Monday, July 31, 2023
Everyone must develop the spirit of sacrifice (thyaga). You must serve the people with your body. You must cherish good and noble thoughts in your mind. You must use your wealth for supporting educational and other institutions to help the people. Give food to the starving. This is the way to lead a purposeful and sublime life.
Sunday, July 30, 2023
Serve all and love all. Firmly believe that the divine is in everyone and constantly act on this belief. Only by continual practice you can develop this sacred attitude. Fill yourself with Self-confidence and courage. Make your life a complete offering to the divine, who is the real source of all that you are and all that you have.
Saturday, July 29, 2023
Take refuge in God. Let God be your guru, your path, your Lord. Adore God, obey God’s commands, offer God your grateful homage, and hold God fast in your memory. This is the easiest way to realize God as your own reality. This is the one and only way.
Friday, July 28, 2023
Divine love (prema) is the spring that feeds the roots of all the virtues. When each of your acts, the words that you utter, the thoughts that shape your desires and emotions - when all these draw sustenance from the roots that go deep into the inner springs of love, then you will be happy and fresh, and you can give shelter and shade to many a weary mortal.
Thursday, July 27, 2023
When one realizes the inefficiency of the senses, mind, and intellect to cope with the reality and know the inner core of God’s truth, then one realizes that there is God who is the basis of all this superstructure, who has designed and contrived all this. One then surrenders the ego to God. "Let Your will prevail," one proclaims and resigns fully to God’s plan. That moment is a supreme moment of joy and bliss.
Wednesday, July 26, 2023
Live with love (prema), in love and, for love. Then the Lord who is divine love personified (premaswarupa) will grant you all that you need despite you not asking for anything. God knows; God is the mother who does not wait to hear the moan of the child to feed. God’s love is so vast and deep; God anticipates every need and rushes with help you need.
Tuesday, July 25, 2023
You have to recognize these three. First is that which once comes, then never goes. The second, once goes, then never comes back. The third, neither comes nor goes. The first is wisdom (jnana), the second is ignorance (ajnana) and the third is the principle of the Atma. Atma is steady and eternal, it never changes.
Monday, July 24, 2023
The body is the basic instrument for the practice of right action (dharma). Dedicate your entire time to service and the discharge of your duties. Your spiritual practice (sadhana) must not be for selfish ends. It must promote the good of others. By giving up selfishness, and cultivating selfless love for others, sanctify your lives.
Sunday, July 23, 2023
The best thing is to have your own Self as the source of light, as the guru. The inner intelligence, the inner guru will reveal the truth. This prayerful attitude will so educate your impulses that your Inner Intelligence will be fully revealed.
Saturday, July 22, 2023
By understanding the nature of a flame, you can understand the nature of fire. By examining a drop of water, you know the nature of the Ganges. Likewise, by understanding the true nature of humanness, you can understand divinity.
Friday, July 21, 2023
The waves appearing in an ocean appear as different from each other. But they consist of the same water. Likewise, though humanity appears in innumerable forms, all these are like the waves appearing on the ocean of being-awareness-bliss (Sat-Chit-Ananda). Names and forms may be different, but the basis is the same.
Thursday, July 20, 2023
Do not go in search of gurus. Strengthen your faith in the Atma. Seek to enjoy the Atmic bliss. Strive to develop the conviction: "I am the Atma." That is the true message. When you have grasped this truth, all other things will be unnecessary. For experiencing this guru, there are no restrictions as to time, place, or circumstances.
Wednesday, July 19, 2023
Try to be near God, as close as God’s own kin, do not calculate the number of hours you have spent in serving God, and pine that God has not compensated you. Be ever in God’s service, that is to say, in doing good and being good.
Tuesday, July 18, 2023
You can worship your parents and realize the Lord through that spiritual practice. They are your creators and guides and teachers and protectors, and by idealizing them, you can grasp the truth of the Lord, the Primeval Parent.
Monday, July 17, 2023
You see many things in dreams, and many things are acquired by you during dreams: power, pelf, status, and reputation. But when you awake, you do not weep over the loss, even though for the duration of the dream all that was very real and gave you real satisfaction and joy. That was a “dream”, you tell yourself; what prevents you from treating with similar nonchalance the possessions gathered during the waking stage of your life? Cultivate that attitude, and you can depart with a smile whenever the curtain falls on this dreamland stage.
Sunday, July 16, 2023
The mind is like the moon, which is not self-luminous. The Atma (Self) alone is self-effulgent. It is this light which illumines the body, mind, the buddhi (intelligence), and the senses and invests them with consciousness.
