Never Lose Sight of the World’s Beauty - The New Indian Express

Never Lose Sight of the World’s Beauty

Published: 04th May 2014 06:00 AM

Last Updated: 04th May 2014 07:46 AM

Children,

We are living at a time when we cannot put aside time for others or ourselves. The reason is that our mind is constantly occupied by hundreds of thoughts—thoughts about things that happened in the past, about things that may happen in the future, about things we have to get done. Because of this, we are unable to understand what needs to be done in the present; we are unable to act in a way that brings forth good results. As a result, we fail to experience peace; we fail to experience the beauty of this world.

A grandfather and his grandson would regularly go for walks at a nearby flower garden. One day, while walking, the grandson felt something hard under the dry leaves. He bent down to see what it was and found a coin. “Someone must have dropped this while walking here,” he said and joyfully picked it up. From then on, whenever they took their walk, the boy would keep scanning the dry leaves for coins. Every now and then, he would find one or two and put them in his pocket. He did not inform his grandfather about this. When they would get home, he would put the coins safely in a container. This became a habit. About five years later, the boy showed the container to his grandfather saying, “Grandpa, look at all the coins I collected during our walks! It’s more than 100 rupees!”

The boy’s grandfather smiled and said, “Son, you are lucky to have found so many coins. But think of all the things you missed because you were busy looking for coins: You never saw the beautiful trees swaying in the wind. You never heard the birds singing their melodious songs. How many sunrises and sunsets have gone by without you noticing? How many flowers blossoming, how many rainbows! You missed the sound of the running brooks, the beauty of the ponds. Son, such things are priceless.”

Isn’t this often how it is in our lives? Many people bring their family to the beach to see the sunset. Regardless they keep checking their email and text messages. They are there amidst all that beauty and yet are unable to enjoy it. We spend so much time on Facebook, yet fail to see the faces of the people next to us. Children, it shouldn’t be like this. Technology is fine. It can bring us closer to those who are far away, but it shouldn’t make us farther away from those who are close. Often the wife is obviously so sad, but the husband never even notices. Working day and night, fathers shouldn’t fail to take time to listen to the stories of the family. What a pity it is if we have a beautiful garden, but every time we sit in it, we just talk on the phone and never enjoy its beauty.

Mental agitation can easily eclipse the beauty of this world. Then, life becomes like a beautiful flower that has been covered in mud. Only if thoughts come in the right manner, at the right time, can we accomplish our tasks peacefully and be able to live in the present. Only then, can we enjoy the beauty that is both our true nature and the nature of the world.

The writer is a world-renowned spiritual leader

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