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About This Book
This book is a composite
collection of spiritual teachings from the writings of His Holiness Sri Swami Sivanandaji
The main purpose of the work
is to spiritualise the reader’s daily duties, enhance his progress towards
peace and perfection, solve the problems which he might have to encounter and
give an insight into a better and worthier living.
These “Meditations” have
been selected from different books and are arranged according to a particular
order. The book is intended to be placed in daily Puja and only one thought
should be read in a day. The reader should meditate and think deeply, concentrating
his mental faculties on the thought of the day.
Satguru Paramatmane Namah
who strive for
for a life
to virtue and
We are happy to present to
the public this composite collection of spiritual teachings from the writings
of His Holiness Sri Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj. They have been compiled by an
ardent educationist devotee, Sri ram Charan Mahendra, who has made a thorough
study of the entire Sivananda literature.
These teachings, separately
allotted for all the days of the year, have been termed as "meditations",
as they are meant to be carefully studied and reflected upon by the reader in
the early hours of the morning so that he is able to live and act up to the
spirit of the particular teaching during the course of the day's activities.
They are pointers to the life divine. They will, if meditated upon and put into
daily practice, usher in a life of peace, success, prosperity and spiritual
The secret of success is in
starting the day aright. Leave the bed with a sublime thought, a noble feeling
in your heart. You will go to bed that night with the satisfaction of a day
well utilised. Only he knows success, joy, prosperity, progress and good
health, who starts his day in the spiritual way.
The main purpose of the work
is to spiritualise the reader's daily duties, enhance his progress towards
peace and perfection, solve the problems which he might have to encounter and
give an insight into a better and worthier living.
The object of this "Day
Book" is to circulate still more widely at home and abroad the philosophy,
teachings and thoughts of Sri Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj.
The life of Swami
Sivanandaji has been one of intense devotion, Sadhana and self-sacrifice. He
has studied all the
works of the eminent Eastern
as well as Western philosophers and has given us many wonderful books on Yoga,
Bhakti, Philosophy and Sadhana. They are unerring guides to people of all
stations, reminding them of their divine heritage and rich prospects of future
attainment. There is hardly any aspect of life which Swamiji has not touched
upon without turning it into gold.
have been selected from different books and are arranged according to a
particular order. The book is intended to be placed in daily Puja and only one
thought should be read in a day. The reader should meditate and think deeply,
concentrating his mental faculties on the thought of the day.
It is hoped that these
scattered thoughts will, by their sweetness, simplicity and encouraging power,
bring happiness, health and success to many a weary soul.
Body-building is the
foundation of nation building. Build the body through nature's aids. Avail
yourself of healing agencies of nature-the sun, water, air, earth, steam,
fasting, herbs, etc. Observe the laws of eating, drinking, sleeping, thinking
and conducting yourself as laid down by the ancient Rishis and sages. Live in
tune with nature. Use the herbs and greens.
He who observes the rules of
health and hygiene, who is moderate in eating, drinking, and other things,
regular in his prayer, Japa, meditation who is free from jealousy, pride,
hatred, who observes Brahmacharya, is free from diseases. He is healthy and
Nature Cure is as old as the
Vedas and this world. It is the oldest of all systems of health and healing.
The ancient Rishis of India took recourse to this system. They used water-cure,
air-cure, herbal-cure, fast-cure, the sun-cure and the diet-cure. They
suggested drinking cold water in the morning, Ushapan treatment, for the
removal of constipation and other diseases. They taught Asana and Pranayama for
the removal of various diseases.
They prescribed sunbath,
gazing at the sun, Suryanamaskars, chanting of Surya Mantra for regaining
energy, Tejas and Ojas. Sunbath increases the haemoglobin (iron) of the blood
and replenishes Vitamin D. Fasting is nature's greatest curative agent. It is
the one sure method of bringing health back to you and renovating and
overhauling your whole system.
non-irritating, wholesome food, occasional fasting, pure water, fresh air,
sound sleep, sun-bath, regular exercises stopping short of fatigue, are highly
potent nature's remedies. Utilise them to your best advantage and enjoy
Lead a life in tune with
nature. Observe the laws of health and hygiene. Keep your unique body-machinery
in perfect working order. Maintain vigorous health and strength. It will help
you to discharge your duties in a satisfactory manner and secure a speedy
spiritual evolution, to develop divine qualities and to do Yoga Sadhana
efficiently for the attainment of the final beatitude or Moksha.
BACK TO THE NATURE
Most diseases are due to the
so-called modern civilisation and artificial way of living. Go back to nature;
you need not pay any fee to the doctors.
Diseases are due to
violation of the laws of health and hygiene-due to ignorance. Do not identify
with the body; identify yourself with the diseasaless, bodiless and sexless
Atman. Attain knowledge of the Self and enjoy eternal bliss.
FOOD FOR HEALTH
The man who does not care
for his health, who leads a happy-go-lucky life, who is a glutton, is a sinner
and a criminal. He must be rigorously punished. He has no business to be sickly
when he can have abundant life, vitality, energy and health within his easy
reach by natural ways of living and by observing the simple rules and laws of
health and hygiene.
The juice of a small lemon,
spinach, one or two tomatoes, a little fresh coconut, bananas, grams soaked in
water, green gram sprouts, half a seer of raw milk, two teaspoonfuls of honey,
can give you wonderful health, vigour, vitality and longevity.
THE HUMAN BODY
This mysterious human body,
the temple of God, the nine-gate city or Navadvara-puri of Brahman, is a
marvellous place for the Immortal Soul, Antaryamin or the Indweller. It is a
product of the Prarabdha Karma of the Jiva or the individual soul. It belongs to
the Jiva and to Virat also. The sum total of all physical bodies is Virat
Purusha. It is the most marvellous and delicate machine in the world. Its
mechanism is highly complex. Even the most eminent doctors of this world have
not yet completely understood its structure and working. Still they are making
research on it.
A single virulent microbe
can destroy it in a minute. It is surrounded on all sides by various enemies,
and yet man lives! This is a great mystery. This is due to the grace of the
HEALTH AND KARMA
Health depends upon Karma. A
virtuous man enjoys long life and good health. A wicked man is unhealthy.
Maharshi Patanjali says in his Yoga Sutras: "Span of life, caste,
enjoyment-all depend upon one's own Karma." Therefore, perform virtuous actions.
Shun evil deeds. Body, mind and spirit must be healthy. Then alone can you
enjoy perfect health.
Body, mind and spirit
constitute the whole man. There is intimate relation between body and mind.
Body is the mould prepared by the mind for its enjoyment. Spirit is the basis
or substratum or source for the body and mind. Mental health is more vital than
physical health. All diseases originate from mind first and then affect the
Sunshine, pure water, pure
air, exercise, wholesome and healthy diet and sound sleep or rest are the six
fundamentals of life. Bask in the sunshine; drink pure water; breathe pure air:
take regular exercise in the morning; take wholesome food; have proper rest.
You will be a centenarian.
CAUSE OF DISEASE
Dr. Hahnemann says,
"The root-cause for all diseases is sin or passion. Flesh is simply a
servant under the absolute control of the Vital Force. This vital force is
first affected by the diseases and not the flesh. Flesh is affected later on
when the vital force is neglected. Negligence of this vital force brings about
pathological changes in the body. The pathological change which becomes
apparent to the physicians by means of instruments or clinical observation are
not the diseases themselves but the result of the disease of the vital
Dr. Hahnemann has discovered
that the real diseases of man are pride, arrogance, jealousy, hatred, revenge,
obstinacy, lust, lasciviousness, sorrow, greed, avarice, despondency, anxiety,
worry, cowardice, irritability, anger. They cause diabetes, tuberculosis,
cancer, etc. Unless and until the vital force is properly treated, the disease
can never disappear.
Anger generates poison in
the blood and heat in the blood, brain, liver and the whole body; it produces
fever, depression, etc. Hatred causes nervous weakness, uneasiness,
restlessness, cough, fever, loss of blood, indigestion, etc. Fear causes low
blood pressure, and weakness, destroys red blood cells, makes the face pale,
affects the heart, liver and stomach and produces indigestion, diarrhoea or
constipation and impotency.
Renunciation removes a host
of ailments, such as dyspepsia, rheumatism, diabetes, diseases of the liver and
intestines and blood pressure, strengthens the heart, brain and nerves. Pure
love produces joy, peace of mind, harmonious functioning of the bodily organs,
increases the blood qualitatively and quantitatively, and turns the mind
towards God. Truth strengthens! the heart and mind, brings peace of mind, happiness,
inner calmness, spiritual strength and fearlessness. Meditation is a wonderful
tonic which tones all systems and organs, renovates the cells, removes diseases
and checks the development of diseases.
The whole system is
renovated and energised by fasting. New tissues and new cells are formed. The
body is charged with vigour and vitality. Fasting purifies the nerves and nerve
centres; the tissues and organs are supplied with abundant life-energy; mind is
clarified and strengthened. Will-power is augmented.
During the fast, do not
think of food. Keep the mind fully occupied. You can do your usual daily
routine and other routine and other works. You can walk, study and meditate.
Practise more Japa and meditation. Be doing something. Do not lie down idly in
bed. This will induce false hunger and evil thoughts. After the course of
fasting is over, adjust your diet. Give up your old habits of eating. Live on a
new, healthy regimen.
YOUR NATURAL HERITAGE
Health, and not disease, is
your natural heritage. You are the children of that Anamaya or diseaseless
Purusha, the Eternal Brahman or the Absolute. Claim your birthright now this
very second, and become healthy, strong, robust and sinewy, with abundant
vigour, energy and a high standard of vitality
Disease is due to ignorance
and lack of knowledge of natural laws. You violate the laws of health through
your egoism, passion and self-assertive nature. You behave like a playful
urchin, and yet Mother Nature, who is all merciful and kind, who is ever
bountiful, puts up patiently with all your misbehaviour and wrong-doing and
helps you in a variety of ways, bestowing on you Her choicest blessings.
VALUE OF EXERCISE
Just as food, air and water
are necessary for the maintenance of good health, so also exercise is very
essential for keeping up good health and attaining longevity. The person who
eats a large quantity of food must take plenty of exercise.
You should take certain
exercises for developing the chest. You should do some abdominal and spinal
exercises. You should do some exercises to develop the neck, hands, legs and
thighs. You should do some exercises which bend the body forward, backward and
laterally. Spend at least ten minutes daily in exercise. Regularity is of
paramount importance, if you want to realise the maximum benefits of exercise.
NOT THIS PERISHABLE BODY
Do not have any Moha for
this perishable body. Treat this body as your servant and instrument. You are
entirely distinct from this physical body, which is made up of the five
elements, and which is subject to decay and destruction.
You are in essence and
reality the all-pervading, imperishable Atman. Just as the house in which you
live is separate from you, so also this body in which you are temporarily
encased, on account of ignorance, is entirely different from you.
Identification with this body is the root-cause for bondage and human miseries
and sufferings Do not become a slave to this body. It must obey your orders at
all times and under all conditions and not you its orders. You must be prepared
to give up this body or dedicate it to a just and noble cause. Practise
self-denial, self-abnegation and self-sacrifice.
SCIENCE CANNOT SOLVE THE
One scientist believes that
the secret of death is in the blood-stream. He treats the body with a chemical
preparation. Another scientist believes that the seat of life is the thyroid
gland. Another scientist holds that senility is due to dissipation affecting
some major glands of the human body. Many weak, prematurely decrepit people are
transformed into healthy men and women by the administration of these glands by
hypodermic injection or by mouth.
These modern miracles happen
everyday, but they only restore diseased people to health. They do not prolong
life beyond the normal span or solve the riddle of eternal youth. They will not
even enable a healthy man of eighty to attain the age of one hundred. That man
will still die from the mysterious process of degeneration of the cells which
is called "old age."
THE CURATIVE TRIUNE
Remember the important
triune-Resting, Flushing, Fasting. Next, the toning up of the vital power of
the system is achieved through three natural agents. They are Nature-made
tonics, i.e., fruit and vegetable juices, the life-giving sunrays and the pure,
invigorating fresh air. All the above-mentioned measures form the general
structure of treatment. Their common basis is a right, cheerful and optimistic
mental attitude. Tour mind heals you more than any other medicine. Mental
health acts powerfully in overcoming all illnesses.
Mind can cure the physical
diseases of the body by its harmonious and healthy divine thoughts, because all
physical diseases have their origin in mental ill-health. Lack of cheerfulness
contributes to physical ill-health. If one is always cheerful and entertains
good divine thoughts, one will not suffer from any disease and will have
perfect health at all times. It is in your power to continue well and young as
long as you like.
THE BACKGROUND OF TREATMENT
Firm faith in God and
reliance upon your eternal, immortal Atman will keep the mind in a vigorous
positive state. Know that He is manifest as the pure air, the energising sun,
the vitalising elixir in the mellow fruits. Feel His healing power working
through every pore of your body, every cell, blood corpuscle and nerve fibre.
Try actually to feel how your entire system is responding to the recuperative
action of the various methods of treatment employed.
Allow the body to respond
freely to the action of the natural agents. Put yourself in tune with the
source of all health, power and strength. The Cosmic Force for well-being will
then infill you. This is the ultimate factor behind all therapeutics, the
secret to bear in mind. The doctor cannot impart this vital secret to you. Now
you know it. Use it as the background for the treatment of your ills, bodily
Those who practise
concentration evolve quickly. They can do any work with scientific accuracy. What
others take six hours to do can be done within half an hour by one who has concentration.
What others can study within
six hours can be done within half-an-hour by one who practises concentration.
Concentration purifies and
calms the surging emotions, strengthens the current of thought and clarifies
the ideas. Concentration helps a man in his material progress also. The man who
practises concentration will have a very good outturn of work in his office or
business house. What was cloudy and hazy before becomes easy now; and what was
complex, bewildering! and confusing before comes easily within the mental
grasp. You can achieve anything through concentration. He who practises
concentration will possess very good health and a very clear mental vision.
PRACTICE OF PRANAYAMA
The practice of Pranayama
has a wonderful influence over the body, mind, intellect and the senses. It
removes the diseases of the body and thoroughly renovates the cells and nerves.
It supplies an abundance of fresh energy and steadies the mind. It removes the
impurities of the mind also.
The lungs can be developed
through the practice of deep-breathing exercises. By the practice of Pranayama,
the apices of the lungs will get the proper supply of oxygen, so that they
cannot harbour the germs of tuberculosis. The blood will be pure. All the
tissues and cells will be nourished with plenty of pure blood and lymph. The
process of metabolism will be carried out in an efficient manner.
PRACTICE OF ASANAS
The practice of Asanas develops
the body and makes it agile, nimble. The practitioner has a very elastic and
supple body. He has a keen, vigorous appetite. Any trouble is removed from its
starting point by the practice of Asanas. The three important organs, viz.,
heart, lungs, and brain and the cerebro-spinal system are kept in a healthy
condition. The vital forces are also preserved and increased. The circulation
of blood in the arteries! and veins is kept in proper order. There is no
stagnation of blood in any part of the body. The spinal cord is toned up.
The practice of Asanas
prevents the development of arteriosclerosis or hardening of the arteries. The
practice of Asanas, in fact, lubricates the whole bodily system.
Cleanliness is next to
godliness. A bath daily in cold water in the early morning before sunrise is
really invigorating, energising and refreshing. The best time for a bath is
early morning, before sunrise, because the water that gets cooled during the
night also possesses much oxygen at this time.
Rub the body vigorously with
a rough towel. This will open all the pores of the skin and cleanse the latter
properly. Resort always to easy natural methods that cost nothing. A plunge
bath in the running water of a river is very exhilarating and strengthening. A
shower bath is also very enjoyable. Do not take a cold bath immediately after
performing Asanas or any kind of exercises.
IMPORTANCE OF SLEEP
Sleep is nature's tonic for
a healthy life. The more sound sleep one has, the more healthy he would be. The
hours of sleep necessarily depend upon your physical and mental capacity for
resisting fatigue. Without a sufficiency of sleep, you will have no efficiency.
The amount of sleep required varies with age, temperament and the amount of
According to an old adage,
there should be six hours of sleep for a man, seven for a woman and eight for a
fool. As age advances, people require less sleep. In old men above 60 years, five
hours of sleep may be sufficient. Adults who do hard physical labour may sleep
for eight hours. Go to bed at 10 p.m. and get up at 4 a.m. Too much sleep makes
a man dull and lethargic.
Practice of Brahmacharya
gives good health, inner strength, peace of mind and a long life. It invigorates
the mind and nerves and helps to conserve physical and mental energy. It
augments strength, vigor and vitality. It gives one power to face the
difficulties of daily life. A perfect Brahmachari can move the world and can
even command the five elements like Jnana Deva.
The senses are very
turbulent. They must be controlled by various methods such as fasting,
restriction in diet, Pranayama, Japa, Kirtan, meditation, Pratyahara or
abstraction of mind from objects, Dama or self-restraint, Asanas, Bandhas, Mudras,
control of thought and destruction of Vasanas, etc. The tongue must be
controlled first. Then it will be easy to control passion. Delicious Rajasic
foods excite the organ of generation.
HOW TO BEGIN YOUR DAY
Get up at 4 a.m. Answer the
calls of nature. Wash your face. Then practise meditation, Asanas, Pranayama
and other exercises. This order is beneficial. If you are not in the habit of
answering calls of nature in the early morning, you should practise Asanas
before evacuating the bowels. Drink some cold or lukewarm water at night and
also in the early morning as soon as you get up from the bed. Regulate and
adjust your diet.
Wear a langotee or kowpeen
(trunk) when you practise Asanas; you can have a baniyan (vest) on the body.
Those who practise Sirshasana and other exercises for a long time should take a
little light food or a cup of milk after finishing the course.
Be regular in the practice
of Asanas. Those who practise by fits! and starts will not derive much benefit
THE VITAL FORCE
Prana is expended by
thinking, willing, acting, talking, writing, etc. A healthy, strong man has
abundance of Prana or nerve force or vitality. The Prana is supplied by food,
air, solar energy, etc. The supply of Prana is taken up by the nervous system.
The Prana is absorbed by breathing. The excess of Prana is stored in the brain
and nerve centres. When the seminal energy sublimates, or transforms, it
supplies abundance of Prana to the system. It is stored up in the brain in the
form of Ojas.
The Yogi stores abundance of
Prana by a regular practice of Pranayama, just as a storage battery can be made
to store electricity. That Yogi who has stored up a large supply of Prana
radiates strength and vitality all around.
THE SCIENCE OF RELAXATION
Action produces movements;
movements cause habits. Man has acquired many artificial habits. He has allowed
Nature's original habits to lapse. He has brought tension in many muscles and
nerves through incorrect habits in posture. He has forgotten the first principles
of relaxation. He will have to learn lessons (on relaxation) from the cat, the
dog and the infant.
The science of relaxation is
an exact science. It can be learnt very easily. Relaxation of the muscles is as
important as contraction of the muscles. I lay great emphasis on the relaxation
of the mind, the nerves and the muscles. Relaxation is of two kinds, viz.,
mental relaxation and physical relaxation. There is another classification. If
you relax certain muscles of certain parts only, it is partial relaxation. If
you relax all the muscles of the whole body, it is complete relaxation.
HOW TO RELAX
Just as you relax your
muscles after having finished your Asanas and physical exercises, so also you
will have to relax the mind and rest it after concentration and meditation,
after practice of memory-training and will-culture. Relaxation of the muscles
brings repose to the mind; relaxation of the mind brings rest to the body as
well. The body and mind are intimately connected. The body is a mould prepared
by the mind for its enjoyment.
By relaxation, you give rest
to the mind, tired nerves, and overworked muscles. Once in the morning and once
in the evening relax completely for ten minutes at least. No matter how urgent
the task, stick to this rule. Sit in the most comfortable chair or lie flat on
a beach mattress, prop the legs about eighteen inches from the ground with a
stiff cushion under the knees and let every muscle go “flop". A cushion
under the head, if lying on the mattress, will relax the neck muscles. Close
the eyes. Make the mind blank.
COOPERATE WITH NATURE
Most of the diseases are the
result of wrong habits and faulty modes of living. Mother Nature, who has
fashioned this wonderful human mechanism, attempts to promptly correct the errors
committed by you, and her well-intentioned visits are announced in the shape of
various symptoms of sickness.
You must, therefore, wisely
take the hint at once and start actively cooperating with her. Thus the
prevention and cure of diseases to a large extent are in your own hands. You
should exercise self-restraint. Curb the habitual tendency to indulge in that
which is harmful to your system.
YOUR SYSTEM NEEDS REST
Certain particular details
of treatment vary in different diseases, but the fundamental measures to be
adopted are the same in all cases, They are:
Ample rest to the patient,
through elimination of the toxic products that burden the system. This is done
through both bowels and skin by means of harmless purgatives and baths and massage.
Complete rest to the internal organ is given by abstaining from food. Fasting
is the most potent and extremely effective weapon in the armoury of the wise
patient. Therefore, remember the most important triplet-Resting, Flushing and
BE CHEERFUL ALWAYS
Mind can cure all the
physical diseases of the body by its harmonious and healthy divine thoughts,
because all physical diseases have taken their origin in mental ill-health.
Lack of cheerfulness
contributes to physical ill-health. If one is always cheerful and entertains
good, divine thoughts, he will have perfect health at all times. It is in your
power to continue well and young as long as you like.
SHARE WITH ALL
Share with others what you
have: physical, mental, moral and spiritual. Do not hoard wealth. Do not covet
the wealth of others. In sharing there is joy and peace. Sharing generates
cosmic love, and destroys greed. Sharing removes selfishness and creates
selflessness. Sharing purifies your heart. Sharing develops oneness.
Be simple, be humble, be
gentle. Be straightforward, be honest, be sincere. Be truthful, be bold, be
cheerful. Be tolerant, be generous, be virtuous. Be serene, be self-controlled,
be self-delighted. Love all, embrace all, be kind to all. Discriminate and be
dispassionate. Reflect and meditate. Know Thy Self! and be free. This is
Vedanta in daily life.
THE POWER OF WILL
Will is Atmabal. Will is
dynamic soul-force. Will, if it is rendered pure and irresistible, can work wonders.
There is nothing impossible for a man of strong will to achieve in the three
worlds. The vast majority of persons have no consciousness of will or mind or
intellect, though they talk much on "will and mind". Will becomes
impure and weak through Vasanas (desires). When desire is controlled, it
becomes changed into will. The sexual energy, the muscular energy, anger, etc.,
are all transmuted into the will-force when they are controlled. Fewer the
desires, stronger the will.
Napoleon had a strong will,
and so, he won sanguine success in wars. Viswamitra had a strong will and
therefore he created a third world for King Trishanku. Dattatreya had a strong
will and so he created a woman by mere willing. All Jnanis and Yogis have very
HOW TO STRENGTHEN YOUR WILL
Get up at 4 a.m., and sit on
Virasana and meditate on these formulae. Repeat them mentally with feeling.
My will is pure, strong and
irresistible. Om, Om, Om.
I can do everything through
my will now. Om, Om, Om.
I have an invincible will.
Om, Om, Om.
Meditate on the immortal
Atman and develop the will. It is the best method. Do not use will in the wrong
directions. You will have a hopeless fall. Do not test the strength of your
will in the beginning. Wait till it becomes strong and pure. Will is the King
of mental powers. When will operates, all the mental powers such as the power
of judgment, power of memory, power of grasping, power of conversation,
reasoning power, discriminating power, power of inference, power of
reflection--all these! come into play within the twinkling of an eye.
