The epic of Mahabharata aids to emancipate people from various difficulties in life. The knowledge imparted to Arjuna through Krishna’s words still remains applicable in our daily lives. Bhagavad Gita communicates knowledge on a wide range of subjects like truth, love, marriage, karma, life, death, and so forth. The eternal love of thousands of Gopinis and followers alike, Krishna has imparted crucial knowledge about love in Bhagavad Gita.

Lord Krishna Quotes on Love

Lord Krishna is the lord of compassion, love, and tenderness. Krishna is admired for his playful acts and love towards Radha. Radha is his one true love and the love they share is immortal and eternal. Even though Krishna never married Radha, they are worshipped as the divine couple. The two names of Radha-Krishna can never be separated from one another.

Radha Krishna Love

Wondering what Bhagavad Gita says about love? Below is the collection of Quotes by Lord Krishna on Love, taken from Bhagavad Gita.

1. Love Wins All

Good souls have been preaching for ages, “love is key to all doors”. Even Krishna has adhered to this belief in Bhagavad Gita; he quotes, “The only way you can conquer me is through Love and there I am gladly conquered”. We make enemies from emotions like hate, anger, vengeance, and such feelings.  We can win people to our sides by spreading love and losing such emotion. The need to be loved is omnipresent in every sentiment being and to gain their trust we need to love them.

2. Love Yourself and Love Everyone

The key to inner peace is self-awareness, it starts to arise in a person after he compassionately loves himself and everyone around him. The purest form of love has a quality of liberation, it helps one liberate from materialistic and emotional needs. Krishna desired to make people around himself conscious, he called upon people to love him with the aim of turning them self-aware, and void of emotional as well as materialistic need. Various epics and teachings also claim roots to unhappiness stem from worldly emotional and materialistic. In epic Mahabharata, Krishna with his divine love said, “What ineffable joy does one find through Love of me, the blissful Atman. Once that joy is realized, all earthly pleasures fade into nothingness.”

3. Focus on Love, Compassion, and Devotion

In Mahabharata, Lord Krishna says, “Do everything you have to do, but not with greed, not with ego, not with lust, not with envy but with Love, compassion, humility, and devotion”. Greed, ego, lust, and envy are a negative emotion, it leads to arousal of dismay from people. However, if we focus on greed while performing an act, we will devoid ourselves from the original purpose of our work and hamper whole work. Ego makes one feel superior and it closes the mind to brilliant strategies or ideas of coworkers and restricts social bond. While compassion brings you close to people, helps you listen to others soul. Lust and envy arouse strong emotions leading to loss of senses. Instead, a person should carry humility and be humble to coworkers, friends, and family, for inner peace and good. Devotion is required in any activity because one needs to be devoted wholeheartedly to succeed. Aforementioned, positive qualities only blossom when learns to love.

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4. Be Generous

Giving is a quality, we all need to possess, and the act of giving enables us to have a broader prospect towards life. It allows us to see beyond our lives, wishes, difficulties and increases a need to help others. Through giving, we give love and receive love from others. However, one should give without expecting a return and to display superiority. Krishna conveys the same in Bhagavad Gita through this line, “I regard as great even the smallest gift offered by my devotees in pure love, but even great offerings presented by non-devotees do not please me”.

5. Love Without Expectations

It is quoted, “Love should set another person in love with us free”. Love isn’t a contractual relationship of compromise, one should not involve in giving and take relationship because it is destined to fail. True love is free from expectation, anger, and any other emotion, it involves an only act of giving, void of any expectation or null feeling. Krishna taught us the same in Mahabharata, he quoted, “He who has no attachments can really love others, for his love is pure and divine.

6. Pure Love

Pure Love - Krishna

Our thinking capability is second to very fewer beings which exist on Earth today. Our human intellect allows us to think and love beyond the capacity of other sentient beings. Our consciousness helps us judge right and wrong and love unconditionally, forgive, carry empathy, and so forth; our evolutionary development allows us to love and become enlightened like none. Thus, Krishna spoke these words in Mahabharata, “Blessed is a human birth, even the dwellers in heaven desire this birth, for true knowledge and pure love may be attained only by a human being”.

7. Love is the Key

Krishna Quoted, “I, the atman, dear to the devotees, am attainable by Love and devotion”. One can comprehend various meaning from the above phrase but Krishna suggests, enlightenment can be achieved only after one loves unconditionally and devotes himself to a higher being. He refers to atman as enlightenment in this particular instant. In order to be devoted to working, god, or anything else one needs to learn to love the particular entity. Thus, love is key to devotion through which one can achieve a higher state of consciousness.

8. Love for Divine

In the epic, Krishna claims, one can go beyond their being and become one with the universe. It is only subsequent after one serves him through devotion with unwavering faith. He further states, one’s sin is nullified and he moves beyond the three Gunas through submission full of love to him. He elaborates it through the following words, “By serving me with steadfast Love, a man or woman goes beyond the Gunas. Such a one is fit for union with Brahman”.

9. Love in an Action

There are three Gunas Sattvik, Rajasvik and Tamasik, among them Sattvik is considered the most preferable. An action is said to have Sattvic value only if it is void of love or hate and expectation. Krishna chose the following words to describe Sattvik action, “An action which is ordained, which is free from attachment, which is done without love or hatred by one who is not desirous of any reward—that action is declared to be Sattvik”.

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10. Love is the Ultimate

But of all, I could name, verily love is the highest. Love & devotion that make one forgetful of everything else, Love that unites the lover with me

We know love is key to the union, it is force uniting the world itself. Krishna states love is the highest emotion one can possess. He states, love transcends everything in the universe and to reach him, one needs to love. Love is such a powerful emotion which helps make a truce with enemy, forgive others, and keeps away from negative. Krishna stated, ”But of all, I could name, verily love is the highest. Love & devotion that make one forgetful of everything else, Love that unites the lover with me”.

(Last Updated On: December 27, 2019)
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August 20, 2019 10:18 pm


Thanks for this beautiful article. Could you name the chapters and verses that you’re quoting here? I want to look at the Shlokas 🙂

Thanks! Ulrike