As Paramahansa Yogananda, the Indian guru, said, “Life is a battlefield.” The ultimate advice to the soldier on the “battle field of life” comes from Krishna to Arjuna in the Bhagavad-Gita, when He said:

tasmat sarvesu kalesu
mam anusmara yudhya ca
mayy arpita-mano-buddhir
mam evaishyasy asamsayah

Translated into English, this means:

“Therefore, Arjuna, you should always think of Me and at the same time carry out your prescribed duty of fighting. With your activities dedicated to Me and your mind and intelligence fixed on Me, you will attain Me without doubt.”

Life is indeed a battlefield because we have to battle the forces of the lower self and negative ego within and without. We have to battle the forces of the media which is constantly trying to grab our attention with gossip and sensationalism, we have to battle the forces of commercials and TV which are constantly trying to sell us lower self addictions and consciousness, and we have to battle all the people in our lives that drag us down if we are not careful. And last but certainly not least, we have to battle our own negative ego, negative thoughts, feelings, emotions and energies! So life is indeed a battlefield!

And the only way to ever and truly win this battle is by keeping our mind, intelligence and activities fixed on God/ Brahma/ Allah/ Dharmakaya/ The I AM THAT I AM.

The way to live in this world and win this battle is to live a life of sustained meditation. It is to focus our mind, consciousness and activities on Spirit 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year. This is a prerequisite to becoming a living Integrated Ascended Master in this world!

The Integrated Ascended Master masters every battle in life by staying attuned to the God Self within.

Author's Bio: 

Dr Joshua David Stone was one of the most influential Spiritual teachers, leaders and forerunners of our time. He had a Ph.D. in Transpersonal Psychology and was a licensed Marriage, Family and Child Counselor in California, USA.
He served as Official Spokesperson for the Planetary Ascension Movement and made his mark in the Consciousness Community as a prolific writer, authoring the 15-volume Easy to Read Encyclopedia of the Spiritual Path, published in several languages, as well as eight major Ascended Master Training Courses and several comprehensive Training Programs ranging from channeling, the psychology of astrology, the Book of Life of God, to his legendary 2,000 page Counseling Manual, and much, much more.
Today, the I AM University is the one and only Integrated Ascended Master Training Facility in this world. It stands firmly on the foundation of a comprehensive and ever-expanding curriculum which Dr Stone dedicated his life creating.
In 2005, Dr Joshua David Stone passed over to the Spirit world where he continues to Spiritually support the expansion of the I AM University the continuation of which he entrusted into the hands of Gloria Excelsias, his long-term personal assistant and protégé.
Dr Stone is one of the most widely read authors in the New Age Movement and known as the world’s most trusted source for integrated Spiritual development.

Gloria Excelsias is the President of the I AM University, an educational institution with focus on Spiritual and psychological development that was founded by the late Dr Joshua David Stone in 2004 and handed over to her care and leadership in 2005, at Dr Stone’s passing. As Dr Stone’s personal assistant, close friend and protégé, she received ongoing personal training in applied transpersonal psychology and integrated ascension which would prepare her consciousness for her later service work as the University’s President. Having moved the I AM University from California to Salzburg, Austria, her native country, she is now passionately dedicated to running and evolving the I AM University as an inspired writer and speaker, placing thematic priority on Spiritual psychology, the re-integration and updating of ancient occult teachings and the overall unfoldment of human consciousness.
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Planetary World Service:

I AM Tunes – Spiritual Audio Download Library:

I AM YOU Foundation - Charity Project:

Ascension for Beginners – 365 free articles, 25 mini-courses and 25 meditations for newcomers on the Spiritual path: