Love is the most beautiful reality of this world. It pervades the world like God. It is most difficult to “define” love but the easiest to “know”. All of us know what love is. Even an animal know what love is. Love is, therefore, the matter of realization and the knowledge of the love is knowledge of the universe. St. Kabir, the famous Sufi poet said,
Many people died Reading Scriptures,
Yet they failed to become wise,
One who understood the meaning of “Love”,
Is the Only man to be Wise.
Love is, therefore, not merely an emotion but also the most profound knowledge that a man can expect to know. Once we know love, nothing else is left unknown. Yet there is nothing mysterious or complex about love as even the most innocent person “knows” it without reading a single book.
The knowledge of love requires not only the application of mind but also the heart, the soul and the intuition.
The complexity of love is due to the fact that love has multiple dimensions. It is like a living being consisting of many body parts. These limbs are interconnected with each other in such a way that they complement each other. They all are important and integral part of the being as a person becomes lame even if one part of the body goes missing.
THE SEVEN DIMENSIONS
Love is manifested in seven different forms. It is like a white beam of light which hides in it the spectrum of seven colors. If even color is one is missing, love is incomplete. These seven dimensions are described as following.
1. Love is Sensual
The most primary dimension of love is the body which leads to the satisfaction of senses. You can not love someone who can not be seen or imagined. Sensual love is so important in love that often people use the word “love” interchangeably with “lust” which seeks sexual gratification. Though, lust has been believed by many as the lowest manifestation of love, yet the sensuality has been a necessary ingredient in love. For example, Sufis developed their love for God by the means of sensuality. They imagined God as male (or female) and themselves as their beloved. The root of Idolatry too lies in the need of the man to develop an emotional and sensual attachment with God. The religions that ignored the physical dimensions of love, often made their followers heartless and ruthless. The people who ignored the physical dimension of love often fail to find love at all in their life.