Monday, June 14, 2010

The Burden of Hatred ... A Story To Reflect On

The Burden Of Hatred

A school teacher once asked her students to bring some potatoes in a plastic bag to school. Each potato would be given a name of the person whom that child hated. The number of potatoes would be equal to the number of persons the child hated.
On a chosen day the children brought their potatoes with the names of the people they hated labeled on the potatoes. Some had two, some had three and some had even more than five potatoes. The teacher said the children had to carry these potatoes with them everywhere they went for a week. As the days passed, the children started to complain about the bad smell that started coming from these potatoes. Some students who had many potatoes complained that it was very heavy to carry them all around. After one week all the potatoes were discarded.

The teacher asked, “How did you feel in this one week?” The children said they felt terrible about the bad smell and weight of

the potatoes.
Then the teacher said, “This situation is very similar to what you carry in your heart when you don’t like some people. This hatred makes your heart unhealthy and you carry that hatred in your heart everywhere you go. If you cannot bear the smell of spoiled potatoes for a week, imagine the impact of this hatred in your heart that you carry throughout life.”

* Why suffer by carrying anger and hatred in your heart and mind…your physical and mental health will be affected.
* Life is uncertain. Death is certain. Learn to forgive and let go. The heart and mind will feel light and happy.
* Hatred is not overcome by hatred. It is overcome by LOVE. This is an Eternal Law.

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