ADAPT AND ADJUST
One should patiently hear
the words of others even though they are not interesting and charming. He
should not fret and fume. Patient hearing develops will and wins the hearts of
others. One should also do actions or tasks that are uninteresting. This also
develops the will power.
Never complain against bad
environments. Create your own mental world wherever you remain and wherever you
go. There are some difficulties and disadvantages wherever you go. If the mind
deludes you, at every moment and at every step, try to overcome the obstacles
and difficulties by suitable means. Do not try to run away from bad,
unfavourable environments. God has placed you there to make you grow quickly.
If you get all sorts of
comforts in a place you will not grow strong. You will be puzzled in a new
place when you cannot get these comforts. Therefore, make the best use of all
places. Never complain against surroundings and environments. Live in your own
This world is a relative
plane of good and evil. Remember this point at all times. Try to live happily
in any place, under any condition. You will become a strong and dynamic personality.
This is a great secret. Keep this in your pocket and unlock the Elysian
regions, the spiritual realms and the immortal abode. You can get sanguine
success in any undertaking. This habit of concentration is of great help to
strengthen the will.
HAVE MASTERY OVER THE MIND
You must have an intelligent
understanding of the habits of the mind-how it wanders and how it operates. You
most know easy and effective methods to control the wandering of the mind. The
practice of thought culture, the practice of concentration, the practice of
memory culture, are all allied subjects. All these are of immense help in the
practice of will culture.
Gladstone and Napoleon could
go to deep sleep the mo: ment they went to bed through mere willing. Mahatma
Gandhi had this practice. They could get up in the morning at any time they
wanted to the very minute. They had so trained their subconscious mind.
Everyone of you should develop this habit through will and become a Gandhi, a
Gladstone, or a Napoleon
The practice of keeping the
mind fully occupied is the best of all practices for keeping up physical and
mental Brahmacharya. Those who want to become magnetic and dynamic
personalities or prodigies should utilise every second to the best possible
advantage and should try to grow mentally, morally and spiritually every
Idle gossiping should be
given up entirely. Every one of us should realise the value of time. Will is
bound to become dynamic if one utilises his time very profitably. Application
and tenacity, interest and attention, patience and perseverance, faith and
self-reliance can make a man a wonderful world-figure. You will have to apply
your will according to capacity; other wise your will would deteriorate.
PROGRAMME OF LIFE
Make a programme of work or
daily routine, according to your capacity, and see that it is carried out
daily. Keep only a few items. If you keep several items which cannot be
executed in a day, which are beyond your capacity, your interest will gradually
decline. Your energy will be dissipated and scattered. You will get brain-fag.
Whatever you wish to do daily must be carried out to the very letter.
Thinking too much is a
hindrance in the execution by the will. It brings confusion, diffidence and
procrastination. There is slackening of the force of the will. The opportunity
will slip away. Think for sometime correctly and decide. As soon as you have
resolved, you must "will" immediately. There must not be any
BALANCE OF MIND
He who is attempting to
develop his will should always try to keep a cool head. He should keep a
balanced mind under all conditions. He will have to train or discipline the
mind. It is worth practising.
Balance of mind is one of
the vital characteristics of a developed Jnani or Yogi. That Yogi who can keep
a balanced mind at all times is really a strong and happy man. He will get
sanguine success in all his undertakings. You may fail to maintain the balance
in fifty attempts; but from the fifty-first endeavour, you will get strength of
will. You will slowly manifest balance of mind. You should not be discouraged
in the beginning. Remember the story of “Bruce and the Spider". Bruce
learnt from the spider. He failed seven times but succeeded in the war in his eighth
NEED FOR A DEFINITE AIM
The vast majority of
persons, even the so-called educated people, have no definite aim in life. They
waste their time and finish their life's career in gloom, despair and sorrow.
The intellect is there, but they have no definite aim or purpose. They have no
ideal, no clear-cut programme of life. Hence their life becomes a failure.
Everyone of you should
clearly understand the aim of your life. Then you should chalk out the line of
work that is congenial to your aim. You should work hard to realise the aim.
You should try every second to live up to that ideal. You can realise the ideal
right now in this very second or after ten years by walking with faltering
WHAT YOU SHOULD DO
When one has successfully
finished his duties as a householder, when his sons are all fixed up in life,
when the daughters are given in marriage, he should devote the remaining years
of his life in spiritual pursuits, study of religious literature and divine
Many people have no definite
ideas as to what they are going to do (after retirement). After retirement from
active service, they take to some other avocation. They are still greedy. Till
the end of life they count money and entertain thoughts of grandchildren and
great grandchildren. Pitiable is the lot of these men indeed! Blessed is he,
who spends the whole time in study and meditation in a solitary place after
retirement from service.
BE NOT DIFFIDENT
I want to place before you
another important point. I have no such words as "cannot",
"difficult", "impossible", "weakness", etc., in
my dictionary. Those who are attempting to develop their will-force should
remove these words from their dictionary also. These are the expressions of a
weakling or an effeminate person. These are the expressions of a timid woman.
Become a lion. Become a
spiritual Lord. Become a champion in the Adhyatmic field. By mere willing or
chanting "OM" mountains can be crushed to powder. By mere willing
mountains should move. By mere willing oceans should recede. By mere willing,
all the waves of the ocean should subside. Lord Jesus did this and you, too,
can do that.
THAT THOU ART
Understand the glory,
splendour and power of the Self which is at the back of your mind, thought,
will and memory Understand the magnanimity and immortal nature of that hidden
interpenetrating, indwelling Essence. Know that this Self is the storehouse for
all knowledge, bliss, power, beauty, peace and joy.
Feel that the sun, the moon
and stars do their respective functions at your command. Feel that the air
moves, rain showers, fire burns, rivers flow, sun shines, stars glitter, and
Indra, Agni and Yama do their respective functions at your bidding. Thou art
the Glory of glories, Sun of suns, Light of lights, Holy of holies, Divinity of
divinities, God of gods, Emperor of emperors. Thou art Truth. Thou art Brahman.
IMPORTANCE OF ETHICS
An ethical man is more
powerful than an intellectual. Ethical culture brings in various sorts of
occult powers. If you study Yoga Sutras, you will find a clear description of
the powers that manifest by observance of the practice of Ahimsa, Satyam,
Asteya, Brahmacharya and Aparigraha. The nine Riddhis roll under the feet of an
ethically developed man. They are ready to serve him.
The philosopher need not
necessarily be a moral or ethical man; but a spiritual man must of necessity be
moral. Morality goes hand in hand with spirituality.
TRUTH ALONE TRIUMPHS
You should always try your
level best to speak the truth at all costs. You may lose your income in the
beginning but in the long run, you are bound to be victorious. You will realise
the truth of the Upanishads "Truth alone shines, but not false.
Even a lawyer who speaks the
truth in law courts, who does not coach up false witnesses may lose his
practice in the beginning but later on, will be honoured by the judge as well
as the client. Be truthful. You will have a peaceful death. Do not kill your
conscience in order to have comfortable living and to please your wife. Life
here is evanescent and like a bubble. Aspire to become divine. The various
formulae-Ahimsa is the highest of all virtues; speak the truth and do virtuous
actions; do unto others in the same way as you wish others to do unto you; Love
thy neighbour as thyself-are all best calculated to develop the moral aspect of
a human being.
CHANGE YOUR ATTITUDE
The attitude of friendliness
or enmity is a mental creation The enemy or friend is not outside. It is the
feeling or imagination from within. An intimate friend of long standing becomes
a deadly enemy within a second. One hot or harsh word changes the situation
completely within the twinkling of an eye.
A human being erroneously
identifies himself with his body and wrongly imagines that he is a little Jiva
with little power and little knowledge. This is his human Bhava (attitude).
This should be changed into Brahma Bhava by changing the angle of vision and
mode of thinking. Think you are Brahman Think you are pure and all-pervading
intelligence, light and consciousness. Think you are immortal, omnipotent, omniscient
Memory culture is very
important. It brings success in God-realisation as well. A man with strong and
retentive memory gets sanguine success in all his ventures and undertakings. He
who has memory can conduct his business affairs very successfully, remember
credits and debits and keep account in a satisfactory manner. Intelligence is
only nine-tenths of memory.
A knowledge of the working
of the subconscious mind is very necessary for those who want to develop their
memory, Most of the mental operations take place in the subconscious mind. The
conscious mind takes some rest, but the subconscious mind works throughout the
twenty-four hours. It is the subconscious mind that brings the answer like a
flash of lightening in the early morning when you fail to get a solution at
for ten minutes before you go to bed. Sit comfortably on a chair. Close your
eyes. Think of all actions-good and bad, that you did during the course of the
day. Think of all the mistakes that you committed consciously or unconsciously
On the first day you may not
be able to find out even two or three mistakes in your actions because you are
not in the habit of doing so; but by daily regular, and systematic practice,
you will be able to visualise clearly the actions and mistakes of the day Even
an hour will not be sufficient to review the actions. The mind becomes subtle
and sharp by the practice of introspection.
CALM THE RIPPLES IN THE MIND-LAKE
Ignorant people identify
themselves with the body, mind and the Vrittis of the mind. The mind and body
are mere instruments. The real man is, of course, behind the mind, If you
become one with the mind and Vrittis, you get various sorts of misery and
sufferings. The whole universe is created by the Vrittis of the mind alone. If
these mental waves subside, you can attain the Absolute state, the state of
highest bliss and peace. Just as you can clearly see the bottom of a lake when
the ripples and waves on the surface subside, even so, you can cognise your
real self when the Vrittis that agitate the mind subside.
NOW OR NEVER!
Stick to the spiritual path
at all cost. Apply yourself diligently. Waste not even a single precious minute
as life is short and time is fleeting. That tomorrow will never come.
Now or never. Stand up with
the firm resolve: "I will become a Yogi in this very birth, this very
moment. Gird up your loins. Do rigid constant Yoga Sadhana. Walk along the path
of Yoga in the footsteps of Jnanadeva, Gorakhnath, Sadasiva Brahman and
THE COSMIC WIRE-PULLER
My silent adorations and
prostrations to the cosmic Proprietor, the inner ruler, the superintendent, the
supreme head, the President-founder, the silent Sakshi and the Governor of this
wonderful mental factory! Brahman (Absolute) is the silent Sakshi of this
factory. Hiranyagarbha is the supreme Director of this factory. Every man has
his own mental factory. The Absolute has to manage and supervise the whole
He who dwells within the
mind, who is within the mind, whom the mind does not know, whose body the mind
is, and who rules the mind from within, is the Self, Inner Ruler, Immortal.
Salutations to this Inner Ruler who illumines the minds and the mental factory.
WHAT IS VASANA?
The summum bonum of
existence is the attainment of the knowledge of the Self or the realisation of
the one homogeneous Self. The knowledge of the Self can only dawn when there is
extinction of all Vasanas. This Self-realisation cannot be obtained without
completely giving up all Vasanas. Extinction of all Vasanas alone is Moksha.
The subtle state of desire
is called Vasana. Desire is gross in its nature. A hidden Vasana is termed
Kashaya. Some philosophers define Vasana as a tendency or inclination. Others
say, "the blind clinging to sensual objects, through intense longing or
craving without deliberation or thinking is known as Vasana."
WHAT IS MIND?
Mind is the cause for
bondage and freedom of man. A mind that is filled with impure Vasanas tends to
bondage; whereas a mind that is destitute of Vasanas tends to freedom. Mind is
no mind when the Vasanas are destroyed. You become mindless. When you become
mindless, intuition dawns and you are endowed with the eye of wisdom. You enjoy
Mind is Vasanamaya. This
world is Vasanamaya Jagat. Mind clings to sensual objects through Vasanas and
constantly thinks of the objects. If the Vasanas perish, the mind ceases
thinking of objects and we attain the state of thoughtlessness.
POSITIVE OVERCOMES NEGATIVE
You will have to transmute
the impure Vasanas into pure ones through constant efforts. You will have to change
the current of impure Vasanas and allow them to run in the channel or river of
There is no harm if you have
abundance of pure Vasanas. Pure Vasana is also a fetter. Just as you remove a
thorn with the help of another thorn and throw both of them when the thorn is
removed; so also, you will have to destroy the impure Vasanas through the help
of pure Vasanas and then abandon these pure ones also. To desire for liberation
or Moksha Vasana also must die eventually. Then only will you become That.
CONTROL OF MIND
One of the most common
habits of the mind is the wandering habit. It cannot stick to one point as it
is of the nature of air. Sri Krishna says, “O mighty armed (Arjuna)! The mind
is hard to curb and is restless, but it may be curbed by constant practice and
Destruction of desires and
control of Indriyas are the essential steps for the control of mind. It is the
desire that makes the mind restless. The Indriyas run after objects and the
mind also follows the Indriyas just as a dog follows the master. Therefore if
you want to check this wandering mind you will have to renounce all sorts of
desires and control the Indriyas first. Then alone will you be successful in
the practice of concentration, meditation, will-culture, memory-culture and
HOW TO CONCENTRATE
The vital point in
concentration is to bring the mind to the same point, i.e., to object again and
again by limiting its movement in a small circle in the beginning. That is the
main aim. A time will come when the mind will stick to one point alone. This is
the fruit of your constant and protracted Sadhana.
There should be one line of
thought. There should be one continuity of thought like the steady flow of oil
from one vessel to another vessel, like the continuous sound of a church bell.
BE REGULAR IN MEDITATION
You must be regular in your
practice of meditation. You must sit daily both morning and night and at the
same hour. The meditative mood or Sattvic Bhava will manifest by itself without
exertion. You must sit in the same place, in the same room. Regularity in
meditation is a great desideratum and a sine qua non.
Even if you do not realise
any tangible result in the practice, you must plod on in the practice with
sincerity, earnestness, patience and perseverance. Your effort will be crowned
with sanguine success after some time. Do not stop this practice even for a
day, under any circumstance, even if you are ailing. Meditation is a first
class tonic. The wave of meditation will remove all sorts of disease. It will
infuse spiritual strength, give new vigour and vitality.
O All-merciful Lord! Through
Thy Grace, may I realise the Truth. May I always entertain sublime thoughts.
May I realise myself as the Light Divine. May I serve humanity with Atmabhav.
May I be free from greed, lust, egoism, jealousy and hatred. May I behold the
one sweet immortal Self in all beings. May I realise Brahman with pure
May that Light of lights
ever guide me. May He cleanse my mind of all impurities. May He inspire me. May
He bestow on me power, courage, and strength. May He remove the veil in the
mind. May He remove all obstacles in the spiritual path.. May He make my life
happy and fruitful. I bow to Thee, O God of gods, O Brahman of the Upanishads,
Support for Maya and Isvara, the Bridge to Immortality.
WITHOUT SELF ALL IS VOID
It is a well-known fact that
any number of zeroes has no intrinsic value unless a number is placed before
them. Even so, the wealth of all the three worlds is nothing, if you do not
lead a spiritual life, if you do not try to acquire the spiritual wealth, if
you do not strive for Self-realisation. You will have to live in the Soul or
the Self within. You will have to add Atman to the life here.
That is the reason why Lord
Jesus says: "Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and
all these things shall be added unto you." Everyone of you is a power in
yourself. You can influence others, radiate joy and peace to millions upon
millions of people, far and near, and elevate others, even from a long
WAY TO BEATITUDE
You cannot attain final
beatitude by mastering a million scriptures, by practising rigorous
austerities. Brahman can be realised when all Vasanas and Trishnas perish, when
word ceases and thought dies, when the veil of ignorance is rent asunder, when
the mind is absorbed in its Source, when the senses are curbed in toto, when
the Brahmakara Vritti rises, through constant Nididhyasana and through the
Grace of the Guru.
MOULD YOUR DESTINY
You are the author of your
own fate. You yourself have created your world. You yourself are entirely
responsible for your destiny. You are the architect of your joys and sorrows.
Just as the spider or the silkworm creates a web or cocoon for its own
destruction, so also you have created this cage of flesh by your own actions,
attractions, repulsions, and false egoism. You become the slave of the flesh,
slave of your body and mind, slave of countless desires. You are sunk in the
quagmire of deepest ignorance.
Weep not, my child! Sorrow
not! A glorious brilliant future is awaiting you! Strive to come out of this
false cage of illusion right now this very second. If your attempt is true and
sincere, if you endeavour with all your might to achieve this end, by the ready
grace of the Lord you shall drive away these dark clouds of ignorance and shine
in your true divine colours, in your native, pristine glory!
IDENTIFY YOURSELF WITH ALL
There is no such thing as
inanimate matter. There is life in everything. Life is involved in a piece of
stone. Matter is vibrant with life. This has been conclusively proved by modern
Smile with the flowers of
the green grass. Play with the butterflies and the cobras, Shake hands with the
shrubs, ferns and twigs. Talk to the rainbow, wind, stars, and the sun.
Converse with the running brooks and the turbulent waves of the sea. Keep
company with your walking stick, and enjoy its sweet company. Develop
friendship with all your neighbours, dogs, cats, cows, human beings, trees, in
fact, with all the creations of nature. Then you will have a wide, perfect,
rich, full life.
THE THREE THINGS
Eat three things, wear three
things, practise three things: Ahimsa, Satyam and Brahmacharya. Remember three
things death, afflictions of the world and God. Renounce three things: egoism,
desire and attachment. Cultivate three things: humility, fearlessness and love.
Eradicate three things: lust, anger and greed.
Friends! Here are some triads
for your daily spiritual practices. Three things to love: desire for
liberation, company of the wise and selfless service; three things to despise:
miserliness, cruelty and petty-mindedness; three things to admire: generosity,
courage and nobility; three things to respect: Guru, renunciation and
discrimination. Three things to control: tongue, temper and tossing of mind.
STEPS TO GOD-REALISATION
Shake the bonds of Karma
through discrimination, rules of conduct, Tapas, Dharma and discipline of mind.
Know the secret of true bliss through concentration and meditation. Root out
passion; embrace peace; enjoy the glory of Self-bliss, de light in the Self
Serve the sick; console the
distressed; live in God; preach the gospel of love; lead a life of self-sacrifice
and service. Be pious and pure. This will lead to the attainment of
If you study one chapter of
Gita and do two Maalas of japa daily, if you observe two fasts in a month, and
spend the time in prayer, within a single year you can cover a long distance in
the path of Yoga. The spiritual Samskaras are present in the subconscious mind.
They are indestructible. They will coalesce and form a spiritual bridge through
which you can cross to the other shore of fearlessness and immortality in a
Keep company with evolved
souls, who tread the path of Truth. Always mark carefully what is going on in
the inner mental factory.
KEEP THE BODY HEALTHY
This physical body is the
holy shrine of God. It is the temple of the Lord. It is the fort of Isvara,
Keep it strong and healthy. Then only will you meet Him. Do not be carried away
by false understanding of Maya Vada. Take care of the body, but have no
attachment for it. Be prepared to give it up for a noble cause. This body is an
instrument for attaining Self-realisation. You cannot meditate, if you have a
weak, sickly body.
You will have to do Sandhya
three times, if you are a Brahmin and a householder. Do Gayatri Japa one
hundred and eight times daily. Give Arghya to the sun. Repeat other Mantras
also. Sannyasins only can abandon Sandhya.
WHERE IS GOD?
Where is God? Can we find
Him only in the temples, churches, or mosques? No. Is He to be sought only in
the four Vedas or Upavedas, the six Vedangas or in the six schools of
philosophy? No. Does He dwell in the place of pilgrimage or Tirthas alone? No.
No. No. Where is He then?
He is seated in the hearts
of all. He is not very far. He is quite close to you. Subtler than the
subtlest, greater than the greatest, He is located in the cavity of your heart
in the inner most recesses or chambers, the Hridaya Kamala. You can reach Him
by sincere Sadhana or spiritual practices.
POWER OF JAPA
Japa is an easy way for
God-realisation. There is Mantra Sakti and Mantra Chaitanya in every Mantra. It
changes the mental substance from passion to purity, from Rajas into Sattva, It
calms, strengthens the mind. It makes the mind Antarmukhi, introspective. It
checks the outgoing tendencies of the mind. It! eradicates all kinds of evil
thoughts and inclinations. It destroys Vasanas and reduces the force of
thought. Eventually it leads to direct Darshan of God or Istadevata. Japa
purifies the mind, induces Vairagya, destroys Vasanas and brings you face to
face with God.
FEEL THE INDWELLING PRESENCE
The secular knowledge that
you get from the universities is mere husk only. It serves the purpose of
earning the bread, and no other use of it is made by the majority of persons.
It cannot give you peace of mind and salvation. It thickens the veil of
ignorance through fattening egoism.
One Mantra, one Sloka of the
Upanishads will blow up the knowledge that you derive from colleges. Study the
first Mantra of the Upanishads: "The whole world is indwelt by the Lord.
Rejoice in Atman by removing the name and form." Do not be covetous.
Imbibe the ideas of this Mantra. Practise. Feel the indwelling Presence.
THE TWO PATHS
Yoga is communication with
Lord. The goal of life is Self-realisation. There are two ways of attaining
God-consciousness. They are the Pravritti Marga and the Nivritti Marga.
Pravritti Marga is the path
of activity with detachment as the basis that leads to the attainment of the
Cosmic Vision in and through the diverse experiences of normal life. Nivritti
Marga is the path of absolute renunciation or Jnana Yoga, Karma Yoga is only
Jnana Sadhana, i.e., a means for attaining Self-knowledge.
Three things are
indispensable requisite for attaining Self-realisation. They are Guru Bhakti or
devotion towards the spiritual preceptor; Jijnasa or seeking for liberation,
and taste for Satsanga or company of the wise. He alone, who is endowed with
these three attributes, can cross this ocean of Samsara.
Highly seasoned dishes, hot
curries and chutneys, meat, fish, etc., are forbidden for Sadhakas. Meat can
make you a scientist, but rarely a philosopher and a Tattva Jnani. chillies,
sour articles, tamarind, mustard, all kinds of oil, asafoetida, salt, onions,
garlic, etc., should be avoided. Onions are worse for the student of Yoga.
For spiritual practices,
Sattvic food is absolutely necessary. Wheat, paddy, barley, sugar, butter,
candy, milk, ghee, green daal, Panch-sakha vegetables, cabbages, potatoes are
Sattvic articles of diet.
SPIRITUALISE YOUR NATURE
Remove lust by entertaining
pure thoughts; anger by love, Kshama, etc., greed by charity, honesty,
disinterestedness; Moha by Viveka, pride by humility, jealousy by magnanimity,
nobility and unconditioned, unreserved and ungrudging! self-surrender to the
Combine the love you cherish
towards all worldly objects, wife, son, wealth, property, relatives and
friends, and turn this concentrated love towards God. Repeat the formula, I am Thine.
All is Thine. Thy will be done." Have perfect self-surrender. Then only
can you have Darshan of God.
QUALIFICATIONS OF A DEVOTEE
God is the Inner Ruler of
your heart and mind. He is the silent Witness of your thoughts. You cannot hide
anything from Him. Become guileless and straightforward.
A devotee should become an
embodiment of goodness. He must be ever ready to do good to living beings. That
devotee who is intent upon the welfare of all beings obtains the peace of the
eternal. He who rejoices in the welfare of all, gets the Darshan of the Lord.
