The days rush by on swift feet… We must, each of us, realize the higher qualities in our being, revel in a larger life-knowledge broadened from within, suffuse our daily thoughts with gentleness and let laughter, not worry, pass through our veins. It has been said by the Wise that: at each moment, the entire universe is created. And since we too are the stuff the universe is made of, we can re-create ourselves, our life every moment in step with the universe. If we bring the darker forces in us into the light, we’ll feel ourselves transform into better human beings.
What are the higher qualities in us that make life rich and fulfilling? Oh! so many! Let’s list out a few. For example:
~ When we live from the quality of acceptance… the peace, the utter peace! To accept another wholly is to bless Creation Itself. After all, it’s Creation that patiently made each form out of the formless.
~ When we live from faith that things always happen for the best…oh, sweet mercy! the calm fortitude within! To have faith is to be bathed in inner light.
~When we are sincere in all that we say and do…what a clear, transparent purity fills us! Sincerity is the branch on which the blossoms of trust burst forth.
~When we persevere even amidst resistance, inertia, negativity…the comforting tempo of continual rhythm, the cushion of positivity, the fullness of concentration that dissolves all despair…how beautifully it sustains us! Perseverance allows our boat to sail bravely in choppy waters and when the waves die down and we enter smooth waters, our relief, our delight, our thankfulness know no bounds.
~When we are continually open in our mind and heart…flash after flash after flash of inspiration seeks us as our thoughts do not bind it, our minds do not limit it, our consciousness expands to welcome it and… the whole world stands renewed, the colours more brilliant, the forms more etched…a miracle ever-unfolding in all its grandeur and glory…
It’s a beautiful way to live. In Confucian times, it is said there was a monk called Hui who could, for three months, have no thought but that of goodness. No one could beat his record. But it’s a wonderful aspiration to have. That’s why many Masters recommend chanting a mantra 60,000 times a day, as replacement for our 60,000 thoughts, to attain mind-purification.
Recently, I read about a wonderful woman called Mrs Jacobs who brought up six children, amidst financial and health problems, in the most beautiful way. Every night, she asked her six to tell her something good that happened that day. And the kids had a rollicking evening narrating the best and funniest anecdotes of the day. The energy in the house rang with optimism and laughter. What’s more, Mrs Jacobs sang as she cooked, narrated and even acted out children’s stories much to the delight of her brood of six! Unknown to them, they were being taught, nay shown that happiness is not dependent on circumstances.
Two of the six, Bert and John founded a US $100 million Tee-shirt company with the tag line: “Life is not perfect. Life is not easy. Life is good.” In their meetings with their staff, Bert and John invite, “Tell me something good” and Mrs Jacob’s great legacy lives on…
It’s truly a benediction to live and love and earn and act in a positively energised ambience. At the end of each day, please narrate an interesting, heart-warming or funny anecdote from your day to whoever you are with. Do it. It’s lovely to live on a smile.