This is a reprint of a blog by Derek O’Neill on his website www.DerekONeill.com on June 30, 2014…
“Ancient Indian philosophy talks about Five Principles of Spirituality. When we spend time contemplating each Principle and applying it to a question or situation we are faced with, the power of these beautiful teachings begins to unfold.
THE FIRST PRINCIPLE
Every person you encounter is the right one.
This means that no one comes into our life by chance. Everyone who is around us, every person with whom we interact, has a defined purpose– whether to teach us something, or to help us cope with the current situation.
THE SECOND PRINCIPLE
Whatever happens is the only thing that could have happened.
Nothing, absolutely nothing of that which we experience could have been any other way. Not even in the least important detail. There is no “If only I had done that differently, … then it would have been different.” No, what happens is the only thing that could have taken place and must have taken place for us to learn our lesson in order to move forward. Every single situation in life which we encounter is absolutely perfect, even when it defines our understanding and ego.
THE THIRD PRINCIPLE
Every moment in which something begins is the right moment.
Everything begins at exactly the right moment, either earlier or later. When we are ready for it, for that something new in our life, it will be there — ready to begin.
THE FOURTH PRINCIPLE
What is over, is over.
It is that simple. When something in our life ends, it helps our evolution. That is why, enriched by each recent experience, it is better to let go of the past and move on.
THE FIFTH PRINCIPLE
Nothing is permanent.
This is the UNIVERSAL TRUTH. Nothing in our lives is eternal. Everything will CHANGE–some things earlier, some things later, but change is inevitable. Once this is understood and accepted, life becomes simpler because there are no more stresses of anticipation, no more expectations, no more surprises, no more sorrows. Be good to yourself. Love with your whole being. Always be happy. Believe in God and trust him to do what is best for you. And believe in YOURSELF to ACCEPT what you DESERVE.”