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I asked the master how one could find the greatest satisfaction in life.
He thought for a moment and then said gently ‘By disciplining one’s self and learning to live divinely in small as well as great things.‘ I asked Him if He thought it possible to live divinely in a world so filled with hatred and violence? He nodded vigorously He had no doubts about it.
I asked if He would tell me some of the qualities considered requisite for living ‘The superior life‘.
Listen to them: Love, Gratitude, Unselfishness, Appreciation, Loyalty, Sincerity, Devotion, Enthusiasm, Joy, Simplicity, Frugality, Gratitude, Self-control, Faith, Kindness, the Capacity for small enjoyments, Serenity, Honesty, Poise, Genuineness, Courage, Sympathy, Tolerance, Understanding, Good Manners, Strong observation, Strength, with Gentleness, Unselfish Attitude, Dignity, Freedom from evil purposes, and the ability to be interested in people and things for their sake and not for personal return.
‘Suppose one had all these qualities,‘ I said, and suppose he lived them so silently, modestly, but radiantly, that men, women, and children were happier for having known him. What would you call one like that?
He smiled and answered ‘Most people call him a DOG.‘
I pity the man who never has known
The pleasure of owning a pup;
Who never has watched his funny ways
In the business of growing up.
I pity the man who enters his gate
Alone and unnoticed at night,
No dog to welcome him joyously home
With his frantic yelps of delight.
I pity the man who never receives,
In hours of bitterest woe,
Sympathy shown by a faithful dog
In a way only he seems to know.
I pity the man with a hatred of dogs;
He is missing from life something fine;
For the friendship between a man and his dog
Is a feeling almost divine.