A kind, pure, loving and merciful heart is the garden; virtuous impressions are the seeds; sublime, divine thoughts are the roots; Sattwic qualities are the sprouts; kind, loving and truthful words are the leaves; virtuous actions are the blossoms; Moksha is the fruit. Therefore, develop mercy and entertain divine thoughts.
Truth is the seed, celibacy or Brahmacharya is the root, meditation is the shower, peace is the flower, Moksha is the fruit. Therefore, always speak the truth, practice Brahmacharya and meditation.
From "Daily Sayings" by Swami Sivananda (1987-1963). More Informations on Swami Sivananda: on the Website of Divine Life Society, Photographs of Swami Sivananda, German Pages on Swami Sivananda