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 Blooming Stars

Values in Life

            While we are extremely proficient in exploring the outer space, we have been very inadequate in exploring our own inner space where dark secrets lay.

            Sages and seers all over the world lived and still live a life marked by humility, detachment, discernment, contemplation, meditation, altruism, and a search for truth in their quest for enlightenment or union with God. Each and every one of us has the potential to become the sage or seer or the prophet the modern world needs. While we are making undreamt of material and technological progress, it is highly regrettable that we do not, in proportion, have the self-denying sages, visionaries, and prophets of high caliber to guide nations and the world. While we are extremely proficient in exploring the outer space, we have been very inadequate in exploring our own inner space where dark secrets lie. Clues to those secrets will throw light on why we do the things that we should not do, and do not do the things that we should do.             Elimination of this principle of double law enunciated well by St. Paul leads to perfection. While perfection is not possible in this world, the near-elimination of this double law amply operating in all of us paving the way to do what we need to do needs to be our first priority in our inner exploration to save the world. There is no dearth of egomaniacal politicians, dictators, chieftains, kings/queens, war-lords, and fanatic, fundamentalist, and blind followers of religions who, in their ignorance, are willing to plunge the universe into utter destruction, devastation, and darkness. There is no reason to despair. The dark sky is always illuminated by unfailing stars such as Buddha, Confucius, Socrates, and Christ as eminent guides or corrections for humanity. We also have lesser but recent luminaries such as Mahatma Gandhi, Albert Einstein, Martin Luther King, Mother Teresa, and Nelson Mandela from the fields of politics, science, and religion representing the best of human spirit and illuminating the whole world.

            A value based life is possible in all circumstances. I am reminded of a small story in which an office clerk one day received a surprise invitation from his boss to join him for the dinner that evening. Together with the very rich Boss, as he was entering the restaurant through the pavement, the Boss suddenly stopped and kept looking down on the pavement for long. There was nothing on the ground except a single darkened penny that someone had dropped, and a few cigarette butts. Still silent, the man reached down and picked up the penny. He held it up and smiled, then put it in his pocket as if he had found a great treasure. The clerk asked him if the penny he found is of some value. "Look at it." He said. "Read what it says." He read the words "United States of America." "No, not that; read further.""One cent?” "No, keep reading." "In God we Trust?" "Yes!" "And if I trust in God, the name of God is holy, even on a coin. Whenever I find a coin I see that inscription. It is written on every single United States coin, but we never seem to notice it! God drops a message right in front of me telling me to trust Him? Who am I to pass it by?”


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