LIGHT IS LIFESHARE IT
by Shri S. C. Pathak
Light is life because without light nothing can survive. This light is
VIDYA (knowledge) which expels the darkness of ignorance (AVIDYA). As
life cannot survive without light, so also human society cannot survive
without the light of gainful knowledge (Vidya).
The source of light that we get on earth is the sun, and the sun in its
turn gets it from the self-refulgent God, who is the eternal store-house
of light. The sun does not keep that light confined to itself, but passes
it on to all the members of its cosmic family since they also need it
for their survival. Like the sun, Agni (fire) also gives us light, and
energy also, which is necessary for our survival. It helps us in keeping
our environment pure by burning the impurities of objects that we need
for our life. Can we not draw a lesson from such benevolence of the Sun
and the Agni ?
We all know that fire begets fire. Nothing can be drawn from nothing.
There has to be something to draw something out of it. Therefore, if we
want to give light of life to others, we have first to obtain it from
the Omniscient God. One who himself is hungry cannot feed others. Unless
we ourselves have knowledge of the Vedas and other scriptures we cannot
pass on their message to others. Only an enlightened person can give light
However, care has to be taken that while imparting knowledge to others
one should be absolutely free from ego, anger, and greed; and should be
polite in one's talk, free from self-praise or sense of pride. An ideal
preacher, who has gained knowledge and power of good speech by the grace
of God, should pass that on to his disciples without aspiring for any
material reward in return. He should pass on that light of knowledge (Vidya)
to others like a selfless lamp. For that, he does not have to make any
special efforts. His mental attitude and way of life will speak for themselves.
His words will carry conviction with his audience.
If you are a preacher or a teacher, first enlighten yourself with divine
knowledge and then share it with others for their benefit, always remembering
the important directive given by Maharshi Dayanand Saraswati, "No
one should be contented with his own progress only but should regard the
progress of others as his own."
From the authors book, Perennial Thoughts for Self-Development, available
from Sultan Chand & Sons Publishers, 23 Darya Ganj, New Delhi-110