Thursday, November 23, 2023
The 23rd day of November, which you now honor as the day on which I was born, is only like any other day if you celebrate it in a routine, ritual fashion. Adore others, the adoration reaches Me. Neglect others, you neglect Me. Of what avail is it to worship the Lord and to suppress others, His counterpart? Love for God must be manifested as love for mankind, and love must express itself as service. Through love alone, love acquired through spiritual practice (sadhana), and shared with all as sadhana, can peace be attained, by the individual as well as by the nation. My Life is My Message and My Message is Love.
Wednesday, November 22, 2023
Once you take to the path of service, your problems will gradually decrease. Love all, serve all. Do not consider anybody as another person. Develop the feeling that they and you are one. The entire humanity is one. What you see in this world is only the reaction, reflection and resound of the reality that is one. Once you understand this truth, you will be peaceful. Only then will your mind be steady and one-pointed in the pursuit of your study and profession. Therefore, first and foremost, engage yourself in the service of society.
Tuesday, November 21, 2023
Today what you must do is to promote good thoughts. Action proceeds from thoughts. Spiritual practice (sadhana) is based on action. Character is the outcome of sadhana. Character determines what you are destined to get (prapti). Hence what you regard as your good fortune or misfortune is based, in the final analysis, on your thoughts. As are your thoughts, so are the fruits.
Monday, November 20, 2023
Today your foremost duty is to enthrone sacrifice. Only when sacrifice reigns, love will come into its own. All your latent potentialities will then manifest themselves. You will succeed in all your legitimate undertakings. When love becomes the ruling principle, sorrow and disappointment will disappear.
Sunday, November 19, 2023
Mothers in ancient days used to teach the children about right conduct, morality, and devotion. The first preceptor for a child is the mother. For this reason, Indian culture gave the first place to the mother among the four persons to be revered as divine: mother, father, guru, and guest.
Saturday, November 18, 2023
Individuals are integrally related to society like different organs in a body. Humanity is a limb of nature and nature is a limb of God. If this integral relationship is understood, where is the ground for hatred? None should consider themselves as insignificant or unimportant. Everyone, small or big, is a vital part of the whole and is essential for its proper functioning like all parts in a rocket.
Friday, November 17, 2023
Your life must be based on the principle of surrender to the divine. There are some who ask: ‘I have surrendered everything to God. Why then, am I subjected to so many trials and tribulations?’ One who has truly surrendered to God will not raise such questions. To say that ‘after I have surrendered, I am put to suffering’ itself shows that the surrender is not real, because where is the place for ‘I’ after surrendering everything? To the person who has completely surrendered, everything that he/she experiences (good or bad) is a gift from God.
Thursday, November 16, 2023
Serve all with love, ever remembering the Lord's name. Without the name of the Lord on your lips, the mind will be running hither and thither. The mind is the birthplace of unsteadiness. Hence engage yourselves in action, concentrating your thoughts on God.
Wednesday, November 15, 2023
You cannot avoid doing your duty whatever it may be. You must go on with it. But even while engaged in the performance of your duties, there can be nothing more rewarding than remembering and meditating on God.
Tuesday, November 14, 2023
Everything in the world is governed by the bounds set for it. However, love has no limits. ‘Anirvachanīyaṃ prema’ (Love is beyond the power of words), declares the sage Narada. The flow of love is the life-giving water for everyone. How is this love to be secured by one? Not by recitation or meditation or by studying the scriptures. God does not dwell in the Vedas or the scriptures. God dwells in the heart and should be sought there.
Monday, November 13, 2023
Leave all to Him and be at ease, it is the one with no faith that is tossed about on the sea, like a ship caught in a storm with neither rudder nor anchor. The devotee bears the ups and downs of life, keeping their mind in balance.
Sunday, November 12, 2023
Expansion is love. Expansion is the essence of love. Love is God. Live in love. That is the Deepavali (festival of lights) message I give you. When a lamp is lit from another, there are two where there was but one. The first one did not stop emitting light. You can light a million lamps from one, yet the first will not suffer a bit! Love too is like this. Share it with a million, it will still be as bright as when it was alone.
Saturday, November 11, 2023
Those who sing bhajans (devotional songs) get what can be called ‘double promotion,’ for they derive joy and distribute joy! Life today is filled with sorrow. It is beset with fear and despair. The only time you can forget these thoughts and strengthen yourself to meet the hard times is when you contact the source of all strength, God.
Friday, November 10, 2023
You are carrying a huge load of worry all day, keep that aside for an hour every evening and spend that time with God who can make your shoulders strong and your burden light. You will relish the bhajan (devotional singing) as you make it a daily function, like eating and sleeping. You eat twice a day for the upkeep of the body, should you not do bhajan at least once for the upkeep of the mind?
Thursday, November 9, 2023
To promote the feeling of unity, we must participate in service activities. We must utilize the body for cultivating good qualities, pure thoughts, doing good actions, and experiencing sacred feelings. Our life can be sanctified and made worthy only through sacred acts.
