Wednesday, February 21, 2024
We have friends and foes, likes and dislikes, whereas Vedanta teaches us to develop equal mindedness. Just as we do not punish our teeth for accidentally biting our tongue because we consider both organs as parts of our body, so also, we have to bear in mind that the eternal and universal Atma (divine Self) resides in everyone and everywhere. We should not accentuate differences but concentrate on unity.
Tuesday, February 20, 2024
The highest love (prema) is the attachment to God that does not allow anything to interfere with or diminish its quality or depth. God is loved by the devotee (bhaktha) for His sake, not for any incidental benefit or blessing. It is spontaneous, sustaining, and sublime, like a child before the mirror enjoying the reflections of its own pranks and gestures.
Monday, February 19, 2024
Faith in the almighty God is the impregnable armor that the spiritual aspirant (sadhaka) can wear. People of all lands are spiritual aspirants whether they know it or not. Be steady, do not waver, keep straight on, and hold fast to the ideal without despair. Pray until God relents; do not turn away sadly if God does not shower grace when you expect it.
Sunday, February 18, 2024
You may call Him by any name and worship Him in any form, but God is one. Never forget this principle of unity. Unfortunately, people fragment unity into diversity. Try to visualize unity in diversity. This is the true service that people are supposed to undertake.
Saturday, February 17, 2024
Whatever other things they may possess, people suffer from a lack of peace and bliss. These two can be obtained only from God. It is for these two that one should pray to God and not for anything else because God alone can give them. When these are secured, all other things will come of their own accord by the grace of God. People should yearn for God. All other desires are worthless.
Friday, February 16, 2024
Believe that all hearts are motivated by the one and only God, that all faiths glorify the one and only God, and that all names in all languages and all forms people can conceive denote the one and only God. He is adored best by love. Cultivate an attitude of oneness (Ekabhava) between people of all creeds, all countries, and all continents.
Thursday, February 15, 2024
The divine principle that is in everyone is like the electric current that illuminates the bulbs before Me here, which are of different colors and different candle powers. The same God shines in and through everyone, regardless of creed, color, tribe, or territory. The current animates and activates all bulbs; the divine animates and activates all. Those who see the difference are deluded as they are befogged by prejudice, egoism, hatred, or malice. Love sees all as one divine family.
Wednesday, February 14, 2024
It is by constant control of thoughts and desires that one can purify oneself and raise the level of consciousness. To the extent one reduces desires, willpower will grow.
Tuesday, February 13, 2024
Be a witness, do not crave the fruit of action, and leave the consequences of all acts to God’s will. He is the doer; you are but the instrument. Pursue nobler ends and have grander ideals. Sensory pleasures are trinkets and trivialities.
Monday, February 12, 2024
There are many who take part in service activities, but how many can enjoy the benefits derived therefrom? First, you should understand the term “service.” True service is that which is done with divine feelings, forgetting oneself. Service should be done as an offering to God. Service has value only when it is done with love for God (daivabhimana) and not attachment to the body (dehabhimana). Even a small act of service done with the sole intention of pleasing God will acquire great significance.
Sunday, February 11, 2024
All should remain united. Where there is unity, there shall be purity. Where there is purity, there is divinity. You all must lead your lives keeping in view these three aspects of unity, purity, and divinity. You should not remain unconcerned with others’ difficulties and suffering. Treat their suffering as your own. The one God dwells in the hearts of all people. God is immanent even in ants and mosquitoes. There should be compassion in your heart.
Saturday, February 10, 2024
Devotion and faith are the two oars with which you can take the boat across the sea of worldly life. A child told its mother when it went to bed at night, “Mother! Wake me up when I get hungry.” The mother answered, “There is no need; your hunger will itself wake you.” So too, when the hunger for God comes, it will itself awake you and make you seek the food you need.
Friday, February 9, 2024
It is one's main duty to acquire a cool mind like the moonlight and shining wisdom like sunlight. As long as one is egoistic, none will love him, including one’s spouse and children. People will win the love of all when they give up their egos.
Thursday, February 8, 2024
Among the preliminary qualifications for yearning to know Brahman, the first is discrimination (viveka) between the transitory and the eternal - in other words, the discovery that the Atma (divine Self) alone is beyond time and that all objects perceivable by the senses of sight, etc., are only transitory. The Atma alone suffers no change. It alone is a timeless truth (nithya sathya).
Wednesday, February 7, 2024
Returning injury for injury, harm for harm, or insult for insult only adds to the karmic burden, which must be endured and eliminated in future lives. This burden is termed "impending (agami)." One can't escape the task of undergoing the consequences of one's thoughts, words, and deeds in due course. Paying evil for evil can never lighten the weight of karma; it will only become heavier. It might confer immediate relief and contentment but can only make the person suffer later. Forbearance (titiksha), therefore, instructs people to do good to those who injure them.
