Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

  • Don’t Fall in love, Rise in Love!
  • Existence is a Fact, Living is an Art
  • You are all that you are longing for.
  • Recognize and honour your uniqueness.
  • Joy is never tomorrow it’s always now!
  • Retain your shyness and drop your shame.
  • The wave uniting with its depth is yoga.
  • Faith is giving the divine a chance to act.
  • A mind in the present moment is meditation.
  • Love is giving everything and taking nothing
  • Make your smile cheaper and anger expensive!
  • Suffering is a product of limited knowledge.
  • If you’re not at peace, nothing else matters
  • Meditation is the delicate art of doing nothing.
  • One whose mind is turned inwards is ever in bliss
  • Love is not an emotion. It is your very existence.
  • Hold on to your dreams, one day, it will come true.
  • The visible sign of utter love is an undying smile.
  • Feel indebted. Feel grateful. Then abundance grows.
  • In the present moment, we are all innocent. Wake up!
  • The whole creation is the dance of one consciousness
  • Drop all your botheration to me and be free of worry
  • When you consider Life as sacred,Nature waits on you
  • Everything in this creation is a sign of celebration.
  • Faith is realizing that you always get what you need.
  • Sadhana is the real currency that you can use anywhere
  • Religion keeps society divided. Spirituality unites it.
  • Just an intention to be free makes you immediately free!
  • Only the heart can speak or hear that which is authentic
  • If our mind is pure, our desires get manifested quickly.
  • The best form of worship is to be happy, to be grateful.
  • Celebration happens when the mind unites with the spirit.
  • Get out of your comfort zone and bring comfort to others.
  • To grow in unconditional love and in beauty is spirituality.
  • Peace is our very nature, and yoga leads you to inner peace.
  • Nothing in the world can bother you as much as your own mind.
  • The quality of our lives depends on the quality of our minds.
  • You should have desires, but the desires should not have you.
  • We communicate much more through our presence than the words.
  • Don’t be over complacent or too feverish, take a middle path.
  • The best form of service is to uplift someone’s state of mind.
  • When you are totally defenseless, that’s when you’ll be strong.
  • Today is a gift from God – that is why it is called the present.
  • Nature loves you ten times more than a mother loves her newborn.
  • If you can win over your mind, you can win over the whole world.
  • Through knowledge and devotion, transcend all karma and be free.
  • Our words are there to bless people and bring peace to the world
  • Love is the essence of the universe,. Love in action is service.
  • Patience in the mind and dynamism in action is the right formula.
  • Faith is what? Faith is to love something you have no idea about.
  • When you wish #‚Äé good  for others, good things come back to you.
  • How far to heaven? Just open your eyes and look. You are in heaven.
  • In life you can either have a guru or misery, you cannot have both.
  • Events bring you small joy, while #‚Äé existence  brings you bliss.
  • To whatever degree we are alert, aware, to that degree we are living
  • Have respect for yourself and no one can take away your self respect.
  • Make your home God’s home and there will be light, love and abundance
  • Curiosity is the beginning of the mind, Wonder is the end of the mind.
  • I never intended to start a new organisation but to share what I knew.
  • Let your smile change the world! Never let the world change your smile!
  • The bigger our vision for the world, the less personal worries we have.
  • Your richness is on your ability to share and not in how much you have.
  • Knowledge is the vaccination that keeps you away from the flu of misery
  • In joy, in peace, in that soothing inner state, you will find happiness.
  • Meditation is not ‘going somewhere;’ it’s diving deep here, this moment.
  • Why do you think you are weak? Wake up and see you have all the strength.
  • Talk less, but with more awareness. Every word you use, use purposefully.
  • Enthusiasm is the nature of life. Become one whose enthusiasm never dies.
  • Curiosity is the mother of science, wonder is the mother of spirituality.
  • You are always a winner. Sometimes you win, sometimes you make others win.
  • A sign of intelligence is to see the One in many and find the many in One.
  • When your intentions are very pure and clear, nature brings support to you.
  • Be ready to face the worst. This will leave you with stability in your mind.
  • When a bud breaks it becomes a flower, when a heart breaks it becomes divine.
  • There is nothing for you to take away from this world. You have come to give.
  • Be light. Smile. Drop. Learn the tendency to drop and smile and move through.
  • Material wealth does not equate to success. Equanimity and peace of mind does
  • Effort is the key in the relative; effortlessness is the key to the Absolute.
  • Even if you win in ego it is a loss. Even if you lose in love it is a victory.
  • When the energy is high and when there is love, healing happens automatically!
  • A Presence is in control of the whole Universe. You just do your part and relax!
  • We do yoga to make life more beautiful.. to stop misery from entering our world.
  • Health is not the mere absence of disease, it is the dynamic expression of life.
  • Keeping the mind happy makes work effortless. This is the skill for productivity!
  • Healthy is being physically strong, mentally calm and steady and emotionally soft
  • Reaction and non-action both create karma, but conscious action transcends karma.
  • Shiva is chidambaram, like the inner sky. Shiva is the inner sky of consciousness
  • Problems are here in this world so that we can realize our purpose in this world.
  • Worry is the enemy of love. You cannot be in love and be worried at the same time.
  • I have received and I want to give. This is the path to happiness and contentment.
  • People search for joy everywhere not knowing that the Self is the source of all joy
  • Make other comfortable and you will see that nature will take care of your comfort.
  • Everything is cleansed and purified by the rains, and the Earth blossoms in beauty.
  • Love is seeing God in the person next to us, and meditation is seeing God within us.
  • Spiritual knowledge improves intuitive ability, innovative ability and communication.
  • A goal or cause in life, will help you come out of your hunger for insatiable desires.
  • The more you give, the more you will get. Then life will become a sheer dance of love.
  • Your life is infinite. You are as old as these mountains and you will remain for ever.
  • There is freedom when you realize that you are just a witness to all that is happening.
  • If you ever feel lonely and feel that no one loves you and cares for you – remember me.
  • Keep wondering whether your waking reality is a dream and you will wake up to the real.
  • What puts you on the road is your desire to enjoy. What brings you home is being in love
  • Let the mind calm down and the heart start to open. Then everything will be very obvious.
  • Meditation means seeing God within you, and love is seeing God in the person next to you.
  • Just as when spring comes, Nature celebrates, When Navaratri comes, the Spirit celebrates.
  • If you see long term benefit in doing something, but short term pain then you should do it.
  • Knowledge of life brings confidence, and Knowledge of death makes you fearless and centred.
  • Your world is very small. Your world is bundle of your experiences. Have you observed this?
  • Technology has made the world into a Village. Spirituality has made it into a Global Family.
  • When mind controls man, it’s … Bhoga (bondage). But when man controls mind, it’s…Yoga
  • Acceptance does not mean inaction; acceptance is actually acknowledging the present situation.
  • When you see #‚Äé happiness  in the happiness of others, that’s when you will be truly happy.
  • Your non attachment to the mundane is your charm. Your attachment to the divine is your beauty.
  • One who can learn to flow with the current as well as manage the current is the successful one.
  • When you become content in life, you gain the power to bless others. This is the law of nature.
  • When you are fully present, you are truly living; the rest of the time, you are merely existing
  • Even stupid people have a role to play in your life. They make you wiser and more patient.
  • Longing gives you the power to bless. Bless the entire creation. For, the longing in you is God.
  • What path you choose is not important. How intensely you pursue that path is much more important
  • The source of your mind is love and whatever you do to go to that source, is spiritual practice.
  • Your life is perfect, it is a perfect plan; it is a spontaneous miracle. It is both every moment.
  • Navratri represents how the negativity can be conquered by the inherent positive qualities in us.
  • Spirituality is allowing compassion and love to flourish. When belongness begins, corruption ends.
  • See the possibility that people and things can change at any time and don’t hold on to judgements.
  • It is the inner peace that can bring peace in our family, in society and ultimately, in the world.
  • You will find the Divine in the last place, because once you find it, you will not go on searching.
  • The rush to enjoy robs the joy from life and only denies the happiness and freedom of here and now.
  • Faith is the subject of the head. Devotion is the subject of the heart and meditation connects both.
  • Let my hands be of service to people. Let me earn wisdom through my hands. Let my hands do good work
  • If you are a taker of happiness you get misery, if you are a giver of happiness you get joy and love.
  • Service brings merit, merit allows you to go deeper in meditation, meditation brings back your smile.
  • To love is to see the divine in the person beside us, and to meditate is to see the divine within us.
  • The master is presence. The world is relativity and relativity has limitations. Presence is unlimited.
  • Worrying doesn’t make any difference, but working does and spirituality gives one the strength to work
  • If something is not working today, then something better is in store. This surety should be in our mind.
  • A few minutes of deep meditation will connect you with the ocean of intuition deep within you.
  • Yazidis are facing the worst genocide of our times. They have been reduced from 23 million to 1 million.
  • Life is a combination of destiny and free will. Rain is destiny; whether you get wet or not is free will!
  • For success in life you need yukti (skill) and shakti (strength), Bhakti (Devotion ) and Mukti (Freedom).
  • Favorable and unfavorable conditions are part of living but smiling through them all is the Art of Living.
  • The positive aspect of competition in a business scenario is it helps you to be more alert and innovative.
  • When a storm comes, it is the trees that get uprooted. Be as humble as the grass and nothing can touch you.
  • A healthy mind always likes to adore others, elevate them. An unhealthy mind likes to pull everything down.
  • The purpose of laughter is to bring one to silence, and the purpose of silence is to bring one to laughter.
  • Much energy is wasted in trying to charm others. And in wanting to charm – I tell you, the opposite happens
  • why can’t we control our anger? because we love perfection. make a little room for imperfection in our lives.
  • A Guru is there to show you what you are. You are not different from Me. Whatever I am, that is what you are.
  • When you make Service your sole purpose in life, it eliminates fear, focuses your mind and gives you meaning.
  • Don’t postpone your happiness until some perfect future date. Be happy now, tomorrow will take care of itself.
  • When the mind is free of fear, guilt, anger and is more centered, then it holds the power to heal any ailment.
  • In true love there is no heart break. A broken heat means broken demands, broken expectations and broken hopes.
  • When heart speaks and heart listens, harmony is produced. When head talks and head listens, argument is produced.
  • Life is nothing to be very serious about. Life is a ball in your hands to play with. Don’t hold on to the ball.
  • When everything is in abundance, dispassion happens. And when dispassion is there, everything comes in abundance.
  • When you are happy time appears shorter, when you are sad time appears longer. And in meditation we transcend time!
  • Every emotion is connected with the breath. If you change the breath, change the rhythm, you can change the emotion.
  • Everywhere you see in creation there is Divine love. Love is the highest force, the greatest force, and the simplest
  • The power of spiritual knowledge gives you centeredness, which brings out passion in work & dispassion in meditation.
  • Yoga is a study of life, study of your body, breath, mind, intellect, memory, and ego. Study of your inner faculties!
  • If you make someone feel guilty about their mistake, then you have not forgiven them. That guilt is itself punishment.
  • Walk lightly on this #‚Äé planet  and yet leave such a  #‚Äé footprint  that cannot be erased for thousands of years!
  • Misery is not given by anyone or anything in life. It is your own mind which makes you miserable or happy and uplifted.
  • Happiness depends only on your mind. When the mind is free of past impressions and future cravings, happiness is there.
  • Meditation is the journey from sound to silence, from movement to stillness, from a limited identity to unlimited space.
  • Spirituality is a harmonious blend of outer silence and inner celebration; and also inner silence and outer celebration!
  • Your desire for perfection is the cause of anger. Leave room for imperfection. Perfection in action is almost impossible.
  • Do not be feverish about success, if your aim is clear and you have patience to move towards it, nature will support you.
  • Just open your eyes, shake your head, and look at what is happening in the world. It is amazing! This universe is amazing!
  • A fully blossomed human potential is enlightenment. It is becoming a child again, and coming back to your original nature.
  • Boredom is a blessing when it leads you to wisdom. And boredom is a curse when it leads you to frustration and depression.
  • If we sit deep in meditation, the glow within the body will brighten, and will expand and spread outside. That is Devi Puja
  • Truth is hidden by the golden veil of the mundane. Pierce through this thin glittering sheath and know that you are the Sun
  • Repose in that peaceful, cool, calm, serene depth of your Being. You know, this is something immensely valuable and precious
  • Difference between motivation and inspiration – Motivation is external and short lived. Inspiration is internal and lifelong
  • No emotions are bad. But if they stay for long, then it is bad. Emotions should be like a line drawn on the surface of water.
  • When every action of yours is preceded by witnessing, then every move you make in this world becomes perfect and significant.
  • Look at your life in contrast with the magnitude of creation, space and time. Your life becomes insignificant. Ego disappears.
  • A poor man celebrates the New Year once a year. A rich man celebrates each day.  But the richest man celebrates every moment.
  • Practice meditation. Become a seeker. Walk the path of the seeker. You will get the best of everything the world has to offer.
  • When someone is drowning in the ocean of attachments, Surrender is the life jacket they can put on and wait for the rescue team
  • Remember those wonderful moments you have had. Sit and be with it. In that very memory your entire Being gets back to that state
  • The entire universe is one whole, when you drop holding on to your limited boundaries, then what you gain is the entire universe.
  • Find the love you seek, by first finding the love within yourself. Learn to rest in that place within you that is your true home.
  • Satguru knows that there is no death to the disciple. Atma never dies. Even after death he continues to get direction on the path
  • When you are in touch with the Inner Being then irrespective of the outer state, you remain in a perpetual state of happiness!
  • Devi energy (shakti) is there within all of us. Devi is not somewhere else, not in some other world. It is within us – Devi Shakti
  • There is no use getting angry at something that has already happened.All you can do is your best to check it doesn’t happen again.
  • That which you cannot express is Love.That which you cannot reject/renounce is Beauty. That which you cannot avoid is the Truth.
  • Real beauty is when you’re centered, when our mind is with the truth. That is how every baby is beautiful because they are centered.
  • Do not make an effort to impress others. When you come from the self, your expression is perfect and your impression lasts for ages.
  • Contentment and happiness! Do everything happily. Walk, talk, sit happily; even if you complain against somebody, do it happily.
  • Life works on strange laws of nature (Karma). One never knows when a friend turns enemy & vice-versa. Rely on your Self; self-reliance
  • Whatever you put attention on will start manifesting in your life. Intention, attention, manifestation; that is how the universe works.
  • Meditation is the only way you can transcend the negative thoughts, and then positive thoughts will come spontaneously & automatically.
  • Nature will never confront you with a problem you can’t solve. You already have the answer, that is why the question appears before you.
  • We are always looking for solutions from someone else. We forget that if we turn our mind inward, we can get some ideas, some solutions.
  • Love is preserved by wisdom. Destroyed by demand, tested by doubt, nourished by longing. It blossoms with faith and grows with gratitude.
  • When all doors are shut and you have nowhere to go, that is when you go within. Every crisis is an opportunity and you are the beginning.
  • Dissolving the name is awareness. Dissolving the form is meditation.   The world is name and form.  Bliss transcends name and form.
  • Spiritual blossoming simply means blossoming in life in all dimensions – being happy, at ease with yourself and with everybody around you.
  • If you are bombarded by so many thoughts in solitude, you are in ignorance. If you are calm even amidst a crowd then you are in knowledge.
  • Sickness is not just in the body, it could be in the mind, it could be in your intellect; it could be in the inhibitions of your intellect
  • Every moment you spend on this planet, remember that you are here for a unique purpose & cause, far greater than to just eat, sleep & talk.
  • Feeling and experiencing infinity within this finite body, living timelessness within the time span of life – this is what you are here for
  • Sadhyojata means ‚Äúcreating every moment anew, knowing every moment new.’ We are used to a certain dimension, so this may go beyond you.
  • Your desire for consistency itself will set you on the right path. As long as you keep going up, never mind if you come down once or twice.
  • The Path of Love is not a tedious Path. It’s a Path of joy. It’s a Path of singing and dancing. It’s not a desert. It is a valley of flowers
  • If you’re saddened by another’s sorrow, then sorrow will never come to you. If you are happy at another’s joy then joy will never leave you.
  • Take some time off to go within, in silence. With that, your charm becomes eternal, your love becomes unconditional & great strength arises.
  • A successful man has the following qualities: A smile that doesn’t die; patience; fearless mind; love; self- confidence; love for everybody.
  • You are solidified silence, awareness. A thousand hours of speech cannot equal one glance: a hundred glances cannot equal a minute of silence
  • For those who do not have faith in God, fear is a way to protect them. But if faith is strong, there is no anxiety about something in danger.
  • In the Vedic Calender, the year 2013 is said to be the year of Victory. Victory of the Good over Bad.It is said to begin in the end of march.
  • Keeping the mind open to new ideas, not being too anxious about success, putting 100% effort and meditation is the formula for entrepreneurs.
  • Faith makes you stable and steady. It brings out the totality in you. Consolidation of your energy is faith. Dissemination of energy is doubt.
  • Never underestimate your life. It is most precious. You never know what talents are hidden within you and what you have to offer to the world!
  • To be free from ignorance you need knowledge. The mind should turn inward. Silence takes the mind inward and helps you to recognize who you are.
  • Make the Universal personal and you become richer, wiser and stronger. Make the personal Universal and you will find freedom, compassion and love
  • Want, or desire, arises when you are not happy. Have you seen this? When you are very happy then there is contentment. Contentment means no want.
  • The first thing we do when we’re born is we breathe in, and we cry. And the last thing we do when we die is we breathe out, and other people cry.
  • Wherever there is sincerity & talent, people do recognize them. It may take some time but we should have some patience and hold on to our passion.
  • Don’t focus on what others want. See what it is that you want. When you stop looking inside and look at others, that is when you miss the boat.
  • Beauty is an inner phenomenon. Beauty is not in objects, not in people, not even in the eyes of the beholder. It lies in the heart of every person
  • The world is full of paradoxes and life is full of opposites. The art is to embrace the opposites, accommodate the paradoxes and live with a smile.
  • When you move with this thought that ‘I want’, then the mind wanders. When you move with this thought that ‘I have received’, then you are content.
  • The criteria for success: you are free, you live in the present moment, you are useful to the people around you, and you feel love for all humanity.
  • If everything appears meaningless then congratulations to you! You have started on the path. This is the first sign of intelligence, of waking up.
  • In always wanting to be comfortable, you become lazy. In always wanting perfection, you become angry. In always wanting to be rich, you become greedy.
  • A child does not try to know the mother, it simply has faith in her. In the same way, having faith in the Divine is the source of the greatest strength.
  • Ego is just a feeling of having a wall between you and others. There is no wall. You belong to me and I belong to you. You are accepted the way you are.
  • Celebrate Life. Care for others and share whatever you have with those less fortunate than you. Broaden your vision, for the whole world belongs to you.
  • Pleasure simply brings more craving, but the problem is that we try to get contentment through pleasure. True contentment can only come through service.
  • The entire universe is just an expression, projection, of the Being, of the Self. Within this small body, you are able to experience the infinite space.
  • With charity, money is purified. By service, our actions are purified. With music, our emotions are purified and with knowledge our intellect is purified.
  • Foolishness is giving up without any effort or not giving up after putting in all your effort. Secret of freedom is putting all your effort and giving up!
  • Make the whole life a game. There is no purpose there is no aim, nothing. Just take it lightly, easily. Play the game. that is worship, which is celebration.
  • Accept people and situations as they are in life and then take action. The moment you do this, you’ll see you are out of the confusion about anything in life.
  • Nothing in the world can bother you as much as your own mind, I tell you. In fact, others seem to be bothering you, but it is not others, it is your own mind.
  • Human rights means protecting another’s freedom, seeing that the other person is also like oneself. Human rights is giving others security, letting them live.
  • In meditation, healing can happen. When the mind is calm, alert and totally contented, then it is like a laser beam – it is very powerful and healing can happen.
  • The knowledge that unites love and wisdom, that uplifts the spirit is spirituality. The knowledge which gives you a broad vision and a big heart is spirituality.
  • When you are infinitely indebted for your body, for Knowledge, for things you have received, and for your own life, then you bask in the abundance of the Creator
  • Yoga takes you close to your true nature. Yoga with its techniques helps you to harmonize with nature. Peace is our very nature, and yoga leads you to inner peace
  • Life teaches you the art of letting go in every event. When you have learnt to let go, you will be joyful and as you start being joyful, more will be given to you.
  • If there are ripples on the surface of a lake, we cannot see the depth. Similarly unless the mind is restful, we cannot experience the harmony and union within us.
  • When you judge others, look at yourself – You too have flaws and the divine nature has accepted you with all your flaws. It doesn’t judge you. Who are you to judge?
  • Purpose of words is to create silence. Purpose of action is to bring deep rest. Purpose of deep rest is to bring you fulfillment. In fulfillment you find joy, bliss
  • In the presence of your Satguru, knowledge flourishes; sorrow diminishes; without any reason joy wells up; lack diminishes, abundance dawns and all talents manifest
  • In Samadhi, that very deep state of meditation, you are given energy and long-lasting bliss. It carries you higher and higher until your very presence radiates love
  • Worldly love can be like an ocean, yet an ocean has a bottom. Divine love is like the sky – limitless, infinite. From the bottom of the ocean soar into the vast sky
  • When attention is given to the spiritual aspect of one’s life, it brings a sense of belongingness, and responsibility, compassion and caring for the whole of humanity.
  • You walk until you come to the ocean. You don’t walk or run in the ocean – you float and swim. Like this once you come to the Master, seeking stops, blossoming begins.
  • The very purpose for being in this body, for every one of us, is to live and rejoice in that virgin area, that untouched, pure and ever green,blissful area of our Self
  • Either a princess or a pauper can feel generous. Generosity is the quality of the spirit. When you feel generous your life becomes, abundant full of compassion and love.
  • How do we get out of our small mind? When we enquire into the core of our existence. What is life? Who am I? This spirit of self-inquiry can awaken something inside you.
  • Our breath plays a very important role in our life. The breath is the connecting link between the inner world of the mind and the outer world of the body and environment.
  • Have a goal in life. When water is everywhere, it is a flood, but if it is in between banks, it is a river. It is nice to have a goal, so your life force gets channelized!
  • In your very nature, in the depth of your mind, there is omnipresence, omnipotence, omniscience. All knowledge is already in the depth of your consciousness, of your mind.
  • If you are passionate, be passionate about the highest, the most wonderful, and the most beautiful. Be passionate about this entire creation for everything is so beautiful.
  • Don’t keep your head turned backwards. Look ahead and move on. You are trying to walk forward with your head turned backward. This is why you feel miserable. Just let go!
  • This deep sense of feeling that, ‘I am’ blessed can help you overcome any obstacle in life. It gives you courage and confidence and it will open you up for grace to pour in.
  • When there is a fountain of colours, they add charm to your life. In ignorance, emotions are a bother; in knowledge, the same emotions add colours.. enjoy the day with Wisdom!
  • Human evolution has two steps – from being somebody to being nobody; and from being nobody to being everybody. This knowledge can bring sharing and caring throughout the world.
  • When people lose faith in the natural goodness of the human character, the lack of trust in spiritual goodness, that is one reason why corruption has become so widespread today.
  • Love combined with wisdom is bliss, and that is devotion. Devotion is a strong bond, a sense of belongingness. Everybody is born with it. It’s just like becoming a child again
  • Have “eternal wait,” infinite patience. When you have infinite patience, you will realize God belongs to you. Either through awareness or through practice you reach the same spot.
  • Your love is unique. Let love remain love, don’t give it any name. The love that is defined by a relationship is limited. The love that is beyond relationships, that is true love
  • Peace is the first step to equip yourself to face problems. Once you find the peace and the inner strength, then you can face any problem. It won’t even appear as a problem then.
  • Space and silence are synonymous. Joy, fulfillment brings the silence. Desire brings noise. Silence is the cure, because in silence you come back to the source, and that creates joy
  • Dream the impossible. Know that you are born in this world to do something wonderful and unique; don’t let this opportunity pass by. Give yourself the freedom to dream and think big.
  • Silence is bringing you back home, and it gives you that much needed energy to realize ‘Who You Are’, to realize that there is bliss, there is beauty, there is joy, and that is ‘You’
  • When we look at the world through the eyes of the Master, the world will look so much more beautiful – not a nasty place, but a place filled with love, joy, compassion and all virtues
  • Your worries, your feelings, your thoughts arise in your own mind. You are totally responsible for all your feelings – how you feel, what you think, what you do… You are responsible.
  • If you are unhappy, even the moon irritates you, sweet things nauseate, music disturbs. When you are calm and centered inside, noise is musical, clouds are magical, rain is liquid love.
