“As students, you have to have one thing: You have to have respect and honor for one another. Because when you respect others, you respect yourself. When you love others, you love yourself. Always direct your mind to Gd and say, ‘Lord, teach me to love people as you love them, teach me to know people as you know them, and teach me to act as you act.’
“The basic reason for all things is the spirit. The first result of the spirit in the world, the first result in the world with which life begins, that is love. The result of love is the life on Earth. The life that we have is a result.
“In order to love somebody, you have to be ready to get in his situation and he has to be ready to get in your situation too. A king must get in the situation of his citizens and vice versa.
“Love is not the easiest science. You, when you enter love, will be absolutely free. You will enter one completely new world. … You will look at all of your life, and you will see that in everything is hidden something nice.” ~Biensa Douno
Respect Fellow Students
Some people seem to have the idea that as students, they are in competition with the other students in the class. They act as if they were in a race and there can be only one winner. Not only is that not true with a class of students, but it is the opposite of the truth. Students will actually advance better if they work together rather then competing with each other.
The idea that we should be in competition with each other is understandable. It is an idea promoted by the manipulators who control the masses as much as possible. Competition, much like fear, is a great way to manipulate and control people. But now that we are at the dawn of a New Golden age of Spirit, many are realizing the foolishness of operating in fear and in competition with everyone. Unfortunately, others are embracing fear and competition as if they were great treasures, but that will soon end. In the business world, people working together to accomplish a goal is called synergy, and it is considered a good thing. Yet, at the same time they promote teamwork, the corporations also encourage competition with ideas like promoting only the top ten percent of performers.
Respect does not need to be limited to our fellow students. We should, in fact, respect all people, even those we strongly disagree with. But again, turning the people against each other is how the powers that control the material world keep us under their thumbs.
If respect isn’t something you are used to, like most other things you can learn respect through practice. When you are with someone or talking to someone, you don’t have much respect for, try to think of someone you do respect. Then try to imagine how you would handle the same situation if the other person was the one you did respect. Now treat the person like the one you do respect. Eventually, you will get the habit of treating everyone with respect.
One thing to remember is that just because you respect someone doesn’t mean you have to like them or agree with everything they say or do. Respect is based simply on the idea that they are fellow humans with divine souls. The particulars are not relevant to that. That is the way you have to think about. It’s like the way we used to be taught to hold the door for the person behind us, even if they are complete strangers.
With Love Comes Respect
When you love others, you will respect them as well. But we don’t always love other people, even those we think we love. But a spiritual awakening can bring love to us. With it, we recognize our oneness with all. We become aware that we are one with all people, all animals, plants, all of creation. Ad because we are one with the All, we love all. That is true love. And respect for all comes with that kind of love. Respect for other people, respect for Nature, for animals, for the environment. Respect for truth and wisdom. Respect for honesty. But first, we have to learn to have love and respect for ourselves. Even just a little love for ourselves is necessary. When we love ourselves—not in the overblown, egotistical way of a Donald Trump, but in an honest and humble way—we want to be our best, to grow and learn. If we don’t have any love of self, then we just waste our life in fun and games. So love and respect must begin at home.