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Natural Qualities and Acquired Qualities
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When we look at ourselves from outside we can only see the surface of what we have become. We can’t see or perhaps cannot even imagine the inner core (center), which, like in the example of the coconut, is the only part that really can nourish us and give us energy. The shell (in the case of the coconut) serves as a protection but we certainly can’t eat it.

In our case, the core (center) consists of natural or inner qualities such as peace, love, power, truth, happiness and so on. The shell is the ego which consists of features or personality characteristics we have acquired through the journey of our lives such as experiences, abilities, memories, learning, habits and beliefs – in short, all that we are referring to when we say: ‘I am so-and-so, from such-and-such family or organization or city’.

While we are limited to these acquired characteristics, our true qualities remain inaccessible. Through deep reflection and meditation we can break the shell and activate our inner qualities from which our values or principles are born.
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We all have good qualities, which are our strength. Kindly analysis our good qualities (our strength) and utilize it in the right direction to lead a Peaceful Life! We all came empty handed, we all have to leave empty handed only. This GOD gifted beautiful life is short but precious, so please don’t waste it… live it, live it and live it FULLY.
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The role of Values in Life

0When one does not realize the worth of the assets present within one, one’s mind develops a tendency to live on future hopes. Hope is when your mind is lingering on future happiness in advance. Most of the time we are living on future hopes forgetting the present blessings. Most people have an unrealistic approach towards happiness. They invariably use the fatal conjunction “if” as a condition. “If I get a degree, I will be happy”, If I get married, I would be happy”, If only I had more wealth, how wonderful life would have been”, and this “if” goes on and on. Often they attain their goals only to discover new “ifs”. Or there arises next deadly conjunction “but”. They believe, “I now have a degree ‘but’ I have no job.” Having found employment, they discover a new ‘but’, or I have enough wealth ‘but’ I have no peace in the family. Thus, throughout our life we live on ‘if only’ and ‘but’.
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Everybody believes they will acquire wealth and then retire and enjoy the wealth, but that never happens. Perhaps, it will be impossible to find one who amassed wealth actually sat and enjoyed wealth!
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Contentment, however, does not mean that you have no aspirations in life. It does not mean that you do not set a goal or ideal in life. You could be content now and yet maintain the aspirations to grow in life. The desire when controlled becomes goals. Uncontrolled desires develop into avarice, greed or obsessions. To a man who has no legs, his happiness is in “having legs”. Ask a man who has two legs and he would say: “What is life? I am walking three kilometers a day. If only I had a bicycle, I will be very happy.”happy_11 (1) The man who owns a bicycle believes happiness lies in a scooter. Having acquired a scooter, he desires a car. After buying a car, he wishes he had a designer car. There is no end to the cravings of the mind. The principle of growth is when you convert your desire into an ambition, an aspiration. You could have a very high and lofty aspiration and yet remain content in the present. That is an art. It is a skill to be cultivated.
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If you observe the trend of thought of such people, you will find they are constantly focusing on their rise at the cost of others, their happiness at the expense of others. Such a mind-set will keep your mind constantly agitated. Peace will always elude you.