Once, a friend of Michelangelo, the famous Italian sculptor, asked him, “Why are you working so hard, chiseling this huge rock? Why don’t you go home and get some rest?” Michelangelo replied: “I want to bring out the living Divinity that is embedded in this lifeless stone.” If that sculptor could create out of an inanimate piece of stone, a living Image of God, cannot human beings vibrant with life manifest the living Divinity that resides within them? When our clothes get dirty, we change them, because we are ashamed to appear in dirty garments. If our house is dirty we clean it so that visitors do not get a bad impression. But when our minds and our hearts are polluted, we seldom feel ashamed. Isn’t it strange that we are so concerned about the cleanliness of our clothes or homes, but are not concerned about the purity of our hearts and minds which affects our entire life? We always look out at the external and rarely do we look within which is the actual truth and is the true ‘us’. We are so busy with the external that we compromise many a times our inner reality for satisfying our external needs.
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