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Resource name: /E-Library/Disciples/Devashish Patnaik/English/Art Of Living/Stick with Your Own Business.htm
Stick with Your Own Business Keep your attention focused entirely on what is truly your own concern, and be clear that what belongs to others is their business and none of yours. If you do this, you will be impervious to coercion and no one can ever hold you back. You will be truly free and effective, for your efforts will be put to good use and won’t be foolishly squandered finding fault with or opposing others.
Resource name: /E-Library/Disciples/Devashish Patnaik/English/Art Of Living/Safeguard Your Reason.htm
Safeguard Your Reason Just as when you walk you are careful not to step on a nail or injure your foot, you should similarly take the utmost care not to in any way impair the highest faculty of your mind. The virtuous life depends on reason first and foremost. If you safeguard your reason, it will safeguard you.
Resource name: /E-Library/Disciples/Devashish Patnaik/English/Art Of Living/The Right Use of Books.htm
The Right Use of Books Don’t just say you have read books. Show that through them you have learned to think better, to be a more discriminating and reflective person. Books are the training weights of the mind. They are very helpful, but it would be a bad mistake to suppose that one has made progress simply by having internalized their contents.
Resource name: /E-Library/Disciples/Devashish Patnaik/English/Art Of Living/Conform Your Wishes to Reality.htm
Conform Your Wishes to Reality For good or for ill, life and nature are governed by laws that we can’t change. The quicker we accept this, the more tranquil we can be. Similarly, it is foolish to wish that an employee, relative, or friend be without fault. This is wishing to control things that you can’t truly control.
Resource name: /E-Library/Disciples/Devashish Patnaik/English/Art Of Living/Inner Excellence Matters More Than Outer Appearance.htm
Inner Excellence Matters More Than Outer Appearance Females are especially burdened by the attention they receive for their pleasing appearance. From the time they are young, they are flattered by males or evaluated only in terms of their outward appearance. Unfortunately, this can make a woman feel suited only to give men pleasure, and her true inner gifts sadly atrophy. She may feel compelled to put great effort and time into enhancing her outer beauty and distorting her natural self to please others. Sadly, many people – both men and women – place all their emphasis on managing their physical appeara
Resource name: /E-Library/Disciples/Devashish Patnaik/English/Art Of Living/Wisdom Is Revealed Through Action, Not Talk.htm
Wisdom Is Revealed Through Action, Not Talk Don’t declare yourself to be a wise person or discuss your spiritual aspirations with people who won’t appreciate them. Show your character and your commitment to personal nobility through your actions.
Resource name: /E-Library/Disciples/Devashish Patnaik/English/Art Of Living/Don^t Be Angry at Wrongdoers.htm
-026_Don^t Be Angry at Wrongdoers.htm Don’t Be Angry at Wrongdoers The untrained response to robbers and thugs and to those who otherwise err is outrage and retribution. Wrongdoers need to be rightly understood to form the correct response to their behavior. The appropriate response to bad deeds is pity for the perpetrators, since they have adopted unsound beliefs and are deprived of the most valuable human capacity: the ability to differentiate between what’s truly good and bad for them. Their original moral intuitions have been distorted, so they have no chance at inner serenity. Whenever someone does something foolish, pity him rather than yield to hatred and
Resource name: /E-Library/Disciples/Devashish Patnaik/English/Art Of Living/Speak Only with Good Purpose.htm
Speak Only with Good Purpose So much attention is given to the moral importance of our deeds and their effects. Those who seek to live the higher life also come to understand the oft-ignored moral power of our words. One of the clearest marks of the moral life is right speech. Perfecting our speech is one of the keystones of an authentic spiritual program. First and foremost, think before you speak to make sure you are speaking with good purpose. If need be, be mostly silent or speak sparingly. Speech itself is neither good nor evil, but it is so commonly used carelessly that you need to be on your guard. Frivolo
Resource name: /E-Library/Disciples/Devashish Patnaik/English/Art Of Living/Events Are Impersonal and Indifferent.htm
Events Are Impersonal and Indifferent When considering the future, remember that all situations unfold as they do regardless of how we feel about them. Our hopes and fears sway us, not events themselves. In any events, however seemingly dire, there is nothing to prevent us from searching for its hidden opportunity. It is a failure of the imagination not to do so. But to seek out the opportunity in situations requires a great deal of courage, for most people around you will persist in interpreting events in the grossest terms: success or failure, good or bad, right or wrong. These simplistic, polarized categories obscure mor
Resource name: /E-Library/Disciples/Devashish Patnaik/English/Art Of Living/Start Living Your Ideas.htm
Start Living Your Ideas Now is the time to get serious about living your ideals. Once you have determined the spiritual principles you wish to exemplify, abide by these rules as if it were indeed sinful to compromise them. Don’t mind if others don’t share your convictions. How long can you afford to put off who you really want to be? Your nobler self cannot wait any longer. Put your principles into practice – now. Stop the excuses and the procrastination. This is your life! You aren’t a child anymore. The sooner you set yourself to your spiritual program, the happier you will be. The longer you wait, the more you wil
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