Wednesday, November 8, 2023
Today, we are wasting our time on physical and mental exercises for spiritual realization. The truth is there is only one divine spirit that is immanent in everything. There is no dichotomy between the worldly and the spiritual. The phenomenal universe is a projection of the spirit. All that exists in the cosmos are like sparks from a divine flame. All living beings have emanated from the divine and they have all the qualities of the divine.
Tuesday, November 7, 2023
Love must grow with every moment of spiritual practice. It must sweeten every word, deed, and thought of yours. Emerge from meditation as a person more charged with love! Emerge from bhajan (devotional singing) with a greater measure of love! Return from bhajan with a firmer conviction that everything is surcharged with the same divinity that is behind all your activity.
Monday, November 6, 2023
You may attend to your daily routine. But, while attending to your duties in your own house or in the outside world, you must constantly remind yourself that ‘whatever I do, think or speak, everything belongs to God.’
Sunday, November 5, 2023
Selfless service (seva) is the only path to achieving true human nature. Sacrifice selfishness. Service to one’s country should be the primary objective. Continue in the path of selfless service until the goal is reached. There is no such thing as retirement or a particular age when performing selfless service ends. Life should be spent doing selfless service until one’s last breath.
Saturday, November 4, 2023
Love-filled devotion is the easiest path to the divine. You must love all. The great quality of love is that it is the royal road to unity. All the diversity and manifoldness that we see in the world have come from the one. The one is the basis for the many. Once we realize the unity that underlies diversity, the problems arising out of differences can be resolved.
Friday, November 3, 2023
Make yourselves into a garland, and I shall be the thread holding all the flowers together. Consider yourselves the children of one mother, belonging to the human family. Do not give room for differences of race, creed, and nationality. All belong to the caste of humanity, the religion of love, and the language of the heart.
Thursday, November 2, 2023
You are carrying a huge load of worry all day, keep that aside for an hour every evening and spend that time with God who can make your shoulders strong and your burden light. You will relish the bhajan (devotional singing) as you make it a daily function, like eating and sleeping. You eat twice a day for the upkeep of the body, should you not do bhajan at least once for the upkeep of the mind?
Thursday, November 2, 2023
God is not somewhere outside. He is the indweller in the body. Sin is the result of one's own actions. Hence, it is folly to seek God elsewhere. Human beings want to know all about the world and venture to explore outer space. But they are unable to know their own true nature. How is one to know one-Self? The Self is called conscience. The spiritual quest means using the vibrations from the conscience to understand the truth.
Wednesday, November 1, 2023
Without earning the grace of the Lord, all other acquisitions are of no value. Love alone can bind one to God because love is His being. One who is the very embodiment of love can be realized only through love and not by any other means. Human beings are also endowed with love. Through that love, one should secure God's love, fill oneself with love, and lead a life filled with love.
Tuesday, October 31, 2023
Foster the tiny seed of love that clings to 'me' and 'mine,' let it sprout into love for the group around you, grow into love for all humankind, and spread out its branches over animals, birds, and those that creep and crawl. Let love envelop all things and beings in all the worlds. Proceed from less love to more love, narrow love to expanded love.
Monday, October 30, 2023
Wherever you are, whatever work you do, do it as an act of worship, dedication, an act for the glorification of God, who is the inspirer, the witness, the master. Do not divide your activities as "These are for my sake" and "These are for the sake of God." Even if you divide zero by zero, you get one. When you work, there should be no remainder; nothing should remain over. See all work as one.
Sunday, October 29, 2023
Purity of thought, word, and deed is true wisdom. You don't need to undertake any other spiritual practice. People undertake various spiritual practices. But they confer only temporary satisfaction. On the other hand, when you have purity of thought, word, and deed, you will experience eternal happiness.
Saturday, October 28, 2023
Love is divine. Love all and impart your love even to those who lack love. Love is like a mariner’s compass. Wherever you may keep it, it points the way to God. In every action in daily life, manifest your love. Divinity will emerge from that love. This is the easiest path to God-realization.
Friday, October 27, 2023
Though it is hard to restrain the mind, it can be diverted. When the mind steeped in the secular world is diverted toward divinity, it gains moral strength. The mind steeped in worldly matters makes you a prisoner of the world, whereas a mind steeped in God secures liberation for you. Your heart is the lock, and your mind is the key. When you turn the key to the world, it locks. But if you turn the key to God, it unlocks. It is the turning of the key that makes the difference. Hence, the mind is the cause of your liberation as well as bondage.
Thursday, October 26, 2023
Good and bad, wealth and poverty, praise and blame go together. You cannot derive happiness out of happiness (Na sukha labhate sukham). Happiness comes only out of sorrow. A wealthy person today may become a pauper tomorrow. Similarly, a pauper may become rich someday or other. Today you are being praised, but tomorrow you may be criticized. To consider praise and blame, happiness and sorrow, prosperity and adversity with equal-mindedness is the hallmark of a true human being.