1- Yes, God loves.
The virtuous ones who worship me are of four kinds, the distressed, the seeker of knowledge, the seeker of wealth, and the man of knowledge, O Lord of the Bharatas. (BG 7.16)Of these, the man of knowledge, who is permanently established in yoga, whose devotion is single-minded, is the best. For I'm dear to him and he is exceedingly dear ...
The reference to different types of Bhakti or Divine love is found the Shloka 82 of the Narada Bhakti Sutra.
|Gunmahatmyasakti roopasakti poojasakti smaranasakti dasyasakti |
|| Sakhyasakti vatsalyasakti kantasakti atmanivedanasakti ||
|| tanmayatasakti paramavirhasakti rupa ekadha api ekadashadha bhavati ||
…Though it is only one, ...
I will answer on the love part. The Narada Bhakti Sutras or the aphorisms of love talk at great length about Bhakti or divine love. I am sharing a couple of Shlokas here with the meaning:
|| Yat Prapya Na Kinchid Vanchati, Na Shochati, Na Dweshti, Na Ramate,
Notsahi Bhavati ||
"Having attained that, there is no more craving, no ...
Yes,God both protect us and love us too.
So,I don't know why Guru Jaggi Vasudev said what he said.May be we have failed to understand the context.
Anyway, in Kurma Purana;
Parama Shiva says:
Adveshata Sarva bhutaanaam maitrah Karuna yevacha,
Nirmomaa nirahankaaro yo madbhaktah sa mey Priyah/
Santhushtah Satatam Yogi yatatatmaa drudha ...
Are there any scriptures that discuss romantic love? ... Do any of these scriptures, infer that romatic love is a form of true love or not?
The Gandharva vivaha is one form of relationship between a man and woman that is based on romantic interest.
From the Manusmriti:
The mutual union of the bride and bridegroom, through love is to be known as the “...
The following are excerpts from the teachings of Sri Ramana Maharshi.
On dvaita and advaita
An educated visitor asked Bhagavan about dvaita and advaita.
M.: Identification with the body is dvaita. Non-identification is
On Self and ego
D.: I understand theoretically. But they are still there.
M.: Yes. It is like a cinema-show. ...
A charm about this is given in atharvaved.
“1. Like as the creeper throws, her arms on every side around the tree, So hold you me in your embrace that you may be in love with me, my darling, never to depart. 2. As, when he mounts, the eagle strikes his pinions downward on the earth, So do I strike your spirit down that you may be in love ...
As is considered a tradition, Narada Muni first describes the viewpoints of various other Rishis. After that, he presents his own viewpoint.
तल्लक्षणानि वाच्यन्ते नानामतभेदात् ।। १५
Different rishis, different traditions have spoken about this divine love and its characteristics. But they are all different - different perceptions. The Truth ...