LOVE & LUST

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LOVE & LUST

"Love is different from lust. In lust there is dependence upon the physical object, and thus spiritual subordination of the soul to it. Love puts the soul into direct, coordinate relation with the reality which lies behind the form. Therefore lust is experienced as being heavy, but love is experienced as being light. In lust there is narrowing down of life, while in love there is an expansion of being. To have loved one soul is like adding it's life to your own. Your life is multiplied and you live virtually in two centers. If you love the whole world, you live vicariously in the world. But in lust there is an ebbing of life and generation of sense of hopeless dependence upon a form which is regarded as another. Thus in lust there is accentuation of separateness and suffering, but in love there is a feeling of unity and joy. Lust is dissipation, love is recreation. Lust is a craving of the senses; love is the expression of spirit. Lust seeks fulfillment, but love experiences fulfillment. In lust there is excitement, in love there is tranquility."