By Oswald Pereira
The world is full of lovely, loving, beautiful people. Don’t let a miniscule minority of so-called bad persons spoil the party. Let us not shun the party poopers, but invite them to join the party. When we learnt to type, we use to bang away ‘Let all good men of the world unite and come to the aid of the party.’ Let’s make this typing lesson a slogan in our lives.
If we look at the positives, we will realise that the world is a good place to live in. So good, almost perfect is the world. The sun shines every day, the moon lights up the darkness of the night and the stars have been shining for ever in the skies. No doubt, we have ups and downs in our lives and we often talk of our bad luck. But if we count our blessings, we will realise how lucky we really are.
I don’t deny that there is evil around and there are so-called bad persons. But they are in a miniscule minority, barely a fraction of the good people. We often think that the might and power of evil is stronger than the good. That happens when we cloud our outlook with negativity. But it is in the law of nature that good always triumphs over evil, in the end. You just need to have faith in yourself and your near and dear ones and the world around you.
We complain about our neighbours. But if we do a reality check, we will soon realise that we have more neighbours who love us than those who hate us. Love and giving begins at home. When we love and give enough at home, then we can extend that love and giving to our neighbours. And rest assured your neighbour(s) will reciprocate in equal measure, if not more, sooner than later.
We’ve seen enough proof of the truly giving nature of people around us, during many natural calamities like earthquakes and floods. There are many true givers, who are more keen to give than to receive. Believe me, when I say, there is great joy in giving. It is an opportunity given to us, to share not only our material possessions, but more importantly love and knowledge. When God gives, he doesn’t ask us for anything in return. So, when we give, we should not expect anything in return. We don’t go to heaven by giving, but if we all learn to give, this earth could seem like a heaven.
Happiness and Bliss
In the Bhagavad Gita, Krishna tells Arjuna that no man can know happiness without peace. But to experience peace we need to prepare ourselves to receive it. So it is we who are responsible for peace and happiness in our life. Once we realise this, peace and happiness will flow in our lives like a never-ending spring, making us jump with joy. The famous poet John Milton said, “The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven.” This is, however, an incomplete truth. The real and complete truth is that it is the spirit that rules the mind … with a spirit full of love, optimismand calmness, heaven is a feeling that is within us all the time … the right word is, perhaps, bliss.
Love, Forgiveness and Happiness
When we love ourselves, it becomes easier to love others; and to forgive them if they have done us any harm. Pure happiness is achieved when you forgive a person, because you then detoxify yourself of all negative energy, free your mind and purify your soul and body. Love, forgiveness and happiness is a triple bounty bestowed on us. These are qualities that help us to transcend our humanness and get closer to divinity.
Boundless Grace and Goodness
As so much of positive energy, love, compassion and kindness surrounds us, don’t you think that the world is a place with boundless grace and goodness! Which gives us great cause for celebration. But it is a celebration that never ends, because grace and goodness are not like a piece of cake that is eaten, digested and forgotten. Grace and goodness can’t be measured in quantities; infinite and inexhaustible, these are attributes that no force or power on earth can destroy.
Behind all the beauty and goodness is God’s blessings. The Supreme Being has blessed us with Divine Grace and showers us with unconditional love. God is there here, there and everywhere … in all things big and small. Every moment that we live is a blessing from God. Every drop of water that we drink is a gift from God. As Kabir says, we can find God in the “tiniest house of time … God is the breath inside the breath.”