True self discipline


Consciously avoid unnecessary expression of experience through language. Stop this inner verbalization. Not every experience ought to be "worded." While eating, just eat without letting your mind translate the experience into words and sentences.

Learn to be in the present and not to get lost in the past or caught up in the future. This is a great discipline. Try to bring love and joy into whatever you are doing. Which is our real home? A monk went into a palace. His presence was so powerful that no one could stop him from going straight to the king. The king himself bowed down to him and asked, "What do you want, and how can I serve you?" "Can I get place to stay in your inn?," replied the monk. "This is not an inn but my palace," answered the king. "Where did your father stay'?

"In this palace, and now he is dead and gone." "Where did your grandfather stay?," asked the monk. "In this very palace and he is dead and gone," replied the king. "So this palace is a place where people stay and leave. So is this not an inn?" asked the monk. The external world in which we live between our life and our death is very much like an inn, a place for temporary occupation. Our real abode is our inner self, which is free from conflicts and chaos. Once you reach that home, there will be love in your heart and joy in your being. The world is like a departure lounge. The real home is our inner self that is free from conflict and chaos.

Not remembering this is ignorance indeed. Isn't real darkness equivalent to forgetfulness?

Yes, it is. It is our forgetfulness that leads to anger, sorrow, and jealousy… In a way of speaking, we send invitations to anger by our private thinking, by our wishful thinking. To remember one's self constantly is a spiritual discipline. Remember one's inner nature. One's true self is joy and peace. We have forgotten our self. It is like a drunkard who has forgotten himself. Remembering one's self is the key to anger management.

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