as published in the Asian Age, 14th March 2013
It is said that without love, there would be no existence, for it is love that binds the molecules of this universe and keeps them together. No surprise then that we spend all our lives in manifesting love for ourselves in its various forms. We go through life looking for love outside of ourselves - in our parents, friends, teachers, and eventually our partners.
Jesus Christ says "Lay treasures in your heart, where none can steal it." Hindu philosophy speaks of different paths to the Divine, one of which is that of Bhakti, where one is full of love for the Divine who is within each one of us. Looking for love outside without first looking for it within leads us on a path of thorns where either one is frustrated by the inability to find someone who loves us the way we want to be loved, or when one does find someone, the fear of losing that love.