गुरुवार, 2 जनवरी 2014

A Rose is a Rose is a Rose

CHAPTER 1

28 June 1976 pm in Chuang Tzu Auditorium

[A sannyasin leaving for the West says: I feel deep gratitude for all that has happened to me since
I’ve been here.]
I know.... Much will be happening, much more, and gratitude prepares the way. Feel as grateful to
existence as possible – for small things, not only for great things... just for sheer breathing. We don’t
have any claim on existence, so whatsoever is given is a gift. If it is not given we don’t have any
court for appeal.
So grow more and more in gratitude and thankfulness – not only towards me; let it become your
very style. Be grateful to everybody.
If one understands gratitude then one is grateful for things that have been done positively. And
one even feels grateful for things which could have been done negatively. You feel grateful that
somebody helped you; this is just the beginning. Then you start feeling grateful that somebody has
not harmed you – he could have; it was so kind of him.
Once you understand the feeling of gratitude and allow it to sink deeply within you, you will start
feeling grateful for everything. And the more grateful you are, the less complaining, grumbling.
Once complaining disappears, misery disappears. It exists with complaints. It is hooked with
complaints and with the complaining mind. Misery is impossible with gratefulness. So that is one of
the most important secrets to learn.
[The Hypnotherapy Group was at darshan tonight.
A group member said: It was very good for me. I felt that I was allowing myself more and no longer
fighting. I felt less guilty – because I used to feel very guilty. And I also feel more balanced, so I feel
very good.]
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