Gita Vahini- Use the Hardships you encounter as opportunities and tests- Baba

Do not give in to temporary excitements and anger, and thereby lose
your peace of mind. Sorrow, loss, pain, worries are all tests to help
you rid yourself of your weaknesses. They reveal whether or not you
have developed firm faith and patience to endure hardships, and be
unaffected by them. There is no use in merely passing examinations
conducted by educational institutions. You must pass the examinations
presented to you by life itself. It has been said, ‘After acquiring
all types of education, it is only a fool who doesn’t know his own
mind.’ Whatever learning he might have acquired, a mean person will
not acquire any good qualities from it. Then what is the use of all
his education? After acquiring a lot of useless knowledge, he has only
achieved the faculty for engaging in arguments and counter-arguments.

Why study so many things which have no value at all? Instead, make
every effort to learn about that which has no death; that is the
education which has lasting value. What is the knowledge which enables
you to know that which has no death? That knowledge is the knowledge
of atma, and that education is the atmic education. The one who has no
death has no birth either. Everything which is born, which has come
into existence, undergoes modifications and will eventually die, and
thereby lose its form. The entire world and everything in it has a
particular form. As it has form, it will undergo change. You should
try to reach the state where there is no change at all. To do so you
must gain self-knowledge, you must realize the atma.


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