“What you are is much greater than anyone or anything else you have ever yearned for. The spirit is exhaustless Bliss. You are carrying within your heart a portable paradise.
The more you concentrate on the outside, the less you will know of the inner glory of the everlasting joy of the spirit. The more you concentrate within, the less you will have of difficulties without.
It is spiritual poverty, not material lack, that lies at the core of all human suffering.”
~ Paramahansa Yogananda
(Source: Autobiography of a Yogi)
The problem is everyone seeks and relies on happiness externally
A little more money
A little fame or recognition
Just a little appreciation
Just one more great meal. Or something sexually
I want to see this beautiful country
Just want to spend more time with so and so
Look at your own list. Isn’t it all external ?
This is why all the millionaires and billionaires are still poor. Look at the sad lives of Hollywood or Bollywood famous people. Or sports stars. Or athletes
They look for something outside. And pursue it
There is no end to it.
You read my blogs. You want something internal. And you think you can just give it up. And meditate. Or maybe if you find Babaji or a great saint you will have instant success.
Sadly that is not true. This is your battle. A guru can give you the weapons. But you have to slay your own demons. Your own desires. Your tendency to seek external.
And that is exactly what a Guru does. Gives you the ability to slay your demons. But you t flight them
There is no such thing as instant success. If I stay in touch with Guru he can give you tricks to defeat your enemy. Staying around them you learn tricks. He helps you.
If you like to eat pizza And you can’t. You keep thinking it is not spiritual. And your mind understands. But the mind is not defeated. You are reaching a compromise with your mind. That is not success over the mind. If you negotiate with your mind , that is the victory of the mind
A yogi says , oh mr mind. I will not give into your demand. You’re the villain. You’re the devil. I just refuse to indulge in what you demand. And that is Sayam.
Negotiation with mind is temporary truce in favor of the mind. That is nigrah or suppression of the mind
Whenever the opportunity arises the mind will pounce upon you with twice the strength
Read this a few times. Ponder
Think why you fail
This continues for birth after birth. All the religions tell you how to be. But they do not tell you how to be that way
You read great statements. We love them. But following it – hardly anyone does.
So why applaud? True applause is when you can follow it
Defeat your mind. Learn to live from within. Not outside.