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24. The truth of the matter is that God is present in all the forms of creation. As holy rivers, mighty mountains, the majestic ocean, the tender-hearted cow, the noble steed, the magnificent lion, the sweet-voiced cuckoo, the beautiful peacock, the pure hermit snake, the crow flapping its wings, the restless flame, the still stars - in all this He is present. We should train our eyes to see Him. We should first learn the big letters and then the small ones; we should first learn the easy letters and then the complex ones.
Until we master the complex letters, there is no progress in learning to read. At every step, in word after word, the complex letters occur. We should learn to see the Lord who dwells in evil persons. We understand Rama, but we should learn to understand Ravana too. We understand Prahlada, but we should learn to understand Hiranyakasipu too. The Vedas say -
"namonamah stenaanaam pataye namo namah
"Salutation to the prince of robbers!
namah punjishthebhyo namo nishaadebhyah
brahma daashaa brahma daasa brahmaiva ime kitavaah."
Salutations to the cruel ones, to the doers of harm!
the thieves, the robbers, all are Brahman.
Salutations to them all!"