Children, it is human nature to find fault wherever one goes and to notice all the mistakes and imperfections we see. However, we fail to recognise that this only causes restlessness in our mind. Forget the faults and mistakes you see. Understand what is there to be learned and respect, and imbibe that. If we can do this, our lives will be much more peaceful.
If we have goodness within, we will see goodness everywhere we go. When we see lotus flowers growing in the muck, a mind with good thoughts will focus on the beauty of the lotus. It will rejoice in that. On the other hand, if it focuses on the muck, our mind will become agitated.
Once a man visited the ashram of a great saint. After prostrating, he started talking. “Until this day, I have not hurt anyone knowingly. I learnt from childhood itself that if one’s words are good, then his behaviour will also be good. So, I have always tried to use my words with care and to not hurt anyone.”
To demonstrate how harsh words can be hurtful, he talked about an incident. “On the days I stay in this ashram, I hear the birds chirping every morning and evening. It is very sweet to hear their songs and their singing together. But listening to the cries of crows is very harsh to the ears. When I hear that, I feel agitated.” He then admitted to the sain, “Even though I have spoken only good words, my life has not gone in the right direction. What is the reason for this?”
All this time the saint had been drawing pictures in the dirt with his finger. Now, raising his head, he smiled and said, “Try to love the crow, even though it doesn’t have a sweet sound. Once you start enjoying the sound of the crow, your heart will become filled with joy. Not only that, you will also become worthy of God’s grace.” Having said these words, the saint again fell silent. The man realised that all the answers to his doubts were in the saint’s answer.
When a sculptor looks at a piece of wood or a rock, he sees the sculpture within it. Others only see a piece of wood or a rock. We must become like this sculptor. We must see the good in everything.
A person who tries to look for the good in others benefits more than one who chants a million mantras. Such people do not need to go in search of anything. God will send them everything they need. Happiness will become their true nature.
Amma, Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi