For lasting happiness

Happiness depends to some extent upon external conditions, but chiefly upon conditions of the inner mind. From today onward, make up your mind that when you meet your trying relatives, when you come in contact with your overbearing boss, and when you experience the trials of life, you will try to retain your internal calmness and happiness.

The most important condition for lasting happiness is even-mindedness. Remain ever calmly centred in the Self, within. As a child’s sandcastle disintegrates before invading waves, so does a restless mind, lacking strength of will and perseverance, succumbs to the pounding it receives from the waves of changing circumstance.

A diamond, however, retains its strength and clarity no matter how many waves crash down upon it.

A good rule to live by, and one that will take you sailing through many tests in life is, under all circumstances, to remain even-minded and cheerful. You only need to tell yourself simply, ‘Whatever comes of itself, let it come.’

Toil and struggle are the norms of life on earth. They are blessings, not misfortunes, for they provide us with a testing ground for our own inner development.

As we hone our peace of mind – its pure metal forged in meditation – on the abrasive surface of outer difficulties, we develop the clear discrimination with which to slice through to delusion’s heart. Eventually, we arrive at that blessed state where the very lustre of our peace protects us during all our activities.


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