To treat everyone and everything equally is a very important lesson in life.
It is important to treat everyone equally irrespective of their region, religion, caste or creed. It is important to treat people around you like they are your own kin.
It is important to treat different situations in life the same – happiness and sorrow are after all two sides of a coin. Why rejoice at happy events and mull over sad events. Aren’t these an integral part of life.
We all know that death is inevitable – why then can we not treat death the same way that we treat life. Don’t mourn death.
The power to look at everything objectively, the power to separate your problems, troubles, happiness and sorrow from ‘you’ comes from within.
Learn not to be extreme in your emotions – don’t idolise a person while you treat another person like trash. In other words don’t be star stuck while looking at Amitabh Bachan and don’t feel superior to a commoner on the street because you perceive yourself as betting better!!!!
Everything is equal in this world – all people, all emotions, all events … if you learn this important lesson, everything becomes simpler. You eliminate most vices that are ruining the world today – bias (based on almost anything – race, religion, gender, region), greed, envy ….
This almost summarises my ideology in life!! And it gives me twice as much pleasure when I find it articulated word for word in my mother tongue, much more eloquently than I can ever hope to express well over 2000 years ago in the Purananooru anthology. Thats MAGIC!!
This is the poem:
யாதும் ஓரே யாவரும் கேளிர்
தீதும் நன்றும் பிரர் தர வாரா
நோதலும் தணிதலும் அவற்றோரன்ன
சாதலும் புதுவது அன்றே
வாழ்தல் இனிது என மகிழ்ந்தன்றும் இலமே
முனிவின் இன்னாது என்றலும் இலமே
மின்னொடு வானம் தண் துளி தலை இ
ஆனாது கல் பொருது இரங்கும் மல்லல் பேர் யாற்று
நீர் வழிபடும் என்பது திறவோர்
காட்சியின் தெளிந்தனம் அகலின்
மாட்சியின் பெரியோரை வியத்தலும் இலமே
சிறியோரை இகழ்தல் அதனினும் இலமே
Translated literally word for word it means:
Every village is my village and every person is from my kin.
Like a lot of things in life good and bad cannot be attributed to others … they come from within us.
Likewise, agony and relief of agony come without any external triggers … from within us.
Death is not unheard of or new. It unnecessary to rejoice that life is sweet or complain in anger that life is bitter.
Like rafts drifting along in the rapids of a great river, dashing over the rocks after a downpour (from skies resounding with thunder and lightning), our lives, no matter how dear, follows its own course.
We know this from the vision of wise seers who can see.
So, we are neither awestruck by the great nor do we belittle the ‘not so great’