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 Blooming Stars

Formula of Life

            Change in our consciousness will bring about change in the way we are, what we do and have. We have created the corrupt, greedy, immoral, hungry, and destructive world that deprives the overwhelming majority of inhabitants the necessities of life. We are our bothers’ and sisters’ keepers. We are for ourselves as well as for others. The ingredients of the formula for life are: Do to others what you like others to do to you (the Golden Rule). Treat others the same way you like to be treated. How do you like to be treated? Make an exhaustive list of the way you like to be treated. Now you know how to treat others. For instance, you like others to forgive you when you make a mistake; forgive them when they make a mistake.

• Accept yourself and others unconditionally. God does not create anything bad. We are all created by God; we are all good. God created us unconditionally, and loves us and accept us unconditionally. There is no need to apologize for the way you look. You cannot help it. If others cannot accept you for who you are, it is their problem. Do not make their problem your problem.

• Live in the present; live in the here and now. Yesterday is gone; tomorrow comes only in terms of today. Today was the tomorrow we worried about yesterday. Tomorrow will be amply taken care of if we live today fully.

• Non-violence, truth force, and respect for others need to be in all human and international transactions.

• Give to each one what is one's due and more. Do not take advantage of anyone's misfortune, hard labor, and sweat.

• Do not fret over failures and waste precious energy fretting. Failure is as much a part of human living as success. There is no human being who has not experienced it. Failure makes success even more enjoyable. Failure can be a stepping stone to success if used wisely.

• Give everyone the benefit of the doubt and a good measure of compassion. Concession and compassion go hand in hand.

• Think before you say and act. Do not be impulsive. You will regret and pay for your impulsive behaviors.

• Be honest. Say what is on your mind, and mean what you say. Say only what is true. Nobody, except certain authorities for good governance or common good, has a right to certain information. It is good, though, to disclose everything to a very few selected close friends.

• Thoughts cannot be controlled. They are neither good nor bad. They come and go. They become good or bad only when one consciously chooses them. Intentions can be controlled as they are acts of the will.

• Fear and anxiety cripple the human spirit, drain the human energy, lead to depression, and make life miserable and not worth living.

• Keep your word. Do not make promises that you will not keep.

• Human freedom and perpetual vows do not go together. Freedom relates to a dynamic state, a vow relates to a static condition. Only doing God’s will at every moment is what is required of human beings as it is essential for holiness. That means on-going discernment. Humans continuously change over life-span. A vow that is made at one period in life may not be relevant for another period. I will not recommend it, except in the case of marriage; vows once made can become perpetual by continuously choosing them through discerning process.

• Eat nutritionally. Food is the first line of medicine. Many diseases are due to poor eating habits. An old saying - an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure – is worth remembering. First nutrition, then taste. Taste without nutrition spells disaster. Food prepared and handled without love and care is toxic; I will not recommend its consumption.

• Take care of your body in the best possible way; for it is the temple of the Holy Spirit.

• Keep bodily, mental, and spiritual hygiene always. Make an examination of conscience at the end of every day, and come to terms with your own self, others, and God.

• Have a sense of humor; laugh heartily; celebrate life; do not take life so seriously as not to be able to laugh at yourself and others. Some ingredients are essential.

 

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