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If you are already well armed, not only will you overcome ordeals, you will also be strengthened by them

 
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If you are already well armed, not only will you overcome ordeals, you will also be strengthened by them
"In reality, none of our possessions and none of the beings we are attached to belong to us indefinitely. We are constantly at risk of losing them, and when we do lose them we must call upon all those forces within us that are able to help us endure the loss. These forces are found in light, disinterested love, humility and sacrifice. So why not seek them immediately and consciously? Itís difficult, when everything is going well, to convince humans they should concentrate on what is essential in order to prepare themselves for the ordeals to come. For they will come, that is certain; no one is spared. So do not wait for poverty, illness or misfortune to arrive before you seek spiritual direction. If you are already well armed, not only will you overcome them, you will also be strengthened by them."

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Re: If you are already well armed, not only will you overcome ordeals, you will also be strengthened by them
Spiritual Masters - their usefulness

"You wish to learn to play a musical instrument - say, the violin - and you think you can manage without a teacher. So you buy a violin and exercise manuals, and you start playing. For a while, you work one or two hours a day, but very quickly you become less diligent, and then you stop. A month goes by, and you pick up your violin, and then you stop again. And so it goes on, with times of regular practice alternating with times of neglect, according to your mood. If, on the other hand, you have a teacher, you work steadily so as to be up to scratch on the day of your lesson, and the teacher is always there to correct your mistakes or give encouragement.

It is for the same reasons that we need a spiritual master: to receive guidance and support for the efforts we make along the path of life. You say you are capable of making your own way? Very well, as you wish, but know that if you don't have a master, life will take it upon itself to teach you, and life can be terrible!"

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