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愛について、Osho からの引用

愛について、Osho からの引用

 

愛そのものが栄養になる

 「あなたは「自分自身を愛で育てていく方法について話していただけませんか」と尋ねた。方法はない。なぜなら、どのような努力の必要もないのだから。愛は栄養だ。だが、人類はその指導者たちによってひどく混乱させられてきたので、人は自分自身の存在のもっとも奥深い領域のことがわからなくなってしまった。愛そのものが栄養だ。愛すれば愛するほど、あなたは自分の周囲の人跡未踏の空間に、愛がまるでオーラのようにどんどん広がっていくのを目にする。

  しかし、そのような種類の愛はどんな文化によっても許されてこなかった。彼らは愛をとても狭いトンネルに押し込めた――あなたは妻を愛することができるし、妻はあなたを愛することができる。あなたは子どもたちを愛することができるし、両親を愛することができるし、友人たちを愛することができる。そして彼らは二つのことをあらゆる人間のなかに深く根づかせた。ひとつは、愛はごく限られたものだということ――友人たち、家族、子どもたち、夫、妻に。そして第二に、愛にもいろんな種類がある、と彼らは主張した。

  夫や妻を愛するとき、あなたはひとつのやり方で愛する。次に子どもたちを愛するときには別の種類の愛を持ってこなければならないし、年寄り、家族、先生を愛するときには別の種類の愛が、さらに友人たちにも別の種類の愛が必要だ。だが、本当のところ、愛は分類することができない。人類の全歴史を通じて、そのように分類されてきたのではあるが。彼らがそれを分類したのには理由があったが、その理由は醜くて非人間的なものだ。というのも、この分類によって、彼らは愛を殺したからだ……。

  すべての文化が分類にこだわった理由は、彼らが愛をとても恐れていたからだ。実存的な愛があったら、それは限界を知らないからだ――そうなればヒンドゥー教徒とイスラム教徒を対立させることができないし、プロテスタントとカトリックを対立させることができない。そうなったら、あなたは線引きをして、この人はユダヤ人だから、中国人だから愛することができないと言うことができない。世界の指導者たちは世界を分割しようとしたが、世界を分割するためには、彼らは基本的に愛を分割しなければならない」

 Osho,  Om Mani Padme Hum: The Sound of Silence, the Diamond in the Lotus, #20 より抜粋

 

感情は石ではない、それは薔薇の花のようだ

 「個人としての人間には三つの層がある――その生理機能、つまり肉体、その心理状態、つまり心、そしてその実存、つまり彼の永遠の自己だ。愛はこの三つすべての局面に存在できるが、その質は異なっているだろう。生理機能、肉体の局面では、それはたんにセクシュアリティ(性的なもの)だ。あなたはそれを愛と呼ぶこともできる。なぜなら、愛という言葉は詩的で、美しく感じられるからだ。だが、99パーセントの人たちは自分のセックスを「愛」と呼んでいる。セックスは生物的なもの、生理機能だ。あなたの化学的な働き、あなたのホルモン――あらゆる物質的なものが、それに含まれている……。

 たった1パーセントの人たちが、もう少し深いものを知っている。詩人、画家、音楽家、舞踏家、歌手には感受性があり、肉体を超えたものを感じることができる。彼らは心の美しさ、ハートの繊細さを感じることができる。というのも、彼ら自身がその局面に生きているからだ。だが、音楽家、画家、詩人は異なる局面に生きている。彼は考えない、彼は感じる。そして自分のハートで生きているため、彼は他人のハートも感じることができる。それはふつう愛と呼ばれる。それはまれなものだ。たった1パーセント、めったにないものだ、と私は言う。

 どうして多くの人は第二の局面に移行しないのだろうか、それはこの上もなく美しいのに? だが、そこには問題がある――とても美しいものは、とても繊細でもある。それは金属製品ではない、それはとても壊れやすいガラスでできている。そして鏡が落ちて割れてしまうと、それを元通りにする方法はなにもない。人びとはあまりに深く巻き込まれて、愛のデリケートな層に到達するのを恐れている。なぜなら、その段階になると、愛はこの上もなく美しいが、同時に、この上もなく移ろいやすいからだ。感情は石ではない、それは薔薇の花のようだ……。

