The first spiritual practice that a person should strive to do is to be a beautiful human being. That’s practice number one—to be a warm person.
Need we study what a warm person is? No. You don’t need to study this. We know, from our own life experience, what that entails. There’s no need to do a PhD on it. From our life experience, we’ve met people who are more cold towards us and we’ve met people who are very warm towards us. So we know what a warm-hearted person is.
So the first core practice is to be a beautiful human being, and a beautiful human being is a warm-hearted, loving person.
To be a warm-hearted person we need to be strong. Because sometimes a person treats us like dirt, looks down at us, puts us down, is rude to us. Well you need to be strong. If we are weak, we won’t be able to be warm-hearted towards that person.
You’ve got to be strong. If a person treats you like dirt and you treat the person like dirt back—anyone can do that. But when the person treats you like dirt and you treat the person like an angel, you have to be strong. It’s not easy.
Of course it’s not easy, but everything is not easy. Walking for the first time is not easy, for a baby. They say an iPhone is very user-friendly, but it’s not easy when you use it for the first time. Nothing is easy. But if we are sincere, if we know what we are trying to do, if we know the picture in our heart, what we want to be, then we can slowly work at it.
So what does a picture of a beautiful, warm hearted human being look like? Like a grandfather towards his grandson. Warm, like that, but towards everybody.
There are no rules that say be warm to only my friends, only my family, only those of my nationality, only animal lovers, only vegetarians, only spiritual people. Because that will limit the warmth. It’s like living in a mansion, but you don’t know any other room except the bathroom—we eat, sleep, and live in the bathroom only. Living in this way we will never realize the magnificence of our potential.