Daily Dose for the Mind

If you are sincere about reaching enlightenment, you can learn even from a child, or from the person who insults you on the street. The entire world becomes your teacher. The person leading you toward spiritual awakening is not the one who praises you or is nice to you. Your spirituality deepens because of those who insult you and give you a hard time. They are your spiritual teachers in disguise. How can you tell if someone is truly enlightened? Shower him with both praise and criticism. If he shows signs of being susceptible to either, then it means he has forgotten his enlightened nature.

Our emotions are capricious, like the weather in London. One minute, when someone criticizes us, we are offended and furious. The next minute, when someone praises us, we feel proud and pompous. Unless we recognise the still point beneath the surface of our changing emotions, we will feel we are hostage to their whims. Someone advanced in spiritual practice has the following attitude. In a large community, she lives as though she is alone. She minds her own business without meddling in others’. When alone, she acts as though she is in a large community. She follows her regimen without sliding into laziness.”

Excerpt From: Haemin Sunim. “The Things You Can See Only When You Slow Down: How to Be Calm and Mindful in a Fast-Paced World”.

11 Comments Add yours

    1. GS says:

      Thank you Lokesh.

      Liked by 1 person

  1. It’s a shame the world is full of mean people who value instant gratification over delayed gratification.

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    1. GS says:

      Yes Lance. But we need to look within ourselves as to why we got hurt in the first place.

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Kritika says:

    ‘Your spirituality deepens because of those who insult you and give you a hard time.’
    Rightly said. We come more close to ourselves while analysing the world around.

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    1. GS says:

      Yes, we should take criticism as a mirror and look for things within our soul to heal.

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  3. Avethandwa says:

    This is so thought provoking, you know. It makes me wonder if I am actually courageous or I am just naive.
    I am surrounded by a community of haters, and every day I walk right besides them with such peace

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    1. GS says:

      You have both courage and resilience. Thank you for sharing that with us. You may inspire many, starting with me today.

      Like

    1. GS says:

      Glad you agree Malaika.

      Like

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