Shine More The same spirit is in everybody. The same current runs through everyone. But it s the bulb with the bigger filament that takes more current becauseMessage 1 of 176 , Dec 1 5:10 PMView SourceShine More
"The same spirit is in everybody. The same current
runs through everyone. But it's the bulb with the
bigger filament that takes more current because of
its construction; by consuming more current, it gives
off more light. The illumination is measured according
to the size of the bulb, but the current is the same.
The divine current is common; it is not partial. It is
given to one and all: a sinner or a saint, a yogi or a
non-yogi. It is everybody's birthright. So, if you
broaden your mind, you become a bigger bulb and you
have a longer filament. Then you are able to attract
more current to give out more light. It's not because
the bulb is greater that the current wants to flow in more.
The current has no decision like that. It's up to you if
you have a broad mind, purity of the mind, you draw more
of the divine current and shine more.
"God bless you. OM Shanti, Shanti, Shanti."
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Question: How can I know when to serve others and when it is best for me to say no without guilt? Sri Swami Satchidananda: You yourself should know how muchMessage 176 of 176 , Oct 26View Source
Question: How can I know when to serve others and when it is best for me to say no without guilt?
Sri Swami Satchidananda: You yourself should know how much you can give. You cannot give beyond your capacity. If you have done a lot of service that day, and if you are really tired, you should say no. Otherwise, you are saying no to your own body or mind. In the name of helping others, you should not put your body into a situation where it might get hurt. Your conscience will tell you if you are just finding an excuse; but if you really need the rest, then you can honestly say no. You don't have to feel guilty about it.
Why should you feel guilty? Nobody expects you to go beyond your capacity, If you try to do something beyond your capacity, you might even make a mess of it. So, know your capacity, know your limitations. Then offer your services. There's no need to feel guilty at all. If you feel guilty, then maybe you can do it but you just don't want to. If your conscience is clear, you don't have to feel guilty.
Ask advice from your own pure Self. Your conscience is always clean. That's the part of God in you. It's what you call the guru within. It's not necessary to always get advice from someone outside. The conscience is constantly giving us advice, but often we don't listen to it. We don't even want to listen. Someone else can only help you for a while. You should learn to ask that buddy within.
Sometimes you might feel a conflict: "I don't know which is the Self and which is the ego. One says 'Do it;' the other says, 'Don't do it.'" In that case go to someone who is capable of recognizing the difference. But, ultimately, we have to develop the capacity to discriminate within ourselves. That is why meditation is so important. Until you become established in that, at least in meditation you should be able to hear your own inner Self.
Om Shanthi, Shanthi, Shanthi