Focusing the Power of Attention for Success

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Focusing the Power of Attention for Success Paramahansa Yogananda Success has a relation to the satisfaction of the soul in the context of the environment in which one lives; it is a result of actions based on the ideals of truth, and includes the happiness and well-being of others as a part of one’s own fulfillment. Apply this law to your material, mental, moral, and spiritual life and you will find it a complete, comprehensive definition of success. People think of success in different ways, depending on their aim in life. You even hear of it in connection with stealing: ‘He was a successful thief!’ This shows that not all kinds of success are desirable. Our success must not hurt others. Another qualification of success is that we not only bring harmonious and beneficial result to ourselves, but also share those benefits with others. Suppose a wife engages in the spiritual practice of prolonged periods of silence, and at such times refuses to talk even to her husband and children. Though she may succeed in keeping silent, and therby gain some degree of personal inner peace, her behavior is selfish and detrimental to her family’s happiness. She is not truly successful unless the accomplishment of her good intention also benefits those to who she has a responsibility. Likewise, the attainment of material success means more than that we are individually entitled to enjoy our prosperity; it means that we are morally obligated to help others to crate a better life as well. Anyone who has the brains can make money. But if he has love in his heart, he will never be able to use that money selfishly; he will always share with others. Money becomes a curse to the miserly, but to those who have heart it is a blessing.
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