31 12 2008

We should not forget even for a moment that this whole animate world is a large family in which nature has not assigned any proprety to any particular individual. Individual ownership has been created by selfish opportunists so that they might take advantage of the defects of this system in order to grow fatter in a parasitic way. When the whole proprety of this universe has been inherited by all creatures, how then can there be any justifictation for a system in which someone receives a flow of huge excess, while others die for a lack of a handful of grain.
(Problem of the day, 2)


30 12 2008

The aspiration to become rich by exploiting others is a sort of mental malady. In fact, if the eternal hunger of the human soul does not find the real path leading to mental and spiritual wealth, it becomes engaged in the work of depriving others of their rights; it robs them of their material resources. If any member of a family seizes food from a store by application of mental or physical force, he certainly become the cause of misery to the others. Similar is the case when a capitalist says,”We have seized wealth by intelligence and laobr. If others have metnal and physical potentialities they may also do it. Who objects to it?” They do not want to realize that the volume of commodities is limited whereas requirements are common to all. In most spheres, abundance for one indivuidual takes the bread out of the mouths of others. It is a mental ailment not to understand this common necessity.

But the people afflicted with this malady are also members of this vast human family and consequently, they are our brothers and siters. Therefore, they will have to be cured of this disease through humanitarian appeals or pressure of circumstances. It will be a great crime even to think of their destruction.

(Problem of the day, 7)

9 12 2008

The firmness of a person’s resolve makes one great. However, lowly a person may be, one can become great by one’s determination. If you have a firm resolve to realize your goal, you shall become great. Without a firm resolution, you cannot achieve anything.

(Ananda Vacanamratam, 52)

3 12 2008

Suppose your boss arrives; you will welcome him and say, “Please come, sit down and have something to eat.” You flatter him but inside you say, “What a trouble has arrived! When will he go?” This is not known to your boss. Thus, two “I’s” are within you; one performs action in the external world, and the other is inside. You are well-acquainted with this inner “I”, but others do not have the correct information about it. Spiritual practice(sadhana), therefore, is to unify the two, the internal “I” and the external “I”, into one.
Two-ness in one single personality of human beings is their disease. The greater the gap between these two I’s, the more you will undergo psychic torment. You must remember that in this second half of the 20th Century there is a great gap between the internal “I” and the external “I”. And because of the trouble in adjusting these two “I’s” there is an increase in the number of lunatics. This is the greatest disease of the 20th Century.


Mental Balance

2 12 2008

There are three categories of human beings. The first category comprises those whose thoughts, words and deeds are the same — which means whatever they think, they speak, and whatever they speak, they do. Such people are A-class people.

The second category comprises those whose thoughts and words are different but whateber they speak, they do – which means they think one thing and speak another, but they do whatever they speak. Such bpeople are B-class people.

The third category comprises those whose thoughts words and deeds are different from each other and never the same. Such people think one thing, speak another, and do something altogether different. Such people are C-class people. Most of the leaders of the present-day world fall into this category. You should try to become A-class people. You should speak what you think, and you should do what you speak.

Ananda Vacanamrtam, 3