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Five HUMAN VALUES, every one must cultivate!
Symbol of Unity, smallest Bible manifested!
The great human virtues!
If you lose health, you can recoup it through treatment from Doctors and Hospitals, if you lose wealth, you can always earn it back. But if you lose your character, you cannot retrieve it, said Saibaba during one of his discourses to the devotees and students. Yes, character is the priceless possession of true human being. Calling ourselves human, we may slide to bestial levels. It is not living a life of mere existence that will contribute to the glory of human birth. When we exhibit the human qualities in actual life, then you can be proud of being a real human. Now let us examine what are the human qualities?
Scriptures point to five main qualities of a real human being. They are Truth, Righteousness, Peace, Love and Non-violence. Now let us analyze the above virtues one by one:
Truth is different from Facts! Truth is which remains constant and it is independent of Time, space and causation. This Truth will never change under any circumstances. There is no Indian Truth or American Truth or Chinese Truth etc., it is common to the entire humanity as a whole and it is never subject to time or region. One example of Truth is “God is ONE”. He may be called in different names by different people but the ultimate Truth is God is ONE! Hindus may call him in several names, Muslims as “Allah” and Christians as “Father in Heaven” and Jews as “Jehovah” and Buddhists as “Buddha”. A simple example is I am a father to my children, husband to my wife, and son to my parents. Though each may accost me in different ways, I do not change.
Let us see what is “Righteousness”? It is our actions and behavior in right ways and manners. In Hinduism, this is termed as Dharma! For instance, I am a teacher. My Dharma is to teach properly, sincerely and correctly. If I teach wrong things, I will be treated as a wrong person. Though “Righteousness” is mostly related to professional ethics, it is really our personal morality, “how we behave in society and home”, “how I treat my friends and relatives? ‘how I practice charity etc.,
Everybody knows that “Peace” is the rarest possession for any individual. Everyone hankers for peace but none possess it. It is not the temporary feeling of satisfaction when our desires are fulfilled. Once a desire is fulfilled, we feel happy and peaceful but it is only a temporary phenomenon since the mind hankers for some other thing. Hence we should not confuse the temporary satisfaction we get during fulfillment of our wishes as “Peace”. This peace arises from inner SELF and it has nothing to do with material world. Once you get this Peace through spiritual practices, it should not leave you subsequently under any circumstances. Then only it can be termed as “PEACE”.
This is the most misunderstood term in human life. We consider, “affection, infatuation, friendship, reverence and a whole lot of feelings as LOVE, whereas they are distorted versions of Love. Saibaba has said, ‘LOVE IS SELFLESSNESS”. Hope this should clear our doubts. When one is bereft of ego and body consciousness, he can only LOVE others without any motive or consideration. Nowadays, we see that everybody show their feelings to others in anticipation of reciprocation. Previously a mother’s love is considered the most selfless love. But due to stark materialism around the globe, even mothers start expecting their child to take care of them. Of course, it is the bounden duty of every son or daughter to care their parents. A selfish motive is always associated with the love, we often talk!
I consider this virtue as the most essential quality; a human being should possess to live peacefully in this world. When you possess selfless Love, you will never hurt others. If you honor Truth, you will never act violently against others. Hence I feel that all the vital qualities finally contribute to this vital quality. Every one, every home, every village, every country and every Nation should practice non-violence against others. Then only the world and the human society will become a paradise to Live.
Hence let us follow and cultivate the above virtues. All are ONE, Be alike to every ONE; Help EVER, Hurt Never: God is LOVE, Live in Love. These are some of the lessons to the devotees by SAIBABA!