The youngsters today should be proud of their roots. If they are not proud of their roots then that will show up as a weakness in their personality. So, take pride in your roots and your self-esteem will go up. If you have a good self-esteem then you can do anything in the world. In India, many people suffer from a lack of self-esteem.
#2 Stay away from intoxicants
The province of Punjab has been destroyed by drugs from across the border. It is such a sad thing. There are people in India, and many youth who don’t want to do anything because they are so addicted to drugs. Not just the province of Punjab, but the same is in Kerala, Mumbai and in Bangalore. It is unbelievable. We must chuck the intoxicants. I request the you to stay away from all types of intoxicants. Drugs and alcohol de-addiction is a must for a progressive country.
#3 Participate in social service
Engage yourself in some form of social activity, at least for one hour a day. Give one hour to the nation.
Even if you are a housewife, you can contribute. Women love talking, you should go and talk to the people on the streets, in the slums, and to the under privileged people. Go in groups to areas where there are underprivileged people and sit with them, talk to them, and give them some solace. Just by talking you can reduce the burden and worries of many people. You can bring down their tension.
#4 Do some random acts of kindness
Emotion is in the very core of every human being. It just needs a little nurturing through random acts of kindness. Take a sankalpa to do one random act of kindness every now and then.
#5 Improve on your talents
For the youth, this is the time to improve your talents. This is the time to be creative and multi-dimensional. You have to be multi-talented. Though you may pursue one line of education, do not ignore to equip yourself with others skills. You may be studying engineering, but also learn some cooking. Suppose you don’t get an engineer job at least you can cook somewhere.
When I was a youth like you, I use to think, what else can I do? I thought I was anyway going to do spirituality. So, I used to put my hand everywhere. Even if you are not a master it is good to be a jack of all trades. Explore your ability to be a multi-faceted personality. So, it is very important to improve your personality by engaging yourself in many areas.
All religions say that there is only one God. Judaism says there is only one God. Christianity speaks of only one God. Hinduism speaks of only one God. It is said, ‘Ekam Sat Vipra’, there is only one God but manifested in many forms. You can adore him in whatever form you want.
There is only one light, but light has seven colors. In the same way, Islam says that there is only one God, but 99 names. Hinduism speaks of the 108 names and 108 forms of God, because all forms belong to one God only. The same God is in every form.
God is space, he is not a person – he is not an object, it is energy. And what is that energy? Jesus called itlove.Loveis God. And that is what is said in theUpanishads, and in the ancient Vedic Scriptures –God is love, God is energy, He is in you as you, and He is in everybody. Somewhere He shines more, somewhere He is shining less.
In Spain, the sun shines more, and in Berlin it shines a little less. Like that, in some places he is more visible as love and in another place, he is more visible as something else. So, God is energy, and that is what we are all made up of, and everybody is made up of. There is only one God everywhere.
But the difficulty is when one says, ‘My God is the only God. Your God is a false God.’ This is the problem.
‘Only if you believe in this book of mine, you will go to heaven; otherwise you will go to hell.’ That is why this world is suffering today with terrorism because some people think only they have the key to heaven, and not the others. This is not correct.
You have no difficulty in eating Danish pastry, no difficulty eating Chinese food. Just by eating Chinese food, you don’t become Chinese. Tomorrow you don’t start speaking Chinese. You eat Chinese food and you like it. In the same way, we should accept knowledge also. If it is Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, Shintoism, Islam, Christianity or Judaism, anything that uplifts human life should be welcome.
Don’t think if you read Buddha’s scriptures or if you read Hinduism, then Jesus will be angry at you, or you have betrayed Jesus. Not at all! This narrow-minded division that people have created is out of ignorance, or fear, or wanting to control. Ignorance mainly.
So we need to bring that big awareness in people. It is so necessary.
I see so many heated arguments, fights, killing and inhuman behaviour. That is why we don’t talk about any religion, just come and breathe. When they breathe, then they realize, ‘Oh, yes, I can feel very good inside’. When you become hollow and empty, you feel good.