I am laptopping this from the Seattle Airport, where we’re waiting to fly back to California after a weekend of programs in Seattle. Airports are great levelers, as Devi and I know, queuing up for more than twenty-five flights each year. One sees people from all over the world: dark skin and light, baseball caps and turbans, families and friends chatting in English, Italian, Hindi, and languages we can’t even recognize. All is marvelous diversity, but while at the airport we are all just fellow passengers. And so it is also on this little planet flying through space: we are all just fellow travellers. If we can but see the unity behind the diversity, we can all be friends. We can all be family. We can all speak the same language of the heart.

Unity in Diversity by Jyotish - Yogananda world religions quote

Good people everywhere yearn to see a world united.

One of our programs in Seattle included a Jewish rabbi, a Muslim imam, and a Christian minister, as well as Devi and me. At the end of our talks the rabbi led a prayer in Hebrew, the imam chanted verses from the Koran, and the Christian offered Biblical invocations—all for world peace. Many present had tears in their eyes, for good people everywhere yearn to see a world united in honoring everyone’s common quest for life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

At this transition point in history we are seeing a great battle of consciousness, between those who want to impose their small visions of an earth divided, and those who yearn for a world united. It’s not a time to be passive. Those who want peace and harmony must radiate light: through prayer and meditation, by friendship to strangers, in a hand offered to those less fortunate.

Having lived so many years with Swami Kriyananda, I saw the power of friendship offered even when none was expected. Once we were in New York, where Swamiji was speaking at a large gathering of spiritually-minded people. The first Sony Walkman had just become available, and Swami visited a shop twice in order to buy a couple of these novel devices so people could listen to his music at the Ananda booth. He acted toward the owner as he always did, in a friendly and positive manner, and I didn’t think much about it. But as we were leaving, we visited one last time to say goodbye to the shopkeeper who had helped us. To our amazement, the man began to weep and asked for a photo of Swami. He said that he felt he was losing his closest friend.

The world gives us back what we give out. Life becomes so much sweeter when we emanate friendship, peace, and harmony. If we want to see humanity truly reflecting the image of God, then let us act as divine representatives, becoming the hands, feet, heart, and mind of the Infinite Friend. Only when we see everyone as a brother or sister, a child of our same one Father/Mother, will we finally see true peace and harmony.

As Paramhansa Yogananda wrote in Whispers From Eternity, “Teach us, Father, to melt the fancy-frozen boundaries of family, society, and national identity with the warmth of our love and understanding.”

In unity (from 30,000 feet),

Nayaswami Jyotish

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  1. Pranam Ji

    Thanks for sharing your Thoughts on the Subject Unity in Diversity, It is Inspiringly
    Beautiful .

    With Gratitude
    R Sundararajan

  2. Thank You Baba for your gift of unconditional Friendship to all, and encouraging us to be divine representatives, becoming the hands, feet, heart, and mind of the Infinite Friend.

    May you always be blessed by God’s LOVE, His LIGHT and His JOY.

    With Divine Mother’s Blessings

  3. Dear Nayaswami Jyotish Ji,

    Thank you for this beautiful blog :-) . Ananda communities are an example of the brotherhood colonies as visioned by master for living together in Harmony & Peace.

    May Masters bless us with infinite joy and love that we radiate to everyone . As master says ” Kindness is the light that dissolves walls between souls, families and Nation”.

    Have a safe flight :)

    In Masters Love

  4. Dear Jotish, while I was reading your sharing, I felt my heart a great heat and I understood that I shared with you the brorherood with all the people of the world.
    I don’t know why, but ever since I was little I wanted to see the world in paece without wars, conflicts and hate.
    I didn’t understand why the people fought one against the other. I discovered it when I grew up and began to feel these negative feelings and to be aware of them.
    Thanks to Swamiji and the Great Masters, now, I know that this dream can be realized if each of us makes Their own channel.
    Very often lately, in your meditation comes your image and that of Swamiji and I think you have collected my request for help I sent you some time ago through a post of “Touch of Light”.
    Thanks for your support though from so far away

  5. Beautiful! And the sharing of the weekend with spiritual brothers and sisters from diverse backgrounds, inspired me deeply.

  6. Friendship, brotherhood, peace and harmony are very powerful words. As master has said we must reach bound our families but of- course
    it should be a place like Ananda people should be the right ones .

  7. Dear Jyotish, thank you for yet another beautiful article, totally inspiring from equally awesome teachers, true representatives of God and through our beloved masters and filling our hearts with joy and gratitude and praying that we remain steadfast in being worthier instruments for our Father . Blessed Be all , in Love and Light

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