Plenty of slokhas in Geetha says that attachment is a bad thing and one should leave it.

My doubt is "Can both love and attachment coexist?"

Let us consider Yashoda as well as gopi's, I allegedly know that Yashoda and gopi's cry for krishna(physical body) presence. It shows that they are physically attached to Krishna. Is it attachment or love?

Let us consider vasista, he didn't cry even though his sons die in front of his eyes because he has no attachment but only love. Similarly Krishna also never cry for any one's presence.

Most of the people says that Yashoda and gopi's have love towards Krishna. If it is true, then attachment and love can coexist. Is it true? If they can coexist, then why Geetha says attachment is a bad thing?

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    Moha is bad and called attachment. But love is not "Moha". – The Destroyer Apr 19 '16 at 9:58
  • Does Yashoda and gopi's have such moha on Krishna? @TheDestroyer – hanugm Apr 19 '16 at 9:59
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    Yes attachment causes suffering. Love causes happiness. If at all you are attached to something, then attach yourself to God. Because God is Immortal and Eternal. By being attached to God, all your other attachments disappear. That is why Yashoda and Gopikas are exemplified. Because by focussing their attachment to God, although they underwent suffering due to the physical attachment, eventually they attained Perfection, for the Lord liberates His devotees. Sri Ramakrishna often said 'Cry for the Divine like a child for its mother, then God will come to you !' (paraphrased) All the best! – Sai Apr 19 '16 at 16:22

This might help:

Q: What is the difference between love and attachment?

Sri Sri: Attachment is that which gives you pain. Love is that without which you cannot live. If love becomes attachment, then the same love which was giving you joy, starts to inflict pain. Attachment is when you want something in return. If you love and don't want anything in return, then that love doesn't turn into attachment.

Excerpt from a Q&A with Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: https://plus.google.com/+SriSriRaviShankar/posts/DJmmZLpX5vy

  • It says that both can coexist, bit this question claims that those who possesses attachment cannot really love. quora.com/… – hanugm Apr 19 '16 at 10:08
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    @hanugm: I do not agree to the notion that if you are attached you cannot love. In fact, attachment is born out of love. The only issue is that attachment causes pain and love does not. Otherwise, we would not be asking this question if attachment was not causing pain and was all good. :) In my mind, love+ignorance = attachment. Hence, we need to deal with the ignorance. – Amit Saxena Apr 19 '16 at 10:19

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