He develops Advaitic consciousness eventually.
EVILS OF LUST AND ANGER
Anger and lust are the two
inner enemies that stand in the way of developing Bhakti. From lust follow the
ten vices that are mentioned in Manusamhita: "Love of hunting, gambling,
sleeping by day, slandering, company with bad women, drinking, singing love-songs,
dancing, delighting in vulgar music, and aimlessly wandering.”
Anger begets eight kinds of
vices. All evil qualities proceed from anger. If you can eradicate anger, all
bad qualities will die of themselves. The eight vices are: “Injustice,
rashness, persecution, jealousy, taking possession of other's property, harsh
words and cruelty."
"May we hear with our
ears or see with our eyes nothing but what is pure, so that with our senses
unperturbed, remembering God, meditating on Him, singing His praise, and
repeating His Name we may attain life as that of gods. Om Santi!"
This is an easy way for
attaining God-consciousness. At night all the members of the household should
sit in a circle and do Kirtan for one hour before the picture of the Lord.
Endeavour to forget the body and the world and enter into ecstatic state. At
night you will be free from bad dreams. All diseases will be cured.
WHICH IS AN IDEAL HOME?
Start that pure life of a
Yogi the very day on which you read these lines: no leniency for the mind.
Self-reliance is an indispensable requisite. You can get suggestions from
outside. But you will have to tread the path yourself, to place each step
yourself in the spiritual ladder.
That house is a miserable
place, veritable hell on earth wherein the husband moves up in spirituality and
the wife pulls him down in sensual grooves and vice versa. They should be
harmoniously blended or joined by the thread of the knowledge of the Self, each
aspiring eagerly for attaining God-consciousness. That house is really a
Vaikuntha where the husband and wife lead an ideal divine life, singing Hari's
Name, repeating! His Mantras, studying Ramayana and Bhagavata, controlling the
Indriyas and serving Bhaktas and Sannyasins.
RELY ON YOUR OWN SELF
How can you please the
world? There are so many tongues, so many talks, so many opinions, so many
remarks. This world is a strange mixture of Sattva, Rajas and Tamas. Tamasic
people are in abundance. Their nature is to find fault always and pronounce
unnecessary criticism. Therefore, follow the dictates of your own conscience
and the prompting of your soul. If you are satisfied, the whole world must be
Even if the whole world
opposes you, fear not. Never move a fraction of an inch from your firm resolve
and determination. Stand up and proclaim the Truth. Even if the whole world
leaves you, fear not. The Inner Ruler stands by your side in your heart
MAINTAIN SPIRITUAL DIARY
very student should maintain
a spiritual dairy. Then only can defects by rectified and the mind controlled.
The spirit of serving the humanity must be ingrained in the heart of every
aspirant. Sattvic virtues such as mercy, generosity, tolerance, forgiveness,
nobility must be developed.
Keep a daily spiritual
diary. Note down in the diary when you become angry towards others and when you
hurt the feelings of others. This is very important. If you exhibit anger or
hurt others, impose some self-punishment on yourself. Give up your meals at
night. Do fifty more Maalas of Japa. Write in the diary, I have forgotten God
twice this day. If you proceed like this for one or two years you will attain
remarkable Shanti, progress and will power.
CONQUER SIN BY RIGHT RESOLVE
Sin is a mistake committed
by the ignorant Jiva during his journey towards Sat-Chit-Ananda. Once you make
up your mind to tread the path of Truth, all sins will be destroyed.
Lord Krishna gives His word
of promise: "Even if the most sinful worships me with undivided heart, he
too must be accounted righteous, for he hath rightly resolved. Speedily he
becometh dutiful and attaineth eternal peace. Know thou for certain that my
devotee perisheth never." Grieve not, my dear friend. Fear not, stand up,
gird up your loins and fight with the Indriyas and Vasanas. A glorious
brilliant future is awaiting you.
FORGET NOT THE GOAL
Forget not the goal of life
amidst selfish activities. The goal of life is to know your own Self. Are you
attempting to reach the end and aim of life? Are you doing Japa, Pranayama and
meditation? Have you kept up the ideal before the mind's eye?
That day when you do not
practise any spiritual Sadhana is entirely wasted. Give the mind to God and the
hands to work. You will have to analyse and scrutinise your motives. It is the
selfish motive and not the work itself, that binds a man to Samsara. Prepare
the mind for Karma Yoga.
WORK IS WORSHIP
Live in the spirit of the
Gita's teachings and work without expectation of fruits and egoism. Think you
are Nimitta in the hands of Lord Narayana.
Work never degrades the man.
Unselfish work is Pooja of Narayana. There is no menial work from the highest
viewpoint, from the view-point of the Absolute, from the viewpoint of Karma
Yoga. Even scavenging when done with the right spirit and proper mental
attitude is Yogic action. Even a scavenger can realise God in his own station
of life by service. You have got within all materials of wisdom. There is a
vast magazine of power and knowledge within you. It wants kindling. Now, wake up!
It is selfishness that has
deplorably contracted your heart. Selfishness is the bane of the society. It
clouds understanding and may be called petty-mindedness. Bhoga increases
selfishness and selfish Pravritti. It is the root-cause of human sufferings
Real spiritual progress
starts in selfless service. Serve the Sadhus, Sannyasins, Bhaktas, the sick and
the poor persons with Bhava, Prem and Bhakti. The Lord is seated in the hearts
of all. The spirit of service must enter into your very bones, cells, tissues
and nerves. The reward is invaluable. Practise and feel the cosmic expansion of
infinite Ananda. Tall talk and idle gossiping will not do. Evince intense zeal
and enthusiasm in work.
NO WORK IS MENIAL
He who has understood the
right significance of Karma Yoga will take every work as Yogic activity. There
is no menial work in his vision. Every work is Pooja of Narayana. In the light
of Karma Yoga, all actions are sacred. That aspirant who always takes immense
delight in doing works, which are considered by the worldly men as menial
services, only will become a dynamic Yogi. He will have no downfall. The canker
of pride cannot touch him.
BE DETACHED AND BALANCED
Just as the tongue is not
affected by taking ghee, so also you should remain unaffected even amidst
worldly activities and troubles. You must keep up the Nirlipta state. This is
Jnana. This is the balanced state (Samata).
You may fail to keep the
balance and Nirlipta state for a thousand and one times but in the long run you
are bound to succeed if you persist in your practice and if you discipline the
mind properly. Every failure is a pillar for future success. A Karma Yogi
should not expect even a return of love, appreciation, gratitude and admiration
from the people whom he is serving.
HOW TO JUDGE RIGHT OR WRONG
Have right-thinking and use
your reason and commonsense. Follow the injunctions of the Sastras. Consult the
code of Manu or Yajnavalkya Smriti whenever you have doubts, You will be able
to find whether you are doing right or wrong actions.
The third way of
distinguishing right or wrong action is to have fear in God. Consult your
conscience. The subtle inner voice will guide you. As soon as you hear the
voice, do not delay even a moment. Start the action diligently without
consulting anybody. Practise to hear the inner voice in the morning at 4 a.m.
If there is fear, shame, doubting or pricking of conscience, know that you are
doing wrong action.
BE NOT DELUDED
You have a whole menagerie
within you—the lion, the tiger, the serpent, the elephant, the ape, the
peacock. Bring them under your control. The beauty of the flesh is really due
to the life-giving principle, Prana. The beauty is attributable to the light
that emanates from Atman.
The nasty body with oozing
discharges from nine gutterlets is composed of five elements. It is a Jada
Vastu and unholy. Always entertain this idea. Have a clear-cut, well-defined,
image-picture as this. You will conquer lust by such a mental drill.
UNLOCK THE DOORS WITHIN
The ever-restless mind
becomes quiescent when all desires vanish. Desire raises Sankalpas (thoughts).
Man performs actions for acquiring the desired objects. Thus he is caught up in
the wheel of Samsara.
Just as there are doors in a
bungalow between the outer and the inner rooms, so also, there are many doors
between the lower and the higher mind. When the mind is purified by the
practice of Karma Yoga, Tapas, right conduct or the practice of Yama, Niyama,
Japa, meditation, etc., the doors between the lower and the higher mind are
opened. Discrimination between the real and the unreal dawns. The eye of
intuition is opened, The practitioner gets inspiration, revelation and higher
MOULD YOUR NATURE
With the help of the
subconscious mind you can change your vicious nature by cultivating healthy,
virtuous qualities that are opposed to the undesirable ones. If you want to
overcome fear mentally, deny that you have fear and concentrate your attention
upon the opposite quality, the ideal of courage.
When this is developed fear
vanishes away by itself. The positive always overpowers the negative. This is
an infallible law of nature. This is the Pratipaksha Bhavana of the Raja
Yogins. You can acquire a liking for distasteful tasks and duties by
cultivating a desire and taste for them. You can establish new habits, new
ideals, new ideas and new tastes.
TAP THE SUBCONSCIOUS MIND
If an idea is planted in the
mind, it grows at night through the operation of the subconscious mind. The
subconscious mind never takes rest. It works vigorously throughout the
Those who know how to
manipulate this subconscious mind can turn out tremendous mental work. All
geniuses have control over the subconscious mind. You must understand the ways
of extracting work from the subconscious mind. Subconscious mind is a wonderful
underground mental factory.
HARNESS THE MIND
Many philosophers and seers
are unanimously agreed that the mind cannot usually attend to more than one thing
at a time. But through proper training you can harness the powers of mind for
doing various mental actions simultaneously and make it shift with prodigious
rapidity backward and forward from one end to the other, carrying out your
Change of thought,
relaxation of mind by dwelling on thoughts of pleasant object, cheerfulness,
Sattvic food, are necessary for mental health.
YOGA IN DAILY LIFE
Ponder over the sufferings of
human life. Take a little nutritious food. Withdraw the senses from their
favourite objects of enjoyment. Sit quietly in your room. Look within. Meditate
You will soon attain mortality and regain your lost divinity.
You are not the slave of the
senses and desires. You are the mighty Emperor of emperors. Pain is a passing
cloud. Sorrow is a fleeting shadow. Sorrow is false. It cannot live. Bliss is
true. It cannot die. Rise above desires. Renounce selfishness and egoism.
Awake. Arise. Become a dynamic Yogi. Enjoy the Eternal Bliss of the Soul. Thou
art immortal, all-blissful Atman. Thou art beyond the reach of pain, grief,
sorrow, decay and death.
Think carefully. Decide
correctly. Act faithfully. Speak truthfully. Live honestly. Work diligently.
Talk gently. Behave properly. You are bound to succeed in any walk of life. You
will have peace of mind. You will have a pure conscience. You will get
spiritual wealth of an inexhaustible nature.
PRACTICE BEFORE THEORY
Spiritual practice, regular
and systematic, sincere and tenacious, is more necessary than theoretical
Even a grain of practice is
better than tons of theory. Regularly study the scriptures and other religious
books. Whatever you find applicable and benevolent, put them into actual
practice immediately. Develop the feeling that you must become an ideal Karma
Yogin to serve the needy and the unhappy. Maintain a spiritual diary. It will
quicken your progress.
Practise detachment. The
greatest Sadhana for the householder is to remain in the world as a lotus leaf
in the lake.
Insure yourself against the
worldly ties by first becoming firmly grounded on mental renunciation and
detachment. Rigorously train the mind to remain unshaken by worldly troubles
and afflictions. Use your discrimination. Work efficiently, wholeheartedly, but
be not affected by the results of your actions, by success and failure. Keep
your mind always steady. Exert and persevere; plod on steadily; aspire
BEHOLD HIM IN ALL
It is necessary to practise
the positive virtue of probing into the hearts of the silent sufferers and
offering aid to them inoffensively with the fullest conviction that they are
God Himself who in His infinite mercy has given you an opportunity to purify your
heart. With such conviction, you should dedicate the whole of your life in the
service of others.
To be conscious of the
Divine, to feel always the Divine Presence everywhere is verily to live a life
of fullness and Divine Perfection, even while on earth.
CHECK YOUR TENDENCIES
It is the natural tendency
of the mind to run towards worldly objects, because the mind is directly or
indirectly attached to some of its pleasing or favourite objects. It is because
of the negative Samskaras.
When the Sattvic Samskaras
become powerful, the mind is no more affected by the negative Samskaras. They
MANIPULATE AND POSITIVISE
Always entertain sublime,
divine thoughts. Introspect carefully the workings of the mind. Find out your
defects and mould them by cultivating their opposite Sattvic virtues.
Never allow the mind to
dissipate its energy on vain worries, vain imaginations and vain fears.
Practise concentration, Fix the mind on one object or idea. Withdraw the mind
again and again from external objects. Thus by manipulating the mind, you will
be able to bring it under your control.
WAY TO HAPPINESS
A knowledge of the ways and
habits of the mind and its operations, the laws of the mind and the method of
mental control and discipline, is very necessary if you want to enjoy real happiness
and peace of an unruffled and abiding nature.
You cannot expect
everlasting happiness and perennial joy in the world of the senses around.
Mischievous monkey mind plays havoc in a variety of ways and causes cares,
worries and anxieties. Money, property, women and children do not give
permanent satisfaction. This is the experience of all people.
UNFOLD THE DIVINITY
If you really aspire to
unfold the lurking Divinity within, if you really want to get rid of the
miseries of this Samsara, you must know the principles and the technique of
You must know the ways of
right living, right thinking. right speaking. You should practise the five
rules of Yama or right conduct. You should know how to withdraw the mind from
external objects and fix it on one point. You must know the right method of
concentration and meditation. Then alone can you be happy.
DISCRIMINATE AND BE WISE
Pleasure that is derived
from sensual objects gives pain to one who discriminates. Worldly-minded
persons who have lost the faculty of discrimination, rejoice in sensual objects
on account of lack of discrimination.
Such persons weep in old
age. You weep when you are born. You weep when you die. You weep in the
interval also. Wherein then, is pleasure in the world. Learn to discriminate,
Become a Yogi, for Yoga will put an end to all sorts of pain. Yoga will destroy
all your afflictions.
FRUITS OF REALISATION
Place before the mind the
fruits of Self-realisation or life in the Soul or Brahman or the Eternal: such
as immortality, eternal bliss, supreme peace and infinite knowledge.
If you remember these points
always, the mind will be weaned from the cravings of sensual pleasure.
Vairagya, Viveka and dispassion will dawn. You should seriously look into the
defects of the sensual life and into the unreal nature of worldly! life.
THE INTERNAL WARFARE
By increasing the Sattvic
modifications of the mind such as Kshama, love, mercy, magnanimity, generosity,
truthfulness, celibacy, you can destroy the Rajasic and Tamasic mental Vrittis.
Internal fight is ever going
on between the Gunas-Sattva, Rajas and Tamas-between good Vrittis and evil
Vrittis. This is the internal warfare between Suras and Asuras. You will have
to squeeze out all Rajas from this bodily tube and fill it with Sattva.
THOU ART SAT
This self-effulgent Atman
which is distinct from the five sheaths, the silent witness of the three
states, which is unchanging, pure, eternal, indivisible, all-full,
self-contained, an embodiment of peace, bliss and knowledge, is to be realised
as one's own Self.
That which is of the same
nature and is not affected by anything during the three periods of time, is
Sat. Sat only was prior to the creation of this universe. When darkness was
rolling over darkness during the Cosmic Pralaya, Sat alone was. Chit is that
which knows itself and knows others. Ananda is Pure Bliss.
SHARPEN THE MIND
The Self is hidden in all
beings like butter in milk. It is seen by advanced seers who are endowed with a
pure, sharp and subtle intellect and who practise constant, deep meditation.
The mind of worldly persons
is gross. It is unfit for concentration and introspection. Sattvic mind is
clam, sharp and subtle. Rajasic mind is restless and turbulent. You will have
to sharpen the mind by the practice of daily meditation.
THE FOUR OBSTACLES
Laya, Vikshepa, Kashaya, and
Rasasvada, are the four important obstacles that stand in the way of attaining
Laya is sleep. The aspirant
should try to fix the mind on the Self by not allowing it to pass into the
state of sleep. Vikshepa is tossing of mind. You should withdraw the mind again
and again from objects through discrimination and enquiry. Kashaya is building
castles in the air. This is due to external attachment. You can remove Kashaya
by adopting the same methods which you have used for eradicating Vikshepa. As
soon as Vikshepa is removed the bliss of Savikalpa Samadhi manifests. This
Rasasvada or enjoyment of conditioned bliss. It is an obstacle in the
attainment of Supreme Bliss.
WHAT IS MOKSHA
Moksha means nothing but the
destruction of the impurities of the mind. The mind becomes pure when all the
desires and fears are annihilated.
Moksha is freedom,
independence or perfection. Desire is an enemy of Moksha. It binds the man to
the Samsaric wheel of birth and death. It is the rootcause of human sufferings.
You must annihilate all desires and reach that incomparable seat where all
illusions of pleasure and pain vanish.
ATMAN IS EVER UNTAINTED
The ether in the jar is not
in any way affected by the smell of garlic merely through its connection with
the jar. Even so the pure Atman is not affected through its connection with the
limiting adjuncts, by the properties thereof.
Pleasure and pain are the
two kinds of modifications of the mind. They are mental creations. They are
relative terms. That which gives pleasure to one man gives pain to another.
That! sage who identifies himself with the Imperishable Self and stands as a
spectator of the mental modifications enjoys supreme peace and infinite bliss.
ELIMINATE THE FIVE SHEATHS
Discriminate between the
Self and non-Self. Eliminate the five sheaths. Just as you separate a stalk of
grass from its enveloping sheath, so also separate the Atman from the five
sheaths. Identify yourself with this self-effulgent Atman. Rest now in your own
glory and peace.
The body is superimposed
upon the Self. This superimposition is the root-cause for transmigration and
ONE ALONE EXISTS
There is neither far nor
near, neither inside nor outside, neither gross nor subtle for the sage who
rests in his own Sat-Chit-Ananda Svaroopa or his own glory.
Know also that Jnana is that
principle which is known by the Vak (Speech) of Brahma and others. This
Chaitanya, which alone is all, manifests itself as the dual visibles.
WHO IS A JIVANMUKTA
The Jivanmukta is neither
elated by worship nor depressed by abuse. He is neither agitated at the thought
of death nor welcomes the prospect of a long life. He is not perturbed under any
condition. He is undistracted amidst distractions.
For the Jivanmukta, who is
free from "I-ness" and "mine-ness" and desires, where is
delusion? Where is sorrow? What to renounce? What to gain? He is always
satisfied in the Self.
PLAY OF SUPERIMPOSITION
This world of names and
forms is a mere appearance. It is not independent existence apart from Brahman.
Just as a snake is superimposed on the rope, this world and body are
superimposed on Brahman.
This world is a relative
plane. It is projected through the illusory Power (Maya-Sakti) of Brahman. It
is a mere superimposition. It is a mere imagination or mental creation.
MANTRAS FOR AHAMGRAHA UPASANA
OM. Aham Brahma Asmi: I am
Brahman. Soham: I am He. Sivoham: I am Siva. Satchidananda Svaroopoham: I am
YOGA ASANAS AND SPIRITUALITY
A Vedantin is afraid to do
Asana and Pranayama on the ground that the practice will intensify 'body
attachment and militate against his practice of Vairagya. Though the two paths,
Hatha Yoga and Vedanta, are different, yet a Vedantin should have a broad
vision and practise Asana and Pranayama in order to keep the body in a sound
state to achieve the goal of life. There are Vedantins in a sickly condition
with very poor physique and dilapidated constitution. They can hardly do any
The body is closely related
to the mind. In other words, a weak, sickly body means a weak mind also.
Therefore keep your body strong by the practice of Hatha Yoga and gallantly
reach the other shore of Peace and Plenty.
Have holy aspiration. Grow
in purity. Discipline the senses and the mind. Meditate seriously. You will
soon become one! with the Infinite.
To speak the truth at all
costs, to speak sweetly with love, to practise non-violence and celibacy, to
behold the Lord in all forms, is Divine Life.
Come out of this cage of
flesh! Rent asunder this little veil of ignorance. Wake up from the slumber of
Fight bravely in this battle
of life. Arm yourself with the shield of discrimination and the sword of
dispassion. March forward courageously. Yield not to temptations.
THE SYMBOL OF BRAHMAN
OM is the symbol of Brahman.
It is the word of power. From OM the world is projected; in OM it exists; and
in OM it dissolves during Cosmic Pralaya. OM is the essence of the four Vedas.
Those who do Japa of OM
daily will get tremendous power. They will have a lustre in the eyes and the
face. All sounds and languages have emanated from Omkara.
ATTAIN THE BHUMA
The impurities of the mind
are lust, anger, greed, delusion, pride and egoism. One should remove these
impurities of the mind by protracted and constant selfless service, Upasana,
Japa, Trataka and Pranayama.
By careful, diligent,
protracted and unceasing practice of meditation, gradually ascend the steps
(Bhumikas). Do not relax the effort till you attain the Bhuma.
A cheerful man is a public
benefactor. He gladdens the hearts of all.
There is no friend like
The contagion of cheer has a
wonderful effect. It transforms depression into brightness, sickness into
health. A cheery word spontaneously gives cheer to others.
Cheerfulness is a habit of
mind. Gaiety is an occasional excitement of mundane spirit. Mirth or merriment
is loud gaiety.
A cheerful man smiles; a
merry man laughs; a sprightly man dances; a gay man takes his pleasure.
THERE IS NO DEATH
You are verily beyond death;
You are ever alive.
Changing of form is not
Death is but another phase
Death is cessation of bodily
Organic function and
Death is a transition to
another aspect of life,
A change of the form of
To another plane, astral or
Ice becomes water;
Water becomes steam, vapour
or invisible gas
According to the degree of
So is life in physical,
astral and mental planes.
Birth and death are jugglery
There is neither birth nor
death in truth.
Tat Tvam Asi (Thou art
Realise this and be free for
DO NOT SPARE THE ROD
You must not give leniency
to the mind. If yon allow the mind to take one luxury today, it will demand two
tomorrow. Luxuries will increase daily. It will become an over-fondled child.
"Spare the rod and spoil the child." This applies to the mind also.
It is worse than a child. You will have to punish it by fasting for every
serious mistake it does. Mahatma Gandhi did so and became pure, strong and
irresistible for the good of the country.
Have a careful eye over your
defects, and they are sure to vanish sooner or later. Destroy the impurities
one by one, little by little and completely.
BE AMIABLE ALWAYS
Amiability is the quality of
being amiable or of enchanting love.
A man of amiability is of
sweet disposition. He radiates so much of mental sunshine, love and joy that he
is reflected in all appreciative hearts.
Amiability is the constant
desire to please and love others.
Amiability is kindness or
sweetness of disposition. It is lovableness.
A man of amiability
possesses the agreeable mood or social qualities that please and make friends.
He is friendly or pleasing in disposition. He is kind-hearted, gracious,
genial. He has good nature. He is free from irritation. He possesses sweetness
of temper, kindheartedness, excellent, lovable disposition.
Kindly smiles and
courteousness pay high dividends.
THE OMNIPOTENT JNANI
A Jnani gets anything he
likes through the power of his Sat-sankalpa. A Jnani wills and everything comes
into being. A real Jnani has tremendous power.
In the lower form it is
Iccha or desire. In the higher form it is Will. What Yogic Samyama is to a Raja
Yogi, so is Sat-sankalpa to a Jnani. A Jnani may or may not exhibit his
Siddhis. That is a different question, but he has immense powers.
