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Seva, Acts of Selfless Service

Seva, Acts of Selfless Service

The capacity to give one’s attention to a sufferer is a very rare and difficult thing. It is almost a miracle. It is a miracle. – Simone Weil Suffering is inherent in life, however we may try to conceal it, however often we may try to turn our eyes away from it. To any sensitive person who reads the paper,…

Abhyasa and Vairagya

Abhyasa and Vairagya

By two wings we are lifted up from things earthly: by simplicity and purity. -Thomas a Kempis To soar to the heights, the soul needs two wings. One is purity, which enables us to keep our eyes on the one thing in life that matters: awareness of the divinity within every human being. The other is simplicity: of lifestyle, but…

Pratyahara and Desire

Pratyahara and Desire

Offer unto me that which is very dear to thee – which you hold most covetable. Infinite are the results of such an offering.                                                        – Bhagavatam Desire is will. Every strong desire has a great deal of will locked up in it; the problem is that usually we do not have any control over it. In a compulsive desire,…

Ahimsa, L.O.V.E.

Ahimsa, L.O.V.E.

Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation.  The foundation of such a method is love.                                                           –Martin Luther King, Jr. All of us can play an important part in the conquest of violence.  We can do this by throwing our full weight behind peaceful, effective programs for eliminating situations from which…

Pratyahara

Pratyahara

Know the Self as Lord of the chariot, the body as the chariot itself, the discriminating intellect as the charioteer, and the mind as the reins. The senses, say the wise, are the horses, selfish desires are the roads they travel.  – Katha Upanishad The Upanishads say that your body is like a chariot drawn by five powerful horses, the…

Kriya Yoga

Kriya Yoga

The philosopher is Nature’s pilot. And there you have our difference: to be in hell is to drift: to be in heaven is to steer. – George Bernard Shaw The real issue in life is choice. If you had a car that could only turn one way, would you say that it is free? If it ran around crashing into…

Selflessness is Nourishing

Selflessness is Nourishing

Place yourself as an instrument in the hands of God, who does his own work in his own way. – Swami Ramdas To spend a certain amount of time working with people at a job that benefits others, in which our personal pleasure and profit are not at all involved, nourishes both us and the people we help. It helps…

Patience, Kindness, and Love

Patience, Kindness, and Love

I have joined my heart to thee: all that exists art thou. O Lord, beloved of my heart, thou art the home of all; where indeed is the heart in which thou dost not dwell? – Jafar Loving someone does not mean automatically acquiescing to their every whim. Sometimes love shows itself in saying no to an attitude or desire…