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Digest #4823
Srimad Bhagavad Gita by p_gopi_krishna
Sri Satya Sai Baba by p_gopi_krishna


Sun Nov 25, 2018 7:21 am (PST) . Posted by:


We can't nourish our souls amidst people who are out to sell theirs The word "soul" sometimes refers non-literally to the things that matter the most to us. Such a non-literal usage features in the phrase "to sell one's soul." People who are out to sell their souls crave external things so much that nothing remains sacred for them – they are ready to cast aside their values for getting worldly gains.

When we study the Bhagavad-gita, we recognize the importance of nourishing our souls, of doing the things that help us to realize our essence and to live in harmony with our spirituality. However, we can't nourish our souls by intellectual comprehension alone – we also need compatible association. If people around us are bent on selling their souls by living materialistically, then their association will chip away at our spiritual intentions, and we will gradually relapse to materialism.
The Bhagavad-gita (02.69) points to the radically differing values among materialists and spiritualists – the same spiritual growth that is luminous like day for spiritualists is dark like night for materialists. Just as day and night rarely meet, the values of materialists and spiritualists rarely meet.
By contemplating this Gita verse, we understand unsentimentally that to be spiritual, we need to stand apart from most people. If we seek their approval disproportionately, we will end up selling our souls.
What do we do when we need to associate with materialists? We associate courteously but cautiously. Courteously so that we keep the door to spirituality open for them whenever they wish to enter. Cautiously so that we protect our sacred values.
If we keep a distance from materialists, then how can we address our natural need for human connections? By seeking and treasuring the association of spiritualists who share our values. Such association strengthens our spiritual convictions and aspirations, thereby energizing our march towards lasting satisfaction.
Think it over:
What does "selling one's soul" mean? When association with materialists is unavoidable, what can we do? Why do we need spiritual association?
Read more https://www.gitadaily.com/we-cant-nourish-our-souls-amidst-people-who-are-out-to-sell-theirs/ https://www.gitadaily.com/we-cant-nourish-our-souls-amidst-people-who-are-out-to-sell-theirs/

Sun Nov 25, 2018 7:01 pm (PST) . Posted by:


Change the angle of your vision. When you practise seeing the world from the point of view of the omnipresence of the Divine, you will get transformed. You will experience the power of the Divine in everything in creation. You cannot hide anything from God. Many imagine that Swami does not see what they are doing. They do not realise that Swami has a myriad eyes. Even your eyes are divine. But you are not aware of your true nature. When you have faith in yourself, you will have faith in God. Realise that there is nothing beyond the power of God. Love God with that supreme faith. Then you will be drawn towards God. It needs purity. A magnet cannot attract a piece of iron covered with rust. Similarly God will not draw to Himself an impure person. Hence, change your feelings and thoughts and develop the conviction that God is everything.

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