- Swami gave an example of a greedy person in the reading above. Reflect a little, what are some qualities
that are associated with greed?
- What are some best practices to deal with greed?
Many people spend their years piling and piling, and then, are dragged away by death, ere they could preen themselves on the size of the pile. Money can purchase drugs but mental peace and content alone can guarantee health. Medical experts can be hired but life cannot be secured on lease. God incarnates to foster saadhus, it is said. By saadhus, they do not mean the dwellers in Himaalayan retreats; they mean the virtuous person who forms the inner reality of everyone of you, the outer appearance being but a mask which is worn to delude yourself into esteem. Everyone is a saadhu, for he is prema swaruupa, shaanthi swaruupa, amruutha swaruupa (embodiment of bliss, peace and immortality). But, by allowing the crust of ego to grow thick and fast, the real nature is tarnished. By the action of sath sang (the company of God-minded persons), by systematic attention to self-control and self-improvement, man can overcome the delusion that makes him identify himself with the body and its needs and cravings. When you feed the cow with fermented gruel so that it may yield more milk, the milk emits an unpleasant smell. When man engrosses himself too much with the trifles of the world, his conduct and character become unpleasant. It is indeed tragic to witness the downfall of the child of immortality, struggling in despair and distress. If only every one examines these: What are my qualifications? What is my position? They can soon realise their downfall. Will a tiger, however hungry, eat popcorn or monkey nuts? Aim at the goal which your lineage entitles you; how can the parrot taste the sweetness of the mango if it pecks at the fruit of the cotton-tree? Let your effort be in keeping with the dignity of the goal. Never slacken effort, whatever the obstacle, however long the journey .
- Swami mentions that one of the factors that can overcome the delusion that makes a man identify himself with the body and its needs and cravings is the company of God-minded persons. Why do you think this is so?
- Swami says that when man engrosses himself too much with the trifles of the world, his conduct and character become unpleasant.
What do you understand by this statement?
Affirmation: I control my senses.
Life Application skill: Please come up with one based on today’s reading.