Love through the lens of Ayurveda sees the unique interplay of energies between two people and looks at what lies at the heart of the complex interactions we have with ourselves and others. Ayurveda sees love as a dance between the Doshas, our elemental qualities expressing themselves. If you pay close attention, you'll notice that each of these characteristics (hot, cold, heavy, light, dry, smooth, oily, sharp) shows up in our mental, physical, and emotional expressions of everything...including love.
In this modern age of Whatsapp's and emails, it's rare that we sit and reflect on the relationships we have in our lives, the way people used to do in love letters. This Valentine’s Day, we think it’s time to honour that unique expression of energy you’ve created with your loved ones, near or far. Add a Mauli Love Letter when you treat yourself or add to your gift and get inspired with our favourite love letters of all time below.
1. FROM FRIDA KAHLO TO HER HUSBAND DIEGO RIVERA
‘I ask you for violence, in the nonsense, and you, you give me grace, your light and your warmth. I’d like to paint you, but there are no colours, because there are so many, in my confusion, the tangible form of my great love.’
2. FROM JIMI HENDRIX TO A GIRLFRIEND HE CALLED “LITTLE GIRL”
happiness is within you….so unlock the chains from your heart and let yourself grow—
like the sweet flower you are…..
I know the answer—
Just spread your wings and set yourself
Love to you forever
‘I just miss you, in a quite simple desperate human way.’
4. RICHARD BURTON TO ELIZABETH TAYLOR, WRITTEN AFTER THEIR FIRST DIVORCE
‘You're off, by God! I can barely believe it since I am so unaccustomed to anybody leaving me. But reflectively I wonder why nobody did so before. All I care about–honest to God — is that you are happy and I don't much care who you'll find happiness with. I mean as long as he's a friendly bloke and treats you nice and kind. If he doesn't I'll come at him with a hammer and clinker. God's eye may be on the sparrow but my eye will always be on you. Never forget your strange virtues. Never forget that underneath that veneer of raucous language is a remarkable and puritanical LADY … Try and look after yourself. Much love.
‘Dear Best Friend,
I think you deserve the world.
You’re the person that someone can only live without, if they’ve never lived with them before.
I want you to know, I often find my own self wondering what I did to deserve you.’
6. RUPI KAUR TO HERSELF IN HER BOOK HOMEBODY
‘there are miracles in me
waiting their turn to happen
i am never giving up on myself’
7. NAPOLEON BONAPARTE TO JOSEPHONE DE BEAUHARNAIS
‘The charms of the incomparable Josephine kindle continually a burning and a glowing flame in my heart…. I thought that I loved you months ago, but since my separation from you I feel that I love you a thousand fold more. Each day since I knew you, have I adored you more and more.
8. SIMONE DE BEAUVOIR TO NELSON ALGREN
‘You gave me so much, Nelson, what you gave me meant so much, that you could never take it back. And then your tenderness and friendship were so precious to me that I can still feel warm and happy and harshly grateful when I look at you inside me. I do hope this tenderness and friendship will never, never desert me. As for me, it is baffling to say so and I feel ashamed, but it is the only true truth: I just love as much as I did when I landed into your disappointed arms, that means with my whole self and all my dirty heart; I cannot do less.’