I asked the Master how one could find the greatest
satisfaction in life.
He thought for some moments and then said gently, "By
disciplining one's self and learning to live divinely in small as well
as great things." I asked Him if He thought it possible to live divinely
in a world so filled with hatred and violence. He nodded vigorously. He
had no doubt about it!
I asked if He would tell me some of the qualities
considered requisite for living the superior life. Listen to them: love,
contentment, unselfishness, appreciation, loyalty, sincerity, devotion,
enthusiasm, joy, simplicity, frugality, gratitude, self-control, faith,
kindness, the capacity for small enjoyments, serenity, honesty, poise,
genuineness, courage, sympathy, tolerance, understanding, good manners,
strong observation, strength with gentleness, unselfish attitudes,
dignity, freedom from evil purposes, and the ability to be interested in
people and things for their sakes and not for personal return.
"Suppose one had all these qualities" I said. "And
suppose he lived them so silently, modestly, but radiantly, that men,
women, and children were happier and better for having known him. What
would you call one like that?"
The Master smiled and answered, "Most people call him
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