12.

My Lord,

If I dislike someone vehemently,

What is the best way to deal with

That person?



"My child,

There is not just one,

But there are many ways

To deal with that person:



"First,

Do not express

Your volcanic anger.



"Second,

Think and feel

That you have the capacity

To mould and shape that person

Into a perfectly lovely human being.



"Third,

Discard all your preconceived ideas

And judgements about the person,

For if you cherish hostile attitudes

Towards any person,

Then your own hostility

Will devour you.



"Next,

Just imagine that right now

Your so-called enemy is having

Nice thoughts about you.

Not only that,

To your wide surprise, your enemy

Is speaking highly of you

To others.



"Finally,

Ask your mind to be a peace-maker.

Ask your heart to be a peace-lover.

Ask yourself to be a peace-observer

Here and everywhere

In the Eternal Now."


From:Sri Chinmoy,Morning prayers. Poems on war, Agni Press, 1992
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