Monday, November 17, 2008

Spiritual Enlightenment Double Take

If you can start the day without caffeine, if you can get along without pep pills, if you can always be cheerful, ignoring aches and pains...

If you can get excited and cheerful when seeing your loved ones after a small absence, as if it were the very first time you set eyes upon them in ages...

If your love for man does not erode with habit and time but always remain steadfastly the same, no matter how little or bad attention you are getting...

If you can accept verbal and physical abuse without automatic resentment, desire for revenge, and the need to show your inborn physical power and ability to inflict harm...

If you do not need to be proven "right" and others "wrong."
If you can resist complaining and boring people with your troubles...

If you can eat the same food every day and be grateful for it...

If you can understand when your loved ones are too busy to give you any time...

If you can overlook it when those you love take it out on you when, through no fault of yours, something goes wrong...

If you can take criticism and blame without resentment,

If you can ignore a friend's limited education and never correct him...

If you can resist treating a rich friend better than a poor friend,

If you cannot stand fear-thoughts addressed at you by others, and only relate to love...

If you only read the intention and heart of man and not his external appearance,

If you can face the world without lies and deceit, always expressing your true feelings,

If you can always jump and get excited at the fragrance, beauty and eternal energy bestowed by the natural world...

If you would even forgo your life away without a moment of doubt in the name of Love...

If you realize that you are here to protect and guard the integrity and security of all your extended family...

If you accept death and dying as a natural cycle of Eternity,

If you can conquer tension without medical help,

If you can relax without liquor,

If you can sleep without the aid of drugs,

If you can honestly say that deep in your heart you have no prejudice against creed, color, religion or politics...

Then my dear friends you will have approached the level of spiritual development of your dog.


(thanks Brooke for forwarding that)

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