What is love?

BAHÁ'Í INSPIRED

The quotes

"Love is the breath of the Holy Spirit in the heart of Man."

‘Abdu’l- Bahá

"Love is unlimited, boundless, infinite!"

‘Abdu’l- Bahá

"Love is My standard."

Bahá’u’lláh

"Love is difficult; it is hard to love, hard to be loved."

The Seven Valleys

“…Love is crazy and blind…”

The Seven Valleys

"Love is impossible unless one turn his face towards God and be attracted to His Beauty."

‘Abdu’l- Bahá

"Love is the mystery of divine revelations! Love is the effulgent manifestation! Love is the spiritual fulfillment! Love is the breath of the Holy Spirit inspired into the human spirit! Love is the cause of the manifestation of the Truth (God) in the phenomenal world! Love is the necessary tie proceeding from the realities of things through divine creation! Love is the means of the most great happiness in both the material and spiritual worlds! Love is a light of guidance in the dark night! Love is the bond between the Creator and the creature in the inner world! Love is the cause of development to every enlightened man! Love is the greatest law in this vast universe of God! Love is the one law which causeth and controleth order among the existing atoms! Love is the universal magnetic power between the planets and stars shining in the loft firmament! Love is the cause of unfoldment to a searching mind, of the secrets deposited in the universe by the Infinite! Love is the spirit of life in the bountiful body of the world! Love is the cause of the civilization of nations in this mortal world! Love is the highest honor to every righteous nation!"

‘Abdu’l- Bahá

"Love is the fundamental principle of God's purpose for man, and He has commanded us to love each other even as He loves us."

‘Abdu’l- Bahá

Quotes from the "Seven Valleys"

"To merit the madness of love, man must abound in sanity…"

"Sweeter than honey is his venom on the lover’s lips…"

"Love setteth a world aflame at every turn, and he wasteth every land where he carrieth his banner."

"Love’s a stranger to earth and heaven too; In him are lunacies seventy-and-two."

"The steed of this Valley is pain; and if there be no pain this journey will never end."

The Seven Valleys - The Valley of Love

Munirih Khanum wrote about her companionship with her husband, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá:

‘If I were to write the details of the fifty years of my association with the Beloved of the world, of His love, His mercy and bounty, I would need fifty years more of time and opportunity in order to write it; yet, if the seas of the world were turned into ink and the leaves of the forest into paper, I would not render adequate justice to the subject.’ 

(Honnold, Annamarie, Vignettes from the Life of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, p. 103)