Your Conscience Will Help You Get Along With Yourself
are several practices that are necessary in order to know how to get
along with yourself. One: Anyone who is extremely emotional or is
restless with bad habits can never get along with himself. If your
conscience tells you all the time that you are doing wrong, how on earth
can you expect to get along with yourself?
And when you meet
others you will find that they will not extend their trust and their
goodwill toward you, because a person who goes against his conscience
mistrusts himself and that reflects in his character. Man's conscience
speaks to him all the time and is constantly prodding him to change and
to behave rightly.
It is true, of course, that you can blunt
your conscience. But it will not remain blunt forever. If nothing else,
the laws of one's country will disturb the complacency of those whose
conscience becomes completely dulled through misuse of free will.
Criminals find out that their conscienceless acts did not pay.
So always listen to your conscience, the voice of your inner self; it is there to help you get along with yourself.
- Journey to Self-Realization - Collected Talks and Essays. Volume 3
by Paramahansa Yogananda