Ancient Teachings that Still Work for Today’s City Dweller

I’ve been enjoying To Know Your Self: The Essential Teachings of Swami Satchidananda…a book written in 1978 but still speaks to us modern day city dwellers. I found this book to be a very easy and enjoyable read. Topics included are: the search for happiness, calming the mind, tantric yoga and it’s got chapters on some very practical things like: how to stop smoking, how to eat, marriage on the path, and sex (did I catch your interest now?!). Here’s an excerpt from the chapter on ‘Business Yoga’:

If you resent your work or your employer, it is best not to stay. The work will not have charm or beauty. You can’t love the work if you can’t love the person who gives you the work. If you feel resentment, analyze the cause. If you have a proper reason and can’t get over it, don’t continue there. Your attitude will just waste both your time and your employer’s, because no matter how beautiful such work is, your vibration is carried with your work. If you type a letter with resentment, the letter itself will carry that resentment. Try to change your attitude, but if you really have good cause for resentment, then change your job. Try to have a good and respectful relationship with your employer. Don’t always think the capitalists are out to exploit you. Without capitalists you would not even be working. The employer is there to give employment. It is his money and energy that started the place of work which now provides jobs. You give energy, but for that energy he gives you food. Try to have some compassion and understanding. If he makes a mistake, help him realize this by passive means, if you can, but never through hatred. That’s Yoga in business.

You are the master of your destiny. You are the cause of your own poverty, wealthy, or fame. Open a new chapter in your life. Choose your environment. Choose your occupation. Your temperament will guide you. As your life changes and as you grow, you may find your taste and temperament changing. You may have been doing something different two or three years before, but now your inclinations are different. Let yourself do whatever comes naturally from within.

You don’t need to copy someone else. If it’s your temperament, it will come automatically. Everyone has something special. Each person is unique. Nobody can occupy your position. Don’t put yourself down. If you believe in the Cosmic Will, you will discover that unseen hand operating through you. See what it is, and let it happen through you.

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