This world is a great school. It is for thy education. Be wise. Be in the spirit of Yoga. Utilise
all opportunities to the best possible advantage. There is no such thing as bad. Your capacities and
will-power will develop. You will receive more of Divine Light, Knowledge, Purity, Peace and
Smile with the flowers and the green grass. Shake hands with the shrubs, ferns and twigs.
Develop friendship with all neighbours, dogs, cats, cows, human beings,… Continue
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Actions produce Samskaras or impressions or potencies. The impressions coalesce together
through repetition and form tendencies. Tendencies develop into habits and character. The sum
total of the tendencies of a man is his character. Character generates Will. Therefore, if the character
is pure and strong the Will also will be pure and strong and vice versa.
Therefore sow the seed of good habits at once. It will grow gradually. It will assert itself to
gain a seat in… Continue
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Do you expect anything from your small son, if you do him something? In a similar manner
you will have to work for others also without expecting anything. You will have to expand and think
that this whole world is your own Self.
It gives you a little pain in the beginning, because you have never worked up to this time in
this line of selfless and disinterested service. When you have tasted a bit of the Bliss of selfless
service, you can never leave it. The force of… Continue
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Work is worship. Work is meditation. Serve everyone with intense love, without any idea of
agency, without expectation of fruits of reward. You will realise God. Service of humanity is
service of God.
“The Lord dwelleth in the hearts of all beings O Arjuna, by His illusive power, causing all
beings to revolve as though mounted on a potter’s wheel.” (Gita.XVIII-61).
The spirit of service must deeply enter into your very bones, cells, tissues, nerves, etc. The
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Do not act under the influence of sudden impulses. Do not be carried away by the force of
emotions, however noble they may be. Be ever vigilant and diligent.
Avoid unnecessary worry. Be not troubled. Be not anxious. Do not be idle. Do not waste
time. Do not worry yourself if there is delay in further progress. Wait coolly. You are bound to
Develop courage by constantly feeling you are Atman. Deny and negate the body idea.
Practise, practise Nididhyasana… Continue
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Even if you do a little service to the country or to the society or to the poor sick people, it has
got its own advantages and benefits. It purifies your heart and prepares the Antahkarana for the
reception of the Knowledge of Atman.
The Samskaras or impressions of these good actions are embedded in your subconscious
mind. The forces of these Samskaras will again propel you to do some more good actions.
Sympathy, love, the spirit of patriotism and service will be… Continue
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Get up at 4 a.m. daily. Practise to sing God’s name in the early morning hours in the form of
Nama Kirtan (like, Govinda Jaya Jaya, Gopala Jaya Jaya, Radha Ramana Hari Govinda Jaya
Jaya). When you sing Hari’s Name, feel that the Lord Hari is seated in your heart and is hearing all
Study systematically Gita, Ramayana, Bhagavatam, Vishnu Sahasranama, Lalita
Sahasranama from half an hour to one hour daily. Obey your parents. Speak the truth at any… Continue
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Do thou always without attachment perform action which should be done; for by
performing action without attachment, man reaches the Supreme. —Gita II-19.
When the thought of good becomes part and parcel of man’s very being, then he will not
entertain any bad motive at all. He takes immense delight in serving others, in doing good to others.
There is peculiar joy and Ananda in doing selfless service.
Expand. Purify your heart. Live in the true spirit of selfless service.… Continue
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All the phenomena of nature are governed by one important law, the law of causation, the
law of Karma. It is that law that keeps up the inner harmony and logical order of the universe. No
phenomena can escape from the operation of this mighty law.
The cause is bound in the effect and effect is in the cause. The effect is similar to the cause.
This world runs on this fundamental vital law. This law is inexorable and immutable.
Any action is bound to react upon you with… Continue
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Goal of life is God-realisation. Never forget this. Aspire ceaselessly for His Grace. Thirst
for His Darshan. Have constant Satsanga. You will realise Him.
Practise Ahimsa. Speak the Truth. Have faith in God. Do everything for the sake of God
(Ishvararpan). Serve untiringly. Pray with complete devotion. Fight with the mind and the Indriyas.
Turn them towards God. Weep for the separation from the Lord. You will have His Darshan.
Feel that God works through your… Continue
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Extract the essence from all scriptures, great or small just as the bee does from flowers.
