On Right Attitude
By Joseph Mattappally on 06-12-2016
decides everything and so we are always cautioned about being in the right
attitude. See, Rs. hundred is too much for a beggar but okay when it’s given
as tip at a fancy restaurant; hours at a gym look alright, but helping the mother
at home doesn’t. Praying three minutes turns boring but never a three hours
long movie. The length of a given unit of time also changes according to our
attitude. When we are in pain time is unusually longer. In all these cases, it
is our attitude that makes the difference.
Many times I have pondered on this
strange human behaviour. No satisfactory answer! This strange behavior is seen
not only among the commons but among the great uncommons too. Two poor starving
kids sitting on the pavement may not get even a slice of bread but a
realistic painting of them might fetch many lakhs of Rupees. It is because of this
human tendency to see everything through a sensually appreciable frame that we
have an established advertising industry which presents everything in a way
people easily loves to have.
Digging deep, we understand that our
attitudes are mostly shaped by our past experiences, especially those that we
had in childhood years. Because of these experiences we have lost our purpose
with all social activities – religions too. We have now swiping machines
decorating the idols and what we develop also is a swiping spirituality.
Somebody has embedded in most believers that religion is something to be
learned. What is more important in religion – experience, ethical codes or
knowledge? Certainly experience. Spiritual experiences are subtler and need not
be physical at all. Then why are there big institutes for Philosophy, Theology
and Ethics? It is because our attitudes have not changed.
It is right attitude that takes us to
the right experience. Right attitude can easily be identified by observing the
grade of consideration we apply, when deciding upon things where another thing
from Nature is involved. Always think in other’s favour. It is when your
sibling smiles that your peace buds blossom within you. Everything in this
Universe is created in a way that it cannot resist love or an expression filled
with it. A smile anyone gets makes his/her whole day bright. Give it to
everyone for free!
About The Author
Sri. Joseph Mattappally, Founder and Director of Indian Thoughts, is a writer and social worker. He is also a Reiki Master (RIRC Mumbai) and licensed Amateur Radio Operator ( VU2JIM). He has authored 'Success Secrets', a book detailing basic life management principles.