Pt. Shriram Sharma Acharya
Do not argue with others if you find their thoughts conflicting with or going against yours. There are countless number of people living on our planet having diverse views, ideas, beliefs, ways of thinking and outlooks. There is every possibility that any of these viewpoints could be right. Therefore, you should learn not to disregard others’ opinion, be a sympathetic listener and respect their views. Get rid of any egocentric self-opinionated attitude you might have and expand the horizons of your vision. Be open-minded and, be willing to listen to and consider others’ views. Then only your life would become extremely fruitful and really helpful to others.
Talk gently, humbly, amicably, pleasingly and moderately. Give up any unworthy ideas and strong feelings. Get rid of any traces of arrogance or grumpiness. Try not to attach any importance to yourself. The task of serving humanity expects an individual to become totally devoted to the cause, with other people being at the forefront of his/her consideration.
If you do possess all the the aforesaid characteristics, you are indeed a leading light and a boon to the world. You are like a celestial fragrant flower whose fragrance will disperse far and wide (i.e. inspire others). If you do succeed in accomplishing this much, you can safely assume that you are on your way to reach the acme of enlightenment.