TODAY'S THEME: Easing Irritation
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Every day, early in the morning, stand in front of the mirror...
Now, when you stand in front of the mirror, if you see an
undivine face looking back at you, then rest assured that the
whole world is undivine. But if you are getting joy from your
face, if it is pure and divine, then rest assured that the world is
also pure and divine. According to the way you see yourself,
the rest of the world will present itself to you...We are like a
microcosm and the world is the macrocosm. A saint always
sees everyone in the world - even the worst possible thief --
as a saint. Similarly, a thief will always see even the most
divine saint as a thief. We judge others according to our own
realisation. A thief will think a saint is a thief and a saint will
think a thief is a saint. Those who have not realised God
will always suspect and doubt those who have...

Sri Chinmoy (1931-2007)
From a speech given in Room 550 at the United Nations,
July 18, 1975


Note from Lisa:
Sri Chinmoy (see the quote above) died last Thursday,
October 11th, at 76. The Indian-born spiritual leader was a
remarkable man who preached his philosophy by living a very
athletic life(he lifted airplanes and ran ultra-marathons!)
and a prolific creative life. According to the New York Times:

"He slept only 90 minutes a day, he said, and when he was not traveling
to perform in concerts and spread his message, spent the rest of the
time meditating, playing music, exercising and making art."

"His followers said he had written 1500 books, 115,000 poems and 20,000
songs, created 200,000 paintings and had given almost 800 peace concerts."

"Drawing upon HIndu principles, Mr. Chinmoy advocated a spiritual path to
God through prayer and meditation..."

(At the funeral) "There were condolence letters faxed from world figures,
including former Vice President Al Gore and Mikhail Gorbachev, the last
Soviet leader, who met and corresponded with Mr. Chinmoy frequently..."

Quotes excerpted from:
"Sri Chinmoy, Athletic Spiritual Leader, Dies at 76"
by Corey Kilgannon
(NY Times, October 13, 2007)

Love is patient, love is kind. It is not jealous, (love) is not
pompous, it is not inflated, it is not rude, it does not seek
its own interests, it is not quick-tempered, it does not brood
over injury, it does not rejoice over wrongdoing but rejoices
with the truth. It bears all things, believes all things,
hopes all things, endures all things.

1 Corinthians 13: 4-7
New American Bible


A vague sense of irritation is so common today that many
of us scarcely notice it...When you sit down to breakfast or
walk into the office, it is as if your mind is looking around
and saying, "What's going to irritate me today?"

...For this kind of vague, subclinical irritation...the Holy Name
can be very effective. When a baby is crying and the mother
needs to finish her work, she sometimes puts a pacifier between
the baby's lips and it satisfies him for a while. The Holy Name is
a pacifier for grownups. When you feel irritable, just put it
between your lips and keep it there --- Jesus, Jesus, Jesus,
or whatever it may be. When the irritation is gone,
you can take the Holy Name out.

Excerpted from "Love Never Faileth,"
by Eknath Easwaran
Nilgiri Press, 1996

When we come into contact with the other person,
our thoughts and actions should express our mind
of compassion, even if that person says and does
things that are not easy to accept. We practice in
this way until we see clearly that our love is not
contingent upon the other person being lovable.

Thich Nhat Hanh (1926-  )
Vietnamese Zen Buddhist spiritual teacher and author

And now, the Last Word:

Let the ugliness of unkindness in others impel me
to make myself beautiful with loving-kindness.

As a jasmine vine sheds its flowers over the hands
delivering ax blows at its roots, so, on all who
act inimically toward me may I shower
blossoms of forgiveness.

Paramahansa Yogananda (1893-1952)
Indian guru and yogi


















































Bonus quote:

If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete.

The Buddha


On today's
Home Page:

Sri Chinmoy;
1 Corinthians;
Ecknath Easwaran;
Thich Nhat Hanh;


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