Speaks on "Be Patient, Oh Bharata"
Sunday, May 7, 2017 at 11:00am
How do we reconcile our ideal of oneness with God in serene tranquility with the “reality” of day-to-day living? In this world we all experience pleasure and pain, beauty and ugliness, life and death, and so forth. How do we reconcile these life experiences with our chosen ideal when the two appear to be almost antithetical to one another? This was the crisis that Arjuna (Bharata, the soul) faced in the Bhagavad Gita, that most sublime scripture of the spiritual journey all souls must undertake. Krishna (God) counseled him: “These [pleasure, pain, etc.] come and go. They are temporary in their nature. Bear them patiently, O Bharata. He alone is fit to attain immortality, O best among men, who remains serene and undisturbed in pleasure and pain.”
From Gurus and Swamis: AUM
"The cultivation of patience is requisite to happiness: It is that little bit of transcendental peace that blesses our daily life. Without it we cannot feel the joy of self-unfoldment. Our patience is the awareness of the ever-abiding perfecting self within."
—REFLECTIONS ON STILL WATERS by Swami Kamalananda
"The calm composure of the soul is patience. Our soul is serene and self composed. Within each of us there is a state of divine stillness. It is the sublime tranquility of the soul. Patience has its source in our soul. The more we realize the immensity of our soul, the greater becomes the depth of our patience. Patience is a noble virtue. It inspires tenderness in our hearts. It is gentle and sweet in it's effect. Inner contentment is a gift of patience. Serene peacefulness is the abiding grace of a heart that is blessed with patience."
—ONE HUNDRED AND ONE NOBLE QUALITIES by Swami Premananda
"Eternity is the timeless time of God. Infinite are the attributes of his being. He is without beginning and without end because he is the transcendental reality of absolute perfection. When we are consciously aware of his presence within and around us, we dwell in the light of God. The presence of his attributes is everywhere and always because he is all-pervading and eternal."
—SAYINGS OF SHYAMACHARAN LAHIRI by Shyamacharan Lahiri
Noble Thoughts: "Let Noble Thoughts come to us from every side." —Rig Veda
"Do you have the patience to wait
till your mud settles and the water is clear?
Can your remain unmoving
till the right action arises by itself?"
—Lao-Tzu, TAO TE CHING, translated by Stephen Mitchell
"I exist as I am, that is enough,
If no other in the world be aware I sit content,
And if each and all be aware I sit content.
One world is aware, and by far the largest to me, and that is myself,
And whether I come to my own today or in ten thousand or ten million years,
I can cheerfully take it now, or with equal cheerfulness, I can wait."
—Walt Whitman, LEAVES OF GRASS
"Let me not grope in vain in the dark
but keep my mind still in the faith
that the day will break and truth
will appear in its simplicity."
—Rabindranath Tagore, FIREFLIES