February 2020


Chetan Dalal
Chartered Accountant

Very often, we come across the expression ‘That person is a very good person’. What actually are we referring to? Is it any physical characteristic? Does the expression refer to his looks, his height, his weight, or anything specific about his personal appearance? No, the expression refers to his good thoughts and his good thinking.


How does one cultivate ‘good’ thinking or thinking correctly? There is no scientific way, but a very good solution is to constantly bring in an attitude of positivity, helpfulness and consideration for others at all times and in all circumstances. ‘This life is for others’ is a good maxim to begin with. If we can gather all our thoughts around this one thought, our thinking will automatically correct itself for the better. For example, amongst aging people one common prayer to God is ‘Please give me strength to look after myself if my son does not look after me when I have grown old’. However, consider another prayer, ‘Please give me strength to be able to look after all those whose sons have deserted them’. If God can grant the first prayer, he can also grant the second one. In the first case the person will appear to God as a self-centred person thinking only about himself, whereas the second prayer will appear to Him as one that has been made by a considerate, helpful and positive person. While the first prayer is not wrong, the second prayer symbolises good thinking.


Right from a subordinate to the less privileged people around us, like drivers, liftmen, janitors, etc., even if we give them a smile, or an occasional chocolate, or a kind word, such acts can ensure unbelievable good vibes and divine energy around us which has to be experienced to be believed. However, the real challenge to thinking correctly is during adverse circumstances.


A jamaai (son-in-law) was visiting his in-laws and one of the brothers-in-law teased him and even requested him to take the garbage out. The natural reaction expected in such circumstances would have been disastrous. The jamaai would feel hurt and insulted, he would sulk and would probably fight with his wife and his in-laws. In extreme cases, his future relationship with his in-laws, his wife, children and others around him would possibly be severely impacted.


However, consider a case where a jamaai revers


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