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« on: Feb 09, 2018 08:14 pm »

FEBRUARY 9 - SRF DIARY - INNER RENUNCIATION
Renunciation is not negative but positive. It isn't the giving
up of anything except misery. One should not think of
renunciation as a path of sacrifice. Rather it is a divine
investment, by which our few cents of self-discipline will
yield a million spiritual dollars. Is it not wisdom to spend
the golden coins of our fleeting days to purchase Eternity?
Paramahansa Yogananda
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« Reply #1 on: Feb 11, 2018 05:38 pm »

steve it is some divine timing here with todays bowl of saki and what i am feeling concerned about and i wonder if i can share more on renunciation spoken by inayat khan here?
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« Reply #2 on: Feb 11, 2018 05:55 pm »

it is a beautiful thought posted by paramahansa yogananda to say, rather it is a divine investment by which our few cents of self-dsicpline will yield a million spiritual dollars.
no renunciation is not negative, but it takes a developed soul to renounce for the sake of renunciation and not force it for the desired results. the happiness that comes from renunciation is one that has been tested by man in the course of his time on earth. if his happiness is not lasting, his renunciation has only brought him misery and has missed out on the greater lessons life has to offer. i think...
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« Reply #3 on: Feb 14, 2018 06:53 am »

Steve I think you'd find this read interesting but i don't want to take away from SRF just add to its validity so i hope you don't mind me sharing more on Sufism in this section

"When we try to reason out what we should renounce and how we should practice renunciation, we should remember that no virtue is a virtue if it is forced upon someone who is incapable of it. A person upon whom a virtue is forced, who is forced to renounce, cannot make the right renunciation. No virtue which gives pain is a virtue. If it gives pain how can it be a virtue? A thing is called a virtue because it gives happiness; that which takes away happiness can never be a virtue. Renunciation is only rightly practiced by those who understand renunciation and are capable of practicing it. For instance, there may be a person with a loaf of bread who is traveling in a train and finds somebody who is hungry and in need of bread. He himself is hungry too, but he has only one piece of bread. If he thinks that it is his Dharma to give it away and be starving, but is unhappy about this, he would do better not to give it away, for then it would be no virtue. If he did this once, he would certainly not do it again another time as he suffered by it and the virtue brought him unhappiness. This virtue would never develop in his character. He alone is capable of renunciation who finds a greater satisfaction in seeing another eat his piece of bread than in eating it himself."
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« Reply #4 on: Feb 14, 2018 05:42 pm »

That is funny Eric. As devotees we rarely know who masters are and who and what roles they have played in previous incarnations in regards to us. I remember asking Amma about seeing her and already having a guru she told me she was the same. So i do recognize the great wisdom in Hazrat Khan's teachings and writings.
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« Reply #5 on: Feb 15, 2018 02:03 pm »

😲 OMG the next thing you know ya'al will want me to renounce my creyfish stew and lizard innards. All in da name of da holy white wash.
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