Speaks on “Good Thoughts, Words and Deeds”
Sunday, January 22, 2017
Our spiritual pursuits in the life of yoga are interwoven throughout our thoughts, words and deeds. Every thought is a seed in the garden of our mind. Every word is an opportunity to express wisdom and realization. Every action is a step toward uniting ourselves with the infinite universe of creation. But it is easy to forget. We forget who and what we are… we forget our divine nature. We forget to care for all of God’s creation. We forget to speak with kindness… to use words that remind us all of the higher truths. We forget to act selflessly.
But if we think often of God… If we remember that the soul within us is of identical nature with the God of the universe… then with these thoughts our words will help and heal, and our efforts will become blessings to ourselves and those around us.
From Gurus and Swamis:
“Meditation and prayer with vision lifted and fixed at the spiritual eye, self-expression with the love of God, translation of good will into good deeds and performance of all constructive and creative actions constitute the life of purity and spirituality.”
— Shyamacharan Lahiri
“Bring unto me only the good from the field of life, O my mind, That I may make my heart an abode of truth and righteousness and a temple of love and peace.”
“When one sincerely examines his life—his ways of thinking and talking; his states of mind; the ways he feels and moves—he will perceive that his life is part of a larger Being, a nature whose intelligence is cosmically principled and empowered. He will seek meditation to become more aware, attentive and artful in this Life Divine. No one need convince him of his need to meditate: The Light of self-revelation has dawned within his own soul.”
“Make thine own self pure by good thoughts, good words and good deeds.”
“And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord, giving thanks to God.”
— The Bible, Colossians 3:17
“Mind is the forerunner of all activity; mind is the highest among all sensory powers. All relative concepts have their origin in the mind. One who speaks or acts with a polluted mind, sorrow follows him as the tracks of the wheels follow the footprints of the bullocks which draw the cart.
“Mind is the precursor of all perceptions; mind is the most subtle of all elements in the phenomenal universe. All objectified consciousness has its origin in the mind. One who speaks or acts with a pure mind, happiness abides with him as his own shadow.”
— The Path of the Eternal Law: The Dhammapada, translated by Swami Premananda