Just think about taking out not more than five days of your life to get 360 degrees exposure to life.
Day 1: Spend a whole day with Farmer
Go to the farm early in the morning with him and observe his activities. This helps to
know how much hard work and resources are needed to produce food. This makes us
sensitive towards food and environment. So that we realize that all over the world almost
one third of the food is wasted without use and think at least twice before wasting it.
Day 2: Spend a day in jail ( obviously without crime lol )
If you ask some of the criminals about the origin of their crime deeds, they will say that,
they are not in control at that moment, so it happened just like that without balance. Then
you will realize that so called criminals in the prisons are people who committed crimes
due to ignorance and circumstances. It makes us to understand that there will be a cry of
victim inside every culprit for help. Your heart will be filled with compassion and your
hatred towards anyone will just vanish like a miracle as we can understand that when
anger dominates and holds a person, then their actions will not be in their control.
Day 3: Spend a day as a school teacher
You will understand the importance of Guru. You come to know that there is only a
compassion to become teacher or guru, not specialized skills and attaire. Being a teacher
you feel that "My student's progress makes me complete" as you connect your
compassion to your students.
With this realization we can start looking world in different angle. We understand that
there are so many who need our help and guidance, where ever we are in our life.
It fills intense satisfaction within.
Day 4: Spend a day with mental patients in mental hospital
Just do not take it to heart and get hurt by the names called by those mental patients.
With this one day experience you will get unshaken strength towards criticism. You will
get awareness to be strong from inside, whatever anyone say anything. As we you could
have understood that an equal energy or courage is needed to give or receive criticism.
With this realization we not only become bold and strong criticism but also compassionate
about the critics.
Especially today's children and youth should understand this for the strong and stable
Day 5: Spend a day in the grave yard
You will understand that death is the ultimate challenge for us and it may come any time
as you realize that nothing is permanent and forever.
You will be in an awareness that no complaint is big before death. With this realization
your problems or complaints look so simple and small. This transforms you to feel life
We all humans have a power to observe our surroundings from all aspects and understand according to our intellectual levels. But most of us get so much involved and caught in the daily drama of life and do not spare time to other facets of life. This minimizes our view of life.
Just our academic education or studies will not serve to understand the perception of life. Exploring, observing and understanding the other facets of life around us helps us to grow and establishes us as a stable and joyful being.
- By Guruji Sri Sri Ravi Shankar