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CC Ādi 4.164

Text

kāma, prema, — doṅhākāra vibhinna lakṣaṇa
lauha āra hema yaiche svarūpe vilakṣaṇa

Synonyms

kāma — lust; prema — love; doṅhākāra — of the two; vibhinna — separate; lakṣaṇa — symptoms; lauha — iron; āra — and; hema — gold; yaiche — just as; svarūpe — in nature; vilakṣaṇa — different.

Translation

Lust and love have different characteristics, just as iron and gold have different natures.

Purport

One should try to discriminate between sexual love and pure love, for they belong to different categories, with a gulf of difference between them. They are as different from one another as iron is from gold.