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See God in the poor

As one meditates, one becomes aware of everyone?s needs and is always concerned for their well-being.

india Updated: Apr 20, 2006 12:59 IST

When weconstruct a huge religious building, it simply increases the burden on people and diverts resources from poverty alleviation.

Instead, if we sow seeds in barren land, we can use the income from the crop to decrease poverty and help the poor. Those who love God should always see the nagging problems around and spend time working towards solving those.

As Guru Amar Das prayed, “O God, the whole world is on fire.” People are suffering in sorrow and oppression; the environment is suffering. The Guru prayed: “Please bless and relieve the suffering of the entire creation. From whatever path people approach you, please bless them.” I have full faith that if those who preach the word of God begin to work productively than just idling around and making money for themselves, we would be able to overcome many of the current difficulties that the world faces today.

We should all work hard and serve humanity but keep ourselves out of the picture. We should constantly thank God as only the doer and pray: “Dear Lord, this work I have done is all Your work. I am nothing. This is all Your grace.” To love God is not to sit idle and say, “O God, You are responsible for everything.” Rather, we should work incredibly hard to overcome the difficulties in the world. We should meet every adversity.

As one meditates, one becomes aware of everyone’s needs and is always concerned for their well-being. One starts caring for the poor who work all day but still cannot meet their basic needs. Guru Amar Das said, “Worry about others.” One can constantly work for the poor and pray: “Please God, give them food, give them clothing, please make their lives easier. In addition to their physical sustenance, please give them spiritual sustenance, to

First Published: Apr 20, 2006 12:59 IST