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The Entire World is My Family

Integral Yoga Teachings   |   August 28, 2015  |    Sri Swami Satchidananda

Lotus FamilyIn essence we are one. We are all related to each other. All we have to do is to understand that and to experience it. We are related in spirit. If we see the spirit in ourselves, we will realize that we are all one. Our true nature is that of a spiritual and divine being. We are essentially spiritual beings made in the image of God. We are all the expressions of God, God multiplied into various forms and names. So, we can say that we are the family of God; we are all sisters and brothers. We are all different colors, sizes, and shapes on the outside, but inside, the same light shines. We may look different, but if we see the spirit, we realize, “I am you; you are me; we are one.” We should rise above all the differences and distinctions and see our spiritual oneness. We should learn to love each other, learn to love everyone equally. We should open our minds and hearts. Even just focusing on this one thought, “I belong to the whole world and the entire world is my family,” will make one so happy and peaceful.

Living and working together as one beautiful family with total love is God. Real spiritual experience means moving around with a smiling, loving face. To see the spirit in others and to love everyone, to rise above the differences of the lower nature and bring harmony wherever you are. Ultimately, everyone should love you. Make a resolve: “I will live the kind of life that will make everybody love me, and I will love them.” A real spiritual experience means to see the unity in diversity. See the same spirit in everything. Be gentle be nice, and be loving. See your own Self in all, and treat everything properly. That is how to show the unity in diversity visibly and powerfully.

FamilyLet us know that we are all one in spirit. Essentially, we are one appearing as many. The moment that kind of understanding comes, almost all other problems, both physical and material, will be solved. Anything that is done to bring this knowledge to people is the greatest deed. Any charity that is used for this purpose is the best form of charity. If we work toward real universal love and understanding, then we are going to the very root of other problems. Do what you can for this cause. Learn to care and share, to love and give, and inspire others by your example.

We need to use the spiritual teachings of our chosen faith to help us have real love for one another. It is religion that should help us to understand the spiritual oneness, to make us feel more at home as one family. If there is anyone who separates another individual, saying to that person, “You are different from me,” using religion to make that claim, then he or she is not a religious person at all. Thinking about these kinds of situations has made me pray, “God, use me in any way you want. I would like to see that in Your name we become one family.” If we want to be happy, we should work for the happiness of all people everywhere. That is the only way to achieve real peace and contentment. In order to have a better world, we must learn to think of the globe as a whole. Your neighbor is God in a visible form. So, let us have communion with our own neighbors—next door and around the globe. Let us feel that the whole world is our home, that everyone is our brother and sister. It’s time to know each other and to live as one.

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