We begin to have understanding and compassion towards the idiosyncrasies and habits of others. We stop criticising people in our minds.
Many noble-hearted souls have been calling for human unity. This trend has gained in momentum over the last few decades. Yet, despite the popular growth in movements for unity, we still find conflict and discord in the world. Speeches and conferences are motivated by high ideals. They inspire the participants to turn their attention to the goal of oneness. But unity comes about only at the personal level, when each one experiences it for one’s self. When we merge in God and see the light of God in every being, we have truly realised unity. It then becomes easy for us to love all, because we see our own self in each being. If we truly wish to achieve human oneness, we must first experience it ourselves.
Just imagine what a beautiful world we would have if every person saw God’s light in every other form of creation! There would be an atmosphere of peace and tranquillity. Gentleness would flow from our lips. Tenderness would exude from our actions. Sweetness would pour from our eyes. All who came within our ambit would feel serenity and joy. If anyone has been lucky enough to have spent some time in the company of great spiritual teachers, he or she would have felt tremendous love and peace in their company. Any time we go to spiritual adepts with a troubled heart, we feel that our pain has been relieved and our burdens lifted. They speak to us lovingly, they embrace us affectionately, and they care for us from the depths of their heart and soul. The world and its troubles disappear when we are in their presence. We feel as if we are living in moments of eternity. Time stands still, and our difficulties vanish. This is the result of being in the company of someone who has merged with God and who loves all cre
ation as if they were a part of one large family. What they have attained is possible for each of us to attain. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we felt this love and harmony radiating from everyone we met?
When we begin to have love for all, a transformation occurs within us. Our whole behaviour towards others changes. We become non-violent in all our dealings. We begin to have understanding and compassion towards the idiosyncrasies and habits of others. We stop criticising people in our minds.
The world was meant to be a Garden of Eden and a haven of bliss. To attain such a paradise on earth, each of us has to make a contribution. Peace and unity begin within each one of us. We cannot expect others to radiate harmony and oneness if we ourselves are not prepared to see their fruition in our own lives. Each of us must do his or her own small part to bring about the fulfilment of this noble dream. We can attain this condition by the process of meditation that leads to self-knowledge and God-realisation.