Thursday, August 31, 2023
The mind has a vital role in one’s health or illness. That was why the sages declared, “The mind is the cause of men’s bondage or liberation.” When the mind is directed toward sacred things, everything in one’s life becomes sacred. In such a state, all that you think, see, or hear becomes pure and sacred.
Wednesday, August 30, 2023
Claiming to be devotees and going about as devotees, few are caring to find out what is true devotion. Singing and repeating God's name (bhajans and japas) and performance of sacrifices and rituals (yagas and yajnas) are not the real marks of devotion. They are merely exercises in washing out one's impurities. All the nine kinds of worship are also designed to achieve purity of mind and heart. But purity should find expression in action just as clothes that have been washed have to be worn. Without purity in action, the real nature of the Self cannot be recognized.
Tuesday, August 29, 2023
You must always be happy and blissful. Sweet smile should dance on your lips. You should not put up an unhappy face under any circumstances. You must always be smiling. When others see you, they should also feel happy. Thus, you should always lead a happy and blissful life with a sweet smile on your face. You should be happy and at the same time make others happy.
Monday, August 28, 2023
Each should use the power of discrimination given to them to fight the evil forces within. They must foster the divine elements within by their own efforts and by listening to the voice of their conscience. The freedom to choose has been given to all for this purpose. This freedom is to be used to discriminate between right and wrong, good and evil, and to foster divine qualities. This is the unique feature of the Kali (Iron) age. In this age, everyone has to fight against the demonic forces themselves and vanquish them. When this is accomplished, one's inherent divine nature will manifest itself of its own accord.
Sunday, August 27, 2023
Selfishness will not go if one identifies with the body and does not realize the divinity within. Diversity in creation is an obvious fact. No two human beings, not even twins, are identical. But diversity should not lead to differences and conflicts. We must learn to see the unity that underlies diversity. This unity is based on the divinity that is present in everything in the universe. The realization of this unity can come only through firm faith in God.
Saturday, August 26, 2023
The eyes see; but can the organ 'eye' see of itself? It cannot function without prompting of the divine spirit (Atma) within. The brain thinks; but can the cells perform the process all by themselves? No. They must be activated by the divine within. The 'one' is the basis, the cause, of the manifestation in the many. Through love (prema) alone can the inherent, the immanent One be recognized.
Friday, August 25, 2023
Truth is that which remains unchanged over time. You must live up to this truth. You must realize that the divine is present in everything. Only when you can recognize the omnipresence of the divine will you be able to experience the divine.
Thursday, August 24, 2023
God is omnipresent; God is the inner motivator (antaryami) of every particle in the universe. To declare that God is amenable only to your style of worship, that God will answer only to the name that you have learnt to use, is to insult God’s omniscience and glory. See God in all, serve God in all. Revere God in all. Pray, "Let the whole world prosper; let all mankind be happy."
Wednesday, August 23, 2023
When your body is healthy, charming, fully content, consider how happy you are! Now, know that the bodies of all beings are you - really speaking. And, when all those other bodies are happy, healthy, strong, and full, calculate how much bliss you can cherish in your heart! The vision of the cosmic form (virat) is given for those who surrender their ego and take refuge in the Lord.
Tuesday, August 22, 2023
Three disciplines are essential to become aware of divinity in all and in the Avatar. (1) No activity should be taken up with individual aggrandizement in view; (2) intellect and emotion must be directed to the revelation of the resident in the heart, Atma; and (3) every act should be done sincerely, with love, with no yearning for acquiring personal profit, fame, or benefit. Above all, listen to the voice of God within.
Monday, August 21, 2023
Even when divinity comes down as divine incarnation, (Avatar) one is unable to pierce the veil and revere the divine. Lord Krishna says that people are unable to recognize the divinity that is He, because they deem Him merely human. Only those who are aware of the current within, the Atma, can identify the source of power before them.
Sunday, August 20, 2023
In this world, which is impermanent and ever transforming, the immanent power of the Lord is the only permanent and fixed entity. In order to realize the eternal and the true, one should attach oneself to that source and sustenance.
Saturday, August 19, 2023
Man suffers from more and more bonds that get tighter and tighter. The best means to escape from this fate is to take refuge in the company of the good and godly, and journey along their beneficial path.
Friday, August 18, 2023
People should endeavor to cultivate qualities like tolerance, love, sympathy, righteousness, justice, and truth. People do not give any importance to this quest for truth. The search for truth is being directed toward worldly objects which are ephemeral and worthless. People should really dedicate themselves to the quest for the truth that is eternal.
Thursday, August 17, 2023
What should one do to secure redemption from the cycle of worldly existence? Chanting the Lord's name or performing sacrifices or doing other rituals will be of no avail without rendering service to fellow human beings. Service is the highest form of worship and the best penance. Selfless service (seva) is the most important form of reciting the Lord’s name.