 詩人たちは、そして芸術家たちは、ほとんど毎日のように恋に落ちることで知られる。彼らの愛は薔薇の花のようだ。そこにあるとき、それはとてもかぐわしく、とても生き生きとして、風のなか、雨のなか、日光のなかでダンスし、その美しさを主張している。だが、夕方には、それは散ってしまい、あなたはなにをしようとそれを止めることができない。ハートの深い愛は、あなたの部屋に入ってきて、新鮮さと、涼しさをもちこみ、そして去っていくそよ風のようだ。あなたはその風を手でつかまえることはできない。瞬間から瞬間、変化しつづける生を生きる勇気をもっている人はほとんどいない。だから、彼らはあてにできるものと恋に落ちることを決めた。

 私はあなたがどちらの種類の愛を知っているのか知らない──おそらく最初のもの、もしかしたら二番目のもの。そしてあなたは、自分の存在にまで到達したら、自分の愛になにが起こるだろうと恐れている。間違いなく、それは去ってしまうだろう──だが、あなたはなにも失わない。新しい種類の愛が起こってくるだろう、たぶん百万人に一人しか起こらないような愛が。そのような愛だけが愛情深さと呼ばれる」

 Osho,  From Death to Deathlessness, #17 より抜粋

 

愛とその失敗だけが、あなたを内側へと投げ込むことができる

 「私は愛に賛成だ。私は一生、愛に好意的なことを教えてきた。その理由は奇妙だが、私は風変わりな人間だ。私はあなた方に愛を追求するようにと教えてきた。というのも、他人が地獄になるような、決定的な地点にまで至らないかぎり、あなたはけっして宗教的にはならないからだ。私は愛に賛成するのではない。私のすべての努力は宗教に向けられている。

 偽の宗教はあなたにできあいのやり方しか与えない、そして私はあなたに本物の体験を与えたい──私はそれを与えられない……私はあなたに道を示すことしかできない、それはどんなふうに起こるかを説明することしかできない。後は、みずから進んで、それを試してみるかどうかは、あなた次第というわけだ。愛が失敗していなければ、あなたは宗教にとって十分に大人になっていない。あなたはその年齢に達していない。あなたの年齢がいくつだろうと関係ない。六十歳かもしれない、七十歳かもしれないが、それは関係ない。愛が成功するかもしないと、まだ希望をもっているのなら、あなたはまだ未成年だ。だが、このことを全面的に理解したなら、それはものごとの本質に反している、実在はそのように働かないということを……。あなたはあなた、相手は相手だ。

 実在の体験を味わいたいなら、それは他者を通したものではない、それは自分のなかにじかに飛び込むことだ。それはあなたを通したもの、あなたのなかを通っていくものだ。そして愛とその失敗だけが、あなたを内側へと投げ込むことができる。ほかのなにもあなたを内側に投げ入れることができない。なぜなら、ほかのすべては愛よりもはるかに低いからだ。

 Osho,  From Unconsciousness to Consciousness, #27 より抜粋

 

自分を愛しなさい

「私たちはゴータマ仏陀のもっとも深遠な経文のひとつから始める。"自分を愛しなさい……"

 ちょうど反対のことがあなた方に教えられてきた、世界中のすべての伝統、すべての文明、すべての文化、すべての教会によって。彼らは言う、「他人を愛しなさい、自分を愛してはいけない」そして彼らの教えの背後には一定の狡猾な策略がある。

 愛は魂のための栄養だ。食べ物が肉体のためののものであるように、愛は魂のためのものだ。食べ物がなければ体が弱くなり、愛がなければ魂が弱くなる。そしてどんな国家も、どんな教会も、どんな既得権も、人びとが強い魂をもつことを望んだことはなかった。なぜなら、精神的なエネルギーをもった人はいずれ反逆的になるからだ。

