The Consummate

You are the Universe, You are Enlightened. #words2liveby

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The Giver and Receiver Both Have Lessons To Learn

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Both Have Lessons To Learn

If you want to give some advice, your first duty is to look and see if that person will accept it, if he or she will be benefited by your saying something. If the person gets upset, it shows that you don’t know how to say it gently in the proper way. In that case, you learn something from it: “Ahh, I made her angry. I should have known how to present the problem. It is her problem, but I have to learn how to present it in the right way. Maybe I put it bluntly and that is why she got upset.” There are things for you to learn also. If your intention is to help someone but you fail to make him realize that you are helping him, it’s your mistake. You can’t blame him for that.

The giver of the help should remember certain things about how to give constructive suggestions. Stop and think, “Is this the right moment to discuss this? Am I presenting it in the proper way?” If you positively know that the person is not in a mood to receive it from you, wait until another time or start very gently. Then give that person time to think about it. Maybe at the spur of the moment the ego will come and say, “How dare you tell me that!” But when you go away, he or she will try to apply your advice. Remember there is a giver and a receiver; both have lessons to learn.

Om Shanthi, Shanthi, Shanthi

– Swami Satchidananda

Where Wrath Springs Forth

Posted in art, artists, beauty, health, judaism, life, love, relationships, spirituality, subculture, swami satchidananda, yoga by the consummate on June 17, 2011

“Wrath springs only from thwarted desires. I do not expect anything from others, so their actions cannot be in opposition to wishes of mine. I would not use you for my own ends; I am happy only in your own true happiness” – Sri Yukteswar from Yogananda’s AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF A YOGI

Authentic Peace

Posted in beauty, california, health, life, love, spirituality, subculture, yoga by the consummate on April 10, 2011
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Be a Humble Teacher

Posted in life, relationships, spirituality, yoga by the consummate on August 3, 2009

Be a Humble Teacher

“If you want to enlighten others, get enlightened yourself. What you read in books is not enough. As a Yoga teacher, you should show your students the way because you know it well. Don’t pose as an all-knowing person. That’s the problem: Are you going to teach or preach? Preaching is not important.

Practicing is what’s important.

In fact, nobody is a teacher; we are all learners. Sometimes, we learn from the students themselves. So be humble and gently impart what you know. Say: ‘This is all I know; this what I’m hoping for. You try. You may even get it before me.’ That kind of humility is important.

“God bless you. OM Shanti, Shanti, Shanti.”

– Sri Swami Satchidananda