Tuesday, February 6, 2024
For the growth of faith and the fostering of understanding, an essential requirement is the purity of the heart, the very base of thought (kshetra), and the levels of consciousness (chitta). Without this purity, the sudden effort of self-inquiry or investigation into the self-existent Atma, during diverse worldly and material entanglements will be rendered fruitless since it will not stem from an eager will.
Monday, February 5, 2024
God is present in every being as the eternal witness. This truth is proclaimed by 'Soham,' pronounced with each breath, 'So' with each inhalation, and ‘Ham’ with each exhalation. ‘So’ means That (God), and ‘Ham’ means I. This process goes on 21,600 times a day in every human being. In this manner, the inner voice reminds one of their divine nature many times every day.
Sunday, February 4, 2024
Though the objective world appears real, one must be aware that it is deluding us. As a result, one must give up the yearning to derive pleasure from the objects that appear and attract, both here and hereafter. One is liberated as soon as one renounces all attachment and all desires.
Saturday, February 3, 2024
The Lord is a mountain of love (prema). Any number of ants carrying away particles of sweetness cannot exhaust His plenty. He is an ocean of mercy with a limitless shore. Devotion is the easiest way to win His grace and to realize that He pervades everything; in fact, He is everything! Total surrender, leaving everything to His will, is the highest form of devotion.
Friday, February 2, 2024
You need not waste time trying to discover Me and My nature. Understand what I teach, not "who is the teacher," for I am beyond your intellect and your power. You will understand Me only through My work. That is why, sometimes, to reveal "who I am," I show you My "visiting card," something that you call a miracle. Carry out the duty I assign you.
Thursday, February 1, 2024
The Lord is everyone’s father, in whose property everyone can claim a share. But to get the father’s property, one must reach a certain age, a certain standard of intelligence, and discrimination. God’s property is grace and love (prema). If you have discrimination and renunciation, you can claim your share, which is your right.
Wednesday, January 31, 2024
If you want to attain happiness, you should understand that happiness is union with God. Every human being imagines that happiness is somewhere outside and strives to attain it through various activities. How did the ancient sages adore God? They worshipped God with the flower of sacrifice and offered their love to God. They welcomed God as the embodiment of truth. They believed in love, kindness, and oneness.
Tuesday, January 30, 2024
If you want real, lasting happiness, you can get it only by union with God. God is all-pervasive. Why should you search for God while the Lord is within you? The body is like a water bubble, and the mind is a mad monkey. Don't follow them. You should follow only your conscience, sathya, the principle of truth. If you have an unpolluted heart and engage in unblemished action, you will experience the manifestation of God.
Monday, January 29, 2024
Make God the foundation of your life. Carry on your normal duties. Duty is God. Work is worship. Spiritualize all your actions. Whatever happens is for your good. Learn to experience perennial bliss by seeking union with God. Never forget God. Do not go after the things of the world. Have no fear of death. When your life is rooted in these three maxims, you will realize the Self (Atman).
Sunday, January 28, 2024
Humans yearn for happiness in every act, in every kind of experience. Humanity pines for happiness. All actions are aimed at deriving happiness. Whether doing business or working in an office, the aim is to derive happiness. But does one find it? No. It is a temporary phase only as it is worldly happiness. One may be happy for a while, but permanent happiness is attained only by contemplating God. So, contemplate on the divine.
Saturday, January 27, 2024
Entrust your mind to the Lord before it is too late, and let God shape it. Assign your mind the task of serving the Lord, and it will grow tame. You do not give a quite nice ornament to the goldsmith; you give the ornaments for repairs or reshaping those that have been broken or dented or gone out of fashion. So, too, provide the Lord with your mind that certainly needs repair, if not complete reconstruction.
Friday, January 26, 2024
The believer should try to plant today the seed of Lord’s name in a well-prepared heart, devoid of the thorns of egoism. Water it with love, fence the sprout with faith, and feed it with the fertilizer of remembrance of the name. From the grown-up tree of the mantra (holy letters), pluck the fruit of bliss and relish the sweetness.
Thursday, January 25, 2024
Lead your life with love and enjoy peace and happiness. You should strive for the happiness of not merely yourself, your friends, and your relatives but for the welfare of all. Strive to make everyone happy with the constant prayer, Loka samasta sukhino bhavantu (May all the people of the world be happy)! Then, you will certainly experience true peace and bliss. Those who help others will always be helped in turn; they will never be put to harm.
Wednesday, January 24, 2024
True happiness has no limits. How can it be attained? It cannot be attained from outside. It originates from the heart. The heart is the dwelling place of God. To experience true happiness, we should develop firm faith in God. Where there is faith, there is love. Only when one cultivates love can one practice righteousness. Righteousness leads to truth, which in turn leads to God.
Tuesday, January 23, 2024
Our actions should be such that they bring happiness to ourselves as well as others. First, we must inquire what true happiness and sorrow are. People think happiness lies in eating to the fullest and having a sound sleep. That is no happiness at all. Happiness lies in working hard and serving society. We can experience peace and happiness only when we help the less fortunate and underprivileged.