Men learned in the field of humanities are of the view that Love is of four kinds:
- Love resulting from the imagination
- Love resulting from the perception of external objects
- Love acquired by continual habit
- Love resulting from unconditional belief
Love which is felt for things and which proceeds entirely from ideas, is called love resulting from imagination, as for instance the love which eggs out the seductive thoughts such as embracing, kissing, etc. This kind of love is usually based on attraction towards the opposite sex. This kind of love is found mostly impermanent.
The love resulting from the perception of external objects is quite evident and well known to the modern world because the pleasure which it affords is superior, but it may not provide happiness and thus so many divorces after marriage. This kind of love is based only upon fulfilling materialistic needs by depending on others; the partners are beggars of love in this category where they keep the accounts of give and take. This kind of love is superficial.
Love resulting from the contact and continual performance of some act is called love acquired by constant practice and habit by both the partners, as for instance the love of hunting, the love of singing, the love of teaching, the love of gambling, the love of painting, etc. This kind of love is the union of two bodies in one soul.
The love which is mutual from both the sides, and proved to be true, when each looks upon the other as his or her very own, they are givers of love without any conditions applied on the other. This kind of love is the supreme love by which the partners have same synchronization power for each other where the partner says, ‘I may not be with you, but I still love you’. This kind of love has a divine grace within it.