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).
Saturday, July 1, 2023
What does GOD signify? G stands for generation (or creation). O stands for organization (sustaining the creation). D stands for destruction (or dissolution). All these three aspects can be noticed when we examine any object. All three processes take place according to the will of the divine. The entire cosmos is encompassed by these three processes.
Friday, June 30, 2023
All beings are subject to moha or attachment, but one is capable of breaking away and attaining moksha or liberation. This capacity for the transition from moha to moksha is once again an expression of the divine force within. Although divine capability finds greater expression in human beings than in other beings, Divinity is actually latent in all things in the universe.
Thursday, June 29, 2023
Your heart is full of love. The yearning for God that emanates from your heart is love. Let truth and righteousness be reflected in your word and deed, respectively. The harmony of truth, righteousness, and love will lead to peace.
Wednesday, June 28, 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 selfless service (seva). By this means, you will realize unity and get rid of the ego.
Tuesday, June 27, 2023
There is love in every one of you. What is the form of love? What is the nature of love? When we analyze carefully, we will realize that love is not limited to human beings alone but is present in all living beings. Every being is endowed with the quality of supreme divine love. One must give up enmity and cultivate unity and purity in order to understand this truth.
Monday, June 26, 2023
Truth (sathya) and righteousness (dharma) together will confer peace. One who adheres to truth and righteousness will always remain peaceful. One need not search for peace outside. Where there is truth, there is peace. Where there is peace, there is non-violence.
Sunday, June 25, 2023
The first among the human values is truth. It is changeless and beyond time and space. There is nothing like American truth, Russian truth, Indian truth, or Pakistani truth. Truth is one and the same for all countries at all times. You are the embodiment of truth. Truth is God. So, make efforts to understand this truth.
Saturday, June 24, 2023
What does unity mean? It is not the combination of many; it is the realization of oneness. When you have mirrors all around you, you see your many forms. These are all your different forms. But this is not the truth. The one who asks the question and the one who gives the reply, both are one and the same. All are one. The same person appears in many forms. To consider these forms as different from each other is a mistake.
Friday, June 23, 2023
Once the individual realizes that God is all-pervasive, one will be free from suffering. To get rid of suffering, the individual must practice the principle of unity in society. Once one understands the principle of unity, one can attain the cosmic principle.
Thursday, June 22, 2023
Sun is only one. But we see its reflection wherever there is water, be it in rivers, tanks or in vessels. Pour water in a plate, and you can see the reflection of the Sun even in that water. Does it mean that the Sun is there in this water? No, it is only the reflection of the Sun. In the same way, Atma is only one. The mind, the intellect, the subconscious mind, and the ego sense are like different vessels. Therefore, divinity is one.
Wednesday, June 21, 2023
Human life is based on equality, unity, fraternity, and nobility. They constitute the very foundation of the mansion of life. Life will be meaningless if even one of them is absent. Everyone must cultivate and safeguard these four virtues.
Tuesday, June 20, 2023
Do not forget that devotion is the most important requisite. Without divine grace, we cannot achieve anything. For anyone to think that one can achieve things by oneself is only to betray one’s egoistic arrogance. Therefore, try to develop faith in Self (Atma); then you can achieve anything.
Monday, June 19, 2023
Ramakrishna Paramahamsa used to perform several methods/modes of worship to Mother Kali throughout the day. One day, the Divine Mother appeared before him and asked, “Ramakrishna! You are getting madder day by day. You worshipped Me in a particular form. Why do you confine Me to this form and that form. In fact, all forms are Mine. Whomsoever you come across, consider them as the embodiments of divinity.”
Sunday, June 18, 2023
I have come to light the lamp of love in your hearts, to see that it shines day by day with added luster. I have not come to speak on behalf of any particular dharma (faith or religion), like the Hindu dharma. I have not come on any mission of publicity for any sect, or creed or cause; nor have I come to collect followers for any doctrine. I have no plan to attract disciples or devotees into My fold or any fold. I have come to tell you of this universal unitary faith, this Atmic principle, this path of love, this dharma of love, this duty of love, this obligation to love.
