To create an atmosphere of goodwill


The greatest service to humanity is to encourage a spirit of kindness, compassion, charity, generosity, cooperation, service, fairness, selfrestraint and prudence in the society at large. Ruthlessness, selfcenteredness and lack of magnanimity has turned this world into a hell. The only way to create a heavenly atmosphere on earth is to disallow the inner core of humankind to linger in the deprived state but rather to rekindle the noble feelings which have been lying dormant. People with noble feelings should be considered divine beings. Heavenly peace and prosperity flourish where people of divine nature abound. The following guidelines will help to arouse noble feelings: 

56. OFFERING SERVICE TO HUMAN KIND

Charity work on a personal or group basis should be regularly conducted to give relief to the needy and comfort to the suffering. [Herbal remedies can be made] that can help patients far more than other types of conventional medicines. This kind of inexpensive therapy can be made available at many places by sowing and cultivating medicinal herbs and making an extra investment to create a facility for processing. [ . . . ]
Working groups can be set up to oversee fairs, to help people in the event of epidemics, accidents, and other disasters. Involvement in tasks for the welfare of people in need will go a long way towards creating an environment of goodwill. Likewise, employment opportunities should be created for the disabled.

57. COMMUNITY EQUIPMENT

We should gather equipment that people usually have to borrow from others in a central location. Big utensils used in weddings, food processors, portable water tanks, rugs, lighting, ladders, decorations, rescue equipment, and other useful items should be kept in stock and loaned out for a minimal maintenance fee. This will help create goodwill and a feeling of fellowship.

58. PROJECTS INVOLVING COMPASSION TO ANIMALS

We should encourage activities that can create awareness and compassion among the masses for the plight of animals, birds and insects. Animals and birds are our cousins and we should educate the masses to give up the cruel habit of eating them. Such a practice destroys spiritual virtues and encourages a cruel outlook. Nowadays, most leather comes from butchered animals, rather than from those which died a natural death. Therefore, the usage of leather encourages the killing of animals. We should replace leather shoes with footwear made of canvas or rubber and we should not use other things made of leather. [ . . . ] We should also shun silk production which involves boiling the cocoons of live silkworms. Animal cruelty must come to an end. [ . . . ]
We should give greater priority to compassionate rearing of cows and encouraging the use of milk and milk products. This too will promote good health and prosperity and increase a sense of goodwill.

59. HONEST NEW-ERA COMMERCE

[ . . . ] These days, any shopkeeper who offers food and other items at a fair price can be regarded as altruistic. Such items could include flour, lentils, rice, oil, ghee, honey, dry fruit, spices, herbals, handmills, steamers, small fitness equipment, books, and other essentials.

60. CONFERENCES AND TOWN MEETINGS

Public education that can helps in arousing mutual cordial feelings should also be initiated. To enable this, large or small conventions, gatherings for the exchange of views, lectures and other such collective programs should be held on a regular basis. When people come together in one place, it makes it easier to communicate and this togetherness spontaneously boosts enthusiasm. Spiritual ceremonies of various scales can also be useful. Smaller gatherings are far more helpful and efficient than large assemblies as only small gathering can be expected to yield productive outcomes.

61. TRAINING CAMPS DURING THE SACRED DAYS OF THE YEAR

Educational camps which can boost mutual cordial feelings should be held regularly. [ . . . ] Nine-day camps should be conducted to include mantra recitation, rituals, fasting in the morning, devotional songs in the afternoon and public discourses in the evening. [ . . . ] Uplifting literature can be given to participants. Pledges should be taken to give up undesirable habits. [ . . . ] Any good orator, well versed in the ideology of the New Era can deliver a discourse. If nine-day camps are held every year, the participants will receive the immense benefits of spiritual practice as well as bolstering good thoughts and feelings. [ . . . ]

62. COLLECTIVE PILGRIMAGE

From time to time, thoughtful people should free themselves from household responsibilities and go on a walking pilgrimage in groups. A schedule should be set beforehand, allocating a one-day stopover at each place to be visited along the way. There should be mantra recitation and rituals in the morning; exchange of thoughts in the afternoon and an assembly to deliver a discourse at night. The necessary preparations must be prearranged wherever the group makes a stop. [ . . . ]

63. WRITING INSPIRING AND EDUCATIONAL QUOTES AND APHORISMS

Painting inspiring and educational thoughts on the walls in public places is one of the cheapest ways to impart public education. These can be written permanently with paint or on a regular basis with chalk. If a committee will take on the project of painting such thoughts on the walls across the town, the whole town will be enriched.

64. CENTERS FOR TRAINING IN HOLISTIC HEALTH

There should be a central institute for teaching the practices of holistic health that can offer an opportunity to study the problems people face and their methods of resolution. This institute should impart training in resolving these problems in a way that is tailored to each personal situation. Discussed problems could include untidiness, disorganization, family discord, financial problems, undesirable interference by others, marital problems, child rearing problems, obstacles to spiritual progress, poverty, lack of success, worry, anxiety, helplessness, impediments to progress, and the like. Education [ . . . ] regarding the art of living should be given including the principles of psychology, sociology and inter-personal relationships, which can provide needed support for character development.

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