There are five types of fire (agani) in our system and one of them is the fire of criticism, the fire of disagreement. Some of you criticized that I have biased opinions on politics and some concluded that I should not have opinions at all. I am an opinionated person and criticism doesn’t deter my enthusiam or faith in what I do or what I want to do. I look at criticism the way I look at art (good/bad/critical). I do not read it like history or science (dig into its past, or dissect it). I encourage disagreement in a healthy atmosphere.
Disagreement is the word, which leads to cracks and demolition of relationships. When love grows in you the amount of disturbance with a negative answer can also grow, because in love, we want people around us to be perfect. In the name of love we try to manipulate and control the other person.
I remember the days when volunteering on streets I would hear a ‘no’ from people for doing our courses, it would disturb me a lot. Also when after the course students didn’t do the kriya and they have the most irrelevant and petty reasons not worth touching your tympanic glands too, but if you are not disturbed and still can maintain your calm, then they will listen to you. Once Guruji said “Usually we get stuck in our differences, because we have lost sight of ourselves.”
Disagreements produce a fire that usually engulfs a relationship. When two mature, intelligent people are together they are together to find harmony in their diverse behaviour and learn and enjoy the differences. Someone had asked Guruji once “Who is a perfect person?”. Rapt came the answer “One who can accept imperfection around him.” Disagreements help us to learn different viewpoints and give us the skill to convince or humility to get convinced. In a true Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam let us agree to disagree.