Om Sathguru Shri Seshadri Swamigal Thiruvadikkae
Jean Caussade – Green wood for the burning
When you throw a very dry piece of wood that will burn easily, on the fire, the flame seizes it at once and consumes it quietly and noiselessly. But if you throw green wood on the fire, the flame does not affect it except for a moment, and then the heat of the fire acting on the green wet wood makes it exude moisture and crackling sounds, and twists and turns it in a hundred different ways, until it has been made dry enough for the flame to take hold of it. Then the flame consumes it without effort or noise, but quietly.
This is an image of the action of divine love on souls that are still full of imperfections and the evil inclinations of Self-love. They must be purified, refined and cleared away and this cannot be achieved without hardship and suffering. Look upon yourself, then, as this green wood acted on by divine love before it is able to enkindle it, and consume it with its flames.
Control your taste. Control your talk.
Without the control of the senses, sadhana is ineffective. It is like storing water in a leaky pot. Of all the senses, first, if the tongue is conquered, victory is yours. When the tongue craves for a delicacy, assert that you will not cater to its whims.
If you persist in giving yourself simple food that is not savory or hot, but amply sustaining, the tongue may squirm for a few days, but soon it will welcome it. That is the way to subdue the temptation and overcome the evil consequences of it, being your master. Since the tongue is equally insistent on scandal and cheap talk, you have to curb that tendency too. Talk little. talk sweet. Talk only when there is a pressing need. Talk only to those to whom you must. Do not shout or raise your voice, in anger. It will lead to better public relations and less involvement in contacts and conflicts with others. You may be laughed at as a killjoy, but there are compensations enough for you. It will conserve your time and energy. You can put your inner energy to better use.
CONTROL YOUR TASTE. CONTROL YOUR TALK.
GOD IS NOT TRUTH : TRUTH IS GOD.