The first step in atmavichara is the practice of the truth that whatever gives you pain, gives pain to others, and whatever gives you joy gives joy to others. So, do unto others as you would like them to do unto you; desist from any action in relation to others which, if done by them will give you pain. Thus, a kind of reciprocal relationship will grow between you and others and gradually, you reach a stage when your heart thrills with joy when others are joyful and shudders in pain when others are sad. This sharing of joy and grief is automatic, immediate and universal. It is a sign of great spiritual advance. For, the wave has come to know that it is a part of the ocean. All waves are temporary manifestations of the self-same ocean.
- Baba -