SPIRITUAL SELFISHNESS VERSUS EVIL SELFISHNESS
In this world there are two teachers. If you take God as your mentor, you will have a wonderful time; but if you choose the devil as your guide, you will have bullets of misery. The key word for most people as they go through life is "myself." The spiritual man, on the other hand, thinks equally of others. Those who think only of themselves attract enmity from their associates. But those who are thoughtful find others wanting to be thoughtful of them. If there are one hundred people in a town and each one is trying to take from the other, each one has ninety-nine enemies. But if each one is trying to help the other, each one has ninety-nine friends.
~ Sri Paramahansa Yogananda,
JOURNEY to Self – Realization
The only problem with God as mentor, you need to recognize God The sure way God comes to us is as a Guru.
What if you can’t recognize a Guru ? Yes. It is difficult. Yogananda could not recognize Yukteshwar as a Guru. He had to be told. And a Guru does not come and show his full glory right away. He just won’t. Slowly he reveals more and more
So what next? Circumstances can be your Guru or God. We learn from our mistakes. Often times people will warn us. Friends can warn us not to do things. They guide. We have to be alert. Follow the scriptures if in doubt.
Don’t justify bad behavior without any scriptural guidance.
But the biggest guide is to learn not to be selfish and hang around people who are not selfish. Be around those are willing to sacrifice things for each other
In the long run selfish behavior – especially the need to fight back based on ego is the worst
I have seen many fellow disciples egotistically stuck and following the wrong path merely based on the ego that they know , no one else knows as much as I do, and they know the right person to follow.
Sadly they were wrong on all counts
Such ego leads to the demise of their spiritual path. For many many births
This is true even for a readers of the blog. Their own ego prevents them from grasping or asking the right Technique.