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Thursday, December 11, 2014


Never talk about the faults of others, no matter how bad they may be.  Nothing is ever gained by that.   You never help one by talking about his faults; you do him an injury, and injure yourself as well.
       -Swami Vivekananda

Like other folks, when I indulge in gossip, I dwell at length on the faults of others forgetting my own and only repent at the end.  I think this happens unconsciously with a majority of folks. But the wisdom masters say that this trait may put you in deep trouble and rob your inner serenity.

When you talk  ill of others, the toxic emotions are bound to destabilize your own emotional balance.  That's why the people who are on the spiritual path must concentrate their energies more on their own conduct than on the onlookers.     

Some months back I wrote this wonderful quote of Dalai Lama in my notebook which I come back and forth to remind myself  of the truth:

If someone remains in a peaceful and tranquil state of mind, external surroundings can cause them only a limited disturbance.

If you are in a situation  which you can't  tolerate, better to walk out  politely instead of silently enduring it.   Suppose if the situation doesn't permit you to leave, be prepared to endure with full acceptance thereby divine endowments will be released to handle the situation.  You get more inner strength by reading this famous quote of American novelist and short story writer James Lane Allen:

Man is buffeted by circumstances so long as he believes himself to be the creature of outside conditions, but when he realizes that he is a creative power and that he may command the hidden soil and seeds of his being out of which circumstances grow, he then becomes the rightful master of himself.

The quotes which strengthen your conviction always take a dominance on your psyche  and self-mastery though difficult but an achievable goal and surely  a road to serenity!

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