindo From Adoration of Divine Mother
The intoxication of Love.
Love in all its mysteries captures the heart and soul of a person. In the presence of love, all the riches of the world lose their attraction. The lover can only gain satisfaction from the unbroken union of the lover. The sweetness of love is only matched by the bitter pangs of separation. The poet in Tennyson said “t’is was better to have loved and lost, than never to have loved at all” Yet the pangs of separation have also stimulated the most moving and haunting poetry. When a great poet shares his inmost experience of the soul, we feel the unmistakeable pull of the heart. The poetry of the Sufi’s is rich in its songs of devotional intensity.
I cannot do without my Beloved even for a moment.
I have been pierced by the arrow of love,
what shall I do ?
The fire of separation is unceasing !
- Bulleh Shah – Sufi Poet
Love captures the heart and soul. The desire and fulfilment of love leads to rapture. The pangs of separation and loss tear at the heart of the lover. Human love seems subject to the whims of fate; inexpressible joy intermingled with unimaginable pain. The classical search for love - a roller coaster of emotions.
Love's not Time's fool, though rosy lips and cheeks
Within his bending sickle's compass come;
Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,
But bears it out even to the edge of doom.
- Shakespeare .Let Me Not to the Marriage of True Minds
Whilst human love so often brings frustration and suffering, divine Love brings real and abiding satisfaction. In divine Love we have a feeling of oneness with the entirety of God’s creation. Our Soul is consciously or unconsciously seeking union with the highest transcendental consciousness. When we love the source, we at the same time see God in all. Nothing can be kept away from our divine love. We understand at heart there is no separation only an unbreakable bond of unity and oneness.
In secrecy supreme I see You.
You live in my eyes, in my sleep,
In my dreams, in my sweet wakefulness.
In the stupendous mirth of life,
In the abysmal lap of death,
You I behold.
Your Love-Play is my world.
View: Short Poems on Love
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