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Words of Wisdom by Swami Chidananda

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  • medit8ionsociety
    People also suffer due to egoism, arrogance, exaggerated self-importance. If you feel you are not getting the proper respect, or are being treated in a
    Message 1 of 8 , Jul 9, 2012
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      People also suffer due to egoism, arrogance,
      exaggerated self-importance. If you feel you
      are not getting the proper respect, or are being
      treated in a slipshod manner, you can be terribly
      upset, incensed for the whole day. "That person
      ignored me, or spoke to me in that way; this person
      did not pay me the respect I am due; they did not
      give me the right seat." Because you feel you are
      important, all these things can cause misery, sorrow
      and torment. They are not from outside, but are
      self-created, coming from within yourself.

      Discretion being the better part of valor, it is
      usually possible to escape from things outside you
      or to be far away from them. You can master the external
      objects and say: "No, I will not let them interfere
      with my inner peace of mind." You may be able to avoid
      them entirely. But how can you avoid things that emanate
      from within you? You cannot run away from yourself.
      So you have to realize that greater danger lies within
      yourself, more harm can be done to yourself by yourself
      than by all the objects of the external world put
      together. Hence you will have to engage yourself in
      an inner discipline, inner transformation, an inner
      restoration of a right state of affairs within yourself.

      Think about it. Then you will find that because the
      state of affairs within you is not right, you are caused
      much misery. You are made restless. You are at the mercy
      of these things which come from within. And if you are
      not able to clearly recognise their presence within you,
      or if they are vague and illusive, you cannot deal with
      them. You know that they are there when they manifest,
      but otherwise you do not know where they are hiding, in
      what form they are lurking in the depths of your mind.
      Unless you find out, it is not possible to deal with
      them. How can you deal with an unknown, unseen adversary?
      They have to be brought to the surface. They have to be
      cornered. You have to go after them.

      That is why Guru Maharaj Swami Sivananda said: "Sit alone,
      turn your mind inward, introspect, do self-examination,
      try to find out what is within yourself, analyse the
      inner contents." This is indispensable. Otherwise you will
      not know yourself. And you will be surprised, amazed and
      even dismayed by what things can come up from within
      yourself when you sit for meditation, for example, or
      when you are moving about in society. You will discover
      things you never dreamt of, things you never suspected
      you are capable of. You can be such a stinker. You can
      be such a nasty person. Or, you can be dismayed by
      seeing within yourself qualities you cannot stand in
      others. Suddenly, you humbly experience, they are there,
      right within you. It is a chastening experience.

      If you are honest with yourself, if you are wise and if
      you are keenly introspective and analytical, then these
      things can be found out. However, they are not found out
      in a day. One day's introspection will reveal nothing.
      One week's introspection will reveal nothing. They have
      been there for decades, from your birth, maybe from
      another birth. Therefore, you must be after this sadhana,
      this process of self-introspection, analysis, self-examination.

      If you practice this unrelentingly, with determination,
      if you persevere in this sadhana, you will be rewarded with
      a lot of knowledge, a lot of revelation about yourself. Then
      you are in a position to bring about the desired change, not otherwise. Until you know yourself, you cannot work upon
      yourself, you will not be able to turn brass into gold, to
      bring about the transformation that Yoga and sadhana are
      supposed to bring about, that Guru, mantra, japa, prayer,
      worship and bhajan are supposed to bring about. And they
      must bring it about, but only when they are accompanied by
      this type of honest self-examination, earnest introspection,
      sincere desire to find out, see, know yourself, to discover
      the inner contents of your mind.
    • medit8ionsociety
      Worship God as Virtue Have no other God. You can contemplate God, you can contemplate eternity, infinity, ocean of bliss, Light of lights beyond all darkness
      Message 2 of 8 , Oct 12, 2012
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        Worship God as Virtue

        "Have no other God. You can contemplate God, you can
        contemplate eternity, infinity, ocean of bliss, Light of
        lights beyond all darkness — all these things you can contemplate,
        think about, reflect over, but you cannot love and worship peace,
        or ananda, or jnana. Because they are abstruse, abstract concepts,
        and you want something more, something for which you can live and something for which you can be prepared to die also. That is virtue.

        Read the sixteenth chapter of the Bhagavad Gita*, you will understand. Worship God as Virtue. Worship virtue by practicing virtue.
        This is a way to spiritual transformation and realization."

        Swami Chidananda

        *CHAPTER 16

        16.01 The Supreme Lord said: Fearlessness, purity of heart, perseverance in the yoga of knowledge, charity, sense restraint, sacrifice, study of the scriptures, austerity, honesty;

        16.02 Nonviolence, truthfulness, absence of anger, renunciation, equanimity, abstaining from malicious talk, compassion for all creatures, freedom from greed, gentleness, modesty, absence of fickleness;

        16.03 Splendor, forgiveness, fortitude, cleanliness, absence of malice, and absence of pride; these are the qualities of those endowed with divine virtues, O Arjuna.
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