Wednesday, February 1, 2023
Calamity, danger, and death cannot be avoided at all times; they are inevitable facts of life, and you have to learn to live bravely with them. This can be accomplished only by unceasing prayers and not by spurts of worship actuated by sudden fear. Purify your hearts and your thoughts, feelings, emotions, and speech; strengthen your nobler impulses. Then, no panic can unnerve you; nothing can shake your stability, your inner peace (prasanthi).
Tuesday, January 31, 2023
First, be fixed in the consciousness that your Self is the immortal Atma, which is indestructible, holy, pure, and divine. That will give you unshakable courage and strength. Then, you must develop mutual love and respect. Tolerate all kinds of persons and opinions, attitudes, and peculiarities. The school, the home, and society are all training grounds for tolerance.
Monday, January 30, 2023
Holy company, a good attitude, and sacred thoughts are all essential for the growth and health of the inner personality. The body is the temple of the Lord. Just as you are particular about coffee or tea at regular intervals, be also particular about meditation and repetition of the holy name at fixed times for the health and liveliness of the Spirit.
Sunday, January 29, 2023
Always be happy and cheerful, for your innate nature is bliss. You need not go in search of happiness. Bliss emerges out of Atma. Whenever you wish for it, you will get it. Happiness is union with God. Therefore, always be in the company of God. Once you are in the company of God, happiness will follow you always.
Saturday, January 28, 2023
Faith in the almighty God is the impregnable armor that the sadhaka (spiritual aspirant) can wear, and peoples of all lands are sadhakas, 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.
Friday, January 27, 2023
Entrust your mind to the Lord before it is too late, and let God shape it. Assign to your mind the task of serving the Lord, and it will grow tame. You do not hand over to the goldsmith an ornament that is quite nice. You give ornaments for repair when you feel that they have been broken, dented, or gone out of fashion. So too, give the Lord your mind that certainly needs repair, if not complete reconstruction.
Thursday, January 26, 2023
When you build a house, you install a door in front. What is the purpose of the door? It is to admit all whom you welcome and to keep out all whom you do not want. It has a double purpose; you do not keep the doors wide open for all and sundry to come in as and when they like. So too, select the impulses, the motives, and the incentives that enter your mind. Keep out the demeaning, the debasing, the deleterious. Admit the highest wisdom of the scriptures, the wisdom culled out of the crucible of experience.
Wednesday, January 25, 2023
On the banks of the river near Lucknow, there was a sage who addressed dogs, crows, and men equally as God; he had realized the unity of all as the essence of divinity. That is the result of divine knowledge, or intense bhakthi, where you do not see anything other than your chosen deity wherever you turn. Be ever in that divine bliss, the bliss that comes from God-consciousness, always and everywhere.
Tuesday, January 24, 2023
The holy duty of the individual is to be ever aware of the Atma (Divine Self) that is installed in every living being. This will make one conscious of kinship with all. This is the basis of the brotherhood of mankind and the fatherhood of God.
Monday, January 23, 2023
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 (bhakta) for His sake and not for any incidental benefit or blessing. It is spontaneous, sustaining, and sublime.
Sunday, January 22, 2023
The best way to love God is to love all and serve all. Your acts of service should be suffused with the spirit of love. Without the positive aspect of love, all service you render becomes negative in nature.
Saturday, January 21, 2023
Always live in bliss. If difficulties confront you, drive them away. In fact, suffering and troubles have no real existence. Then why are you worrying? Develop the attitude of detachment. Then you will have no suffering and no worry. Remind yourself, “I am a human being. These difficulties and suffering do not belong to me.” If you develop real body detachment, you will not be affected by any affliction.
Friday, January 20, 2023
There is love between wife and husband, mother and children, friends and relatives. In this way, people fragment love. Join all these pieces together and direct your entire love toward God. (Swami shows His handkerchief) You can see how strong this cloth is because all the threads have come together. If the threads are separated, you can break them just with your fingers. Therefore, focus all your love on God.
Thursday, January 19, 2023
Let us grow together, move, and learn together; develop intelligence and attain noble goals together, without any conflict; and let us live in friendship. This is the true meaning of equality. This equality gives peace.
Wednesday, January 18, 2023
Strike down the walls that separate one from another. Get rid of differences based on caste and creed. Develop firm faith in the oneness of humanity. Cultivate love in your hearts. Only then will the nation be united, prosperous, and happy.
