After sharing our evening meal, we all sat around the table with Sri Avinash enjoying each other’s company and eating fruit. On this particular evening, he decided to play a game with us.
“Every thought, every word and every action has a vibration that you can sense,” he explained to us. “Here, I will show you!”
Sri Avinash said a word in Vietnamese and asked us to guess whether we thought it was a positive or negative word simply by the feeling of it. Some of us got it right, others got it wrong, but that didn’t matter, it was fun! We were laughing, playing and learning all at once.
Soon it was my turn to say words in French and have everyone guess if they were positive or negative by trying to sense their vibration. Without a split second’s thought Sri Avinash would answer and he got all ten right in a row.
“See!” he said, “See the power of words.”
He was teaching us through this light-hearted game the reason we have to be so careful about what we think and what we say. Even if we can’t consciously perceive the vibration our thoughts and words are sending out, Sri Avinash taught us that they are nevertheless transmitting a feeling or a vibration that impacts other people.
It made me reflect on the quality of the words I use – I gave up using curse words a long time ago but I can still see how the language I use can be made more beautiful for the benefit of others.
This game and Sri Avinash’s teachings behind it also crystalised for me the importance of meditation not only for my own peace of mind, but for the peace of others.
It illustrated so clearly the impact that my own thoughts and words have in creating the mass consciousness that we all experience, and how beautiful it would be to live in a world where the majority of people thought beautiful things, peaceful things, or thought nothing at all. How much more harmony there would be in the world!
Sri Avinash often laughs and says to himself “I don’t know why God blessed this silly boy with this gift,” because he is always so lighthearted and never takes things too seriously, being playful as often as possible even when teaching deep truths.
Living with him and learning from him reminds me of Hafiz’ beautiful poem The Divine Invitation:
“You have been invited to meet The Friend. No one can resist a Divine Invitation.
That narrows down all our choices to just two:
we can come to God dressed for Dancing
be carried on a stretcher to God’s Ward.”
Sri Avinash, with all of his joy, playfulness, sweetness and wisdom makes sure that we come dressed for dancing all the way home to God.