  • You should not delay the good things in life. Just do them. Whenever you get a chance to do spiritual practice or seva, don’t miss it. Those are the real precious moments of your life.
  • In the East they say suffering is avoidable and not necessary. Life is bliss! You know why? This is because wisdom, yoga and meditation are ways to avoid suffering which has not yet come.
  • Success means crossing a limit. To cross a limit you need to assume that you have a limit. Assuming a limit is underestimating yourself. If you have no boundaries then where is your success?
  • You should be dynamic, and still be soft in the heart. You should stand against injustice and simultaneously, be compassionate within you, like a saint.  Be a saint and a soldier, together
  • Wise is the one who learns from another¬¥s mistakes. Less wise is the one who learns only from his own mistakes. The fool keeps making the same mistakes again and again and never learns from them.
  • For external beauty, you put on things; for real beauty, you have to drop all things. For external beauty you have to have make-up; for real beauty you only have to realize that you are already made up.
  • The signs of good health are an intellect which is free from inhibition and arrogance, a heart which is full of compassion is healthy, a confusion-free mind, a trauma-free memory and a sorrow-free soul.
  • Prayer within breath is silence, love within infinity is silence, Wisdom without word is silence, compassion without aim is silence, action without doer is silence, smiling with all existence is silence
  • The overwhelming problem in the world today, everyone knows, is terrorism, where people in the name of religion kill each other, kill others just to go to heaven, and thinking only they will go to heaven.
  • A disease-free body, quiver-free breath, stress-free mind, inhibition-free intellect, obsession-free memory, ego that includes all, and soul which is free from sorrow is the birthright of every human being.
  • The role of women in the development of society is of utmost importance. In fact, it is the only thing that determines whether a society is strong and harmonious, or otherwise. Women are the backbone of society.
  • I tell you, deep inside you is a fountain of bliss, a fountain of joy. Deep inside your center core is truth, light, love, there is no guilt there, there is no fear there. Psychologists have never looked deep enough.
  • This ancient practice of the Rudrabhishekam, with the chanting of mantras, has been happening since thousands of years. It creates such a deep resonance in our consciousness, because our consciousness is very ancient
  • We need to do a cleansing process within ourselves. In sleep we get rid of fatigue, but the deeper stresses remain in our body. Sudarshan Kriya cleanses the system from the inside. The breath has a great secret to offer.
  • A game is where you win and lose, and both are part of it. When there is more chance of losing, it is more charming. The game has value when it is tough. So some little problems that come in life are part of the whole game.
  • Whatever is needed for you and your body will be taken care of, when you know this the lack will disappear from your life. When you realise ISHA permeates your everything you relax and are at ease – that is when things happen.
  • If you are not having good experiences in meditation, then do more seva you will gain merit and your meditation will be deeper. When you bring some relief or freedom to someone through seva, good vibrations and blessings come to you
  • All these seven colors are part of one rainbow, yet they are all different. They have their own quality, their own identity, their own flavor to it. So it is a rainbow. The Divine loves diversity, that is why he made us all different.
  • Mind without agitation is meditation. Mind in the present moment is meditation. Mind that has no hesitation, no anticipation is meditation. Mind that has come back home, to the source, is meditation. Mind that becomes no mind is meditation.
  • You sell your happiness for peanuts! You sell your smile for pennies! I tell you, it’s not worth it. The entire world is not worth your smile. Even if you are made the king or the emperor of the world, it’s not worth giving away your smile.
  • For a seeker, Guru Purnima is a day of significance, is a day of New Year. It is the day to review one’s progress on the spiritual path and renew one’s determination and focus on the goal, and to resolve what one wants to do in the coming year
  • Have this faith that someone is there to take away your weaknesses. Ok, you slipped once, twice, thrice. It does not matter. Keep moving ahead. People take vows never to commit mistakes again. Breaking the vows makes it worse. Surrendering is better
  • Being unconditionally happy is a practice: “Come what may, today I’m going to smile. Anyway, everything is going to die! Everything is going to vanish and disappear-so what! Who cares! Let me at least be happy, smile this moment, enjoy my very breath.”
  • The problems in the world were made so that you don’t get stuck and attached to this world. You get stuck with this world even though there are so many problems. Imagine if there are no problems, then you will never want to leave this material world!
  • Lord Shiva is seated deep in everyone’s heart. He is Nirguna (One who is without form or its attributes). He is Nirakaar (Has no shape or form), and He is the Para-Brahman (Supreme transcendental Consciousness) that is all pervading. Believe in this. This is Rudra Puja
  • A plant has to be watered but when it grows into a tree, it is no longer necessary. Similarly, if the inner consciousness becomes stronger, all these vikaar (distortions) get erased. Vishranti vikar mita (Deep rest removes negativity). There is no rest deeper than meditation
  • To love someone whom you like is insignificant.To love someone because they love you is of no consequence. To love someone whom you do not like means you have learned a lesson in life. To love someone who blames you for no reason shows that you have learned the art of living.
  • When you wake up and see the whole creation is my valentine, the country is my valentine, the Divinity is my valentine, knowledge is my valentine then Valentine’s Day will never end for you. All 365 days is Valentine’s Day. That is how I feel – everyday is Valentine’s Day
  • Activity and rest are two vital aspects of life. To find a balance in them is a skill in itself. Wisdom is knowing when to have rest, when to have activity, and how much of each to have. Finding them in each other – activity in rest and rest in activity – is the ultimate freedom.
  • Charity should be self-sustainable. That is, it should create more wealth rather than perpetuating the cycle of poverty and dependence. In this sense, the best form of charity would be providing quality education for children and more importantly, building a good character in them.
  • Wake up and realize this is all made up of thoughts, just thoughts. Your appreciation of beauty is a thought; your aversion to an object that is ugly is a thought. Your craving or aversion is nothing but a passing thought in the mind. Realize this is just a thought and you will be free.
  • The Divine rejoices in your being happy. God, or the Creation, is so happy when you are happy. When you dance, sing, and jump up and down happily, that is true prayer, that is true meditation. Meditation is a fountain of joy, an ecstasy; and Divine enjoys that more. Divine is not fond of your suffering.
  • Diwali means to be in the present, so drop the regrets of the past and the worries of the future and live in the moment. It is a time to forget the bickering and negativities that have happened through the year. It is a time when you throw light on the wisdom you have gained and welcome a new beginning.
  • Rise above the dualities, the opposites. See this whole world as the bubbles on the surface of water. See people as bubbles on the surface of the Brahman, of the Infinity…Water bubbles up, rises up. Like that, everybody is rising and having their own games and plays and dissolving back into the Infinite.
  • There are 64 divine mother impulses which govern the subtle creation. These are responsible for restoring all earthly and spiritual benefits. They are simply part of one’s awakened consciousness. These nine nights are celebrated to rekindle those divine impulses and celebrate the innermost depth of our lives
  • Know that humiliation does not weaken you, it strengthens you. The more egoistic you are, the more humiliation you feel. When you are childlike and have a greater sense of kinship, you do not feel humiliated. When you are steeped in love with the Existence, with the Divine, nothing whatsoever can humiliate you.
  • Knowledge is a burden if it robs you of innocence. Knowledge is a burden if it is not integrated into life. Knowledge is a burden if it doesn’t bring joy. Knowledge is a burden if it gives you an idea that you are wise. Knowledge is a burden if it doesn’t set you free. Knowledge is a burden if it makes you feel you are special.
  • Do not try to correct the mind. Trying to correct the mind is like trying to correct the waves in the ocean. Can you stop the waves in the ocean? If you want to see an ocean without waves you only have to dive deeper. When you dive deep inside you will experience the stillness of the ocean. And if it is all frozen that is enlightenment.
  • You have nothing to lose. All that you can lose is your tension and your worry, your little-mindedness, fear, and anxiety. And fear and anxiety, tension and worry in the small, little mind will keep the mind from being free, will keep the mind from experiencing its infinite potential, will keep the mind from becoming more powerful on this planet.
  • Every little thing has a purpose, at the same time, it has no purpose because this whole thing is a game. It is the existence which is total, beyond purpose. So you can say, virtually there is no purpose. If at all you have to pin down to a purpose then the purpose of nature is to take you to the Source, is to remind you of the Source, connect you to your Source.
  • When you share your misery, it will not diminish. When you fail to share your joy, it diminishes. Share your problems only with the Divine, not with anyone else, as that will only increase the problems. Share your joy with everyone. Listen to others; yet do not listen. If your mind gets stuck in their problems, not only are they miserable, but you also become miserable.
  • Every cell in our body has the capacity to hold infinity. Let us tap the full potential that nature has bestowed on us, the potential to hold infinity in every cell of the body. For that, we must practice meditation regularly. Then our physiology undergoes a change and every cell in the body is filled with prana – life force. As the level of prana in the body rises, we bubble with joy.
  • Teachers can be a living example to their students. Not that teachers should look for students to idealize them. One who is worth idealizing does not care whether others idealize them or not. Everyone needs to see that you not only teach human values but you live them. It is unavoidable sometimes you will be idealized — it is better for children to have a role model, or goal, because then the worshipful quality in them can dawn.
  • Life is more than matter. If it were just matter, there would be no need for comfort. Matter does not feel comfort or discomfort, beauty or ugliness, love or compassion, joy or sorrow. Will a chair ever feel sorry or happy? No, matter does not have these finer values. They belong to the realm of the spirit. But life is also more than spirit. If it were just spirit, there would be no need for water, food, or rest. Human life is a combination of both matter and spirit.

 

B. K. S. Iyengar (quotes)

  • Be inspired but not proud.
  • Breath is the king of mind.
  • Yoga is a means and an end.
  • Move from the known to the unknown.
  • Action is movement with intelligence
  • Your body is the child of your soul.
  • Learning is as much an art as teaching
  • Nothing is achieved by a mind that doubts
  • The pose begins when you want to leave it.
  • Willpower is nothing but willingness to do.
  • You exist without the feeling of existence.
  • There must be relaxation in full extension.
  • Without education, confidence does not come.
  • A good teacher helps you explore the maximum.
  • The body is my temple, asanas are my prayers.
  • Approach each asana with freshness every day.
  • Yoga releases the creative potential in life.
  • It is never too late in life to practice yoga
  • The commercialism may wash off sometime later.
  • Knowledge of yoga is no substitute for practice.
  • Nothing can be forced, receptivity is everything.
  • Life without tapas, is like a heart without love.
  • Yoga is a mirror to look at ourselves from within.
  • Activity and passivity must go together in asanas.
  • We need sound bodies so we can develop sound minds.
  • Freedom in a posture is when every joint is active.
  • To master fear is the most important battle to win.
  • Do not live in the future, only the present is real
  • How can you know God if you don’t know your big toe?
  • The ribs are the wings of the body. Open your wings.
  • True concentration is an unbroken thread of awareness.
  • Life itself seeks fulfillment as plants seek sunlight.
  • If you have the right mind, your body can do anything.
  • Do not stop trying just because perfection eludes you.
  • Yoga aims for complete awareness in everything you do.
  • What I was is unimportant, what I am now is important.
  • If you keep your armpits open, you won’t get depressed.
  • Know your capacities and continually improve upon them.
  • Relaxation: In. Every. Pose. There. Should. Be. Repose.
  • All games are meaningless if you do not know the rules.
  • I am standing on my own altar; The poses are my prayers.
  • You must purge yourself before finding faults in others.
  • I always tell people, live happily and die majestically.
  • If you balance in the Present, you are living in Eternity
  • Balance in the body is the foundation for balance in life.
  • Purity is when there is no anxiety, no worry, no thinking.
  • If everyone practiced yoga, pharmacies would have to close.
  • Hard work and humility are essential for spiritual sadhana.
  • When stability becomes a habit, maturity and clarity follow.
  • Training of the mind and body leads to awareness of the soul
  • Yoga is a way of life; it is an art, a science, a philosophy.
  • Firmness in the body leads to firmness in the nervous system.
  • As leaves move in the wind, your mind moves with your breath.
  • The aim of yoga is to calm the chaos of conflicting impulses.
  • Giving does not impoverish us nor does withholding enrich us.
  • When the mind is controlled and still what remains is the soul
  • The brain is the hardest part of the body to adjust in asanas.
  • Yoga is when every cell of the body sings the song of the soul.
  • We can rise above our limitations, only once we recognize them.
  • After a session of yoga, the mind becomes tranquil and passive.
  • I can remain thoughtfully thoughtless, It is not an empty mind.
  • Asanas keep your body, as well as your mind, healthy and active
  • Yoga uses the body to discipline the mind and to reach the soul.
  • Live before you die, so that death is also a lively celebration.
  • Yoga allows you to rediscover a sense of wholeness in your life.
  • To be dull is easy, to be active requires tremendous work.
  • Words cannot convey the value of yoga – it has to be experienced.
  • Without the accurate spine movement, one can’t exist dynamically.
  • The highest point of yesterday should be the lowest point of today
  • Health is a state of complete harmony of the body, mind and spirit.
  • The art of teaching is tolerance. Humbleness is the art of learning.
  • The ultimate goal of yoga is to realize the brilliance of your soul.
  • It is through your body that you realize you are a spark of divinity.
  • We have two physical eyes, but every pore of the body is also an eye.
  • When every asana is multi-petaled, why do you make it single petaled?
  • Sirsasana the king of all asanas and the reasons are not hard to find.
  • Confidence, clarity and compassion are essential qualities of a teacher.
  • It is while practicing yoga asanas that you learn the art of adjustment.
  • The supreme adventure in a man’s life is his journey back to his Creator.
  • Give more than you receive. That is the principle I tell all my students.
  • A yogi’s brain extends from the bottom of the foot to the top of his head
  • The body is your temple. Keep it pure and clean for the soul to reside in.
  • Your body is the child of the soul. you must nourish and train that child.
  • Yoga is the golden key that unlocks the door to peace, tranquility and joy.
  • Where there is yoga, there is prosperity, success, freedom and bliss.
  • It is not yoga that injures, but the way one does yoga that leads to injury.
  • There is no difference in souls, only the ideas about ourselves that we wear.
  • From Freedom of the Body comes Freedom of the Mind and then Ultimate Freedom!
  • If we become aware of its limitations and compulsions, we can transcend them.
  • Love begets courage, moderation creates abundance and humility generates power
  • An intellectual mind that is unconnected to the heart is an uncultivated mind.
  • I planted the seed, now you must work a lot otherwise the tiny plant will die.
  • Yoga is effort. Only practice is important. The rest of knowledge is only theory.
  • Health is not a commodity to be bargained for. It has to be earned through sweat.
  • Yoga teaches us to cure what need not be endured and endure what cannot be cured.
  • People remind me of my age, but while practising I am beyond my body and its age.
  • The back is like a frame, the front body, the painting that it throws into relief.
  • Asana done from the brain makes one heavy and done from the heart makes one light.
  • Awareness must be like the rays of the sun: extending everywhere, illuminating all.
  • There is only one reality, but there are many ways that reality can be interpreted.
  • Yoga is the music of the soul. So do continue, and the gates of the soul will open.
  • During inhalation, the breath should move exactly like clouds spreading in the sky.
  • The body has to be invaded by the intelligence; each part has to become intelligent.
  • As the trunk is one but the branches are many, yoga is one but adaptations may vary.
  • As long as you do not live totally in the body, you do not live totally in the Self.
  • The needs of the body are the needs of the divine self, which lives through the body.
  • One day you too may experience what I have experienced. So right away go and practise.
  • Pranayama teaches the aspirant to regulate his breathing and thereby control the mind.
  • This practice of yoga is to remove the weeds from the body so that the garden can grow.
  • In whatever you are doing, be one: body, soul, mind. Do it beautifully and with purity.
  • If you open the armpits, the brain becomes light. You cannot brood or become depressed.
  • Yoga allows you to find a new kind of freedom that you may not have known even existed.
  • Fear and fatigue block the mind. Face both, then courage and confidence flows into you.
  • Savasana is being without was, being without will be. It is being without anyone who is.
  • When you see a mistake in somebody else, try to find if you are making the same mistake.
  • Yoga has to be done with the intellect of the head as well as the intellect of the heart
  • The union of nature and soul removes the veil of ignorance that covers our intelligence.
  • Focus on keeping your spine straight. It is the job of the spine to keep the brain alert.
  • Asana is perfect firmness of body, steadiness of intelligence, and benevolence of spirit.
  • Do not aim low, you will miss the mark. Aim high and you will be on a threshold of bliss.
  • Your whole being should be symmetrical. Yoga is symmetry. That is why yoga is a basic art.
  • Anything physical is always changing, therefore, its reality is not constant, not eternal.
  • The body is the prop for the soul. So why not let the body be propped by a wall or a block?
  • Extension brings space, space brings freedom, freedom brings precision. Precision is truth.
  • All of us have a dormant spark of divinity in us which has to be fanned into flame by yoga.
  • As breath stills our mind, our energies are free to unhook from the senses and bend inward.
  • Regular practise of yoga can help you face the turmoil of life with steadiness and stability
  • Ignorance has no beginning, but it has an end. There is a beginning but no end to knowledge.
  • Hatha Yoga teaches us to use the body as the bow, asana as the arrow, and the soul the target.
  • The best way to overcome fear is to face with equanimity the situation of which one is afraid.
  • Why think of liberation at some future time? Liberation is in the little things, here and now.
  • My Maman told me that only the crazy ones and the passionate ones accomplish anything in life.
  • Any action done with beauty and purity, and in complete harmony of body, mind and soul, is Art.
  • We are a little piece of continual change, looking at an infinite quantity of continual change.
  • Asanas penetrate deep into each layer of the body and ultimately into the consciousness itself.
  • A stable mind is like the hub of a wheel. The world may spin around you, but the mind is steady.
  • Yoga is a light, which once lit, will never dim. The better your practice, the brighter the flame.
  • I think many of my students have followed the advice I gave years ago, to give more than you take.
  • We often fool ourselves that we are concentrating because we fix our attention on wavering objects.
  • Yoga is firstly for individual growth, but through individual growth, society and community develop.
  • There is a universal reality in ourselves that aligns us with a universal reality that is everywhere.
  • Mind is the king of the senses; breath is the king of the mind; and the nerves are king of the breath.
  • Keep your attention internal, not external, not worrying about what others see, but what the Self sees.
  • When I stretch, I stretch in such a way that my awareness moves, and a gate of awareness finally opens.
  • Before peace between the nations, we have to find peace inside that small nation which is our own being.
  • The yogi learns to forget the past and takes no thought for the morrow. He lives in the eternal present.
  • When I practice, I am a philosopher. When I teach, I am a scientist. When I demonstrate, I am an artist.
  • Yoga is meant for the purification of body and its exploration as well as for the refinement of the mind.
  • Don’t practice for cosmetic beauty, practice for cosmic beauty. Practice for inner beauty and inner light.
  • It is through the alignment of the body that I discovered the alignment of my mind, self, and intelligence.
  • Yoga is the method by which the restless mind is calmed And the energy directed into constructive channels.
  • Your body exists in the past and your mind exists in the future. In yoga, they come together in the present.
  • There is no progress toward ultimate freedom without transformation, and this is the key issue in all lives.
  • Practice doing yoga with an innocent mind. Then, you will be able to cognize the things happening in your body
  • The lotus grows in muddy waters but this flower does not show any trace of it: So we have to live in the world.
  • One’s spiritual realization lies in none other than how one walks among and interacts with one’s fellow beings.
  • The hardness of a diamond is part of its usefulness, but its true value is in the light that shines through it.
  • You do not need to seek freedom in some distant land, for it exists within your own body, heart, mind, and soul.
  • In backbends, one touches the body physically, mentally, intellectually, consciously and spiritually everywhere.
  • The practice of asanas purges the body of its impurities, bringing strength, firmness, calm, and clarity of mind.
  • I don’t stretch my body as if it is an object. I do yoga from the self towards the body, not the other way around.
  • Yoga is more than physical. It is cellular, mental, intellectual and spiritual-it involves man in his entire being
  • Through surrender the aspirant’s ego is effaced, and . . . grace . . . pours down upon him like a torrential rain.
  • The decision to relax rather than to grip, even in the face of impatience or fear, is a conscious and brave choice.
  • Yoga allows you to find an inner peace that is not ruffled and riled by the endless stresses and struggles of life.
  • The study of asana is not about mastering posture. It’s about using posture to understand and transform yourself.
  • Penetration of our mind is our goal, but in the beginning to set things in motion, there is no substitute for sweat.
  • Persistent practice alone is the key to yoga. As you take pains to learn, continue with devotion what you have learn.
  • When an asana is done correctly the body movements are smooth, there is lightness in the body and freedom in the mind.
  • By drawing our senses of perception inward, we are able to experience the control, silence, and quietness of the mind.
  • Yoga takes us to an unconditioned freedom, because yoga sees even good habits as a form of conditioning or limitation.
  • The primary aim of yoga is to restore the mind to simplicity, peace, and poise, to free it from confusion and distress.
  • Lack of knowledge is the source of all pains and sorrows whether dormant, attenuated, interrupted or fully active.
  • In forward bends, one uses the outer mind while in backbends the outer mind is silenced and the inner mind is made to work.
  • Yoga is like music: the rhythm of the body, the melody of the mind, and the harmony of the soul create the symphony of life.
  • If you practice yoga every day with perseverance, you will be able to face the turmoil of life with steadiness and maturity.
  • The beauty of a lake reflects the beauty around it. When the mind is still, the beauty of the Self is seen reflected in it.
  • Life means to be living.Problems will always be there. When they arise navigate through them with yoga- don’t take a break.
  • The physical body is not only a temple for our soul, but the means by which we embark on the inward journey toward the core.
  • Spirituality is not some external goal that one must seek, but a part of the divine core of each of us, which we must reveal.
  • When you inhale, you are taking the strength from God. When you exhale, it represents the service you are giving to the world.
  • Change leads to disappointment if it is not sustained. Transformation is sustained change, and it is achieved through practice.
  • The flexibility we gain in asana is the living symbol of the suppleness we gain in relation to life’s problems and challenges.
  • Do not allow past experiences to be imprinted on your mind. Perform asana each time with a fresh mind and with a fresh approach.
  • Feeling the movement of movements is wandering to the past or future. Living in the movements of movement is being in the present.
  • By persistent and sustained practice, anyone and everyone can make the yoga journey and reach the goal of illumination and freedom.
  • Yoga cultivates the ways of maintaining a balanced attitude in day-to-day life and endows skill in the performance of one’s actions.
  • Action is movement with intelligence. The world is filled with movement. What the world needs is more conscious movement, more action.
  • Everybody should live quietly whether his experiences are happy or sad, whether they are successes or failures. That is contentment.
  • Asanas maintain the strength and health of the body, without which little progress can be made. Asanas keep the body in harmony with nature
  • In your discipline, if doubt comes, let it come. You do your work and let doubt carry on with its work. And let us see which gives up first!
  • Classics postures, when practiced with discrimination and awareness, bring the body, mind, and consciousness into a single, harmonious whole.
  • Do to your capacity. Always strive to extend your capacity. Ten minutes today, after a few days, twelve minutes. Master that, then again extend.
  • Illuminated emancipation, freedom, unalloyed and untainted bliss await you, but you have to choose to embark on the Inward Journey to discover it
  • As long as the body is not in perfect health, you think about it, and that prevents you from thinking of the mind. The sound mind is a sound body.
  • The conjunction of effort, concentration and balance in asana forces us to live intensely in the present moment, a rare experience in modern life.
  • Yoga allows you to rediscover a sense of wholeness in your life, where you do not feel like you are constantly trying to fit broken pieces together.
  • As we explore the soul, it is important to remember that this exploration will take place within nature (the body), for that is where and what we are.
  • The breath must be enticed or cajoled, like catching a horse in a field, not by chasing after it, but by standing still with an apple in one’s hand.
  • Backbends are to be felt more than expressed. The other postures can be expressed and then felt. Like in meditation each person has to feel backbends.
  • Yoga has a threefold impact on health. It keeps healthy people healthy, it inhibits the development of diseases, and it aids recovery from ill health.
  • Healthy plants and trees yield abundant flowers and fruits. Similarly, from a healthy person, smiles and happiness shine forth like the rays of the sun.
  • We must create a marriage between the awareness of the body and that of the mind. When two parties do not cooperate, there is unhappiness on both sides.
  • Health begins with firmness in the body, deepens to emotional stability, then leads to intellectual clarity, wisdom and finally the unveiling of the soul.
  • If you can adapt to and balance in a world that is always moving and unstable, you learn how to become tolerant to the permanence of change and difference.
  • Why should you practice Yoga? To kindle the divine fire within yourself. Everyone has a dormant spark of divinity in him which has to be fanned into flame.
