[Advaita-l] Love molecule
murali_mohan at yahoo.com
Fri Dec 2 11:15:10 CST 2005
Now I hear that scientists have identified the love causing chemical in the brain. So soon we might be having pills to make people more loving and caring. All that is requited to reform criminals and terrorists might be to inject them with this chemical !!
Love as an emotion has to be a chemical reaction in the brain like fear etc and can be manipulated by science by altering the chemistry of the brain. But then what does a jnani experience as universal love etc ? We hear phrases such as Love is God and God is Love etc. If love can be controlled chemically then it just does'nt make sense. I guess what a jnani experience might be something called Bliss which is very different from love (which is an emotion) and is above chemistry. As they say Brahman is Sat Chit Ananda where Ananda can be translated as Bliss which is different from love,happiness etc. Love and happiness are emotions and conditional and they belong to the realm of the physical. Maybe words such as universal love, unconditional love etc are a misnomer. Maybe these words might be referring to the physical symptoms arising out of true bliss experience which is not an emotion.
Am I making any sense?
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