Love without attachment, does it seems contradictory. If I say I love my girlfriend (even though now I don’t have any :) ), it obviously means I am attached to her. It is so obvious. Same case happens with other things too. Loving wife, children, parents, job etc makes you attached to all those beings and things. Generally we think that attachment is a second side of love and it is natural. Up to certain extent I am very much agreeing to this that attachment which comes with love is natural with your loved ones, favorite things, situations.
Love is a feeling and attachment is an emotion. Now you will ask me huh what the difference between two is, it’s again the same thing. Well there is a difference. Love is feeling within and emotion brings strong feeling, possessiveness, and obsession. I know you must be thinking I am mentally disturbed or I am mad. But love without attachment is true love, pure love, that’s what I think. If we observe carefully everyone is in search of true, permanent, long lasting love. At least I am :) Attachment brings mental fatigue, mind disturbs.
I think true and pure love is free from attachments, lust, obsession etc. Love between Gopis and Krishna is the best example of this one.
It took me a lot of time to agree that love and attachment are two different things. But still to follow it in practical life is not that much easy for me. I think it is a continuous process throughout the life.