  • The battle of yoga is with the body and with the ego. You must conquer your ego, or small self, so that you can let your soul, your big Self, be victorious.
  • Do not think of yourself as a small, compressed, suffering thing. Think of yourself as graceful and expanding, no matter how unlikely it may seem at the time.
  • The light that Yoga sheds on life is something special. It is transformative. It does not just change the way we see things; it transforms the person who sees.
  • If the foundation is firm the building can withstand calamities. The practice of yoga is the foundation so that the self is not shaken under any circumstances.
  • A lamp does not flicker in a place where no wind blows; so it is with a yogi, who controls his mind, intellect and self, being absorbed in the spirit within him.
  • We can wash the skin of our bodies with a bath, but through asana practice we not only purify our blood and cells, we are cleansing the inner body as we practice.
  • Health is a state of complete harmony of the body, mind and spirit. When one is free from physical disabilities and mental distractions, the gates of the soul open.
  • When the restlessness of the mind, intellect and self is stilled through the practice of Yoga, the yogi by the grace of the Spirit within himself finds fulfillment.
  • As we shave it happens that we cut ourself with the razor blade; this does not mean that we must not shave in the morning any longer. It is the same thing for yoga.
  • Willpower is concrete, not ethereal. When you do something, you demonstrate your willpower, and it becomes all the easier to have the same power of will the next time.
  • Happy is the man who knows how to distinguish the real from the unreal, the eternal from the transient and the good from the pleasant by his discrimination and wisdom.
  • Yoga, an ancient but perfect science, deals with the evolution of humanity. This evolution includes all aspects of one’s being, from bodily health to self-realization.
  • Yoga is about the will, working with intelligence and self-reflexive consciousness, can free us from the inevitability of the wavering mind and outwardly directed senses.
  • The yogi cannot be afraid to die, because he has brought life to every cell of his body. We are afraid to die, because we are afraid we have not lived. The yogi has lived.
  • I think overall the majority of people who are practicing it as a subject are following the right line. For the aberration, don’t blame yoga or the whole community of yogis
  • The sleeping tortoise takes all its limbs into its carapace. So does the yogi: going back into himself he does not see anything worldly any longer, he makes peace in himself.
  • Yoga is nothing if it is not perfect harmonyof the body, senses, mind and intellect, reason, consciousness  and self. When all these are integrated  that is true yoga.
  • The supreme adventure in a man’s life is his journey back to his Creator. To reach the goal he needs well developed and co-ordinated functioning of his body, senses, mind, reason and Self.
  • We are creatures that are designed for continual challenge. We must grow or we begin to die….So just standing still isn’t really an option. We have to move on. If not, disturbances will come.
  • When the asana is correct, there is lightness, a freedom. Freedom comes when every part of the body is active. Let us be free in whatever posture we are doing. Let us be full in whatever we do.
  • First yoga deals with health, strength and conquest of the body. Next, it lifts the veil of difference between the body and the mind. Lastly, it leads the Sadhaka to peace and unalloyed purity.
  • Abhyasa (practice) is a dedicated, unswerving, constant, and vigilant search into a chosen subject pursued against all odds in the face of repeated failures, for indefinitely long periods of time.
  • Yoga is an art, a science and a philosophy. It touches the life of man at every level, physical, mental, and spiritual. It is a practical method for making one’s life purposeful, useful and noble.
  • Breath is the vehicle of consciousness and so, by its slow measured observation and distribution, we learn to tug our attention away from external desires toward a judicious, intelligent awareness.
  • It is through the body that everything comes to the mind. It is through and with your body that you have to reach realization of being a spark of divinity. How can we neglect the temple of the spirit?
  • Our greed comes from our fear that we will not have enough – whether it is money or love that we grasp. Yoga teaches us to let go of these fears and so to realize the abundance around us and within us.
  • When your body, mind and soul are healthy and harmonious, you will bring health and harmony to the world- not by withdrawing from the world, but by being a healthy, living organ of the body of humanity.
  • Look after the root of the tree, and the fragrant flower and luscious fruits will grow by themselves. Look after the health of the body, and the fragrance of the mind and richness of the spirit will follow.
  • Intellectuals tend to be arrogant. Intelligence, like money, is a good servant but a bad master. When practicing pranayama, the yogi [makes] himself humble and without pride in his intellectual attainments.
  • The whole thrust of yogic philosophical and scientific inquiry has therefore been to examine the nature of being, with a view to learning to respond to the stresses of life without so many tremors and troubles.
  • It took me whole decades to appreciate the depth and true value of yoga. Sacred texts supported my discoveries, but it was not they that signposted the way. What I learned through yoga, I found out through yoga.
  • You must purge yourself before finding faults in others. When you see a mistake in somebody else, try to find if you are making the same mistake. This is the way to take judgment and to turn it into improvement.
  • As a fire blazes brightly when the covering of ash over it is scattered by the wind, the divine fire within the body shines in all its majesty when the ashes of desire are scattered by the practice of pranayama.
  • Where does the body end and the mind begin? Where does the mind end and the spirit begin? They cannot be divided as they are inter-related and but different aspects of the same all-pervading divine consciousness.
  • As each individual is electrically alive and dynamic, so yoga is a living, dynamic force in life. In order to savor its essence, one needs a religiously attentive dynamic practice done with awareness and absorption.
  • When you are practicing, do not just do that for the sake of doing. Learn to reflect while you are practising. Make your mind and brain observe and relearn what you are doing. Doing is mechanical; learning is dynamic.
  • In whatever position one is in, or in whatever condition in life one is placed, one must find balance. Balance is the state of the present – the here and now. If you balance in the present, you are living in Eternity.
  • Is it necessary to practice all these asanas, further and further? Is it necessary to develop scientific researches further and further? To a yogi, the body is a laboratory, a field of experiments and perpetual researches.
  • Not all practitioners can jump to that highest level. They have to climb, step by step from the physical sphere to reach the spiritual sphere. If it is treated as exercise it is not the fault of yoga but of the practitioners.
  • Love begets courage, moderation creates abundance and humility generates power. Courage without love is brutish. Abundance without moderation leads to over-indulgence and decay. Power without humility breeds arrogance and tyranny.
  • The Yogi conquers the body by the practice of asanas, making the body a fit vehicle for the spirit. The Yogi knows that it is a necessary vehicle for the spirit, for a soul without a body is like a bird deprived of its power to fly.
  • Sometimes our body is willing, but our mind is weak. Sometimes our mind is willing, but our body is weak. Do not be afraid. Strive to extend your capacity but do not be disappointed with yourself. What does not challenge us, cannot change us.
  • People say that steadiness of mind is an end; no, it is a beginning. I am there; I can explain everything up to that point. Then I struggle to discover what comes after, so this steadiness is not an end, it is the beginning and the instrument.
  • Change is not something that we should fear. Rather, it is something that we should welcome. For without change, nothing in this world would ever grow or blossom, and no one in this world would ever move forward to become the person they’re meant to be.
  • I don’t bring yesterday’s poses to today’s practice. I know yesterday’s poses, but when I practice today I become a beginner. I don’t want yesterday’s experience. I want to see what new understanding may come in addition to what I felt up to now.
  • As animals, we walk the earth. As bearers of divine essence, we are among the stars. As human beings, we are caught in the middle, seeking to reconcile the paradox of how to make our way upon earth while striving for something more permanent and more profound.
  • As a well cut diamond has many facets, each reflecting a different color of light, so does the word yoga, each facet reflecting a different shade of meaning and revealing different aspects of the entire range of human endeavor to win inner peace and happiness.
  • The material body has a practical reality that is accessible. It is here and now, and we can do something with it. However, we must not forget that the innermost part of our being is also trying to help us. It wants to come out to the surface and express itself.
  • Yes, flexibility of body and physical perfection for Yogasana is important. However more important is the state of your mind, Meditative mind. Your flexibility might be excellent but if your mind is not attentive, you are merely doing some physical exercise, not Yoga.
  • There is no difference in our souls…That is what yoga teaches. When you and I meet together, we forget ourselves — our cultures and classes. There are no divisions, and we talk mind to mind, soul to soul. We are no different in our deepest needs. We are all humans.
  • Yoga is an interior penetration leading to integration of being, senses, breath, mind, intelligence, consciousness, and Self. It is definitely an inward journey, evolution through involution, toward the Soul, which in turn desires to emerge and embrace you in its glory.
  • You must be as joyful when you fail again and again as you are joyful when you succeed. It is often when you fail that you move toward the goal without being aware of it. You must feel joy even when you have not fully succeeded but only moved toward achievement of your goal.
  • While doing the postures, your mind should be in half-consciousn ess, which does not mean sleep. It means silence, emptiness, space, which can then be filled with an acute awareness of the sensations given by the posture. You watch yourself from inside. It is a full silence.
  • Our flawed mechanisms of perception and thought are not a cause for grief, but an opportunity to evolve, for an internal evolution of consciousness that will also make possible, in a sustainable form, our aspirations toward what we call individual success and global progress.
  • As a mighty river which when properly harnessed by dams and canals, creates a vast reservoir of water, prevents famine and provides abundant power for industry; so also the mind, when controlled, provides a reservoir of peace and generates abundant energy for the human uplift.
  • Backbends are not poses meant for expressionism. Backbends are meant to understand the back parts of our bodies. The front body can be seen with the eyes, but the back body can only be felt. That’s why I say these are the most advanced postures, where the mind begins to look at the back.
  • Many ask me whether pranayama … postpones old age. Why worry about it? Death is certain. Let it come when it comes. Just keep working. The soul has no age. It doesn’t die. Only the body decays. And yet, we must never forget the body, since it is the garden we must cherish and cultivate.
  • To do is hard, but to teach is still harder. Do not teach only to teach. Teach to improve the pupil. To be a teacher requires tremendous, vigorous discipline on oneself. We are teachers because somebody demands it from us. But the teacher should first rub his own self, and teach afterwards
  • As a breeze ruffles the surface of a lake and distorts the images reflected therein, so also the chitta vrtti (fluctuations of mind) disturb the peace of the mind. The still waters of a lake reflect the beauty around it. When the mind is still, the beauty of the Self is seen reflected in it.
  • I also say with backbends, you have to be cautiously bold. Not carelessly bold. You have to descend to the dictation of the spine. You cannot command from the brain to do the poses. As you play with a child, guarding the child from injuries, similarly you have to play in backbends, guarding your spine.
  • You have to create love and affection for your body, for what it can do for you. Love must be incarnated in the smallest pore of the skin, the smallest cell of the body to make them intelligent so they can collaborate with all the other ones, in the big republic of the body. This love must radiate from you to others.
  • Yoga is the rule book for playing the game of Life, but in this game no one needs to lose. It is tough, and you need to train hard. It requires the willingness to think for yourself, to observe and correct, and to surmount occasional setbacks. It demands honesty, sustained application, and above all love in your heart.
  • When you cannot hold the body still, you cannot hold the brain still. If you do not know the silence of the body, you cannot understand the silence of the mind. Action and silence have to go together. If there is action, there must also be silence. If there is silence, there can be conscious action and not just motion.
  • A yogi never forgets that health must begin with the body. . . .Physical health is not a commodity to be bargained for. Nor can it be swallowed in the form of drugs and pills. . . . It is something that we must build up. You have to create within yourself the experience of beauty, liberation, and infinity. This is health.
  • You must fill every inch of your body with the asana from your chest and arms and legs to the tips of your fingers and toes so that the asana radiates from the core of your body and fills the entire diameter and circumference of your limbs. You must feel your intelligence, your awareness, and your consciousness in every inch of your body.
  • You know the known, so go a little into the unknown. The mind that is caught up in the known – extended a little beyond reason. The moment you go beyond , you move in the soul. Releasing the bondage of your mind to extend further, reach the unknown a little more. The further you go, you realize that the known is limited and the unknown is vast.
  • That’s the beauty of backbends. Emotionally we can never be disturbed, for the emotional centre becomes an extrovert. When you do Viparita Dandasana, your head looks backwards, but your conscious mind stretches everywhere. Study by observing how the mind gets regulated. You not only know the freedom in the spine, but also the freedom in the spirit.
  • You must continue to go back to the beginning, to the foundation, and question the foundation. Even once you‚Äòve reached Samadhi you must go back so you can create it at will. Samadhi is the beginning of spiritual growth, not the end. You must always be questioning. Enlightenment comes as an accident at first, then you have to learn to recreate it.
  • One has to see oneself through one’s actions, works, and mind. Knowing the Self by the self is not as easy as writing that line. A #‚Äé yogi  sees things in every movement he makes, maybe when practicing, maybe when teaching, or maybe when talking to people. You should have courage in your convictions and pursue what is dear to you all these years.
  • For me there were only two ways on the precipice – either I have to fall in or I have to fall out, to accept or say good-bye. The moment I crossed the precipice, it no longer was a discipline – it became a passion, an urge to pursue. Then I experienced freedom. Freedom comes when the discipline revolutionizes the discipline as a passion for the art.
  • The cure to combat the three Ss- stress, strain, and speed- can be found in three Ws- the work of devoted practice, the wisdom that comes of understanding the self and the world, and worship because ultimately surrendering to what we cannot control allows the ego to relax and lose the anxiety of its own infinitesimally small self in the infinitude of the divine.
  • Yoga is as old and traditional as civilization, yet it persists in modern society as a means to achieving essential vitality. But yoga demands that we develop not only strength in body but attention and awareness in mind.The yogi knows that the physical body is not only the temple for our soul but the means by which we embark on the inward journey toward the core.
  • A scientist sets out to conquer nature through knowledge – external nature, external knowledge. By these means he may split the atom and achieve external power. A yogi sets out to explore his own internal nature, to penetrate the atom (atma) of being. He does not gain dominion over wide lands and restless seas, but over his own recalcitrant flesh and febrile mind.
  • As long as you do not feel the serenity in the body, in each and every joint, there is no chance for emancipation. You are in bondage. So while you are sweating and aching, let your heart be light and let it fill your body with gladness. You are not only becoming free, but you are also being free. What is not to be glad about? The pain is temporary. The freedom is permanent.
  • Faith, courage, and intelligent and uninterrupted awareness – these qualities are to be present whether one is wide awake, half asleep, or in deep slumber. An individual who lives like this performs his daily actions with a mind free from selfishness. This is poise in action. And this poise leads to that serenity which is in the truest sense a healthy mind in a healthy body.
  • Whenever asana is done mechanically from the front brain, the action is felt only on the peripheral body, and there is no inner sensation, there is no luminous inner light. If the asana is done with continual reference to the back of the brain, there is a reaction to each action, and there is sensitivity. Then life is not only dynamic, but it is also electrified with life force.
  • Intensity is a mental attitude more than a physical attitude. Many people misunderstand what intensity means. They think it means straining and sweating. No! That is a wrong meaning of the word! Intensity is to get totally involved, fully immersed and absorbed in what one is doing. Intense practice means a fast and keen mode in adjusting, correcting, and progressively proceeding.
  • Yoga, an ancient but perfect science, deals with the evolution of humanity. This evolution includes all aspects of one’s being, from bodily health to self realization. Yoga means union – the union of body with consciousness and consciousness with the soul. Yoga cultivates the ways of maintaining a balanced attitude in day to day life and endows skill in the performance of one’s actions.
  • You must do the asana with your soul. How can you do an asana with your soul? We can only do it with the organ of the body that is closest to the soul – the heart. So a virtuous asana is done from the heart and not from the head. Then you are not just doing it, but you are in it. Many people try to think their way into an asana, but you must instead feel your way into it through love and devotion
  • In order to find out how to reveal our innermost Being, the sages explored the various sheaths of existence, starting from body and progressing through mind and intelligence, and ultimately to the soul. The yogic journey guides us from our periphery, the body, to the center ofour being, the soul. The aim is to integrate the variouslayers so that the inner divinity shines out as through clear glass.
  • The challenge of yoga is to go beyond our limits – within reason. We continually expand the frame of the mind by using the canvas of the body. It is as if you were to stretch a canvas more and create a larger surface for a painting. But we must respect the present form of our body. If you pull too much at once, we will rip the canvas. If the practice of today damages the practice of tomorrow, it is not correct practice.
  • In Savasana or in meditation, the light of the eyes is drawn towards the lotus of the heart, so that the seat of the intelligence of the head is brought into contact with the seat of the intelligence of the heart, which is called the mind. Thus one passes from the individualistic state of consciousness to the universal state of consciousness. It is the merging of the intellect of the brain with the intellect of the soul.
  • The practice of yogasana for the sake of health, to keep fit, or to maintain flexibility is the external practice of yoga. While this is a legitimate place to begin, it is not the end. Even in simple asanas, one is experiencing the three levels of quest: the external quest, which brings firmness of the body; the internal quest, which brings steadiness of intelligence; and the innermost quest, which brings benevolence of spirit.
  • Death is unimportant to a yogi; he does not mind when he is going to die. What happens after death is immaterial to him. He is only concerned with life-with how he can use his life for the betterment of humanity. Having undergone various types of pain in his life and having acquired a certain mastery over pain, he develops compassion to help society and maintains himself in purity and holiness. The yogi has no interest beyond that.
  • I am old, and death inevitably approaches. But both birth and death are beyond the will of a human being. They are not my domain. I do not think about it. Yoga has taught me to think of only working to live a useful life…I will never stop learning, and it have tried to share some lessons with you. I do pray that my ending will be your beginning. The great rewards and the countless blessings of a life spent following the Inward Journey await you.
  • You must purge yourself before finding faults in others. When you see a mistake in somebody else, try to find if you are making the same mistake. This is the way to take judgment and to turn it into improvement. Do not look at others’ bodies with envy or with superiority. All people are born with different constitutions. Never compare with others. Each one’s capacities are a function of his or her internal strength. Know your capacities and continually improve upon them.
  • Regarding perfection, that’s a very difficult question. I can say that I have superseded most in my sadhana [practice]. I am in it, and my mind and my intelligence gets better in my sadhana, and it reaches a certain place. When I stretch, I stretch in such a way that my awareness moves, and a gate of awareness finally opens… My body is a laboratory, you can say. I don’t stretch my body as if it is an object. I do yoga from the self towards the body, not the other way around.
  • Think light! Try to impart a feeling of lightness to the body. Think light. This can be achieved by mentally extending yourself outwards from the centre of the body, i.e., think tall. Think not just of raising your arms but of extending them outwards and when you are holding them still, think again of reaching still further away from your body. Do not think of yourself as a small compressed suffering thing. Think of yourself as graceful and expanding – no matter how unlikely it may seem at the time.
  • You have to get rid of borders, limits, and classifications; then light comes. We see everything on the screen of our ideas. We must get rid of that screen to be able to see what is behind. X’s ideas are limited, that is why he remains on the surface. Y got rid of the limits, so she always goes to the depths. We should always meet people and new subjects with no set frame of mind. We have to live like that even after long acquaintance. We must get rid of every set idea to approach everything and everyone with love.
  • He who has learnt to control his tongue has attained self-control in a great measure. When such a person speaks he will be heard with respect and attention. His words will be remembered, for they will be good and true. When one who is established in truth prays with a pure heart, then things he really needs come to him when they are really needed: he does not have to run after them. The man firmly established in truth gets the fruit of his actions without apparently doing anything. God, the source of all truth, supplies his needs and looks after his welfare.
  • Do not allow past experiences to be imprinted on your mind. Perform asanas each time with a fresh mind and with a fresh approach.  If you are repeating what you did before, you are living in the memory, so you are living in the past.  That means you don’t want to proceed beyond the experience of the past.  Retaining that memory is saying, ‘Yesterday I did it like that.’ When I ask, ‘Is there anything new from what I did yesterday?’ then there is progress.  Am I going forward or am I going backward? Then you understand how to create dynamism in a static asana.

 

Amit Ray (quotes)

  • Yoga is the space where flower blossoms.
  • Beautify your breath – beautify your life.
  • Kindness has no religion. It is like an open sky.
  • Nonviolence is the way to listen to the inner voice.
  • Be like a lotus. Let the beauty of your heart speak.
  • Self-observation is the first step of inner unfolding.
  • Life is a dance. Mindfulness is witnessing that dance.
  • World is a dance. Mindfulness is witnessing that dance.
  • There are many goals but one path – the path of compassion.
  • Take care of your words and the words will take care of you.
  • As flower blooms in spring, compassion grows in mindfulness.
  • Mind is a flexible mirror, adjust it, to see a better world.
  • Our wings are small but the ripples of the heart are infinite.
  • You are never alone. You are eternally connected with everyone.
  • Exercises are like prose, whereas yoga is the poetry of movements.
  • Have love for your inner Self and everything else is done for you.
  • Education is beautification of the inner world and the outer world.
  • Champions never sleep, the eternal spirit keep them alert and awake.
  • Looking beauty in the world, is the first step of purifying the mind.
  • In the land of light there is only one currency. The currency of love.
  • Small mind competes, big mind collaborates and great mind encompasses.
  • Mystical bliss, joy and rapture arises when you realize the inner Sun.
  • We all are so deeply interconnected; we have no option but to love all.
  • Everyone has the fire, but the champions know when to ignite the spark.
  • Looking at beauty in the world, is the first step of purifying the mind.
  • Yoga is the art work of awareness on the canvas of body, mind, and soul.
  • Echo of your thoughts has greater impact on the world than your actions.
  • When the petals of the heart unfold fragrance spreads across the valley.
  • Breath is the finest gift of nature. Be grateful for this wonderful gift.
  • When the petals of the heart unfold, fragrance spreads across the valley.
  • A bird is safe in its nest – but that is not what its wings are made for.
  • Some fish love to swim upstream. Some people love to overcome challenges.
  • Every day is a good day. There is something to learn, care and celebrate.
  • Meditation is listening the inner song. The song of Love, Peace and Light
  • World is a divine play. At the beginning and at the end, we are the same.
  • Blaming none, disrespecting nothing is the doorway to Unity Consciousness.
  • Meditation is a way for nourishing and blossoming the divinity within you.
  • Yoga is the art work of awareness on the canvas of mind,body and the soul.
  • You are your master. Only you have the master keys to open the inner locks.
  • Meditation is realizing and expanding your inner beauty in every direction.
  • Your greatest awakening comes, when you are aware about your infinite nature.
  • God is whispering in your heart, in the whole existence, just tune your ears.
  • Whether you know or not, you are the infinite potential of love, peace and joy
  • Life is a collection of moments. Mindfulness is beautification of the moments.
  • Love is the sweetest melody of the soul and anything can be catalyst for that.
  • Intuitions are like migratory birds, they come without a map without a reason.
  • Beauty is the purest feeling of the soul. Beauty arises when soul is satisfied.
  • To realize truth, you must cross all boundaries of all religions and all prophets
  • Discover your deep inner-self and from that place spread love in every direction.
  • We live in everyone. I live in you. You live in me. There is no gap, no distance.
  • If you want to conquer the anxiety of life, live in the moment, live in the breath.
  • In one equation you can solve all the puzzles of life. It is the equation of giving.
  • To realize the truth, you have to cross the boundaries of all religions and prophets.
  • Yoga means addition – addition of energy, strength and beauty to body, mind and soul.
  • Spirituality exist in testing and experiencing the depth of inner peace consistently.
  • Open the window of your mind. Allow the fresh air, new lights and new truths to enter.
  • Vipassana meditation is not just seeing the things inside. It is also seeing the seer.
  • Searching outside of you is Samsara (the world). Searching within you leads to Nirvana.
  • Success comes when you have the trust on self, passion to transcend, and courage to do.
  • At the core of your heart, you are perfect and pure. No one and nothing can alter that.
  • Life throws challenges and every challenge comes with rainbows and lights to conquer it
  • Searching outside of you is Samsara (the world). Searching within you leads to Nirvana.
  • Life throws challenges and every challenge comes with rainbows and lights to conquer it.
  • Walk together. Feel the heart beats. Experience the presence. This is how to be thankful.
  • Prayer is the sign of your weakness. Rely on your inner strength. You will be the winner.
  • Your thoughts are your message to the world. Just as the rays are the messages of the Sun.
  • Energy comes not from your muscle neither from your heart. It comes from your inner source.
  • You need bravery because in the picture of soul, the bravery points are the most beautiful.
  • Kindness has no religion. Religions are like narrow tracks but kindness is like an open sky.
  • Prayer should be soundless words coming forth from the center of your heart filled with love.
  • When the Sun of compassion arises darkness evaporates and the singing birds come from nowhere.
  • When the Sun of compassion arises darkness evaporates and the singing birds come from nowhere.
  • Courage is the hallmark of spirituality. Courage comes when you love yourself for who you are.
  • Our heart is wide enough to embrace the world and hands are long enough to encompass the world.
  • Yoga is bringing suppleness in body, calmness in mind, kindness in heart and awareness in life.
