Make the world a peace­ful place

Business Bhutan - - Editoria - SANTRAJINDER SINGH

Me­dia re­ports show that youth vi­o­lence is on the rise. We find chil­dren fight­ing and even killing each other due to prej­u­dices and ha­tred. How could such young, pure, and in­no­cent chil­dren be in­volved in such tragic crimes? Chil­dren learn from adult role mod­els. When they see adults ex­press­ing prej­u­dice and big­otry, they think that is the way to be. Our chil­dren are in­no­cent and pure at heart, but they learn from our ex­am­ple. If we teach them to lie, they will lie. If we teach them to steal, they will steal. If we teach them to hate, they will hate. In­stead, if we teach them to be lov­ing, truth­ful and kind, they will be lov­ing truth­ful and kind. From the mo­ment they are born, they are be­ing in­flu­enced by the en­vi­ron­ment. They are learn­ing to speak what they hear, and are learn­ing to act in the man­ner they see the adults around them act­ing. We can­not hide what we do, from our chil­dren. Do we want them to grow up to be kind or cruel? The choice is ours to make. We as par­ents and adults need to make sure that ev­ery word and deed gives out the sweet­ness of re­spect, tol­er­ance and con­cern for all peo­ple. If we let out a word of prej­u­dice to­wards an­other group of peo­ple due to dif­fer­ences in cul­ture, na­tion­al­i­ties, or so­cial and eco­nomic back­ground, chil­dren are bound to ab­sorb that and make it a part of them­selves. For us not to speak and act in a man­ner that is prej­u­diced, we must even guard our thoughts. Hu­man unity be­gins with an in­ner ac­cep­tance and re­al­i­sa­tion that we are all part of one fam­ily. Our dif­fer­ences are a part of the beauty of cre­ation, just that there are many dif­fer­ent coloured flow­ers in a gar­den. If we ap­pre­ci­ate our dif­fer­ences, then they will ra­di­ate to the young. They too will grow up in a way that they will ac­cept and ap­pre­ci­ate all others. This is the first step to­wards world peace. An ef­fec­tive method to make hu­man unity a liv­ing re­al­ity is through daily, silent med­i­ta­tion that helps us com­mune with our true Self and the di­vine Power that cre­ated us. Those mo­ments are filled with bliss, peace and love. In the in­ner sanc­tum of our hearts, there is Light within us. That Light is the Light of the Cre­ator. The re­al­i­sa­tion dawns on us that the same Light that is within us is in all other hu­man be­ings. We start to recog­nise that Light within others. Then the outer dif­fer­ences that sep­a­rate us start to dis­solve. We no longer see the way peo­ple dress or speak. In­stead we see one Light ex­pressed by many dif­fer­ent outer cov­er­ings, each beau­ti­ful in its own way. So, by sit­ting in med­i­ta­tion we can in­crease our own un­der­stand­ing of unity. We will then ra­di­ate that ex­am­ple to others. The young need ex­po­sure to adults who are ex­am­ples of these val­ues so that they can im­bibe these qual­i­ties. If they see us med­i­tat­ing, they too will learn to med­i­tate and be peace­ful. Along with that they learn the val­ues of non-vi­o­lence, truth­ful­ness, hu­mil­ity and pu­rity, hav­ing love for all and per­form­ing self­less ser­vice. If we wish to make the world safe and peace­ful for our chil­dren, par­ents need to be­come pos­i­tive role mod­els. The writer is the Spir­i­tual Head and Pres­i­dent of Sci­ence of Spir­i­tu­al­ity out­side In­dia. [Cour­tesy –ToI]

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