MARKS OF A JIVANMUKTA
The chief marks of a
Jivanmukta are knowledge of the past, present and future, absolute
fearlessness, absolute desirelessness, absolute painlessness, equal vision and
balance of mind.
He has perfect contentment,
unruffled peace of mind, deep, abiding joy and bliss, possession of
super-sensual spiritual knowledge and ability to clear any kind of doubts of
aspirants. His heart is always full of bliss.
CRAVING IS YOUR ENEMY
Love of sensual objects is
bondage; distaste for objects of sense is release. Destroy the craving-seed and
attain non-dual Brahmic seat.
Know that craving is man's
foe here in Samsara. An ignorant passionate man regards craving as a friend at
the time he thirsts for objects. He welcomes all sorts of cravings; he thinks
constantly of sensual objects. In the end he does not get any lasting
DESIRE CANNOT BE SATISFIED
This Samsara is dreadful;
there is no limit to the consuming power of desires or cravings. They are never
satisfied. They grow day by day, just as the flame increases by the pouring of
oil or ghee.
Viveka and Vairagya are the
master-weapons to kill this dire enemy of peace. Cravings take to their heels
whenever they hear of Viveka and Vairagya. Just as darkness cannot exist in the
presence of the sun, so also desires cannot show their faces before Viveka and
THE SHIELD OF AN ASPIRANT
You should cultivate Viveka
or Vairagya to a maximum degree. If one is established in Viveka or
discrimination between the Real and the unreal, Vairagya or dispassion will
come by itself.
Viveka is your real intimate
friend. Whenever the craving hisses, hammer it with the rod of Viveka. Keep
this short rod of Viveka always in your pocket. You are quite safe now. The
blissful, non-dual Paramdhama is quite close to you now. Enter it silently.
HOW TO BANISH SANKALPA
With the growth of Sankalpa,
this world will arise. If this Sankalpa is destroyed, this universe will
disappear. Extinction of the Sankalpas alone is Moksha.
The central basis of all
Sankalpas is this false illusory "I" (ego). With the contemplation of
the infinite "I" (Self), the train of ideas of the universe will
disappear as darkness before the sun. If the desires increase, Sankalpas also
increase. If the fire of desire is withdrawn, the fire of Sankalpas will be
CULTIVATE GOOD MANNERS
Manners are minor morals.
They are the shadows of virtue. They are a passport to regard. They are the
blossom of good sense and good feeling.
Pride, ill-nature, want of
sense, arrogance, impatience are the great sources of ill-manners.
Good manners are a part of
good morals. They are a rare gift. They easily and rapidly ripen into morals.
Be silent as to yourself.
Say little or nothing about your self
THE SAGE IS EVER HAPPY
A wise man having understood
that the body, senses, mind and intellect are entirely distinct from the
imperishable Brahman roams about happily.
The sage who rests in the Self,
eliminating all these illusory vehicles, is ever happy. He knows the illusory
nature of these products of Avidya. He also knows that the Atman, which is pure
and eternal, is entirely distinct from these false superimpositions, and he
knows that he is none other than the Atman
START YOUR PILGRIMAGE NOW
Be honest. Be sincere. Be
truthful. Be alert. Be diligent. Be vigilant. Be bold. Be of good character.
Success and glory will be yours.
Develop a correct value of
life here. It is not full. It is not perfect. There is always a sense of want.
Soak your life with
remembrance of Lord. Dedicate your all to Him. See Him in everyone.
Sing Lord's Names. Be an
instrument in His hands. You are sure to attain eternal bliss even here in
O Traveller in this
earth-plane! Start the pilgrimage right today. Pray fervently. Remember the
Lord constantly. You will surely reach the eternal abode.
PRAY AND MEDITATE
May He, the Lord of all,
pre-eminent among the Vedas and superior to the nectar that gods partake, bless
me with wisdom! May I be adorned with knowledge of Brahman that leads to
May my body become strong
and vigorous! May my tongue always utter delightful words! May I hear a lot of
good with ears! Thou art the scabbard of Brahman hidden by worldly taints. May
I never forget that which I have learnt! OM Peace! Peace!! Peace!!!
WHO IS A REAL POTENTATE
The sage in whom the
clinging to sensual life and thirst for sensual enjoyments have vanished
through knowledge of its real nature is a mighty potentate of this whole world.
His joy knows no bounds. He must be adored as visible Brahman on earth.
One should, through right
enquiry, differentiate himself as separate from the objects, with the thought
that "I" does not belong to the objects or the objets do not belong
to "I". His mind should give up all Vasanas and should perform all
actions as if in sport. Then you will become the real potentate of this
THE PLIGHT OF JIVAS
The bull of Jiva sleeps its
long sleep under the large shadows of Moha in the forest of Samsara, weltering
in the mire of sinful actions, goaded by the goad of Ajnana and lashed by the
whip of sensual enjoyments; while it is bound by the strong cords of desire and
is ever and anon needled by the flea-bites of rare diseases.
A Sage's power lies in
lifting through unintermittent efforts this bull which is groaning under the
heavy load of pains and, being quite lacerated through ceaseless motions
backward and forward, has fallen into the deep pool of numberless births and
LIVE THE LIFE DIVINE
Lead the divine life of
truth, love and purity. Repeat the Lord's Name with every breath. Take every
thing as His Will. Surrender yourself unto His protecting hands. You will enjoy
perennial peace and bliss.
Devotion to Lord's feet alone
will enable you to obtain His Grace.
Do Japa. Sing Kirtan. Do
charity. Practise meditation Realise Atmic bliss. May God bless you.
Think correctly. Decide
carefully. Work diligently.
The senses and the mind are
your real enemies. Conquer them.
Have inner spiritual life.
Fight against the dark evil forces.
TIME IS PRECIOUS
Know the value of time. You
cannot salvage a second spent in worthless ways. Time is most precious. Utilise
every second in spiritual pursuits and service.
The moment yon turn your
mind Godward, you will gain immense strength and peace.
If you are truthful and pure
in your daily life, you inherit the Kingdom of God.
As soon as you get up from
your bed in the early morning, do Japa and meditation. Then practise Asanas and
Long hast thou been bound by
the noose of "I am the body." Feel now: "I am the
Sat-Chit-Ananda Atman", and thus cut the noose (by this sword of wisdom)
and roam about happily
There should not exist the
idea of separateness in the heart. The moment the conceptions of
"Mine", "I", "you" or "I did it" arise
in one, the nail of sorrow is hammered in him. Get yourself established in the
idea of "Soham" or "I am He". Through the identification
with the Atman, you will be able to land safely on the other beautiful shore of
fearlessness and immortality.
14. GOD IS LOVE
God is love, love is God.
Love melts into bliss.
Love sustains all beings
Love earns for us the Great
Seat of Brahmanhood.
From love the world has
In love it exits.
To love it returns.
Love is the master-key to
the Palace (of Self-knowledge).
Love in its dynamic aspect
is service and charity.
Absolute Love is Existence-Knowledge
15. THE FIVE SHEATHS
When all the five sheaths
have been eliminated by "Neti-Neti" doctrine, through reasoning, what
remains is the Witness, the Knowledge Absolute, the All-full, the Indivisible,
The five sheaths are Annamaya
(physical), Pranamaya (vital), Manomaya (mental), Vijnanamaya (intellectual)
and Anandamaya (blissful) Koshas. These are all products of Prakriti. They are
like layers of an onion. Just as the onion dwindles into an airy nothing when
all the layers are peeled off, so also the body idea vanishes when the sheaths
CARELESSNESS IS DANGEROUS
Just as the sedge, even if
removed, covers the water of a tank again and again, so also Avidya enshrouds
even if he is careless and if he stops his meditation
Therefore, the aspirant should
ever be very careful Carelessness is practical death itself. There is no
greater danger for an aspirant than carelessness about his own real nature. The
man who is careless falls from the ladder of virtue.
DO NOT BE SUSPICIOUS
Suspicion clouds the mind.
It creates rupture among friends. It loses friends. It is a defect not in the
heart, but in the brain
Suspicion is the mark of a
mean spirit and a base soul. A noble man suspects none.
Suspicion checks business,
disposes kings or head of states to tyranny and irresolution, husbands to
jealousy and hatred.
Freedom from suspicion
promotes happiness in man. Suspicion is an enemy to happiness.
Ignorance is the mother of
suspicion. Attain knowledge. Suspicion will vanish.
Suspicion is the poison of
If suspicion enters your
mind, love and confidence will go out
Suspicion among thoughts is
like a bat among birds; They ever fly by twilight
THE TWO AIDS
The Rajas and Tamas try
their level best to re-enter the mental factory and take possession of their
lost seats. They should be driven out by Viveka, Vichara and Vairagya.
When meditation is
practised, obstacles such as absence of right enquiry, impatience, laziness,
inclination for enjoyment, absorption in sensual and impure thoughts appear.
Remove them through right enquiry and discrimination.
ATMAN IS UNBORN
How can there be death for
the Soul, when it has no birth?
Srutis emphatically declare:
"Atman is unborn, without old age, immortal and imperishable." It is
absolutely change. less, and is the witness of six changes that take place in
the body on account of the influence of time. The Atman is attached like water
on the lotus-leaf, like the all-pervading ether. As Atman is! birthless and
un-attached there is neither agency nor enjoyment in Atman.
ATTAIN ATMA SWARAJ
Brahma Jnana causes release
from the trammels of one's own mind. Such a release alone leads to the
attainment of Moksha or real Swarajya.
If the mind-thief is
punished severely, one can attain Nirvana. Self-realisation can be had within
the twinkling of an eye, if you apply yourself diligently to meditation and if
you equip yourself with the four means. Then and then alone can you have real
Swarajya, in the Soul.
THE SUBSTRATUM: I
I am the destroyer of the
tree of Samsara. My reputation is as high as the summit of the hill. I am, in
essence, as pure as the sun. I am the highest treasure. I am All-wise, Immortal
I am the Sat-Chit-Ananda
Brahman. I am Nirakara, Para Brahman. I am Advaita Para Brahman. I am Akhanda
Paripoorna Brahman. I am Nitya Suddha, Siddha, Buddha and Mukta Brahman.
Meditate thus, and realise your real nature.
REFLECT AND PRACTISE
Purity is the keynote of the
Divine Life. He who gets mastery over the mind and the senses is invincible. He
cannot be overcome by anyone.
kindness, compassion, charitable acts soften and change the heart
cruelty, revenge, harden the heart.
cannot understand a saintly man as he has an impure mind, as he is veiled by
passion and selfishness.
aspirant has entered into a new birth. He has a new heart and a new mind. He
has an awakened vision.
Brahmamuhurta now! Rejoice! Climb up to the peak of eternal bliss now. Do not
delay even a second.
YOU ARE NEVER HELPLESS
spiritual aspirant is never helpless. The entire existence is supporting him in
his arduous struggle, for he is searching for something which is true to all.
One may dislike a certain thing of the world, but Truth can be hated by none!
If all the
fourteen worlds were to face him in battle, the spiritual aspirant would count
them for a straw! For he is the Immortal Spirit, the ruler of the heaven and
earth, and the universe at large!
The road to
excellent Bliss is clothed with piercing thorns. The road passes through a
lonely, dense forest haunted by terrific beasts. It is protected by impregnable
fortresses, and guarded by multihooded, diabolic cobras. The road is hard to
tread; the bliss is difficult to attain.
spiritual aspirant is one who has become immune from all afflictions and
terrors. No weapon that is cast against him shall prosper. No thought directed
against him shall ever fare well.
THOUGHT DECIDES THE FUTURE
Just as you
think, so you become. Think "I am body": you will become the body.
Think "I am Sat-Chit-Ananda Brahman." Brahman you will become.
alone shapes and moulds a man. Every man has his own thought-world. Imagination
works wonders. Your present is the result of your past thoughts and your future
will be according to your present thoughts. Speech and action simply follow
AN WITNESS ART THOU
vice, pleasure and pain are of the mind, not thine. Neither the doer nor the
enjoyer art thou. Indeed thou art ever free.
In the Gita
you will find, "All actions are wrought by the qualities of nature only.
The self-deluded, through the power of egoism, thinketh 'I am the doer'. But he
who knoweth the essence of the divisions of the qualities and functions,
holding that the qualities move amidst the qualities, is not attached.
THIS IS YOUR DUTY
proves to be faithless to you, be faithful to him. If anyone injures you,
forgive him and forget the injury done by him. Serve him with all your heart.
You will gain immense spiritual strength and peace. The pride of youth might
ridicule your action, but it will soon be a dream of the past. Forgiveness will
embolden you. The divinity will shine on its pristine purity, splendour and
nature of the mind. Analyse the mind carefully. Get rid of the three defects of
the mind, namely, impurity, tossing and veil that hides right understanding.
Purify and steady the mind. Fix it on the goal. Rise above the deceptions and
temptations of the mind. Change the angle of your mind from unreal to Real.
Change the vision from illusion to disillusion. It is your duty.
WHAT IS VAIRAGYA
the opposite of Raga. It is dispassion or non-athment. It is indifference to
sensual enjoyments herein and hereafter. Vairagya thins out the fatty, sensual
mind. It turns the mind inward.
born of Viveka is lasting and steady. If any one seriously thinks on the
various kinds of pains of the Samsara such as birth, death, worries,
sufferings, diseases, loss, hostility, disappointment, fear, Vairagya will dawn
NO PLEASURE IN OBJECTS
is a desire in the mind,
The mind is
filled with Rajas.
It is in an
restless and unpeaceful.
It will be
restless till the desired object is attained.
object is attained and enjoyed,
functions of the mind cease temporarily.
filled with Sattva.
moves towards Atman.
of Atman is reflected in the mind.
there is no pleasure in the objects.
It is only
bliss of the Soul inside.
people attribute the pleasure to the objects.
This is a
WEEP NO MORE
A life of
perfect peace and absolute tranquility cannot be found in the world of senses
around us. If you want to rise above the cares and troubles of ordinary life,
aspire for a life in the Atman.
Avadhoota Gita you will find: "Birth and death, bondage and freedom,
Dharma and Adharma, names and forms, are not in thee. Why then do you weep, O
child? Thou art imperishable, infinite, pure consciousness."
Do not hope
for anything. Control the mind and the senses. Give up greed and desire. You do
not commit any sin although you perform actions. This is Anasakti Yoga.
yourself from the pairs of opposites. Be balanced in success and failure.
Destroy envy. Though you perform actions you are not bound. This is Anasakti
attachment. Be harmonious. Fix the mind on the Innermost Atman. Now all your
actions will melt away. You will not be bound. You will attain salvation.
Anasakti Yoga. O Mokshapriya! Practise this Yoga, purify your heart and attain
the goal of life.
BEHOLD THE COSMIC PRESENCE
creatures have come out of God. They go back to Him alone during dissolution.
The whole world is the body of the Lord. How can you hurt or dislike another
man or any creature on the surface of the earth when you have taken God as the
object of adoration and love? How can you be selfish? Can you eat all mangoes
of your garden yourself alone?
When you do
not consider another's pain your own, you have no compassion or mercy. You have
no complacency (Mudita). Therefore you do not rejoice at another's virtue. You
have no contentment. There is burning desire in your heart. You do not consider
another's happiness as your own. Therefore,
uneasy. You have no indifference to the vicious actions of the wicked people.
Therefore you are troubled. There is nothing but your own self in this
universe. All bodies are yours. All hands are yours. This whole world is your body.
All names and forms are yours. Do not separate yourself from the world. Unite.
Expand. Mix. Feel oneness and unity. You will enjoy boundless joy and
GITA SHOWS THE WAY
Gita lays down that the
purpose of man's life here is to attain Self-realisation. The Lord does not cut
asunder Sannyasa and life-in-the-world, as some scriptures that prevailed
before the Gita had done. Observe the conditions of the Varnas and the Ashramas
today, and you will readily admit the Omniscience of the Lord and His
foreknowledge of the chaos that would envelop humanity. The Lord, therefore,
enjoined Karma Yoga upon all. "Fill your mind with thoughts of Me; be
devoted to Me; do My will; surrender yourself unto Me; you will soon reach Me”:
that was in short the burden of His Song. The Karma Yoga of the Bhagavad Gita
is truly the Yoga of Synthesis. This Yoga is the most suitable one for the Kali
age. It helps the integral development of the human personality. It leaves no
loon holes for Mayaic forces to enter as it fills every part of man with
SELFISHNESS VEILS UNDERSTANDING
understanding. Even if a man has a tinge of selfishness, he cannot find out
what is right and wrong. A very pure, subtle sharp intellect is needed for this
purpose, besides destroying selfishness.
You should possess a
well-purified heart. You must have a balanced mind. You must be indifferent to
heat and cold, pleasure and pain, praise and censure, success and failure. You
must be well-trained in selfless service for several years. Then you can get
over selfishness and acquire real understanding.
BEHOLD GOOD IN ALL
Evil is mere appearance. It
is not a reality. It is an illusion. Evil exists to glorify good. Good and evil
are not two independent things or entities. They are the two sides of the coin.
An evil man is a saint of
the future. Transmute evil into good through Vichara or reflection. Out of evil
often cometh good. There is neither absolute good nor absolute evil in this
phenomenal world. Good and evil are relative terms.
Behold good alone in
everything. Develop again and again the good-finding faculty. Destroy the
evil-finding quality to its very root.
VALUE OF PROMISE
Never break your promise.
Stick to it even if it costs your life. It is better to give up your life in
order to secure due performance of sacred and solemn promise.
"Be slow to make
promise, but quick to perform it." This is an old adage. Say, "I
shall try but I do not promise you." Do not entangle yourself by making
promises thoughtlessly. He who keeps his promise is respected by the people. He
who practises truth must stick to his promises. It is a great virtue.
YOUR INNER GUIDE
Conscience is the light of
the soul that is burning within the chambers of your heart. It is a form of
truth. It is a guiding voice from within
Virtuous acts, charity,
benevolence, nobility, generosity, acts of mercy, practice of truthfulness,
Brahmacharya and Ahimsa sharpen the conscience. On the other hand, falsehood,
cruel and immoral life, crookedness, deceitfulness kill the conscience. A man
of guilty conscience is ever restless and unhappy happy in this world and in
the next world also. A man of pure conscience is a veritable god on earth.
THE GLORIOUS PATH TO BLISS
He who is virtuous, who is
kind on all occasions, who is filled with compassion, obtains the greatest
contentment and ascends the superior path of virtue.
The wise men who with
sanctity lead a virtuous life obtain eternal bliss and immortality. Those who
are charitable, secure prosperity in this world and abode of happiness in the
next Harmlessness, forgiveness, peacefulness, agreeable speech, control of
passions and excitements constitute the superior path of the honest and the
THE MARKS OF A VIRTUOUS MAN
Who is good and virtuous?
One who is devoted to the well-being of all, who can give his all and sacrifice
his very life for others, who is endowed with great courage, who follows all
the duties laid down by scriptures, who is ever ready to work for the
well-being of others.
Such a promoter of virtue
cannot be seduced from the path of virtue. He is free from lust or anger,
unattached to any worldly object. Gain or loss, happiness and misery, the
agreeable and the disagreeable, life and death are held in equal estimation by
that man of firm mind engaged in acquiring divine knowledge.
THE SECRET OF SUCCESS
Miserliness is a great
curse. It is an enemy of oneness and a friend of selfishness. Miserly persons
are quite unfit for the spiritual path. Generous-hearted persons are very rare.
Many have achieved power, popularity, peace and happiness only through a
Miserly persons can never
dream to have all these and success in life. Their very company is very
dangerous for spiritually-minded persons. They poison the whole atmosphere on
account of their corrupted and contracted hearts.
MOHA-THE STEEL CHAIN
Some men retire from service
and live on the banks of the Ganga, Narmada and the Yamuna. They do a little
Japa and meditation and study Yoga Vasishtha and Upanishads and imagine that
they are Jivanmuktas.
They entertain intense Moha
for their children and remit their pension to their sons and grandchildren.
They will not spend even a pie in charity. They are hopeless, self-deluded
souls! "It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than
for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of God."
REALISE GOD THROUGH CHARITY
Give to the poor, the sick,
the helpless and the forlorn. Give to the orphans, the decrepit, the blind and
the helpless widows. Give to Sadhus, Sannyasins, religious and social
Charity should be bestowed
with humility and joy. You should feel that you are highly honoured in getting
an opportunity to be of service to another. You must feel that you are the
receiver. Thank the man who gives you an opportunity to serve him by doing
charity. Give with right mental attitude, and realise God through charitable
EAT A LITTLE
Eat to live and not live to
eat. Let your attention be turned not to storing of food and enjoying the
luxuries of life. If you are whole-timed spiritual student who has given up all
work and taken to pure Japa and meditation, you can live on one meal a day.
You will be free from diseases
and your mind will be calm and serene. When you sit for meditation in
Brahmamuhurta, you will merge in Brahman.
His mental Bhava helps a man
to purify his heart very quickly. All acts done with divine Bhava become divine
activities. This is real Yoga.
Glory to India, the land of
charity! May she continue her divine activities for ever! May the inhabitants
of this glorious Aryavarta live up to the ideals of their forefathers, the
Rishis of yore! May Ananda ever flourish! May rains come at the proper time!
May the earth yield plenty! May peace, prosperity and joy be to all beings.
A really sweet man is
divine. He does not expect anything from others. His very nature is sweet. He
brings joy to others by his innate sweetness.
Sweetness is born of Sattva.
It is the sweet aroma of a perfected soul, Siddha Purusha, adept through long
and intense Tapas, discipline, Yoga practice, communion through mind melting in
silence. Sweetness must be an essential attribute of a spiritual propagandist
and public worker. The Rajasic ego should melt in the crucible of Yoga fire.
Rajas must be churned out. Then the butter of sweetness will float on the
surface of the Sattvic mind.
WIN EVERYONE'S HEART
The one quality which will
bring for one respect, fame, and the confidence of worthy men is the sweetness
of speech. This is one thing by practising which a person is esteemed by all
and becomes famous. This is the one thing which yields happiness to all. One
may always secure love of all creatures by practising sweetness of speech.
Sweetness of speech secures
one's object, while at the same time it never pains any heart. Sweet speech
pleases more than does the gift of an object.
HONESTY—THE UNIVERSAL VIRTUE
Honesty is not a virtue
meant only for a particular section of mankind, as loyalty is to the
subordinate, chastity is to married women, and filial piety and obedience is to
children and students.
It is a sacred duty and
moral obligation in the interest of social solidarity. A honest man is dear to
Lord. He showers His Grace and blessings upon such a one. Honesty never goes
unrewarded in the long run. The honest man comes to be honoured by all.
BE MODERATE IN EVERYTHING
You should be moderate in
eating, drinking, sleeping, reading, laughing, copulation, talking, exercise,
Lord Krishna says,
"Verily Yoga is not for him who eats too much, nor who abstains to excess,
nor who is too much addicted to sleep, nor even to wakefulness. Yoga kills all
pains in him who is regulated in eating, and amusement, regulated in performing
actions, regulated in sleeping and waking." He who is moderate in
everything is a perfect Yogi.
A MARVELLOUS LUBRICATOR
Tolerance is needed in all
spheres of life, social, economic, political and religious. Fights, quarrels,
ruptures, fractions in society and domestic circles and war are all due to lack
of tolerance. All social, religious and political institutions are held
together by the cohesive force of tolerance.