  • Om (AUM) is the truth of all truths, the light of all lights and the destroyer of all illusions.
  • What Are You Giving to the Universe? by Angie Sarhan, www.huffingtonpost.com. October 12, 2015.
  • Life is not always perfect. Like a road, it has many bends, ups and down, but that’s its beauty.
  • Our heart is wide enough to embrace the world and hands are long enough to encompass the world.
  • Life is not always perfect. Like a road, it has many bends, ups and down, but that’s its beauty.
  • You are a cosmic flower. Om chanting is the process of opening the psychic petals of that flower.
  • Meditate, Visualize and Create your own reality and the universe will simply reflect back to you.
  • You are the perfect creation of God. Don’t allow you to be down. God is experiencing through you.
  • When you see the divinity in others, you are Divine. When you see ego in others, you are egoistic.
  • Family, friends and relationships are the blessings of the God. They are the best way to access God.
  • There is no teacher equal to mother and there’s nothing more contagious than the dignity of a father.
  • Peace is the music of every heart. Our glory lies in understanding, listening and honoring that music.
  • There is a God part in you. The consciousness. The pure Self. Learn to listen the voice of that Power.
  • Be like a lotus. Let the beauty of your heart speak. Be grateful to the mud, water, air and the light.
  • Suffering is due to our disconnection with the inner soul. Meditation is establishing that connection.
  • Echo of your thoughts are more important than your actions because that has greater impact on the world.
  • Do not accept whatever comes. Do not accept whatever goes. You have infinite power. Exercise your choice.
  • Life is a mystery- mystery of beauty, bliss and divinity. Meditation is the art of unfolding that mystery.
  • In every change, in every falling leaf there is some pain, some beauty. And that’s the way new leaves grow.
  • Life is a mystery – mystery of beauty, bliss and divinity. Meditation is the art of unfolding that mystery.
  • There is only one all-pervading God. It has no religion, no incarnation. It is free from all contaminations.
  • Om is a living phenomenon and it has its own mood. Depending on its mood the meaning will be revealed to you.
  • The more we practice nonviolence in our words, thoughts and actions the more peaceful will be our inner state.
  • Beautify your inner dialogue. Beautify your inner world with love light and compassion. Life will be beautiful.
  • Only the brave men and women can bring peace to the world, not by practicing war but by practicing nonviolence.
  • The Universe is the creation of the mind. Universe exists inside the mind as the flower exists inside the seed.
  • Meditation is re-discovering the inner Kingdom of God. The Kingdom of God lies in our understandings and wisdom.
  • Success needs vision to see, passion to transcend, patience to withstand and the character to overcome failures.
  • Formal education teaches how to stand, but to see the rainbow you must come out and walk many steps on your own.
  • Science of happiness lies in our understanding. The secrets of happiness lie in our capacity to expand our heart.
  • If you want to ask one question, ask yourself, what are you giving to the universe and only that will be returned.
  • Write it on your heart you are the most beautiful soul of the Universe. Realize it, honor it and celebrate the life.
  • In every crisis, doubt or confusion, take the higher path – the path of compassion, courage, understanding and love.
  • AUM or Om is not related to any religion because Om was practiced before the birth of all the religions of the world.
  • Compassion is the signature of Higher Consciousness. Non-violence is the tool to evolve into the Higher Consciousness.
  • Light of compassion and the light of wisdom that arises from our deepest and truest nature surpasses all other lights.
  • You are the Golden Witnessing Screen. Meditation is the effortless effort to keep that screen clean, clear and perfect.
  • No one to blame because there is no one other than you. Nothing to disrespect because there is nothing other than you.
  • Earth is the holiest place in the Universe, loving the earth, and loving life is the way to generate positive vibrations.
  • Kindness and awareness work together. Through awareness we understand the underlying beauty of everything and every being.
  • Do not live in the shadow of the masters for ever. Learn to live in the light of your soul. Life deserves full expression.
  • Spirituality does not lie in meditating the body of an ex-master. Spirituality exists in mediating on your own inner body.
  • Systematic yoga and vipassana opens the “Dasham Duar” the mystical tenth spiritual gateway located at the top of the skull.
  • Om (AUM) the Divine song is at the same time Symmetry, Supersymmetry, broken Symmetry, and the unbroken Symmetry of Nature.
  • Yoga is not just repetation of few postures – it is more about the exploration and discovery of the subtle energies of life.
  • Perfect prayer does not consist in many words, silent remembering and pure intention raises the heart to that supreme Power.
  • No one is to blame because there is no one other than you. Nothing is to disrespect because there is nothing other than you.
  • Yoga is not just repetition of few postures – it is more about the exploration and discovery of the subtle energies of life.
  • Truth is neither in the scripture nor in the words of prophets. It is in your heart, feel it, discover it and expand with it.
  • The singing Sun the signing moon the singing stars and the singing galaxies are the direct expression of the divine word AUM.
  • Spirituality does not lie in meditating on the body of an ex-master. Spirituality exists in mediating on your own inner body.
  • The light of compassion opens the petals of the heart. When the petals of the heart unfold fragrance spreads across the valley.
  • Just trusting the soul cannot lead you to higher consciousness. You have to pay attention for the beautification of your heart.
  • Loving the Om (AUM) is loving yourself, your own Self. Om chanting is a creative art, not just mechanical repetition of a word.
  • Enjoy the limitless bliss consciousness here and now. The reality of you lies much beyond your sensory perceptions and boundaries.
  • Yoga is not a religion. It is a science, science of well-being, science of youthfulness, science of integrating body, mind and soul.
  • There is only one all pervading God. It has only one message – Love all, encompass all and transcend the limits of the selfish gene.
  • Remember your connection with the cosmos. Remember your connection with the infinity and that remembrance will give you the freedom.
  • Yoga is not a religion. It is a science, science of well-being, science of youthfulness, science of integrating body, mind, and soul.
  • As more and more artificial intelligence is entering into the world, more and more emotional intelligence must enter into leadership.
  • God is the most beautiful, and beauty is the expression of God. If you can’t appreciate beauty in the world how can you understand God?
  • Mindfulness is not the path of chasing. It is the path of beautification. When flowers blossom, the fragrance spreads, and the bees come.
  • If you want to fly on the sky, you need to leave the earth. If you want to move forward, you need to let go the past that drags you down.
  • Compassion is all inclusive. Compassion knows no boundaries. Compassion comes with awareness, and awareness breaks all narrow territories.
  • Your dreams are not just the rearrangement of memory. They are the vibrations of your consciousness. Guide them and go for the higher one.
  • The formula of life is simple. It is the formula of giving – giving courage, attention, peace, love and comfort to yourself and the society.
  • Micro meditations should be performed with very little activity. These practices should not be associated with any goal, concept or belief.
  • Give time, give space to sprout your potential. Awaken the beauty of your heart – the beauty of your spirit. There are infinite possibilities.
  • Science of yoga and ayurveda is subtler than the science of medicine, because science of medicine is often victim of statistical manipulation.
  • Exercises are like prose, whereas yoga is the poetry of movements. Once you understand the grammar of yoga; you can write your poetry of movements.
  • The true miracle lies in our eagerness to allow, appreciate, and honor the uniqueness, and freedom of each sentient being to sing the song of their heart.
  • Om is the mysterious cosmic energy that is the substratum of all the things and all the being of the entire universe. It is the eternal song of the Divine.
  • Vipassana meditation is an ongoing creative purification process. Observation of the moment-to-moment experience cleanses the mental layers, one after another.
  • If you are driven by fear, anger or pride nature will force you to compete. If you are guided by courage, awareness, tranquility and peace nature will serve you.
  • Compassion is like mother giving love to her children. Mother’s ways are higher than others, even when everyone rejects, mother accepts with her arms open and wide.
  • Be brave. Be free from philosophies, prophets and holy lies. Go deep into your feelings and explore the mystery of your body, mind and soul. You will find the truth.
  • God wanted to make heaven and the earth is that heaven. Nowhere in the universe there is so much love, life, beauty and peace. Enjoy your stay with the fellow beings.
  • God wanted to make heaven and the earth is that heaven. Nowhere in the universe there is so much love, life, beauty and peace. Enjoy your stay with the fellow beings.
  • Silence is the language of Om. We need silence to be able to reach our Self. Both internal and external silence is very important to feel the presence of that supreme Love.
  • Nonviolence is only for the brave men and women of the world because it requires courage – courage to love the beauty of life, beauty of humanity and the beauty of the world.
  • Science is observing truth in the light of head. Religion is observing truth in the light of heart. Humanity is using both the lights. And education is developing that humanity.
  • Meditation is the process of transformation and beautification of soul from a leaf-eating caterpillar to a nectar-sipping butterfly. It grows with the wings of love and compassion.
  • Stand up for who you are. Respect your Self and ignite the divine sparks in you. Access your powers. Choose your rights and work together with others to bring blessings into the lives.
  • To transcend the identification with the body one has to realize the auspiciousness and divinity residing within each cell of the body. One needs to realize the illusory nature of the body.
  • Mystical bliss, joy and rapture are part of both yoga and vipassana. When the mind is concentrated, purified, bright, unblemished, free from defects, pliant and steady, this positive joy arises.
  • Give space to life. Give time to sprout your potential – the potential to awaken the beauty in you. Awaken the beauty of your heart – the beauty of your spirit. There are infinite possibilities.
  • When you know the knower within, you don’t need to know further. When you know the meditator within, you don’t need to meditate further. When you truly know the worshiper in you, you are to be worshiped.
  • We all are so deeply interconnected; we have no option but to love all. Be kind and do good for any one and that will be reflected. The ripples of the kind heart are the highest blessings of the Universe.
  • Penetrate deep into the word “Om”. Gradually the word will disappear and only the silence will remain. The word is a support. The meaning is within you. Om brings out that meaning which is hidden in your soul.
  • It does not matter how long you are spending on the earth, how much money you have gathered or how much attention you have received. It is the amount of positive vibration you have radiated in life that matters.
  • It does not matter how long you are spending on the earth, how much money you have gathered or how much attention you have received. It is the amount of positive vibration you have radiated in life that matters.
  • Yoga and Vipassana are the two most time tested ancient techniques for keeping the body, mind and spirit in harmony and in sync. There is no contradiction between yoga and vipassana. They are complementary to each other.
  • Meditation is listening to the song of the inner Soul, seeing the beauty of the inner Self, smelling the fragrance of the inner Spirit, experiencing the touch of the inner energies and tasting the intense sweetness of the inner God.
  • Meditation is listening to the song of the inner Soul, seeing the beauty of the inner Self, smelling the fragrance of the inner Spirit, experiencing the touch of the Divine inner energies and tasting the intense sweetness of the inner God.
  • There are two types of seeds in the mind: those that create anger, fear, frustration, jealousy, hatred and those that create love, compassion, equanimity and joy. Spirituality is germination and sprouting of the second group and transforming the first group.
  • When you touch the celestial in your heart, you will realize that the beauty of your soul is so pure, so vast and so devastating that you have no option but to merge with it. You have no option but to feel the rhythm of the universe in the rhythm of your heart.
  • The easiest way to get touch with this universal power is through silent Prayer. Shut your eyes, shut your mouth, and open your heart. This is the golden rule of prayer. Prayer should be soundless words coming forth from the centre of your heart filled with love.
  • What is the meaning of Om? Om is the mysterious cosmic energy that is the substratum of all the things and all the beings of the entire universe. It is an eternal song of the Divine. It is continuously resounding in silence on the background of everything that exists.
  • Meditation is not thinking about the image of a person of the past. It is more about focusing and channelizing the power of your emotions and imagination for fulfilling a bigger dream – the dream that will bring more life, energy peace, happiness and meaning to you and the society.
  • Meditation is a journey to know yourself. Knowing yourself has many layers. Start knowing your bodily discomforts. Know your success, know your failures. Know your fears. Know your irritations. Know your pleasures, joy and happiness. Know your mental wounds. Go deeper and examine every feeling you have.
  • You are here to evolve and make your consciousness high.You are here to dance, sing and celebrate life. You are here to help others to make their life happy. We are here not to compete, but to learn, evolve and excel. We are not here to make divisions in the name of prophets and religions. We are here to encompass the world with love and light.
  • You are here to evolve and make your consciousness high. You are here to dance, sing and celebrate life. You are here to help others to make their life happy. We are here not to compete, but to learn, evolve and excel. We are not here to make divisions in the name of prophets and religions. We are here to encompass the world with love and light.
  • Vipassana arises as you pay awareness to the inner and outer experience unfolding at the present moment. Vipassana is not associated with any rigid formula or methods. Whenever you are aware of your mental or physical feelings like tension in the muscles, movement of limbs, stiffness, heat or cold, you have begun to develop special understanding of realities.
  • Samadhi is the journey from individual to collective consciousness. The steps of Samadhi are the steps towards reaching the collective consciousness. In meditation, the more we radiate love, compassion, peace, harmony and tranquility, the more is our contribution towards the collective consciousness. The more we positively contribute towards the collective consciousness the more is our progress in Samadhi.
  • Om is not just a sound or vibration. It is not just a symbol…. If you think of Om only as a sound, a technique or a symbol of the Divine, you will miss it altogether. ….. Om is the mysterious cosmic energy that is the substratum of all the things and all the beings of the entire universe. It is an eternal song of the Divine. It is continuously resounding in silence on the background of everything that exists.
  • Combining these two ancient teachings (yoga and vipassana) in a seamless manner, which will bring maximum benefits to the meditators, is not at all a challenge. It is just removal of some mental blocks. Ideally speaking, this combination should be done based on scientific, clinical and neurobiological studies and the combined structure should be made brick by brick, layer by layer in a flawless manner as a homogeneous composition.
  • Om is not just a sound or vibration. It is not just a symbol. It is the entire cosmos, whatever we can see, touch, hear and feel. Moreover, it is all that is within our perception and all that is beyond our perception. It is the core of our very existence. If you think of Om only as a sound, a technique or a symbol of the Divine, you will miss it altogether. Om is the mysterious cosmic energy that is the substratum of all the things and all the beings of the entire universe. It is an eternal song of the Divine. It is continuously resounding in silence on the background of everything that exists.
  • There are two types of empathy: the positive empathy and the negative empathy. When we are fully carried away by the unaware activities of the mirror neurons, we are under the trap of negative empathy. The negative empathy generates attachments. Out of these attachments suffering follows. Negative empathy is a kind of reaction to a situation, whereas positive empathy is internal response of peace love and tranquility…. In positive empathy, your deep tranquility, joy and peace activates the mirror neurons of the others, whereas in negative empathy your mirror neurons are activated by the disturbance of others.
  • Through systematic meditation one can awaken the third eye and touch the cosmic awareness. Sushumna nadi is the subtle pathway in the spinal cord which passes through the main psychic centers. The awakening of these centers means a gradual expansion of awareness, until it reaches the cosmic awareness. Each center has its own beauty and gracefulness. Through generations of ignorance and unconsciousness, this channel of awareness becomes obscured and hidden. Meditation is to become aware about this internal life energy. Meditation is the procedure to rearrange, harmonize, activate, and integrate the individual life energy with the cosmic life energy.

 

Paramahansa Yogananda (quotes)

  • Do your best and then relax.
  • Sing songs that none have sung
  • Loyalty is the first law of God.
  • Truth is not afraid of questions.
  • A wish is a desire without energy
  • Stillness is the altar of spirit.
  • Mind is the creator of everything.
  • Environment is stronger than will.
  • Love is the heartbeat of all life.
  • Seclusion is the price of greatness.
  • A saint is a sinner who never gave up.
  • A smooth life is not a victorious life.
  • God is simple, everything else is complex
  • The greatest romance is with the Infinite.
  • People are so skillful in their ignorance!
  • Change your life by changing your thoughts.
  • Truth is exact correspondence with reality.
  • Every tomorrow is determined by every today.
  • Love is the Song of the Soul singing to God.
  • Nothing is impossible unless you think it is.
  • He who conquers the mind, conquers the world.
  • Humans become angels on earth, not in heaven.
  • Each minute of life should be a divine quest.
  • Learn to be calm and you will always be happy.
  • Success is hastened or delayed by one’s habits.
  • Medicine has its limitations, Life Force has none.
  • Divisions are imaginary lines drawn by small minds.
  • Persistence guarantees that results are inevitable.
  • The greater the will, the greater the flow of energy.
  • Retire to the center of your being, which is calmness.
  • From joy I came, for joy I live, in sacred joy I melt.
  • With right attitude, life is very simple and very easy.
  • Read a little. Meditate more. Think of God all the time.
  • You have come to earth to entertain and to be entertained.
  • When you learn to live for others, they will live for you.
  • Calmness is the living breath of God’s immortality in you.
  • When you yearn for God with intensity, He will come to you.
  • It is blessedness for yourself and others if you are happy.
  • Play your part in life, but never forget it is only a role.
  • What you lose in the world will not be a loss to your soul.
  • Find god – he isn’t hiding from you, you’re hiding from him.
  • Some people try to be tall by cutting off the heads of others.
  • Those persons who have perceptive eyes enjoy beauty everywhere.
  • In that power of self-control lies the seed of eternal freedom.
  • Always remember, nothing can touch you if you inwardly love God.
  • Spirit is the vast stillness which is behind all created things.
  • Change yourself and you have done your part in changing the world
  • The power of unfulfilled desires is the root of all man’s slavery
  • There are always two forces warring against each other within us.
  • Never neglect what you can do for yourself in the form of another.
  • Brotherhood is an ideal better understood by example than precept!
  • In the state of love, no matter what you do, it’s going to be good.
  • The Bhagavad-Gita is where God Himself talks to His devotee Arjuna.
  • Peace is the altar of God, the condition in which happiness exists.
  • If God calls me tomorrow I will go without a moment’s turning back.
  • Environment is of supreme importance. It is greater than will power.
  • A harmonized mind produces harmony in this world of seeming discord.
  • Discerning placement of a comma does not atone for a spiritual coma.
  • The season of failure is the best time for sowing the seeds of success.
  • The reality of my life cannot die for I am indestructible consciousness.
  • Consider no one a stranger. Learn to feel that everybody is akin to you.
  • Evil spreads with the wind; truth is capable of spreading even against it.
  • I am a spark from the Infinite. I am not flesh and bones. I am light.
  • Since you alone are responsible for your thoughts, only you can change them.
  • When the mind is strong and the heart  is pure, you are free
  • He is the wisest who seeks God. He is the most successful who has found God.
  • Be kind to others, so that you may learn the secret art of being kind to yourself.
  • Thinkers do not accept the inevitable; they turn their efforts toward changing it.
  • Forget your dream-born mortal weakness. Wake up and know that you and God are one.
  • A good rule in life is to tell yourself simply, ‘What comes of itself, let it come.
  • Smiling away your troubles requires a clear conscience that harbors no insincerity.
  • Love cannot be had for the asking; it comes only as a gift from the heart of another
  • An artist doesn’t really create anything – he just rearranges what is already there.
  • Kindness is the light that dissolves all walls between souls, families, and nations.
  • No one appears on our stage unless the director has placed them there for our benefit
  • If you have a strong mind and plant in it a firm resolve, you can change your destiny.
  • Through the portals of silence the healing sun of wisdom and peace will shine upon you.
  • Do your best and then relax. Let things go on in a natural way, rather than force them.
  • If you possess happiness you possess everything: to be happy is to be in tune with God.
  • Be inwardly ever newly joyous, like the ever-fresh laughing waters of a gurgling brook.
  • If circumstances are bad and you have to bear them, do not make them a part of yourself.
  • It is spiritual poverty, not material lack, that lies at the core of all human suffering.
  • When you learn to get along with yourself, you will know how to get along with everybody.
  • Happiness lies in making others happy, in forsaking self-interest to bring joy to others.
  • Keep puffing on the bubble until it breaks its confining walls and becomes the sea of joy.
  • Great healers, people of divine realization, do not cure by chance but by exact knowledge.
  • Coercion or compulsion never brings about growth. It is freedom that accelerates evolution.
  • The best methods are those which help the life energy to resume its inner work of healing
  • The Spirit of God, I realized, is exhaustless Bliss; His body is countless tissues of light.
  • Just as oil is present in every part of the olive, so love permeates every part of creation.
  • Sincerity is a soul quality that God has given to every human being, but not all express it.
  • In your heart must well that sympathy which soothes away all pains from the hearts of others.
  • In meditation…the power of God begins to reflect in the clear waters of your consciousness.
  • God-realization is attained only by great effort on the part of the yogi and by divine grace.
  • When the mind is calm, how quickly, how smoothly, how beautifully you will perceive everything.
  • As I radiate love and goodwill to others, I will open the channel for God’s love to come to me.
  • Death is only an experience through which you are meant to learn a great lesson: you cannot die.
  • Truths are more than imagination; they are real. Yet their origin is a thought in the mind of God.
  • Do not think of yourself as the body, but as the joyous consciousness and immortal life behind it.
  • Music that is saturated with soul force is the real universal music, understandable by all hearts.
  • Intuition is soul guidance, appearing naturally in man during those instants when his mind is calm.
  • Some form of self-discipline is necessary to transmute material desires into spiritual aspirations.
  • As a broken microphone cannot broadcast a message, so a restless mind cannot transmit prayers to God
  • Roam in the world as a lion of self-control; see that the frogs of weakness don’t kick you around.
  • Nothing may truly be said to be a miracle except in the profound sense that everything is a miracle.
  • Live quietly in the moment and see the beauty of all before you. The future will take care of itself.
  • Having lots of money while not having inner peace is like dying of thirst while bathing in the ocean.
  • Come into the silence of solitude, and the vibration there will talk to you through the voice of God.
  • As you find your soul-reservoir of peace, less and less controversy will be able to afflict your life.
  • Remain calm, serene, always in command of yourself. You will then find out how easy it is to get along.
  • I come not to entertain you with worldly festivities but to arouse your sleeping memory of immortality.
  • Have the unflinching determination to move on your path unhampered by limiting thoughts of past errors.
  • By the practice of meditation, you will find that you are carrying within your heart a portable paradise.
  • If you are in a dark room, don’t beat at the darkness with a stick, but rather try to turn on the light
  • Know that this universe is nothing but a dream bluff of nature to test your consciousness of immortality.
  • Through the orifice of silence, the whole geyser of Bliss, perpetually shoots up and flows over the soul.
  • The seeker of God is the real lover of vidya, unchangeable truth; all else is avidya, relative knowledge.
  • Be as simple as you can be; you will be astonished to see how uncomplicated and happy your life can become.
  • Fear was given to man as a cautionary device to spare him pain; it is not mean to be cultivated and abused.
  • Trust in God and destroy fear, which paralyzes all efforts to succeed and attracts the very thing you fear.
  • If you open the door to the magnetic power of friendship, souls of like vibrations will be attracted to you.
  • Little stones that are pelted into the lake of consciousness should not throw the whole lake into commotion.
  • To work with God’s happiness bubbling in the soul is to carry a portable paradise within you wherever you go.
  • He who is persistent will realize God. So try your best to make meditation a regular experience in your life.
  • God made us angels of energy, encased in solids – currents of life dazzling through a material bulb of flesh.
  • Love is the song of the soul singing to God. It is the balanced rhythmic dance of planets – sun and moon lit
  • You naturally love those who are dear to you, and you must learn to give that kind of love to the whole world.
  • The more you meditate, the more helpful you can be to others, and the more deeply you will be in tune with God.
  • May Thy Love shine forever on the sanctuary of my devotion. And may I be able to awaken Thy love in all hearts.
  • The rains of Life’s Blessings cannot gather on mountaintops of pride, but flow easily into valleys of humbleness.
  • The kingdom of God is just behind the darkness of closed eyes, and the first gate that opens to it is your peace.
  • Success is not rightly measured by wealth, prestige and power. Success is measured by the yardstick of happiness.
  • I relax and cast aside all mental burdens, allowing God to express through me His perfect love, peace, and wisdom.
  • Every night in sleep God takes away all your troubles to show you that you are not a mortal being; you are spirit.
  • Seek spiritual riches within. What you are is much greater than anyone or anything else you have ever yearned for.
  • Let my soul smile through my heart and my heart smile through my eyes, that I may scatter rich smiles in sad hearts.
  • Whatever you want others to be, first be that yourself. Then, you will find others responding in like manner to you.
  • Whenever you want to produce something, do not depend upon the outside source: go deep and seek the Infinite Source.
  • Remain quiet. Don’t feel you have to talk all the time. Go within and you will see the Loveliness behind all beauty.
  • Subtle astral colors… are hidden in everything around you. Could you but see, you would be amazed at their beauty.
  • Bring into play the almighty power within you, so that on the stage of life you can fulfill your high destined role.
