Thursday, March 23, 2017

Expressing gratitude

By | 30 Dec, 2016, 06:10AM IST

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Thecla Pereira's article, "Gratefulness the heart of life" (Herald, Other Voices, December 26), has, beautifully, highlighted the value of gratitude in our lives. It must have been a long list if I start enumerating the names of those who I would like to express my gratitude for showering sunshine on the path of my journey in 2016. Thecla Pereira is certainly one of them. I feel joy and happiness in saying, "Thank you" to her for voicing her concern in Herald for the hapless rag pickers who are doing great service for our environment.  But why do I feel joy in my being grateful? We can get the answer in the words of the Mother (Mirra Alfassa),  "There is nothing which gives you a joy equal to that of gratitude. One hears a bird sing, sees a lovely flower, looks at a little child, observe an act of generosity, reads a beautiful sentence, looks at the setting sun, no matter what, suddenly this comes upon you, this kind of emotion - indeed so deep, so intense - that the world manifests the Divine, that there is something behind the world which is the Divine."
Indeed, saying "Thank you" can even enable us to have yoga with the Divine. Since we are to say "you" in "Thank you", we find an opportunity to have a deep breath outside the confined room called "ego" for a short while though. In one of his immortal songs, Tagore said,  "Yes, I know, this is nothing but thy love, O beloved of my heart  this golden light that dances upon the leaves, these idle clouds sailing across the sky, this passing breeze leaving its coolness upon my forehead."
We see how the gratitude of the poet is broadcasting a vibration of a sublime joy. Indeed, gratitude takes us out of our ego to feel the magic of oneness. As the Mother had said, "Physically, materially, upon earth, it is in gratitude that one finds the source of the purest delight." Let us take the pledge for the New Year that we must honour the dignity of labour and should not fight shy of expressing our gratitude without any prejudice of caste, class, race, religion, gender or generation.