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Third 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 third rule of Love:

You can study God through everything and everyone in the universe, because God is not confined in a mosque, synagogue, or church. But if you are still in need of knowing where exactly His abode is, there is only one place to look for Him: in the heart of a true lover.

Okay, we have good news – we do not necessarily have to hold on to our religious institution to find God. Historically, heart is considered an abode for many emotions, including Love. This rule invites us to find God in our hearts. This is perhaps why I consider the practice of sitting in silence precious. It is in the absence of our intellectual thoughts we could truly connect with our hearts.

Jehan de Grise and his workshop, “The Heart Offering,” 1338-1344. Illustration from The Romance of Alexander, Bodleian Library, Oxford, England.

P.S. God is a non-binary phenomenon, to me. I do not believe in pronouns such as He/Him attributed to God.



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