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Overcoming prejudice

india Updated: Sep 07, 2012 02:02 IST

We often talk of giving up lust, anger, ego, pride and attachment, but we rarely ever talk of giving up prejudice, bias and jealousy.

Prejudice is a peculiar disease that is very hard to treat, because a prejudiced person does not consider himself a patient and opposes all attempts by others to cure him. One can only pity him with sympathy. However, we cannot leave such creatures in the cruel hands of ill-luck.

We must treat them with love and good-will and use the ‘Raj Yoga’ therapy.

Jealousy too, like prejudice, is a dangerous disease. A jealous person cannot digest the facts of life nor can he tolerate the truth.

His ability to think has been blocked and so he feels envious when he sees another person gaining high success or making good progress. He is a person who suffers from the toxin called ‘selfishness’.

A jealous person wants peace and, unlike a prejudiced person, wants to be cured of his disease. Raj Yoga meditation helps him feel relieved and builds in him a reservoir of goodwill and love that finally cures him of his jealousy.

Jealousy is the generator of hatred. If a person wants to be free from hatred, he has to banish jealousy. Jealousy and peace cannot live together. Universal love is the antidote to jealousy, and universal love can be generated and nourished only through meditation.

( www.brahmakumaris.com )

(The writer is an international speaker, spiritual educator and experienced meditation teacher)