Mind as Mine­field

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Self­less ac­tion is the out­ward ex­pres­sion of self­less love. When the heart is filled with love, it ex­presses it­self in the form of un­selfish ac­tion. One is a deep in­ner feel­ing and the other its out­ward man­i­fes­ta­tion. With­out deep, un­con­di­tional love, self­less ac­tions can­not be per­formed. In the ini­tial stages of our awak­en­ing, the ac­tions we per­form in the name of self­less­ness are not self­less be­cause the love we feel for our­selves is present in ev­ery­thing we do and say.

In fact, at the be­gin­ning of our jour­ney, our self-love be­comes the driv­ing force for each of our ac­tions, even if we choose to call them self­less. Love for the ego, or one­self, is the pre­dom­i­nant feel­ing in every hu­man be­ing. Un­less this feel­ing with­ers away, real self­less­ness will not emerge.

Alert­ness is nec­es­sary to pre­vent the ego from in­ter­fer­ing. It is eas­ier to be in love with the ego than feel truly in­spired by the ideal of self­less­ness. The ego, and not our in­ner Self, is the source of our so-called love and our ac­tions. That is why saints and sages have said that you should know your own Self be­fore you can love and serve oth­ers self­lessly.

Self­less­ness can be the driv­ing force in all your ac­tions. Learn to be thank­ful to ev­ery­one, to all of cre­ation, even to your en­emy and to those who in­sult you and get an­gry with you be­cause they help you grow. They are mir­rors, images of your own mind. If you know how to read and in­ter­pret the images prop­erly, you can be suc­cess­ful in get­ting rid of your mind’s weak­nesses.

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