LOVING OUR NEIGHBOURS
Love is the eternal cohesive agent
Which binds us together
With each other in a eternal knot
Creating a feeling of oneness
In weals and woes
When each shares everything
That the other have in abundance
This feeling is loved by our Creator immensely
Creating in us still more gratefulness
And still more loving-kindness
Overflowing with His bounties
Thus cementing our relations
With our fellow beings.
ON LOVING OUR NEIGHBOUR
All the holy scriptures of prominent religions enjoin us to love our neighbour as we love ourselves. This is time tested truth and must be imbibed and followed by all peace loving humans irrespective of their social standing in the society. It should never be forgotten that man cannot live in peace while in isolation or having intransigent attitude amongst themselves. We, ourselves, have to bridge the gap by our own self effort – approaching our neighbours and participating in their social functions or sharing their burdens.
The Old Testament enunciates : “thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself”(Lev. 19:18).
The Bhagavad-Gita (12:13) says: “A man should not hate any living creature. Let him be friendly and compassionate to all.”
LOVE THY NEIGHBOUR
If we want to have a cordial relationship with our neighbour, it is incumbent on us to adjust with them. This could only be ensured when we share their happy and sad moments as true members of the society. When we are compassionate towards them besides when we meet their needs. We ought to have faith in our Lord who has created us and where there is unflinching faith there is no scope for disturbance at all.
It has been well said, ‘love thy neighbor as thy self’. We have to understand that we can change anything but it is not in our hands to change our neighbor or neighbourhood.
“love your enemies, bless them that curse you” as uttered by Jesus (Matthew 5:44).
We all say that we love God but without realising that God too wants that we ought to love His creations first and especially those who are very near ua. How can we love God turely when we do not love his creations?
“Do you love your creator? Love your fellow-beings first,” reads a well-known Islamic tradition.
It has also been said that we can change everything around us if it is not in agreement with our likings but we cannot change our neighbour. We can win our neighbour only with love being the binding factor. We have no alternative but to adjust with our neighbours and environment in which we are placed. But we cannot expect others to change according to our own convenience.
It has also been felt that our reelations may be residing far away from our homes and when an unexpected contigency just suddenly what then? The nearest person to bank on is our neighbour but that can happen only when we cooperate with each other and sync with each other. It is not only within our day to day activities but also on our final journey, some people are required to accompany our casket of our body. Fortunates are the ones who have their own relations but what about the ones who do not have their own near relations?
We ave to set an example for this. There may be difference of opinion but we have to come to term with the reality – a stark reality. We have to be tolerant, understanding, cooperative, compassionate, always have positive attitude, divorced from selfish and selfcentred mindset besides adjusting with the environment.
Compassion, loving-kindness, sympathetic joy, and equanimity are said by Buddhist.
This principle is also true for neighbouring countries. Those who do not realise this truth come to grief. If countries cooperate with each in pursuing good neighbourly relations by respecting each others’ sovereignty and come to each others succour whenever there is any natural tragedies or any other contingencies then our Creator too graces those countries. It is also a fact that now a days, we are living in globalized village where interaction between different countries, more so neighbours, makes a huge difference by enhancing mutual trade, besides increasing warmth by people to people social interactions. Everything could then follow on the basis of give and take.
If a neighbour is more powerful than others then there is a huge requirement of cooperation between the two. Hedgemonistic policies which were prevalent earlier on cannot be pursued now as all are equipped with weapons of mass destruction like atom bombs, missiles etc. So, better course is to follow the policy of cooperation and peaceful co-existence.
Our children should be taught :-
- Language of Love. (Pyar ki vasha). The children from the beginning should be taught the language of love.
- Cooperative. A feeling of cooperation should be taught to our children so that they know its true value.
- Compassionate. Compassion begets friendship this attitude should be imbibed.
- Understanding. Understanding the needs of others and come to rescue at opportune time is the need of the hour. Here understanding the psyche of others too is needed.
- Partaking weals and woes. It is essential that we share the good and bad things together. This gives a huge boost in our friendship.
- Come out of the Rut of one-upmanship.
- Feel pride to have a neighbour.
- Relatives and neighbours. Our neighbour should command the same respect as we give to our relatives.
If we keep the above cited things in mind, then sure enough, we shall have good neighbourly relations and this would be in line with our CREATOR’S WILL.