LOVE AND COMPASSION
Quality of life; the term provoked me to think and look into myself and question whether I am leading a quality life or simply just pulling on.
What determines my quality of life? Is it the amount of wealth I have? Is it about how much my husband loves me? Is it about whether my children walking on the right path in life? Is it about me enjoying a robust health? Is it about I getting surrounded by my friends and rejoicing? Is it about going to parties and eating out at restaurants?
Well, all of the above mentioned factors may contribute to our happiness and we think momentarily that we are leading a very good quality life. But the moment these stimuli are taken out we start feeling empty inside. So what is the missing factor? It is the self. It is about looking into our own self.
There are various methods prescribed by experienced people about how to look inside our own mind. Practising different breathing techniques like pranayama, practising, yoga, mindfulness, meditation, guided imagery; the list goes on. Of course, all these techniques are very good in maintaining a very good mental health. Some of these techniques have been scientifically studied and many such studies are still going on all over the world.
It does not stop there. How to further improve ourselves to achieve a joyful state of mind and to maintain that continuously in life? GIVE……. GIVE………. GIVE……….
Give food to a poor man.
Give clothes to a poor child
Give toys to a poor child
Give LOVE to the deprived and the suffering
The joy of giving is incomparable to any other feeling. The joy of givingLOVE is the highest
Love and Compassion
The joy of giving is incomparable to any other feeling.
The joy of giving LOVE is the highest
Bible says “Love your neighbour as yourself” In Jesus’s teachings love for fellow human beings is also a form of expressing your love and relationship towards God. HE tells us to love all of mankind including our enemies.
Swami Ranganathananda the 13thpresident of Ramakrishna Math & Mission tells us to love others and to find peace within us to grow spiritually.
‘Are you growing spiritually? Can you love others? Can you feel oneness with others? Have you peace within yourself? And do you radiate it around you? That is called spiritual growth which is stimulated by meditation inwardly, and by work done in a spirit of service outwardly.’
— Swami Ranganathananda
Dalai Lama says “I believe that the very purpose of life is to be happy. From the very core of our being, we desire contentment. In my own limited experience I have found that the more we care for the happiness of others, the greater is our own sense of well-being. Cultivating a close, warm hearted feeling for others automatically puts the mind at ease. It helps remove whatever fears or insecurities we may have and gives us the strength to cope with any obstacles we encounter. It is the principal source of success in life. Since we are not solely material creatures, it is a mistake to place all our hopes for happiness on external development alone. The key is to develop inner peace.”
I bow down before these great men in awe! These great men who have achieved a higher state of mind give us hints on how to improve our quality of life by inculcating love and compassion towards others. Now the question is “Can we ordinary people at least take the first step towards improving our quality of life?