Unity in Diversity – I am Because We Are an Article by Rajvir Lashar Raheja, USA

Unity in Diversity – I am Because We Are by Rajvir Lashar Raheja, Seattle, USA

Unity in Diversity – I am Because. We Are Technology advancements have allowed us to journey to all corners of the world, even the most remote areas where an internet connection is limited and a cell phone signal is hard to receive. Yet, wherever we go we can be sure to find the vast Earth inhabited by people from all walks of life but with one thing in common - the feeling of oneness. There is so much diversity to experience in the world - the languages, the food, music and the culture itself.

A poet once said, civilizations should be measured by the degree of diversity attained and the degree of unity retained. This is a good measure of the progress of civilization. The beauty of life exists in the diversity of the world we experience. We are able to experience the love of God through our interactions with His creation. We cannot experience this world without experiencing its diversity and for that I remain forever grateful to God. If the feeling of oneness is present within your heart then anyone you meet becomes a part of that oneness.

Imagine a world where everyone lives isolated from one another, there are no interactions, no exchanges of feeling, and everyone exists separate from the other. It’s hard to imagine such a world or life at all. Looking back at life, the fondest memories involve another human being or some interaction with another soul. Therefore, it would be wrong to assume that we can live without unity in diversity. This reminds me of a study conducted by an anthropologist recently. He proposed a game to a group of children in an African tribe. He put a basket full of fruit near a tree and told the kids whoever got there first won the basket of sweet fruit. When he told them to run they all took each other’s hands and ran together, then sat together enjoying their treats. When he asked why they ran together holding hands instead one could have had all the fruits for himself, they said: “UBUNTU, how can one of us be happy if all others are sad”.

UBUNTU – in the Xhosa culture means, I am because we are. The message of this story, therefor, is we are one, we are all connected. While competition benefits one person, cooperation benefits all. The message of Satguru Baba Hardev Singh Ji has always been unity in diversity. Recently I had a chance to experience this more closely. My husband and I had a chance to travel to an Island in the South Pacific. We had discovered a whole new part of the world but one thing which remained consistent was the humanity of people we encountered. I’m not sure why I was surprised or if I had even stopped to think why people anywhere would be different? I guess, I was thinking about all the wars over religion, culture and those who chose to spread evil in the world. I overcame this feeling and allowed myself to experience good and kind hearted people which also exist, those who work day and night to make the world a better place. Everyone we encountered not only opened up their hearts to us but also their homes.

His Holiness has taught us that; people we meet are not strangers but rather God Almighty as He resides in all. The connection we share with all human beings is that of love and humanity. Baba Ji says, if all understand this today, the distances on the basis of language, provinces, and countries may go on disappearing. Wherever there is nearness or closeness, there is happiness and love. Baba Ji has always expressed that the language of love is the best language. We are able to experience the love of God through our interactions with His creation.

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