Compelling circumstances and hard-to-make-decisions can be a vexation to the soul. We are faced by dilemmas at all junctures in life and debate the efficacy of our next step: will it yield the results that I so earnestly want? Will this decision make me richer or poorer? Will I win people and influence their decision? Such and similar concerns of personal growth colour our thinking.
When caught in such a quandary think about the poorest of poor and lowest of low. Think how your decision will affect their lives? Will they be happier? Will their circumstances change for the better? Will they have a greater control on their lives and destiny? If the answer to these is an affirmative yes you will be guided by that
Singular Truth which will alter your and other’s lives for the better! Be rest assured then, that you can do no harm and make gains beyond these limited spheres.
Saying a yes is an easy way out of a difficult quandary. Saying yes to temptation, saying yes to greed, saying yes to momentary bliss are easy way outs from difficult decisions. Saying yes merely to appease, saying yes to stay on the side of the majority, saying yes to be popular are again easy and swift solutions to difficult situations. Next time you are tempted to choose the easy way out with a swift yes, stop and think. • Think of all faiths you will be shaking with an easy yes, • The hearts that will bleed following an easy yes, • The trust that will always be broken with an easy yes. Weigh the momentary elation that an easy yes gives when weighed against these and then, taking a deep breath resolve your mind, and let a deep rooted NO emerge from the bed of conviction and fortitude!
Benevolence, righteousness, propriety, and knowledge are not infused into us from without. We are certainly furnished with them. Neglect and you lose them.
Men differ from one another in regard to them – some as much again as others, some five times as much, and some to an incalculable amount it is because they cannot carry out fully their natural powers.
Every human heart nurtures a desire to be different, which inclines every man first to hope, and then to the belief, that Nature has given him something unique to himself.
Many people are petrified to take a position which stands out sharply and clearly from the prevailing opinion. The tendency of most is to adopt a view that is so ambiguous that it will include everything and so popular that it will include everybody.
Not a few men who cherish lofty and noble ideas hide them under the bush for fear of being called different.
Take a few moments off as you read this and connect to the true, unbiased, Real You. Build your spiritual intelligence, take the first step NOW!
Soulspeak “I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures.” -- Lao-tzu
Freedom is the right to live as you choose. Freedom means the right to choice. Freedom of thought, freedom of action, freedom of speech and freedom of living, these values are very powerful because these values have not been forced upon anyone.
The choice of freedom, therefore, does not come without its price tag -- Responsibility. If you wish to free yourself from enslavement, you must choose freedom and the responsibility it entails.
Freedom is the opportunity to make decisions. But it also involves the strength of character to face the consequences of those decisions. It's the capacity to take a hand in your own development.
You can be the master of yourself but are you ready to stand up to the consequence of your actions and say “Yes I’m responsible”?
Soulspeak “Freedom is not an unlimited license, an unlimited choice, or an unlimited opportunity. Freedom is first of all a responsibility before the God from whom we come.” -- Alan Keyes
As we go about racing through our life, seldom do we stop to contemplate on ourselves and to feel our sense of presence. When we break free from our daily grind and listen to our own rhythms, we enjoy a sense of harmony and flow. We feel more balanced because we are not run by the requirements of a stressful life, but have also begun to cultivate an inner life.
We need to think about ourselves. This gives us the sense of our presence and from this sense of presence; we need to realize that we are not living for something that is down the road or around the bend. The meaning of our life is in the moment. It is defined in the way we live, in our actions and in what we make of our life.
Unresolved feelings may rise to the surface as we sit and face ourselves, but be assured that this is the road to peace. We are not running away from ourselves and reality. We are here, facing the good and the bad, learning to hold it all. Soulspeak ”The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, not to worry about the future, or not to anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly.” -- Buddha
There are many days when we have had an overwhelming sense of melancholy. Negative and distressing thoughts besot us all day. These are days when every minute seems like an hour and when we sit down and reflect we usually end up in the island of self-pity all by ourselves.
When you are enveloped with negative thoughts, take a pen and paper and make a list of even the smallest of things that made you happy: the memory of a beautiful sunrise, the taste of hot-coffee, piping hot meals, the smile on the face of a loved one, the taste of water when you were desperately thirsty. Read through this list and step out of the blanket of negativism.
Remember just like good times, sad times also come to pass. Sources of sorrow should not be given much importance, so too sources of joy. One should not wallow in sorrow, and also not over-indulge in search of happiness.
If you live in the present moment, which is really the only moment you have to live, you will be in a better position to gain inner peace and harmony.
Soulspeak I seldom think about my limitations, and they never make me sad. Perhaps there is just a touch of yearning at times; but it is vague, like a breeze among flowers. -- Helen Keller
There has always been a fundamental question pertaining to belief and worship of God. It is “How do I pray to God?” The concept of worship to some people is to go and pray at a religious institution. Some people point out that service to others is prayer to God. Some chip in with their own notions of prayer. Needless to say, half the world has a definite opinion on prayer.
There is a simple yet effective way to pray. It does not involve praying with fancy words to God. It does not demand idol worship. It does not subscribe to pilgrimages or dips in holy waters. The most effective prayers have always been the ones done with all the heart and yet kept very simple. We connect to God through our conscience and all our acts that are not challenged by our conscience are acts of prayer to God.
A simple thought proves the efficacy of simple prayer- “I do my work easily and joyously. I feel beauty all around me and I see beauty in everyone I meet - for I see God in everything.” Remember that your bond with God is not determined by the number of times you go to the temple or church. It is not gauged by your charity neither is it defined by your religious quotient. So the next time you pray to God try to realize his presence and don’t wait for a particular time to pray.
Soulspeak ”If you begin to live life looking for the God that is all around you, every moment becomes a prayer.” -- Frank Bianco