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« on: Nov 13, 2011 08:56 am »

Bhaktananda Lasting Friendship

Descanso Gardens – SRF gets its rose petals from there. It is a nice place to visit with friends.  Also go to museums when something interesting is showing.

SRF gives you the opportunity to make friends with a larger group of people. Smaller groups – not cliques – are OK but someone must take the leadership for small groups – but include everyone who wants to join.

Nothing is more important than people. Being unhappy means thinking only of self. Be a friend to have friends.

Basis of friendship is equality.

And also needed is:

Respect
Honesty
Forgiveness
Faith
Trust

But very few do this. For a friend, at times, just give a little time, a little money, a little thoughtfulness.

What about enemies, how to treat them?

Pray for them at night.
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« Reply #1 on: Feb 10, 2012 02:43 am »

Bhaktananda Lasting Friendship, Suicide Karma and Being Creative with your Work

Descanso Gardens – SRF gets its rose petals from there. It is a nice place to visit with friends. Also go to museums when something interesting is showing.

SRF gives you the opportunity to make friends with a larger group of people. Smaller groups – not cliques – are OK but someone must take the leadership for small groups – but include everyone who wants to join.

Nothing is more important than people. Being unhappy means thinking only of self. Be a friend to have friends.

Basis of friendship is equality.

And also needed is:

* Respect

* Honesty

* Forgiveness

* Faith

* Trust

But very few do this. For a friend, at times, just give a little time, a little money, and a little thoughtfulness.

What about enemies, how to treat them?

Pray for them at night.

Favors – compliments, small smiles.

On Suicide

Master said that a suicide means you will usually lose two or three bodies: still birth or die soon after birth. But not all still-birthers are suicide souls.

If a person is dying of cancer, no hope to live – terrible pain - and dies by deliberately overdosing on drugs, what is the karma? That soul must come back to finish the pain, plus overcome the additional suicide karma.

Being Creative with Your Work

What you are thinking now is what you will be ten years from now.

To be creative act with willingness. Work for God, forget self.

Read other’s ideas about your work, it stimulates your own ideas.

When sitting in the silence after kriya, many ideas about your work may come. That is OK; set aside a special meditation for ideas. Don’t feel guilty that you are not thinking about God. Sit for half an hour or so. Put the thought in the either of what you want.

We will always have troubles at our heels. Be happy and buoyant and cheerful as you practice the presence of God. Don’t carry it as a heavy rock. Your attitude must be happy and light.

God chooses willing instruments.
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« Reply #2 on: Feb 20, 2012 03:34 am »

Nothing is more important than people. Being unhappy means thinking only of self. Be a friend to have friends.
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« Reply #3 on: Jan 28, 2016 03:26 am »

Recently we have been talking about friendship. i decided to go back to Brother Bhaktananda's thread about friendship. At the same time i 'accidentally' opened up the SRF lessons to Lesson #4 on 'Friendship'.

Paramahansa Yogananda states:

"When perfect friendship exists either between two hearts or within a group of hearts in a  spiritual relationship, such friendship perfects each individual".

"One who has given his friendship to another gladly foregoes selfish pleasures or self-interest for the sake of his friends happiness, without consciousness of loss or sacrifice, and without counting the cost."

"Divine friendship has its foundation  in service on the spiritual and intuitional planes, and is unconditional and everlasting."

To me this covers many issues about initial skepticism about meeting someone. We can expand our friendship and we have the ability to do so here on this site. If issues of sexuality or past difficulties with other people arise we simply do not have to get that close to them or can distance ourselves or respect the wishes of others until and if we feel comfortable. It becomes a challenge when someone refuses to let another have these liberties as a friend.
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« Reply #4 on: Jun 30, 2016 11:13 pm »

i have found that friends sometimes place me in a difficult position and because of it i may have to make unfortunate decisions and mistakes in behavior. Yet i know it is result of doing the same to others.
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