  • It is foolish to be afraid of death. Just think. No more repaired tires on the body vehicle, no more patchwork living.
  • As you forget self in service to others, you will find that, without seeking it, your own cup of happiness will be full.
  • Have only love in your heart for others. The more you see the good in them, the more you will establish good in yourself.
  • Meet everybody and every circumstance on the battlefield of life with the courage of a hero and the smile of a conqueror.
  • In the spiritual life one becomes just like a little child, without resentment, without attachment, full of life and joy.
  • Success should be measured by the yardstick of happiness; by your ability to remain in peaceful harmony with cosmic laws.
  • Self-realization is the knowing in all parts of body, mind, and soul that you are now in possession of the kingdom of God.
  • We do not always see the things that are nearest to us. We pass by riches that lie close at hand and chase after rainbows.
  • Analyze yourself. All emotions are reflected in the body and mind. Envy and fear cause the face to pale, love makes it glow.
  • It doesn’t matter if a cave has been in darkness for 10,000 years or half an hour, once you light a match it is illuminated.
  • Everything is Spirit – in essence, though hidden in manifestation. If you had the perception, you would see God in everything.
  • When you know God as peace within, then you will realize Him as peace existing in the universal harmony of all things without.
  • I am calmly active, actively calm. I am the prince of peace sitting on a throne of poise, directing the kingdom of my activity.
  • You do not have to struggle to reach God, but you do have to struggle to tear away the self-created veil that hides him from you
  • All Nature will commune with you when you are in tune with God. Realization of this truth will make you a master of your destiny.
  • Through love and sincerity continuously beautify your inner life in every way, by daily looking into the mirror of introspection.
  • When, by meditation, we withdraw restless thoughts from the lake of the mind, we behold our soul, a perfect reflection of Spirit.
  • Behold thine immortal Self resurrected with Christ in the light of illumination, present in every soul, every flower, every atom!
  • He who finds joy within himself discovers that his body is charged with electric current, life energy, not from food but from God.
  • The spine is the highway to the Infinite. Your own body is the temple of God. It is within your own self that God must be realized.
  • Self-realization is, in fact, the only religion. For it is the true purpose of religion, no matter how people define their beliefs.
  • Remember this: When I am gone, only love can take my place. Be absorbed night and day in the love of God, and give that love to all.
  • What are you afraid of? You are an immortal being. You are neither a man nor a woman, as you may think, but a soul – joyous, eternal.
  • Most people consider the course of events as natural and inevitable. They little know what radical changes are possible through prayer.
  • How you all will change the work after I am gone. If I came back a hundred years from now, I just wonder if I would even recognize it.
  • Those who are socially inclined will find a new power to help humanity through the lessons of books written by noble and gifted people.
  • Is a diamond less valuable because it is covered with mud? God sees the changeless beauty of our souls. He knows we are not our mistakes.
  • The mother’s love is not given to us to spoil us with indulgence, but to soften our hearts, that we may in turn soften others with kindness.
  • Realize that enough hidden strength lies within you to overcome all obstacles and temptations. Bring forth that indomitable power and energy.
  • No matter what you are doing, keep the undercurrent of happiness. Learn to be secretly happy within your heart in spite of all circumstances.
  • Thought is the primary energy and vibration that emanated from God and is thus the creator of life, electrons, atoms, and all forms of energy.
  • When you exercise your will power you release the power of life energy – not when you merely wish passively to be able to obtain an objective.
  • The man form is higher than the angel form; of all forms it is the highest. Man is the highest being in creation, because he aspires to freedom.
  • Faithfulness in the performance of small duties gives us strength to adhere to difficult determinations that life will someday force us to make.
  • People are running, running, but there is no place in the world to which they can flee to escape themselves. Ultimately, each one must face himself.
  • Today I forgive all those who have ever offended me. I give my love to all thirsty hearts, both to those who love me and to those who do not love me.
  • Another qualification of success is that we not only bring harmonious and beneficial results to ourselves, but also share those benefits with others.
  • If you permit your thoughts to dwell on evil you yourself will become ugly. Look only for the good in everything so you absorb the quality of beauty.
  • Never count your faults. Just see that your love for God is deeply For God doesn’t mind your imperfections: He minds your  indifference.
  • The happiness of one’s own heart alone cannot satisfy the soul; one must try to include, as necessary to one’s own happiness, the happiness of others.
  • The Spirit could not create matter as anything different from Itself, for it had only Itself as the tissue or material with which to build the cosmos.
  • Incredible amounts of energy are hidden in your brain; enough in a gram of flesh to run the city of Chicago for 2 days. And you say you are tired?
  • One cannot tell when he is going to be healed, so do not try to set an exact time limit. Faith, not time, will determine when the cure will be effected.
  • Be honest with yourself. The world is not honest with you. The world loves hypocrisy. When you are honest with yourself you find the road to inner peace.
  • Intuition is the discriminative faculty that enables you to decide which of two lines of reasoning is right. Perfect intuition makes you a master of all.
  • Through Self-realization man becomes aware of true values as to his place in the divine plan and his relation to the past, present, and future of mankind.
  • As water by cooling and condensation becomes ice, so thought by condensation assumes physical form. Everything in the universe is thought in material form.
  • I don’t want people to think that they can attain realization simply by listening to others or by reading books. They must practice what they read and hear.
  • When you meditate the glory of the Divine shines forth. You realize then that all along there was something tremendous within you and you did not know it.
  • Humbly serving all with their beauty, flowers say more to us about God than anything else. Each one brings a message that the Heavenly Father is right here.
  • God is love. His plan for creation can only be rooted in love. Does not that simple thought, rather than erudite reasoning, offer solace to the human heart?
  • The soul’s first adventure is the fight between two ideas: the wish to return to earth in a human form, and the desire to feel the freedom of having no form.
  • When we serve others, we serve ourselves. Do not think, I will help others – think rather, I will help my own, my world, because I cannot otherwise be happy.
  • You had to fight to get into the womb. Not only you but many souls rushed to enter, and the ones that won are you, and you and I. It was not an easy victory.
  • We should bathe our spirits in the deep, pure feeling that stirs within us when we gaze on the glories of His creation. This is the way to know God as beauty.
  • I could not think of being unkind, even to a mortal enemy. It would hurt me. I see so much unkindness in the world, and there is no excuse for me to add to it.
  • Your success in life does not altogether depend on ability and training; it also depends on your determination to grasp opportunities that are presented to you.
  • Your part is to awaken your desire to accomplish your worthy objectives. Then whip your will into action until it follows the way of wisdom that is shown to you.
  • No action is ever an isolated event. Always, it invites from the universe a reaction that corresponds exactly to the type and the force of energy behind the deed.
  • Freedom means the power to act by soul guidance, not by the compulsions of desires and habits. Obeying the ego leads to bondage; obeying the soul brings liberation.
  • Work for god, love god alone, and be wise with god. When an ordinary man puts the necessary rime and enthusiasm into meditation and prayer, he becomes a divine man.
  • Do not take life’s experiences too seriously. For in reality they are nothing but dream experiences. Play your part in life, but never forget that it is only a role.
  • If you want to be sad, no one in the world can make you happy. But if you make up your mind to be happy, no one and nothing on earth can take that happiness from you.
  • Many people excuse their own faults but judge other persons harshly. We should reverse this attitude by excusing others’ shortcomings and by harshly examining our own.
  • Success is hastened or delayed by one’s habits. It is not your passing inspirations or brilliant ideas so much as your everyday mental habits that control your life.
  • Absolute, unquestioning faith in God is the greatest method of instantaneous healing. An unceasing effort to arouse that faith is man’s highest and most rewarding duty.
  • Before embarking on important undertakings sit quietly calm your senses and thoughts and meditate deeply. You will then be guided by the great creative power of Spirit.
  • Harmony with nature will bring you a happiness known to few city dwellers. In the company of other truth seekers it will be easier for you to meditate and think of God.
  • Each time a swarm of worries invades your mind, refuse to be affected; wait calmly, while seeking the remedy. Spray the worries with the powerful chemical of your peace.
  • I am no longer the wave of consciousness thinking itself separated from the sea of cosmic consciousness. I am the ocean of Spirit that has become the wave of human life.
  • The so-called miraculous powers of a great master are a natural accompaniment to his exact understanding of subtle laws that operate in the inner cosmos of consciousness.
  • The time will come when mankind will begin to get away from the consciousness of needing so many material things. More security and peace will be found in the simple life.
  • Affirm divine calmness and peace, and send out only thoughts of love and goodwill if you want to live in peace and harmony. Never get angry, for anger poisons your system.
  • Forget the past, for it is gone from your domain! forget the future, for it is beyond your reach! control the present! Live supremely well now! This is the way of the wise.
  • As a mortal being you are limited, but as a child of God you are unlimited… Focus your attention on God, and you shall have all the power you want, to use in any direction.
  • The purpose of the guru is not to weaken your will. It is to teach you secrets of developing your inner power, until you can stand unshaken amidst the crash of breaking worlds.
  • The true basis of religion is not belief, but intuitive experience. Intuition is the soul’s power of knowing God. To know what religion is really all about, one must know God.
  • You must not let your life run in the ordinary way; do something that nobody else has done, something that will dazzle the world. Show that God’s creative principle works in you.
  • There is a magnet in your heart that will attract true friends. That magnet is unselfishness, thinking of others first; when you learn to live for others, they will live for you.
  • The deeper the Self-realization of a man, the more he influences the whole universe by his subtle spiritual vibrations, and the less he himself is affected by the phenomenal flux.
  • To commune daily with God in deep meditation, and to carry His love and guidance with you into all your dutiful activities, is the way that leads to permanent peace and happiness.
  • Your trials did not come to punish you, but to awaken you – to make you realise that you are a part of Spirit and that just behind the sparks of your life is the Flame of Infinity.
  • Fearlessness means faith in God: faith in his protection, His justice, His wisdom, His mercy, His love, and His Omnipresence… To be fit for Self-realization man must be fearless.
  • You don’t know what is going to come to you in this world; you have to go on living and worrying. Those who die are pitying us; they are blessing us. Why should you grieve for them?
  • To face death itself should not daunt you. Fear of death is ridiculous, because as long as you are not dead you are alive, and when you are dead there is noting more to worry about!
  • Extend the boundaries of the glowing kingdom of your love, gradually including your family, your neighbors, your community, your country, all countries — all living sentient creatures.
  • Making others happy, through kindness of speech and sincerity of right advice, is a sign of true greatness. To hurt another soul by sarcastic words, looks, or suggestions, is despicable.
  • Happiness blooms naturally in the hearts of those who are inwardly free. It flows spontaneously, like a mountain spring after April showers, in minds that are contented with simple living.
  • Meditation is like giving a hug to our ourselves, getting in touch whith that awesome reality in us. While meditating we feel a deep sense of intimacy with God, a love that is inexplicable.
  • We are what we think we are. The habitual inclination of our thoughts determines our talents and abilities, and our personality. So whatever you want to be, start to develop that pattern now.
  • Just behind the darkness of closed eyes shines the light of God. When you behold that light in meditation, hold onto it with devotional zeal. Feel yourself inside it: That is where God dwells.
  • We don’t become angels merely by the instrument of death. If we are angels now, we will be angels in the hereafter. If we are dark, negative personalities now, we will be the same after death.
  • Words saturated with sincerity, conviction, faith, and intuition are like highly explosive vibration bombs, which, when set off, shatter the rocks of difficulties and create the change desired.
  • With the opening of the New Year, all the closed portals of limitations will be thrown open and I shall move through them to vaster fields, where my worthwhile dreams of life will be fulfilled.
  • Untrained warriors are soon killed on the battlefield; so also persons untrained in the art of preserving their inner peace are quickly riddled by the bullets of worry and restlessness in active life.
  • To me there is no difference between one person and another; I behold all as soul-reflection s of the one God. I can’t think of anyone as a stranger, for I know that we are all part of the One Spirit.
  • Beginning with the early dawn of each day, I will radiate joy to everyone I meet. I will be mental sunshine for all who cross my path. Before the unfailing light of my cheer, darkness will take flight.
  • Proper visualization by the exercise of concentration and willpower enables us to materialize thoughts, not only as dreams or visions in the mental realm, but also as experiences in the material realm.
  • So long as we believe in our heart of hearts that our capacity is limited and we grow anxious and unhappy, we are lacking in faith. One who truly trusts in God has no right to be anxious about anything.
  • We are all part of the One Spirit. When you experience the true meaning of religion, which is to know God, you will realize that He is your Self, and that He exists equally and impartially in all beings.
  • When you worry, there is static coming through your mind radio. God’s song is the song of calmness. Nervousness is the static; calmness is the voice of God speaking to you through the radio of your soul.
  • Be careful what you choose to do consciously, for unless your will is very strong, that is what you may have to do repeatedly and compulsively through the habit-influencing power of the subconscious mind.
  • Those in the West who have adopted Christ as their own should remember that he was an Oriental. Love and sympathy for Jesus should be expanded into love and sympathy for all Orientals, and for all the world.
  • A genuine smile distributes the cosmic current, Prana to every body cell.The happy man is less subject to disease, for happiness actually attracts into the body a greater supply of the Universal life energy.
  • Most of the world is like a mental hospital. Some persons are sick with jealousy, others with anger, hatred, passion. They are victims of their habits and emotions. But you can make your home a place of peace.
  • The universal law of karma … is that of action and reaction, cause and effect, sowing and reaping. In the course of natural righteousness, man, by his thoughts and actions, becomes the arbiter of his destiny.
  • With the realization of God comes all power. If the little wave knew that behind it is the great ocean, it could say, “I am the ocean.” You should realize that just behind your consciousness is the Ocean of God.
  • Wise guidance never violates people’s Free Will. A superior who demands obedience of his subordinates should show respect for their capacity to understand, and also for their Innate Right to their own Free Will.
  • As God is omnipresent in the cosmos but is undisturbed by its variety, so man, who as a soul is individualized Spirit, must learn to participate in this cosmic drama with a perfectly poised and equilibrated mind.
  • Self-realization may be and sometimes is attained even by people who are struggling with sick and otherwise imperfect bodies; but it cannot be attained unless one can concentrate and meditate uninterruptedly upon God.
  • Release for constructive purposes the power you already have, and more will come. Move on your path with unflinching determination, using all the attributes of success. Tune yourself with the creative power of spirit.
  • You are walking on the earth as in a dream. Our world is a dream within a dream; you must realize that to find God is the only goal, the only purpose, for which you are here. For Him alone you exist. Him you must find.
  • Success is not rightly measured by the worldly standards of wealth, prestige and power. None of these bestow happiness unless they are rightly used. To use them rightly one must possess wisdom and love for God and man.
  • As God talked with Arjuna, so will He talk with you. As He lifted up the spirit and consciousness of Arjuna, so will He uplift you. As he granted Arjuna supreme spiritual vision, so will He confer enlightenment on you.
  • Forget the past. The vanished lives of all men are dark with many shames. Human conduct is ever unreliable until man is anchored in the Divine. Everything in future will improve if you are making a spiritual effort now.
  • The wave is the same as the ocean, though it is not the whole ocean. So each wave of creation is a part of the eternal Ocean of Spirit. The Ocean can exist without the waves, but the waves cannot exist without the Ocean.
  • The greatest romance is with the Infinite. You have no idea how beautiful life can be. When you suddenly find God everywhere, when He comes and talks to you and guides you, the romance of divine love has begun.
  • Self-realization means to know truth through yourself, and not through others. By seeking God first, through Self-realization, all things-strength, power, prosperity, wisdom, health, and immortality-will be added unto you.
  • The Divine has loved me as mother, as father, and as friend, behind all friends. I searched for that one Friend behind all friends, that one lover whom I now see glimmering in all your faces. And that friend never fails me.
  • Carrying a thought with dynamic will power means holding it until that thought pattern develops dynamic force. When a thought is made dynamic by will force, it can manifest according to the mental blueprint you have created.
  • One may have many teachers, but only one guru, who remains as one’s guru even in many different lives, until the disciple reaches the final goal of emancipation in God. You must remember this, once that relationship is formed.
  • Mankind is engaged in an eternal quest for that ‚Äòsomething else’ he hopes will bring him happiness, complete and unending.For those individual souls who have sought and found God, the search is over: He is that Something Else.
  • The soul loves to meditate, for in contact with the Spirit lies its greatest joy. If, then you experience mental resistance during meditation, remember that reluctance to meditate comes from the ego; it doesn’t belong to the soul.
  • It is better to meditate a little bit with depth than to mediate long with the mind running here and there. If you do not make an effort to control the mind it will go on doing as it pleases, no matter how long you sit to meditate.
  • Through every trial we grow. All suffering we experience has a meaning. Though it seems very cruel, it is like the fire that smelts the iron ore: the steel that emerges from that furnace is beautifully strong, useful for many purposes.
  • From joy people are born; for joy they live; in joy they melt at death. Death is an ecstasy, for it removes the burden of the body and frees the soul of all pain springing from body identification. It is the cessation of pain and sorrow.
  • Strengthen your mind and refuse to carry the burden of mental and moral weakness acquired in past years; burn them in the fires of your present divine resolutions and right activities. By this constructive attitude you will attain freedom.
  • Whatever I do, I do with the greatest love that I have in me. Try this, and you will see that you do not become fatigued at all. Love is one of the greatest stimulants to the will. Under the influence of love the will can do almost anything.
  • If religion means primarily God-consciousness, or the realization of God both within and without, and secondarily a body of beliefs, tenets and dogmas, then, strictly speaking, there is but one religion in the world, for there is but one God.
  • Never do anything that taints your mind. Wrong actions cause negative or evil mental vibrations that are reflected in your whole appearance and personality. Engage in those actions and thoughts that nurture the good qualities you want to have.
  • Truths are not truths to you unless you realize them within yourself. Without realization, they are just ideas. For spiritual perception, spiritual consciousness, lies not in vague theological ideas, but in the acquisition of Self-realization.
  • Be afraid of nothing. Hating none, giving love to all, feeling the love of God, seeing His presence in everyone, and having but one desire – for His constant presence in the temple of your consciousness – that is the way to live in this world.
  • Weaken a bad habit by avoiding everything that occasioned it or stimulated it, without concentrating upon it in your zeal to avoid it. Then divert your mind to some good habit and steadily cultivate it until it becomes a dependable part of you.
  • By the definite science of meditation known for millenniums to the yogis and sages of India, and to Jesus, any seeker of God can enlarge the caliber of his consciousness to omniscience to receive within himself the Universal Intelligence of God.
  • He who has realized oneness with God possesses all knowledge contained in Him. Knowing the Lord as Beginning and End of all beings and worlds, a true Brahmin has knowledge of the hereafter and of the workings of nature on this plane of existence.
  • The things you need in life are those that will help you to fulfill your dominant purpose. Things you may want but not need may lead you aside from that purpose.  It is only by making everything serve your main objective that success is attained.
  • Never be petty. Do not feed resentments against anyone. I prefer good-hearted sinners to so called good people who are intolerant and devoid of compassion. Being spiritual is to have an open mind, understand and forgive, and be friends with everyone.
  • When you make up your mind to do good things, you will accomplish them if you use dynamic will power to follow through. No matter what the circumstances are, if you go on trying, God will create the means by which your will shall find its proper reward.
  • The man of Self-realization knows a bliss that cannot be compared to anything in this world. His joy is independent of any object or sensory experience. It is an incomparable happiness that cannot be described in words. Such joy is known as sattvik-ananda.
  • Group Meditation is a castle that protects the new spiritual aspirants as well as the veteran meditators. Meditating together increases the degree of Self-realization of each member of the group by the law of invisible vibratory exchange of group magnetism.
  • Build your inner environment. Practice Silence! I remember the wonderful discipline of the Great Ones. When we used to talk and chatter, they would say: “Go back into your inner castle.” It was very hard to comprehend then, but now I understand the way of peace
  • The ocean of Spirit has become the little bubble of my soul. Whether floating in birth, or disappearing in death, in the ocean of cosmic awareness the bubble of my life cannot die. I am indestructible consciousness, protected in the bosom of Spirit’s immortality.
  • Those who are unconquered in spirit are the real successes in life. If you can so train or condition your mind that you are content regardless of what you have or do not have, and if you can stand the challenge of all your trials and remain calm-that is true happiness.
  • Possession of material riches, without inner peace, is like dying of thirst while bathing in a lake. If material poverty is to be avoided, spiritual poverty is to be abhorred. For it is spiritual poverty, not material lack, that lies at the core of all human suffering.
  • Self-realization is the knowing in all parts of body, mind, and soul that you are now in possession of the kingdom of God; that you do not have to pray that it come to you; that God’s omnipresence is your omnipresence; and that all that you need to do is improve your knowing.
  • The body is only a garment. How many times you have changed your clothing in this life, yet because of this you would not say that you have changed. Similarly, when you give up this bodily dress at death you do not change. You are just the same, an immortal soul, a child of God.
  • Think of Divine Abundance as a mighty, refreshing rain. Whatever receptacle you have at hand will receive it. If you hold up a tin cup, you will receive only that quantity. If you hold up a bowl, that will be filled. What kind of receptacle are you holding up to Divine Abundance?
  • The entire universe is God’s cosmic motion picture, and that individuals are merely actors in the divine play who change roles through reincarnation; mankind’s deep suffering is rooted in identifying too closely with one’s current role, rather than with the movie’s director, or God.
  • The sun shines equally on diamond and charcoal, but the former has developed qualities that enable it to reflect the sunlight brilliantly, while the latter is unable to reflect the sunlight. Emulate the diamond in your dealings with people.  Brightly reflect the light of God’s love.
  • Death is not as terrible as you think. It comes to you as a healer. Sleep is nothing but a counterfeit death. What happens in death we can picture in sleep. All our sufferings vanish in sleep. When death comes, all our mortal tortures cease; they cannot go beyond the portals of death.
  • It is not a pumping-in from the outside that gives wisdom; it is the power and extent of your inner receptivity that determines how much you can attain of true knowledge, and how rapidly. You can quicken your evolution by awakening and increasing the receptive power of your brain cells.
  • You cannot make steel until you have made the iron white-hot in fire. It is not meant for harm. Trouble and disease have a lesson for us. Our painful experiences are not meant to destroy us, but to burn out our dross, to hurry us back Home. No one is more anxious for our release than God.
  • The scenery of mountains painted on the ever-changing azure canvas of the sky, the mysterious mechanism of the human body, the rose, the green grass carpet, the magnanimity of souls, the loftiness of minds, the depth of love – all these things remind us of a God who is beautiful and noble.
  • The soul is bound to the body by a chain of desires, temptations, troubles and worries, and it is trying to free itself. If you keep tugging at that chain which is holding you to mortal consciousness, some day an invisible Divine Hand will intervene and snap it apart and you will be free.
  • Thoughts are universally and not individually rooted; a truth cannot be created, but only perceived. The erroneous thoughts of man result from imperfections in his discernment. The goal of Yoga Science is to calm the mind, that without distortion it may mirror the Divine vision in the Universe.
  • Every morning I offer my body, my mind and any ability that I posses, to be used by Thee, O infinite creator, in whatever way Thou dost choose to express Thyself through me. I know that all work is Thy work, and that no task is too difficult or too menial when offered to Thee in loving service.
  • Ever-new Joy is God. He is inexhaustible; as you continue your meditations during the years, He will beguile you with an infinite ingenuity. Devotees like yourself who have found the way to God never dream of exchanging Him for any other happiness; He is seductive beyond thought of competition.
  • The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, worry about the future, or anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly. . . Live each moment completely and the future will take care of itself. Fully enjoy the wonder and beauty of each moment.
  • Mind is the creator of everything. You should therefore guide it to create only good. If you cling to a certain thought with dynamic will power, it finally assumes a tangible outward form. When you are able to employ your will always for constructive purposes, you become the controller of your destiny.
  • Feel the love of God; then in every person you will see the face of the Father, the light of love which is in all. You will find a magic, living relationship uniting the trees, the sky, the stars, all people, and all living things; and you will feel a oneness with them. This is the code of divine love.
  • To love those that love you is easy. To love those that love you not is not so simple. If you want to change anyone, set a better example. Show more kindness, more understanding, more love. That has a sure effect. To those who are not kind, show kindness. To those who are mean, show bigness of heart.
  • It is a great mistake to regard a certain object as pleasurable in itself and to store the idea of it in the mind in hope of fulfilling a want by its actual presence in the future. If objects were pleasurable in themselves, then the same dress or food would always please everyone, which is not the case.
  • When you came into this world you cried, whereas everyone else rejoiced. During your lifetime, work and serve in such a way that when it is time for you to leave this world, you will smile at parting while the world cries for you. Hold this thought and you will always remember to consider others above yourself.
