Friday August 5, 2016

It’s Friendships Day! So it’s time to celebrate and strengthen the bond of friendship.

Wikipedia defines friendship as – A relationship of mutual affection between two or more people. Taking it one step further, Buddhism talks about the concept of ‘Universal Friendship,’ which means friendship towards all sentient beings, with no exception. But is it really possible to develop such a relationship with everyone?

A true friend is someone whom we cannot do without. It is called friendship when both friends support each other by fulfilling each other’s needs. Even if there’s a mistake on our part, there should be no change in the friendship.

Here are some master keys Param Pujya Dadashri has given us, that can help us sustain and strengthen the unique bond of friendship:

A friendship can only survive if it is free from any terms and conditions. Pujya Dadashri says that, ‘True love is a steady inner feeling that does not rise or fall as per the other person’s actions or situations.’

No matter how old a friendship might be, it isn’t always free from fault finding and blame games. Problems start arising in any relationship due to the inability to understand and accept the other person as they are! As a solution to this shortcoming, Pujya Dada Bhagwan says that, ‘One should not see or notice anyone’s mistakes.’

What holds one back from rebuilding and reviving broken relationships? The inability to forgive and forget! Pujya Dadashri has hit the bull’s eye with the scientific key of Pratikraman. Pratikraman refers to asking for forgiveness from the person whom you’ve wronged. What makes this tool unique? You need not physically ask for forgiveness from that person, instead you can ask for their forgiveness in your mind, in their absence. It will still give you profound results.

Doesn’t all this sound amazing?

By simply practicing these simple keys in our lives, we will not only strengthen our relationship with our friends, but it’ll also go a long way in making all our relations more joyful and constructive.

Kudos to all the friends and their friendship!

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