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New Age Spirituality - Inspirational Stories ( Part 14 )

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"The life of each person,according to the Hindu scriptures, has its peculiar duties apart from what belongs in common to universal humanity. The Hindu begins life as a student then he marries and becomes a householder in old age he retires and lastly he gives up the world and becomes a Sannyasin. To each and every of these stages of life certain duties are attached. No one of these stages is intrinsically superior to yet another. The life of the married man is quite as great as that of the celibate who has devoted himself to religious function. The scavenger in the street is fairly as fantastic and glorious as the king on his throne. Take him off his throne, make him do the function of the scavenger, and see how he fares. Take up the scavenger and see how he will rule. It is useless to say that the man who lives out of the globe is a greater man than he who lives in the planet it is significantly a lot more difficult to live in the world and worship God than to give it up and live a cost-free and straightforward life.
The four stages of life in India have in later instances been lowered to two -- that of the householder and of the monk. The householder marries and carries on his duties as a citizen, and the duty of the other is to devote his energies wholly to religion, to preach and to worship God. I shall read to you a couple of passages from the Maha-Nirvana-Tantra, which treats of this subject, and you will see that it is a quite tough task for a man to be a householder, and perform all his duties perfectly:
The householder really should be devoted to God the knowledge of God should be his goal of life. Yet he must perform consistently,perform all his duties he ought to give up the fruits of his actions to God.It is the most difficult thing in this world to work and not care for the outcome, to support a man and never think that he ought to be grateful, to do some good work and at the very same time by no means look to see regardless of whether it brings you name or fame,or nothing at all at all. Even the most arrant coward becomes brave when the globe praises him. A fool can do heroic deeds when the approbation of society is upon him, but for a man to continuously do good without caring for the approbation of his fellow men is indeed the highest sacrifice man can carry out. The wonderful duty of the householder is to earn a living, but he must take care that he does not do it by telling lies, or by cheating, or by robbing others and he should bear in mind that his life is for the service of God, and the poor.
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