Tolerance is a marvellous
lubricating oil which helps the smooth revolutions of the wheels of life.
THE INVULNERABLE FORTRESS
The birth of a man is due to
his mixed Karmas, mixture of good and evil. Every man will have to meet
dangers, calamities at some period of his life. He who is endowed with
fortitude will bear them calmly with great presence of mind and with a smiling
Fortitude is a sweet
mysterious spiritual mixture of courage, calmness, patience, presence of mind
and endurance. It is a virtue born of Sattva. It gives great strength of mind
to Sadhakas, who tread the path of Pravritti.
THE BASIS OF DIVINE LIFE
Self-control is an
indispensable requisite for the living of a truly ethical life. Without
self-restraint, the practice of ethics is quite impossible. You have sublime
sentiments and noble intentions, but when you have no self-control, you will be
a slave to baser passions.
Self-control leads to the
highest merit. It is the eternal duty of man. Self-control surpasses in merit
charity, sacrifice, and study of the Vedas. The man of self-control acquires
great reward in the next world and gets esteem in this world.
THE KNOWER OF SELF
That man who never rejoices
at large accessions and never feels sorrow when overtaken by misfortune is said
to be endowed with wisdom and contentment.
Overcoming lust and anger,
practising the vow of Brahmacharya and becoming a complete master of his
senses, the Brahmana practising patiently the austere penances and observing
the most rigid restraint, should live in the world calmly waiting for his time
like one seeming to have a body though fully knowing that he is not subject of
Control of anger, is
indispensable in the practice of ethics. Anger is your dire enemy; it is the
enemy of peace, wisdom and devotion. It is born of Rajo Guna. All actions
proceed from anger. It is one of the three gates of hell. It is the slayer of
all Tapas. Therefore control anger through patience and forgiveness. Indulge
not thyself in the passion of anger.
Bear slight provocations
with patience; forgive the faults of others. Forget not your own defects and
weaknesses. Forget the wrong done to you by others. This is the way to control
THE GATEWAY TO VIRTUE
Good and bad are both in
man. Human being is a mixture of both. All creatures contain forces of virtue
and evil. It is the restraint of evil and the active exercise of good that
raises man above other creatures.
Anger is the outlet or
channel through which emerge harshness, cruelty, pain and harm; vengeance,
violence, war and destruction. When anger is overcome your understanding
becomes clear and discrimination is active. You are enabled to choose between
right and wrong. You proceed without confusion upon the straight, narrow path
of moral rectitude.
COVETOUSNESS—THE GATE TO HELL
Covetousness causes anxiety,
desire to speak ill of others, strong lustful desire, gluttony, liability to
premature death, strong desire for falsehood, irrepressible desire for indulging
into passions, insatiable desire for indulging the ear, evil speaking,
boastfulness, arrogance, neglect of duties, rashness and perpetration of every
kind of evil action.
dispassion, the practice of the opposite virtues such as nobility, generosity,
charity, integrity. honesty, disinterestedness, Japa, Kirtan, meditation,
enquiry will eradicate covetousness.
THIS IS IGNORANCE
Attachment, hate, loss of
judgement, joy, sorrow, vanity, lust, anger, pride, procrastination, idleness,
desire, aversion, jealousy, envy, and all other sinful habits constitute
Ignorance and covetousness
are the same. Both produce the same result or fruits of the same faults.
Ignorance originates from covetousness. The time when ignorance occurs is when
the objects of covetousness are not attained. From ignorance proceed
covetousness. Hence abandon ruthlessly covetousness by a strong determination.
DRINKING-THE BED OF VICES
Drinking ranks as the first
of soul-killing habits. It completely destroys the moral faculties of man,
kills all lofty ambitions and aspirations and the higher nobler instincts of
Man's nature becomes coarse
and he sinks to a low level of extreme degradation. So widespread has this
practice become that it is regarded as a social accomplishment and a
fashionable desideratum. Where drinking is present, there vices are rampant. It
is a dangerous enemy of the ethical life of mankind. It is one's responsibility
to strive vigorously and banish this evil.
GAMBLING-THE WEAPON OF MAYA
Beware of gambling. Pushkara
challenged Nala for dice game and lost everything. Yudhishtira also gambled and
lost his wife. Gambling is a weapon of Maya. The gambler thinks always that he
will win in the next play but he goes on losing.
Gambling spoils entirely the
character of man, making him irreligious and unrighteous. It makes him excited
and to lose sound judgement and sense of decorum. It makes him an atheist. It
brings him in the company of evil-minded persons and dregs of the society.
Drinking, adultery, meat-eating are the constant companions of gambling.
ENTER THIS IMPREGNABLE FORTRESS
Do not waste your precious
time in playing cards, in writing solution for crossword puzzles, gambling and
race-courses. Money earned through cross-word puzzles will not stick to you
even for a day. Life is meant for higher spiritual progress.
Wake up, O ignorant man!
Struggle hard and obtain the supreme, inexhaustible spiritual wealth and be
happy for ever. Live in the company of the wise and lead the divine life.
Satsanga is an impregnable fortress where there is no scope for the entry of
Maya and her companions.
BECOME THE KING OF KINGS
Be equal in pleasure and
pain, in life and death, in praise and censure, in honour and dishonour, in
gain and loss. Thus enter into the Infinite or the Supreme Silence.
Renounce all desires through
detachment and discrimination. Renounce the objects of the world. Renunciation
of desires will follow. Thereafter live happily wherever thou pleasest.
A distaste for the objects
of senses is freedom and attachment to the objects is bondage. This is wisdom.
Blessed is he who is
established in his own Satchidananda Svaroopa. He is an Atmasamrat,
(Self-King). The whole world will pay homage to this Sage.
The mind in a Jivanmukta
ceases to function. He is free from delusion and inertia. He experiences
indescribable state of wisdom, and immortal Bliss.
O Mokshapriya! Attain wisdom
of the Self and become a Jivanmukta now and here. Be sincere in your endeavour.
WAKE UP THIS MOMENT
Even men who have got their
wives lead a life of dissipation. What a great shame! They have taken a pledge
before the sacred fire (God Agni) that they would be true to their wives and
yet they lead a life of immorality.
These deluded souls of
little understanding deserve capital punishment. The Divine Law of cause and
effect is inexorable and unrelenting. It will not spare them at all. O ignorant
man! Have you realised now at least your folly? Will you promise me that you
will lead a good virtuous life from this moment at least?
A WORD TO YOUTH
O College boys, who waste
your father's money in towns, in restaurants, hotels and cinemas! Beware, do
not become victims of gonorrhoea and syphillis. Your whole life will be
Learn the ways of
self-control from Sadhus and Sannyasins. Be regular in Japa and Kirtan,
meditation and the study of old scriptures. You are the future citizens of the
world. Learn to soothe the itching of nerve through sublime thinking and divine
ARE YOU SAFE FROM INNER FOES?
Vices are the destroyers of
ethical life being the poisonous weeds that rapidly grow and choke up the
fragrant flowers of virtue that blossom in the fair garden of ethical life. Unless
vices are eradicated through resolute effort and self-purification, your moral
well-being is not safe.
Anger, lust, sorrow, loss of
judgement, jealousy, malice, pride, envy, slander and fear are very powerful
enemies of man. They approach man and tempt him from all sides.
HOW TO CONVERT YOUR PARTNER
Sometimes the house becomes
a hell when there is no religious unity between the husband and wife. If the
husband is religious, the irreligious wife does not allow him to study
religious books, to sit in meditation, to visit holy places of pilgrimage, to
practise Brahmacharya, and to have Satsanga with great souls.
How can man live happily
with such ignorant and irreligious woman? If your wife stands in your way of
doing spiritual practice, mildly suggest to her that you will take to Sannyasa.
Then she will come to her senses.
THE CORE OF SPIRITUALITY
The workings of Maya are so
very extremely subtle, so very difficult to overcome, and human nature is so
Asuric and unregenerate that real spiritual development and progress in Sadhana
are indeed very hard to obtain.
To achieve success in any
measure in the spiritual life is the most difficult and uphill task that truly
it is Divine Grace alone that can raise the aspirant from darkness to light.
The eradication of egoism in all its numerous aggressive forms comprises the
very core of spirituality.
MOST IMPORTANT SADHANA
Right from the very
beginning of your spiritual life, you must understand clearly that in true
humility, sincere desire to root out gradually pride, egoism, and jealousy,
earnest unceasing introspection to find out one's own defects and improve
oneself lies your hope of progress.
Without this basis, all
sorts of Sadhanas become a delusion and a waste. It makes the aspirant puffed
up, more proud and egoistic. When this happens all good advice and
instructions! fall flat upon him.
DESTROY THE DIABOLICAL NATURE
Spirituality means growing
into the form of Divine Ideal. It is the transformation of your nature from the
human to the Divine. You can hope to achieve perfection only when you effect
It is purification and
change of heart alone that makes Dharma and Dhyana possible. To grow in Sattva,
you must entirely destroy the Asuric side of your nature. Never imagine for a
moment that you are anywhere near to the Goal unless and until you strive with
earnestness and diligence to rid yourself of evil tendencies, get established
in pure Sattvic ethical character.
THE DUTIES OF A HOUSEHOLDER
It is difficult to live the
life of a householder. The householder's life is prescribed to one who cannot
control his passion. One without passions should revert to the path of
The householder should not
plunge himself exclusively in the welfare of his family. He has to perform many
sacred duties and to practise self-control. He should not become a slave of
worldly enjoyments at any time. He should perform Rishi Yajna, Deva Yajna,
Bhuta Yajna, Pitru Yajna and Manushya Yajna.
ADHERE TO DHARMA
A householder should not
earn money by acts which enthral the senses of man, nor by means forbidden by
the Vedas. In the event of his possessing money, or in want, one must not
endeavour to earn money from any source without discrimination.
Let him not wilfully addict
himself to any object of sense-gratification; in case of extreme attachment, he
must counteract it by means of his will force.
SHARE WITH ALL
A householder shall give
food to Brahmacharins who do not cook their meals, and after keeping enough
food for his relations and dependents, he shall distribute the residue to birds
He should properly shave his
hair, wear clean clothes and keep himself neat and tidy. Even extremely heated,
he must not visit his wife during the three forbidden days of her periods, nor
share the same bed with her. Intellect, vigour, strength, eyesight and vitality
of a man who goes unto a woman in her menses are impaired.
THE MORNING DUTIES
Early in the morning a good
householder should get up with a holy thought, chanting the Names of Lord Hari
and singing of His glories through various hymns and prayers.
He should then evacuate his
bowels and wash his legs, hands and face. He should look at the sun and read
the daily Almanac. He should then take bath in a river or a tank and perform
his morning Sandhyavandana and Arghya. He should do one thousand and eight
Gayatri Mantra Japa.
SEE GOOD IN ALL
A householder must speak
truth that is pleasant; he must not speak an unpleasant truth nor a pleasant
lie. This is the eternal virtue.
Even in cases of ungentle
dealings, he must always say "that's good, that's good, good" to all.
He must not engage in futile quarrel, nor create a barren enmity with any
person. Persons possessing limbs in less or excess; old men, illiterate
persons, those devoid of personal beauty and worldly possession and men of low
birth, he must not taunt for their unfortunate de formities or privations
Always bear in mind that the
primary condition of success in the spiritual path is an earnest longing for
purity. So, be sincere and very earnest in your Sadhana and strive for
purification and sound ethical culture.
Sing the glories and most
powerful Names of the Lord. It will fill you with supreme peace and devotion
will dwell in your purified heart. Evil thoughts are as sinful as evil deeds.
The path of virtue lies straight before you. Be sufficiently watchful and exert
What is Bhagavata Dharma?
That which takes you to the Lord, that which enables you to kill your Vasanas,
egoism, likes and dislikes is real Dharma. That which frees you from the round
of births and deaths, that which makes you fearless, desireless and
"I-less" is Bhagavata Dharma. That which fills your heart with
devotion to Lord Krishna, that which enables you to behold the one Supreme
Tattva, Lord Krishna, everywhere is Bhagavata Dharma. Hold fast to this. Strive
ceaselessly to do good to others.
Your character and your
future are built by your thoughts and deeds. As you think, so shall you become.
If you think nobly, you will be born with a noble character. This is the
immutable law of Nature.
Character is power as it is
made by Karma and moulds your will. It is the real protection and ornament of a
woman. Change your mode of thought and mental attitude from this very minute.
Develop right thinking and pure Sattvic desire. Thought transformed will
transform your life.
POSSESS MORAL COURAGE
Courage is that quality of
mind which enables one to encounter danger and difficulties with firmness or
without fear or fainting of heart
boldness are synonymous terms. It is a positive attribute of the mind. This
quality is very necessary for material and spiritual progress. A coward dies
many times before he actually leaves this physical body. Honesty and justice
are linked with courage. There are people who have exhibited physical courage
during combat but have no moral character. It comes from within.
LOVE THE SUPREME POWER
Ahimsa is supreme love. It
is your soul-force. Hate melts in the presence of love. The practice of Ahimsa
will make you fearless.
He who practises Ahimsa with
real faith can move the whole world, can tame wild animals, can win the hearts
of all, can subdue his enemies. He can do and undo things. The power of Ahimsa
is ineffable. Its glory is indescribable and its greatness inscrutable. The
force of Ahimsa is infinitely more wonderful and subtle than electricity or
Man is a mixture of three
ingredients, viz., human element, brutal instinct and divine ray. He is endowed
with finite intellect, perishable body, a little knowledge and a little power.
This makes him distinctly
human. Lust, anger, hatred belong to his brutal nature. The reflection of
cosmic intelligence is at the back of his intellect. So he is an image of God.
When the brutal instinct dies, when his ignorance is rent asunder, when he is
able to bear insult and injury, he becomes one with the divine.
CONQUEST OF SELF
The conquest of the lower
self is the conquest of the world. All animals possess one vicious quality or
the other, but man is a complex animal. He possesses countless evil traits.
Admit your faults freely.
When you are free from all these evil traits, Samadhi will come by itself.
Under pressure of Yoga and meditation various sorts of dirts in the mind come
out as dirt of a room that is shut up for six months. Aspirants should
introspect and watch their minds.
To be jealous is mean, to be
selfish is ignoble, to be compassionate is divine; to be patient and enduring
is manly; to be contented and happy is wise; to be serene is glorious, to be dispassionate
is praiseworthy and to be equanimous is laudable.
Therefore eradicate jealousy
and selfishness and cultivate divine virtues. Pride, arrogance, irritability
are all obstacles in progress. Remove them and you will soon attain Godhead.
If the aspirant is capable
of being offended easily for trifling things, he cannot make any progress in
meditation. He should cultivate amiable loving nature and adaptability. Then
this bad trait will vanish.
Some aspirants get easily
offended if their bad qualities and their defects are pointed out. They become
indignant and begin to fight with the man who shows the defects. They think
that the man is concocting their defects out of jealousy or hatred.
Make the mind understand by
repeated hammering and Vichar that all sexual pleasures are false, utterly
worthless and extremely harmful.
Clearly think over how very
illusory and full of pain it is. On no account should you listen to the
promptings of impure mind. Place before the mind the glory and advantage of a
life in the eternal and all-blissful Omniscient Atman. Lust deals a deadly blow
to spiritual Sadhana. Kill this lust by diverse methods. Do not entertain
thoughts of women.
Be serene and tranquil under
all circumstances. Cultivate this virtue Sama again and again through constant
Serenity is like a rock.
Waves of irritation may dash on it, but cannot affect it. Meditate daily on the
ever-tranquil Atman. The divine light will descend on a calm mind only. An
aspirant with a calm mind only can enter into deep meditation and Nirvikalpa
Samadhi. The upward path to good is very difficult, thorny and precipitous.
DO NOT VILIFY
When your friendship with
some other person terminates by some slight rupture, quarrel or
misunderstanding you should never, never advertise and circulate the evil
qualities or wrong doings of your friend whom you have loved for a long time.
If you do this, this will bring harm to yourself and to your friend.
Drop the matter at once.
Forget all about the unhappy inci dent. Always speak well of every body. Speak
well even of that man who has done serious injury to you. You will help that
man. This is nobility. This is the nature of a Mahatma. Even if you are a
worldly man, now you must become a Mahatma in this very life.
SELFISHNESS—THE GREAT CURSE
Selfishness is the source of
all vices. It is born of ignorance. A selfish man is greedy and unrighteous. He
is far from God. He will do anything to attain his ends. He injures others,
robs their properties and does many sinful actions to satisfy his selfishness.
Peace of mind is unknown to
him as he is always planning and scheming for acquisition of wealth, power,
name and fame. He always separates himself from others. Attachment and sense of
separateness are present in him to a maximum degree. Selfishness is a great
impediment to Yoga.
BROADEN YOUR OUTLOOK
If you are attached to your
wife and children, you cannot develop universal love. You cannot look upon all
mankind as kith and kin. You cannot cultivate universal brotherhood.
You cannot extend the same
love which yon have for your children to other children. You cannot consider
other children as your own children. You will have a constricted or narrow
heart. Your love will be confined to a few persons only. Through selfishness,
you have created a boundary wall round the members of your family only.
ANTIDOTE TO JEALOUSY
The stink of jealousy or
selfishness is more abominable than the stink of a gutter or a suppurating boil
or abscess. A boil with foul pus can be rendered sweet and clean in a short
time by using a potent antiseptic or a powerful disinfectant, but it is very
difficult to remove the stink of jealousy in the mind.
Constant Japa, ceaseless
meditation and untiring selfless service are necessary to remove this loathsome
stink of jealousy in the mind.
BE NOT PETTY-MINDED
A white man dislikes a black
man and vice versa. There is inherent tendency in man to praise his own native
place, his own country, his own family, his own clan or sect. This is
petty-mindedness born of ignorance.
When the heart of man
expands through spiritual culture, when he gets knowledge of the Self, these
Vasanas will perish. Mark! How man is in a degraded and deplorable state on
account of the influence of Vasanas. He clings to them like a leech and thinks
he is always in the right path on account of delusion created by Vasanas.
ADAPT AND ADJUST
Man finds it difficult to
adjust to the ways and habits of others. His mind is filled with the prejudice
of caste, creed and colour. He is quite intolerant. He thinks that his views,
opinions and ways of living only are right and the views of others are
The fault-finding nature is
ingrained in him. He jumps at once to find the faults of others. He has morbid
eyes and cannot see the good of others. He can brag of his own abilities and
DISCIPLINE OF SPEECH
sweet-tongued, true tongued and courteous. Do not destroy your soul by anger
and revenge. Live in barmony with others.
Observe Mauna at least once
a month. Discipline the tongue properly. Think twice before you speak, before
you let fall a word. Know the power of each word that you utter and the effect
it will produce on the minds of others. Do not allow the tongue to run riot.
Speak a few words which are sweet and loving. A word spoken once cannot be
taken back like a shot sent at a target. It is speech that wounds a man more
Humility is the path of immortality;
vanity is the way to births and deaths. Simple living is the high road to the
kingdom DAILY MEDITATIONS
of Eternal Bliss. Luxury is
the high road to the round of births and deaths.
Humility is a bomb of
infinite potency which alone can destroy the invincible citadel of egoism.
Egoism is harder than granite or steel. A thousand bombs can destroy a big city
or a country but the bomb of humility, which is more powerful than the sum
total of all bombs, can annihilate this egoism.
HOW TO ACQUIRE SPIRITUAL WEALTH
Learn the science of
self-control and cultivate a steady mind by constant practice of meditation.
Fix your mind upon God and you will have divine life. There will be an
inflooding of all divine qualities. All negative qualities will vanish.
Do your duty to your father,
mother, wife, son, relatives, friends, religious teachers, society and country.
Do not be troubled by worldly cares and anxieties, by sorrow or misfortune.
THE KEY TO INTUITION
A pure heart is the
beginning of divinity. It is the gateway to God, an ante-chamber to the
presence of the Lord. It is the key by which the doors of intuition that lead
to the abode of supreme peace are opened. Therefore attain purity at all costs.
Learn to cleanse your mind
with the water of purity or celibacy and with the soap of divine love. How can
you expect to become pure internally by merely washing the body with soap and
water? Internal purity is more important than external purity.
HOW TO KNOW THE VOICE OF
Do not mistake the
promptings of the lower mind for the voice of the Soul. The higher mind which
tends towards virtue is Sattvic-mind. The higher mind elevates man and guides
him. It acts as a true preceptor.
You should try to hear the
voice of the Sattvic mind. If a wrong action is done, the Sattvic mind will
prick you. This is the sign of knowing that the action is bad. If there is joy
and elevation of mind, the act is a righteous one. That mind which tends
towards luxury and evil is lower mind. Annihilate Rajas and Tamas by increasing
THE SUPREME WEALTH
Contentment is real wealth
as it gives peace of mind. It is a sentinel on the domain of Moksha. If you
keep company with him, he will introduce you to his friends the other
sentinels, viz., Satsanga, Atma-Vichar, and Santi.
If you are earning 100
rupees per month, do not compare yourself with a man who is earning Rs. 500/-
p.m. If you compare, you will get discontentment. This will distract the peace
of mind. Compare yourself with a man who is earning Rs. 20/- per month. Thank
God that He has given you the present state.
ENJOY PEACE OF MIND
Cultivate peace of mind in
the garden of your heart by removing weeds, viz., hatred, greed, selfishness,
jealousy. Then only can you manifest it externally.
Inhibit all surging emotions
and impulses Direct your energies in the appropriate channel towards your
chosen ideal. Develop the power of self-control; keep the instruments in
harmony. Master your thoughts and cultivate serenity of mind. Preserve your
THE THIEF WITHIN YOU
Evil thought is the most
dangerous thief while good thought is like nectar. Virtue is the most precious
treasure. Cultivate good thoughts by studying scriptures, Satsanga, Japa,
Destroy evil thoughts, wrong
desires and unchaste looks by entertaining divine thoughts, and by cultivating
purity. God beholds all your thoughts and actions. He demands from you prefect
purity of heart. The first requisite for successful meditation is the conquest
of anger and lust.
WEAPONS AGAINST LUST AND ANGER
In some men, lust may be
more powerful than anger while in others anger may be more powerful than lust.
You should at tempt to annihilate these two evil traits, the direct enemies of
Agitation or excitement in
the mind burning from lust, anger and hatred, restlessness from greed, worry
and fear disturb the peace of mind. Japa, meditation, prayer, enquiry,
Satsanga, development of virtues like Brahmacharya, patience, forgiveness,
cosmic love, contentment, courage will remove these enemies of peace.
THE FOUNTAIN-SOURCE OF HAPPINESS
Be always hopeful. Hope is
the source of highest happiness indeed, impelling you always in all quests.
Therefore, be hopeful and make strenuous attempts. You will attain sanguine
Hope indeed is mighty. To
one possessed of hope, there is nothing unattainable indeed. Relying on hope
alone, you will attain sanguine success in all your undertakings, in meditation
and Self-realisation. Nil desperandum. Never despair, friend.
THE GROWTH OF LOVE
Develop universal love. If
you cultivate love for one and all, you can have unselfish love for humanity.
Love for humanity begins at home.
First you love your parents,
your brothers, sisters, your relations, your neighbours, your schoolmates, your
community, your country, your land, and then the whole world. Thus the small
seed of love sown in the young mind of the child gradually develops into
universal love. Love is harmony as it prolongs life
STEPPING STONES TO MOKSHA
Apart from the knowledge of
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 are all as fruitless as
the waters of sandy deserts.
