Life 34 (Sept 19 - Jul 20)

Re: Life 34 (Sept 19 - Jul 20)

Postby winston » Tue Dec 03, 2019 10:06 pm

Letting Your Desires Pass

The next time you have some wanting or desire in the mind, investigate what the wanting feels like and then notice how it feels when the wanting passes away.

Given the great law of impermanence, it always will.

—Joseph Goldstein, “The End of Suffering”
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Re: Life 34 (Sept 19 - Jul 20)

Postby winston » Wed Dec 04, 2019 11:38 am

Why is good character a supreme virtue that must be carefully guarded and nourished?

Human life is undoubtedly the highest in evolution, and to give it meaning, spiritual endeavour and effort that is pure and holy, is essential.

For this way of life, character is most important.

Character makes life immortal; it survives even death. Some say that knowledge is power, but it is not true. Character is power.

Even the acquisition of knowledge demands a good character. So everyone must yearn to attain flawless character, without any trace of evil.

The great sages, saints and devotees of the Divine, are treasured in the memory of people even to this day!

What quality made them all memorable for all times? It is their character!

Without character, wealth, education, and social status are of no avail. Character is the fragrance of the flower; it gives value and worth.

Poets, painters, artists, and scientists may be great, each in their own field, but without character, they can have no standing in society.

- Prema Vahini, Ch 1.

Good Character is Power!

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Re: Life 34 (Sept 19 - Jul 20)

Postby winston » Thu Dec 05, 2019 10:43 am

What is real worship?

Develop faith in the Inner-Self principle and love it earnestly —this is true worship.

The Inner-Self is the one and only Loved One for humanity.

Feel that it is more lovable than any object here or hereafter —that is the true adoration one can offer to the Divine.

You must live in the world where they are born like the lotus leaf, which, though born in water, floats upon it without being affected or wetted by it.

Of course, it is good to love and adore the Divine with a view to gain some valuable fruit, either here or hereafter but since there is no fruit or object more valuable than the Divine or more worthwhile than Him, the Scriptures advise us to love Him with no touch of desire in our minds.

Love, since you must love for love’s sake; love Him since whatever He can give is less than He Himself; love Him alone, with no other wish or demand.

- Sathya Sai Vahini, Ch 1.

The Divine is all mercy; adore Him as long as you have breath, so long as you are conscious.

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Re: Life 34 (Sept 19 - Jul 20)

Postby winston » Fri Dec 06, 2019 12:38 pm

How can we reform our character?

Perfect character lasts till the end of one's life, nay end of all ages; it is immortal and is associated with the Inner-Self.

Such immortal qualities are - compassion, kindness, love, forbearance, integrity and patience.

Habits form only because of the deeds we indulge in. These habits shape the intelligence. All that we weave in our imagination, our aspirations and deeds, leave an indelible imprint on the mind.

Due to these, man makes his own perception of the world. Man’s present condition is the result of his past birth. These habits mould man’s character.

Whatever be the nature, just by the process of imagination and practice, it can be modified.

A bad person will not remain so always. Man has within him the capacity to change his evil propensities and habits.

Selfless service, renunciation, devotion, prayer, enquiry - these will enable the inculcation of new svabhava - conduct.

- Prema Vahini, Ch 1.

Your thoughts manifests as word, words manifest as deeds, deeds develop into habits, and habits harden into character. So watch your thoughts and its ways.

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Re: Life 34 (Sept 19 - Jul 20)

Postby winston » Sat Dec 07, 2019 8:44 pm

What is the supreme victory we must aspire to achieve in this very life?

To battle against the tendency of body identification and to win the grace of the Divine, spiritual exercises such as philosophical inquiry, mind and sense control and other six-fold spiritual disciplines, have been laid down.

Their practice will ensure the purification of the consciousness; it will then become like a clean mirror that can reflect any object, and the Inner-Self will stand revealed clearly.

For the attainment of the highest wisdom, cleansing of the consciousness is the royal path.

For the pure in heart, this is easy to achieve. This is the central truth of our search for the ultimate reality. This is the very vital breath of the teaching.

- Sathya Sai Vahini, Ch 1.

Reining in your senses is a mark of growing in wisdom.

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