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Our Behaviour Affects The World

Our Behaviour Affects The World
 
Let me give you another quotation from Paramahansaji, because as usual he has crystallized all the wisdom and inspiration that we need on this subject into a very concise package:. Divine laws bequeathed to humanity as the foundation principles of all true religions ... are not arbitrary edicts of a Cosmic Autocrat.

They are given to enable man to live in this world of cosmic delusion and satanic temptation as God's child, manifesting His image of divine qualities, rather than being helplessly identified with the flesh and its capricious senses, which are subject to delusive evil. The rules of conduct stressed by Jesus so closely parallel the moral laws prescribed more anciently by India's yogis because they are expressions of eternal universal principles Gita; the divine order that upholds the cosmos and defines man's bounden duty in participating in its governance.

Those last words point out another reason why this subject is so vital- "the divine order that upholds the cosmos.

A store of good mass karma from living in harmony with divine laws and forces blesses man's earthly environment with peace, health, prosperity.

Accumulated bad mass karma precipitates wars, diseases, poverty, devastating earthquakes, and other such calamities."

We often don't stop to reflect on our own power - for good or for evil- in this world. As the Biblical book of Genesis states, in creating humankind, God gave human beings dominion over other creatures, over the earth. In other words, we are the stewards

I'll store of good mass karma from living in harmony with divine laws and forces blesses man's earthly environment with peace, health, prosperity." - Sri Sri Paramahansa Yogananda

fines man's bounden duty in participating in its governance." In other words, we are not just passive spectators in God's creation.

The Master explained. "On a cosmic scale, me combined karma of groups of individuals social or racial groups, or nation:
for example - or of the world at large, constitute the mass karma of the earth or portions of this realm of creation, whether or not we accept the assignment. Our thoughts and actions are putting into operation astral forces, cosmic forces, that create good or bad conditions for the world at large.

We are living in a very challenging time. The turbulence, the uncertainty, the fears about the economy and about world conditions in general really bring home the need for anchoring ourselves in these universal truths that we have been talking about. (There is not time in this class to go more deeply into this, but I would recommend to all of you the inspiring and comprehensive article by Sri Daya Mata in our magazine a few years ago, "Counsel and Encouragement for These Times of' World Crisis.")"




About the Spiritual Author

Debolina Choudhury

Swami Chidananda Giri has been a monk of the Yogoda Satsanga/Self-Realization Fellowship for more than thirty-five years. He is a member of the SRF Board of Directors and serves as assistant to the editor-in-chief of SRF publications.


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