Inner Oasis of Poise
By: Paramahansa Yogananda
“All of us will have to face circumstances in which we will be sorely tempted. Even Jesus was not free from these great temptations and the Buddha as well. When cravings propel us, when we find ourselves almost helpless before them, the battle is so intense that no victory in worldly life can compare with it.
The soul needs to cut through the stifling cocoon of delusion to emerge as the butterfly of omnipresence. Voracious desire and frustration spring from nature’s activating quality (Rajas), which spawns illimitable variety and enticement, exciting us into unskillful, habit-forming actions.
The soul, having descended into the senses from the sphere of unvaried calm, becomes feverishly active with unskillful desires; anger, and habits arising from these emotions, thereby making us identify with thought and form.
The Self is motionless, unfluctuating joy. But once we wander into the activating attributes, we become the ego, and proceed, sometimes unwillingly, whirling and swirling, blindly awash in a revolving door. The wise learn how to establish and maintain, an inner oasis of poise.”
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