Abandon all vain expectations and evil desires and take refuge in the Supreme Lord.
Perceive the immanence of God in all objects. Be kind and compassionate to inferiors,
friendly to your equals and respectful to your superiors.
Get possession of the wealth of Vairagya. Cool your mind with the bliss of the Self. Rejoice
yourself in the ambrosia of the serenity of the mind induced… Continue
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Love is the immediate way to Truth or Kingdom of God or the vast domain of perennial
peace and joy. It is the life-principle of creation. It was the driving force behind Mira, Tukaram and
Therefore, develop pure, unselfish love. Pure love is a rare commodity. Cultivate it
gradually. All your negative qualities like dislikes, prejudice will be eradicated. Love is a great
purifier of the mind.
Abandon all sorts of wrong beliefs, weaknesses, superstitions,… Continue
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Have equal vision for all. Give up dry idle talking. Learn to be wise. Have unshakable faith
in the name of God. Sing His Name. Feel His Presence everywhere.
Do not be troubled by difficulties. Endure them patiently. Turn your mind towards God.
Walk like a spiritual lion. Break the bond of desire. Cultivate Daivee Sampat such as mercy, peace,
forgiveness tolerance etc. You are bound to attain the highest knowledge and Bliss.
Pray fervently to the Almighty Lord for His… Continue
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Live a life of utter devotion to service. Fill your heart with fervour and enthusiasm for
service. Remember the Almighty Lord every moment.
Mould your character. Behave properly. Develop sympathy, affection, benevolence,
tolerance and humility. Come out of the centre of your small narrow egoistic circle and have a broad
vision. Speak gently and sweetly in a courteous manner. Eradicate undesirable thoughts and
Stick to your ideals, convictions and… Continue
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Love all. Be pure. Serve all with Atma Bhava. Have perfect control over your senses. Rely
on your own self. Aspire ceaselessly for the Grace of God.
Do not make any difference between male and female. When you are in the company of
women, repeat the Mantra “Ek Sat Chit Ananda Atman.” The same Atman which is in your heart
prevails in all the bodies of women. The idea of sex will vanish. You will see God in them.
Feel that Lord Krishna works through all hands, sees… Continue
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There is something dearer than wealth. There is something dearer than a son. There is
something dearer than a wife. There is something dearer than Prana (Life). That something is thy
Self, Inner ruler, Immortal and All-Merciful Lord.
Be kind and compassionate. Be pure and gentle. Be sweet and loving. Be humble. Be
sympathetic. Be friendly to the poor. Live with them. Serve them. Cheer them up when they are in
difficulties. Be simple in your life. Behold the Self in all.… Continue
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Do not make any difference between menial and respectable work. If any one is suffering
from acute pain in any part of the body, at once shampoo the affected part very very gently. Feel that
you are serving the Lord in the body of the patient. Repeat your Ishta Mantra also. If you see a man
or animal bleeding on the roadside, tear your upper cloth or shirt and use it for bandaging. Do not
fight with the poor porters at the Railway Station. Be liberal and generous. Keep… Continue
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Sins can be destroyed by charity.
Lord Jesus says, “Charity covereth a multitude of sins.” In the Gita you will find: “Yajno
danam tapas-chaiva pavanani manishinam: Yajna, charity and austerity are purifying to the wise.”
Doing abundant, spontaneous and unrestrained charity to relieve the pains of suffering
humanity is an effective means to destroy evil nature; give money like water. If you give, the whole
wealth of the world will be yours. Money will come to you. This… Continue
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Be cheerful and happy. Away with depression and gloom. There is nothing more infectious Continue
than depression. Drive the feeling of depression and gloom at once by enquiry, singing divine
songs, prayers, Pranayama, a brisk walk in the open air, the thinking of the opposite quality viz., the
feeling of joy.
Live only to be a blessing to others. Feel that all…
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Much of your subconsciousness consists of submerged experiences, memories thrown into
the background but recoverable. You can establish new habits, new ideas, new ideals, new tastes
and new character in the subconscious mind by changing the old ones.
Think deeply. Cogitate. Reflect. Have constant Satsanga. Do selfless service, Nishkamya
Yajna. Develop the four means or qualification—Sadhana Chatushtaya.
Do not jeer at any one. Do not frown at anybody. Restrain all your… Continue
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