Love your enemies
Paramahansa Yoganada said in “The Law of Success¨:
Learn to see God in all persons, in whatever race or creed. You will know what divine love is when you begin to feel your oneness with every human being, not before.
Paramahansa Yogananda was a saintly man from India, a preeminent spiritual figure who came to the West to teach how to live. He was sent to the United States by his Guru with the objective of teaching Kriya Yoga, in 1920, and founded the Self-Realization Fellowship in California. Although we may need many reincarnations to be able to learn all the lessons God intends for us, the practice of Kriya Yoga may drastically reduce the number of our comings to earth.
Yogananda died in 1959 but his organization flourished and continues to pass his teachings in centers spread all over the world. He wrote a bestseller: “Autobiography of a Yogi”, a fantastic book with stories of his Gurus, and of other saints of India. I highly recommend its reading specially for the unbelievers.
Yogananda preaches that we should love all human beings, even our enemies. Hinduism asserts that all persons are one, as a reflection of God that we all are. This recommendation goes in line with Jesus – love your enemies.
How can we love our enemies? Many question this advice. The Buddhists say that our enemies are our friends, because we learn from them.
Allan Kardec, founder of Spiritism, says that, before a person reincarnates on earth, he agrees with a life plan that will provide him with chances to learn needed lessons. Therefore, your enemies may be actors in a plot to teach you. When incarnated, the spirit forgets the plan, and has to live on his own.
I am Roberto Lima Netto, a writer who seeks to present, in easy words, the ideas of Carl Jung and of notable mystics and sages. I also write fiction, always trying to convey lessons of life. After all, Jesus taught us that the stories are the best way to present ideas. Some of my books are: The Little Prince for Grownups, The Jungian Bible, The Amazon Shaman and In Search of Happiness, and A Boy, a metaphor for life, all available in Amazon and Kindle.