Today: Strive to eradicate all evil – from the I Ching

Strive to eradicate all evil and the banish the agents of evil completely.  Start with yourself.  Don’t struggle with the tendencies you wish to see disappear in others.  Drop them.  The only way to clear the weeds is to push energetically for their complete removal.  If even one remains, trouble will be back.  Say goodbye.

Read the text from Richard Wilhelm's translation of the I Ching
Even if only one inferior man is occupying a ruling position in a city, he is able to oppress superior men. Even a single passion still lurking in the heart has power to obscure reason. Passion and reason cannot exist side by side- therefore fight without quarter is necessary if the good is to prevail.
In a resolute struggle of the good against evil, there are, however, definite rules that must not be disregarded, if it is to succeed. First, resolution must be based on a union of strength and friendliness. Second, a compromise with evil is not possible; evil must under all circumstances be openly discredited. Nor must our own passions and shortcomings be glossed over. Third, the struggle must not be carried on directly by force. If evil is branded, it thinks of weapons, and if we do it the favour of fighting against it blow for blow, we lose in the end because thus we ourselves get entangled in hatred and passion. Therefore it is important to begin at home, to be on guard in our own persons against the faults we have branded. In this way, finding no opponent, the sharp edges of the weapons of evil become dulled. For the same reasons we should not combat our own faults directly. As long as we wrestle with them, they continue victorious. Finally, the best way to fight evil is to make energetic progress in the good.  ”

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“Never let yourself or anybody down” Yogi Bhajan

“Never let yourself or anybody down, and never participate in a letdown. Then Almighty God shall never let you down.” Yogi Bhajan
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