- Dec 27, 2005Greetings, Bernice and Everyone,
Often I am the joker, but today I have something serious....one
official post, and one unofficial.
This is from one of Sri Chinmoy's stories about the spiritual master
Four Most Important Things In Life
One day Balananda said to his disciples, "I know all of you want to
become my good disciples, but it is quite a difficult task.
Each of you needs to develop four most important things in your life.
You need to develop the capacity to tolerate the world and to tolerate
your own life.
You need to develop the capacity to sacrifice everything that you have
and everything that you are.
You need to cultivate the capacity to remain silent even when you are
mistreated mercilessly, without rhyme or reason, by a hostile world.
You need to develop the capacity to remain calm, quiet and tranquil
without being completely shattered when you lose in the battlefield of
life or extolling yourself to the skies when you succeed in the
battlefield of life."
The disciples said to him, "Master, is it at all possible to do all
this in one incarnation?"
Balananda said, "Why not, Why not? I, too, was once upon a time a
disciple in this incarnation. In this incarnation I realised God. You
also can realise God, provided you always do the right thing at the
right time, with the help of the right Master."
This is a small excerpt from a serious talk that Sri Chinmoy gave on
the 19th of May 1978, entitled, "Take Care, Be Careful."
"There are four billion people on earth. Out of four billion people,
perhaps only four will derive benefit from what I am saying. If four
will derive benefit, then you yourself can be among those four."
--- In Sri_Chinmoy_Inspiration@yahoogroups.com, bernice131313
> Here is an interesting passage from Sri Chinmoy's book "Simplicity,
> Sincerity, Purity And Divinity" about an issue close to my heart -
> oneness. Perhaps others will find value in reading and reflecting on
> Sri Chinmoy's words.
> Question: In my day-to-day life I meet with people in different
> circumstances. With these people I have to use tolerance. And when I
> have to call on tolerance, I suffer afterwards, because I feel that I
> should see that person in the same light as I see you. But I do not
> have that capacity. Is this pride or ego?
> Sri Chinmoy: This world of ours is full of imperfection. Each
> person's imperfection causes suffering in somebody else. People may
> tolerate each other's imperfections, be indifferent to them, or
> punish those who have them.
> Let us first of all try to understand what tolerance is. There are
> two kinds of human tolerance. The first type is the tolerance of the
> weak person for someone who is stronger. I have to tolerate someone
> because he can strike me or hurt me; I am at his mercy. This kind of
> tolerance is really helplessness. This is what often happens in our
> day-to-day life. The superior lords it over the inferior and the
> inferior has no choice but to tolerate this.
> The second kind of tolerance is the tolerance of the strong person
> for someone who is weaker-the mother's tolerance for the child.
> Constantly the child is doing something wrong or something foolish,
> but the mother tolerates it. Why? Because the mother knows that the
> child is limited and has not yet developed wisdom. But also, his
> limitations are part of her very existence and she tolerates them
> Beyond these two kinds of human tolerance, when we go deeper we see
> the divine tolerance. The divine tolerance cannot be explained in
> words. It is infinitely stronger and more fulfilling than the human
> mother's tolerance for her child, because the divine tolerance houses
> the whole world of imperfection. Divine tolerance is based on
> oneness. In the case of divine tolerance, when somebody does
> something wrong to me, I do not actually forgive that person. What
> happens is that my inner divinity becomes totally one with the person
> who has made a mistake and is creating a disturbance in my life. If
> my soul's oneness with the other person comes to the fore, then where
> is forgiveness? So divine tolerance is deeper even than forgiveness.
> It is all oneness. It is nothing but the conscious feeling or
> awareness of our oneness with others. I do not tolerate you because I
> feel that I am superior or because I feel that I have capacity while
> you have none. With a spiritual person, it is not ego that comes to
> the fore when he tolerates someone. It is his identification with the
> other person's limitations.
> This does not mean that if you constantly do things wrong, I will
> continually identify myself with your wrong actions and
> imperfections. No! Then you will remain in ignorance constantly. When
> you do something wrong, I will identify myself and tolerate your
> ignorance, but I will not ignore it or inspire you to continue in
> this way. By doing that I would merely be embracing ignorance. In
> God's case, He may try to show you the right path by giving you an
> experience which the human vital may take as punishment, but which is
> not actually punishment but divine Compassion.
> Now to come back to your question, is human tolerance an act of ego
> or pride? If you are tolerating someone with a feeling of your own
> superiority, it means you are not identifying yourself with that
> person's present achievement in the process of evolution. This is
> certainly an act of ego. Again, even if your tolerance is an act of
> real identification, you have to be careful. If your friend is in
> ignorance and you identify with him, then immediately you have to
> raise your consciousness from there. Otherwise, you will be caught by
> the ignorance of your friend. You normally bring down your
> consciousness somewhat in order to maintain harmony in your ordinary
> life. But every day without fail you have to go back to your higher
> consciousness. Otherwise, you will be caught by the low consciousness
> of the everyday world. So after you have identified with others,
> please go back to your own higher consciousness in order to maintain
> the inner peace, light and joy that you have received from your
> spiritual life. From that level you can inwardly inspire your friends
> to accept the higher life and enter into the deeper existence. This
> is what spiritual tolerance means.
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