Living a life of peace and harmony comes from living within, not from without. We have gratifications we live for, but those feed the external. The higher spiritual state comes from living from your core.
Self-control and discipline are the mechanisms that allow you to emanate from your pure core. The more you practice this self-control, the less swayed you will be by passion and grief. As we talked in the recent posts on temptation, simply restraining passions is just the initial step. That won’t take you to peace. That comes from purification where your base natures are transmuted into intellectual and spiritual energy. For more on this, read the chapter on sexual transmutation in “Think and Grow Rich.”
When you purify this lower nature you become strong and temptations lose their power over you. This purification comes through thoughtful analysis, meditation and holy aspiration. At this stage you let go of these desires and temptations and they lose their power over you.
Live from the outside and you drift lower and lower. Get in touch with your core and you rise higher and higher. We don’t like self-discipline because it seems painful at the start. But stay true to it, and that is where peace and harmony can be found.
I hope you are holding positive thoughts and prayers for our brothers and sisters in Japan. Please donate what you can to the relief efforts. I’m about to leave Bangkok and heading to Prague. I’ll check in from there.