Monday, 2 February 2009


In my younger days, in my quest for knowledge and answers, I subscribed to a magazine which explores the spiritual and mystical aspects of life. Some of the articles touched and influenced my outlook of life, and I have kept them. It’s my pleasure to share them with you now. 

I would like to clarify that the word ‘spiritual’ used here has nothing to do with religion. A religious person may be spiritual as well, but a spiritual person is not necessarily religious. 


Calmness of mind is one of the beautiful jewels of wisdom. It is the result of long and patient effort in self-control. Its presence is an indication of ripened experience, and of a more than ordinary knowledge of the laws of operation of thought. An individual becomes calm in the measure that he understands himself as a thought-evolved being, for such knowledge necessitates the understanding of others as a result of thought, and sees more clearly the internal relations of things by the actions of cause and effect. He ceases to fuss, worry and grieve, and remains poised, steadfast, serene.

The calm person, having learned how to govern himself, knows how to adapt himself to others; and they in turn revere his spiritual strength, and feel that they can learn from him and rely upon him. The more tranquil one becomes, the greater his success, influence, and power for good. 

The strong, calm man or woman is always loved and revered, like a shade-giving tree in a thirsty land, or a sheltering rock in a storm. Who does not love a tranquil heart, a sweet-tempered, balanced life? It does not matter whether it rains or shines, or what changes come to those possessing these blessings, for they are always sweet, serene, and calm. That exquisite poise of character which we call serenity is the flowering of life, the frontage of the soul. It is precious as wisdom, to be more desired than gold. 

Many people ruin their lives and mar their happiness by lack of self-control. Humanity surges with controlled passion, is tumultuous with ungoverned grief, and is blown about by anxiety and doubt! Only the wise man, whose thoughts are controlled and purified, makes the winds and the storms of the soul obey him.

- Author Unknown 

Calmness comes from within. It is the peace and restfulness of the depths of our nature. The fury of storm and of wind agitate only the surface of the sea; they penetrate only two or three hundred feet; below that is the calm, unruffled deep. To be ready for the great crises of life we must learn serenity in our daily living. Calmness is the crown of self-control. - William Jordan 

Calmness is the rarest quality in human life. It is the poise of a great nature, in harmony with itself and its ideals. It is the moral atmosphere of a life self-centered, self-reliant, and self-controlled. Calmness is singleness of purpose, absolute confidence, and conscious power, ready to be focused in an instant to meet any crises. - William Jordan

Calmness is the cradle of power. - Josiah Gilbert Holland 

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