Living human unity begins with clearing our hearts of animosity towards others.
How do we live human unity? The first step is to make sure that our hearts are clear of any hatred and prejudice for those different from us. We must develop true love for people of different nationalities, religions, colours, economic status or gender. We must eliminate prejudice and discrimination. It is said that out of abundance of our hearts we speak. If we feel hatred towards any group, we cannot hide it; it comes out from our lips or shows on our face. Our actions speak louder than our words. Living human unity begins with clearing our hearts of animosity towards others.
Tulsi Sahib said, “Cleanse the chamber of your heart so God can enter there.” When we clean the chamber of our heart from prejudice and ill will for others, God can reside there. What is God? God is love. God is all-encompassing and embraces all creation as one family. That love enters our hearts when we clear away negative thoughts towards others.
Next, we live human unity by making sure our words express appreciation and tolerance for all. We need to watch our words lest we injure any heart. Do our words cause division or do they bring people together? Loving, caring words bring people together. We should become living examples of sweet and loving speech. In whatever situation we are we should become examples of love, tolerance and harmony. Others will emulate our examples and also speak in a loving manner.
Third, we need to live human unity by our actions. Every day we are faced with choices. Are we going to act in a way that tears people apart or brings people together? In our jobs we often work on committees or vote on policy decisions. Do our voices promote policies of love and tolerance, or do they perpetrate more prejudice, discrimination and bigotry?
At every opportunity, we should inspire others with whom we work to make decisions and take actions that promote peace and unity. Children model themselves on what parents do. If they see their parents extending open arms to embrace people no matter how different they may be, then they, as adults, will do the same.
Let us not perpetrate the hatreds of our forefathers. Let us not carry on traditions that bring violence and destruction. Let us carry the banner of love. Let us bury old prejudices taught in our respective countries and religions. Let us promote a new message of love. In this way we will live human unity and bring about world peace.
Let us introspect where we stand individually. Let us resolve to clear our hearts of hatred and fill it with the sweet fragrance of love. If we have any differences with anyone, let us resolve them. If we are to be true ambassadors of human unity, it must reflect in our dealings with others. Let us have a moment of silent mediation to pray that we be imbued with the spirit of human unity in our hearts, so that we can spread its noble message wherever we go.