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Wisdom Classification: Commandment 7 (GRATITUDE)


"Be not revengeful for the wrongs done by the others. Take them with gratitude as heavenly gifts."

Sayings of Pujya Babuji Maharaj:

♦ The real cause of anger is usually one’s own refractory temperament. (SS 518)

♦ Take everything as coming from the Lord, so that the feelings of resentment may not arise. (BWS 161)

♦ He (Rev.Lalaji Maharaj) used to say, "Our home is the training ground of patience and endurance. " (BWS 199)

♦ The greatest obstruction on the path of spirituality is offered by our feelings of partiality and prejudice, which may be roughly assumed as a type of ahamkara. (SS 154)

♦ Prejudice is the greatest evil, rather the deadliest poison to spiritual life. (BWS 177)

♦ The external help comes in the form of suffering caused by the wrongs done by others, against which the people generally poison their thought on account of their own ignorance. (BWS 161)

♦ When we do something by applying our head and heart we form impressions (BWS 160)

♦ We should never act in such a way that anyone can lift a finger against us. (SDG 128)

♦ Another external thing necessary for the beginner is that he should practice restraint in thought, word and deed so as not to injure the feelings and prick the hearts of others. (BWS 99)

♦ Thoughts have life and they also work on the lives of others. (SDG 25)

♦ We blow our own trumpet in our own thoughts, and lose a lot in the process. (SDG 40)

♦ By the effect of our vicious thoughts and actions we spoil our sense of discrimination and right cognition. (BWS 40)

♦ When we remain in contact with ideas and thoughts of different kinds, they leave impressions upon our emotional feelings and senses.(BWS 39)

♦ The best way to get rid of them(thoughts) is to be unmindful towards them and treat them as you treat uninvited guests. (SDG 68)

♦ Our present degenerated state is the reaction of thoughts, and by the help of thoughts alone will we be able to evolve our-selves. (SDG 143)

♦ Our actions and thoughts count much in our wrong making. (BWS 39)

♦ When a man goes on with his usual work, of whatever nature it might be, in the sense of duty having no weight or impression of it upon his heart, he spoils neither himself nor the cosmos. (SS 127)

♦ I would therefore prefer to induce people to forget themselves instead of knowing themselves. (SDG 101)

♦ When we are really quite unconscious of the very presence of peace, we are in true sense free from the impression or the weight of the feeling. (BWS 222)

♦ To him who might be eager to have experience of that Infinite plane, I may say that he must step into it after brushing aside all the effects of feelings. (SDG 80)

♦ Bhog does not only mean undergoing the effect of our past actions but it really means passing through the process of unfolding the intricacies of the point which we have already arrived at. (BWS 214)

♦ Our belongings are a pile of Samskaras (impressions) with their resultant effects in the form of complexities and the diverse coverings, which we have gathered round the soul and which are the results of our thoughts and actions. (BWS 196)

♦ Anything that comes to us for our ultimate good, may it be from any medium, fills our heart with delight and promotes in us a sense of gratitude. (BWS 161)

♦ The effect of the activities of the lower consciousness settles down upon the subconscious mind forming fate. (SDG 100)

♦ Truly speaking, we ourselves are the makers of fate. (BWS 160)

Inspirational Quotes from Various Sources:

♦ Removing the incurable cancer called hatred Reveals one's undying, undiminishing radiance. The destruction of hatred, that sorrow of sorrows, Yields to man the joy of joys.

- Tirukkural 86: 853-

♦ From evil springs forth more evil. Therefore, evil is to be feared even more than fire.
To commit no wrong, even against one's enemies,
Is said to be supreme wisdom.

- Tirukkural 21:202-203

♦ To speak gratitude is courteous and pleasant, to enact gratitude is generous and noble, but to live gratitude is to touch Heaven.

- Johannes A. Gaertner

♦ Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them?

- Abraham Lincoln.

♦ It is no longer good enough to cry peace; we must act peace, live peace, and live in peace.

- Shenandoah proverb

♦ Silent gratitude isn’t much good to anyone.

- Gladys Browyn Stern

♦ An attitude of gratitude creates blessings.

- Sir John Templeton

♦ When a person doesn't have gratitude, something is missing in his or her humanity. A person can almost be defined by his or her attitude toward gratitude.

- Elie Wiesel

♦ To be wronged is nothing unless you continue to remember it.

- Confucius

♦ The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.

- Mahatma Gandhi

♦ If any man was wronged by another and he neither rebukes, nor hates, nor bears a grudge against him, but forgives him with his whole heart, this is a saintly virtue...

♦ This too shall pass away.

♦ Remember the virtues you lack and the faults you have; forget the good you did and the wrong you received.

- Orhot Tzaddikim

♦ It is the lot of man to suffer, it is also his fortune to forget.

- Disraeli, "Vivian Grey"

♦ Just as we love ourselves despite the faults we know we have, so should we love our neighbors despite the faults we see in them.

- Israel Baal Shem Tov

♦ Aid an enemy before you aid a friend, to subdue hatred.

♦ Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.

- Oscar Wilde

♦ [BUDDHISM] There is no evil like hatred. And no fortitude like patience.

- Santideva, "Bodhicaryavatara"