October 16

You need good light to make a movie, is it not so? And then you need good darkness in which to show it. Isn’t it funny? The cameraman says, “Oh, there’s not enough light; we can’t take the picture.” But when they want to show the film, they turn off all the lights. So, what’s important for a movie? Both. Light to take it, darkness to show it.

The minute you learn to respect and see both sides of the coin as equally good, you can enjoy both. You never hate anything. It’s only a matter of your understanding and acceptance. Then you enjoy everything in life. Everything! There’s nothing, nothing, nothing that is terrible, bad or negative in this life.

Let us have that light of understanding. Accept things as they are, people as they are. Don’t demand anything. Don’t put conditions: “Only when you do this does it prove that you love me.” Rise above all this. Our attitude, our approach, our love should be unconditional. Simply accept people for what they are, as they are. Learn to love everyone and everyone will love you, no doubt. Then, life is worth living. The world becomes a heaven on earth for you.

Swami Satchidananda

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