This is a deeper look at an amazing quote that comes from an American theologian. It is more of an in-depth analysis of the quote I mentioned in my previous talk but from the yogic perspective.
My feelings are not God. God is God.
My feelings do not define truth. God’s word defines truth.
My feelings are echoes and responses to what my mind perceives. And sometimes – many times – my feelings are out of sync with the truth.
When that happens – and it happens every day in some measure – I try not to bend the truth to justify my imperfect feelings, but rather, I plead with God: Purify my perceptions of your truth and transform my feelings so that they are in sync with the truth.
― John Piper (American New Testament scholar, Baptist theologian), Finally Alive
Some of the verses I quote from Vedic texts.
I am seated in everyone’s heart, and from Me come remembrance, knowledge and forgetfulness. By all the Vedas, I am to be known. Indeed, I am the compiler of Vedanta, and I am the knower of the Vedas. – Bhagavad-gītā 15.15
One must deliver themself with the help of one’s mind, and not degrade themself. The mind is the friend of the conditioned soul, and his enemy as well. Bhagavad-gītā 6.5
For one who has conquered the mind, the mind is the best of friends; but for one who has failed to do so, the mind will remain the greatest enemy. Bhagavad-gītā 6.6
For one whose mind is unbridled, self-realization is difficult work. But one whose mind is controlled and who strives by appropriate means is assured of success. That is My opinion. Bhagavad-gītā 6.36
Thus knowing oneself to be transcendental to the material senses, mind and intelligence, O mighty-armed Arjuna, one should steady the mind by deliberate spiritual intelligence and thus — by spiritual strength-conquer this insatiable enemy known as lust. – Bhagavad-gītā 3.43
This uncontrolled mind is the greatest enemy of the living entity. If one neglects it or gives it a chance, it will grow more and more powerful and will become victorious. Although it is not factual, it is very strong. It covers the constitutional position of the soul. Bhāgavata Purāṇa 5.11.17