Love, compassion or mercy,
purity, truth, non-injury are the stepping stones to success in the path of
God-realisation. Satsanga, contentment, dispassion and patience are the
different steps that lead to the portals of the Kingdom of God.
BE ALWAYS KIND
The Immortal can be attained
only by performing acts of kindness continuously. Hatred, anger, jealousy are
removed by continuous service with a loving heart.
Lord Buddha still lives in
our hearts. Why? Because he was extremely kind, did immense service and was an
embodiment of compassion. You will get more strength, more joy, more
satisfaction by doing kind acts. Your heart will be at rest when your are about
to face death.
HOW TO ERADICATE EVIL THOUGHTS
Do not fight against evil
thoughts, evil qualities, defects, weaknesses and bad habits. If you fight
against them, they will become stronger, and it will be difficult for you to
overcome them by fighting against them.
Cultivate sublime, divine
thoughts. Develop virtuous qualities. Build up good habits. Do Japa and
meditate regularly. Try to live in God. All defects, all evil thoughts, all
weaknesses will vanish in toto.
PATH TO DIVINITY
Action is the source of all
virtue, wealth and desire. He who has no activity, has no energy or valour. The
end of virtue and wealth is the attainment of salvation. He who does not
practise virtue commits a sin. The fruits of righteous acts and of wealth occur
in this world or the next.
Overcome anger by love, lust
by purity, greed by liberality, pride by humility, egoism by self-surrender to
the Lord. Thou wilt become divine.
If you fail to keep your
resolves, make fresh resolves. Just as the child falls many a time when he
tries to walk without the help of the wall, just as the new cyclist falls from
the cycle a number of times before he learns to sit steadily on the seat, so
also the new aspirant will fall a number of times in his resolves.
He has to make repeated
attempts but ultimately he will come out victoriously.
Just as mirror is rendered
dim by a layer of dirt attaching to it, so also knowledge is veiled by Avidya,
Therefore all people are deluded. They cling to things unreal and mistake the
body for the pure Atman. They think that this illusory world of names and forms
is quite real.
Mula Prakriti is slumbering
state of the universe. When the Gunas are disturbed, Mula Prakriti is called by
different names as Maya, Avidya. Maya vanishes as soon as one gets the
knowledge of the Self.
WILL YOU LAUGH?
Why do you laugh in vain,
friend! When you have just the cause really to weep? You have wasted this life
in foolish mirth and carnal pleasures.
You have done various sinful
acts and have not done anything to improve your nature. You have no clear
conscience and your heart is filled with all sorts of impurities. You have no
peace of mind. Remember that all carnal pleasures will bite and sting you to
death in the end.
IS THIS PLEASURE?
the Gita, you will find,
"That pleasure which arises from the contact of the sense-organ with the
object is at first like nectar, but in the end, it is like poison."
Open your eyes now and do
virtuous actions. Seek the company of the wise. Remember Him and you will have
a new glorious life. What is wanted is mental nudity, i.e., complete eradication
of Vasanas, egoism, etc. Do not be deceived by external appearances.
TAKE PURE FOOD
If you take pure food, you
will have a pure mind. Mind is formed out of the subtlest essence of food. If
you have purity of mind, you will remember God or Atman. If you always remember
God or Atman, the knots of the heart, viz., Avidya, Kama, Karma will be rent
asunder. You will attain Moksha.
"A man should uplift
himself by his own self, so let him not weaken this self for this self is the
friend of oneself and is also the enemy of oneself."
Worship God or Atman with
the flowers of Jnana, contentment, peace, joy and equal vision. This will
constitute real worship.
Try to identify yourself
with the eternal immortal ever-pure Atman that resides in the chambers of your
heart. Think and feel always: "I am the ever pure Atman." This one
thought will remove all troubles and fanciful thoughts. This mind wants to
delude you. Start this anti-current of thought. The mind will lurk like a
THE RAZOR PATH
The Vasanas are very
powerful. The senses and the mind are very turbulent and impetuous. Again and
again, the battle must be fought and won. That is the reason why the spiritual
path is called the razor path.
There is no difficulty for a
man of strong determination and iron will even on the razor path. Strength
comes from within at every step. Extreme asceticism and self-torture are not
necessary for the attainment of the knowledge of Self.
CARE NOT FOR CRITICISM
Do not become despondent
under any account. Walk like a spiritual lion. Overcome difficulties one by
Be not afraid of public
criticism. People are still abusing Lord Mahadeva, Sri Sankaracharya, Lord
Krishna and Lord Rama. They will continue to do so from eternity to eternity.
The world abounds with Tamasic people. Stand adamant under all conditions and at
KEEP IT UP
When the mind is Sattvic,
you will get glimpses, flashes of intuition. You will compose poems and will
understand the significance of the Upanishads beautifully.
But this stage will not last
long. Tamas and Rajas will try to enter the mental factory. In the beginning,
the stage of progress may be like the frog's, never steady and continuous. You
may think that you have almost reached the goal and experience for the next 16
or 20 days. Have sustained, intense Vairagya and do intense Sadhana.
THOU ART SAFE
O Beloved Ram! You are
within a strong spiritual fortress now. No temptation can influence you. You
are absolutely safe. You can do vigorous Sadhana now without fear. You have a
strong spiritual prop to lean upon.
Become a brave soldier. Kill
your foe, the mind, ruthlessly. Wear the spiritual laurels of peace, equal
vision and contentment. You are already shining with Brahmic splendour on your
GRADES OF EXPERIENCE
Some experience glimpses of
the transcendental wonders of Atman. Some are on the borderland of the vast
dominion of Atman. Some are like Dattatreya. Jada Bharata, Vama Deva and Sada
Siva Brahman, who had plunged into the deep ocean of bliss.
The more the thinning of the
Vasanas, egoism and Moha, Adhyasa, the greater the bliss of the Self. The more
the Sadhana, the more the experience of joy of the soul.
WHO IS A SAGE?
Neither through matted
locks, nor through fiery lectures and erudition, or through the exhibition of
miracles does one attain perfection of knowledge or the perfection of the Self.
He in whom the two currents of Raga-Dvesha, egoism, lust and anger are
destroyed in toto is ever happy and is a Brahman or liberated Sage or
If the Vasanas and
attachment to the objects of the world vanish entirely and if you are in that
immovable state, you have become a Jivanmukta.
THE DEATH OF THE EGO
The ego will lurk like a
thief when you start introspection and self-analysis. It will elude your grasp
and understanding, You must be ever alert and vigilant. If you obtain grace of
the Lord through Japa, Kirtan, prayer and devotion, you can easily kill this
ego. Through Lord's grace only your self-surrender will become perfect.
When this ego melts in the
cosmic ego you will attain communion with the Lord of Self-realisation. May you
realise the goal of life.
SUCH IS LIFE
Worldly life is like a dream
always troubled with disease 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 the 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.
ENEMIES OF KNOWLEDGE
Desire, passion, hatred,
jealousy and greed are the enemies of knowledge. Under their influence, men
kill their fathers, brothers, sisters and others. All mental fever has its root
Passion is the destroyer of
virtue. Therefore abandon passion and be at ease. Anger is your great enemy;
contentment is the heavenly bower. Peace is Kalpa Vriksha which yields every
desired object. Desire is the great ocean. One will have no enemy if he
cultivates Kshma or forgiveness.
Oh, Alas! life is waning
away every moment like water kept in an unbaked pot of clay. Diseases are
assailing the body on every side like enemies. Old age is troubling you. 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 the prescribed
duties in the respective station in life, attain the state of perfection or
DEPEND NOT ON WORLDLY OBJECTS
persons are charmed and deluded by the products of Maya. They lose their
understanding! on account of the force of Maya or Avidya and delude themselves
in sensual objects and perish without realising the Atman.
The worldly objects are
unreal. If you think deeply and do enquiry, the world, with its manifold
multicoloured objects will appear as a long dream only. The object which
appears for a short period only like the snake in the rope but does not exist
in reality is only a Mithya object.
WHAT IS REALITY?
That which does not exist in
the beginning and in the end does not really exist in the middle also. It is
The snake that is found in
the rope at night does not exist when lamp is brought. It appears in the middle
only. Such is the case with silver in the mother-of-pearl, water in the mirage,
city in the clouds, etc. Therefore, they are unreal even when they appear. The
dream objects also do not exist in the day time. Similarly the object of this
world appear in the middle only. Hence they are unreal.
THINGS ARE EVER-CHANGING
Cells and atoms of the body
of a man are always changing. Constructive and destructive processes are ever
going on in the different systems of the body. Within seven years the body is
entirely built of new atoms. He has a different body altogether. Still his son
says, "This is my same father who lived ten years ago." Is this not
One object gives pleasure to
a man. The same object gives pain to another man. In reality no object is a
means for pleasure or pain. It is all mental imagination.
REAL OBJECTS ARE WITHIN
The objects created by the
mind cause pleasure and pain. It is the mental Kalpana or imagination that
generates pleasure and pain.
Lust, greed, delusion, pride
do not exist outside but are in the mind. They do not really exist. It is the
mind that assumes these modifications. Through these man gets immense pain. The
mind imagines and thinks, "There is a beautiful object outside. Will I be
able to get and possess this?" A Sankalpa arises in the mind and the heart
An apple exists. Man gives
value to it. He feels it is very delicious. An attachment is thus ensued. This
is the cause of bondage.
He who does not like apple,
has no attachment for it. He who is sober and a teetotaler has no value for
Man is bound by his false
and incorrect thinking. O Man! Think correctly, rightly. Give up all erroneous
notions. Think “I am Brahman, the Absolute" and become free and eternally
TAT TVAM ASI
O Beloved Ram! You have
forgotten your real Svaroopa on account of egoism and desires. Thou art
immortal Eternal Soul. Thou art That. "Tat Tvam Asi." Rise above Moha
or delusion. Give up the identification with this impure, perishable body. Take
bath in the Ganga of devotion to the Lotus feet of Sat-Guru.
Kill the thieves-lust,
anger, etc. Abandon the ideas, "I am the doer. I am the enjoyer." Be
established in the idea of unreality of the world.
NATURE OF SELF
Atman alone exists. It
appears as the objects which we cognise just as a rope appears as a serpent.
Atman puts on the appearance of these phenomenal objects. That Brahman is the
Self within all beings.
That Brahman is without
cause and without any effect, without anything inside or outside it. That
Brahman is without limbs, parts, name or caste. It shines by itself as it is
self-luminous, All the objects that you cognise shine after It, i.e., they
borrow their light from the Self-effulgent Atman.
THE TRUTH INDESCRIBABLE
Saints emphatically declare
that Brahman or the Eternal is “That which is the undifferentiated, that which
is unborn either as cause or effect, that from which speech and mind turn
baffled, that which is not this, nor that-Neti, Neti, etc."
He is the real unconditioned
Sat. He is the Reality of realities (Satyasya Satyam). We are baffled in our
attempts to describe Him. How can this finite mind grasp the Infinite?
MEDITATION ON BRAHMAN
Brahman is a mass of intelligence.
He is destitute of any other characteristics. He is entirely without any sort
In Brihadaranyaka Upanishad
IV-13 you will find: "As a mass of salt has neither inside nor outside,
but is entirely a mass of taste, thus indeed has that Self neither inside nor
outside but is altogether a mass of knowledge." The sage cognises one
illimitable homogeneous mass of consciousness only.
THE DIRECTOR OF YOUR SENSES
just as a house exists for
somebody's use, so also the ears. eyes, hands, legs exist for the use of the
Director of the ears eyes, etc. who is entirely distinct from the ears, etc.
That Director is the real
infinite "I”, the Inner Ruler. He is immortal, pure Consciousness. The
capability of the ears to hear sounds, of the eyes to cognise objets depends
upon the intelligence of this Director.
TO RECOGNISE THE SUPREME POWER
The Great King cannot see
the ordinary persons or agricultural peasants, but they are seen daily by the
Dewan or Tahsildar and other officials.
Even so, the supreme Self,
who is the source for everything, who is the Inner Ruler of all beings cannot
be seen. You can infer His existence by looking at the sun, the moon, the stars
and other marvellous objects of this universe which bespeak of His Supreme.
Glory and ineffable splendour.
FEARLESSNESS—THE FRUIT OF JNANA
When the knower of the Self
is centred in his own Self, when he rests in his own Satchidananda Svaroopa, he
sees, he hears and tastes nothing else. You can be afraid of another, but you
cannot be afraid of your own Self.
How can there be fear for
one who beholds his own Self everywhere. Therefore, Brahman alone is the cause
of fearlessness of the knower. When there are various causes of fear in this
world, the knowers of the Self or Jivanmuktas are fearless.
MEDITATION ON GOD
This world is the manifested
aspect of the Lord. He was alone in the beginning, when there was no creation.
After creation, He remains unattached and free like the ether in the pot. The
earthen pot is full inside and outside with ether, and ether is not at all
affected by the existence or non-existence of the pot.
Even so the Lord is
all-pervading and full inside and outside of all beings and remains ever
non-attached. He guides the actions of all beings but He is not the actor.
THE DISAPPEARANCE OF IGNORANCE
The Jiva or the individual
soul creates this world of names and forms on account of his own ignorance and
delusion. When he attains knowledge of the Self by the Grace of his spiritual
preceptor, he dissolves the external world into himself and sees his own Self
He sees oneness everywhere.
He becomes struck with wonder when he thinks of the world of duality. The world
of diversity appears to him like a mere dream and he exclaims in surprise:
“Where has this world full of the charms of Maya disappeared now, which was
glaring before my very eyes till this very moment!"
THE INNER GOVERNMENT
Just as there is a
Government in all countries to govern the nation and maintain law and order, so
also there is an inner Government to maintain law and order in this Universe.
The inner marvellous
Government has Satyam as their banner. Dharma (righteousness) as their seal,
Omkara as the band, discrimination as the coat of arms and dispassion as the
shield. They have one unchanging policy, viz., of helping the
aspirants to attain
Self-realisation. The head of the inner Goyernment is Isvara.
WHO IS A SAINT?
The company of saints is a
cause of emancipation. Saints are those whose minds are unruffled, who are free
from avarice, who have conquered desire, and who have brought their se and
internal nature under control, who are devoted to the Lord. and 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 in their way.
PERSEVERANCE: THE PRICE FOR
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 perseverance
never meets with failures. He always attains success in all his undertakings.
When you start any work, 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 blenches, the thought that never
wanders—these are the masters of victory Victory belongs to the most
persevering. Perseverance gives power to weakness, and opens to poverty the
whole wealth of the world. With steady perseverance, great difficulties come to
A PUNDIT AND A SAGE
The foolish man identifies
himself with a mass of flesh, fat, skin, bones and filth, while the man of discrimination
knows that his Self is distinct from this perishable body. The stupid man
thinks that he is the body. A Pundit who has read some religious books
identifies himself with a mixture of body and soul, while the liberated sage
regards the eternal, unchanging Atman as his Self. So long as the learned
Pundit does not abandon his erroneous identification with this unreal,
perishable body, there is no hope of salvation for him.
THE FIVE SHEATHS ARE NOT SELF
All illusion has arisen in
man an account of ignorance and non-discrimination or absence of the faculty
which discriminates between eternal Atman and the illusory five sheaths which
are falsely superimposed upon the Atman.
The five sheaths are
creations by the mind on account of ignorance. The fire sheaths cannot be the
Pure, Self-existent, Self-luminous Atman. Srutis emphatically declare that the
Atman is bodiless. The changes that occur in the five sheaths do not touch
their proprietor and seer, the Atman.
THE DEAREST IS THE SELF
Man loves his wealth
immensely; but a son is dearer than wealth. Body is dear than the son; the
father even sells his son during famine for the sake of protecting his body.
The Indriyas or senses are dearer than the body because man protects his eyes,
ears, nose, etc., when another comes to attack him.
Life is dearer than senses.
If the king orders to take away the life of a criminal, the criminal rather
prefers to have one of his senses removed than give up his life. Atman is
dearer than life because it is an embodiment of bliss
THE ROOT-CAUSE OF BONDAGE
"I am the body"-
this notion arises by force of connection between the Self and Ahamkara.
Worldly life which is a giver of pleasure and pain has for its root this notion
of T in the body On account of this identification of the Atman which is
without modification with the Ahamkara, the individual soul always acts and is
forcibly bound by results.
"I have surely done
much good work through sacrifices gifts and the rest, and shall therefore go to
heaven." This is false notion. He enjoys in heaven the celestial happiness
only for sometime and falls down as soon as the results of his meritorious
deeds are exhausted.
RISE ABOVE AHAMKARA
So long as there is
connection of the Ahamkara or the principle of egoism and the rest with the
body and the sense-organs, there is pleasure and pain and transmigratory
existence for the individual.
Ahamkara is the notion of
'I' and 'mine' in the gross and subtle bodies. The ignorant are attached to the
body. They cannot rise above the sense of 'T' and 'mine' in the gross body. The
discriminating few rise above it through knowledge.
THE MYSTERY OF TRANSMIGRATION
Having first created the
attributes of attachment and aversion to actions of diverse kinds, the mind
takes on various forms, such as white, red and black (the good, the active and
In this way, the Jiva or the
individual soul wanders through the influence of Karma till the period of
universal dissolution. At the time of universal dissolution, the Self survives
with Vasanas taking impressions of past Karmas attracted under the influence of
When there is universal
dissolution there is no destruction of the individual soul. He remains in a
latent form in the Mula Prakriti or Avyaktam, which is the condition of the
equilibrium of all the three Gunas.
At the time of creation, he
is born again together with Vasanas born of the mind. In this way he is forced
to go round and round like the wheel for drawing water.
THE BORN SIDDHAS
For a Jivanmukta who beholds
the all-pervading, immortal, indivisible, Self-luminous Atman everywhere, there
remains nothing to be attained or known. He has attained perfection, highest
bliss and highest knowledge.
Some are born with purity
and other requisites of realisation on account of their having undergone the
necessary discipline in their past life. Such people are born Siddhas
An ounce of spiritual
experience is better than tons of theories and study of spiritual books. A
single glimpse of Brahman or the immortal Soul will bestow on you illumination
and remove the worldly intoxication of pride, delusion, pain and grief.
Spiritual vision will stand out like a beacon-light for you. Learn the
principle of Divine Life and apply them to daily conduct in life. Become
practical men in the spiritual path.
BLISS IS WITHIN
Within you is the hidden
God. Within you is the immortal soul. Within you is the inexhaustible spiritual
treasure. Within you is fount of joy and happiness. Within you is the ocean of
Look within for this
happiness, which you have sought in vain in the perishable sensual objects.
Rest peacefully in your own Atman and drink the nectar of immortality.
THIS IS SAMSARA
Vasana is a subtle form of
desire. It is hidden desire assuming the form of desire which is gross. Trishna
is intense craving or hankering after sensual objects. Vasana is intermingled
with Samskaras or impressions.
Vasanas produce Samskaras
and Samskaras in turn generate Vasanas. The rotation of this never-ending wheel
of Vasana and Samskara constitutes the Samsara-chakra which causes births and
KARMA-THE CAUSE OF JOY
Friends! Who is the cause of
whose sorrow or of whose happiness? One's own Karma done in past life is the
cause of grief or happiness. There is no giver of pain nor of happiness. One
gives pain to another: this is the idea of a fool. “I am the doer”—this is a
fruitless and erroneous notion.
The world is bound by the
cord of its past Karmas. Happiness or sorrow comes to you as the result of your
Karma. Therefore take what comes. Bear it in a spirit of resignation and remain
BE BALANCED IN PLEASURE AND PAIN
Sorrow follows happiness and
happiness follows sorrow. Both are unavoidable by embodied creatures, like day
and night. There is pleasure in the midst of pain and pain in the midst of
pleasure. Both are said to be attached to each other like mud and water.
The wise do not therefore
show joy on occasions of joy, nor sorrow on occasions of sorrow. They are
indifferent to pleasure and pain, happiness and sorrow, joy and misery. They
are not deluded, knowing all to be Maya.
GRIEVE NOT AT DEATH
Do not grieve for the
departed soul. The Atman is eternal, changeless, birthless, deathless and pure.
The body is non-intelligent, liable to death, impure and destructible. Thus
thinking, there is no occasion at all for sorrow.
If a father or a son has
come under the sway of death it is the foolish who grieve. In this world which
is devoid of substance, separation from a desired object is a source of
non-attachment and the bestower of peace and happiness for the wise.
THOU ART IMMORTAL
You have attained this body
by actions done in past lives and you will attain another body by actions done
through this body in this life. As one leaves an old house and goes to live in
a new one, even so you never die but leave an old body and live in a new one.
The Atman never dies, nor is born, nor is subject to increase or decrease, decay
or modification. It is ever homogeneous and limitless being, an embodiment of
bliss and knowledge.
THE PROCESS OF MEDITATION
Sit in a quiet place in an
easy posture. Renounce mentally all attachments, all objects of senses.
Gradually draw inside your senses which are roaming outside.
Reflect upon thyself as
distinct from Prakriti. All this world, mobile or immobile, the body, the
intellect and the rest all that is seen or heard is called Prakriti. It is also
called Maya. It is the cause of creation, preservation and destruction of the world.
It always creates red (Rajasic), white (Sattvic) and black (Tamasic) creatures.
WORLD: A JUGGLER'S TRICK
This world is a play of
colours and sounds. This sense universe is a play of nerves. It is a false show
kept up by the jugglery of Maya, mind and senses. You enjoy the sensual
pleasures for a period of twenty years when the senses are strong and what is
this short evanescent period of twenty years in eternity? What is this
despicable, jarring, monotonous sensual life when compared with the eternal and
peaceful life in the Immortal Self within?
YET YOU ARE PROUD!
You are helpless when you
are a baby. You are helpless when you are seriously ailing. You are helpless when
you become old also. Why then do you boast of your ability, capacity,
independence and freedom? Why are you proud and egoistic? Transcend the body
and mind and realise the Immortal Self.
Then only can you be really
strong, independent and free. Rise above delusion and illusion through
discrimination or self-analysis and inquiry of "Who am I?”.
Worry kills a man. It
destroys his joys of life. It is a canker or cancer that slowly eats away a
man. It wears you out. Do not worry over what is past. Forget it. No one has
yet been able to claim any good thing through worry. Do not worry about things
which are likely to happen; so often they really do not. Sufficient for the day
is the evil thereof. The surest antidote or penicillin injection for worry is
to keep busy. Do always something useful. Do your best and leave the rest to
God. Do not worry You are indeed blessed now. Hard work with a peaceful,
harmonious mind will never kill any one. It builds up the system and prolongs
life, but worry kills a man. It shortens life.
IS THIS HAPPINESS?
Do you not clearly see that
this world is a mere play of nerves? Do you not understand that this world of
opposites is illusory? You will have to depend upon these nerves and senses for
your happiness. If these nerves go out of order, you become miserable even
though you possess enormous wealth and palatial buildings. Can you call this
little illusory pleasure which depends upon the play of nerves as real lasting
happiness? It is mere itching of nerves, which only tickles those deluded souls
who have lost their power of discrimination and understanding.
