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Patience

Patience

  One who holds back rising anger like a rolling chariot, that one I call a real driver; other people are but holding the reins. -The Buddha It takes two to quarrel: the other person can throw down the gauntlet, but we don’t have to pick it up. When someone criticizes us or contradicts us or speaks in an unpleasant…

Svadhyaya

Svadhyaya

The Buddhas do but tell the way, it is for you to labor at the task.  -The Buddha Spiritual teachers are like signposts pointing the way to immortality, but it is we who must make the journey. This is quite reasonable. After all, when we pass a signpost on the freeway, we don’t expect it to get into the driver’s…

Karma and the Yoga of Action

Karma and the Yoga of Action

Just as there is no loss of basic energy in the universe, so no thought or action is without its effects, present or ultimate, seen or unseen, felt or unfelt.  -Norman Cousins Just as the example of Jesus inspired Francis of Assisi a millennium later, Francis inspired thousands of people during his own lifetime, and continues to do so today.…

Tapas, Dharana and Patience

Tapas, Dharana and Patience

A mind that is fast is sick. A mind that is slow is sound. A mind that is still is divine. -Meher Baba  Somehow, in our modern civilization, we have acquired the idea that the mind is working best when it runs at top speed. Yet a racing mind lacks time even to finish a thought, let alone to check…

Dharana

Dharana

Purity of heart is to will one thing.  -Soren Kierkegaard There is a Hindu story comparing the mind to the trunk of an elephant – restless, inquisitive, always straying. In our villages in India, elephants are sometimes taken in religious processions through the streets to the temple. The streets are crooked and narrow, lined on either side with fruit and…

Metta, Lovingkindness and Cheerfulness

Metta, Lovingkindness and Cheerfulness

Cheerfulness strengthens the heart and makes us persevere in a good life; therefore the servant of God ought always to be in good spirits.   -Saint Philip of Neri  When things go wrong, that’s the time to be more cheerful. When things go right, of course we are cheerful. When nerves are getting frayed, that’s the time to smile. The practice…

Making Progress in Your Yoga Practices

Making Progress in Your Yoga Practices

Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself. Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections, but instantly set about remedying them – every day begin the task anew.  -Saint Francis de Sales While we were living on the Blue Mountain in India, we noticed that our local bank had a very neighborly arrangement for collecting…

Tapas

Tapas

Thy desire is thy prayer; and if thy desire is without ceasing, thy prayer will also be without ceasing. . . . The continuance of your longing is the continuance of your prayer.   -Saint Augustine I once had a physicist friend who would gladly discuss electric power; but harnessing the power of a passion or a craving – well, that…