It is in giving that we receive

[This video (below) is an excerpt from Amma’s message at the Summit of Conscience for the Climate in Paris organised by the Special Envoy for the Protection of the Planet of French President François Hollande.]

[Amma stressed the importance of employing a spiritual approach in checking global warming, cautioning countries across the world about the ill-effects of humanity’s continuing deeds against nature.]

“A kind word a loving glance and a small gesture of help can make the world a much brighter place. It is high time that individuals, communities and countries, thinking and acting within the framework of “I and mine”, changed their ways.

“We must realize global warming, disruptions in seasonal cycles and natural disasters taking place with increasing frequency are all a powerful message from the Almighty to make us reflect on our ways, unite and act wisely. We must become grateful. We are indebted to this world and all its creatures for raising and nurturing us. This Earth, this nature is our mother. We must never forget our debt to our mother.

“We must not turn a deaf ear to our ailing brothers and sisters calling out for help. We must do whatever we can to help and console them. We do not need much money or position to help those in distress. A kind word, a loving glance, a small gesture of help, these alone can make all our lives much brighter. What determines the value of our life is not what we have gained but what we have given. If we have given even one person a moment of consolation, our life would be so much more blessed for it.

“The next moment is not in our hands. If we want to close our mouth after yawning, we need the blessing of the power that enables the mouth to open and close. All those who take undue pride in their own abilities would do well to remember this and to gratefully recall the divine power behind all their abilities. In this way, they can become deserving of God´s grace. May divine grace bless everyone. This is Amma´s prayer to the Supreme.”