  • Why forgive one who wrongs you? Because if you angrily strike back you misrepresent your own divine soul nature-you are no better than your offender. But if you manifest spiritual strength you are blessed, and the power of your righteous behavior will also help the other person to overcome his misunderstanding.
  • We fear death because of pain, and because of the thought that we may become obliterated. This idea is erroneous. Jesus showed himself in a physical form to his disciples after his death. Lahiri Mahasaya returned in the flesh the next day after he had entered mahasamadhi. They proved that they were not destroyed.
  • I am a spark from the Infinite. I am not flesh and bones. I am light. In helping others to succeed I shall find my own prosperity. In the welfare of others I shall find my own well-being. I am infinite. I am spaceless, I am tireless; I am beyond body thought, and utterance; beyond all matter and mind. I am endless bliss.
  • Births and deaths are inevitable for man only during the state of ignorance in which he thinks he is the body and cannot exist without it. Only the man who will not seek the awakening of wisdom must suffer the nightmares and delusive dreams of births and deaths and the fanciful miseries and limitations attending them. (gt)
  • What you are is much greater than anything or anyone else you have ever yearned for. God is manifest in you in a way that He is not manifest in any other human being. Your face is unlike anyone else’s, your soul is unlike anyone else’s, you are sufficient unto yourself; for within your soul lies the greatest treasure of all – God.
  • The way to freedom is through service to others. The way to happiness is through meditation and being in tune with God… break the barriers of your ego, shed selfishness, free yourself from the consciousness of the body, forget yourself, do away with this prison house of incarnations, melt your heart in all, be one with creation.
  • Those who look at the surface of the sea must behold the birth and death of the waves, but those who seek the depths of the ocean behold one indivisible mass of water. Similarly, those who acknowledge “life” and “death” are tossed by sorrow, while those who live in the illimitable superconsciousness behold and feel the One Ineffable Bliss.
  • Conserve the vital energy, follow a balanced diet, and always smile and be happy. He who finds joy within himself discovers that his body is charged with electric current, life energy, not from food but from God. If you feel that you can’t smile, stand before a mirror and with your fingers pull your mouth into a smile. It is that important!
  • You may control a mad elephant; You may shut the mouth of the bear and the tiger; Ride the lion and play with the cobra; By alchemy you may learn your livelihood; You may wander through the universe incognito; Make vassals of the gods; be ever youthful; You may walk in water and live in fire; But control of the mind is better and more difficult.
  • If you are posing as religious and are not living the life as stressed by God, you should wake up. It is wrong to be insincere. The best time to begin a religious life is when you are youthful and well. If you have a short time to live, you must work harder at it. And if you have along time to live, you should not waste that precious opportunity.
  • Sing songs that none have sung, think thoughts that ne’er in the brain have rung, Walk in paths that none have trod, weep tears as none have shed for God, Give peace to all to whom none other gave, Claim him your own who’s everywhere disclaimed.Love all with love that none have felt and Brave the battle of life with strength unchained.
  • Spirit vibrated into matter; hence, both Spirit and matter exist. Matter, however, does not exist in the way that it appears to us. It exists as we see it owing to the delusive force of maya, which makes the indivisible Spirit seem finite and divisible to all appearances. Matter has existence in the same delusive way as does a mirage in the desert.
  • There is in India a story of a dying youth who, hearing the sobs of grief around him, cried: Insult me not with your cries of sympathy. When I soar to the land of eternal light and love; it is I who should feel for you. For me, disease, shattering of bones, sorrow, excruciating heartaches no more. I dream joy, I glide in joy, I breathe in joy evermore.
  • The material and the spiritual are but two parts of one universe and one truth. By overstressing one part or the other, man fails to achieve the balance necessary for harmonious development… Practice the art of living in this world without losing your inner peace of mind. Follow the path of balance to reach the inner wondrous garden of Self-Realization.
  • Our great whirling planet, our human individuality, were not given to us merely that we might exist for a time and then vanish into nothingness, but that we might question what it is all about. To live without understanding the purpose of life is foolish, a waste of time. The mystery of life surrounds us; we were given intelligence in order to solve it.
  • It takes a long time-many incarnations of right action, good company, help of the guru, self-awakening, wisdom, and meditation-for man to regain his soul consciousness of immortality. To reach this state of Self-realization, each man must practice meditation to transfer his consciousness from the limited body to the unlimited sphere of joy felt in meditation.
  • If you want to be loved, start loving others who need your love….If you want others to sympathize with you, start showing sympathy to those around you. If you want to be respected, you must learn to be respectful to everyone, both young and old….Whatever you want others to be, first be that yourself; then you will find others responding in like manner to you.
  • In vegetables and fruits, God has infused medicinal power to help in overcoming disease. Even these, however, have but a limited potency. The organs of the body are essentially sustained by the energy of God, and the person who employs various methods to increase this energy will have at his command a greater power for healing than is afforded by any medicine or diet.
  • God is the life behind your life, the sight behind your eyes, the taste behind your tongue, and the love behind your love. To realize this to the fullest extent is Self-realization. Without God’s power you can do nothing. If you always hold this thought, you cannot go wrong, because you will have purified the temple of your mind and your soul with the vibrations of God.
  • Realize the tremendous spiritual power and beauty of the life of Christ, and try to live as he lived. Christ had no nationality. He loved all races as the children of God. Try to feel that brotherhood with all nationalities. Real brotherhood can never come unless we feel it in our hearts. Such feeling can be attained only through the actual contact of God in our hearts.
  • You must know the difference between imagination, theoretical knowledge and true realization. Could you nourish yourself by only listening to a talk on food? To know food only theoretically is to always remain hungry. You must eat to satisfy hunger. So he who seeks new doctrines continuously but does not put them into practice in his life is in continual spiritual starvation.
  • In the earlier days of history, kings and leaders went to the battlefield with their men; but today, those who determine that a nation will go to war remain safely behind. The next time leaders talk of warring, all the people should get together and send those leaders to the front lines. Give them a big arena with wonderfully effective ammunition, and the war will be finished in a day
  • To the last day of your life, be positive; try to be cheerful. Even at the very end, don’t think, “I am finished.” Instead of pitying yourself, you should be thinking, “O ye who are left on this desolate shore still to mourn and deplore, it is I who pity you.” Death will not give you any trouble if you have a clear conscience; and if you go with this thought: “Lord, I am in Thy hands.”
  • World’ is a large term, but man must enlarge his allegiance, considering himself in the light of a world citizen… A person who truly feels: ‘The world is my homeland; it is my America, my India, my Philippines, my England, my Africa,’ will never lack scope for a useful and happy life. His natural local pride will know limitless expansion; he will be in touch with creative universal currents.
  • Since you alone are responsible for your thoughts, only you can change them. You will want to change them when you realize that each thought creates according to its own nature. Remember that the law works at all times and that you are always demonstrating according to the kind of thoughts you habitually entertain. Therefore, start now to think only those thoughts that will bring you health and happiness.
  • God-realization is the most difficult state to reach. Let no one fool himself, nor think that someone else can “give” it to him. Whenever I fell into a state of mental stagnation, my Master could do nothing for me. But I never gave up trying to keep in tune with him by cheerfully performing whatever he asked me to do. “I have come to him for God-realization,” I reasoned, “and I must listen to his advice.”
  • He who knows his soul knows this truth: I am beyond everything finite; I I now see that the Spirit, alone in a space with Its ever-new joy, has expressed Itself as the vast body of nature. I am the stars, I am the waves, I am the Life of all,  I am the laughter within all hearts,  I am the smile on the faces of the flowers and in each soul.  I am the Wisdom and Power that sustain all creation.
  • This world is not the same to all people. Each one lives in his little domain….Peace and harmony may reign in one person’s world; where strife and restlessness in anothers. But whatever the circumstances of one’s environment, it consists of both an inner and an outer world. The outside world is the one in which your life engages in action and interaction. The world inside of you determines your happiness or unhappiness.
  • Lord Krishna… proclaims Self-realization, true wisdom, as the highest branch of all human knowledge-the king of all sciences, the very essence of dharma (“religion”)-for it alone permanently uproots the cause of man’s threefold suffering and reveals to him his true nature of Bliss. Self-realization is yoga or “oneness” with truth-the direct perception or experience of truth by the all-knowing intuitive faculty of the soul.
  • The way to liberation lies through this realization of the Self, by God-communion and by remaining in this God-aware state of the soul while performing dutiful actions. Any individual can reach this supreme actionless state by the renunciation of all fruits of actions: performing all dutiful acts without harbouring in his heart any likes and dislikes, possessing no material desires, and feeling God, not the ego, as the Doer of all actions.
  • At physical death man loses his consciousness of the flesh and becomes conscious of his astral body in the astral world. Thus physical death is astral birth. Later, he passes from the consciousness of luminous astral birth to the consciousness of dark astral death and awakens in a new physical body. Thus astral death is physical birth. These recurrent cycles of physical and astral encasements are the ineluctable destiny of all unenlightened men.
  • Consider whether fulfillment of the goal you have chosen will constitute success. What is success? If you possess health and wealth, but have trouble with everybody (including yourself), yours is not a successful life. Existence becomes futile if you cannot find happiness. When wealth is lost, you have lost a little; when health is lost, you have lost something of more consequence; but when peace of mind is lost, you have lost the highest treasure.
  • Let us meditate until we perceive the Infinite Christ reigning in our own hearts. Let us learn to love those who love us not; and to forgive those who do ill against us. Let us break all our mental boundaries of color, creed, and nationality, and receive all – even our inanimate and animal brothers – in the endless, all embracing arms of our Christ Consciousness. This will be a true and fitting celebration of the coming of Jesus Christ to this earth.
  • Death is not a blotting-out of existence, a final escape from life; nor is death the door to immortality. He who has fled his Self in earthly joys will not recapture It amidst the gossamer charms of an astral world. There he merely accumulates finer perceptions and more sensitive responses to the beautiful and the good, which are one. It is on the anvil of this gross earth that struggling man must hammer out the imperishable gold of spiritual identity.
  • The greatest dread of ordinary man is death, with its rude imposition interrupting fortuitous plans and fondest attachments with an unknown and unwelcome change. The yogi is a conqueror of the grief associated with death. By control of mind and life force and the development of wisdom, he makes friends with the change of consciousness called death-he becomes familiar with the state of inner calmness and aloofness from identification with the mortal body.
  • Take life as it comes and death as it comes. Death is really beautiful; if it were a bad thing, God would not let it happen to us. It is really freedom, an entry into another, higher life. We must utilize this life in order to realize the life beyond this one. Beyond this earth garden is the infinite land wherein we meet those whom we have thought lost. Although we must not seek death, when it comes we should know that it is the final examination for a great reward.
  • If death were the end, then there is no God, and there are no realised masters – it is all a pack of lies. The great ones wouldn’t urge you to became better, for what would be the use if, good or bad, we are all junked at the end of life? What would be the value of the scriptures? There would be no justice whatsoever if this present existence is all there is to each individual life. What of those souls who lived only a few years, or lived in blind or crippled bodies?
  • Why shouldn’t you strengthen your own vibrations through fellowship with people seeking Self-realization, and by group meditation with them? This practice will fortify your own spiritual convictions you will find that many seemingly insuperable barriers in your life will crumble and dissolve in the waters of meditation. Your devotion and love for God will commingle with the devotion and love of others. Divine bliss will radiate from you, helping all persons you meet.
  • The reflection, the verisimilitude, of life that shines in the fleshly cells from the soul source is the only cause of man’s attachment to his body; obviously he would not pay solicitous homage to a clod of clay. A human being falsely identifies himself with his physical form because the life currents from the soul are breath-conveyed into the flesh with such intense power that man mistakes the effect for a cause, and idolatrously imagines the body to have life of its own.
  • Millions of people never analyze themselves. Mentally they are mechanical products of the factory of their environment, preoccupied with breakfast, lunch, and dinner, working and sleeping, and going here and there to be entertained. They don’t know what or why they are seeking, nor why they never realize complete happiness and lasting satisfaction. By evading self-analysis, people go on being robots, conditioned by their environment. True self-analysis is the greatest art of progress.
  • When a man in the process of dreaming becomes conscious that he is dreaming, he is no longer identified with the phenomena; he is not affected exultantly or dolefully. God consciously dreams His cosmic play and is unaffected by it’s dualities. A yogi who perceives his real self as separate from his active senses and their objects never becomes attached to anything. He is aware of the dream nature of the universe and watches it without being entangled in its complex but ephemeral nature.
  • It is not your passing thoughts or brilliant ideas so much as your plain everyday habits that control your life….Live simply. Don’t get caught in the machine of the world‚ it is too exacting. By the time you get what you are seeking your nerves are gone, the heart is damaged, and the bones are aching. Resolve to develop your spiritual powers more earnestly from now on. Learn the art of right living. If you have joy you have everything,so learn to be glad and contented….Have happiness now.
  • An adept of Kriya Yoga conquers death by taking the soul beyond identification with the physical body, consciously and at will; and then returning to the consciousness of the mortal form again. By this process, he experiences the body as merely the material dwelling place of the soul. He can remain therein as long as he wants; and after that body has fulfilled its usefulness, he can quit it at will without suffering physical pain or mental pain due to attachment, and enter his omnipresent home in God.
  • Gandhi has sound economic and cultural reasons for encouraging the revival of cottage industries, but he does not counsel a fanatical repudiation of all modern progress. Machinery, trains, automobiles, the telegraph have played important parts in his own colossal life! Fifty years of public service, in prison and out, wrestling daily with practical details and harsh realities in the political world, have only increased his balance, open-mindedness, sanity, and humorous appreciation of the quaint human spectacle.
  • Don’t depend on death to liberate you from your imperfections. You are exactly the same after death as you were before. Nothing changes; you only give up the body. If you are a thief or a liar or a cheater before death, you don’t become an angel merely by dying. If such were possible, then let us all go and jump in the ocean now and become angels at once! Whatever you have made of yourself thus far, so will you be hereafter. And when you reincarnate, you will bring that same nature with you. To change, you have to make the effort. This world is the place to do it.
  • Sri Yukteswar used to poke gentle fun at the commonly inadequate conceptions of renunciation.”A beggar cannot renounce wealth,” Master would say. “If a man laments: ‘My business has failed; my wife has left me; I will renounce all and enter a monastery,’ to what worldly sacrifice is he referring? He did not renounce wealth and love; they renounced him!”Saints like Gandhi, on the other hand, have made not only tangible material sacrifices, but also the more difficult renunciation of selfish motive and private goal, merging their inmost being in the stream of humanity as a whole.
  • The love of God uplifts and enlarges us. I can never think of myself anymore as exclusively in this body; I feel that I am present in all bodies. I have no awareness of race or other distinctions at all. In my perceptions, just as I feel my own consciousness in every part of my physical form, I feel you all to be a part of me. Everything that is living I feel within this body. I know the sensations of all. It is not imagination; it is Self-realization. This consciousness is far beyond telepathy. It is awareness of the perceptions of every being. That is the meaning of Christ Consciousness.

 

 

Swami Vivekananda (quotes)

  • Only man makes Karma.
  • Charity never faileth.
  • Have faith. We will do
  • Everybody is changing.
  • Cowardice is no virtue.
  • Everything has a cause.
  • Charity opens the heart.
  • We are all born cowards.
  • Religion is not in fault.
  • We are the living devils.
  • Have faith in your destiny
  • Motion is the sign of life.
  • Bullies are always cowards.
  • The body cannot be the soul.
  • Renunciation is of the mind.
  • Man is not mind, he is soul.
  • All change is in the screen.
  • Change is always subjective.
  • Renunciation is in our blood.
  • Man is greater than the gods.
  • The sign of death is weakness.
  • The earth is enjoyed by heroes
  • The Yogi must always practice.
  • This world is not for cowards.
  • Holiness sincerity, and faith.
  • The ignorant man never enjoys.
  • Perfection is always infinite.
  • As thou thinkest, so art thou.
  • True progress is slow but sure.
  • All real progress must be slow.
  • Say it with pride we are Hindus
  • We must get out of materialism.
  • We shall progress inch by inch.
  • The Absolute cannot be divided.
  • Service to man is service to god
  • Each soul is potentially divine.
  • No freedom without renunciation.
  • There is no end to renunciation.
  • The body and mind are dependent.
  • The real work is in the practice.
  • Do not run away, it is cowardice.
  • A changeable God would be no God.
  • Change is inherent in every form.
  • No effect of work can be eternal.
  • God is pure, and the same to all.
  • He who conquers self conquers all.
  • Change can only be in the limited.
  • March on, the Lord is our General.
  • Practice makes us what we shall be.
  • Perfection can be had by everybody.
  • The best guide in life is strength.
  • The moment you fear, you are nobody.
  • Strength is life, Weakness is death.
  • This rascal ego must be obliterated.
  • Move onward and carry into practice.
  • All is bound by the law of causation
  • Out of Mahat comes universal egoism.
  • We must patiently practice every day.
  • We are what our thoughts have made us
  • The perfect man sees nothing but God.
  • Man is a degeneration of what he was.
  • They alone live, who live for others.
  • The coward is an object to be pitied.
  • You gain nothing by becoming cowards.
  • Whatever you think, that you will be.
  • Every change is being forced upon us.
  • Whatever is weak, avoid! It is death.
  • It is the want that creates the body.
  • All law has its essence in causation.
  • The Absolute can never be thought of.
  • There is salvation only for the brave.
  • Business is business, no child’s play.
  • Egotism, pride, etc. must be given up.
  • Ignorance is death, Knowledge is life.
  • Superhuman power is not strong enough.
  • A point of rest alone explains motion.
  • Infinite strength is religion and God.
  • We have to practice to become perfect.
  • Give everything and look for no return.
  • It is faith that makes a lion of a man.
  • Experience is the only teacher we have.
  • Man is the nearest approach to Brahman.
  • …oneness is the secret to everything.
  • Hinduism is the mother of all religions
  • You are the creator of your own destiny
  • As the cause is, so the effect will be.
  • The idol is the expression of religion.
  • The real man is the one Unit Existence.
  • They aimless halt, who halt for others.
  • Hindus believe Buddha to be an Avatara.
  • The road to salvation is through truth.
  • Neither seek nor avoid, take what comes.
  • Music alone can take you to the Highest!
  • What is this universe but name and form?
  • Spirituality is the science of the Soul.
  • Body is the name of a series of changes.
  • The sign of life is strength and growth.
  • Religion in India culminates in freedom.
  • All power is His and within His command.
  • All progression is in the relative world.
  • Perfection can never be attained by work.
  • Om is the greatest, meaning the Absolute.
  • This is the great fact: strength is life.
  • Differentiation is in name and form only.
  • The law of Karma is the law of causation.
  • All misery and pain come from attachment.
  • Above all, India is the land of religion.
  • The greatest sin is to think yourself weak
  • Meditate upon the Om that is in the heart.
  • If superstition enters, the brain is gone.
  • Poetry and philosophy will become friends.
  • Alcohol is not the answer to all questions
  • The whole point is to discipline the mind.
  • There is no virtue higher than non-injury.
  • The test of Ahimsa is absence of jealousy.
  • To weep is a sign of weakness, of bondage.
  • The power of purity-it is a definite power.
  • Be strong! Don’t talk of ghosts and devils.
  • Brave, bold people, these are what we want.
  • Man is the greatest being that ever can be.
  • Every step I take in light is mine forever.
  • The Absolute does not change, or re-evolve.
  • There is no other teacher but your own soul.
  • Make no conditions and none will be imposed.
  • Life in this world is an attempt to see God.
  • Is God to blame for what I myself have done?
  • There cannot be friendship without equality.
  • You yourselves are the Being you are seeking.
  • Unity in variety is the plan of the universe.
  • Thoughts are living things – they travel far.
  • Let the end and the means be joined into one.
  • The body is our enemy, and yet is our friend.
  • Change is the nature of all objective things.
  • Let us blame none, let us blame our own Karma.
  • Everything is ended if you forgive and forget.
  • Let us not depend upon the world for pleasure.
  • What power is higher than the power of purity?
  • There is no end to the power a man can obtain.
  • It is the Prana that is manifesting as motion.
  • This life is a tremendous assertion of freedom
  • Science and religion will meet and shake hands.
  • In one word, this ideal is that you are divine.
  • Man cannot live upon words, however he may try.
  • It is practice first, and knowledge afterwards.
  • Marriage is an institution very safely guarded.
  • Attachment comes only where we expect a return.
  • Siva, O Siva, carry my boat to the other shore!
  • All the powers in the universe are already ours.
  • We know there is no progress in a straight line.
  • You must all pay attention to your health first.
  • Not one is constant, but everything is changing.
  • Man will have to go beyond intellect in the end.
  • One link in a chain explains the infinite chain.
  • Matter is motion outside, mind is motion inside.
  • Dependence is misery. Independence is happiness.
  • Who shall make me perfect? I am perfect already.
  • The Absolute is the material of both God and man.
  • Not one atom can rest until it finds its freedom.
  • Man the infinite dreamer, dreaming finite dreams!
  • Bodies come and go, but the soul does not change.
  • The subtle are the causes, the gross the effects.
  • The Hindus progressed in the subjective sciences.
  • There is nothing so high as renunciation of self.
  • Salvation never will come through hope of reward.
  • Every time you meditate you will keep your growth.
  • Only those who want nothing are masters of Nature.
  • Where no bondage is, there is no cause and effect.
  • The happiest is the man who is not at all selfish.
  • My bones are destined to make corals in the Ganga.
  • Man in his true nature is substance, soul, spirit.
  • To see God is the one goal. Power is not the goal.
  • Out of purity and silence comes the word of power.
  • Marriage and sex and money the only living devils.
  • And what causes fear? Ignorance of our own nature.
  • The greatest help to spiritual life is meditation.
  • In everything we do, the serpent ego is rising up.
  • Never even attempt to disturb anyone’s tendencies.
  • No one is to blame for our miseries but ourselves.
  • It is a constant change. Not one body is constant.
  • Thirst after body is the great bane of human life.
  • Through the senses, anger comes, and sorrow comes.
  • The seeker’s silence is the loudest form of prayer.
  • Do not look back upon what has been done. Go Ahead.
  • Man is born to conquer nature and not to follow it.
  • What we want is progress, development, realisation.
  • Worship of society and popular opinion is idolatry.
  • External nature is only internal nature writ large.
  • Avoid all mystery. There is no mystery in religion.
  • In the world take always the position of the giver.
  • No two persons have the same mind or the same body.
  • Man is the apex of the only world we can ever know.
  • The world has not gone one step beyond idolatry yet.
  • Change of the unchangeable would be a contradiction.
  • Man is really free, the real man cannot but be free.
  • Remember the only sign of life is motion and growth.
  • Man dies but once. My disciples must not be cowards.
  • Self-love is the first teacher of self-renunciation.
  • Whom anger chains, can ever pass thro’ Maya’s gates.
  • Neither object nor time off, put up with what comes.
  • The world sympathizes only with strong and powerful.
  • Religion lies in being and becoming, in realization.
  • The infinite library of the Universe is in your mind.
  • He who struggles is better than he who never attempts
  • Losing faith in one’s self means losing faith in God.
  • It is the greatest manifestation of power to be calm.
  • Be strong, get beyond all superstitions, and be free.
  • Arise! Awake! and stop not until the goal is reached.
  • If one has got power, one must manifest it in action.
  • Despondency is not religion, whatever else it may be.
  • We never change, we never die, and we are never born.
  • Immediately you will be perfect, you will become God.
  • Two things control man’s character; Strength and Pity
  • The soul has neither sex, nor caste nor imperfection.
  • The idea of perfect womanhood is perfect independence
  • Everything is present in its cause, in its fine form.
  • Purity, perseverance, and energy- these three I want.
  • If I am immune against all anger, I never feel angry.
  • We do not depend upon any external help in meditation.
  • None deserves liberty who is not ready to give liberty
  • A form comes out of a combination of force and matter.
  • One who leans on others cannot serve the God of Truth.
  • Be strong, my young friends; that is my advice to you.
  • Believe in yourself and the world will be at your feet.
  • Devotion to duty is the highest form of worship of God.
  • See Christ, then you are a Christian; all else is talk.
  • The gift of knowledge is the highest gift in the world.
  • The apparent man is only a limitation of that Real Man.
  • Turn thy gaze inward, wherein resides the Supreme Self.
  • Never think there is anything impossible for the soul. .
  • You cannot believe in God until you believe in yourself.
  • Only by practice and non-attachment can we conquer mind.
  • The sky never changes: it is the cloud that is changing.
  • To be good and to do good-that is the whole of religion.
