Practice what you Preach ( A True Story )
Only preaching does not help or make any influencing impact on people as long as it is practiced.
Best way to evaluate and judge people on what they preach is if they actually follow it.
Sharing one of my experiences where I visited a spiritual organization renowned for its programs but figured out at the end that what they do not follow ” Practice what you preach ”
It was an eye opener for me and I stopped following their teachings. It also gave me an insight that we should always evaluate others on their beliefs and not simply blindly follow them.
I went for an advanced meditation course organized by a spiritual organization renowned for its programs .
It was 3 day residential course and was youngest of all the participants
First day morning, woke up at 6 am and reached mediation hall
Basis initial instructions, exercises and yoga started till 8 AM
Group gathered again after the breakfast
Everyone was called one by one and asked a question
Share your problems ?
People started coming one by one and started sharing their problems.
It made me jittery because magnitude of their problems were huge.
A woman’s son was not mentally well and she was tired of caring for him
A man had lost his last 3 jobs because of attacks which does not allow him to focus on work
A couple had consecutive miscarriages
A married woman diabetic with troubled childhood and many more.
In the end, my turn came
I was also asked the question : share your problems?
I replied- I have no problems
Everyone was shocked to hear my response.
Then came the next question – Then why have you come here ?
I said- I have come here to find the God!
No body said anything but people kept on asking me one to one that
how is it possible that you have no problem and how will you find God here.
I said I have no clue yet but looking at magnitude of problems others in the group are facing I literally have no problems
So, 3 days passed and I liked the walks in surrounding forest, dance and drama and doing regular chores in the ashram
Main instructor told everyone a strict rule that tea is not good and don’t drink it during the course as well as afterwards .
When course ended, first thing main instructor did was to order tea for himself.
I asked him that you said not to take tea but now you are the one ordering it immediately once the course has ended.
He said it is ok once in a while
I concluded that what they don’t follow practice what you preach
So, this is not the right place to find God.
Practice what you preach is essential trademark of great leaders in all spheres of life and it can be great check for integrity of people.
At the end a participant asked me did you find the God
I said: God is there but not here!
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Practice what you preach ( A True Story )