The great sage Dattatreya had many gurus. With a mind free from the shackles of likes and dislikes, he was able to unravel many of the mysteries of life by observing it unfold before his eyes. The Earth was the first guru of Dattatreya and it taught him
many valuable lessons.
He saw that in the Earth all things existed together and each of them had their own beauty. The river, the flora, the fauna, the mountains – all existed together. The rose flower blooms and the cactus exists on this same Earth. One person is beautiful and another is not, one is rich and another is poor. It is all the same consciousness, yet each one will exist according to its own karma. So, observing the Earth, Dattatreya realized the theory of karma. He realized too that if you can be at peace with your karma, then you are not at conflict with yourself. We compare our karma with that of others and make our life miserable in this unnecessary comparison. When you can be at peace with this karma, you will see the beauty in all situations. A rose has its own beauty and so does a cactus. We all want to see things that are not in our fate and fail to see what is wonderful with our lot in life. This is the problem.
If you understand the theory of karma, then your mind takes on a different dimension. Don’t search for your dreams in the sky; for dreams the earth is needed.
Dattatreya realized something else too when he contemplated further. He realized that the Earth gives us so much but most of us are not thankful for it. Despite this ingratitude, it continues to do its duty. The Earth never stops giving. If you look at most of us in life, we expect some thanks for the things we do. The Earth, however, gives out of love.