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Meaning of Love

--by Helen Keler (Feb 21, 2005)


[Helen Keller tells how, as a deaf and dumb child, she learned the meaning of love from her teacher, Anne Sullivan.]

I remember the morning that I first asked about the meaning of the word, 'love'. This was before I knew many words. I had found a few early violets in the garden and brought them to my teacher. She tried to kiss me; but at that time I did not like to have anyone kiss me except my mother. Miss Sullivan put her arm gently around me and spelled in my hand, 'I love Helen.'

"What is love?" I asked.

She drew me closer to her and said, "It is here," pointing to my heart. Her words puzzled me very much because I did not then understand anything unless I touched it.

I smelled the violets in her hand and asked, half in word, half in signs, a question which meant, "Is love the sweetness of flowers?" "No," said my teacher.

Again, I thought. The warm sun was shining on us. "Is this not love?" I asked, pointing in the direction from which the heat came.

A day or two afterwards, the sun had been under a cloud all day, and there had been brief showers, but suddenly the sun broke forth in all its souther splendor. Again I asked my teacher, "Is this not love?"

"Love is something like the clouds that were the sky before the sun came out," she replied. Then in simpler words than these, which at that time I could not have understood, she explained: "You cannot touch the clouds, you know; but you feel the rain and know how glad the flowers and the thirsty earth are to have it after a hot day. You cannot touch love either; buy you feel the sweetness that pours into everything. Without love you would not be happy or want to play."

The beautiful truth burst upon my mind -- I felt that these were invisible lines stretched between my spirit and the spirit of others.

--Helen Keller, "The Story of My Life"

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On Jun 12, 2006 Yaniv wrote:

Is Love something that exists which we get engrossed in, or do we lose our sense of existence when we are in it? Sara Oyarce's definition of Love: What does it mean that "I am in Love with you" 1) There is this thing called Love 2) I am in it 3) You are here with me Love for babies is fairly universal Love is a feeling of union with everything else A paraphrased poem from Kabir "You can never become a learned person. Many have tried by reading scriptures. But whoever has learned the word Love, he has understood everything. Love is that which does not increase or decrease under any circumstance." My intellect keeps dividing me from others, but whenever I stay True within myself, I feel a oneness with all that is. The root of the word "rational" is ratio, or breaking up and comparison. Hellen Keller also said "Even if I am just one person, I Am still somebody. Even if can only do a little, I can do something" Always thought that Love and Happiness were  See full.

  • Is Love something that exists which we get engrossed in, or do we lose our sense of existence when we are in it?
  • Sara Oyarce's definition of Love: What does it mean that "I am in Love with you" 1) There is this thing called Love 2) I am in it 3) You are here with me
  • Love for babies is fairly universal
  • Love is a feeling of union with everything else
  • A paraphrased poem from Kabir "You can never become a learned person. Many have tried by reading scriptures. But whoever has learned the word Love, he has understood everything. Love is that which does not increase or decrease under any circumstance."
  • My intellect keeps dividing me from others, but whenever I stay True within myself, I feel a oneness with all that is.
  • The root of the word "rational" is ratio, or breaking up and comparison.
  • Hellen Keller also said "Even if I am just one person, I Am still somebody. Even if can only do a little, I can do something"
  • Always thought that Love and Happiness were something I could get outside ourselves, but recently I've realized that real Love is found within ourselves.
  • In order to get Love, you have to give it.
  • When you give Love, you are the first person to experience it.
  • I was asked what is the opposite of Love? Indifference. Whenever I try to define Love, it seems I can always expand it.
  • Paramahansa Yogananda "Love is center everywhere, circumference nowhere"
  • Ultimate Love is when a parent allows a child to take their first step without interference.
  • Buddha is teaching meditation to a great King and Queen. After meditating the Buddha asks the King to ask his wife if she loves him. The King asked her "Do you love me?" She replied "Well, I thought I did, but during meditation I realized I love only myself" "Good, that the same thing I realized too" the King replied.
  • Service is one way where you can meet people and put yourself aside, to Love not only your limited definitions of yourself, but yourself in others too.

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