Age New Spirituality Inspirational Stories Part 47

This world is​ like a​ dog's curly tail, and people have been striving to​ straighten it​ out for hundreds of​ years; but when they let it​ go, it​ has curled up again. How could it​ be otherwise? One must first know how to​ work without attachment, then one will not be a​ fanatic. When we know that this world is​ like a​ dog's curly tail and will never get straightened, we shall not become fanatics. if​ there were no fanaticism in​ the world, it​ would make much more progress than it​ does now. it​ is​ a​ mistake to​ think that fanaticism can make for the progress of​ mankind. On the contrary, it​ is​ a​ retarding element creating hatred and anger, and causing people to​ fight each other, and making them unsympathetic. We think that whatever we do or​ possess is​ the best in​ the world, and what we do not do or​ possess is​ of​ no value. So, always remember the instance of​ the curly tail of​ the dog whenever you have a​ tendency to​ become a​ fanatic. You need not worry or​ make yourself sleepless about the world; it​ will go on without you. When you have avoided fanaticism, then alone will you work well. it​ is​ the level - headed man, the calm man, of​ good judgment and cool nerves, of​ great sympathy and love, who does good work and so does good to​ himself. The fanatic is​ foolish and has no sympathy; he can never straighten the world, nor himself become pure and perfect.

To recapitulate the chief points in​ today's lecture: First, we have to​ bear in​ mind that we are all debtors to​ the world and the world does not owe us anything. it​ is​ a​ great privilege for all of​ us to​ be allowed to​ do anything for the world. in​ helping the world we really help ourselves. The second point is​ that there is​ a​ God in​ this universe. it​ is​ not true that this universe is​ drifting and stands in​ need of​ help from you and me. God is​ ever present therein, He is​ undying and eternally active and infinitely watchful. When the whole universe sleeps, He sleeps not; He is​ working incessantly; all the changes and manifestations of​ the world are His. Thirdly, we ought not to​ hate anyone. This world will always continue to​ be a​ mixture of​ good and evil. Our duty is​ to​ sympathise with the weak and to​ love even the wrongdoer. The world is​ a​ grand moral gymnasium wherein we have all to​ take exercise so as​ to​ become stronger and stronger spiritually. Fourthly, we ought not to​ be fanatics of​ any kind, because fanaticism is​ opposed to​ love. You hear fanatics glibly saying, "I do not hate the sinner. I hate the sin," but I am prepared to​ go any distance to​ see the face of​ that man who can really make a​ distinction between the sin and the sinner. it​ is​ easy to​ say so. if​ we can distinguish well between quality and substance, we may become perfect men. it​ is​ not easy to​ do this. And further,the calmer we are and the less disturbed our nerves, the more shall we love and the better will our work be.

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