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First Rule of Love

Dear readers,

Hope my new post reaches you in good health.
I have finished a novel “The Forty Rules of Love” by Elif Shafak over a year ago. But I still visit this book every now and then to sort of taking refuge in those precious words (that speak the truth and heal) – I have decided to recite (in words) each rule in a separate post.

In this post, we shall see the first rule of Love:

How we see God is a direct reflection of how we see ourselves. If God brings to mind mostly fear and blame, it means there is too much fear and blame welled inside us. If we see God as full of love and compassion, so are we.

As a (Indian) kid, I always wondered how could God (and others in Heavens) precisely note down everything we think/speak/act out in this life (and in past lives). Wouldn’t it be a too complex mathematical problem for the final judgment?

While I believe in the concept of Karma (you reap what you sow), I denied the existence of God somewhere in the Heaven and it occurred to me that God must be inside us noting down all our actions and inactions.

The first rule tells us the same! God is not someone to be found somewhere else but to be found within oneself. How we see ourselves? Remember, when we see ourselves through others’ eyes, we often suffer. It is important to see ourselves through our own lens.

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