  • Cowards only sin, brave men never, no, not even in mind.
  • Renunciation is the very basis upon which ethics stands.
  • If it is strength, go down into hell and get hold of it!
  • Body is an unreal dream, and we think we are all bodies.
  • Superstition is great enemy of man but bigotry is worse.
  • In art, interest must be centred on the principal theme.
  • Holy meditation helps to burn out all mental impurities.
  • Please everyone without becoming a hypocrite or a coward.
  • The more power there is, the more bondage, the more fear.
  • Infinite perfection is in every man, though unmanifested.
  • Everything that has form must have a beginning and an end.
  • The Vedanta teaches men to have faith in themselves first.
  • The only test of goods things is that they make us strong.
  • Perfection is not to be attained, it is already within us.
  • Weakness is constant strain and misery: weakness is death.
  • The benefits of knowledge can only be realized in practice.
  • He who has no faith in himself can never have faith in God.
  • Know full well that patience is the best means of succeeds.
  • Love for yourselves means [in the end] love for everything.
  • One ounce of practice is worth a thousand pounds of theory.
  • You know the disease, you know the remedy, only have faith.
  • For one thing we may be grateful: this life is not eternal.
  • Let us give out of our own bounty, just as God gives to us.
  • Renunciation means that none can serve both God and Mammon.
  • The waters of the Ganga are roaring among his matted locks.
  • All want power, but few will wait to gain it for themselves.
  • The world cares little for principles. They care for persons.
  • Why should a Man be Moral? Because this strengthens his will.
  • Religion is the one and sole interest of the people of India.
  • Even the least work done for others awakens the power within.
  • Religion is the peculiarity of the growth of the Indian mind.
  • Language is the chief means and index of a nation’s progress.
  • It is fear that is the greatest cause of misery in the world.
  • Blame nobody else, do not commit the mistake of the ignorant.
  • Body is the name of a stream of matter continuously changing.
  • Man is the epitome of all things and all knowledge is in him.
  • The development of man is a return to an original perfection.
  • Work hard, be steady, and have faith in the Lord. Set to work.
  • Doing good to others is the #‚Äé one  great Universal Religion
  • When death is so certain, it is better to die for a good cause.
  • We do not progress from error to truth, but from truth to truth
  • Space-time-causation, or name-and-form, is what is called Maya.
  • The Impersonal God seen through the mists of sense is personal.
  • May the shadow of the Almighty ever rest on all those you love.
  • The idea of God grew side by side with the idea of materialism.
  • Never are we nearer the Light than when the darkness is deepest.
  • Accumulate power in silence and become a dynamo of spirituality.
  • Religion, in India, means realisation and nothing short of that.
  • Everything is fraught with fear: Renunciation alone is fearless.
  • He whose book of the heart has been opened needs no other books.
  • Build up your health. Do not dwell in silence upon your sorrows.
  • He who wants to become a Bhakta must be strong, must be healthy.
  • Highest love for God can never be achieved without renunciation.
  • Everything is the living God, the living Christ; see it as such.
  • In a conflict between the heart and the brain, follow your heart.
  • Om is the pointed piece and Dhy√¢na (meditation) is the friction.
  • I am indebted to my mother for the efflorescence of my knowledge.
  • Man cannot always think of matter, however pleasurable it may be.
  • Compared to the coward that never made the attempt, he is a hero.
  • The effect is delusion, and therefore the cause must be delusion.
  • External motion we call action; internal motion is human thought.
  • Never lose faith in yourself; you can do anything in the universe.
  • This is no world. It is God Himself. In delusion we call it world.
  • Strength and manliness are virtue; weakness and cowardice are sin.
  • Ch√¢rv√¢kas, a very ancient sect in India, were rank materialists.
  • In this body, He resides, the Lord of souls and the King of kings.
  • When the forces that hold it together go away, the body must fall.
  • No more materialism, no more this egoism, I must become spiritual.
  • As long as we require someone else to make us happy, we are slaves.
  • Desire, ignorance, and inequality‚Äîthis is the trinity of bondage.
  • Man never dies, nor is he ever born; bodies die, but he never dies.
  • . . . Wait, my child, wait and work on. Patience, patience. . . . .
  • There is no such thing as “righteous” anger or justifiable killing.
  • To succeed, you must have tremendous perseverance, tremendous will.
  • All growth, progress, well – being, or degradation is but relative.
  • The Church tries to fit Christ into it, not the Church into Christ.
  • Live for an ideal and leave no place in the mind for anything else.
  • The progress of the world means more enjoyment and more misery too.
  • We have wept enough. No more weeping, but stand on feet and be men.
  • Nothing else is necessary but these – love, sincerity, and patience.
  • You must be fearless. It is the coward who fears and defends himself
  • May the Lord ordain that your son becomes a man, and never a coward!
  • Everything that you do under compulsion goes to build up attachment.
  • Man is the highest being in creation, because he attains to freedom.
  • This perfection must come through the practice of holiness and love.
  • Changes in the universe are not in the Absolute; they are in nature.
  • I am teaching you now about it, but how many of you will practice it?
  • We are ever free if we would only believe it, only have faith enough.
  • Blessed are they whose bodies get destroyed in the service of others.
  • No better commentary on the Vedas has been written or can be written.
  • Art is – representing the beautiful. There must be Art in everything.
  • It is only by doing good to others that one attains to one’s own good
  • If the poor boy cannot come to education, education must go to him
  • Education is the manifestation of perfection already existing in man.
  • While real perfection is only one, relative perfections must be many.
  • Whatever had form or shape must be limited, and could not be eternal.
  • If the mind is pleased with praise, it will be displeased with blame.
  • Man is the highest being that exists, and this is the greatest world.
  • The sea calm is the Absolute; the same sea in waves is Divine Mother.
  • First, believe in the world – that there is meaning behind everything.
  • First of all, our young must be strong. Religion will come afterwards.
  • That man has reached immortality who is disturbed by nothing material.
  • Each man is divine. Each man that you see is a God by his very nature.
  • Out of this idea of separation between atom and atom comes all misery.
  • Faith is not belief, it is the grasp on the Ultimate, an illumination.
  • The essence of our Faith consists simply in this freedom of the Ishta.
  • On this basic – being right and doing right the whole world can unite.
  • The mind has to be gradually and systematically brought under control.
  • To me the thought of oneself as low and humble is a sin and ignorance.
  • The Absolute cannot be worshipped, so we must worship a manifestation.
  • Expansion is life, contraction is death. Love is life, hatred is death.
  • When I asked God for strength, He gave me difficult situations to face.
  • That which is selfish is immoral, and that which is unselfish is moral.
  • They only live, who live for others, the rest are more dead than alive.
  • Materialism and all its miseries can never be conquered by materialism.
  • It is nature that is changing, not the soul of man. This never changes.
  • External practices have value only as helps to develop internal purity.
  • Self-sacrifice, not self-assertion, is the law of the highest universe.
  • There is no salvation for man until he sees God, realises his own soul.
  • The world is the great gymnasium where we come to make ourselves strong.
  • What is meant by cause? Cause is the fine state of the manifested state.
  • The happiest moments we ever know are when we entirely forget ourselves.
  • Principles must conquer in the long run, for that is the manhood of man.
  • I do not call it religion so long as it is confined to books and dogmas.
  • High achievements in art, music, etc., are the results of concentration.
  • BY the study of different RELIGIONS we find that in essence they are one.
  • The test of progress is the amount of renunciation that one has attained.
  • My children, the secret of religion lies not in theories but in practice.
  • Even our smallest attempts are not in vain. We know that nothing is lost.
  • Every artist paints his Madonna according to his own pre-conceived ideas.
  • Nobody has a right now to say that the Hindus are not liberal to a fault.
  • Take courage and work on. Patience and steady work- this is the only way.
  • To cowards what advice shall I offer? – nothing whatsoever have I to say.
  • I am neither the mind, nor the intellect, nor the ego, nor the mind-stuff
  • There is implanted in every man, naturally, a strong desire for progress.
  • Stand up and be strong! No fear. No superstition. Face the truth as it is!
  • Have faith in yourself, all power is in you, be conscious and bring it out
  • Be an atheist if you want, but do not believe in anything unquestioningly.
  • Have faith in yourselves, great convictions are the mother of great deeds.
  • Whenever we attain a higher vision, the lower vision disappears of itself.
  • Law is death. The more of the law in a country, the worse for the country.
  • Astrology and all these mystical things are generally signs of a weak mind
  • The Pariahs, our fellow beings, ought to be educated by the higher castes.
  • This universe is the wreckage of the infinite on the shores of the finite.
  • Our religion teaches that anger is a great sin, even if it is “righteous”.
  • The cause of today is the effect of the past and the cause for the future.
  • You will be nearer to Heaven through foot ball than through study of Gita.
  • Accumulation of power is as necessary as its diffusion, or rather more so.
  • The Absolute and the Infinite can become this universe only by limitation.
  • Take Risks in Your Life If you Win, U Can Lead! If You Lose, You can Guide!
  • Do not say, ‚ÄòYou are bad‚Äô; say only, ‚ÄòYou are good‚Äô, but be better!
  • Truth can be stated in a thousand different ways, yet each one can be true.
  • Realize all this as illusion, realize that within the illusion is the Real.
  • Man’s experience in the world is to enable him to get out of its whirlpool.
  • Good and evil thoughts are each a potent power, and they fill the universe.
  • All motion, either in the body or anywhere else, is the work of this Prana.
  • The body is mortal and the mind is mortal; both, being compounds, must die.
  • The first sign of your becoming religious is that you are becoming cheerful
  • Meditation is the means of unification of the subject and object. Meditate.
  • When I asked God for Brains and Brawn, He gave me Puzzles in life to Solve.
  • Everything that occupies space has form. The formless can only be infinite.
  • All forms are transitory, that is why all religions say, “God has no form”.
  • Everything is easy when you are busy. But nothing is easy when you are lazy.
  • Until we realise ourselves as the Absolute, we cannot attain to deliverance.
  • Die in obeying commands like a soldier, and go to Nirvana, but no cowardice.
  • The fire that warms us can also consume us; it is not the fault of the fire.
  • Music is the highest art and to those who understand, is the highest worship
  • There is but one temple – the body. It is the only temple that ever existed.
  • Man is the product of two forces, action and reaction, which make him think.
  • The present is determined by our past actions, and the future by the present.
  • Not believing in the glory of our own soul is what the Vedanta calls atheism.
  • Man always is perfect, or he never could become so; but he had to realise it.
  • Religion in India must be made as free and as easy of access as is God’s air.
  • Expansion is life. Love is expansion. Love is therefore the only law of life.
  • May blessings and happiness attend every step of your progress in this world.
  • Your way is the best for you, but that is no sign it is the best for another.
  • The power of concentration is the only key to the treasure-house of knowledge.
  • A wave in the ocean is a wave, only in so far as it is bound by name and form.
  • You have no more anger when you are all love, bliss, infinite existence. . . .
  • If you are pure, if you are strong, you, one man are equal to the whole world.
  • When we suffer, it is because of our own acts; God is not to be blamed for it.
  • To believe that mind is all, that thought is all is only a higher materialism.
  • Philosophy insists that there is a joy which is absolute, which never changes.
  • The best thermometer to the progress of a nation is its treatment of its women.
  • It is the hero alone, not the coward, who has liberation within his easy reach.
  • It is not God’s fault. It is our fault that we suffer. Whatever we sow we reap.
  • I hate cowardice; I will have nothing to do with cowards or political nonsense.
  • If you can get absolutely still for just one moment, you have reached the goal.
  • Unselfishness is more paying, only people have not the patience to practice it.
  • The world has seen thousands of prophets, and the world has yet to see millions
  • No cowardice, no sin, no crime, no weakness – the rest will come of itself. . .
  • Through the grace of the Almighty Power, it is sure to manifest itself in time.
  • Everything, both mental and physical, is rigidly bound by the law of causation.
  • We must have life building, man-making, character-making assimilation of ideas.
  • To work with undaunted energy! What fear! Who is powerful enough to thwart you.
  • There is no help for you, outside yourself; You are the creator of the universe.
  • The remedy for weakness is not brooding over weakness, but thinking of strength.
  • Be a hero. Always say, ‘I have no fear.’ Tell this to everyone – ‘Have no fear.’
  • The history of the world is the history of a few men who had faith in themselves
  • Give me few men and women who are pure and selfless and I shall shake the world.
  • So long as we perceive this world in motion, we have to conceive will behind it.
  • All the superior religions had their growth between the Ganga and the Euphrates.
  • Paris is the fountain-head of European civilisation, as Gomukhi is of the Ganga.
  • The wave is the same thing as the water, the effect is the cause in another form
  • Real freedom is not merely doing what you like, but also NOT doing what you like.
  • You never hear of a mother cursing the child; she is forgiving, always forgiving.
  • He who has infinite patience and infinite energy at his back, will alone succeed.
  • Let there be as little materialism as possible, with the maximum of spirituality.
  • The greatest religion is to be true to your own nature. Have faith in yourselves.
  • Do you think there is any other means of achieving progress except through Rajas?
  • We first observe facts, then generalise, and then draw conclusions or principles.
  • Books cannot teach God, but they can destroy ignorance; their action is negative.
  • Each nation has a theme: everything else is secondary. India’s theme is religion.
  • Do not wait for anybody or anything. Do whatever you can. Build your hope on none.
  • There is no good in store so long as malice and jealousy and egotism will prevail.
  • Shri Krishna says: “Better die in your own path than attempt the path of another.”
  • So long as you have faith in your Guru, nothing will be able to obstruct your way.
  • Those who die, merely suffering the woes of life like cats and dogs, are they men?
  • All the work you do, is done for your own salvation, is done for your own benefit.
  • The Upanishads do not reveal the life of any teacher, but simply teach principles.
  • We have none of us seen a form which had not a beginning and will not have an end.
  • Everything must be sacrificed, if necessary, for that one sentiment: universality.
  • Love and charity for the whole human race, that is the test of true religiousness.
  • Put God behind everything-human beings, animals, food, and work. Make this a habit.
  • YOU know, I may have to be born again, you see, I have fallen in love with mankind.
  • Man is the best mirror, and the purer the man, the more clearly he can reflect God.
  • The Buddha is not a person but a (state of) realization to which anyone can attain.
  • How to transcend the senses without disturbing the health is what we want to learn.
  • Satisfied is no test of truth. Actuality is steadily far from idiosyncratic secure.
  • Man’s free agency is not of the mind, for that is bound. There is no freedom there.
  • Each man has a mission in life, which is the result of all his infinite past Karma.
  • According to the Hindu way of thinking, marriage is rather a duty than a privilege.
  • We are the sons of Light and children of God. Glory unto the Lord, we will succeed.
  • Are great things ever done smoothly? Time, patience, and indomitable will must show.
  • The less the thought of the body, the better. For it is the body that drags us down.
  • We can have no conception of God higher than man, so our God is man, and man is God.
  • Everything can be sacrificed for truth, but truth cannot be sacrificed for anything.
  • The progress and civilisation of the human race simply mean controlling this nature.
  • Neither idealists nor materialists are right; we must take both idea and expression.
  • What makes a man stand up and work? Strength. Strength is goodness, weakness is sin.
  • When the body is still healthy and diseaseless, When old age has not yet attacked it
  • Nothing can be produced without a cause, and the effect is but the cause reproduced.
  • The highest manifestation of strength is to keep ourselves calm and on our own feet.
  • Man as Atman is really free; as man he is bound, changed by every physical condition.
  • Real love is love for love’s sake. I do not ask health or money or life or salvation.
  • First get rid of the delusion “I am the body,” then only will we want real knowledge.
  • Do not disturb the faith of any. . . Our duty is not to disturb the faith of others.
  • All motion in this universe is in the form of waves, successively rising and falling.
  • Praise and blame, good and bad, even heat and cold, must be equally acceptable to us.
  • Hindus believe in God positively. Buddhism does not try to know whether He is or not.
  • Whenever power is used for evil, it becomes diabolical; it must be used for good only.
  • It will be a great pity if any feeling of jealousy or egotism gain ground amongst you.
  • The Indian mind is first religious, then anything else. So this is to be strengthened.
  • The Bhakta (devotee) renounces all little loves for the almighty and omnipresent love.
  • It is the duty of every person to contribute in the development and progress of India.
  • Persevere on, my brave lads, We have only just begun. Never despond! Never say enough!
  • We have seen that our vigour, our strength, nay, our national life is in our religion.
  • The greatest truths are the simplest things in the world, simple as your own existence.
  • You must keep a strict eye on your health; let everything else be subordinated to that.
  • My countrymen should have nerves of steel, muscles of iron, and minds like thunderbolt.
  • The mistake is that we cling to the body when it is the spirit that is really immortal.
  • Ahimsa (non-killing), truthfulness, purity, mercy, and godliness are always to be kept.
  • These births and deaths are changes in nature which we are mistaking for changes in us.
  • Have faith in yourselves, be proud of your ancestors, instead of being ashamed of them.
  • I have long given up the idea of a little house on the Ganges, as I have not the money.
  • This earth is higher than all the heavens; this is the greatest school in the universe.
  • The body is subject to the law of growth and decay, what grows must of necessity decay.
  • Manifest the divinity within you and everything will be harmoniously arranged around it.
  • If Jesus Christ was not perfect, then the religion bearing his name falls to the ground.
  • Give up bondage; become a son, be free, and then you can “see the Father”, as did Jesus.
  • Prana is the driving power of the world, and can be seen in every manifestation of life.
  • Purity, patience and perseverance are the three essentials to success and above all love.
  • Have faith in yourselves, and stand up on that faith and be strong; that is what we need.
  • The guiding motive of mankind should be charity towards men, charity towards all animals.
  • Let him who has courage in his mind and love in his heart come with me. I want none else.
  • He who asserts he is free, shall be free. He who says he is bound, bound he shall remain.
  • An atheist can be charitable but not religious. But the religious man must be charitable.
  • Something cannot be made out of nothing. Nor can something be made to go back to nothing.
  • Whatever others think or do, lower not your standard of purity, morality and love of God.
  • National prosperity is another name for death and degradation to millions of other races.
  • The God which cannot give me food in this world, cannot give me Heaven in the other world
  • Excepting the infinite spirit, everything else is changing. There is the whirl of change.
  • If the Absolute becomes limited by the mind, It is no more Absolute; It has become finite.
  • Marriage is not for individual happiness, but for the welfare of the nation and the caste.
  • If you can get rid of your attachment to a single thing, you are on the way to liberation.
  • Each soul is a star and all stars are set in the infinite azure, the eternal sky-the Lord.
  • The Indian mythology has a theory of cycles, that all progression is in the form of waves.
  • The root of evil is in the illusion that we are bodies. This, if any, is the original sin.
  • Anything that makes weak – physically, intellectually and spiritually, reject it as poison.
  • Stand as a rock; you are indestructible. You are the Self (atman), the God of the universe.
  • Man makes the mistake of separating himself from God and identifying himself with the body.
  • Help and not fight. Assimilation and not destruction. Harmony and Peace and not dissension.
  • Work and worship are necessary to take away the veil, to lift off the bondage and illusion.
  • Give love, give help, give service, and give any little thing you can, but keep out barter.
  • The body must be properly taken care of. The people who torture their flesh are demoniacal.
  • In India, religious life forms the centre, the keynote of the whole music of national life.
  • Christ, Buddha, and Krishna are but waves in the Ocean of Infinite Consciousness that I am!
  • Knowledge can only be got in one way, the way of experience; there is no other way to know.
  • “Comfort” is no test of truth; on the contrary, truth is often far from being “comfortable”.
  • Work on with the intrepidity of a lion but at the same time with the tenderness of a flower.
  • The Older I grow, the more everything seems to me to lie in manliness. This is my new gospel
  • God is to be worshiped as the one Beloved, dearer than everything in this and the next life.
  • Have faith in man, whether he appears to you to be a very learned one or a most ignorant one
  • The powers of the mind are like the rays of the sun when they are concentrated they illumine.
  • Where can we go to find God if we cannot see Him in our own hearts and in every living being.
  • There is no motion in a straight line. A straight line infinitely projected becomes a circle.
  • It is the calm, forgiving, equable, well-balanced mind that does the greatest amount of work.
  • The very reason for nature’s existence is the education of the soul; it has no other meaning.
  • Who makes us ignorant? We ourselves. We put our hands over our eyes and weep that it is dark.
  • If you have infinite patience and perseverance, success is bound to come. No mistake in that.
  • The best principles in our lives were those which we heard from our mothers through our ears.
  • Business is business, that is, you must do everything promptly; delay and shuffling won’t do.
  • The Indian idea is that the soul is formless. Whatever is form must break some time or other.
  • Religion is being and becoming. Religion is the manifestation of the Divinity already in man.
  • The only saint is that soul that never weakens, faces everything, and determines to die game.
  • He who has conquered the internal nature controls the whole universe; it becomes his servant.
  • In a difficulty in the company of the central and the instigator, be successful your central.
  • Renunciation, and renunciation alone, is the real secret, the Mulamantra, of all Realisation.
  • Know that the mind which is born to succeed joins itself to a determined will and perseveres.
  • Gita and Ganga constitute the essence of Hinduism; one its theory and the other its practice.
  • Our best work is done, our greatest influence is exerted, when we are without thought of self.
  • The cheerful mind perseveres and the strong mind hews its way through a thousand difficulties.
  • Don’t you find that in a weak physique it is difficult to control the sex – appetite or anger?
  • When you feel gloomy, think what has been done within the last year. How, rising from nothing.
  • Even the minds of animals, such as dogs, lions, cats, and serpents, become charmed with music.
  • In every attempt there are many obstacles to cope with, but gradually the path becomes smooth.
  • All objective pleasure in the long run must bring pain, because of the fact of change or death.
  • Take up an idea, devote yourself to it, struggle on in patience, and the sun will rise for you.
  • None of us have yet seen an ideally perfect man, and yet without that ideal we cannot progress.
  • Slavery is slavery. The chain of gold is quite as bad as the chain of iron. Is there a way out?
  • Say, “I can do everything .” “Even if poison of a snake is powerless if you can firmly deny it.”
  • Do not figure out big plans at first, but, begin slowly, feel your ground and proceed up and up.
  • Change is always in regard to something which does not change, or which changes relatively less.
  • The world is a demon. It is a kingdom of which the puny ego is king. Put it away and stand firm.
  • The progress of the world through all its evils making it fit for the ideals, slowly but surely.
  • Woman has suffered for eons, and that has given her infinite patience and infinite perseverance.
  • The whole life is a succession of dreams. My ambition is to be a conscious dreamer, that is all.
  • Consciously or unconsciously, we are all striving for perfection. Every being must attain to it.
  • So long as even a single dog in my country is without food, my whole religion will be to feed it.
  • It is nature that is driving us towards perfection, and eventually she will bring everyone there.
  • Stand in that reverent attitude to the whole universe, and then will come perfect non attachment.
  • We want to know in order to make ourselves free. That is our life: one universal cry for freedom.
  • Charity is great, but the moment you say it is all, you run the risk of running into materialism.
  • The past was great no doubt, but I sincerely believe that the future will be more glorious still.
  • The more we grow in Love, Virtue and Holiness, the more we see Love, Virtue and Holiness outside.
  • Dare to be free, dare to go as far as your thought leads, and dare to carry that out in your life.
  • This ego – the less there is of it, the nearer I am to that which I really am: the universal body.
  • Each man must begin where he stands, must learn how to control the things that are nearest to him.
  • Until higher institutions have been evolved, any attempt to break the old ones will be disastrous.
  • Moths like me die by the thousands every minute. Her work goes on all the same. Glory unto Mother!
  • Learn to recognise the mother in Evil, Terror, Sorrow, Denial, as well as in Sweetness and in Joy.
  • In spirituality the Americans are very inferior to us. But their society is very superior to ours.
  • This caste system had grown by the practice of the son always following the business of the father.
  • Calm and silent and steady work, and no newspaper humbug, no name-making, you must always remember.
  • The mind is but the subtle part of the body. You must retain great strength in your mind and words.
  • Every individual has in himself perfection. It lies within the dark recesses of his physical being.
  • Man, therefore, according to the Vedanta philosophy, is the greatest being that is in the universe.
  • All the forces that are working in this body have been produced out of food; we see that every day.
  • As long as a man thinks, this struggle must go on, and so long man must have some form of religion.
  • Do one thing at a Time, and while doing it put your whole Soul into it to the exclusion of all else.
  • God is present in every Jiva; there is no other God besides that. Who serves Jiva serves God indeed.
  • Though an atom is invisible, unthinkable, yet in it are the whole power and potency of the universe.
  • Let new India arise out of peasants’ cottage, grasping the plough, out of huts, cobbler and sweeper.
