Most of the saints and sages of the past are mostly social reformers, thus they are more concerned with the humanism rather than the truth. Their contribution is very valuable to live in the practical world. Thus humanism is part and parcel of the universe, which is mere illusion.
People think love is the means to self-realization but they are unaware of the fact that, love and hate are made of the same stuff. Love is not the means of self –realization. Love is very much necessary in practical life within the practical world. Love implies duality. Whatever is of duality is a falsehood. Thus love is a reality within the falsehood. Lover and love cease to exist in reality because the experience of duality is not reality. The experience of practical life within the practical world is a reality within the waking experience but the waking experience itself is merely an illusion created out of consciousness. Thus lover and love are one in essence. Thus, the path of love is religious path because religion is the path of individuality or duality.
Love implies duality. Without the lover, there is no love. Wherever there is duality there is ignorance. Wherever there is ignorance the illusion is experienced as reality. Thus the lover and the love are part of the illusion.
In reality, love and lover are one in essence. That essence is consciousness. The consciousness or Soul is the Self. The Soul, the Self is God. Call it Self, God, Christ, Brahman, inner Buddha or Emptiness or Nothingness or the Spirit it is all the same.
When one becomes aware of the ultimate truth as a person of the world he sees that the Self or God [consciousness] pervades in everything everywhere in all the three states. Thus it is necessary to realize the Self or God or Buddha or Christ is the lover and love together.
Thus our conditioned love conditioned by physicality will not be able to recognize unconditional love the Soul, the Self.
The love within the physical existence (practical world) is very valuable in practical life. Great master Paramahansa Yogananda and many other sages in the past prescribed unconditional love to the humanity. And unconditional love is a very valuable tool for the humanity which is immersed in practical life and practical world. We have to respect every sage for their service contribution to the humankind.
The path of love, the path of humanity are limited to the practical life within the practical world. Path of love and path of humanity are the best tool to serve the human kind within the practical life within the practical world.
Gnani loves humanity in the practical world but inwardly he is fully aware of the truth that the practical life within the practical world is merely an illusion from ultimate standpoint.
Thus, the path of love should not be mixed with the path of wisdom because the path of love is based on the duality and path of wisdom is based on nonduality.
The humanism is limited to practical life within the practical world. The path of love is the path for humanity therefore, it is an individualized path. Thus the path of love is limited to the physical structure, it cannot transport one to the ultimate end. Thus seeker has to understand the fact that the practical life and practical world are part of the mirage from the ultimate standpoint. :~Santthosh Kumaar