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Thoughts and Quotes on Love on Valentine's Day - Also Remembering Other Celebrations of Love Such As Vat-Savitri Pooja

Vanita Thakkar is an accomplished singer-composer-poetess-author; a performer since childhood; teaches music; is life-long student of music.

Love is the most sweet-sounding word and the ever-sought, ever-longed emotion.

Ironically, love is also most widely, most badly and most unfortunately misunderstood, misinterpreted and misused word / emotion.

Love is the Essence of Existence, far beyond all the words and thoughts that express it, like the waves dancing on the shores singing the glory of the vast, unfathomable ocean and the fragrance of flowers silently humming melodies of its divine beauty.

- Vanita Thakkar (11-02-2022)

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Valentine's Day ....

Valentine's Day is celebrated on 14th January every year, as a celebration of love in life.

Now a days, a week long celebrations are organized, with different days, like Rose Day, Chocolate Day, Hug Day and so on being celebrated on the seven days preceding Valentine's Day.

In the early 1990s, I had not seen such celebrations take place. However, celebrating Valentine's Day is very popular these days, especially among collegians.

With hopes and wishes that Valentine's Day celebrations spread love, peace, harmony and joy everywhere, here are some thoughts and quotes on Love ....

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Thoughts on Love From My Old Diary ....

Some say love binds; some say love frees. I feel it does both.

Love is that bond which a person accepts with his own free will. At the same time, it is that freedom which binds the person with its responsibilities.

Two atoms of hydrogen form a bond with an oxygen atom to give rise to a life-giving water molecule. Two oxygen atoms together form an oxygen molecule. Viewing microscopically, the three atoms in a water molecule and the two atoms in an oxygen molecule do have their free identity, each giving its own significant contribution, but they act as one unit. Their closeness as well as the empty spaces between them are equally important. So it is with Love. Love is that force which keeps two individuals together like two atoms of a bond.


- Vanita Thakkar

(Written sometime in 1990-91)

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Khalil Gibran on Love in The Prophet ....

In The Prophet, Khalil Gibran's thoughts on Love speak volumes about the freedom and strength, the ignorance and associated sufferings, the obstacles and challenges and surrender in Love ....

Reading these passages is indeed a great joy !!

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Unconditional Love ....

We often hear people talk about unconditional love - glorifying unconditional love. Parents' love for their children and Guru’s love for his disciples come closest to unconditional love.

Conditional or unconditional, Love involves valuing the best interests of the loved one, beyond and above one’s own petty selfishness.

Love is love is love .... it can neither be imposed, nor be demanded.

Expecting (or silently demanding) "unconditional" love in itself is an expectation, a condition, where neither "unconditional" nor "love" remains.

Where there is love, understanding and care make conditions manageable / joyous. The acceptance that love arouses, defeats complains and gives strength.

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The Eternal Love of Shiva-Paaravati, Sita-Raama, Raadhaa-Krishna, Savitri-Satyavaan ....

Thinking or speaking of Love naturally reminds of the divine and inspiring relationships of Lord Shiva and Maa Paaravati, Shree Raama and Maa Sita (pronounced as Seetaa), Shree Krishna and his divine consort - Shree Raadhaaji, Sati Savitri and her husband, Satyavaan ....

These are all divine couples, whose relationships symbolize pure love, full of mutual respect, trust and commitment. In Hindu traditions, there are many festivals that celebrate their relationships and the human values these relationships nurtured, such as -

  • The Gauri Vrat and Jayaa Paarvati Vrat, the Hari Taalika Vrat and many other such festivals / ceremonies to celebrate the love of Shiva-Paarvati.
  • Holi, Sharad Poornima and other such festivals / ceremonies to celebrate the love of Raadhaa-Krishna.
  • Dussehra and other such festivals / ceremonies to celebrate the love of Sitaa-Raama.
  • The Vat-Saavitri Vrat to celebrate the love of Saavitri and Satyavaan.

I have written about some of these festivals like the Gauri Vrat, Jayaa Paarvati Vrat, Holi, Dussehra and so on, in some of my articles on Hub Pages. Today, here is a glimpse of the Vat-Saavitri Vrat ....

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Vat-Savitri Vrat - Celebration of Savitir's Love For His Husband Satyavaan ....

Savitri, the daughter of King Ashwapati and wife of Satyavaan had brought her dead husband back to life from Yama, the Lord of Death through her love, devotion, determination and intelligence.

To this day, Hindu ladies worship her every year on the Vat-Savitri Vrat, on the Poornimaa (full moon day), in the month of Jyeshthha, which falls in the month of May-June in the Gregorian calendar, to celebrate her love and her victory over death.

Satyavaan had lost life and he came back alive below a banyan tree, which is called the Vat Tree in Sanskrit. So, the festival is called Vat-Savitri Vrat, during which the worship is carried out either below a banyan tree or before a sapling of the banyan tree.

Savitri, the daughter of King Ashwapati and wife of Satyavaan wins over the her husband's life from Yama, the Lord of Death through her love, devotion, determination and intelligence. To this day, Hindu ladies worship her on Vat-Savitri Vrat ....

Savitri, the daughter of King Ashwapati and wife of Satyavaan wins over the her husband's life from Yama, the Lord of Death through her love, devotion, determination and intelligence. To this day, Hindu ladies worship her on Vat-Savitri Vrat ....

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© 2022 Vanita Thakkar

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