In a talk this week at the Self-Realization Fellowship World Convocation in Los Angeles, a monk recalled how more than thirty years before, the senior monk in charge of training the new monastic initiates inspired him with these words:
I pray with all my heart that with my last breath I am changing.
I, too, am inspired by this wisdom. Unless we are vigilant about striving to become our best selves, we will stagnate. A dedication to continual self-improvement—what the Japanese call Kaizen—is the very foundation of a spiritual path. After all, you cannot find God unless you are continually seeking the divine.
Paramahansa Yogananda summed it up perfectly in the book, Sayings of Paramahansa Yogananda:
All souls are equal. The only difference between you and me is that I made the effort.
May you make that effort every day and know the joy of living a life divine.
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