Archive for August, 2014

Where There Is Light

yogananda

CHAPTER 10

Getting Along With Others

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Dealing With Inharmonious Relationships

We should make ourselves attractive by wearing the fine garment of genuinely courteous language. We should first of all be courteous to our immediate relatives. When one can do that, he will be habitually kind to all people. Real family happiness has its foundation on the altar of understanding and kind words. It is not necessary to agree on everything in order to show kindness. Calm silence sincerity, and courteous words, whether one is agreeing or disagreeing with others, mark the person who knows how to behave.

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If you want to be loved, start loving others who need your love….If you want others to sympathize with you, start showing sympathy to those around you. If you want to respected, you must learn to be respectful to everyone, both young and old….Whatever you want others to be, first be that yourself; then you will find others responding in like manner to you.

Jewel In The Lotus

sri m

Towards Greater Glory and A happier Life

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 2. The Path

So there are different paths depending on the kind of disciple, the kind of guru, the special circumstances and other external as well as internal factors. One teacher may be well-suited to a certain kind of disciple and ill-suited to another.

The genuine teachers know this. Once in a thousand years or so appears a great Master who can lead one through all or any one of the paths. This is indeed a very rare occurrence.

Where There Is Light

yogananda

CHAPTER 10

Getting Along With Others

 Continues…..

Dealing With Inharmonious Relationships

Most of the time, people talk and act from their own viewpoint. They seldom see, or every try to see the other person’s side. If, lacking understanding, you enter into a fight with someone, remember that each of you is as much to blame as the other, regardless of which one started the argument. “Fools argue; wise men discuss.”

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To have calm feeling, doesn’t mean that you always smile and agree with everyone no matter what they say—that you regard truth but don’t want to annoy anybody with it. This is going to the extreme. Those who try in this way to please everyone, with the desire of getting praise for their good nature, do not necessarily have control of feeling….Whoever has control of feeling follows truth, shares that truth wherever he can, and avoids annoying unnecessarily anyone who would not be receptive anyway. He knows when to speak and when to be silent, but he never compromises his own ideals and inner peace. Such a man is a force for great good in this world.

Jewel In The Lotus

sri m

Towards Greater Glory and A happier Life

1. The Opening

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So let nothing stand between you and the overflowing cup of wine that lies so near and yet so far. Drain the cup and declare: “There is but One, the blissful Truth. Nothing else exists.”

Step firmly upon the path. Have no fear. Fearlessness is close to ‘Truth’.

2. The Path

Is there a way to the bliss divine? Is there only one way or are there many? As many human beings exist in this world, so do exist many ways, for there is no single magic formula or esoteric rite which will transform one instantaneously.

Supreme perfection cannot be purchased off the bookshelf nor by bribing the guru or God. All those are tricks you use in everyday life. They don’t apply to the Supreme Self. If someone promises salvation all at once, take care; you are about to be hoodwinked. If someone guarantees to lead you to Supreme Bliss in a certain number of days, again be on guard. No human being can ensure it; only God can.

Where There Is Light

yogananda

CHAPTER 10

Getting Along With Others

 Continues…..

Dealing With Inharmonious Relationships

Never be mean. Have resentment toward none. I prefer some sinners with good hearts to some so-called good people who are bigoted and uncompassionate. To be spiritual is to be broad, to understand and forgive, and to be a friend to all.

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The entire Roman government could not have roused unkindness in Christ. Even for those who crucified him, he prayed: “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.”

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Inward civility, inner heartfelt courtesy, and continuous goodwill are the proper panaceas for all bad behavior.

Jewel In The Lotus

sri m

Towards Greater Glory and A happier Life

1. The Opening

 

First, the Lord may give you what you want if you ask with all your heart, and then you will discover what you truly need and seek for it and He shall surely grant it. “Ask and it shall be given thee,” said a great Master, “Seek and ye shall find. Knock and it shall be opened unto thee.”

Of course, the master tests your patience. Therefore, knock persistently but wait patiently. Then will your heart be filled with supreme bliss and you will work for the good of mankind.

Sorrows and shortcomings, the cares of this world, are there certainly, but who doesn;t have them? Now you, the traveller on the path should know that they are lessons for you, and that after each obstacle is over come, the road becomes smoother and easier. And overcome you will. There is no doubt.

Where There Is Light

yogananda

CHAPTER 10

Getting Along With Others

 Continues….

Dealing With Inharmonious Relationships

When there is a fight, at least two parties are involved. So there can be no fight with you if you refuse to participate.

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If someone speaks to you in hurtful language, remain quiet, or say, “I am sorry if I have done something to offend you,” and then remain silent.

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The spiritual man conquers wrath by calmness, stops quarrels by keeping silence, dispels inharmony by being sweet of speech, and shames discourtesy by being thoughtful of others.

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There is no more liberating action than sincerely to give people kindness in return for unkindness.