If you are willing to look at another person’s behavior toward you as a reflection of the state of their relationship with themselves rather than a statement about your value as a person, then you will, over a period of time cease to react at all.
“The Hindu scriptures speak of the body as a machine fraught with six delusive deficiencies: ‘It exists; it is born; it grows; it changes; it decays; and it is completely annihilated.’ Yet most human beings expect permanent happiness from this impermanent body.”
Misunderstanding produces a meaningless hot exchange of words. The bitter words that we did not really mean only create more havoc, more misunderstanding. This is how people who love one another deeply in the beginning sometimes turn their love into violent hatred.
When you choose to live from a place of love, you are free to be yourself, to connect with your desires, and to take action from a place of empowerment. When you choose to live from a place of fear, you are always trying to fit in, denying who you really are in order to satisfy the expectations of others. The latter not only deprives you of [continue reading...]
Self-reformation, self-control, positive behaviour, control of speech, sweet words, all these are soul powers that clothe us in robes of magnetism. In the expression of soul qualities lies the only way to live peacefully at home; the power is within us to make home a paradise of hades.
No matter what trials come, remember that the greatest test of one's spiritual aspiration lies in his control of himself in his own home environment -- especially if it is a discordant one. If a person's inner peace can exhibit stability and strength at home, and if he conquers others' quarrelsome dispositions by his constant, beautiful [continue reading...]