 愛はあなたを反逆的、革命的にする。愛はあなたに空高く飛ぶ翼を与える。愛はあなたに洞察力を与えるので、だれもあなたをだまし、あなたを搾取し、あなたを抑圧することができない。そして聖職者と政治家はあなたの血がないと生き延びられない――彼らは搾取しないと生きていけない。すべての聖職者とすべての政治家は寄生虫だ。

 あなたを精神的に弱くするために、彼らは確実な方法、100パーセント保障された方法を見つけた。それはあなたに自分を愛さないようにと教えることだ。自分自身を愛することができなかったら、その人は他のだれも愛することはできない。この教えはとてもずる賢い。彼らは「他人を愛しなさい」と言う。というのも、自分を愛することができなかったら、あなたはまったく愛せなくなってしまう、ということを彼らは知っているからだ。だが、彼らは言いつづける、「他人を愛しなさい、人類を愛しなさい、神を愛しなさい、自然を愛しなさい、妻を愛しなさい、夫を愛しなさい、子どもたちを愛しなさい、両親を愛しなさい、でも、自分を愛してはいけない」――なぜなら、自分を愛することは、彼らによれば、利己的なことだからだ。

 
They condemn self-love as they condemn nothing else – and they have made their teaching look very logical. They say: "If you love yourself you will become an egoist, if you love yourself you will become narcissistic." It is not true. A man who loves himself finds that there is no ego in him. It is by loving others without loving yourself, trying to love others, that the ego arises. 
"The missionaries, the social reformers, the social servants, have the greatest egos in the world – naturally, because they think themselves to be superior human beings. They are not ordinary: ordinary people love themselves; they love others, they love great ideals, they love God. And all their love is false, because all their love is without any roots. A man who loves himself takes the first step towards real love." 
 
Osho, The Dhammapada: The Way of the Buddha, Vol. 5, Talk #5
 
Real Love Is Capable of Being Alone
"One can be in deep love and yet be alone. In fact, one can be alone only when one is in deep love. The depth of love creates an ocean around you, a deep ocean, and you become an island, utterly alone. Yes, the ocean goes on throwing its waves on your shore, but the more the ocean crashes with its waves on your shore, the more integrated you are, the more rooted, the more centered you are. Love has value only because it gives you aloneness. It gives you space enough to be on your own. 
 
"But you have an idea of love; that idea is creating trouble – not love itself, but the idea. The idea is that, in love, lovers disappear into each other, dissolve into each other. Yes, there are moments of dissolution – but this is the beauty of life and all that is existential: that when lovers dissolve into each other, the same are the moments when they become very conscious, very alert. That dissolution is not a kind of drunkenness, that dissolution is not unconscious. It brings great consciousness, it releases great awareness. On the one hand they are dissolved – on the other hand for the first time they see their utter beauty in being alone. The other defines them, their aloneness; they define the other. And they are grateful to each other. It is because of the other that they have been able to see their own selves; the other has become a mirror in which they are reflected. Lovers are mirrors to each other. Love makes you aware of your original face.
 
"Hence, it looks very contradictory, paradoxical, when stated in such a way: "Love brings aloneness." You were thinking all along that love brings togetherness. I am not saying that it does not bring togetherness, but unless you are alone you cannot be together. Who is going to be together? Two persons are needed to be together, two independent persons are needed to be together. A togetherness will be rich, infinitely rich, if both the persons are utterly independent. If they are dependent on each other, it is not a togetherness – it is a slavery, it is a bondage.
 
"If they are dependent on each other, clinging, possessive, if they don't allow each other to be alone, if they don't allow each other space enough to grow, they are enemies, not lovers; they are destructive to each other, they are not helping each other to find their souls, their beings. What kind of love is this? It may be just fear of being alone; hence they are clinging to each other. But real love knows no fear. Real love is capable of being alone, utterly alone, and out of that aloneness grows a togetherness."
 
