Purity means to have cleanliness inside the temple of mind. In my own life, every day, as part of my regular meditation, if I see anything negative, hidden away somewhere, I clear it out. When the temple is clean, God will come and sit in it. Then there is the power inside that stops any more rubbish from entering.
Purity brings out honesty. It prevents my relationship with God from being casual or careless. When I have that clear determination to be clean inside, I pay attention to making sure that I keep my thoughts and feelings positive. I don’t let them create new stains inside. Purity gives birth to truth. When you maintain inner cleanliness, your heart stays true to God and your actions come from that place of truth.
When there is total purity, you will develop trust, honesty and integrity in relationships. With such a life, there is no room for worry, fear or sorrow. Purity makes you completely peaceful inside….When this habit of maintaining inner cleanliness is firmly established, it’s as if God’s help is always close at hand. Sometimes, when the mind is peaceless, I deliberately invoke thoughts of the soul and God, and a pure and peaceful state of mind returns.
At other times, purity won’t come so readily. Then, all of a sudden, I have the thought of the true Father and awareness of the Father’s love – and my own true self-awareness and peace of mind is automatically restored. If I have developed a love for this inner truth, and the habit of remembering the true Father, it’s as if the Father reaches out to me when my own strength has failed.
Love for God creates a purifying fire inside. Different levels of intensity of this heat accompany different phases of purification. The first level of attention is on removing layers of old things from the past, as when a decorator burns paint off a door. When I make the effort to become clean in that way, the purity that is within shines through. That purity then reminds me of the value of having a clean, simple life, and of becoming honest. When here is purity inside, I’ll have the feeling of not wanting to tolerate any form of dishonesty in myself, whether in the form of carelessness or laziness, or making excuses.
I need truth in all aspects. There is truth in making honest, sincere effort, with a true and honest heart. This is different from truth in the sense of an original state of being, such as when gold is pure, or when a painting or a piece of furniture is restored.
But the two are linked. To recover my truth, I need to make true efforts; and to make true efforts, I need a vision of my own original, true state of being….When I serve others, it is also with a true heart, absolutely sincerely. When I give someone my time, I give it to them with my heart, not superficially or with a thought of finishing with them.
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