MATRI VANI | VOL II | PART V | 327 | ANANDAMAYI MA
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In response to someone's remarks and questions , Mataji gave the following rules for the behavior of the residents of the Ashram :
01 . When elders or superiors talk , do not interrupt by commenting on what is spoken about .
You may give your opinion only if you are asked .
If you have anything to say on the matter , you may afterwards in private tell the elder :
" In connection with what was said , such and such thoughts have occurred to me " .
02 . When an elder or superior is conversing with someone , one should not disturb by saying something or by chatting .
If one has something important to say , one may do so after the elder has stopped talking .
03 . When conversing with one's companions one should neither make fun of anyone nor pass critical remarks about others .
04 . With antagonism at the back of one's mind , one should not talk about anyone in either praise or blame .
05 . Do not judge your companions or discuss them with others .
06 . If someone insults or abuses you or accuses you unjustly , think :
" GOD , You have in this manner given me a blow to teach me a lesson . Be pleased with me again ! "
Do not hate the one who has dealt the blow .
07 . Do not feel or speak unkindly about anyone .
08 . Be truthful in speech and action .
09 . Speak little and only when necessary .
10 . Be always cheerful .
11 . Remain calm , firm , serene and serious .
12 . Talk to everyone with calmness , serenity , steadiness and equal consideration .
13 . Cherish only what pertains to the supreme quest — Truth .
14 . Your conduct must be gentle and exemplary .
15 . Be honest and frank in what you say .
16 . The search after Truth must continue at every moment .
When by the accumulated force of the sustained practice of discrimination between the Real and the unreal , of japa , meditation , ceremonial worship , the study of scriptures , singing the praises of GOD —
whichever of these be the main line of approach in particular —
one becomes engrossed in the supreme quest , then one cannot remain without the remembrance of GOD ; and consequently , foolishness , wrong knowledge and suffering are removed .
To be a human being means to aspire to GOD-REALIZATION . The Calling is to find GOD .
SOURCE | SATYAVEDISM.ORG