Osho, The Dhammapada: The Way of the Buddha, Vol. 2, Talk #4
 
Love Needs no Reference
"Love needs no reference – that's the beauty of love and the freedom of love. Hate is a bondage. Hate is imprisonment – imposed by you upon yourself. And hate creates hate, hate provokes hate. If you hate somebody you are creating hate in that person's heart for yourself. And the whole world exists in hate, in destructiveness, in violence, in jealousy, in competitiveness. People are at each other's throats either in reality, actuality, in action, or at least in their minds; in their thoughts, everybody is murdering, killing. That's why we have created a hell out of this beautiful earth – which could have become a paradise. 
 
"Love, and the earth becomes a paradise again. And the immense beauty of love is that it has no reference. Love comes from you for no reason at all. It is your outpouring bliss, it is your sharing of your heart. It is the sharing of the song of your being. And sharing is so joyful – hence one shares. Sharing for sharing's sake, for no other motive. 
 
"But the love you have known in the past is not the love Buddha is talking about or I am talking about. Your love is nothing but the other side of hate. Hence, your love has reference: somebody has been beautiful to you yesterday, he was so nice that you feel great love for him. This is not love; this is the other side of hate – the reference proves it. Or somebody is going to be nice to you tomorrow: the way he smiled at you, the way he talked to you, the way he invited you to his house tomorrow – he is going to be loving to you. And great love arises. 
 
"This is not the love buddhas talk about. This is hate disguised as love – that's why your love can turn into hate any moment. Scratch a person just a little bit, and the love disappears and hate arises. It is not even skin-deep. Even so-called great lovers are continuously fighting, continuously at each other's throats – nagging, destructive. And people think this is love…
 
"Your love is not really love: it is its very opposite. It is hate disguised as love, camouflaged as love, parading as love. True love has no reference. It thinks not of the yesterdays, it thinks not of the tomorrows. True love is a spontaneous welling up of joy in you, and the sharing of it, and the showering of it – for no other reason, for no other motive, than just the joy of sharing it." 
 
Osho, The Dhammapada: The Way of the Buddha, Vol. 1, Talk #1
 
Love Basically Is a State of Being
"The real thing is not a relationship but a state; one is not in love but one is love. Whenever I talk about love remember this: I am talking about the state of love. Yes, relationship is perfectly good, but the relationship is going to be false if you have not attained to the state of love. Then the relationship is not only a pretension, it is a dangerous pretension, because it can go on befooling you; it can go on giving you the sense that you know what love is, and you don't know. Love basically is a state of being; one is not in love, one is love. 
 
"And that love arises not by falling in love with somebody. That love arises by going in – not by falling but by rising, soaring upwards, higher than you. It is a kind of surpassing. A man is love when his being is silent; it is the song of silence. A buddha is love, a Jesus is love – not in love with a particular person, but simply love. Their very climate is love. It is not addressed to anybody in particular, it is spreading in all directions. Whosoever comes close to a buddha will feel it, will be showered by it, will be bathed in it. And it is unconditionally so. 
 
"Love makes no conditions, no ifs, no buts. Love never says, "Fulfill these requirements, then I will love you." Love is like breathing: when it happens you are simply love. It does not matter who comes close to you, the sinner or the saint. Whosoever comes close to you starts feeling the vibe of love, is rejoiced. Love is unconditional giving – but only those are capable of giving who have." 
 
Osho, The Guest, Talk #5
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The First Ripple of Love Has to Be Around Yourself
"The healthy love of oneself is a great religious value. The person who does not love himself will not be able to love anybody else, ever. The first ripple of love has to rise in your heart. If it has not risen for yourself it cannot rise for anybody else, because everybody else is farther away from you. 
 
"It is like throwing a stone in the silent lake – the first ripples will arise around the stone and then they will go on spreading to the further shores. The first ripple of love has to be around yourself. One has to love one's body, one has to love one's soul, one has to love one's totality. 
 
