Friday, August 15, 2008

38. Let us begin with our island

A beginning has to be made somewhere. If the concept of ‘vasudhaiva kutumbakam’ appears utopian, let us get back to our familiar territory. Let us help friends and relatives- those we are emotionally attached to and helping whom, we have always been taught, is our duty. And let those friends and relatives who are desperately in need of help get more of our attention. Whenever we find it difficult to inspire ourselves to help them, let us remind ourselves of the excellent moments they have given us and of some remarkable gestures they have made at some point of time. Let us think of the association we have had with them during our or their childhood.
Let us also tell ourselves that we cannot possibly be happy if they are not. Even if there is a physical distance, emotionally, we are together. Their misfortune is going to touch us sooner or later just as their happiness does. By helping them, we are actually helping ourselves.
If we can motivate ourselves to help our close friends and relatives, that itself will be a remarkable beginning. If each of us can take care of at least some people, the world will be a much better place to live in even without ‘vasudhaiva kutumbakam’.

1 comment:

skylark333 said...

Love your neighbour and before starting your meals, ask your neighbour whether he had food. Not only Christianity but every religion preaches such things. World would be a beautiful place if we could follow as much you suggested but it is generally very difficult to love anyone else beyond our immediate family and sometimes, even in nuclear families, one-upmanship is practiced unabashedly.