Education, Family, Life, Society

It Costs Nothing to be Kind.

Three disciples were graduating from their Gurukul after 25 years of Brahmcharyashram. They were getting back to their lives upon completing their education. Guru told them that one of their exams was pending, which he would take as they leave the school. Disciples were waiting for this exam till the final day of departure, but Guru did not take any exam. The disciples thought that Guru must have changed his plans or would have forgotten about it.

The sun was setting. The disciples were all set to leave the Gurukul to go to their respective homes. As they walked a couple of miles from the Gurukul on the narrow road with bushes around, they found thorny branches and gorse lying in the middle of their path. One disciple jumped over the gorse, while the other made way from the side and moved ahead.

The third disciple picked up those thorny twigs and threw them over the bushes to clean the road. To his surprise, their Guru was hiding behind the bushes. He appeared and told the third disciple that only he had cleared the exam and had truly graduated from the Gurukul. He asked the other two who had gone ahead to come back, since they had more work to put into themselves.

Such small, insignificant gestures reveal the love, mercy and compassion within us and builds our friendly and gentle persona.   As someone so beautifully said – It costs nothing to be kind.

Many a times we feel unduly exhausted. We feel underlying tension, pressure and discomfort without any obvious reasons. We feel heavy from within and stressed out. We feel disturbed and restless, not at peace. When we deep-dive into the inner self, we realize that there lies anger, jealousy, hatred for others and we are filled with such negative sentiments. The more we have friction and malice in our mind for others, we are not at peace.

Just imagine that everyone in this world and everything around us are our friends – people, animals, birds, trees, mountains, river, stones, furniture, walls, windows,…- the entire world. Please feel that the entire universe is filled with love and friendship for you, and you in turn are reciprocating the same love and friendship towards them….you will experience a sense of inner peace and tranquility. Create a circle of friendship around you and you will feel that the turbulent ocean of restlessness in your mind will soon become peaceful and quiet.

Osho says it is much easier to put this in practice. When you go to sleep, think and feel the sense of love and friendship for the whole world around you. Think and feel that the divine stream of love and friendship is flowing from you to the entire world and you will find that you will wake up with a renewed peace of mind in the morning. If we keep these sentiments in mind 24 x 7 that ‘I am friendly to everyone around me’ and if these thoughts keep flowing out from us – it will diminish the other sentiments such as anxiety, aggression, outrage, friction, hatred and negativity.

As we know, what goes around comes around….better to let goodness flow, friendship and love flow, because the more we spread such positive sentiments, the more we will receive them.

Wow! Now I understood the real meaning of what Jesus meant when He said “Love thy neighbour”, and the deeper sentiment behind the word “friendship” – Happy Friendship Day to you!


एक कतरा ही सही एसी नियत दे मौला
किसी को प्यासा देखूँ तो दरिया हो जाऊँ ,,

Ek katara hi sahi, aisi neeyat de Maula;
kisi ko pyasa dekhun to dariya ho jaavu.

i may just be a droplet, but Oh my Lord,
may i become an ocean for a thirsty soul

About rajivvaishnav

Rajiv Vaishnav Managing Partner Cornerstone Venture Partners Rajiv is Managing Partner at Cornerstone Venture Partners, a global tech VC fund focused on Consumer business enablers (such as Applied AI) and Enterprise / SME BI solutions (vertical SaaS, AR & VR applications, Blockchain for enterprise, etc.). Cornerstone is a Pre-series A / Series A fund, the first institutional support for promising tech ventures enabling growth and customer access in unique ways. Rajiv brings over 35 years of solid experience in building brands, developing teams, expanding the market share and building organisations from grass root upwards. He was heading the Ecosystem & Partnerships Developmentt at Jio-GenNext Hub, A Reliance Enterprise. In this role, Rajiv is responsible to evangelize the Start-Up ecosystem, identify and connect with the deserving start-ups, academia, government agencies, mentors, angel investors and VC networks globally. Since 2002 till end of 2015, Rajiv was an integral part of NASSCOM’s senior management team. He headed NASSCOM’s first regional office in Mumbai and grown to manage the membership outreach nationally. He initiated many path breaking initiatives at NASSCOM including Cyber Safety initiatives with enforcement agencies, start-up incubators with State Governments under 10K Startup programme, evangelised Animation and Gaming industry and nurtured it, lead the ISO Standards initiative to establish a Global BPO and Product Quality Framework Standards out of India. He helped establish NASSCOM’s emerge forum in its formative days. At NASSCOM, he was enthusiastic about developing new IT destinations in the country, and fostering platforms for Industry-academia interactions as he believed that these were the two most critical requirements for the Indian IT industry to maintain its globally advantageous position. Rajiv was a member of AICTE (WR) and of IQAC of the SNDT Women’s University and Trustee at Dewang Mehta Foundation Trust. With Harish Mehta, the first President of TiE, Mumbai and the first Chairman of NASSCOM, Rajiv co-founded TiE in India. He built the organisation bottoms-up and nurtured the start-up ecosystem in India since early 2000. He got early exposure to work with TiE in Silicon Valley and investors, entrepreneurs and mentors such as Kanwal Rekhi, Suhas Patil, Desh Deshpande, Sridhar Iyengar, Raj Jaswa, Shabir Bhatia, Raj Desai and many others… He has worked with Indo-American Chamber of Commerce (IACC), Franchising Association of India (FAI) and US- Environment Resource Center (US-ERC). In the corporate sector, his experience includes stints with two U.S. Freight Forwarding giants Emery Worldwide and Air Express International in sales & marketing. In 2000, Rajiv was invited by the U.S. Government to participate in their International Visitors programme on US Trade and World Market. Rajiv has administered several outward trade delegations including those to International Franchise Expo ’99, USA, Emerging Companies delegations to CeBIT Australia and Silicon Valley. He has represented NASSCOM in the International Advisors Council to the Mayor of Luwan District in Shanghai, China and E-Sports Symposium in Seoul, Korea. Rajiv is a Science graduate from Mumbai University. He is passionate about music and literature. His blog url:
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3 thoughts on “It Costs Nothing to be Kind.

  1. Fantastic Rajiv Sir… The detailing is even better, very apt for today, Friendship Day. Thanks for your Wishes… Warmly Reciprocate… HAPPY FRIENDSHIP DAY… God Bless You & All…

  2. Good one.. well expressed, Simple thoughts needs engraving to make it natural behaviour. Good reinforcement. Keep writing my friend. Happy friendship day 😊👍.

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