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VEDANTA MASS MEDIA The Imitation of Christ | The Joy of a Good Conscience  

 

 

         

                   

     The Sixth Chapter

 

 

     THE glory of a good man is the testimony of a good conscience. Therefore, keep your conscience
good and you will always enjoy happiness, for a good conscience can bear a great deal and can
bring joy even in the midst of adversity. But an evil conscience is ever restive and fearful.


     Sweet shall be your rest if your heart does not reproach you.


     Do not rejoice unless you have done well. Sinners never experience true interior joy or peace,
for "there is no peace to the wicked," says the Lord. (11) Even if they say: "We are at peace, no evil
shall befall us and no one dares to hurt us," do not believe them; for the wrath of God will arise
quickly, and their deeds will be brought to naught and their thoughts will perish.


     To glory in adversity is not hard for the man who loves, for this is to glory in the cross of the
Lord. But the glory given or received of men is short lived, and the glory of the world is ever
companioned by sorrow. The glory of the good, however, is in their conscience and not in the lips
of men, for the joy of the just is from God and in God, and their gladness is founded on truth.


     The man who longs for the true, eternal glory does not care for that of time; and he who seeks
passing fame or does not in his heart despise it, undoubtedly cares little for the glory of heaven.


     He who minds neither praise nor blame possesses great peace of heart and, if his conscience is
good, he will easily be contented and at peace.


     Praise adds nothing to your holiness, nor does blame take anything from it. You are what you
are, and you cannot be said to be better than you are in God's sight. If you consider well what you
are within, you will not care what men say about you. They look to appearances but God looks to
the heart. They consider the deed but God weighs the motive.


     It is characteristic of a humble soul always to do good and to think little of itself. It is a mark
of great purity and deep faith to look for no consolation in created things. The man who desires
no justification from without has clearly entrusted himself to God: "For not he who commendeth
himself is approved," says St. Paul, "but he whom God commendeth." (12)


     To walk with God interiorly, to be free from any external affection - this is the state of the
inward man.

 

     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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International Yoga Day 21 June 2015
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