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The World Will Be A Fantastic Place

There is a simple proverb told in the countryside of South India. If two good people coming from opposite directions are walking on the same narrow footpath, there will be three roads. If there is one good person, there will be two roads. If both are bad people, there will be only one road.

Probably this needs a little explanation. If both of the people are good, both will give room for the other one to walk on the path. That means they will create two more paths, emptying the centre one. There will be three paths and they will comfortably pass, smiling at each other.

Why? you might ask. “If you are interested in giving me the cup, just give it.”

If there is one good fellow and one bad fellow, the good fellow will move out of the way and give room on the path for the bad fellow. So there will be two paths.

When both are bad fellows, they will come and push each other. “Hey, you! Get out!” “No, no, no! You get out!” There will be only one path.

The moral of the story is this: If you want peace, forget yourself. Think of the benefit of the other fellow first. “How can I serve you? How can I make you comfortable?” That’s the way it should be. Giving brings harmony. Love and give, love and give. Think of the other person first.

With is kind of attitude, the whole world will be a fantastic place.

Om Shanthi, Shanthi, Shanthi

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Sri Swami Satchidananda

Sri Swami Satchidananda was one of the great Yoga masters to bring the classical Yoga tradition to the West in the 1960s. He taught Yoga postures and meditation, and introduced students to a vegetarian diet and a more compassionate lifestyle. During this period of cultural awakening, iconic pop artist Peter Max and a small circle of his artist friends invited Swamiji to extend an intended two-day visit to New York City, so they could learn from him the secret of finding physical health, mental peace, and spiritual enlightenment.

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