SATSANG OF SWAMI AMAR JYOTI

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SATSANG OF SWAMI AMAR JYOTI

COURAGE AND BOLDNESS FOR THE GOAL
by Swami Amar Jyoti

As soon as you are bold and courageous regarding any challenge or obstacle, you begin to progress. But whenever pride and arrogance arise in your mind, there and then you block your progress. How to distinguish between pride and arrogance or boldness and courage? The easiest criterion is: whenever you are proud and arrogant you will be restless, excited, disturbed, confused or miserable; whenever you are bold and courageous you will not feel this way. In boldness and courage there is still ego, at least at the outset, but it is much more purified than when you are proud and arrogant. If you are bold and courageous you are moving toward your goal, whether it is material or spiritual. If you are proud and arrogant, your goal is obstructed. In short, the perspective of the mind that we call pride and arrogance is based upon stark, naked ego. When ego softens, you are bold and courageous. And humility plus courage gives you more enlightened power to reach the highest Goal. I am using “power” in the auspicious sense as Shakti, spiritual power.

The Vedas say: Nayatma Balhena Nalabhya, which in Sanskrit means, “Spirit, God, cannot be discovered by the weak.” Actually, only the weak are proud and arrogant. The truly strong are not proud; they are humble. If you are bold and courageous you will face any situation calmly. If you face the situation excitedly you lose energy and power. Once you face your own problem, that person or situation has no power over you. You will see that it is a fictitious shadow. Boldness and courage are nearer to the soul, whereas pride and arrogance are of the mind. Both are ego, but one is auspicious ego and the other is inauspicious ego. Boldness and courage serve only the cause of truth or goodness or legitimacy. If you apply boldness and courage for untruth and dishonesty, in order to save face or just for show, it will not last long. You can be proud and arrogant upon untruth but not on truth. It needs practice to realize that all virtues such as boldness, courage, honesty and humility are based upon truth and justice.

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