Jealousy, consistent effort and mastery of the mind - James Swartz - Yoga of Love, Bhakti Sutra

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These values are qualifications for moksha. When you are spiritually stuck it's probably because one or more spiritual values are only partially assimilated. When you are not up to the mark, pick a value and work on it for 1-2 months. It's a constant practice. When you find a consistent pattern of frustration, anger or depression there is some value that needs work. Apply the opposite value. If you are a selfish person then learn how to be generous. Value management is extremely important. 8. Jealousy and Envy: Rajas is the problem. Don’t compare yourself to others. If you don’t know who you are the bad values are obstacles and the good values are helpful. Pay attention with comparisons that make you feel inferior. Nobody is trying to make you feel inferior. You have to make yourself feel inferior or superior. Comparison leads to competition and competition leads to violence, anger and sometimes destruction. Jealousy and Envy are transformed anger and they usually lead to depression. You are never jealous of a whole person only of an aspect. In other words, jealousy is a projection that masks an insufficient appreciation of my own nature and the abundance of good qualities that spring from it. A self-realized person is never jealous, because she is mindful of her fullness. The Bible’s statement that God is “a jealous God” means that when you know God you cannot love anything else. Shiva means what is always good at any place and time, that's me the self. Ask yourself: 'Why do I feel guilty?'. Without following dharma you won’t get enlightened. When I feel jealousy I should apply the opposite thought. If you realise that you are greedy try to be generous. Give 5 or 10 Euros to a beggar. When you break one of isvaras rules you should feel guilty. 9. A consistent effort to achieve a stated goal is required for self-knowledge because self-knowledge is not partial knowledge like worldly disciplines. Tapas with steadiness and devotion over a long period of time is necessary for self-realization. As the gunas are constantly changing the tapas should take guna management into account. 10. Mastery of mind: 4 types of thinking. Impulsive, mechanical, deliberate thinking and spontaneous thinking. Idea of instant gratification is a problem. Fast food: I want my food immediately. The mantra of impulsive people is: If it feels good do it. Better mantra: if it feels good think about it before you do it. You are bored to death doing and thinking the same things. Then you need entertainment, for example different food every day: You live to eat. If your mind is mechanical or impulsive it is not under your control. Convert these types of thinking to deliberate thinking with the help of Vedanta. Applying the opposite thought or always thinking from a non-dual perspective. Intuition is normally impulsive thinking. Learn to think like god from a perspective of love. Learn to think useful thoughts and avoid useless thoughts. Channeling. Value of visions. Meaning of angels and demons. Being separated from god is painful. More Vedanta seminars. Donate to appreciate our work More english yoga seminars: Please visit Yoga Vidya for more inspiring talks and spiritual community:

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