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An apple exists. Man gives value to it. He feels that it is very delicious. An attachment to the fruit is thus created. This is the cause of bondage. He who does not like apples has no attachment to them. He who is a teetotaler has no desire for liquor.
Man is bound by his false and incorrect thinking. O man, think correctly and rightly. Give up all your erroneous notions. Think that you are Brahman or the Absolute and become eternally free and happy.

From "Daily Sayings" by Swami Sivananda (1987-
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The objects created by the mind cause pleasure and pain. It is the mental imagination that generates pleasure and pain.
Lust, greed, delusion and pride do not exist out¬side but are in the mind. They do not really exist. It is the mind that assumes these modifications. Through these modifications man derives immense pleasure and pain. The mind imagines and thinks: "This is a beautiful object outside. Will I be able to possess it?" A desire arises in the mind and the heart burns with longing.

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Tile cells and atoms of the body of a man are always changing. The constructive and destructive processes are ever going on in the different systems of the body. Within seven years the body is entirely rebuilt of new atoms. One has then a different body altogether. Still a son says, "This is my lather who lived ten years ago." Is this not false?
An object gives pleasure to a man. The same object gives pain to another. Therefore, pleasure and pain are mental creations.

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That which does not exist in the beginning and in the end, does not really exist in the middle also; it is therefore unreal.
The snake that is seen in the rope at night does not exist when a lamp is brought. It appears in the middle only. Such is the case with silver in the mother-of-pearl, water in the mirage, and city in the clouds. Therefore, they are unreal even though they appear. The dream objects also do not exist in the daytime. Similarly, the objects of this world appear only in the midd
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Ignorant, worldly-minded persons are charmed and deluded by the products of Maya. They lose their understanding on account of the force of Maya or ignorance and delude themselves by engaging in sensual enjoyments. They eventually perish without realizing the Atman.
Worldly objects are unreal. If you think deeply and do enquiry, the world with its manifold and multi-colored objects will appear as a long dream only. The objects, which appear for a short period only, like the snake in the rope, do n
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Alas! Life is waning away every moment, like water kept in an unbaked pot of clay. Diseases, like enemies, are assailing the body on every side. Old age is troubling. Death is ever on the watch to swallow you. It is awaiting its time to devour you.
May you all attain the state of complete mental detachment! May you all, while performing your prescribed duties in the respective station of life, attain the state of perfection or final beatitude!

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Worldly life is like a dream, always troubled with diseases and the like. It is like a castle in the air. It is only a fool who runs after it.
Life is waning at each rising and setting of the sun. Even though you see others dying and growing old, yet you never wake up from your own dream of tile vanity of worldly life. Each day is like the other, each night is like the other, and yet foolish man runs after worldly enjoyments and sees not the passing of time.

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The ego will lurk like a thief when you start intro¬spection and self-analysis. It will elude your grasp and understanding. You must be ever vigilant and alert. If you obtain the Grace of the Lord through Japa, Kirtan, prayer and devotion, you can easily kill this ego. Through the Grace of the Lord alone will your self-surrender become perfect.
When this ego melts in the Cosmic Ego you will attain communion with the Lord. You will become one with Him. May you realize the goal of life – Self-reali
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.Attachment, hatred, loss of judgment, fear, vanity, lust, sorrow, anger, pride, procrastination, idleness, desire, aversion, jealousy, envy and all other sinful habits constitute ignorance. Identification with the body is also ignorance.
Ignorance and covetousness are the same. Both produce the same results. Ignorance originates from covetousness. It manifests itself when the objects or covetousness are not attained. It leads to one's down¬fall and misery.

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Apart from a knowledge of the sacred scriptures and erudition, one should develop a tender heart. Austerity devoid of compassion, charity devoid of faith, spiritual Sadhana devoid of purity, a heart devoid of fellow-feeling, a life without prayer – all these are as fruitless as thc waters of a sandy desert.
Love, compassion, purity, truth and non-injury are the stepping-stones to success on the path to God. Satsang, contentment, dispassion and patience are the different steps that lead to the por
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Neither through matted locks nor through fiery lectures and erudition nor through the exhibition of miracles does one attain perfection in knowledge of the Sell. He in whom the two currents of attraction and repulsion, egoism, lust and anger are destroyed in toto is ever peaceful and happy. He is a liberated sage.
If desires and attachment to objects disappear completely, and if you are in that immovable state, you have become a liberated sage.

