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One who knows what people do not know,

Is a person of enlightenment.

One who pretends to know what he is ignorant of, is at fault.

He who is aware of what he does not know, shall not be at fault.

Therefore, a saint is flawless for he is aware of what he truly knows and what he knows not,

hence he is flawless.

~ Lau Tzu, Tao Te Ching

Persistence is a state of mind, therefore it can be cultivated. Like all states of mind, persistence is based upon definite causes, among them these:-

  1. Definiteness of purpose. Knowing what one wants is the first and, perhaps, the most important step toward the development of persistence. A strong motive forces one to surmount many difficulties.
  2. Desire. It is comparatively easy to acquire and to maintain persistence in pursuing the object of intense desire.
  3. Self-reliance. Belief in one’s ability to carry out a plan encourages one to follow the plan through with persistence. (Self-reliance can be developed through the principle described in the chapter on auto-suggestion.)
  4. Definiteness of plans. Organized plans, even though they may be weak and entirely impractical, encourage persistence.
  5. Accurate knowledge. Knowing that one’s plans are sound, based upon experience or observation, encourages persistence; “guessing” instead of “knowing” destroys persistence.
  6. Co-operation. Sympathy, understanding, and harmonious cooperation with others tend to develop persistence.
  7. Will-power. The habit of concentrating one’s thoughts upon the building of plans for the attainment of a definite purpose, leads to persistence.
  8. Habit. Persistence is the direct results of habit. The mind absorbs and becomes a part of the daily experiences upon which it feeds. Fear, the worst of all enemies, can be effectively cured by forced repetition of acts of courage. Everyone who has seen active service in war knows this.

Before leaving the subject of persistence, take inventory of yourself, and determine in what particular, if any, you are lacking in this essential quality. Measure yourself courageously, point by point, and see how many of the eight factors of persistence you lack. The analysis may lead to discoveries that will give you a new grip on yourself.

~ Napoleon Hill, Think & Grow Rich

Patience.

Why this fierce struggle to achieve thine ends?

This selfish argument? This fire which lends

Heat to resentment ashes to remorse?

Canst thou bend Truth and Nature to thy will?

Bend thou, and work and wait; be strong and still;

Soft growth is stronger than vehement force.

Be as a flower, content to be, to grow

In sweetness day by day; content to know

The hidden blessing in the seeming curse;

A child of Love, unargumentative;

Content to be and know—as thou dost live—

The simple secret on the Universe.

~ James Allen – Poems of Peace

Victory Over Intrusive Thoughts.

In the beginning of your practice of thought-control you will experience great difficulty.

You will have to wage war with them. They will struggle their level best for their own existence.

They will say, “We have every right to remain in this palace of mind. We have a sole monopoly from time immemorial to occupy this area. Why should we vacate our dominion now? We will fight for our birthright till the end.”

They will pounce upon you with great ferocity. When you sit for meditation only, all sorts of evil thoughts will crop up. As you attempt to suppress them they want to attack you with redoubled force and vigour. But positive always overcomes the negative.

Just as darkness cannot stand before the sun, just as the leopard cannot stand before the lion so also all these dark negative thoughts—these invisible intruders, enemies of peace—cannot stand before the sublime divine thoughts. They must die by themselves.

~ Sri Swami Sivananda, Thought Power

To avoid resentment and worry over ingratitude, here is Rule 3:

  1. Instead of worrying about ingratitude, let’s expect it? Let’s remember that Jesus healed ten leapers in one day—and only one thanked Him. Why should we expect more gratitude than Jesus got?
  2. Let’s remember that the only way to find happiness is not to expect gratitude, but to give for the joy of giving.
  3. Let’s remember that gratitude is a “cultivated” trait; so if we want our children to be grateful, we must train them to be grateful.

~ Dale Carnegie, How To Stop Worrying And Start Living

You never can tell what a thought will do

In bringing you hate or love;

For thoughts are things, and their airy wings

Are swifter than a carrier dove.

They follow the law of the universe,–

Each thought creates its kind,

And they speed o’er the track to bring you back

Whatever went out from your mind.

~ Napoleon Hill, The Law of Success

Ask people for their opinions, to help their self-confidence.

Ask them for favors, to arouse their cooperativeness.

Ask them “and, in addition to that?” to get to the bottom of things.

Try giving orders in the form of questions to keep cooperation.

Make suggestions to the boss in the form of questions.

Ask questions that will let people talk themselves into a cooperative attitude.

~ Donald A. Laird , The Technique of Handling People

IN every heart there are two kings, but one is a usurper and tyrant; he is named self, and his thoughts and deeds are those of lust, hatred, passion, and strife; the other, the rightful monarch, is named Truth, and his thoughts and deeds are those of purity and love, meekness and peace. Brother, sister, to what monarch dost thou bow? What king hast thou crowned in thy heart? Well is it with thy soul if Thou canst say: I bow down to the Monarch of Truth; in my inmost heart I have crowned the King of Peace.” Blessed indeed and immortal shall he be who shall find in the inward and heavenly places the King of Righteousness, and shall bow his heart to Him.

Power resides in blamelessness of heart. All earthly things are symbols.

It is by the eradication of the inward errors and impurities alone that a knowledge of Truth can be gained. There is no other way to wisdom and peace.

~ James Allen, Daily Meditations

A recent conversation with a prominent psychologist revealed that, in his opinion, the whole purpose of psychology was to get people to understand themselves and then ACCEPT THEMSELVES. “This is the only real basis of any new changes, development of growth,” he said. “People don’t know how to look at themselves as a total individual. What I mean is that they fail to see all of the facts. Their attention becomes fixed on a few points about themselves and they fail to see that overall people are good – considering all the facts.”

~ Strickland & Shafe, How to Develop an Attitude for Success

My words of Tao is easy to understand and to practice.

However, the world can neither understand nor practice them.

In my words of Tao, there is the subtle truth.

In my deeds, there is the Way of Tao.

Because people do not understand these,

Therefore they do not understand me.

Those who know me are few.

Hence, the essence of Tao appears to be more honorable and precious.

Thus, a saint may dress in ordinary coarse clothing,

Yet has a heart of gem with the true essence within.

~ Lau Tzu, Tao Te Ching