Now, this sound senss requires to be zealously guarded, for we are
being constantly assailed by chaotic winds of various contrary ideas.
How do we guard the sense of value? We can do so by doing three things.
(i) By constant discrimination between the real and the unreal
(ii) By keeping ourselves busy doing those things that we have decidedly accepted
(iii) By avoiding idle curiosity about things which do not concern our main pursuit in life
What through proper scrutiny and discrimination we decided to be beneficial, we
must just force ourselves to do, if necessary by putting our own knee on our own chest and boldly face the consequence. The hardest task in the world is not bringing up father or bringing up children, but bringing up oneself! To one who knows how to discipline oneself, his other tasks will become easy. There is a case for doing some sort of a careful
rough-handling of oneself in order to break down the barriers which impede the flow of
the will-power. DO THE RIGHT THING RIGHT NOW - should be our day's order to the mind. That should be the principle. Instead of doing the wrong things hurriedly and repenting at leisure is it not better to do the right thing promptly and enjoy the blessings of such actions at leisure?
If we ourselves are unable to decide what is right or wrong, counsel should be sought
from the teacher. If the teacher is not available, guidance may be taken from scriptures. But even when we have decided upon a right action, many considerations will try to oppose its prompt execution. All are acting differently…will be one plea. Then there will
be considerations of what they call worldly wisdom. Much of the worldly wisdom stuff
is but a rationalization of our weaknesses compounded with the idea of what is supposed to be self-interest. And these considerations will be manipulated by our own mind. We have to carefully discern here the attempted sabotage of our good efforts to develop the will-power by the unregenerate or wicked part of our mind. We should then firmly slash down this opposition by that part of the mind which has already allied itself with truth. On the other hand, what we have known to be definitely wrong and harmful, we must as promptly stop doing that and boldly face the consequences.