THE MOTHER OF EVIL
Even an iota of greed is
quite sufficient to destroy the spotless reputation of a man and the admirable
qualities just as small patch of leucoderma or white skin in the face spoils
the graceful features and the beauty of a man or woman.
untruthfulness, hypocrisy, lust, anger, pride, arrogance, split, enmity,
distrust, rivalry—are the outcome of wealth. Therefore, he who wishes to attain
the final beatitude should shun ruthlessly from a distance the evil known as
wealth. Money is the abode of evil.
MIND-THE CAUSE FOR PAIN AND JOY
Neither this body, nor the
Atman, nor the gods, nor the planets, nor work, nor time is the cause for
pleasure and pain. This wretched mind gives pleasure and pain and creates this
Samsara or the cycle of transmigration.
This terrible mind creates
desires, egoism, Sankalpas, Trishnas, likes and dislikes, and then man does
various kinds of actions with egoism and expectation of fruits. Therefore, he
takes births again and again in accordance with the nature of action
THE SUPREME WITNESS
The silent Sakshi, the
Supreme Self silently looks from above the activities of the mind of the individual
soul like a spectator. He is quite indifferent and unconcerned. He is quite unaffected
like water on the lotus leaf. The individual soul identifies himself with the
body and mind, works and enjoys the sensual objects with avidity, cupidity and
stupidity and is bound thereby.
AIDS TO CONTROL OF MIND
Control of the mind is the
highest Yoga. Charity, selfless service, vows, Agnihotra and other works,
Sravana or hearing of Srutis, virtuous actions, Japa, Pranayama, meditation,
Vichara or enquiry of 'who am I, etc.--all these culminate in the control of
the mind. He who has controlled the mind is really the God of gods.
This filthy body is a
phantom of the mind. Foolish people take this body as the real immortal Self
and say: "This is my body. This is the real Self.” They think erroneously
and roam about in ignorance.
ATMAN IS UNAFFECTED
If the body is the cause of
pleasure or pain, the Atman has nothing to do with it, because it pertains to
the gross and subtle bodies which are the products of Prakriti. Atman is always
the silent witness or spectator of the activities of Prakriti. If you bite your
tongue with your teeth, with whom should you be an for causing this pain?
If gods be the cause for
generating pain or pleasure the Atman has certainly no concern with it because
it pertains to the gods who alone are affected by it.
WORSHIP THE SELF
If time be the cause for
pleasure or pain, how can it affect the Atman? Atman is one with time.
Certainly a flame is not affected by fire nor a hailstone by cold. This Atman
which is beyond Prakriti can never be affected by the pairs of opposites.
Therefore with whom should you be angry?
Therefore you should
practise devotion to the Highest Self and worship the feet of the Lord and
thereby should cross the ocean of Samsara and attain immortality and
everlasting bliss of the Self.
THE PANACEA FOR MISERIES
This world which contains
friends, neutrals and enemies, which affects a man with heat and cold, hunger
and thirst, pleasure and pain, censure and praise, honour and dishonour, gain
and loss, success and failure, sorrow and joy, happiness and misery, is a
creation of your mind owing to ignorance.
Therefore renounce wealth as
it is a source for all evils. Renounce attachment to wealth. Renounce the
desire for wealth. Cultivate Vairagya, the panacea for all human sufferings.
PRAYER TO SIVA
The leaves of life are
falling off. Youth is fading. The days are rolling on. Time, the destroyer,
lays his hands on the whole world. Existence in this world is as momentary as a
bubble or lightening. O Lord Siva! protect me.
O Lord Siva! who holds the
begging bowl of the skull of Brahma! Control this monkey-mind which jumps at
its sweet will on the branches of desires in the forest of lust and keep it
with Thee for ever.
WORSHIP NOT THE BODY
The physical body will be
surely destroyed. Then what is the use of decorating yourself with ornaments
and wearing silk clothes and eating six kinds of palatable foods. The Atman
only is immortal or indestructible. Therefore exert to realise that! Self.
Don't you know that this
physical body which now rolls on beds of flowers and scented beds, will be one
day burnt on logs of wood?
BODY IS A HOUSE
The wise who know the Atman
which is Existence, Knowledge and Bliss Absolute and also the physical body
which is full of blood, bone and flesh will never take this filthy leather bag
for their true Self.
The body is the house. The
intellect is wife. The Vrittis are sons. The Shad-Sampat or sixfold virtues,
viz., Sama, Dama, etc., are the friends. The senses are the servants. He is
worldly who is attached to this house and has forgotten the abode of eternal
BEWARE OF FRIENDS
This Samsara is coated with
the mud of Avidya. It is without essence and worthless. If you reflect deeply,
it is full of miseries and is attended with birth, death, disease and old age.
Cut this knot of Avidya with the sword of divine knowledge,
Who can describe the
sufferings of man, viz., mental worry, pain, disease, the pain caused by the
separation of friends and dear relatives, danger caused by the body, enmity,
poverty, pangs of death and the round of birth and death. So long as you earn
money, all will love and esteem you. But when once you become old and useless,
none will care for you.
WATCH FOR THESE THIEVES
To deprive you of the
treasure of Atman, lust, anger and egoism--the thieves-have bound you with the
ties of desire for enjoyment and love for children and have left you in the
forest of this Samsara.
Man groans in the forest of
Samsara as he is troubled with dangers and suffering. The dangers are the pains
caused by the three kinds of Taapas; the sufferings are hunger and thirst,
birth and death.
Desire for house is the
chain on the legs. Love of wife is the tie on the neck. Lust and anger are the
guards, delusion is the jail. How difficult it is to extricate oneself from all
Faithful, devoted, good-natured,
chaste wife, learned, obedient sons, house that is filled with eight kinds of
wealth are all perishable. They are all bondages to the man of discrimination.
That is the reason why men of discrimination developed Vairagya and renounced
their homes. The ignorant man revolves in the Samsara blinded by egoism and
THE SOURCE OF ENDLESS TROUBLE
Wealth creates troubles. He
who possesses it, is afraid of robbers, kings and sons. There is difficulty in
amassing wealth. There is more difficulty in protecting it. There is pain when
it becomes less. There is pain still more if you lose it. Wealth is the source
for all kinds of suffering. Therefore, give up desire for wealth.
The pleasures of this world
and heaven are transitory and mixed with evils. They are like the apples that
appear beautiful when we look at them with a gross Drishti. The wise will not
GATES TO YAMALOKA
Poverty is the best remedy
for the disease of pride. The disease of egoism that is caused by possession of
wealth can be cured by the ointment of poverty.
The three entrances to the
city of Yama (death) are woman, wealth and tongue. He who has conquered these
three need not be afraid of death. He has no enemies who rides on the horse of
discrimination with the sword of dispassion and the shield of endurance.
HOW TO CONQUER DESIRE
Desire for name and fame,
infatuated love for the body, desire for vast erudition are stumbling blocks
for the attainment of the Self. He who wants to free himself from Samsara should
annihilate the desire for these three things.
When desire arises in the
mind for an object, think of the evil qualities of that object. You will get
dispassion for that object. If desire arises to enjoy a beautiful woman of
ill-fame, think of the venereal disease you will contract, the desire will at
WON'T YOU WAKE UP NOW?
Life is passing away, people
are dying. They are all afflicted with various sorts of diseases and yet you do
not try to abandon desire and exert for salvation.
The body has been crippled
and the hair has become white The teeth have fallen and the old man walks
leaning on a stick Yet he has not abandoned desire. O old man! The moustache
has become gray, but you have not abandoned the desire. You have become hunch-backed
now but anger has not left you. All the Indriyas have become cold; the limbs
have become enervated, but your egoism has not vanished.
TRIUMPH OVER SENSES
Do not allow your mind to be
carried away by the fragrant flowers and scents, palatable dishes, and
delicious fruits, a cool shady tree or a bungalow, melodious music of birds or
instrument. Sit on earth, meditate on God and conquer the longing for sensual
objects. Get triumph over senses.
The mind wanders about by
thinking of any one of the following, viz., native place, wife, children,
mountain, or river. If the mind cannot get any of these objects to think upon,
it remains like a man whose hands and legs are tied.
MIND-THE WANDERING DEER
The mind is like a deer,
which has forgotten its real abode. It is wandering in the forest of Samsara.
It is scorched by the three fires, Adhyatmic, Adhidaivic, and Adhibhautic
Taapas. It is bound by the ties of desires and is tortured by the tigers of
When will the mind, which
has been undergoing endless miseries in countless births be able to attain the
eternal happiness? Reflect on this point daily. O mind! leave off your
wandering nature at once. Do not think of ladies, delicious dishes and money.
ANSWER THESE QUESTIONS!
Who is wife? Who is son? Who
are you? Where from did you come? How wonderful is this Samsara? How are you
related to one another? Think deeply on all these matters and you will have
Who are you? Who am I? Where
from have we come? Who is mother? Who is father? Think deeply on all these.
Leave off this world which is a dream and seek the eternal.
It is common to have
dispassion for some particular objects by some cause or other; but by having
dispassion for all objects at all times, one will get knowledge of the Self.
You may get Atma Jnana soon by the grace of the Guru, by devotion to him, and
by practice of Twenty Instructions.
Do not fall a victim of Moha
even if you happen to move in towns with young and well-adorned fashionable
ladies of high civilised society. Resolve to attain Self-realisation. The
Tamo-Guna will vanish of its own accord.
THE RAREST BLESSING
There are on the whole 84
lakhs of creatures; human birth is attained only after passing through all these
lower births. Even men of vast erudition waste their time without making
enquiry into the nature of the Self, in spite of their having obtained this
hard-to-attain human birth in a good family on account of virtuous deeds.
To have a human birth is difficult.
It is difficult to have a male body. It is still more difficult to be born a
Brahmin. To follow the Vedic path is rare. To be well-versed in scriptures is
still rarer. But the rarest of all is discrimination between the Self and the
non-self; Self-realisation and getting established in Brahman.
AVOID LOWER BIRTHS
Human birth, longing for
liberation and contact of a great Mahatma are all obtained by the grace of God.
He verily commits suicide who, having obtained all these means, does not exert
Nobody knows what the next
birth will be. How can one make enquiry into Vedanta, if one takes an animal
birth? Bullocks, horses, asses, elephants and buffaloes get emaciated through
starvation and carrying heavy loads without rest. They are not able to express
their sufferings and pain. Should you not do righteous actions to prevent
yourself from taking such miserable births?
THE INCOMPARABLE ACHIEVEMENT
We cannot extend our
lifetime even by a second though we spend crores of rupees for this purpose.
What greater folly is there for us than wasting such a precious life?
Neither charity, nor
sacrifice, nor fame; nor Siddhis like Anima can stand in comparison with
Realisation of the Self.
You might have crossed the
ocean, conquered pride, delusion and envy. You might have dwelt in Brahma Loka
or Vaikuntha-loka or Kailas. Yet all things cannot stand in comparison with
KILL THE INNER RAKSHASAS
Can you acquire eternal
bliss and supreme peace from the attainment of vast erudition or from
possession of immense wealth or from the enjoyment of beautiful young ladies?
No. The supreme undying bliss can he obtained only by realisation of the Self.
Cross the ocean of delusion
and kill lust and anger, the Rakshasas. Now you can safely land on the other
shore of fearlessness and immortality. This mundane life is filled with egoism,
delusion and disease. When will you be free from all these?
LET YOUR MIND BE PURE
The deer falls a prey to the
sense of sound; the elephant to that of touch; the moth to that of form; the
fish to that of taste, and the bee to that of smell. But man falls a prey to
all these five senses. Therefore, how difficult it is for man to free himself
from the clutches of these five senses and obtain liberation?
When wells and ponds are
full in rainy season, the water is muddy and not fit for drinking. In summer
the water gets decreased and is sweet. So also when the mind is filled with
Vasanas, it is clouded with Tamoguna. When it is free from sensual desires by
the practice of dispassion, it is filled with pure Sattva.
GLORY OF RAMA-NAMA
He who is devoid of
"mine-ness" will not be bound by Karmas whether he dwells in his
house or wanders in a forest.
Control the elephant pride
with the spear of firmness and tie it to the post of the lotus feet of the Lord
with the chain of devotion.
At the time of death,
neither education nor profession nor title can help you. It is only the
remembrance of the Name of the Lord that can help you to get eternal happiness.
So always remember the Name of the Lord.
THE HIGHEST STAGE
When the five organs of
knowledge are at rest together with the mind and when the intellect ceases
functioning and becomes calm, that is called the highest stage.
When all the Sankalpas
(desires) of the mind become calm, when the mind is neither waking nor
sleeping, when it is motionless and calm like a stone, the highest Brahmic
state of Samadhi is attained. The Jivanmukta attains Sarupa-manonasa which
leaves behind a slight trace of ego but for the Videha Mukta there is complete
destruction of the ego, sleep and all sins.
HOW TO DEVELOP BHAKTI
You should have knowledge of
God. Then only can you love Him. You should approach saints and Mahatmas and
hear His Lilas.
Saints declare that there is
an All-merciful, Omnipotent, Omniscient, Omnipresent God. You should study
Bhagavata, Ramayana and other religious books. Through Sravana and Satsanga
come admiration, attraction, attachment and supreme love for the Lord. You cannot
know him without loving Him. There is love when you perform actions. Without
concentration on God, you cannot love God.
GLORY OF TRUTH
If five thousand Rajasuya
Yagas and Truth are weighed in a sensitive balance, Truth will undoubtedly
outweigh the five thousand Rajasuya Yagas. That is the reason why Sruti
declares: “Truth alone triumphs but not falsehood.” Even Yudhishthira had to
see the hell as he once told a lie, a modified, twisted truth, in a dexterous
Aspirants should sincerely
endeavour to speak the truth at all times. If they are established in Truth,
all other virtues will cling to them. Brahman is Truth and one can realise Him
by speaking the truth.
PRACTICAL METHOD FOR
The man who can see his own
faults as he sees those of others, will soon become a great soul. Have
ceaseless devotion to truth and be ready to sacrifice your all for it.
Do not brood over your past
mistakes and failures as this will only fill your mind with grief, regret and
depression. Do not repeat them in future. Be cautious. Just think of the causes
which led to your failures and try to remove them in future. Be vigilant and
circumspect. Strengthen yourself with new vigour and virtues. Develop slowly
THE VOW OF AHIMSA
Ahimsa, the rarest virtue,
transmutes a man into divinity. All the Devas and the whole world pay homage to
him. It is easier to develop intellect than to develop heart. The practice of
Ahimsa develops the heart in a wonderful manner.
No Self-realisation is possible
without Ahimsa. It is through the practice of Ahimsa alone that you can cognise
and reach the supreme Self or Brahman. Those with whom Ahimsa is a policy may
fail many a time; those who strictly adhere to the Vow of Ahimsa as a creed, as
a fundamental cannon of Yoga can never take to violence.
VIRTUE AND VICE
That which elevates you is
virtue (Dharma), that which pulls you down is vice (Adharma) or sin; that which
takes you the goal is virtue; that which makes you a worldly man is sin: that
which hurls you down in the dark abyss of ignorance is sin.
That which gives you
illumination is virtue; that which causes intoxication is sin. That which
purifies your heart is virtue; that which taints your heart is sin. That which
gives you peace, joy and satisfaction, exhilaration, expansion of heart is
virtue; that which brings restlessness, dissatisfaction, depression and
contraction of heart is vice.
Service of humanity and Guru
is virtue; mischief-mongering is sin. Faith in God, in Scriptures, in the word
of the spiritual preceptor is virtue; doubting is sin. Loving all is virtue,
hating others is sin.
Unity is virtue, separation
is sin. Independence is virtue, dependence is sin. Brahmacharya is virtue, lust
is sin. Truthfulness is virtue, falsehood is sin. Generosity is virtue,
miserliness is sin. Oneness is virtue, duality is sin. Knowledge is virtue,
ignorance is sin. Strength is virtue, weakness is sin. Courage is virtue,
cowardice is sin. To behold the one Immortal Self everywhere is virtue, to see
diversity is sin. Learn to discriminate between virtue and vice.
OVERCOME NEGATIVE BY POSITIVE
Kindle the power of
resistance. Keep up the positive ideal of active service of humanity and pure
love. Generate the positive Sattvic counter-currents of energy to combat the
downward negative currents of Vasanas. Keep yourself always in a positive
Overcome negative thoughts
by entertaining positive divine thoughts. Rise from impurity, impotence and
faintness of heart. Be bold, be cheerful always. Cultivate Daivi Sampat such as
mercy, peace, forgiveness, tolerance, etc. Destroy Asuric Sampat such as
arrogance, egoism, pride, anger, lust, etc. You are bound to attain the highest
bliss and knowledge.
MOTIVE DETERMINES FRUIT
In Hanuman Ghat at Banaras,
two girls were about to be drowned. Two young men rushed immediately into the
Ganga and saved the girls. One man asked the girl to marry him while the other
said, “I have done my duty. God gave me an opportunity to serve and improve
myself." He had Chitta-Suddhi. The external action was the same but the
motive was different in the two persons. The fruit also must be different.
Be righteous always and
never deviate from the path of righteousness. Virtue brings its own reward;
vice brings its own punishment. If you identify yourself with the Sakshi
(Witness), you need not eat the fruits of actions.
THE DIVINE GARDEN
A kind, pure, loving and
merciful heart is a garden; virtuous Samskaras are the seeds; sublime, divine
thoughts are the roots; Sattvic qualities are the sprouts: kind, loving,
truthful words are the leaves. Virtuous actions are the blossoms. Moksha is the
fruit. Therefore develop mercy and entertain divine thoughts
Satyam (Truth) is the seed,
Brahmacharya (celibacy) is the root Meditation is the shower. Santi or peace is
the flower. Moksha or salvation is the fruit. Therefore, speak the truth
practise Brahmacharya and meditation
BECOME AN ABODE OF THESE VIRTUES
and serenity must be your ha bitual qualities. Then you will be a cosmic friend
To be jealous is mean; to be
selfish is ignoble; to be compassionate is divine; to be patient and enduring
is manly; to be contented and happy is wise; to be serene is glorious; to be
dispassionate is praiseworthy and to be equanimous is laudable Therefore,
eradicate jealousy, selfishness and cultivate the divine virtues. You will soon
Start the spiritual current
today. Nil desperandum. March boldly on the spiritual path. Lord Krishna says
in the Gita: “Even if the most sinful worships Me with undivided heart, he too
must be accounted as righteous, for he has rightly resolved. Speedily he
becomes a virtuous person and attains eternal peace and immortality. O
Kaunteya, know thou for certain that My devotee never perishes."
Write for half an hour daily
in a notebook your Ishta Mantra observing Mauna and without turning your body.
Write down in bold types on slips of paper: 'Speak truth', 'OM Courage', 'OM
Purity', 'I must realise God now, 'Time is most precious'. I will be a true
Brahmachari', 'Brahmacharya is divine life', 'I am an embodiment of courage,
purity, mercy and patience', and fix these mottoes in bedroom, dining hall,
front rooms and verandahs.
Keep some slips in your
pocket and diary also. This is an easy way of developing virtuous divine
Remain in the world but be
not of the world. The world is a great teacher. It is the best arena for
Poverty has many virtues. It
not only makes one humble but also confers fortitude and power of endurance. It
also generates thoughts of God. Wearing clothes is not for enhancing the beauty
of the body. This body is a dirty leather bag filled with various sorts of
impurities. Clothes are meant for covering impure body. Wear simple clothing.
Have sublime thinking. Virtu ous life in God only can give real beauty for men
THE DIVINE PATH
O Ram, speak the truth at
all costs. See Radha in all women. Be humble like a blade of grass. Be kind and
good. Sing always Krishna's Name. Let “Om Namo Bhagavate Vaasudeya” be always
on your lips. May Lord Krishna protect you.
There is neither good nor
evil, neither pain nor pleasure in the universe. Every man creates a world of
good and evil, pleasure or pain out of his imagination only.
SEE GOOD IN ALL
We generally speak ill of
others but fail to see the good in others. Every man has some virtue or other.
There is no absolute rogue on the surface of this earth. Develop the faculty of
seeing good only in others.
Evil and good are obverse
and reverse sides of the same coin. They are relative terms. Like light and
darkness they are corelatives. Existence of each is necessary for the
recognition of the other. Hatred and lies exist to glorify love and truth.
TAINT NOT THY NAME
Maintain your good name. A
good name is really the source of one's strength. One lives in vain if his
reputation is lost. He is a dead man though he is alive. A man does not die as
long as his fame lasts.
Your character depends upon
the quality of thought held in your mind and the mental pictures and ideals
entertained by you. If your thoughts are of a base nature, you will have a bad character.
If you entertain noble thoughts, sublime ideals and holy pictures, you will
have a magnanimous character. You will have a magnetic personality.
BE BOLD AS A LION
Never think, 'I am a
wretched man.'Drive off wrong ideas. Be brave like a lion. Be cheerful always.
In reality you are Atman (soul). This body is only a sheath or slough that is
to be thrown away. Nobody can hurt Atman. It is invulnerable.
When your house is on fire,
how daringly you enter the house to take your child who is sleeping in the
room. Even so, you must be very courageous when you tread on the spiritual
path. You must be absolutely fearless, you must not have the least attachment
to your body. Then only you will have Self-realisation quickly.
HUMILITY IS POWER
Humility is a bomb of
infinite potency which alone can destroy the invincible citadel of egoism.
Egoism is harder than granite or steel. He who is endowed with humility can
conquer the three worlds. The humble man is really blessed. He will soon enter
the realms of eternal peace.
The spirit of the Srutis or
Upanishads cannot be understood even in a hundred years by persons who are
conceited and who think themselves very learned. Therefore abandon conceit and
GIVE UP VANITY
If there be any good virtues
in you, think that there is much more in others. This will develop humility in
you. A worldly-minded man thinks too much of himself. He thinks that there is
none equal to him in beauty, intelligence and experience—this causes vanity and
He who is humble and regards
all worldly titles and honours as mere straw is a great man indeed. Knowledge
of your weakness will instill humility in your heart and force you to equip
yourself with strength and find out suitable methods to have victory over it.
FORBEARANCE: THE KEY TO
He who is endowed with the
power of endurance, who is balanced in pleasure and pain, steadfast is fit for
immortality (Gita II-15).
This body is your
instrument, but is not your Self. Forbearance develops your will power. It is
one of the qualifications of an aspirant in the path of Jnana. It brings
happiness herein and hereafter. But it has one defect. People misconstrue those
who practise forbearance for impotent, effeminate men. Bear with joy whatever
amount of pain or trouble men may give you. Increase by all means your power of
endurance bearing heat and cold, pain and hunger.
ADAPT AND ADJUST
Study the psychology of men.
Analyse human nature. When you move with different minds, adjust yourself well.
Have perfect adaptability and develop tolerance. Then only can you be happy.
Wherever you go, you carry
your own mind, Vasanas and Samskaras with you. Raga-Dvesha is everywhere, even
in the caves of the Himalayas. Create your own world and environments from
within. Then alone can you be happy anywhere and in any circumstances.
OPTIMISM IS A LIVING STAMINA
Optimism is the doctrine or
view that everything in nature and the history of mankind is ordained for the
best, the order of things in the universe being adapted to produce the highest
good. It is sanguine temperament opposed to pessimism. Pessimism is the
opposite of optimism.
An optimist sees an
opportunity in every difficulty; a pessimist sees a difficulty in every
There is a bright side to
every situation. Adopt a hopeful, confident state of mind. The trouble is half
overcome before you start on it.
