By Narayan Romano
February 28, 2017

A friend of mine came to our temple this week near tears. “What’s wrong?” I asked her. She told me she had just come from a funeral and was down in spirits. As she was parking before our meditation, a man angrily yelled at her that she was in his parking spot. Since she was dealing with a lot of stress at the time, this man’s aggressive behavior pushed her over the edge into tears.

How different it would have been if he had acted in kindness towards her! How different the world would be if we all practiced kindness in our relations with others!

One time Swami Kriyananda was asked, “What is Ananda’s legacy?” He responded, “Kindness.”

I think Swamiji was reminding us to not forget the point of our spiritual practices. Sometimes we tend to overcomplicate things. As a saint once said to Paramhansa Yogananda, “God is simple. Everything else is complex.”

How, then, do we simply realize His presence in our daily lives? One way is through kindness to others. By practicing kindness we expand our consciousness to embrace our larger reality and oneness with all life. You could think of kindness as the social way to omnipresence!

At the end of our meditation and satsang our friend left uplifted. Her sorrow vanished through the magic wand of God’s peace in meditation and divine friendship.

Experiment with you superpower of kindness this week. Unleash the eternal power of your soul, shatter your trials, and share the peaceful rain of God’s presence with others.

Here are some ideas on how you can practice kindness:

First contact God in deep meditation & share Him with others. As Swami Kriyananda said in a song, “Let joy be your gun.” Share divine joy with others through your tone of voice, the twinkle in your eyes, the silence of your soul.
Be the first to smile. Be a cause for kindness through your genuine feelings of brotherhood expressed through your smile.
Use your super RAK! power. RAK power means “random acts of kindness.” Open the door for a stranger. Help a person with their groceries. Allow someone to go in front of you during rush hour while driving.

Warning: when you start to employ the power of kindness, it only grows stronger!