If freedom is to be won, our entire life must undergo a change. If only we knew that we are confined in prisons of our own making! No outside force fetters us. It is what we say and do that forges chains which bind us mercilessly to the wheel of sin and suffering.We try to construct relations with people by thinking what we should not have thought about them, by saying what we should not have said about them. We have thought in terms of jealousy and hatred, of suspicion and scorn, of doubt and disdain. Let us start thinking the other way round! We have spoken words of disrespect and dishonor, of insult and abuse, of rage and outrage, of irreverence and affront, of mockery and ridicule. We have spoken words that have cut into the hearts of others, wounding them beyond repair. It is time we embark on the work of healing.We often enter into controversies when we had rather remain silent. All controversy is heat: and heat is pride. Controversy puffs up the ego and so throws barriers in the way of self-realisation. Who is right, who can say? Let each one walk according to the light that is shown to him.What is right for me may not be right for another: what is right for him may not be right for me.Although we all come from one and to that one we must one day, return, we all are so different from each other – in equipment, in opportunities, in heredity, in traditional background. Let us only be true to the Truth as we see it. If I know what is right for me, let me strive to live by it. I can never know what is right for another, he will know it himself and will shape his life in accord with it. No fighting over words, for words never reach reality. The world will not improve by argumentation and hot discussion, but by radiating thoughts of love and compassion.And how often we gossip about others, when we should be minding our own business? How often, as Jesus said, we choose to see ‘the mote in another’s eye,’ when we should be careful about ‘the beam in our own?’ Our houses and clubs, hotels and hostels, aye, even our offices and workshops are becoming, ever-increasingly, centres of gossip. Gossip, it has been rightly remarked, is spiritual murder. Many promising lives have been wrecked by gossip.There is an inviolable law that governs the universe from end to end: what you send out comes back to you! Do you send out thoughts of hatred and enmity to others? Hatred and enmity will come back to you, turning your life into a veritable hell.By Dada Vaswani
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