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How to enjoy a happier, fuller life
by Bob Roth
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13 November 2012
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In an excerpt from the chapter 'Man's Full Potential' in his book Science of Being and Art of Living, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi writes about how we can make full use of our surroundings:
'If you are open with someone, he will be open with you. If you want love from someone, give your love to him. If you want kind and sympathetic behavior from someone, be kind and sympathetic to him. If you want comfort from him, prove yourself comforting to him. If you want admiration from others, do something to show your admiration for them. If you are sincere in giving, you receive it in return many-fold. . . .
'That action and reaction are equal is a scientifically established truth. You react to someone in a certain way and he, in turn, will react to you in a similar way. If he does not react to you, then nature will bring to you a similar type of reaction. If you hurt someone, even if he himself does not react, other agencies of nature will bring the reaction of your behavior to you. It is a law of nature that as you sow, so you shall reap. In whatever way one wants the surroundings to react to him, his behavior toward the surroundings must be in accordance with that. This is the fundamental principle of making the best use of one's surroundings. . . .
'Let the impurities of the atmosphere find a refuge in the ocean of purity in your heart, in the unfathomable joy of your inner pure conscience. When you forgive, all nature enjoys your brilliance and returns the joy to you. Forgiveness, tolerance, purity of heart, sincerity, love, and kindness are the basic platforms from which to enjoy and make full use of the surroundings. This is the fundamental principle of giving.'
Maharishi concludes this chapter by saying: 'In order to be able to make full use of the surroundings, it is first necessary to raise one's consciousness through the regular practice of Transcendental Meditation, and all the surroundings and circumstances will by nature become helpful and be fully used to the best advantage of oneself and all others.'
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