Change Your Mental Attitude ~ Paramahansa Yogananda

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Post by Sarveswara on Sun Jun 08, 2008 5:59 am

An Excerpt from Paramahansa Yogananda's Book

"Mans Eternal Quest"



Change Your Mental Attitude

We should bear in mind, however, that it is not wise to disregard the body wholly. One should eat proper foods in preference to wrong foods. And if you must live with people who make you nervous, then once in a while you should change your surroundings. But it is better still if you can change your mental environment, so that you won’t be disturbed by others’ actions. Change yourself, and you can then live anywhere in peace and happiness.

Most of the world is like a mental hospital. Some people are sick with jealousy, others with anger, hatred, and passion. They are victims of their habits and emotions. But you can make your home a place of peace. Analyse yourself. All emotions are reflected in the body and mind. Envy and fear cause the face to pale, and love makes it glow. Learn to be calm and you will always be happy.

So remember, whatever type of ego you have, whatever personality you are trying to express, you should make an effort to analyse your true nature and to develop its best qualities. One may have a moral ego or a patriotic ego or an artistic ego or a businessman’s ego, and so on. If morality is your ideal, live uprightly and express your goodwill to all. That is real morality. It is pride that makes self-righteous persons so ready to judge those about them who are weak. True morality includes compassion for others in their ignorant wrongdoings.

Those who are products of the material ego suffer much and needlessly. Such persons should learn self-control; other wise they are just like pieces of matter in action – they have to smoke so many times a day, they must eat certain foods, they always get a headache if they miss their lunch, they can sleep only in a particular kind of bed. It is all right to utilize creature comforts, but never be enslaved by them.

If you are a cross between and intellectual and a materialistic ego, that is better. But unless you develop and maintain a balanced nature – intellectually, materially, and spiritually –you are going to be happy. Your spiritual intuition tells you how to control your life, so that you are not mastered by it. It is unwise to let the materialistic ego govern your judgment; your conscience and intuition should decide.



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