Day 171, Evening

Today’s evening meditation is available below in audio and script formats. The audio version is also available for free download on the player.


“For those who wish to climb the mountain of spiritual awareness, the path is selfless work. For those who have attained the summit of union with the Lord, the path is stillness and peace.”

—The Bhagavad Gita (The Song Of The Lord)


In order to climb the Himalayas within us, we have to train ourselves, little by little, day by day. Sir Edmund Hillary, who climbed Mount Everest for the first time, did not just stand at the bottom, take one leap, and land on top. He practiced climbing for a long time to learn all the required skills; and for you and me to climb the spiritual mountain, we, too, have to strengthen our muscles over a long period of time. 

Most of us get our training in the heart of the family. In mountain climbing, you tie yourself to others with ropes and when somebody slips you haul him up and save him. Similarly, in living with family or friends, if somebody slips you do not say, “Aha! Served him right!” You pull him up. And when you slip, she pulls you up. It is a loving exchange. So there is greater safety when people live together and help one another. (WLB)


As your day draws to a close, spend a few moments in silence and stillness.


• for a greater yearning to know God

• for the courage to rely on, and be relied on by others

• for family members and friends who struggle with belief



BC The Belgic Confession

CAC The Center For Action & Contemplation

CD The Canons of Dort

CIB Church In Bethesda Prayers

HC The Heidelberg Catechism

NT The New Testament

OT The Old Testament

RP - Ryan Phipps

WC The Westminster Confession

WLB Words To Live By

WLC The Westminster Larger Catechism

WSC The Westminster Shorter Catechism