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Choosing to be one of four types of people

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    ************************ Swami J s Newsletter ************************ December 4, 2001 Dear Friends, There are four types of people: those who are time
    Message 1 of 1 , Dec 4, 2001
      Swami J's Newsletter

      December 4, 2001

      Dear Friends,

      There are four types of people: those who are time oriented, those
      who are goal oriented, those who are life oriented, and those who are
      purpose oriented.

      In today's world we find mostly time oriented people. They are
      selfish, narrow, and conceited. Time oriented people do things to
      fulfill their selfish ends without purpose or goal and are not aware
      of the consequences of their actions. Time is fleeting for them. They
      have no sense of tomorrow, so they demand immediate gratification.
      They react impulsively to external stimuli to fulfill their desires
      for sensory gratification. They take advantage of others; they cannot
      think beyond their own concerns.

      Slightly higher are those whose lives are directed toward certain
      goals. Those goals, however, are related to the pleasures of the
      mundane and temporal world. But at least those people have goals and
      do not act impulsively like time oriented people.

      Higher still is the life of those who try to remain in peace and to
      live in harmony. They believe in co-existence as a way of life, so
      they do not like to disturb the equilibrium of others nor do they
      desire to possess unlawfully the wealth and property of others.

      But the highest path is followed by those who are purpose oriented
      and who direct all their energies and use all their resources to
      fulfill their single purpose: Self-realization. *

      In loving service,

      Swami J

      * Swami Rama, Perennial Psychology of the Bhagavad Gita

      Guided meditation, December 13:
      24-Hour Retreat, December 15:
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