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Learning from Confucius: The need for daily self-analysis May 7, 2017

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By Dennis Mellersh

Rigorously learning a plan of personal development and self-improvement, no matter how thorough and profound it is, will not benefit us much if we aren’t honest in our self-appraisal.

If we are not truthful with ourselves, with our inner commitment, in terms of what we are doing outwardly, we are not on a path of growth.

This from Confucius:

“Master Tseng said:
‘Each day I ask three things of myself: Have I been trustworthy in all that I’ve done for other people? Have I stood by my word in dealing with friends? Have I practised all that I’ve been taught?’” (1)

(1) Confucius, the Analects, as translated in David Hinton’s book, The Four Chinese Classics, Counterpoint, Berkeley, California, 2013

Personal development: The lessons of the Bhagavad Gita April 8, 2017

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By Dennis Mellersh

If your self-improvement or self-actualization program includes a desire to learn more about various Eastern spiritual programs and/or religions, such as the Bhagavad Gita, there are two websites that may interest you.

Taken together they provide considerable detail on the Bhagavad Gita, which is a 700-verse Hindu scripture in Sanskrit. It is divided into chapters and is part of the Hindu epic Mahabharata.

The BHAGAVAD-GITA in English website provides a succinct explanation of each chapter plus the following information on each verse of each chapter:

(1) Original Sanskrit

(2) A vocalization of the verse

(3) Transliteration

(4) Translation in a variety of languages

Here is the link:

http://www.bhagavad-gita.org/index-english.html

The other site, The Bhagavad Gita As Is offers very detailed explanations/exposition of the chapters and verses. It is also available in a number of languages.

Link:

http://asitis.com/