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    On Oct 11, 2019 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

    The world is in the eye of the beholder. So true! There are two worlds-the outer world and the inner world. When I see the outer world with my outer physical eyes, I see parts of the world distinct from one another. The outer world is made up of natural objects like trees, leaves of trees, flowers, waves of oceans and streams of rivers. The human world is filled with all kinds of differences. If I see the world with outer eyes, I see the world of separateness and divisiveness. Black versus white, rich versus poor, east versus west, life versus death, me versus you, my religion versus your religion.These differences create distances , conflicts and wars. We lose the seamless thread of the reality, the oneness in manyness. When I see the same world with my inner eyes I see the interconnectedness and even oneness in the apparent divisiveness. The world appears as we see it.

    In my daily life, when I see the outer world with the eyes of my heart, I see the interconnectedness of life. At times I experience the outer world as an integral part of my being and at times as an extension of my being. Seeing people with the eyes of my heart, with empathy, kindness and compassion builds a bridge between the seer and the seen. This way of living enriches my inner life. I find it difficult to relate to self-centered and unkind people with empathy, kindness and compassion. I know I am not perfect. I am working on myself. Loving Kindness " Metta" mediation helps me to relate to such "difficult" people.

    I have been practicing Mindfulness way of living. Such a way of living helps me to develop interconnectedness with life, oneness in manyness, and unity in diversity. It is a life-long journey and I am not in a rush. I remember and implement the wise saying, " Hasten slowly!

    Jagdish P Dave

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