Thursday, 6 August 2020

Think About Welfare Of Others

Updated: February 27, 2010 1:33 pm

Our external appearance is the result of our internal qualities. If you indulge in positive deeds then you would look beautiful, despite being plain. If somebody is born with good looks but indulges in bad deeds, then his attractiveness will not prove to be an asset. Therefore, one should not have pride about the external beauty, which is only skin deep and short lived. If we have wisdom and knowledge, then we should benefit from it and spread this among others.

            By inculcating wisdom in others, one can either lead a humble life himself or show others that they have no knowledge. We should never become arrogant about our knowledge. Instead, we should think about how we can benefit others by it.

            Having sufficient money and other comforts should make us content rather than snobbish. This conduct must be observed in our day-to-day life. Excess of money should not bring about arrogance. Instead, we should utilise this money in welfare activities, without pride. Realise that money is not constant, and the self is. Money should not prove to be a means of your ruin. So be alert and raise yourself from these ties.

            We should appreciate other’s virtues and try to inculcate them in our lives too. Being humble and practicing humility is the best worship of God.

            We must always be grateful to others for the favors they have done. Gratitude is real humanity. Before pointing out other’s faults, we must try to look at out own flaws, and then all vanity and false pride evaporate. To err is human, and it is but natural. But if we accept our mistakes, lie becomes divine.

            Considering ourselves to be very superior and brilliant can never bring about humility. This virtue develops when we consider ourselves to be ordinary and normal. The humility of speech is sweet thoughts, humility of mind is sweet reflections, and humility of body is good actions. If these characteristics keep on multiplying within us, we can attain softness, gentleness and quietness easily.

            Once upon a time, a king’s carriage was passing on a road where many mango trees, were growing on either side. Suddenly a stone hit the king and hurt him. Even before the king could say something, his soldiers ran in different directions to find out the culprit, who turned out to be a small child who was helplessly standing nearby. He was conscious of his blunder. His mother was also beside him. She was very upset at the fate of her son. The mother was humble, and confessed her son’s mistake. The soldiers presented the child before the king.

            The king enquired as to with what intention the child had thrown the stone. The child replied innocently that he had thrown the stone on a ripe mango, which did not fall and the stone had hurt the king. He asked forgiveness and for the punishment.

            The emperor was elated at his truthfulness and humility. He just removed a diamond necklace from his neck and bestowed it upon the child.

            The mother was surprised and enquired about the punishment.

            The king answered that instead of punishment, he required a reward. Just like a tree on being hit by a stone drops a fruit the king also felt he should reward the child.

            These are the sensibilities and sensitivities, which make a man mellow and soft. If somebody hurts us, we should not nurture bitterness for him.

By Gani Rajinder Vijay

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