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Friday, March 5, 2010

Seek Harmony in Thought, Word, and Deed

That Gandhi fella said, "Happiness is when what you think, what you say and what you do are in harmony."

Interestingly, this accords perfectly with a phrase in the "General Confession" recited in the Episcopal Church's communion service when I was growing up. "We acknowledge and bewail our manifold sins and wickedness, Which we, from time to time, most grievously have committed, By thought, word, and deed, Against thy Divine Majesty," we said.

Cynics will notice that one who sins in thought, word, and deed would in fact be happy, as all three are in harmony. To this all I can say is, "Cut it out."

The assumption here (after all, it is Gandhi talking) is that "what you think, what you say and what you do" will be "in harmony" in positive ways.

Some people talk a spiritual game, but neither believe it nor live it. Others talk tough, but are really spiritual sweeties inside.

The truly spiritual--and therefore happy--person is the one who does all three.

Think about it. Are you thinking, talking, and walking the life that you want?

Try it. You'll be happier.

2 comments:

  1. I really doubt mans ability to sin against or to offend God. Funny, we try to make ourselves His equal.

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  2. Hi, Harold. Good point.

    But in my worldview, talk of "sin" is metaphorical for being out of alignment with "the way things are" (what Biblical Christians--and others--might call "the will of God"). As I understand it, it IS possible to set oneself against the flow; this is the story of Adam and Eve, and so many others.

    My point in this essay, however, is that thought, word, deed must be in harmony (as recognized both in the ideas of Gandhiji AND the noble language of the Anglicans0. Would you agree with that?

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