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Ten Commandments for Peace of Mind

Dear All

1. Do Not Interfere In Others’ Business Unless Asked
Most of us create our own problems by interfering
too often in others’ affairs. We do so because
somehow we have convinced ourselves that our way is
the best way, our logic is the perfect logic and those
who do not conform to our thinking must be criticized
and steered to the right direction, our
direction. This thinking denies the existence of
individuality and consequently the existence of God. God has created
each one of us in a unique way. No two human beings can think or act in
exactly the same way.

All men or women act the way they do because God
within them prompts them that way. There is God to look after everything. Why
are you bothered?
Mind your own business and you will keep your peace.

2. Forgive And Forget
This is the most powerful aid to peace of mind. We
often develop ill feelings inside our heart for the person who insults
us or harms us. We nurture grievances. This in turn results in loss of
sleep, development of stomach ulcers, and high blood pressure. This insult
or injury was done once, but nourishing of grievance goes on forever by
constantly remembering it. Get over this bad habit. Believe in the justice
of God and the doctrine of Karma. Let Him judge the act of the one who
insulted you. Life is too short to waste in such trifles. Forgive, Forget, and
march on. Love flourishes in giving and forgiving.

3. Do Not Crave For Recognition
This world is full of selfish people. They seldom
praise anybody without selfish motives. They may praise you today because
you are in power, but no sooner than you are powerless, they will forget your
achievement and will start finding faults in you. Why do you wish to kill
yourself in striving for their recognition? Their recognition is not
worth the aggravation.
Do your duties ethically and sincerely and leave the
rest to God.

4. Do Not Be Jealous
We all have experienced how jealousy can disturb our
peace of mind. You know that you work harder than your colleagues in the
office, but sometimes they get promotions; you do not. You started a business
several years ago, but you are not as successful as your neighbor whose
business is only one year old. There are several examples like these in
everyday life. Should you be jealous? No.Remember everybody’s life is shaped by
his or her previous Karma, which has now become his destiny. If you are
destined to be rich, nothing in the world can stop you. If you are not so
destined, no one can help you either. Nothing will be gained by blaming
others for your misfortune. Jealousy will not get you anywhere; it
will only take away your peace of mind.

5. Change Yourself According To The Environment
If you try to change the environment single-handedly, the chances are
you will fail. Instead, change yourself to suit your
environment. As you do this, even the environment, which has been
unfriendly to you, will mysteriously change and seem congenial and
harmonious.

6. Endure What Cannot Be Cured
This is the best way to turn a disadvantage into an
advantage. Every day we face numerous inconveniences, ailments, irritations,
and accidents that are beyond our control. If we cannot control them or
change them, we must learn to put up with these things. We must learn to endure
them cheerfully thinking, “God wills it so, so be it.” God’s plan is
beyond our comprehension. Believe in it and you will gain in
terms of patience, inner strength and will power.

7. Do Not Bite Off More Than You Can Chew
This maxim needs to be remembered constantly. We
often tend to take more responsibilities than we are capable of carrying
out. This is done to satisfy our ego. Know your limitations. Why take on
additional loads that may create more worries? You cannot gain peace of
mind by expanding your external activities. Reduce your material
engagements and spend time in prayer, introspection and meditation. This will
reduce those thoughts in your mind that make you restless. Uncluttered mind
will produce greater peace of mind.

8. Meditate Regularly
Meditation calms the mind and gets rid of disturbing
thoughts. This is the highest state of peace of mind. Try and experience
it yourself. If you meditate earnestly for half an hour everyday, your
mind will tend to become peaceful during the remaining twenty-three and
half-hours. Your mind will not be easily disturbed as it was before. You would
benefit by gradually increasing the period of daily mediation. You may
think that this will interfere with your daily work. On the contrary,
this will increase your efficiency and you will be able to produce better
results in less time.

9. Never Leave The Mind Vacant
An empty mind is the devil’s workshop. All evil actions start in the
vacant mind. Keep your mind occupied in something positive,
something worthwhile.
Actively follow a hobby. Do something that holds
your interest. You must decide what you value more: money or peace of mind.
Your hobby, like social work or temple work, may not always earn you more
money, but you will have a sense of fulfillment and achievement. Even when you
are resting physically, occupy yourself in healthy reading or mental
chanting of God’s name.

10. Do Not Procrastinate And Never Regret
Do not waste time in protracted wondering ” Should I or shouldn’t I?” Days, weeks, months, and years may be wasted in that futile mental debating. You can never plan enough because you can never
anticipate all future happenings. Always remember, God has His own plan, too for you. Value you time and do the things that need to be done. It does not matter if you fail the first time. You can learn from your mistakes and succeed the next time.

Sitting back and worrying will lead to nothing.
Learn from your mistakes, but do not brood over the past. DO NOT REGRET.
Whatever happened was destined to happen only that way. Take it as the
Will of God. You do not have the power to alter the course of God’s Will.
Why cry over spilt milk

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