No One Is A Stranger: Dynamics of Nurturing Inter-Personal Relationships With Spiritual Values

No One Is A Stranger: Dynamics of Nurturing Inter-Personal Relationships With Spiritual Values

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Item Code: NAD797
Publisher: Sri Ramakrishna Math (Chennai)
Edition: 2009
ISBN: 9788178234625
Pages: 250
Cover: Paperback
Other Details: 7.0 inch X 5.0 inch
Weight 170 gm
Back of the Book

'If you cannot see God in the human face, how- can you see him in the clouds, or in images made of dull, dead matter, or in mere fictitious stories of our brain? I shall call you religious from the day you begin to see God in men and women, and then you will understand what is meant by turning the left cheek to the man who strikes you on the right. When you see man as God, everything, even the tiger, will be welcome. Whatever comes to you is but the Lord, the Eternal the Blessed One, appearing to us in various forms, as our father, and mother, and friend, and child-they are our own soul playing with us.'

Publisher’s Note

Almost every aspect of life revolves around inter- personal relationships. Since human beings have differences in temperaments, interests and capacities, there are also differences in the relationships one develops with them. Difference apart, one also needs a deeper understanding of the causes that bring people together or make them sow seeds of discord. One cannot have peace of mind if one's inter-personal relationships are passing through a rough patch. Everyone faces times when he has to respond meaningfully to such a rough patch. In the ultimate analysis, what is required in handling inter-personal relationships is inculcation of a spiritual outlook towards life. This asks for nothing less than a matured approach to life's problems. One has to understand oneself and others in the light of spiritual oneness of all human beings. When one understands it, honesty and uprightness in one's dealings--the most vital values that guide a healthy human dealing-become a natural trait of one's personality.

The Vedanta Kesari, the English monthly published from this Math, brought out a special issue with inter- personal relationship as its theme which was very well received by its readers. Considering the continued relevance of the theme, we are glad to present it in this form.

Contents

1Introduction1
2The Need for Right Conduct11
3Human Relationships in Vedanta15
4Ethics in Our Human Relationships21
5The Place of Inter-Personal Relationships in Spiritual Life26
6Nurturing Inter-Personal Relations and Living the Spiritual Life-Some Guidelines33
7Spiritualising Human Relationships47
8'No One is a Stranger, My Child.'58
9Sri Ramakrishna on Good Relations69
10Reminiscences
The Virtue of Trust and Frankness82
Two Revealing Incidents85
Their Power and Their Love88
'Every Act of Kindness, However Small, Helps'90
11The True Friend (Poem)93
12To a Friend102
13Secret of Harmonious Human Relationship107
14Inter-Personal Relationship in the Bhagavad Gita119
15Installing the LOVE Software129
16Building Human Relationships133
17Spiritualising Inter-Personal Relationships144
18Understanding Human Relationships in the Light of theUpanishads153
19Mother's Unparalleled Love160
20Sri Ramakrishna and His Disciples-Shining Examples in Selfless Relationships164
21Inter-Personal Relationships in the Workplace-A Candid View182
22The Teacher-Student Relationship--the Indian Scenario192
23'Whosoever Is Angry With His Brother'202
24A Fresh Look at Interfaith Relationships206
25Wnat They Say (e-symposiurn)213
26Stories that Inspire230
Hollowness of Worldly Love
The Story of Savitri231
'There is a Messiah Among You'237
The Place For Building a Temple239
Wherein Lies the Defect?240
Triple Filter Test241
Sources and Contributors243
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