The ideas and pronouncements of others may often be personal, or they may induce feelings of hatred between people. Why should we accept them as ours and mould our feelings accordingly? We should not try to shape our feelings and patterns of behaviour to conform to those of others. We should not relinquish our faith, our experience, and our innate holiness. We may not always be able to know the reasons for our faith. It originates and is shaped by our own personal likes and dislikes, our own dominant feelings. But we must not become the target for anger, hatred and jealousy and the evil deeds into which they lead us. Cultivate wide and inclusive feelings. Only then the aspirant is entitled to acquire higher learning. Only then you will earn respect in society. Keep far away from narrow, selfish thoughts, feelings, and plans. (Ch 16, Vidya Vahini)
-BABA
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