Tuesday, January 17, 2023
Students must adhere to basic qualities such as truth, righteousness, forbearance, and self-sacrifice, which are common to all people without regard to nationality, creed, or language. They must cultivate a broad outlook, since the divine is present in everyone. There is nothing that they cannot accomplish if they have faith in God and earn God's grace.
Monday, January 16, 2023
Education should be for acquiring knowledge and for facing the challenges of life, not merely for getting a job. Students should not become servile seekers of posts in government. They should have faith in God and bow their heads only to the divine. They must be prepared always to make any sacrifice for God and country.
Sunday, January 15, 2023
Today is called Sankranthi, the day when the Sun starts on its northward journey by entering the Makara sign of the Zodiac. Samyak Kranthi ithi Sankranthi ("change for the good is Sankranthi"). We must transform ourselves completely. Sankranthi reveals not only the beauty of Nature but the resplendent beauty of the Divine. The Divine will not consider your status or position, your pomp, and your show. It is beyond the reach of knowledge and intelligence. It can be secured only by Prema (pure love).
Saturday, January 14, 2023
One-pointed concentration of mind is what everyone needs most today. To develop the power of concentration, sports and games are very essential. They serve to promote physical fitness and mental health. Games and sports are to be practiced mainly for keeping the body in good trim.
Friday, January 13, 2023
Human birth is very sacred, holy, and divine. The word ‘Manava ’ (human being) means very sacred. The festival of Makara Sankranthi reminds you of this truth and awakens you to this reality. The festival of Sankranthi is meant to remind one about the sanctity of human life. It is said God is the indweller of all beings (Easwara sarva bhutanam). Hence, every human being, nay, every living being, is part of God!
Thursday, January 12, 2023
Each second is a fresh chance given to you to train the mind, refine the intellect, purify the emotions, and strengthen the will, for getting confirmed in the conviction that you are the deathless Self, the infinite consciousness (Atma).
Wednesday, January 11, 2023
Keeping God as your guide and savior, whatever work you do, will yield sure success. God is your only true friend. Your friends will be with you only when you have wealth, but the moment you lose everything, they will desert you.
Tuesday, January 10, 2023
The true goal is to always maintain a perfect state of equanimity and not to get caught in "sorrows and joys". Pleasure is an interval between two pains. Therefore, we need not go in search of pleasure. It is very much within us. In fact, you, yourself, are the embodiment of bliss.
Monday, January 9, 2023
We are the embodiments of infinity. We should always remind ourselves that we are the embodiments of truth, the embodiments of love, the embodiments of bliss, etc. Human beings have an infinite capacity for spiritual thoughts and spiritual quests.
Sunday, January 8, 2023
All your experiences are the results of your actions, whether it is happiness or sorrow, affluence, or poverty. Hence, good and bad depend on what you do. As are your actions, so are the fruits thereof. The way you utilize your time determines the outcome. Hence, this new year, which is a gift of the divine, should be put to the right use.
Saturday, January 7, 2023
I will be happy with any kind of service you render. Spend your money to help the needy. Assist in providing water. Meet the educational needs of the people and provide medical relief. Do everything for the good of society. Have the nation's welfare in your mind.
Friday, January 6, 2023
Everyone should regard oneself as a messenger of God and try to lead an ideal life. This means that one must 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, January 5, 2023
The service activities and the bhajans that you perform alone are not enough. You should give up the feeling that you are serving others. That is very important. You are serving your own self when you serve others. You should consider all as yourself. In fact, others are not others but are the very forms of God. Hence, service rendered to humanity is service rendered to God.
Wednesday, January 4, 2023
Human activities yield the desired result only when kala, karma, karana, and kartavya (time, action, cause, and duty) are in harmony with each other. Hence, one should make sincere efforts and wait for the right time. When the action fructifies, human beings should utilize it in accordance with the time and circumstances.
Tuesday, January 3, 2023
The Chaitanya that is present in the human body is called "conscience.” The all-pervasive Chaitanya is called "consciousness.” When the individual understands the principle of unity in diversity, the "conscience" gets transformed into "consciousness.” Despite being endowed with such a sacred power, humankind gets deluded by the vagaries of the world. Human beings give importance to the New Year, which is fleeting. In fact, human beings should give importance to the changeless "Time" and sanctify it by proper use.