I started my day by reading this quote from Neale Donald Walsch’s book “What God Said”. It goes like this:
“We are all one. Ours is not a better way, ours is merely another way.”
And I found these lines to be so wonderful and true. It would be great if we implemented this in our life. Many a times people feel that their race, religion, community is better than the other ones and also that their way is the only way to be followed. This belief has given way to conflicts and discord the world over.
This hatred against people belonging to a race, religion and community that is different than ours has been propagated from generation to generation and has made people less tolerant. So how does spirituality help in dealing with bias? Here is a small story that I want to share with you.
Ram was a devout Hindu. He came from a small town which had a large Hindu community and also a thriving Muslim community. He prayed to God, went to temples every Tuesday and Saturday and even contributed significantly to religious causes. Once his town was engulfed in turmoil over communal riots between Hindus and Muslims. A curfew was declared in the town, so many people from both the communities set each other’s houses on fire and thousands lost their lives. However, many people from both the communities were against these killings and bloodshed, in the name of religion.
As an aftermath of the riots, Ram started hating the Muslims because they killed so many Hindus. He cut his ties with all his Muslim friends, though they did not have anything to do with the killings and they, like so many other people, wanted peace. All his life Ram lived with this hatred towards the other community and eventually died carrying this feeling in his heart.
When you die, or it would be better to say, when you ‘pass on’, you do not carry the material things but an imprint of your experiences on this earth and Ram’s aura was heavy with bitterness and hate. So in his next life, he was given a chance to overcome his hatred and to respect all faiths. Ram was reborn as Faisal, into a Muslim family, so that he could understand this religion and its fundamentals. Faisal was also a devout Muslim and prayed five times a day. But in this life, he started hating Hindus, for demolishing their Masjid and rebuilding the temple at its place. He started hating the entire community and could not learn to love and his journey continued.
When you become soul conscious and realize that this is not the first time that you have been born, nor is this the first time that you are going to die, your approach towards life becomes different. Your soul has traveled a long journey, from being a male in this life, to a female in the other one, from being a pauper in this life to being a prince in the other one, from being a Christian to being a Hindu, Muslim, Sikh, Parsi, Jew or someone else. It is you who may have been a murderer and it is you who is now a priest. You have been everything that exists and you are going to be so many things in times to come. With every experience you go through, there is an opportunity to learn and evolve, until you learn the final truth that “We are all one”. And once this truth is understood, there is no room for bias.