Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.~ Rumi
While the words of Rumi inflict upon the importance of love, we rather live in a predatory world. In this world of penchance and penance, it is very easy to lose ourselves in the self-defined obligations. Finding that self and understanding the significance of that has vaporised, leaving behind the sediments of jealousy and ignorance. Why do we constantly feel the need to pull down someone else? Why do we always have to tarnish someone’s image to improve ours? Is ignorance really bliss?
It is not an unknown truth that if we are looking for some love externally then we are fooling ourselves. There is always someone minting money out of you because the masses adore you. There is always someone who is expecting something out of you because he thinks he owns your recognition. Nature has made us in a way where predatory instinct co-exists with kindness and austerity. But every time we enact upon a situation exhibits the trait that dominates us the most. In The Bhagavad Gita, Lord Krishna describes the three Gunas – Sattwa, Rajas and Tamas – that are embodied in a human with nature’s enforcement. It is the choice that we make, either, to act out of humanity (kindness, knowledge) or gravitate towards the demoniac trait – the delusion of your own supremacy.
Often, we are told to practise self-love, be inquisitive, learn every day, read some more, write your heart out. We have been brought up infusing this belief that talent is relentless – no shapes and boundaries – it is to be cherished at every step of life. Art is the reflection of an artist’s sheer brilliance. Art and artist can never be defined but only recognised by what he or she exhibits to the world through their flair. Then, why do we always have to be harshly opinionated on the uniqueness of an artist? Where is it proclaimed that a certain form of art needs all the artists to be carved out from the same mould? Why do we use derogatory adjectives ‘ugly’, ‘plain-looking’, ‘unlovely’ to describe the outer appearance of a person? Have we ever once thought how ugly it makes us by name-calling someone else on the way they appear? No, definitely not. Because, we are submerged in our own ignorance – the delusion of being the greatest – blinded by the privileges bestowed upon us. Why, don’t we open your eyes to look at the world and see how beautiful it is in every way? How can we not accept uniqueness when they only present new ideas, innovations? This causes reservations in an intellectually fragile mind – what am I and what am I supposed to be – the imposed societal definitions. Happiness is a function of accepting what it is. Let’s as a society be more welcoming and acceptable to every talent. Accept the uniqueness and celebrate it!
Yes, I have the power to self-love myself. Yes, I have the power to look into the mirror and admire myself. Yes, I can be happy by just being myself, by reinventing every day with a new thought, by learning something unknown and by trying to co-exist with everyone in the world. Let me draw the picture that I want to. Let me read what I like to. Let me learn what excites me. I can smile with my eyes and laugh whole-heartedly when I will feel accepted and celebrated. But, why vandalise me?