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Digest #4735
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Sri Satya Sai Baba by p_gopi_krishna
Srimad Bhagavad Gita by p_gopi_krishna


Mon Jul 30, 2018 9:18 am (PDT) . Posted by:


Help us to understand that evil, which at first may seen delightful, gradually acts as poison; and that good, in the beginning often bitter to our taste, eventually becomes nectar-sweet. (Sri Paramahansa Yogananda)

Mon Jul 30, 2018 9:41 am (PDT) . Posted by:


Krodha (anger) is a deadly poison. It affects others by its fumes, manifested through the eye, the tongue and the hands. The seed of a poison tree sprouts into a poisonous plant and when it becomes a big tree, its leaves, flowers and fruits will also certainly be poisonous. So too, the person addicted to anger can only emanate poison, through thought, word and deed. An angry thought is like a pebble thrown into the calm waters of the Manasa-sarovar (Lake of the Mind) present inside man. It creates a circular effect which spreads through the entire lake. Anger is very injurious to the progress of youth. Strive by all means to prevent the poison entering your mental make-up. Cultivate love, kindliness, the spirit of service, and encourage all thoughts of cooperation with others. See the Divinity in each one, as you must see it in your own selves. Sri Satya Sai Baba

Mon Jul 30, 2018 9:54 am (PDT) . Posted by:


Seek strength not just in conviction but also in connection

While pursuing spiritual growth, we need strength to resist worldly temptations. How do we gain such strength? We might seek it through the intellectual conviction that fosters renunciation – the conviction that worldly pleasures are temporary, illusory and binding, and should therefore be avoided.

However, such conviction isn't enough. The Bhagavad-gita (02.60) indicates that even if we are convinced about the need for sensual abstinence and even if we strive for abstinence, still the senses are so forceful that they will drag us down.

Why is conviction not enough? Because though conviction changes our understanding, it doesn't change our desiring. According to our conditionings, our desires keep flowing towards the corresponding sense objects, which still look appealing, even irresistible.

What, then, is the solution? Divine connection. The next verse (02.61) states that when we use our present capacity for sense control to focus our consciousness on Krishna, that divine connection provides us higher satisfaction, which gives us the strength to resist temptations.

Does conviction play any role in spiritual growth? Yes, certainly; it plays a vital role when it centers on connection, not on renunciation. Far more important than the conviction that worldly pleasures are deceptive is the conviction that Krishna is all-attractive – that he is the source of all pleasure, including whatever pleasure we might get through the most attractive sense objects.

Conviction about Krishna's all-attractiveness will inspire us to consistently connect with him by practicing the time-honored process of bhakti-yoga. We will practice bhakti not just when it feels good, but also when it feels difficult or dry. And gradually those phases of initial poison will give way to eventual, eternal nectar (18.37).

When we seek strength in the conviction that fosters connection, we will persevere till we become purified and steadily absorbed in Krishna, relishing enduring joy thereof.

Think it over:

To resist temptation, why is conviction not enough?

Where conviction falls short, how does connection help?

How can conviction work in harmony with connection?

Read more https://www.gitadaily.com/seek-strength-not-just-in-conviction-but-also-in-connection/ https://www.gitadaily.com/seek-strength-not-just-in-conviction-but-also-in-connection/

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