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exploration of a new spiritual theme every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The Religion network is offered with the
conviction that inspiration can be found in all spiritual faiths, and furthermore, that finding the commonalities
among the world's religions is more healing than pointing up their differences.
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Bhagavad-Gita, Paramahansa Yogananda, John Eldredge, Book of Proverbs
My sister and I grew up at the ballet barre. By high school we took class daily.
I can't imagine how many thousands of plies I've done in my life, although my
noisy knees like to tell me about them whenever I climb stairs! But the dis-
cipline we learned there is one of the greatest gifts our parents gave us; which
stood me in good stead when I performed in a musical for a year and a half, eight
shows a week...which adds up to 624 repetitions of the same choreography and
the same songs...yet somehow the material never felt stale.
Oh, some shows were
better than others; inevitably I regretted chowing down a burger and fries with a
chocolate milkshake in-between shows - the jumps were so much harder after
that (!) -
but the discipline built into my persona made giving my best effort a no-
brainer, no matter how I felt. Discipline also allowed me the freedom to continually
discover fresh moments hidden like golden nuggets in the show. That's the joy of
being disciplined in one's life - it infuses you with the strength to carry on amid
difficulties and it cloaks you with the freedom to transcend sterility in your life,
whether it's doing your day job or praying to the Lord.
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The higher self of a tranquil man
whose self is mastered
is perfectly poised is cold or heat,
joy or suffering, honor or contempt...
his mind controlled,
a man of discipline finds peace,
the pure calm that exists in me...
When his mind is tranquil, perfect joy
comes to the man of discipline;
his passion is calmed, he is without sin,
being one with the infinite spirit...
He who sees me everywhere
and sees everything in me
will not be lost to me,
and I will not be lost to him.
I exist in all creatures,
so the disciplined man devoted to me
grasps the oneness of life;
wherever he is, he is in me.
Excerpted from the Bhagavad-Gita
Translated by Barbara Stoler Miller
Bantam Classic, 2004
The Sixth Teaching: 7, 15, 27, 30-31
When guided by error, human will misleads us; but when
guided by wisdom, human will is attuned to the Divine Will.
God's plan for us often becomes obscured by the conflicts
of human life and so we lose the inner guidance that
would save us from chasms of misery.
Paramahansa Yogananda (1893-1952)
Founder of the Self-Realization Fellowship
Excerpted from "The Law of Success"
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As a young boy...I read the story of a Scottish discus thrower from
the nineteenth century. He lived in the days before professional
trainers and developed his skills alone in the highlands of his native
village. He even made his own discus from the description he read in
a book. What he didn't know was the discus used in competition was
made of wood with an outer rim of iron. His was solid metal and
weighed three or four times as much as those being used by his would-
be challengers. This committed Scotsman marked out his field the dis-
tance of the current record throw and trained day and night to be able
to match it. For nearly a year, he labored under the self-imposed
burden of the extra weight, becoming very, very good...
The Highlander traveled south to England for his first competition.
When he arrived at the games, he was handed the official wooden
discus--which he promptly threw like a tea saucer. He set a new
record, a distance so far beyond those of his competitors that
no one could touch him. For many years he
remained the uncontested champion.
Something in my heart connected with this story.
So that's how you do it: Train under a great burden.
Excerpted from "John Eldredge, The Sacred Romance,"
John Eldredge (1960 - )
Christian author and speaker
Reprinted in "Men of Integrity," November/December 2000
From "Perfect Illustrations," (anthology)
Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.. 2002
The Last Word:
Observe, my son, your father's bidding,
and reject not your mother's teaching;
Keep them fastened over your heart always,
put them around your neck;
For the bidding is a lamp,
and the teaching a light, and a way
to life are the reproofs of discipline...
New American Bible
Totally Random Bonus Quote:
There is nothing nobler or more admirable
than when two people who see eye to eye
keep house as man and wife, confounding
their enemies and delighting their friends.
Legendary ancient Greek poet