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This Blog is a collection of excerpts from talks given by Sri Swami Vishwananda. Please note that this Blog does not focus on dates, background and the exact original way of how Swamiji delivered the speech. We edit the talks slightly, presenting them in a kind of “poetic” format. This means we choose certain paragraphs from a talk which reflect a particular theme.
Read them as pieces of Divine Wisdom, meditate upon the words and just feel how Swamiji is addressing you with His words.

Tuesday, 19 January 2010

How to detect pride?

The pride and the ego belong to the category "the greatest obstacles on the spiritual path". But if we really want and offer God our ego and negative qualities, we can easily change and become positive, loving and humble.
See here which advise Sri Swami Vishwananda gives you concerning that topic:

Chaturananda: How to detect pride?

Sri Swami Vishwananda: Well, when you are proud yourself, it’s very difficult to know about it. Only when you are out of it, you can know about it.
Easy, when you are in it, you will always praise yourself.
You will always say that whatever you do is right.
All will be centred only on you, not the inside you, but the outside you.
That’s how to detect pride.
But how to dissolve it?
Once you have detect it, once you know this pride is there, try your best at all time to control it. There are a few ways.
Pride always makes you to be the front-one.
‘I know better than anybody else, others don’t know anything. '
I know best.
What is that? (Someone: arrogance) That’s it.
So how to put it away is to put yourself always at the back.
I mean not physically at the back, but inside.
When the mind says “Oh how wonderful you are. How great your wisdom is. How great you know about things.”
If you go into it, you are done.
But the moment you detect it you have a feeling, no?
That’s what I was saying yesterday.
The moment you feel that there is pride, don’t go into it.
Be humble.
It will not make you big or small, but it will make you rise into spirituality.
It will strengthen you on your spiritual path.Watch here another Clip where Sri Swami Vishwananda is talking about the greatest obstacles on the spiritual path:

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

It is as Paartha´s Mother said: only with love and understanding will Springen Center survive. And I would like to add: if there is also truthfullness and respect. Without truthfullness and respect(which is nothing else but humbleness in a way) love and understanding cannot thrive. One should not try to deceive other people, as one will never be able to deceive God. And God is the one that ultimately decides upon one´s lot. JGD

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