Unlike at any other time, at present, a keen interest in discussing about love is seen everywhere in society. This is in fact a natural tendency. Who dislikes love? A large number of songs, films, and poems are composed everyday in the name of love. They provide evidence to the inclination of the mind towards lust.
Not only in this era but also in the past, the topic ‘love’ has been marketed at higher prices. We all know that love brings us smile, happiness, unhappiness, crying, sorrow… All these.
Love is not a novel experience to us. That, we all have experienced and tasted, but think a little, does the love that they try to show really come out of their hearts? Or, does it intend any benefit in return from us? If it’s so, what is real love? Where do we get it from? All these reverberate in our mind.
How many of us who seek answers to these questions will receive the right solution? How many of us would be misled by different views? Except in a few cases, we end up with unhappiness and hatred. You may meet people who pretend that they love you. They may make fantastic promises, utter beautiful words, but do they really love you?
True lovers appreciate our good qualities, but they have no intention to cheat us. They are honest. They kindly show our faults. They would critically advice us when necessary. They don’t expect anything in return from us. They will do all these out of compassion for our well-being and happiness. The truth will emerge when we associate with such friends. They will tell us the path to true liberation. Who is the best noble friend born in this world? He is no other than the blessed one, the Enlightened One of the world, the Gautama Buddha, our refuge.
The parents seek our happiness, they care and protect us, but we get their shelter only for the present life, but the Buddha taught us the path leading to the cessation of sorrow. He is the greatest teacher, the noble friend. His compassion has no limits. It is far more than the love of million mothers and fathers. Following the doctrine proclaimed by him enables us to avoid the four bad destinations and be born in the heaven after death. The ignorance that keeps us away from the understanding of the reality can be defeated. We are helpless in the continuing process of birth and death known as “Sansara”. The amount of tears that came out of our eyes, the amount of breast milk that we have had and the amount of blood has been shed when we were decapitated in the journey of Sansara is more than the water of all four oceans in this world. Now Imagine, how long you have been caught in the unending cycle of birth and death. This is the truth revealed by The Gautama Buddha.
Let’s go to Gautama Buddha in search of refuge and attempt to practice the path that leads to the cessation of sorrow.