To become one with the subtle universal truth,
or to become a shien, an immortal being,
newly achieved and born in heaven,
there is one, only one requirement:
keep a consistently calm mind.
Keep it peaceful, transparent and
still as the water of a clear, quiet lake,
and you will enjoy the subtlety of great bliss.
When dealing with minor problems or major disasters,
stay calm and still as a holy mountain.
When dealing with the pleasurable,
maintain strict discipline.
In this way, when the unpleasant presents itself,
you mind will not be disturbed.
Those who would embellish rites and rituals,
succeed only in trying to impress others.
There is no power to be gained.
Nor is self-cultivation a tool
for exacting respect from your community.
It must show its effectiveness on all occasions,
especially in times of great difficulty.
Every day, in ordinary situations,
you can realize the benefit of self-cultivation.
No special time is reserved for this.
The calm power derived from your daily practice
can transform what seems to be a disaster
into a blessing.
Quietude can change misfortune into good fortune.
Understand the elusive quality of your body and mind.
It is easy to keep the mind calm and the emotions
peaceful in ordinary situations,
but how difficult it is when problems come!
Learn this and you will be qualified
to sit in the seat of the Lotus,
to look deep within yourself.
Be a person of iron,
with a firm and unshakeable mind,
and you will become a child
in the family of whole beings.
“The thought manifests as the word;
The word manifests as the deed;
The deed develops into habit;
And the habit hardens into character;
So watch the thought and its ways with care;
And let it spring from love
Born out of concern for all beings.
As the shadow follows the body,
As we think, so we become.”
— Siddhartha Gautama, the Buddha
“The purpose of fear is to lead you to question and understand why you have that fear in the first place. As you examine your fears, you will learn that all your fears are somehow false and based on misunderstandings. There is no truth or reality to your fears. Many fears remain buried within you, and you never really examine them, so you remain at their mercy.”
— Swami Rama