In to the pattern of the lives of many an Eastern and Western saint the brightly shining threads of legend or miracle have been woven to express the divine harmony and unity of existence which reign as soon as man has removed all aggressiveness, violence, and hatred from his own restless heart. For then all outward antagonism bred by fear and self-seeking ceases, and life meets life in love, peace, and good will.
Centuries ago the Buddha proclaimed, ” Never hatred conquered by hatred; by love is hatred conquered”– an eternal truth which is forgotten again and again by man because of its uncompromising claim on the human heart, bound as it is by the numberless petty ties of inordinate affections, likes and dislikes, and the insatiable desire for pleasure and worldly happiness.
The following miracle told in the life of Saint Rosa of Lima also serves one of the many illustrations of the mighty power of non aggressiveness and disinterested love love and service for all beings.
Saint Rosa had built herself a quiet cell in the garden of her mother for her spiritual exercises and solitary hours of recollectedness, but the humidity of the soil and the deep shadow of the trees attracted clusters of gnats to the spot. All the walls were covered with them.There was a constant coming and going through the windows, so that the little hut resounded with the droning buzz of the insects, none of which, however ever troubled the virgin when she was present. But if her mother or any other friend came to see her, the whole brood immediately fell upon them to suck their blood.
So great was their astonishment to see Saint Rosa herself always unmolested and undisturbed, living in close amity with the gnats and even loving them. When they asked her about it, she replied, smiling,”As soon as I settled down to live here, I made a covenant of friendship with the gnats that they should not trouble me, just as I myself did not wish them any harm.So we dwell here in perfect concord and bravely work together for the praise of the creator.”
Every time Saint Rosa entered her cell in the early dawn, she called out to the gnats,”Up my dear friends, up and praise God!” At once they began to buzz in a sweet unison, making a circle, and so perfect was their order and the harmony of their song that they seemed to be forming choirs under an expert leader.When this was over, they flew away in search of food, but as soon as the silvery stillness of dusk began to envelop the garden, filling nature with the quiet expectancy of the Eternal, they returned and repeated the same harmonious buzzing at the command of the saint until her voice silenced them and called them to rest.
—By Wolfram H. Koch
Compassion toward all beings ( daya) is necessary for divine realization, for God Himself is overflowing with this quality.Those with a tender heart can put themselves in the place of others, feel their suffering, and try to alleviate it.
By Sri Sri Paramahansa Yogananda “God Talks With Arjuna—- The Bhagavad Gita”