Love - Not Tough Love

I believe in love:

Buddhists - Karuna (Mercy and compassion), Advesa (unconditional), Bodhisattva (completely unselfish - takes on the burdens of all sentient beings).

Christian Love is described as: Storge (family), Philia (platonic), Eros (romantic), Agape (unconditional).

Hindu - Kama (pleasure), Prema (elevated love - compassion, mercy, loving devotion to God)

Islamic - Ishq (divine love) ....Sufism is usually referred to the religion of love.  Surah 11:90 as well as Surah 85:14 refers to God as being "full of loving kindness.  The saints of Sufism are infamous for being "drunk" due to their love of God; hence, the constant reference to wine in Sufi poetry and music.

Jewish - Ahava (Love of God and others), Chen (Grace), Hesed (compassion - loving kindness)

Some people believe in tough love.  I do not.  "Tough love" boot camps have been described as abusive, and the NIH noted that "get tough treatments do not work and there is some evidence that they may make the problem worse".

To love is to correct with compassion, kindness and mercy.


Yohanna Yohanna
36-40, F
4 Responses Mar 10, 2009

Yes, there is truth in what you speak. Defining a spiritual love EXPERIENTIALLY is the course of excellence and masterdom!!!!! :)

You should claim your doctoral title for this research. :)<br />
Theory gets tiresome after a while, though.

awesome knowledge, know using it in every daylife is the key!

My ex sister in law loosely follows Buddhism, I grew up with a strict Jewish friend and a Hindu friend, I have a new Islam friend (but we haven't seen each other for a few moths now, and I was raised Christian.<br />
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I have been reading all texts - but will admit I looked up the answers for this story. I remembered Christian and Islam off by heart, but the others I forgot.