outbrain
Close  
Lotus Pond

Respect begets respect

/ 10:51 PM May 31, 2013

When people are self-absorbed, it isn’t easy for them to show compassion for others. What can we do about this? Nothing artificial can remedy the situation—and neither elections nor reassignment of functions can change people’s hearts.

It all comes down to people’s love for the Supreme Being and His children. There can’t be much love in a society where people backbite or always find fault with each other. Respect begets respect. You can’t expect spiritual growth to prosper in such a negative environment.

ADVERTISEMENT

Enhanced spirituality

Chaitanya Mahaprabhu taught 500 years ago that the best consciousness to be in is to feel lower than the strips of straw on the street, ready to show respect for others. This state of humility enables us to experience enhanced spirituality.

FEATURED STORIES

A person cannot be completely happy living only for himself, because each of us is part and parcel of the Supreme Being. Enlightenment should extend into every aspect of an individual’s life—how he treats his friends, family and everyone around him.

How does a person effect change in society? A self-realized being serves from his heart. He lives his life as a medium for the love of the Supreme. His action affects another person, who will in turn affect another—and so on.

The love for the Supreme Being is spread from person to person. When you change a man’s heart, you change the society he inhabits!

Read Next
EDITORS' PICK
MOST READ
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.
View comments

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: Entertainment, respect, spiritual growth
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.


© Copyright 1997-2020 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.