Thursday, April 05, 2007

Loving all equally

You can start with people you know. Bhagavan taught by example that we should only see good in other people. Virtually all people are a mix of good and bad. It is very rare to find someone who is wholly good or wholly bad. If you have to come in contact with a lot of people, try to make yourself aware of their good points and don't dwell on their bad points.

If you see good in people you radiate a harmonious, loving energy which uplifts those who are around you. If you can maintain this habit, this energy will soon turn into a steady flow of love.

Try to be aware at all times that everything you see and perceive is the Self. If you see the Self in other people, your love automatically flows towards them.

You gain nothing by thinking that someone is a bad person. If negative thoughts arise each time you see or think of a particular person, these thoughts will draw you away from the Self. Try to radiate your love equally to all people instead of just a few.

Try to feel that the whole world is your Self, your God. Try to see that Self in all people. Spread your love in all directions as an act of worship and surrender, because everything in the world is a manifestation of God.

-- Annamalai Swami