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Jewels of happiness

jewels-of-happiness.jpgThe Jewels of Happiness - is a timeless collection of Sri Chinmoy’s celebrated writings.

This compilation of writings is not available on www.srichinmoylibrary.com, but it is available through all major online stores, in print and audiobook form.

To listen to extracts from the audiobook, you can visit here. The page also has details on how to order.

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Introduction

“These sweet gems of wisdom by my dear friend Sri Chinmoy are timeless truths full of encouragement, love and goodness.”

- Archbishop Desmond Tutu (extract from the foreword)

Extracts from book

"We have to know that there are two kinds of joy, outer joy and inner joy, and there is a subtle difference between them. We feel that the possessor of outer joy is somebody else, not ourselves. We feel that another human being has this joy and we try to get it. Although we do not want to adopt foul means, very often we want to snatch this joy from others. Again, we may try to get it by talking or mixing with others.

But inner joy is not like this. When we meditate or contemplate, at that time we feel that we are the soul of joy. This joy that we possess inside is like a fountain; it comes spontaneously."

- Sri Chinmoy, Jewels of Happiness, Chapter III 'Joy' p42 - p43.

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"If failure has the strength to turn your life into bitterness itself, then patience has the strength to turn your life into the sweetest joy. Do not surrender to fate after a single failure. Failure, at most, precedes success. But success once achieved, confidence becomes your name."

- Sri Chinmoy, Jewels of Happiness, Chapter VI 'Patience' p101

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Power here means the poise of one’s inner being, one’s soul. If you have a free access to your inner being, to your soul, then automatically your outer action will be peaceful. You do not have to raise your hands and show off your outer capacity. No! Here there is no dramatic performance. If you are acquainted with what you inwardly have and inwardly are, if you have free access to your inner being, then automatically you taste the bliss of silence. And if you taste the bliss of silence, in your outer action you will all the time be peaceful.

- Sri Chinmoy, Jewels of Happiness, Chapter VIII, p125