18337What is Patience?
- Jul 5, 2006When asked this question, Sri Chinmoy replied in 'The Wisdom
of Sri Chinmoy" (all quotes are unofficial)
"It is an inner assurance of God's unreserved love and
unconditional guidance. Patience is God's power hidden in us to
weather the teeming storms of life" and "Patience is your sincere
surrender to God's Will"
He says many beautiful things about this divine virtue but these
two things have a particular appeal to me tonight as I struggle to
find enough patience to appropriately parent a child who wants
to make all the rules at bedtime and then have you at their beck
and call. The demands of children are probably no more than the
demands that we all place upon each other in our every day
dealings at work, home etc but I have to wonder why I feel so
exasperated by them in particular.
Immediately the answer surfaces that it as all about control. If I
try to control something outside of myself it becomes more like a
wild elephant whereas if I concentrate on self control I am able to
feel a hint of the unconditional guidance of which Sri Chinmoy speaks.
As parents it is extremely tempting to try to control circumstances
and indeed quite necessary at times to avoid danger or mishap
but there is a big grey area that we enter into as the children get
older. Admittedly there are also some self interest issues here
that are another story and should not arise if I were truly
surrendered to God.
Nonetheless, preconditioned as I am to
'controlling', I am finding it very difficult to function differently but if
I really try hard to assimilate the advice about patience then I
know I will come to see a better way.
I have been rescued countless times by timely advice from Sri
Chinmoy and as each new 'situation' arises it is just a matter of
revisiting the principles and words of reassurance he offers.
God's unreserved love and unconditional guidance.
"Have patience in the body, you will be able to accept the whole
world. Have patience in the vital; you will be able to hold the
whole world. Have patience in the mind; you will neither forget
nor lose the world. Have patience in the heart; you will feel that
the whole world is not only with you and in you, but also for you."
Lo, I feel better already!
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