Life and Love

I From Paradigms to Patterns

Life (prāṇa) and love (prema) are closely related concepts. Embodiedness is the basic common characteristic of both. Life without body is difficult to conceive. Similarly, a being without body can hardly love. This is, however, not to suggest that love has not wider and deeper senses.

The senses of life and love, if colligated or brought together in an orderly way, make the relation between the said two concepts very clear and meaningful. Affection or friendliness is traceable in old English to lu fu, to lu ve in Middle English, and its cognate, leof, dear. These words and their synonyms in many Indo-European languages are etymologically traceable also to Sanskrit, lubhyati, he desires strongly, Latin ...

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