From "Daily Sayings" by Swami Sivananda (1987-1963).
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The tendency to persevere, to persist in spite of hindrances, discouragements and impossibilities – it is this that distinguishes the strong soul from the weak. A man of strong will and perseverance never meets with failures, He attains success in all his undertakings.
When you embark on a project you should not leave it till you attain complete success. Pursue it resolutely. A man of diligence, vigilance and strong resolution grows into a genius.
The nerve that never relaxes, the eye that never

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Develop universal love. If you cultivate love for all those close to you, you can have unselfish love for humanity. Love for humanity begins at home.
First you love your parents, your brothers, sisters and relatives. Then you love your neighbors, your community and your country. Finally, you love the whole world. Thus, the small seed of love sown in the young mind of the child gradually develops and grows into pure universal love. Love is harmony. It prolongs life.

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That man who neither rejoices in times of good fortune nor sorrows when overtaken by misfortune, is said to be endowed with wisdom and contentment.
Overcoming lust and anger, observing the vow of Brahmacharya, and becoming a complete master of his senses, the Brahmana, practicing patiently the austere penances and observing the most rigid res¬traint, should live in the world, calmly waiting for his time, like one scenting to possess a body though knowing fully that he is not subject to destructio
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The company of saints is the cause of emancipa¬tion. Saints are those whose minds are unruffled, who are free from avarice, who have conquered desire, who have brought their senses and internal nature under control, who are devoted to the Lord, who have no longing for anything, who are the same in pleasure and pain, who are free from attachment, who have the attributes of self-control, and who are content with whatever comes their way. Saints are the true benefactors of the world. Tile world is
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Some experience glimpses of the transcendental wonders of the Atman. Some are on the borderland of the vast domain of the Atman. Some are like Dattatreya, Jada Bharata, Vamadeva and Sadasiva Brahman, who plunged deep into the ocean of bliss. The more the thinning of desires, egoism and attachment, the greater the bliss of the Self. The more the Sadhana, the more the experience of joy of the Self.

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Be always hopeful. Hope is the source of highest happiness, impelling you always in all your quests. Therefore, be hopeful and make strenuous attempts. You will attain success. You will eventually realize God and enjoy eternal bliss.
Hope is indeed mighty. To one who has it, there is nothing unattainable. Relying on hope alone, you will attain success in all undertakings, and in your meditation and God-realization. Nil desperandum! Never despair.

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Covetousness causes anxiety, desire to speak ill of others, strong lustful desire, gluttony, liability to premature death, strong desire towards falsehood, irrepressible indulgence in passion, insatiable desire for listening to evil, arrogance, neglect of duties, rash behavior and perpetration of every kind of evil action.
Satsang, Japa, meditation, Kirtan, discrimination, dispassion, honesty, integrity, nobility, charity, and Sell-enquiry will eradicate covetousness and all other negative qualit
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Just as there is a government in all countries to govern nations and maintain law and order, so also there is an inner government to maintain law and order in this universe.
The marvelous inner government has Satyam (truth) as its banner, Dharma (righteousness) as its seal, Omkara as its band, discrimination as its coat of arms, and dispassion as its shield. It has one policy – that of helping aspirants to attain Self-realization. The head of the inner government is Brahman or the Supreme Self.

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O beloved Ram, you are within a strong spiritual fortress now. No temptation can influence you. You are absolutely safe. You can now practice vigorous Sadhana without tear. You have a strong spiritual prop to lean upon.
Become a brave spiritual soldier. Kill your foe – the mind – ruthlessly. Wear the spiritual laurels of bliss, peace, equal vision and contentment. You are already shining with Brahmic splendor on your face.

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