Wednesday, August 16, 2023
Your actions should be in harmony with your words. Develop sacred feelings. Only then can you perform sacred activities. Devotion does not mean merely performing rituals like worship. Any work done with pure and selfless love is devotion.
Tuesday, August 15, 2023
All the good and bad that you come across in the external world are just your own reflections. So, do not point an accusing finger at others. The whole world depends on one’s behavior. If one is good, so too will the world be.
Monday, August 14, 2023
Self-confidence is the foundation for the mansion of life. Once you have Self-confidence, you can raise the walls of Self-satisfaction over which you can lay the roof of self-sacrifice and lead a life of Self-realization. Hence, lay the foundation of Self-confidence strong and sturdy.
Sunday, August 13, 2023
Love all beings – that is enough. Love with no expectation of return. Love for the sake of love. Love because your very nature is love. Love because that is the form of worship you know and like. When others are happy, be happy likewise. When others are in misery, try to alleviate their lot to the best of your ability. Practice love through seva (selfless service). By this means, you will realize unity and get rid of the ego.
Saturday, August 12, 2023
The service activities that we undertake are meant to experience unity in society. It is a great mistake if you think that you are serving others. In fact, you should not consider anybody as ‘other,’ for all are the embodiments of divinity. But people are not making efforts to realize this truth. Hence, one is subjected to difficulties.
Friday, August 11, 2023
Everyone should regard himself as a messenger of God and try to lead an ideal life. This means that one has to give up selfishness and self-interest. This may not be easy. But with God's grace, it is possible to progress toward Self-realization gradually.
Thursday, August 10, 2023
If you must bring the power from the powerhouse to your residence to illumine your place, you must put up poles at regular intervals and connect the house with the powerhouse with cables. So too, if you must win the grace of God, do spiritual practice (sadhana) at regular timings, and connect yourself with God by the cable of remembering the Lord (smarana).
Wednesday, August 9, 2023
Purity of the heart is more important than all rituals and penances. Develop a vision that will broaden your heart and enable you to help others and not hurt them. Dedicate all actions to God. Sacrifice is real oneness with the divine. To enjoy things without sharing with others is a disease. The Vedas have declared that immortality can be attained only through sacrifice and not by any other means.
Tuesday, August 8, 2023
Everyone should have faith in the divine. Faith is essential for anyone, whether one is a theist or an atheist. People may judge things as good or bad according to their own predilections. But for God all things are the same. In this world, nothing will appear bad if one views it from the divine point of view.
Monday, August 7, 2023
Love ever, hurt never. Do not do anything that is contrary to the principle of love. Love is God. Live in love. Consider love as God. Salute whomever you come across, even if they are your enemy. Love even your enemy. Whomsoever you salute, it will reach God, for God is in all. With these sacred feelings, do not have hatred toward anyone.
Sunday, August 6, 2023
Do not pollute your mind with worldly desires. You have attained this human birth because of meritorious deeds done in past lives. Do not misuse it. Human life is highly valuable. Keep up its value by practicing human values.
Saturday, August 5, 2023
If the matchstick is soaked in water, how can it ignite when struck? If the mind is soaked in worldly desires, how can it be ignited into spiritual endeavor? If the divine love (prema) with which you are endowed is confined to the world, it will be absorbed up soon by the sands of envy, greed, and malice. Divine love (prema) must be directed toward God; only then can it expand, grow, deepen, and fertilize all your actions and benefit all those around you.
Friday, August 4, 2023
You are all Sath-Chith-Ananda Swarupa (embodiments of existence-consciousness-bliss), but you are unaware of it and imagine yourself to be this individual or that, subjected to this limitation or that! This is the myth that must be explored in order that divine life may start. Divine life does not admit the slightest dross in character or delusion in intellect. So, people dedicated to it must emphasize this by precept and example.
Thursday, August 3, 2023
Love is God. Live in love. Start the day with love. Spend the day with love. End the day with love. This is the way to God. Only the person who is filled with love will be dear to the Lord.
Wednesday, August 2, 2023
Know that waking from sleep is but birth, and going into sleep is death. On waking, pray every morning of your life, “Oh Lord, I am born now from the womb of sleep. I am determined to carry out all tasks this day as offerings to Thee, with Thee ever present before my mind’s eye. Make my words, thoughts, and deeds sacred and pure. Let me not inflict pain on anyone; let no one inflict pain on me. Direct me, guide me, this day.” And when you enter the portals of sleep at night, pray, “Oh Lord! The tasks of this day, whose burden I placed on you this morning, are over. It was You who made me walk and talk and think and act. I, therefore, place at Thy feet all my words, thoughts, and deeds. My task is done. Receive me, I am coming back to you.” Adopt these as your daily prayers.