"And this is natural; otherwise you would not be able to survive at all. And it is beautiful because it beautifies you. The person who loves himself becomes graceful, elegant. The person who loves himself is bound to become more silent, more meditative more prayerful than the person who does not love himself. 
 
"If you don't love your house you will not clean it; if you don't love your house you will not paint it; if you don't love you will not surround it with a beautiful garden with a lotus pond. If you love yourself you will create a garden around yourself. You will try to grow your potential, you will try to bring out all that is in you to be expressed. If you love, you will go on showering yourself, you will go on nourishing yourself. 
 
"And if you love yourself you will be surprised: others will love you. Nobody loves a person who does not love himself. If you cannot even love yourself, who else is going to take the trouble? And the person who does not love himself cannot remain neutral. Remember, in life there is no neutrality." 
 
Osho, The Secret, Talk #18
 
Relationship Destroys Love
"Relationship is a structure, and love is unstructured. So love relates, certainly, but never becomes a relationship. Love is a moment-to-moment process. Remember it. Love is a state of your being, not a relationship. There are loving people and there are unloving people. Unloving people pretend to be loving through the relationship. Loving people need not have any relationship – love is enough. 
 
"Be a loving person rather than in a love relationship – because relationships happen one day and disappear another day. They are flowers; in the morning they bloom, by the evening they are gone. 
 
"You be a loving person. 
 
"But people find it very difficult to be a loving person, so they create a relationship – and befool that way that "Now I am a loving person because I am in a relationship." And the relationship may be just one of monopoly, possessiveness, exclusiveness. 
 
"Relationship may be just out of fear, may not have anything to do with love. Relationship may be just a kind of security – financial or something else. The relationship is needed only because love is not there. Relationship is a substitute. 
 
"Become alert! Relationship destroys love, destroys the very possibility of its birth." 
 
Osho, Walk Without Feet, Fly Without Wings and Think Without Mind, Talk #8
 
Without Love, Life Has no Poetry in it
"A greater fear than death grips you whenever you are in love. That's why love has disappeared from the world. Rarely, very rarely does the phenomenon happen that love descends. What you call love is just a false coin: you have invented it because it is so difficult to live without love. It is difficult because without love, life carries no meaning; it is meaningless. Without love, life has no poetry in it. Without love, the tree exists but never flowers. Without love, you cannot dance, you cannot celebrate, you cannot feel grateful, you cannot pray. Without love, temples are just ordinary houses; with love an ordinary house is transformed, transfigured into a temple. Without love you remain just possibilities – empty gestures. With love, for the first time you become substantial. With love, for the first time, the soul arises in you. The ego drops but the soul arises... 
 
"Moving towards love is moving towards an abyss. One starts wavering, one feels dizzy. Go to a height in the Himalayas and look down at the valley; that valley is no-thing. When you look down at the valley of love, a tremendous fear grips you. You are almost paralyzed: you cannot run away, you cannot take the jump. You simply tremble in infinite fear. What to do? Going back is not possible because love attracts: love calls your depth, love calls your future, love calls your potentiality; love gives you a glimpse of what you can be. You cannot run away from it, and you cannot jump because the cost is too high. You will have to drop yourself – all that you have been thinking yourself to be – the image, the past, the identity. 
 
"But I tell you, the cost only seems to be too much before the jump. Once you take the jump…then you will know that whatsoever you have given up is nothing, and what you have attained is infinitely valuable. Let me tell you a paradox: love demands that you drop that which you don't have, and love offers you that which you already have. Love wants you to get rid of that which you don't have."
 
Osho, Come Follow to You, Vol. 4, Talk #6
 
Love Is a Door
"If there is passion in love, then love will become hell. If there is attachment in love, then love will be a prison. If love is passionless it will become heaven. If love is without attachment then love itself is the divine. 
 
"Love has both possibilities. You can have passion and attachment in love: then it is as if you have tied a stone around the neck of the bird of love so that it cannot fly. Or as if you have put the bird of love in a golden cage. However precious the cage may be – it may be studded with diamonds and jewels – a cage is still a cage and it will destroy the bird's capacity to fly. 
 
"When you remove passion and attachment from love, when your love is pure, innocent, formless, when you give in love and don't demand, when love is only a giving, when love is an emperor, not a beggar; when you are happy because someone has accepted your love and you don't trade love, you ask nothing in return, then you are liberating this bird of love into the open sky. Then you are strengthening its wings. Then this bird can set out on the journey to the infinite. 
 
"Love has made people fall and love has made people rise high. It all depends on what you have done with love. Love is a very mysterious phenomenon. It is a door – on one side is suffering, on the other side is bliss; on one side is hell, on the other side is heaven; on one side is sansara, the wheel of life and death, on the other side is liberation. Love is a door. 
 
"If you have only known a love full of passion and attachment, then when Jesus says, "God is love," you will not be able to understand it. When Sahajo starts singing songs of love you will become very uneasy: "This makes no sense! I have also loved but I got back only misery. In the name of love I reaped only a crop of thorns, no flowers ever blossomed for me." The other love will seem to be imaginary. The love which becomes devotion, which becomes prayer, which becomes liberation, will look like just a play of words. 
 
"You have also known love – but whenever you knew love you knew only a love full of passion and attachment. Your love was not really love. Your love was only a curtain to hide the passion, attachment and sex. On the outside you called it love, inside it was something else. What did you long for when you were in love with a woman or a man? – your longing was sexual and love was only the outside decoration.
 
Osho, Showering without Clouds,  Talk #2
 
The World will Drop Wars Only when Love Enters into the World Again
 
"The society does not allow love because if a person is really in deep love he cannot be manipulated. You cannot send him to war; he will say: I am so happy! Where are you sending me? And why should I go and kill strangers who may be happy in their home? And we have no conflict, no clash of interests…
 
"If the young generation. moves deeper and deeper in love, wars will disappear because you will not be able to find enough mad people to go to the war. If you love, you have tasted something of life; you would not like death and killing people. When you don't love you have not tasted something of life; you love death. 
 
"Fear kills, wants to kill. Fear is destructive, love is a creative energy. When you love you would like to create – you may like to sing a song, or paint, or create poetry, but you would not take a bayonet, or an atom bomb, and go rushing off madly to kill people who are absolutely unknown to you, who have done nothing; who are as unknown to you as you are unknown to them. 
 
"The world will drop wars only when love enters into the world again. Politicians don't want you to love, the society does not want you to love, the family doesn't allow you to love: they all want to control your love energy because that is the only energy there is. That's why there is fear. 
 
"If you understand me well drop all fears and love more and love unconditionally – and don't think that you are doing something for the other when you love, you are doing something for yourself. When you love it is beneficial to you. So don't wait; don't say that when others love, you will love – that is not the point at all. 
 
"Be selfish. Love is selfish. Love people – you will be fulfilled through it, you will be getting more and more blessedness through it. 
 
"And when love goes deeper fear disappears; love is the light, fear is darkness." 
 
Osho, Talking Tao, Talk #2
 
Love Is the Only Meaning
 "Really, when you fall in love you throw your reason completely. That is why we say man "falls" in love. Falls from where? Falls from the head down into the heart. We use this term of condemnation, "falling in love," because the head, the reason, cannot look at it without condemning it. It is a fall. Is love really a fall or a rising? Do you become more with it or do you become less? Do you expand or do you shrink? With love you become more! Your consciousness is more, your feeling is more; your ecstatic sensation is more, your sensitivity is more. You are more alive, but one thing is less: reasoning is less. You cannot reason it out; it is blind. As far as reason is concerned it is blind. The heart has its own reason – that is another thing – and the heart has its own eyes, but that is another thing. The eyes of reason are not there, so reason says it is a fall; you have fallen. 
"Unless the heart center starts functioning again man will not be capable of love, and the whole misery of modern life is because unless he loves he cannot feel any meaning in his life. Life looks meaningless. Love gives it meaning; love is the only meaning. Unless you are capable of love you will be meaningless, and you will feel that you are existing without any meaning, futilely, and suicide will become attractive. Then you will like to kill yourself, to finish with yourself, to end, because what is the use of existing? 
 
