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Is it credible? Or, was it only the voice of their own inner intuition?
There is some order in the four Yugas. The consciousness of man grows grosser and
grosser as time rolls by. In the previous Yugas, man’s consciousness was subtler than it is in this
In the Satya Yuga, Bhagavan used to move amidst mankind. Human consciousness was
not far removed from divine consciousness. In the Treta Yuga, man’s consciousness grew
grosser. Though God was not…
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Scriptures, and the personages and episodes in the scriptures, are as true as God Himself.
The former definitely and unambiguously say and propound that all the thirty crores of Devatas
as envisaged in Hinduism have their abode in the frame of the cow, as in the Basil plant (Tulasi).
The cow is boldly proclaimed in the scriptures as one of the objects of Dana (offering) for the
uplift of the soul when the Prana departs from the body of a human being. The cow is…
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No, that will lead to all kinds of complications. You should have an expert Guru by your
side to practice Kundalini Yoga.
But why do you worry so much over the awakening of the Kundalini through Hatha Yoga
methods? Any Sadhana, properly done, will awaken the Kundalini. Kundalini can be awakened
through Bhakti, through the grace of the Guru, through the constant practice of Nishkama Karma
Yoga, through Vedantic Vichar and through meditation. Through total…
Look at the stupendous and magnanimous work turned out by Lord Buddha, Sri Sankara
and other Karma Yogins of yore. Their names are handed down from posterity to posterity. Their
names are still remembered. The whole world worships them with reverence. Can you attribute an
iota or grain of selfish motive to their actions? They lived for doing service to others. They had
Work cannot bring misery. It is the attachment and identification to work…
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The easiest method of developing devotion is to hear again and again the Lord’s Lilas.
Each time you hear the Lord’s Lilas and glories, an image of the Lord is formed in your mind.
And when you go on hearing the glories of the Lord, in due course, the Lord’s image in your
mind gets strong and bright, even as the piece of wax which a goldsmith uses for collecting the
gold particles which fall on the ground while cutting gold pieces, accumulates gold in it every
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Is it not true that a man can rise or fall only as a result of his own
Karma and that the Karmas of others can have no effect on him? Are not the
circumstances that a person meets with earned by his own actions? Can a person take
initiative and change the circumstances of himself as well as of others?
Surely one can take the initiative. He can do good to himself and to others. He can
determine the circumstances and environments. Just see how much one can do for…
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Most of the Western thinkers of the rationalistic type accept this.
Modern psychologists assert that by denying or refusing the needs of the body such
as food and sex and suppressing emotions like attachment and love, people generally create
mental problems for themselves. Is there any substance in this?
No; the senses have not been given only to be starved or killed. Neither are they given for
being indulged in and fattened. In truth, the senses are not given for…
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Saints are always present in the world. Rogues are also always present. Saviours and
dacoits are ever present in the world; for, it is a world of dualities. Good and evil are ever
present here. Absolute good can be found only in God. You should get the guidance of saints;
only they can teach you the Brahma Vidya. Books will certainly help you; they will put you in
tune with the great ones. When you read the Bible, you are in tune with Lord Jesus. When you
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Feel, as you do your daily duties, that you are only a witness of all that goes on around
you, of even your own actions. This is called Sakshi Bhav. You should inwardly realize that you
are different from the active principle in you. This is the method of Vedanta.
There is the other - asier, but equally potent¾method of Nimitta Bhav. Feel that the
Lord alone is the real doer of all actions and that you are an instrument in His hands. Your
actions will be transformed…
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It is a state of consciousness in which you are aware that God is all that there is, and what
is more, that He is the link that connects all individuals. God is the Consciousness that illumines
the entire creation. Realization of this Consciousness or God liberates one from bondage to
passing phenomena, from the illusion of names and forms. This is the state of God-realization or
After God-realization, the individual is completely merged in the…
Just as the Sun collects all its rays at sunset and merges in the horizon, collect all the
scattered rays of your mind and merge into the Lotus Feet of the Almighty Lord.
Do not give indulgence or leniency to the mind. Cultivate the spirit of love and humility and
Divine Compassion and tenderness like Lord Buddha. Nurse the sick. Comfort and console the
distressed and disappointed. You will become Divine.
Develop the power of endurance. Open yourself to higher…
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This asana's name has been derived from the sanskrit word 'Dhanu' meaning bow.The body takes the shape of a bow in this asana.For practicing this you have to first lie down on the ground with your face downwards.Inhale deeply.Bend your legs and grasp your ankles with your hands.First raise the hind part of your body and then raise your chest slowly.Looking at the sky,Bend your neck backwards.Now you can notice that your entire body comes to rest on your navel.Bend your body into a bow shape.…Continue
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Do you really want God? Do you really thirst for His Darshan? Have you got real spiritual
He who thirsts for the Darshan of God only will develop love. Unto him alone He will reveal
Himself. God is a question of supply and demand. If there is sincere demand for God, the supply
will come at once.
Pray fervently like Prahlada. Sing like Radha. Repeat His name like Valmiki, Tukaram and
Tulsidas. Do Kirtan like Gouranga. Weep in solitude like Mira over the…
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I have been told that if I know this, I will find it easier to meditate. Could you tell me how to discover the answer to this?
The aim of life is God-realization. To become one with Jesus is the goal of life. To
transmute the brutal instincts and to become divine is the goal of life. If you control anger,
eradicate selfishness and develop tolerance, compassion, selflessness, generosity, courage,
forgiveness, you will become divine. Is selfishness good? No. So become…
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A Karma Yogi says: “Do all works without expectation of fruits. This will produce Chitta
Suddhi. Then you will get knowledge of the Self. You will get Moksha or Eternal Bliss and
Immortality.” This is his doctrine.
You will get purity of mind if you work in the spirit of the above doctrine. This is a very
great reward for your actions. You cannot imagine the exalted conditions of a man of pure mind. He
has unbounded peace, strength and joy. He is very near to God. He…
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The notion that others depend on you is due to sheer delusion. God alone takes care of
everyone. Being deluded, you think that you are supporting your kith and kin and undergo
endless troubles, miseries and vexations. Even if you turn an anchorite, God will arrange
everything and maintain your family. And no sin will accrue to you, provided you have intense
Vairagya. Swami Ram Tirth had burning Vairagya; so he resigned his job, and leaving behind
his wife and two…
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When you develop Ruchi or taste for Dhyana and Japa, you will be able to sit longer for
Japa and meditation. Before going to bed, also in the morning at 4 o’clock, and before taking
meal at noon, you should do Japa and meditation. Just as you take tea three or four times a day,
so also, you should do Japa three or four times a day. Do not worry if the mind wanders. By
gradual practice, it will come under your control. Do Kirtan when the mind wanders much.…
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An owl says, “There is no light”. Is there no light? Similarly, the ‘owl’ professor says
that there is no superconsciousness. Because an owl professor says that there is no
superconsciousness, does superconsciousness cease to be? Study Yoga Vasishtha which affirms
the existence of superconsciousness. He who denies superconsciousness is like the owl that
denies light simply because it cannot see light.
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Be righteous always. Never deviate from the path of righteousness. Stand upright. Be bold.
Be fearless. Practise Truth. Proclaim it everywhere.
March forward in the spiritual path. The light is within you. Fix the mind on the Lord. Kill
egoism and pride. Cultivate fellow-feeling and universal brotherhood. Love all. You will have full
Control the senses. Pray fervently with intense faith and sincerity. Have an unshakable
conviction in the existence of God…