Jump to Navigation

Mistaking Attachment for Love

Mistaking Attachment for Love

“There is something called ‘love’, and there is something called ‘attachment.’ What people call ‘love’ is just a way of binding themselves to somebody, getting identified with somebody, but this is not love—this is attachment.”

—Sadhguru

There is something called "love", and there is something called "attachment". What people call "love" is just a way of binding themselves to somebody, getting identified with somebody, but this is not love — this is attachment. We always mistake attachment for love, but attachment has nothing to do with love. In fact, hate has something to do with love. Look at whom you hate. Do you hate the person who is just walking by on the street? No... you loved someone and one day the coin fell the other way and suddenly became hate. So, if the coin falls one way, it is love; if it turns around and falls the other way, it becomes hate.

Love and hate have something to do with each other, but love and attachment have nothing to do with each other. If we use an analogy, love is like a flower. Once a flower enters your life, it is a lot of trouble because it needs to be cared for, it needs to be nurtured, and it needs constant attention. If you hold a flower, you must be very conscious about how you move your hands. If you have flowers in your house, you have to look after them 10 times a day. They are a lot of trouble, but they are life. Attachment is like a plastic flower. Suppose you have plastic flowers in your home, if you do not look after them for months, there is no problem. They are guaranteed for years. You can even make plastic flowers more beautiful than real flowers, you can spray them with fragrances, you can use them in many different ways, and above all, there is a guarantee they will last.
 

Read the full article on Huffington Post.

Spend more time with Sadhguru. Take 7 classes with Sadhguru right now.