Saturday, June 17, 2023
People do not understand the true meaning of love. Their love is tainted with physical and worldly feelings. When you understand the principle of love and develop love to love relationship, all will become one. The Veda says that all heads, all eyes, all feet are His. Once you understand the principle of oneness that is present in all, you can live in tune with the true spirit of brotherhood.
Friday, June 16, 2023
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.
Thursday, June 15, 2023
All that you see in the external world, from microcosm to macrocosm, is present in you. The mountains, oceans, cities, villages, etc. are present in your heart. All beings are in you. You are the basis of everything. Such being the case, what is it that you want to see in the external world? How foolish it is on your part to get carried away by the reflection outside, ignoring the reality within!
Wednesday, June 14, 2023
Whatever is done from sunrise to sunset must be consecrated, as if it is the worship of the Lord. Just as care is taken to pluck only fresh flowers and to keep them clean and unfaded, so too, ceaseless effort should be made to do deeds that are pure and unsullied.
Tuesday, June 13, 2023
First of all, control your mind. It is nothing but a conglomeration of thoughts. The nature of the mind is determined by the nature of thoughts. So, have pure thoughts and thence pure mind.
Monday, June 12, 2023
By conscious effort, habits can be changed, and character refined. People always have within them, within their reach, the capacity to challenge their evil propensities and to change their evil habits. By selfless service, renunciation, devotion, prayer, and reasoning, the old habits that bind people to earth can be discarded and new habits that take them along the divine path can be instilled into their lives.
Sunday, June 11, 2023
One’s present is but the result of one’s past and the habits formed during that long period. But whatever the nature of the character that one has come by, it can certainly be modified by changing the accustomed process of thought and imagination.
Saturday, June 10, 2023
God has no specific name. He is present in human being in the form of Atma. What does Atma mean? It means love only. It is love that unites all. If you imbibe this principle of unity, then all will become one. When you attain this unity, you will have purity. When you have purity, then Atma Tatwa (principle of the Self) will manifest in you.
Friday, June 9, 2023
All of you are embodiments of divinity. Your forms are divine. You and God are one. You are not different from God. Experience this unity. Ekam sath (Truth is one). Unity is truth. Unity is divinity.
Thursday, June 8, 2023
It is only when the names and forms are set aside, and the underlying source is identified that it is possible to recognize the truth. When you can realize this truth, you will find that the principle ‘I’ underlies everything in the universe as the principle of unity. We must recognize that ‘I’ principle which is universal. The only aspect you must realize is ‘I am Brahman.’
Wednesday, June 7, 2023
A block of Mysore Pack (Indian sweet) has sweetness, weight, and shape. The three cannot be separated, one from the other. Each little part of it has sweetness, weight, and shape. We don’t find shape in one part, weight in another, and sweetness in a third. And when it is placed on the tongue, taste is recognized, weight is lessened, and shape is modified, all at the same time. So too, the individual soul (Jiva), the Atma, and the Supreme Lord (Parameswara) are not separate. They are one and the same.
Tuesday, June 6, 2023
Dharma does not mean the mere observance of certain traditions and formalities. It is the harmony of thought, word, and deed which results in the purification of these faculties.
Monday, June 5, 2023
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 resides in everyone and everywhere. We should not accentuate differences but concentrate on unity.
Sunday, June 4, 2023
All of you should imbibe the spirit of unity. Whomsoever you come across, say, “He is my brother, she is my sister.” In this way, consider all as your brothers and sisters and conduct yourself with unity. All are children of God. Therefore, if at any time feelings of hatred develop between you and others, remind yourself that you are not separate from them. Consider that all are one, attain unity, and experience its bliss. Seeing unity in diversity is divinity and true spirituality.
Saturday, June 3, 2023
Truth and righteousness will never submit to anything. All kinds of power, whether physical, intellectual, monetary, military, or political, must bend before truth and righteousness; but the latter will yield to none. Truth and righteousness will always triumph.