320 TALKS ON <( AT THE FEET OF THE MASTER 9f incessant worry over the little things in which many people spend most of their time. It is worry which wears people out, it is not work. ^ The Master teaches that it does not matter in the least what happens to a man from the outside : sorrows, troubles, sicknesses, losses—all these must be as nothing to him, and must not be allowed to affect the calmness of his mind. Very few people realise that, but of course it is true. They turn them over and over in their minds and worry about them. If you have been on board a steamer in rough weather you realise that. When the screw comes oat of the water and races madly in the air, if you know anything about mechanics, you know that is likely to do far more harm to the machinery than any amount of tear and wear. That is what you are doing when you worry. You are letting the machinery race. It is not doing its proper work, but it is just running away and wasting. There- fore, if possible, do not do it. He says that all these things which come from outside are the result of past actions, and when they come you must bear them cheerfully. They are the result of past actions, and when they come you must bear them cheerfully, remembering that all evil is transitory, and that your duty is to remain always joyous and serene. They belong to your.previous lives, not to this; you cannot alter them, so it is useless to trouble about them. That is the plainest common-sense, but how few people are willing to accept that and live accordingly.