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Lessons from ants

india Updated: Jun 28, 2011 01:56 IST
Inner Voice

The other day when I, along with my wife, was doing some house cleaning, I noticed ants emerging from the floor. As much as I enjoyed sitting on the ground watching ants, one of the most fascinating and astonishing creations of Almighty, engaged in working together to achieve a common goal, I wondered why we, as humans, cannot do the same.

There is a lot we can learn from these tiny creatures. Man may be a social animal, but, amongst all social creatures, the ant is the most successful one. To me, an ant is the reflection of Almighty’s power and the exact representation of his glory.

Watching an ant on work is absorbing. While faithfulness, dedication and precision of an ant infuse in you the urge and inspiration to be productive and work in harmony to achieve a common goal; it’s hard not to notice that, unlike human beings, ants, by nature, aren’t envious, greedy or desirous of rewards or recognition for the work done. They just work and bother for nothing else. If we look around ourselves, we see that, in our lives, there is a lot to do and to achieve; but there aren’t many sincere and honest workers.

Like an ant, or all other creatures, our lives are not a coincidence. God has created each living thing with a purpose, and the least we can do to fulfill His wish is to live in harmony, work in love, and help one another.

Just like ants, the idea of profiting from others’ pain should never cross our minds, nor should we envy one another. Like ants, whatever talent, whatever ability God has given us, we should be eager to use it to the best of our ability. And, like ants, no matter what position we may hold, we should always work in accord, we should always be ready to help others, and we should work with an aim to serve the community with utmost efficiency and honesty.

To quote Guru Nanak Dev, “Even kings and emperors with heaps of wealth and vast dominion cannot compare with an ant filled with the love of God.”