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Discovering the true self

"A human being is a part of a whole, called by us 'universe', a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest... a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty."

~ Albert Einstein

We have not come to take prisoners - Hafiz

A Sufi's call fr freedom

We have not come here to take prisoners,
But to surrender ever more deeply
To freedom and joy.

We have not come into this exquisite world
To hold ourselves hostage from love.

Run my dear,
From anything
That may not strengthen
Your precious budding wings.

Run like hell my dear,
From anyone likely
To put a sharp knife
Into the sacred, tender vision
Of your beautiful heart.

We have a duty to befriend
Those aspects of obedience
That stand outside of our house
And shout to our reason
"O please, O please,
Come out and play."

For we have not come here to take prisoners
Or to confine our wondrous spirits...

But to experience ever and ever more deeply
Our divine courage, freedom and Light!

~ Hafiz

(The Gift ~ versions of Hafiz by Daniel Ladinsky)

Decision making

way to lightAlways think first of what you are about to do and how it will affect you. To act on impulse is not freedom, for you will be bound by the unpleasant effects of wrong actions. But to do those things your discrimination tells you are good for you is all-freeing. That kind of wisdom-guided action makes for a divine existence.

~ Paramhans Yogananda

Duty and competition

Competition rouses envy, and it kills the kindliness of the heart. To the grumbler all duties are distasteful; nothing will ever satisfy him, and his whole life is doomed to prove a failure. Let us work on, doing as we go whatever happens to be our duty, and being ever ready to put our shoulders to the wheel. Then surely shall we see the Light!

~ Swami Vivekananda

How to work - Karma yoga

work like a master, not a slave You should work like a master and not as a slave; work incessantly, but do not do slave's work. Do you not see how everybody works? Nobody can be altogether at rest; ninety-nine per cent of mankind work like slaves, and the result is misery; it is all selfish work. Work through freedom! Work through love!

The word "love" is very difficult to understand; love never comes until there is freedom. There is no true love possible in the slave. If you buy a slave and tie him down in chains and make him work for you, he will work like a drudge, but there will be no love in him.

So when we ourselves work for the things of the world as slaves, there can be no love in us, and our work is not true work. This is true of work done for relatives and friends, and is true of work done for our own selves.

Selfish work is slave's work; and here is a test. Every act of love brings happiness; there is no act of love which does not bring peace and blessedness as its reaction.

Excerpt from Complete works of Swami Vivekananda

Self-pride

Pride is self-administration, considering ourselves to be superior to others. Inherent is that feeling that others are inferior. As human beings we are governed by emotions that are both negative and positive . Pride is a negative quality. Pride manifests in us as feeling s and thoughts that proclaim that we are better than others in terms of wealth, appearance, status, popularity, youthful looks, religion and country.

Pride with respect to lower quality can be beneficial. With respect to Absolute it is negative. Society accords pride a high position in the hierarchy of qualities. Pride can lift one's sense of self and bolster confidence. Self-esteem helps us overcome dejection and fear. Someone could be in a total state of depression brought on by shame or guilt, considiring the extreme step of suicide. At such a moment, it is self-pride that motivates the individual tp rise from the depths of confusion, non-action and depression.

~ Swami Nikhilananda Saraswati (Chinmaya Mission)

 

Success mantra

Why do people want success? It is associated with perfection, wholeness and joy. It is an expression of our Higher Self which is Supreme and perfect. We have this thirst for success because we are that Supreme alone. We want to be great because we are intrinsically great! It is a natural desire fulfilling its natural goal. If we understand this in all its connotations then our success will not be dependent on anyone's failure, nor will it be gained by pulling others down. Our joy will emanate from a deep sense of contentment and completeness.

If we attain what we want and still find something lacking then we know that either our desire was not desirable or the means adopted were not in accordance with Nature.

When people are positively satisfied, they want to share their feelings with others... Their motivational levels get higher. They want to work more and also efficiently. True success is that which gives happiness to self and others.

Discourse: Swami Nikhilananda Saraswati

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