Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Thought of the day


To be patient means to suffer something that hinders or hurts us, and still retain our self-composure.
How many difficulties, with their consequent unpleasantness and discord, could be smoothed over and almost entirely eliminated by patience. Patience always elevates and strengthens our character.

We need it not only with others but also with ourselves. Sw.Chinmayananda

4 comments:

meera said...

What is patience, Shyam? What is the nature of patience? Does it not begin with accepting what is, as is, who is- as he is, me, as I am...that is the first point. Accepting also means I do not resist, for whn I resist, do I not seek to correct the Cosmic Order? Patience, by itself seems to connote that by waiting I get what I want, hence it presupposes a goal orientation. Is this reasoning wrong, Shaym?

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Anonymous said...

Very good questions by Meeraji.
A couple more to add:
When there is acceptance, where is the suffering?
What then would be the goal of patience, if there is one?

Would love to hear your thoughts - please post when you have time.

Namaskarams
Subba

Anonymous said...

Continuing on Meeraji's thoughts, one more question-a more basic one I suppose.

Does patience presuppose acceptance?

Namaskarams
Subba