You and I are not WE. But, ONE.
Oh, yeah! we all know that at the core we are all one. So, we should treat each other as we treat ourselves. When we are nice to others, we are much nicer to ourselves. We should try to see ourselves in others and others in ourselves.
Sounds very good. But, when that annoying person says something or does something, why does our blood boil? More importantly how can we really understand that we are all one at the very core?
Vedanta has excellent metaphors to show the unity of all living beings.
Moon reflects in all water bodies.
Moon reflects in a beautiful swimming pool in a royal bungalow in the best part of the town.
Same moon also reflects in the dirty sewage pool in a slum.
Is there any difference in the moon?
Is the moon in the beautiful swimming pool any different than the moon in the dirty pool in the slum?
Of course, we are going to enjoy looking at the moon's reflection in the beautiful pool than it the dirty pool in the slum. That's all is external and is bound to change. In one stroke of luck, the beautiful house may burn down and take the pool with it. At the same time, the slum may be transformed into a beautiful location. That's possible.
That's what is all about so called good and bad people. When we see the reflection of the moon in a nice swimming pool, we feel happy and call that reflection a good one. When we see the reflection of the same moon in a dirty pool in a slum, we call that as the bad person.
Here moon refers to 'atman' which is one and the same. Pool is the body in which it is reflected.
So, focus on the moon and not on where it is being reflected.
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