Saturday, July 15, 2023
Let your vision be suffused with love. Vision filled with love is the hallmark of a true human being. All are one, be alike to everyone. You can understand unity in diversity only when you develop sacred vision. Samyak drishti (correct vision – seeing things as they really are) makes you realize the presence of divinity in all.
Friday, July 14, 2023
Become a flute in the hands of God, for then the Lord will come to you, pick you up, put you to His lips, and breathe through you. Out of the hollowness of your heart due to the utter absence of egoism that you have developed, God will create captivating music for all creation to enjoy.
Thursday, July 13, 2023
Everyone must make their exit someday. That moment should not be a moment of anguish; one should depart gracefully, with a smile and a bow. To do that, a lot of preparation is necessary. To depart, leaving all that has been accumulated during a long lifetime, is a hard task; so, prepare for it by discarding attachment to one thing after another from now on.
Wednesday, July 12, 2023
Devotion is the water to wash away this dirt of ages and the soap of repetition of God’s name, meditation, and communion (yoga) will help to remove it quicker and more effectively. The slow and the steady will surely win this race.
Tuesday, July 11, 2023
While proceeding along the road, you can watch your shadow falling on mud or dirt, hollow or mound, thorn, or sand, wet or dry patches of land. You are unaffected by the fate of your shadow, is it not? Nor is the shadow made dirty thereby. It does not worry in the least where it falls or what it wades through. We know that the shadow and its experiences are not eternal or true. Similarly, you must get convinced that “you” are but the shadow of the Absolute; you are essentially not this “you” but the absolute itself. That is the remedy for sorrow, misery, and pain.
Monday, July 10, 2023
People develop love for many things in this world. In fact, there is nothing in this world which one should desire for. Desires are the cause of all the suffering of people. As the saying goes, ‘Less luggage more comfort.’ When there is luggage, you cannot escape from trouble. Here luggage refers to worldly relationships and desires. Only when you get rid of worldly bondage can you be happy.
Sunday, July 9, 2023
One whose heart is filled with love will see the manifestation of divinity everywhere. It is a mistake to think that nature is different from God. People give various names to divinity based on their own experience. Jewels are many, but gold is one. Likewise, names and forms are different, but divinity is one.
Saturday, July 8, 2023
The world exists as long as the mind is present. Joy and sorrow are experienced through contact with the world. Hence, the world is associated with joy and sorrow. The mind is said to be the cause of both bondage and liberation.
Friday, July 7, 2023
Wherever you may be and whatever you do, regard yourselves as instruments of the divine and act on that basis. You need not wait for a whole year to observe Guru Poornima. Treat every moment of your life as being intended for dedication to the Lord. This is the way to experience the divine all the time in all places. This is true sakshatkara (vision of the divine).
Thursday, July 6, 2023
One thing which I want you to resolve to follow, from this Guru Poornima Day: "Do not seek to find fault in others, give up criticizing and hurting others (para dushana and para himsa); do not scandalize anyone and do not feel envy or malice. Be always sweet in temperament in speech. Fill your conversation with devotion and humility."
Wednesday, July 5, 2023
Your true guru is God alone. God transcends all gunas (attributes). God is beyond all forms. God is the only one who can dispel the darkness of ignorance and light the lamp of supreme wisdom (prajnanam).
Tuesday, July 4, 2023
The real guru is only one. The guru is the One, the God of gods, who is hailed as the father, mother, teacher, knowledge, wealth, and all else. The guru is the supreme whom you must seek by your sadhana (spiritual practice).
Monday, July 3, 2023
Today is Guru Poornima. Poornima refers to the full moon with all sixteen aspects being illumined by the Sun. In people, there are sixteen black spots: the six enemies (desire, anger, greed, attachment, pride, and envy), the two gunas (attributes), rajas and tamas, and the eight types of mada (pride) based on lineage and scholarship, wealth, youth, beauty, position, and penance. It is only when one gets rid of these sixteen evil traits that one will be able to realize oneness with the poornatva (divine). Who is the one who enables mankind to achieve this state of fullness or perfection? It is the guru. Guru refers to one who has transcended the gunas and has no form.
Sunday, July 2, 2023
The guru grants the highest joy. What exactly constitutes this joy? Is it physical well-being? Mental poise? Intellectual alertness? Sharpness of the senses? No. The rishis declare that words return crestfallen after attempting to describe that state. Even the mind with its fast-moving wings of imagination cannot reach that state. The highest joy has its source and spring in the Atma, the spark of cosmic splendor. One who is ever aware of the Atma in them and in all is therefore the divine teacher (sadguru).