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Opportunity and self-transcendence
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. Published on srichinmoylibrary.com with the permission of Sri Chinmoy. This is the 328th book written by Sri Chinmoy after he came to the West in 1964.
Table of Contents
Simplicity and stupidity
Part II — Opportunity and self-transcendence
The opportunity of youth
Failure and fear
Question: What is the easiest way to overcome imperfection in ourselves?
Question: What is the proper role of individuality in surrender?
Question: Is there anything we can do in order to rid ourselves of our ego?
Part III — Anxiety and emotions
Question: Sometimes I think that I am not close to you, and I feel lost. What does it mean?
Question: I have an enemy named anxiety. When I run 400 metres, I know I can do it, but when I think of it, my vital starts running like a motor, and I'm full of anxiety. I don't know if it's from a sense of competition, but it's the thought of being exhausted. It's a baseless fear.
Question: Could you speak about the transformation of the disciples' emotional life?
Question: Guru, one might decide to accept the inner life, but then it seems so difficult because sooner or later one learns that it is really hard to control certain things.
Question: What is the best way to find good spiritual qualities that have become lost?
Love or indifference
Part V — Joy and sorrow
Question: Most of our life, the finite life that we can see and feel, is usually surrounded by joy and suffering. Can we have a life of joy, or do we have to suffer, do we have to constantly sacrifice?
Question: Can desire ever be a positive force?
Question: Why is it that when everything is going well, instead of being happy and really aspiring, I feel restless and uneasy? I almost don't trust the good things.
Question: When I'm in the country, I'm very happy. I meditate on scenic forests, taking in the view of flowers and trees. But when I'm not there, I don't get the same joy. Why is that?
Question: Is there any way to prevent bad thoughts from attacking us when we want to send happiness to someone else?
Question: Is it true that for everything positive there is something negative?
Doubt and identification
Question: Is it permissible sometimes to tell little white lies?
Question: Whenever there is a problem, it seems to attack more than one person. Why is this?
Question: When you have to act as the umpire on the vital plane or other planes, are the disciples much more receptive to your force than on the physical plane?
Question: Instead of fighting wrong thoughts, what if you just feed them knowledge?
Question: Is it true that if one aspires to a higher life, to a spiritual level, then one has to totally give up ambition?
Editor's preface to the first edition
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