Can We Create Love Chemically?
Every emotion that you go through has a certain chemistry behind it. Whether you become joyous or sad, tense or calm, your chemistry is happening in different ways. It works in both directions – an emotion can change your chemistry, and changing your chemistry can change your emotion. For different states of experience that we go through, our chemistry naturally goes through certain changes.
Or, because our chemistry is going through changes, we go through different levels of experience. For example, if you get excited, your blood will move faster and your heart will pump faster. But if your heart starts pumping faster, you will also get excited unnecessarily. Both are true.
那么，我们可以借助生物化学方法生成爱吗？假设， 我能改变自身的化学反应，我能变得爱吗？是的，这就是借助所谓的sadhana——瑜伽练习。奉爱瑜伽（Bhakti yoga)与其他瑜伽形式（哈他瑜伽Hatha yoga及奎亚瑜伽Kriya yoga)的差异在于：练习哈他和奎亚瑜伽，是通过改变你内在的能量来改变你的生化反应，从而改变你的内在性情或情境体验；练习奉爱瑜伽，则是通过练习“作为爱”来改变你的性情，从而使你的生化反应变成爱。
Hallucinatory drugs have been produced on this very basis. Treatment for psychiatric problems also works this way. When someone is very agitated, they give him a drug – a tranquilizer – and he becomes calm. These drugs somehow bring down the tension chemically. Any drug-taking is manipulation on the level of your chemistry. Whatever the experience is, there is a supporting chemistry. Whatever is the chemistry, for that there is a resultant experience.
Can we create love chemically? Suppose if I change my chemistry, can I become love? Yes, that is what we do in Yoga in terms of sadhana or practices. The difference between bhakti yoga and whatever other forms of yoga – especially hatha yoga and kriya yoga – is just this: with kriya yoga and hatha yoga, you are trying to change your inner energies in order to change the chemistry, so that your inner quality or your experience will change. With bhakti yoga, you are trying to change the quality by being loving, so that someday your chemistry becomes love.
Without a proper chemistry, any amount of trying to become something will not lead you anywhere. No matter how much you say, “I want to be peaceful, I want to be peaceful,” if your chemistry is agitation, no matter how much you try, you will not settle down into peace. It is impossible. With pranayam, asanas and meditation we are changing the chemistry. This must be understood that with meditation, we are not trying to become peaceful. We are changing the chemistry into that kind of chemistry where peace will be the natural way of being.
What it means is, if with proper practices you change your chemistry into peace – a kind of chemistry that will make a person joyous – then your natural state will become like that. Another way to do this is, by creating an object of love, maybe a God, a Guru or some other object for which you have tremendous feeling, if you create tremendous amount of love towards that, then also your chemistry will change. Both ways are true.
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