"Mere existing cannot be tolerated. Existence must have a meaning; otherwise, what is the use? Why go on prolonging yourself unnecessarily? Why go on repeating the same pattern every day? Getting out of the bed and doing the same thing, and again falling asleep and the next day the same pattern: why? 
 
"You have done it so far, and what has happened? And you will do it unless death comes and relieves of you of your body. So what is the use? Love gives meaning. It is not that through love any result comes into being or any goal – no! Through love every moment becomes of value in itself. Then you never ask this. If someone asks what is the meaning of life, know well that love is lacking. Whenever someone asks what is the meaning of life, he is asking because he has not been able to flower in a love experience. Whenever someone is in love, he never asks what is the meaning of life. He knows the meaning; there is no need to ask. He knows the meaning! The meaning is there: love is the meaning in life."
 
Osho, The Book of Secrets,  Talk #44
 
A Man Who Is Filled With Love Is in Heaven
"Without love a man stands alone, separated from the core of existence. Without love everyone is a lone entity, lacking any connection with others of his kind. Today, man finds himself totally alone. We are all shut off from each other, trapped within ourselves. This is like being in the grave. Even though he is alive, man is a corpse.
 
"Do you see the truth in what I am saying? Are you alive? Do you feel the flow of love in your veins? If you do not feel that flow, if the throbbing of love in your heart has ceased, then you should understand well that you are not really alive at all. 
 
"Once I was on a journey and someone asked me which word in a man's vocabulary was the most valuable. My reply was,Love. The man was surprised. He said he had expected me to answer  soul or  God. I laughed and said "Love  is God." 
 
"Rising on the ray of love one can enter the enlightened kingdom of God. It is better to say that love is God than to say that truth is God, because the harmony, the beauty, the vitality and the bliss that are part of love are not part of truth. Truth is to be known; love is to be felt as well as known. The growth and perfection of love lead to the ultimate merger with God. 
 
"The greatest poverty of all is the absence of love. The man who has not developed the capacity to love lives in a private hell of his own. A man who is filled with love is in heaven. You can look at man as a wonderful and unique plant, a plant that is capable of producing both nectar and poison. If a man lives by hate he reaps a harvest of poison; if he lives by love he gathers blossoms laden with nectar."
 
Osho, The Long, the Short and the All,  Talk #6
 
To Love and to Need Love are Two Different Things
"Fill your life with love. But you will say, "We always love." And I tell you, you rarely love. You might be longing for love…and there is a vast difference between the two. To love and to need love are two very different things. Most of us remain like children all our lives because everyone is looking for love. To love is a very mysterious thing; to long for love is a very childish thing. Small children want love; when the mother gives them love they grow. They want love from others also and the family loves them. Then when they grow older, if they are husbands they want love from their wives, if they are wives they want love from their husbands.
 
"And whoever wants love suffers because love cannot be asked for, love can only be given. In wanting there is no certainty that you will get it. And if the person from whom you expect love also expects love from you, it is a problem. It will be like two beggars meeting and begging together. All over the world there are marital problems between husbands and wives, and the only reason for this is that both expect love from each other but are unable to give love.
 
"Think about this a little – your constant need for love. You want someone to love you, and if someone loves you you feel good. But what you don't know is that the other loves you only because he wants you to love him. It is just like someone throwing bait to fish: he does not throw it for the fish to eat, he throws it to catch the fish. He does not want to give it to the fish, he only does it because he wants the fish. All the people that you see in love around you are only throwing bait to get love. They will throw the bait for a while, until the other person starts feeling that there is a possibility of getting love from this person. Then he too will start showing some love until eventually they realize that both of them are beggars. They have made a mistake: each had thought the other was an emperor. And in time each one realizes that he is not getting any love from the other, and that's when the friction starts." 
 
Osho, The Path of Meditation,  Talk #3