Today, we are living in a world that gives too much importance to materialism. The vitality and beauty of life have been lost. Let us take a look at the many sights we can see in today’s world.
One, humankind has spent much money to organize explorative missions to study underwater and outer-space realms. But we are not going on any trip to learn about our inner world, which is so much closer to us than these realms.
Two, people today prefer TV screens that are large. However, we can see that the larger they get, the smaller the screens of people’s minds are becoming. Instead, we should be enlarging the screen of the mind, which selfishness and egoism are shrinking.
Three, we have discovered vacuum cleaners with the power to suck out the smallest specks of dirt, but we are not becoming aware of the need to remove the filth accumulating in our minds.
Four, we can see beautiful pictures of natural scenery mounted on walls in many homes. Doesn’t this mean that people love such sights? But, at the same time, we fell the trees around us. We bulldoze groves. We fill in ponds. We pollute the rivers that people in the past use to revere as divine.
What makes life beautiful or ugly is the mind. We should first beautify the mind. Then we can definitely enjoy peace and contentment. In the olden days, there used to be battles between the devas (gods) and asuras (demons). They were in different worlds then. By Lord Rama’s time, the asuras had moved to the neighbouring country. During Lord Krishna’s time, the asuras came to be in His own family. Today, the asuras have come even closer; they are inside us. This is the enemy we should destroy.
Who are our enemies? Who are these asuras? No other than egoism, hatred and selfishness. In order to defeat these enemies, we should strengthen the armed forces within. Discrimination, humility and devotion for the Lord — these constitute the armed forces. If we fight the battle of life with the help of these armed forces, we can definitely attain everlasting peace and contentment.
Amma, Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi