“Blessed are the merciful; for they shall obtain mercy.” ~Matthew 5:7
Patanjali, the father of yoga (yoga means union with God) has said in his teachings: "Undisturbed calmness of the mind is attained by cultivating friendliness toward the happy, mercy and compassion for the unhappy, delight in the virtuous and indifference towards the wicked.”
The Yogi must become merciful to be a yogi, and the followers of Christ must do the same to be followers of Jesus of Nazareth. Then they shall obtain the mercy; the grace of God.
We all have felt how envy, jealously and hatred have cut us off from the Light. These negative qualities only bring about more unpleasantness.
They are within us. But when they do show their ways, it is then we need to “turn the other cheek” and look for the positive.
When someone is happy, we shouldn’t be jealous of them. Instead we should be happy for them. When someone is unhappy, we shouldn’t be glad that they are unhappy but we should feel sympathy and be merciful. When someone is good, do not be envious. When he is bad, do not hate him. Be indifferent to those who are spiteful and mean.
As we know, any thought of these qualities/energies will only bring about more of them. Even so-called “righteous hatred,” will only raise more hatred within us.
It takes practice…and this world will give us as many opportunities to practice being merciful as needed…and then even some more.
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