An optimist gets the best
out of life. He hopes for the best and makes the best of people and
circumstances and thinks the best of people.
Optimism is hope. It is
happy life. It saves people. Optimism makes you happy and cheerful. The
accident is not as terrible as you feared. The hill is not so steep as you
begin climbing. The difficulty is not as great as you expected. Things come out
better than you hope.
Are you Atman or mind or
body? Even though you have read my writings 1001 times, you identify yourself
with mind and body and lose the balance of mind when a trifling criticism is
made. So strong is your egoism.
People can criticise your
body and mind, or become your friends. Then, why do you get agitated my dear
Krishna? You are still weak. You have now grown spiritually. Ignore criticism.
Why do you brood over past
events? You can't have peace of mind. Rise above criticism and petty remarks.
CARE NOT FOR SCANDALS
Do not be afraid of insult,
disrespect, dishonour, abuse or harsh words. Wear them as ornaments on your
Many worry themselves a lot
if they hear a little scandal about themselves. Don't be afraid as these are
vain sounds. These are vibrations in the air. These are nothing. Allow scandals
to enter through one ear and pass immediately through the other ear. You are
the immortal Atman where there is no sound. Nothing can affect you. You are
GLORY TO THE CONTENTED!
A contented mind is a
continuous feast. A man of contentment is always peaceful and serene. Knowledge
of the Self will arise only in a man who is endowed with contentment.
Contentment is the sweet
ambrosia to allay the three kinds of fires, viz., Adhyatmic, Adhidaivic and
Adhibhautic. He who is not desirous of what he has not got, and who is free
from elation and dejection is said to be a contented man. Glory to such exalted
PEACE ABOVE ALL
When you feel extremely
drowsy at night, you will not eat if a very delicious dish is offered at the
moment. You will not care to attend any musical performance also. What you want
is peaceful resting.
This clearly proves that the
mind wants rest but not objects. Worldly people do not know where to find rest
and how to get it. They try to get this rest or peace from external objects.
They hopelessly fail to get this peace from these at each step. Eternal rest or
perennial peace can be had within one's own self only through Self-realisation.
SIMPLICITY IS GRACEFUL
Simplicity is freedom from
duplicity, affectation or pretension. In dress, in food, in character, in
manners, in style, in all things, the supreme excellence is simplicity. There
is a majesty in simplicity. Simplicity is Nature's first step and the last of
Be what you say. Say what
you are. Write as you speak. Speak as you think. Be simple like a child. The
door of Moksha will be opened unto you.
The greatest truths are the
simplest; and so are the greatest men. Goodness and simplicity are indissolubly
united. A simple, frank man is the most agreeable man. Purity and simplicity
are the two wings with which man soars high to the Kingdom of God.
GIVE UP DIPLOMACY
Diplomacy will only create
suspicion and hatred in others. You can win the hearts of others through
frankness, love and simplicity. You can capture the hearts of others through
selfless service and humility.
He who has renounced
selfishness and he who is endowed with courage, fearlessness, patience, mercy
and cosmic love is alone fit for attaining Immortality or Self-realisation.
THE FIVE REQUISITES
Five things are
indispensable if you want to practise vigorous meditation and attain
Self-realisation quickly. They are Mauna, light diet or diet of milk and
fruits, solitude with charming scenery, personal contact with a teacher and a
Build through regular
meditation a strong spiritual fortress and a magnetic aura around you which
cannot be penetrated even by the mighty messengers of Maya or Satan. Your will should
be rendered strong, pure and irresistible by more Atma Chintan, eradication of
Vasanas, control of the senses and more inner life.
HOW TO CONSERVE ENERGY
Conserve the energy by
talking a little, observing Mauna, controlling anger, observing Brahmacharya,
practising Pranayama and controlling irrelevant nonsensical thoughts. You will
have abundant energy at your disposal by having recourse to the above
Abandon ruthlessly all
sensual objects. They are the wombs of pain. Develop gradually balance of mind.
Subdue the senses. Annihilate lust, anger and greed and behold the imperishable
AN ASPIRANT AND A WORLDLY MAN
What does a passionate man
do? He repeats the same ignominious act again and again, fills his stomach as
many times as he can.
What does an aspirant with
burning passion for Self realisation do? He takes a little milk and repeats the
process of meditation again and again whole day and night and enjoys the
eternal Bliss of the Self. Both are busy in their own way. The former is caught
in the wheel of births and deaths and the latter attains immortality.
The mind can be controlled
by continuous practice. You must keep it always occupied in divine
contemplation. If you slacken your efforts, idle thoughts will at once enter.
IMPORTANCE OF MORNING
If you get up in
Brahmamuhurta at 4 a.m., you will have a clear and calm mind. There is a
spiritual influence and mysterious silence in the early morning hours.
All saints and Yogis
practise meditation at this period and send their spiritual vibrations to the
whole world. You will be highly benefited by their vibrations, if you start
your prayer, Japa and meditation at this period. You need not exert. The
meditative state of mind will come by itself. Practise meditation in
VOICE OF THE HIMALAYAS
Even a spark of desire is a
very great evil. Watch each sense or Indriya when it goes astray. Withdraw it.
Practise abstraction again and again. Curb your passion slowly through Japa,
prayer, meditation, Satsanga, study of scriptures and Sattvic food. Be ever
delighted in your own all-blissful Atman or soul.
Meditation is death for the
mind, the demoniac king of the passions and the senses. The more you polish the
surface of your inner heart through practice of dispassion and meditation, the
more of the Lord's Grace-effulgence will shine there. Never become impatient in
the spiritual path. Be patient. Be calm. Strive, strive, strive!
Regular meditation makes the
mind less powerful in its extrovert tendencies. Even a little victory in the
inner battle with your mind and senses will develop your power and give more
assurance and courage. But do not be swayed by success. Be humble and grateful.
Far more precious than many
gold and diamond mines is the spiritual wealth of Self-realisation.
BECOME THOU A FLAME OF GOD
Just as the light is burning
within the hurricane lamp, so also the divine flame is burning from time immemorial
in the lamp of your heart
Close your eyes. Merge
yourself within the divine flame. Plunge deep in the chambers of your heart.
Meditate on this divine flame and become a flame of God. Withdraw the Indriyas
from the objects. Propitiate the Lord by your supreme Tapas. Meditate on Lord
Hari, get into the dazzling divine car and reach the supreme abode of Vishnu.
THE GREAT MARCH
When you reach the spiritual
summit of thoughtlessness you will reach the abode of immortality and eternal
peace and supreme bliss.
O Ram, start your homeward
journey. March boldly on the spiritual path. Be not afraid of difficulties. Be
bold. Ascend peak after peak. Cross the deep ravines of subtle Moha and pride
that come in your way. Take a long jump and cross the mystic frontier of
Avyaktam. Chop the thoughts that wage a guerilla war. Enter now into the
infinite domain of pure bliss and highest knowledge. Regain your old pristine
FORMULAE FOR MEDITATION
Fire is generated in
sacrifice by rubbing two pieces of wood; even so, the fire of wisdom is
generated by meditation on the Supreme Self.
The mind is disciplined in
the beginning by fixing it on concrete object or symbol. When it is rendered
steady and subtle, it can be fixed later on an abstract idea such as "Aham
Meditate always, “I am pure
consciousness. I am Sat-Chit-Ananda Brahman. I am the immutable Self-effulgent,
immortal Self. I am the silent Witness of the three states."
THE STATE OF KAIVALYA
A desire arises in the mind
and it is gratified. Another arises. In the interval between two desires, there
is perfect stillness of mind.
But when the mind is
concentrated on Brahman or Supreme Self, it becomes one with Brahman like
camphor with the flame or salt with water or water with milk. Mind melts in
Brahman. Mind becomes of the nature of Brahman. This is the state of Kaivalya.
Know the Brahman and be free.
THE FINAL UNION
You will have to pass
through six stages of meditation and finally you will enter into perfect superconscious
state. Perception of form will totally vanish. There is neither meditation nor
You will, in this state,
attain the highest knowledge and the eternal supreme peace. This is the goal of
life. This is the final beatitude of life. You are an enlightened sage or the
illumined Jivanmukta now. You are absolutely free from pain, sorrow, fear,
doubt and delusion. The bubble has become the ocean; the river has joined the
ocean and has become the ocean.
MEDITATION DISSOLVES DOUBTS
Regular meditation opens the
avenues of the intuitional knowledge, makes the mind calm and steady, awakens
an ecstatic feeling and brings the Yogic student in contact with the source or
the supreme Purusha.
If there are doubts, they
are all cleared by themselves when you march on the path of Dhyana Yoga
steadily. You will yourself feel the way to place your footstep in the next
rung of the spiritual ladder. A mysterious inner voice will guide you. Hear
this attentively, O Yogindra!
IDLENESS IS NOT REST
Real rest can be had during
meditation when the mind rests in Atman. Change of work can give rest.
Remaining idle without work and allowing the mind to wander about wildly like a
rutting furious elephant and building castles in the air cannot bring rest.
The man who cannot fix his
mind in meditation cannot have knowledge of the Self. The unsteady man cannot
practise meditation. He cannot have intense devotion to knowledge of the Self
or any burning longing for liberation or Moksha. He who does not practise any
meditation cannot possess peace of mind. How can there be happiness for the
WASTE NOT PRECIOUS TIME
‘’The Yogi, labouring with
assiduity, purified from sin and perfected through manifold births, reacheth
the Supreme Goal."
If you can give up idle
talks and gossiping and idle curiosity to hear rumours and news of others and
if you do not meddle with the affairs of others, you will have ample time to do
meditation. If worldly thoughts try to enter the mind during meditation reject
them. Have steady devotion to truth. Be cheerful. Increase the Sattvic
materials in you. You can enjoy everlasting bliss.
NEVER COMPLAIN OF ENVIRONMENT
Environments are not bad but
your mind is bad. Your mind is not disciplined properly. Wage a war with this
horrible and terrible mind. Do not complain against bad environments but
complain first against your mind. Train your mind first.
If you practise
concentration amidst unfavourable environments, you will grow strong, you will
develop your will force quickly, you will become a dynamic personality. See
good in everything and transmute evil into good. This is real Yoga. This is the
real work of a Yogi.
The Vasanas are very
powerful. The senses and mind are very turbulent and impetuous. Again and again
the battle must be fought and won. That is the reason why the spiritual path is
called the razor path in Kathopanishad. There is no difficulty for a man of
strong determination and iron will even on the razor path. Strength comes from
within at every step.
The mind-wandering will
gradually cease through regular meditation. Meditation will remove irritability
also and augment the peace of mind considerably.
THE MAGIC PILL
Try to identify yourself
with the eternal immortal ever-pure Atman that resides in the chambers of your
heart. Think and feel always: "I am the ever pure Atman." This one
thought will remove all troubles and fanciful thoughts. The mind wants to
delude you. Start this anti-current of thought. The mind will lurk like a
There is no magical pill
more efficacious than solitude to remove the disease of Vikshepa (tossing of
SIGNS OF PROGRESS
Your mind will sometimes
shudder when evil thoughts enter it. This is a sign of your spiritual progress.
You are growing spiritually. You will be much tormented when you think of your
evil actions committed in the past. This is also a sign of your spiritual
upheaval. You will not repeat now the same actions.
Your mind will tremble. Your
body will quiver whenever a wrong Samskara of some evil actions urges you to do
the same act through force of habit. Continue your meditation with full vigour
and earnestness. All memories of evil actions, all evil thoughts, all evil
promptings of Satan will die by themselves.
BE OF STRONG NERVES
An aspirant must be
sensitive and yet possess the body and nerves completely under control. The
greater the sensitiveness becomes, the more difficult is the task. There are
many noises which pass unheeded by an ordinary person but which are tortures to
one who is very sensitive.
generally mistake their own imagination and impulses for the "inner voice
of divine command or intuition." When the mind is Sattvic, you can get
glimpses of flashes of intuition.
LIVE IN THE PRESENT
Concern yourself with the
present only. Do not look back upon the past or the future. Then alone will you
be really happy. You will be free from cares, worries and anxieties. You will
have a long life.
Exercise Vichara and Viveka
in your attempts. Do not! think of the past or the future. The past days of
boyhood, your days of schooling are all dream when you are forty. You will have
to deal with the present only. The present is most important.
NECESSITY OF SECLUSION
Ekanath, Raja Janaka and
others realised by doing spiritual Sadhana while remaining in the world. The
central teaching of the Gita is to realise in and through the world. These
people were really Yoga Bhrashtas. It is absolutely impossible for the vast
Lord Jesus was missing for
10 years. Buddha went into seclusion for 8 years in Uruvala forest. You can
make a beginning in the world but when you have made some progress, you must
shift yourself up for advanced practices to a suitable place where you will
find spiritual vibrations and solitude.
PRACTISE IN DETACHMENT
A householder with Yogic
tendencies and spiritual inclinations can practise meditation in a solitary and
quiet room in his own house or in any solitary place on the banks of any holy
river, during holidays or throughout the year if he is a whole-time aspirant or
if he has retired from service.
If you are a householder
with a spiritual thirst for intense Sadhana, you cannot all on a sudden sever
your connection with your people. Stay for a week or a month in seclusion to
begin with. Then gradually prolong the period. Then you will not feel the least
pangs of separation.
BRAHMACHARYA IS INDISPENSABLE
Semen or Virya tones the
nerves and brain and gives energy to the system. He who has preserved this
vital force by the vow of celibacy and sublimated it into Ojas Sakti, can
practise steady meditation for a long period. He only can ascend the ladder of
Without Brahmacharya no iota
of spiritual progress is possible. Brahmacharya is the very foundation on which
the superstructure of meditation and Samadhi can be built up. Many people waste
this vital energy—a great spiritual loss indeed—and they become blind and lose
their power of reason under excitement. Pitiable indeed is their lot! They
cannot make any substantial progress in Yoga.
TRANSFORM THE SUBCONSCIOUS
Meditation on the immortal
Self will act like a dynamite and blow up all thoughts and memories in the
subconscious mind. If the thoughts trouble you much, do not suppress them by
force. Be a silent witness as in a cinema. They will subside gradually. Then
try to root them out through regular silent meditation.
The practice must be
constant. Then only one can attain Self-realisation surely and quickly. He who
practises meditation by fits and starts for a few minutes daily will not be
able to achieve any tangible results in Yoga.
ALL POTENTIALITIES ARE WITHIN
In all man's struggles and
attempts at achieving any desired object, there is in reality no necessity at
all for him to go in quest of external forces to aid him. Man contains within
himself vast resources and inherent powers lying untapped or else only
partially made use of.
It is because he has allowed
his faculties to get scattered on a hundred different things, he fails to
achieve anything great despite his inherent potentialities. If he intelligently
regulates and applies them, quick and concrete results will accrue.
CONCENTRATION FOR POWER
To learn to rationally and
effectively use existing forces, man need not wait for any striking new
methods, etc., to be invented for guiding him.
Since the dawn of creation
nature herself abounds in instructive examples and lessons to aid man in every
walk of his life. Observation will tell us that every force in nature when
allowed to flow loosely over a wide area moves slowly and with comparatively
less power than it would do if gathered together in one mass directed through a
single restricted outlet. The concentrated application of a force makes for maximum
results in minimum time and effort.
HOW TO DEVELOP CONCENTRATION
The powers of the mind are
always scattered and resist attempts at concentration. This oscillatory
tendency is an innate characteristic of the mind stuff. Of the various methods
employed to curtail and arrest this tossing of the mind, those using the medium
of sound and sight stand prominent because these two have peculiar knack of
catching the attention and stilling the mind.
Therefore in the course of
spiritual discipline also the methods of developing concentration take the form
of gazing! steadily at a dot, or at the symbol of Pranava, or the Mantra or the
figure of the favourite chosen deity.
A little consideration of
what takes place around us every day would show us that a higher law than that
of our will regulates events; that our painful labours are unnecessary and
altogether fruitless; that only in our easy, simple, spontaneous action are we
strong, and by contenting ourselves with obedience we become divine. Belief and
love will relieve us of a vast load of care. O my brothers! God exists.
There is a soul at the
centre of nature and over the will of every man, so that none of us can wrong
the universe. The whole course of things goes to teach us faith.
Remember Him and attain
immortality and Eternal Peace right now.
UPASANA-THE HUMAN PREROGATIVE
Eating, drinking, sleeping,
fear and copulation, etc., are common in brutes and human beings; but that
which makes one a real man or a godman is Upasana. Upasana transmutes a man
into blessed divinity.
You will find in
Gita—"But by devotion to Me alone, I may thus be perceived, Arjuna, and
known and seen in essence, and entered, O Paranthapa."
He who leads a mere outward
sensual life without doing any Upasana is an animal only though he wears
outwardly the form of human being.
GLORY OF SELF-SURRENDER
Self-surrender is one of the
nine modes of Bhakti. The will of the devotee becomes one with the Lord's will
and he enjoys all divine splendour of the Lord.
The obstacles that stand in
the way of self-surrender are desires and egoism. The self-surrender must be
totally unreserved, ungrudging and unconditional. Sometimes the devotee keeps
certain desires for his own gratification. The egoism is very stiff and
obstinate. It is like hard granite. It has to be split asunder through constant
hammering with the chisel of Bhakti.
THIS IS BEAUTY!
Minus skin, dress,
ornaments, the human body is nothing. Just imagine for a moment that the skin
is removed. You will have to stand by with a long stick to drive away crows and
vultures Physical beauty is superficial, illusory and fading. It is skin deep
only. Do not be deluded by external appearances. It is the jugglery of Maya. Go
to the source-Atman, the beauty of the beauties, the everlasting beauty.
If your hair becomes grey,
that is the first warrant from Lord Yama. You must get ready to meet him. The
wrinkles on the face and the bending of the body will remind you of the war
FAITH-THE INDEX OF CHARACTER
Lord Krishna says in the
Gita, "Threefold is by nature the inborfaith of the embodied-pure,
passionate and dark (Sattvic, Rajasic and Tamasic). The faith of each is shaped
according to his own nature. O Bharata. The man consists of his faith: that
which his faith is, he is even that."
Faith indicates what man's
character is. Have true perfect, living, unswerving faith in God, in His grace,
in the power of His Name. Meditate and open yourself to the Divine Light. You
will be transmuted into Divinity. Faith can move mountains and can give you
peace, inner spiritual strength, joy, freedom, immortality and bliss.
HAIL! O LORD OF LORDS!
O hidden Love that pervades
all objects! O power that sustains this vast universe! O Self-luminous Light
that gives light to the sun, the moon, the stars and the intellect! O adorable
Lord of this universe! O Deva of the Devas! O Lord of the Lords; Thou art the
womb of the Vedas! Thou art the Director or Governor of this universe. Thou art
the life of my life, the Soul of my soul, Prana of Pranas, the Mind of my mind,
the Eye of my eyes; the Ear of my ears, Thou art the beauty in flowers and
landscapes. Thou art the charm in the face and skin. Thou art the Pranava of
the Vedas. Thou art the sweet silence. Thou art the Peace that dwells in the
heart. Thou art Eternal Bliss. Thou art the destroyer of Avidya or ignorance.
Thou art the bestower of immortality
PRAYER TO THE SUPREME BEING
O Beauty! O Spiritual
Imperishable Inexhaustible Wealth! O Sweet Honey! O the light of Heavens! O the
light of Devas or celestial beings, O my dear relative, Thou art my body. Thou
art the Ovum. Thou art the germinal cell. Thou art the very life-element.
Thou art my eye. Thou art
the black portion of the eye. Thou art the inner pupil that moves within the
eyes. Protect me. Let not evil touch me. Let me forget this world. Let me
remember Thee always. Take me to Thy sweet bosom. Make me dwell in Thee for
OM TAT SAT
1. Get up at 4 a.m. daily.
This is Brahmamuhurta which is extremely favourable for meditation on God.
2. Asana: Sit on
Padma, Siddha or Sukha Asana for Japa and meditation for half an hour, facing
the East or the North. Increase the period gradually to three hours. Do
Sirshasana and Sarvangasana for keeping up Brahmacharya and health. Take light
physical exercises such as walking, etc., regularly. Do twenty Pranayamas.
3. Japa: Repeat any
Mantra as pure Om or Om Namo Narayanaya, Om Namah Sivaya, Om Namo Bhagavate
Vasudevaya, Om Sri Saravanabhavaya Namah, Sita Ram, Sri Ram, Hari Om, or
Gayatri, according to your taste or inclination, from 108 to 21,600 times
4. Dietetic Discipline:
Take Sattvic food, Suddha Ahara. Give up chillies, tamarind, garlic, onion,
sour articles, oil, mustard, asafoetida. Observe moderation in diet (Mitahara).
Do not overload the stomach. Give up those things which the mind likes best for
a fortnight in a year. Еat simple food. Milk and fruits help concentration. Take
food as medicine to keep the life going. Eating for enjoyment is sin. Give up
salt and sugar for a month. You must be able to live on rice, Dhal and bread
without any chutney. Do not ask for extra salt for Dhal and sugar for tea,
coffee or milk.
5. Have a separate
meditation-room under lock and key.
6. Charity: Do
charity regularly, every month, or even daily according to your means, say six
paisa per rupee.
7. Svadhyaya: Study
systematically the Gita, the Ramayana, the Bhagavata, Vishnu-Sahasranama, Lalita-Sahasranama,
Aditya Hridaya, the Upanishads or the Yoga Vasishtha, the Bible, the Zend
Avesta, the Koran, the Tripitakas, the Granth Sahib, etc., from half an hour to
one hour daily, and have Suddha Vichara.
Preserve the vital force (Veerya) very, very carefully. Veerya is God in motion
or manifestation-Vibhuti. Veerya is all power. Veerya is all money. Veerya is
the essence of life, thought and intelligence.
9. Prayer Slokas: Get
by heart some prayer Slokas, Stotras and repeat them as soon as you sit in the
Asana before starting Japa or meditation. This will elevate the mind quickly.
10. Satsanga: Have
Satsanga. Give up bad company, smoking, meat and alcoholic liquors entirely. Do
not develop any evil habits.
11. Fast on Ekadasi: Fast
on Ekadasi or live on milk and fruits only.
12. Japa Mala: Have a
Japa Mala (rosary) round your neck or in your pocket or underneath your pillow
13. Mouna: Observe
Mouna (vow of silence) for a couple of hours daily.
14. Speak the Truth:
Speak the truth at all costs. Speak a little. Speak sweetly.
15. Reduce your wants:
Reduce your wants. If you have four shirts, reduce the number to three or two.
Lead a happy, contented life. Avoid unnecessary worry. Have plain living and
16. Never hurt anybody:
Never hurt anybody (ahimsa paramo dharmah). Control anger by love, Kshama
(forgiveness) and Daya (compassion).
17. Do not depend upon
servants: Do not depend upon servants. Self-reliance is the highest of all
Think of the mistakes you have committed during the course of the day, just
before retiring to bed (self-analysis). Keep daily diary and self-correction
register. Do not brood over past mistakes.
19. Fulfil duties:
Remember that death is awaiting you at every moment. Never fail to fulfil your
duties. Have pure conduct (Sadachara).
20. Surrender to God:
Think of God as soon as you wake up and just before you go to sleep. Surrender
yourself completely to God (Saranagati).
is the essence of all spiritual Sadhanas.
will lead you to Moksha.
these Niyamas or spiritual canons must be rigidly observed.
must not give leniency to the mind.