  • To be more free is the goal of all our efforts, for only in perfect freedom can there be perfection.
  • We reap what we sow. We are the makers of our own fate. None else has the blame, none has the praise.
  • It’s the coward who says, ‘This is fate’…It’s the strong who stands up & says ‘I will make my fate’
  • Every idea that strengthens you must be taken up and every thought that weakens you must be rejected.
  • We, we, and none else, are responsible for what we suffer. We are the effects, and we are the causes.
  • Purity, patience and perseverance overcome all obstacles. All great things must of necessity be slow.
  • Cut the bondage of all worldly affections; go beyond laziness and all care as to what becomes of you.
  • Be grateful that the poor man is there, so that by making a gift to him you are able to help yourself
  • To give up the world is to forget the ego, to know it not at all – living in the body, but not of it.
  • There will never be a perfectly good or bad world, because the very idea is a contradiction in terms.
  • All these ideas such as astrology, although there may be a grain of truth in them, should be avoided.
  • The secret of image – worship is that you are trying to develop your vision of Divinity in one thing.
  • Anything that brings spiritual, mental, or physical weakness, touch it not with the toes of your feet.
  • If the mind is intensely eager, everything can be accomplished‚Äîmountains can be crumbled into atoms.
  • A few heart-whole, sincere, and energetic men and women can do more in a year than a mob in a century.
  • The older I grow, the more I see behind the idea of the Hindus that man is the greatest of all beings.
  • Know for certain that there is no power in the universe to injure us unless we first injure ourselves.
  • When an idea exclusively occupies the mind, it is transformed into an actual physical or mental state.
  • The natural state of this universe is attraction; and that is surely followed by an ultimate disunion.
  • Many of us do not believe in any form of idolatry; but they have no right to object when others do it.
  • Everything that has form, everything that is the result of combination, is evolved out of this Akasha.
  • Every soul is destined to be perfect, and every being, in the end, will attain the state of perfection.
  • We have to keep the body in good health; we have to take care of what we eat and drink, and what we do.
  • You may meditate on whatever you like, but I shall meditate on the heart of a lion. That gives strength
  • Truth does not pay homage to any society, ancient or modern. Society has to pay homage to Truth or die.
  • Every action generates a force of energy that returns to us in like kind…what we sow is what we reap.
  • How can there be any progress of the country without the spread of education, the dawning of knowledge?
  • Many a time comes when we want to interpret our weakness and cowardice as forgiveness and renunciation.
  • Each man is perfect by his nature; prophets have manifested this perfection, but it is potential in us.
  • With the attraction for lust and lucre working the other way, how many long for the realisation of God?
  • Perfection is one thing and enjoyment another; these two having different ends, engage men differently.
  • Some may be helped by images, some may not. Some require an image outside, others one inside the brain.
  • Bold has been my message to the people of the west, bolder is my message to you, my beloved countryman.
  • Whenever there is a conflict between the pure heart and the intellect, always side with the pure heart.
  • Everyone goes with the flow… but the one who goes against the flow becomes someone remarkable in life.
  • Infinite patience, infinite purity, and infinite perseverance are the secret of success in a good cause.
  • You must have an iron will, if you would cross the ocean. You must be strong enough to pierce mountains.
  • The finer the instrument, the greater the power. The mind is much finer and more powerful than the body.
  • The Soul is not composed of any materials. It is unity indivisible. Therefore it must be indestructible.
  • Here in this blessed land, the foundation, the backbone, the life-centre is religion and religion alone.
  • Any time you attempt to make a God beyond Christ, you murder the whole thing. God alone can worship God.
  • Religion is the life of India, religion is the language of this country, the symbol of all its movements.
  • The main feature should be the teaching of principles through stories. Don’t make it metaphysical at all.
  • As soon as extreme attachment comes, a man loses himself, he is no more master of himself, he is a slave.
  • The forms are evanescent; but the spirit, being in the Lord and of the Lord, is immortal and omnipresent.
  • There cannot be any form unless it is the result of force and matter; and all combinations must dissolve.
  • By doing well the duty which is nearest to us, the duty which is in our hands, we make ourselves stronger
  • To be unselfish, perfectly selfless, is salvation itself; for the man within dies, and God alone remains.
  • All differences in this world are of degree, and not of kind, because oneness is the secret of everything.
  • Through practice comes Yoga, through Yoga comes knowledge, through knowledge love, and through love bliss.
  • The more we come out and do good to others, the more our hearts will be purified, and God will be in them.
  • The earth is enjoyed by heroes‚Äù‚Äîthis is the unfailing truth. Be a hero. Always say, ‚ÄúI have no fear.
  • The law of attraction which holds good for the heavenly bodies also holds good for the smallest particles.
  • To the Indian mind there is nothing higher than religious ideals, that this is the keynote of Indian life.
  • Relationships are more important than life,but it is important for those relationships to have life in them
  • Our supreme duty is to advance toward freedom – physical, mental, and spiritual – and help others to do so.
  • In a day, when you don’t come across any problems – you can be sure that you are travelling in a wrong path
  • Through faithful practice, layer after layer of the mind opens before us, and each reveals new facts to us.
  • Everything is substance plus name and form. Name and form come and go, but substance remains ever the same.
  • No matter what that makes elastic – sharply, intellectually and sincerely, keep at bay it as noxious waste.
  • Man is man so long as he is struggling to rise above nature, and this nature is both internal and external.
  • Never say NO, Never say, ‘I cannot’, for you are INFINITE. All the power is WITHIN you. You can do anything.
  • Bless people when they revile you. Think how much good they are doing by helping to stamp out the false ego.
  • Spirituality as a science, as a study, is the greatest and healthiest exercise that the human mind can have.
  • According to the history of human progress, it is disobedience to nature that has constituted that progress.
  • There is no happiness higher than what a man obtains by this attitude of non-offensiveness, to all creation.
  • The awakening of the soul to its bondage and its effort to stand up and assert itself – this is called life.
  • [The seers call him wise] whose every attempt is free, without any desire for gain, without any selfishness.
  • Never producing pain by thought, word, and deed, in any living being, is what is called Ahims√¢, non-injury.
  • Internal and external nature, mind and matter, are in time and space, and are bound by the law of causation.
  • This is the one great idea to understand that our power is already ours, our salvation is already within us.
  • Never turn back to see the result of what you have done. Give all to the Lord and go on, and think not of it.
  • Each person tries to hold himself hss and lay the blame upon somebody or something else, or even on bad luck.
  • This craving for health, wealth, long life, and the like – the so – called good – is nothing but an illusion.
  • In one sense Brahman is known to every human being; he knows, “I am”; but man does not know himself as he is.
  • Test everything, try everything, and then believe it, and if you find it for the good of many, give it to all.
  • We are responsible for what we are, and whatever we wish ourselves to be, we have the power to make ourselves.
  • Be not Afraid of anything. You will do Marvelous work. it is Fearlessness that brings Heaven even in a moment.
  • This is the principle of Universal Brotherhood of man with one another, with all life down to the little ants.
  • One thing I must tell you. Idolatry in India does not mean anything horrible. It is not the mother of harlots.
  • How absurd to take the credit of doing the good act on oneself and lay the blame for the evil act on the Lord!
  • The Gita is like a bouquet composed of the beautiful flowers of spiritual truths collected from the Upanishads.
  • Man cannot be satisfied by wealth. Man cannot go beyond his nature, no more than you can jump out of your body.
  • The Hindus have to learn a little bit of materialism from the West and teach them a little bit of spirituality.
  • The same power is in every man, the one manifesting more, the other less; the same potentiality is in everyone.
  • Do you have the belief in you to move on, even when the whole world is against you, with swords in their hands?
  • Any particle in this universe can change in relation to any other particle; but take the whole universe as one.
  • In Shankaracharya we saw tremendous intellectual power, throwing the scorching light of reason upon everything.
  • Forgive offences by the million. And if you love all unselfishly, all will by degrees come to love one another.
  • This body is a combination. It is only a fiction to say that I have one body, you another, and the sun another.
  • Good works are continually being undone by the tons of hatred and anger which are being poured out on the world.
  • Learn Everything that is Good from Others, but bring it in, and in your own way absorb it; do not become others.
  • Morality is the struggle of the bound will to get free and is the proof that we have come from perfection. . . .
  • He in whose mind is no anger, hatred, or envy, who never loses his balance, dies, or is born, who is he but God?
  • Talk to yourself atleast once in a Day.. Otherwise you may miss a meeting with an EXCELLENT person in this World.
  • There is one thing to be remembered: that the assertion ‘I am God’ cannot be made with regard to the sense-world.
  • The body is made by the thought that lies behind it. The body politic is thus the expression of national thought.
  • If you dare declare that you are free, free you are this moment. If you say you are bound, bound you will remain.
  • Excessive attention to the minutiae of astrology is one of the superstitions which has hurt the Hindus very much.
  • A man could be in a throne and have no attachment at all; another one could be in rags and have many attachments.
  • What is marriage but the renunciation of unchastity? The savage does not marry. Man marries because he renounces.
  • When you talk and think of the Absolute, you have to do it in the relative; so all these logical arguments apply.
  • Even the lowest of the Hindus, the Pariah, has less of the brute in him than a Briton in a similar social status.
  • The guide, the guru, the leader, the teacher, has passed away; the boy, the student, the servant, is left behind.
  • In nature alone are forms. That which is not of nature cannot have any forms, fine or gross. It must be formless.
  • My Master used to say, when a pitcher is being filled (by immersion), it gurgles, but when full, it is noiseless.
  • This attachment of Love to God is indeed one that does not bind the soul but effectively breaks all its bondages.
  • The attempt to remove evil from the world by killing a thousand evil – doers, only adds to the evil in the world.
  • The Absolute God of the universe, the creator, preserver, and destroyer of the universe, is impersonal principle.
  • Do not lower your goals to the level of your abilities. Instead, raise your abilities to the height of your goals.
  • Things do not grow better; they remain as they are. It is we who grow better, by the changes we make in ourselves.
  • Cowards never win victories. We have to fight fear and troubles and ignorance if we expect them to flee before us.
  • Every action that helps us manifest our divine nature more and more is good; every action that retards it is evil.
  • Art must be in touch with nature – and wherever that touch is gone, Art degenerates – yet it must be above nature.
  • Marriage or non-marriage, good or evil, learning or ignorance, any of these is justified, if it leads to the goal.
  • The only way to study the mind is to get at facts, and then intellect will arrange them and deduce the principles.
  • Thinking of objects, attachment to them is formed in a man. From attachment longing, and from longing anger grows.
  • Our own selfishness makes us the most arrant cowards; our own selfishness is the great cause of fear and cowardice.
  • I, for one, thoroughly believe that no power in the universe can withhold from anyone anything they really deserve.
  • If there’s a God, we must see him and if there’s a soul we must perceive it. Otherwise, it’s better not to believe.
  • To make a great future India, the whole secret lies in organization, accumulation of power, co-ordination of wills.
  • The finer is always the cause, the grosser the effect. So the external world is the effect, the internal the cause.
  • Christians are always wanting God to give them something. They appear as beggars before the throne of the Almighty.
  • If you have knowledge and see a man weak, do not condemn him. Go to his level and help him if you can. He must grow.
  • The coward, afraid of the lash, with one hand wipes his eyes and gives with the other. Of what avail are such gifts?
  • Eka-Nishtha or devotion to one ideal is absolutely necessary for the beginner in the practice of religious devotion.
  • In the English character, the “give and take” policy, the business principle of the trader, is principally inherent.
  • I have come to this conclusion that there is only one country in the world which understands religion – it is India.
  • The very idea of an infinite in place would be a contradiction in terms, as a place must begin and continue in time.
  • When a man is perfect, he sees perfection in others. When he sees imperfection, it is his own mind projecting itself.
  • Learning and wisdom are superfluities, the surface glitter merely, but it is the heart that is the seat of all power.
  • The ideal of womanhood in India is motherhood – that marvellous, unselfish, all – suffering, ever – forgiving mother.
  • The glory of man is that he is a thinking being. It is the nature of man to think and therein he differs from animals
  • Whatsoever has form must be the result of combinations of particles and requires something else behind it to move it.
  • The truths of Upanishadas are before you. Take them up, live up to them, and the salvation of Bharat will be at hand.
  • Love conquers in the long run. It won’t do to become impatient – wait, wait – patience is bound to give success. . . .
  • The kingdom of heaven is already in existence if we will have it, that perfection is already in man if he will see it.
  • Where God is, there is no other. Where world is, there is no God. These two will never unite. Like light and darkness.
  • Neither seek nor avoid; take what comes. It is liberty to be affected by nothing. Do not merely endure; be unattached.
  • What we call powers, secrets of nature, and force, are all within. In the external world are only a series of changes.
  • It is the highest manifestation of the power of Vairagya when it takes away even our attraction towards the qualities.
  • Present-day Hinduism and Buddhism were growths from the same branch. Buddhism degenerated, and Shankara lopped it off!
  • The ego of man and woman is the soul. If the soul is independent, how then can it be isolated from the infinite whole?
  • Society does not go down because of the activities of criminals, But because of the inactivities of the good people.
  • Soft-brained people, weak-minded, chicken-hearted , cannot find the truth. One has to be free, and as broad as the sky.
  • Do not fret because the world looks with suspicion at every new attempt, even though it be in the path of spirituality.
  • Let the mind be cheerful but calm. Never let it run into excesses, because every excess will be followed by a reaction.
  • There is really no difference between matter, mind and Spirit. They are only different phases of experiencing the One.
  • Happiness presents itself to man, wearing the crown of sorrow on its head. He who welcomes it must also welcome sorrow.
  • This life is a hard fact; work your way through it boldly, though it may be adamantine; no matter, the soul is stronger.
  • Ask nothing; want nothing in return. Give what you have to give; it will come back to you, but do not think of that now.
  • Go on saying, I am free. Never mind if the next moment delusion comes and says, I am bound. Dehypnotize the whole thing.
  • When the soul wants to depend upon nothing, not even upon life, that is the height of philosophy, the height of manhood.
  • Pay particular attention to your health, but too much coddling of the body will, on the contrary, also spoil the health.
  • Let me draw your attention to one thing which unfortunately we always forget: that is – “O man, have faith in yourself.”
  • Well has it been said that man is the only animal that naturally looks upwards; every other animal naturally looks down.
  • Bold words and bolder deeds are what we want. Awake, awake, great ones! The world is burning with misery. Can you sleep?
  • Come out into the Universe of Light. Everything in the Universe is Yours, stretch out your arms and Embrace it with Love
  • Each one has a special nature peculiar to himself which he must follow and through which he will find his way to freedom
  • All the powers in the universe are already ours. It is we who have put our hands before our eyes and cry that it is dark.
  • To realize the spirit as spirit is practical religion. Everything else is good so far as it leads to this one grand idea.
  • Manushya (man) is a being with Manas (mind); and as soon as his thinking power goes, he becomes no better than an animal.
  • Oh, if only you knew yourselves! You are souls; you are Gods. If ever I feel like blaspheming, it is when I call you man.
  • We shall have to work like lions, keeping the ideal before us, without caring whether “the wise ones praise or blame us”.
  • The man who becomes angry never does a great amount of work, and the man whom nothing can make angry accomplishes so much.
  • This misery that I am suffering is of my own doing, and that very thing proves that it will have to be undone by me alone.
  • All power is within you. Believe in that,do not believe that you are weak… Stand up and express the Divinity within you.
  • The essence of Vedanta is that there is but one Being and that every soul is that Being in full, not a part of that Being.
  • The day, man will find that he never really dies; that his Soul persists beyond death; he will have no more fear of death.
  • According to us, there are three things in the makeup of man. There is the body, there is the mind, and there is the soul.
  • God is always God, but the views which people and nations may take of him vary. No higher view is known than that of love.
  • The will is not free – it is a phenomenon bound by cause and effect – but there is something behind the will which is free.
  • If you intend to study the mind, you must have systematic training; you must practice to bring the mind under your control.
  • The Hindus have cultivated the power of analysis and abstraction. No nation has yet produced a grammar like that of Panini.
  • These tremendous contradictions in our intellect, in our knowledge, yea, in all the facts of our life face us on all sides.
  • From Him are all name and form; all the animals and men are from Him. He is the one Supreme. He who knows Him becomes free.
  • India is immortal if she persists in her search for God. But if she goes in for politics and social conflict, she will die.
  • It is a retarding element creating hatred and anger, and causing people to fight each other, and making them unsympathetic.
  • All knowledge that the world has ever received comes from the mind; the infinite library of the universe is in our own mind.
  • Thank God for giving you this world as a moral gymnasium to help your development, but never imagine you can help the world.
  • Know this also to be one of the spiritual practices, a discipline for God – realisation. Its aim also is Self – realisation.
  • A brave, frank, clean-hearted, courageous and aspiring youth is the only foundation on which the future nation can be built.
  • Perfection is always infinite. We are the Infinite already. You and I, and all beings, are trying to manifest that infinity.
  • The three essentials of Hinduism are belief in God, in the Vedas as revelation, in the doctrine of Karma and transmigration.
  • Until we give up the world manufactured by the ego, never can we enter the kingdom of heaven. None ever did, none ever will.
  • We do not seek to thrust the principles of our religion upon anyone. The fundamental principles of our religion forbid that.
  • Man can think of divine things only in his own human way, to us the Absolute can be expressed only in our relative language.
  • The kingdom of heaven is within us. The Jewish idea was a kingdom of heaven upon this earth. That was not the idea of Jesus.
  • Fill the brain with high thoughts, highest ideals, place them day and night before you, and out of that will come great work.
  • There is no limit to the power of the human mind. The more concentrated it is, the more power is brought to bear on one point
  • The less passion there is, the better we work. The calmer we are the better for us and the more the amount of work we can do.
  • The way to God is the opposite to that of the world. And to few, very few, are given to have God and mammon at the same time.
  • What good being object of charity? Give away, ne’er turn to ask in return, Should there be the wealth treasured in thy heart.
  • The one who actually succeeds in making himself believe that he is having a good time is the man of splendid physical health.
  • Forget not that thy marriage, thy wealth, thy life are not for sense-pleasure, are not for thy individual personal happiness.
  • Take off the veil of hypnotism which you have cast upon the world, send not out thoughts and words of weakness unto humanity.
  • We are what our thoughts have made us; so take care about what you think. Words are secondary. Thoughts live; they travel far.
  • Neither money pays, nor name pays, nor fame, nor learning; it is CHARACTER that cleave through adamantine walls of difference.
  • Oh, to live even for a day in the full light of freedom, to breathe the free air of simplicity! Isn’t that the highest purity?
  • Renunciation is always the ideal of every race; only other races do not know what they are made to do by nature unconsciously.
  • Watch people do their most common actions; these are indeed the things that will tell you the real character of a great person.
  • It is only work that is done as freewill offering to humanity and to nature that does not bring with it any binding attachment.
  • If you really want to judge the character of a man, look not at his great performances. Watch a man do his most common actions.
  • If I, as an Oriental have to worship Jesus of Nazareth, there is only one way, that is, to worship him as God and nothing else.
  • We are for ever trying to make our weakness look like strength, our sentiment like love, our cowardice like courage, and so on.
  • So long as there is desire or want, it is a sure sign that there is imperfection. A perfect, free being cannot have any desire.
  • Christ, being man, had to see impurity and denounced it; but God, infinitely higher, does not see iniquity and cannot be angry.
  • Blame neither man, nor God, nor anyone in the world. When you find yourselves suffering, blame yourselves, and try to do better.
  • We must approach religion with reverence and with love, and our heart will stand up and say, this is truth, and this is untruth.
  • In Buddha we had the great, universal heart and infinite patience, making religion practical and bringing it to everyone’s door.
  • When we let loose our feelings, we waste so much energy, shatter our nerves, disturb our minds, and accomplish very little work.
  • However we may receive blows, and however knocked about we may be, the Soul is there and is never injured. We are that Infinite.
  • We must always bear in mind that we are not going to be free, but are free already. Every idea that we are bound is a delusion.
  • Get away from all books and forms and let your soul see its Self. “We are deluded and maddened by books”, Shri Krishna declares.
  • Great work requires great and persistent effort for a long time. … Character has to be established through a thousand stumbles.
  • The brain and muscles must develop simultaneously. Iron nerves with an intelligent brain ‚Äî and the whole world is at your feet.
  • When once you consider an action, do not let anything dissuade you. Consult your heart, not others, and then follow its dictates.
  • Man can become like God and acquire control over the whole universe if he multiplies infinitely his centre of self-consciousness.
  • Let us worship the spirit in spirit, standing on spirit. Let the foundation be spirit, the middle spirit, the culmination spirit.
  • “Seek ye first the kingdom of God and all good things will be added unto you.” Follow God and you shall have whatever you desire.
  • The secret of karma yoga which is to perform actions without any fruitive desires is taught by Lord Krishna in the Bhagavad-Gita.
  • We are bound to earth by desire and also to God, heaven, and the angels. A slave is a slave whether to man, to God, or to angels.
  • To devote your life to the good of all and to the happiness of all is religion. Whatever you do for your own sake is not religion.
  • Yes, the words of the Mother can be heard as clearly as we hear one another. But one requires a fine nerve to hear Mother’s words.
  • The Hindus have a peculiar slovenliness in business matters, not being sufficiently methodical and strict in keeping accounts etc.
  • There cannot be a cause without an effect, the present must have had its cause in the past and will have its effect in the future.
  • The soul … is nameless because it is formless. It will neither go to heaven nor [to hell] any more than it will enter this glass.
  • You have to grow from the inside out. None can teach you, none can make you spiritual. There is no other teacher but your own soul.
  • Every human being has the right to ask the reason, why, and to have his question answered by himself, if he only takes the trouble.
  • Every atom is working and resisting every thought in the mind. Everything we see and know is but the resultant of these two forces.
  • Even forgiveness, if weak and passive, is not true: fight is better. Forgive when you could bring legions of angels to the victory.
  • It is the patient building of character, the intense struggle to realize the truth, which alone will tell in the future of humanity.
  • This is the line of life, this is the line of growth, and this is the line of well-being in India – to follow the track of religion.
  • …Really, there is no greater sin than cowardice; cowards are never saved – that is sure. I can stand everything else but not that.
  • Christ’s public life extended only over eighteen months, and for this he had silently been preparing himself for thirty – two years.
  • As the cause is, so the effect will be Cause is never different from effect, the effect is but the cause reproduced in another form.
  • Materialism prevails in Europe today. You may pray for the salvation of the modern sceptics, but they do not yield, they want reason.
  • Even luxuries are arranged according to ideas and ideals, to make them reflect as much of thought-life as possible – and this is Art.
  • A Brahmin is not so much in need of education as a Chandala. If the son of a Brahmin needs one teacher, that of a Chandala needs ten.
  • The organs are the horses, the mind is the rein, the intellect is the charioteer, the soul is the rider, and the body is the chariot.
  • No study has taken so much of human energy, whether in times past or present, as the study of the soul, of God, and of human destiny.
  • With eternal faith in Him, set fire to the mountain of misery that has been heaped upon India for ages – and it shall be burned down.
  • The power which works through the formative principles of every religion in every country is manifested in the forms of religion. . .
  • When we use our imagination properly it is our greatest friend; it goes belyond reason and is the only light that takes us everywhere.
  • No negative, all positive, affirmative. I am, God is, everything is in me. I will manifest health, purity, knowledge, whatever I want.
  • As body, mind, or soul, you are a dream; you really are Being, Consciousness, Bliss (satchidananda). You are the God of this universe.
  • Thought ceases in meditation; even the mind’s elements are quite quiet. Blood circulation stops. His breath stops, but he is not dead.
  • Each nation has a main current in life; in India it is religion. Make it strong and the waters on either side must move along with it.
  • Had I lived in Palestine, in the days of Jesus of Nazareth, I would have washed his feet, not with my tears, but with my heart’s blood!
  • I pity the Hindu who does not see the beauty in Jesus Christ’s character. I pity the Christian who does not reverence the Hindu Christ.
  • Ignorance is death, knowledge is life. Life is of very little value, if it is a life in the dark, groping through ignorance and misery.
  • Is there no room for art in the spoken language? What is the use of creating an unnatural language to the exclusion of the natural one?
  • Impurity is a mere superimposition under which your real nature has become hidden. But the real you is already perfect, already strong.
  • The Land where humanity has attained its highest towards gentleness, towards generosity, towards purity, towards calmness – it is India.
  • Through the imparting of moral principles, good behaviour, and education we must make the Chandala come up to the level of the Brahmana.
  • Every work has got to pass through hundreds of difficulties before succeeding. Those that persevere will see the light, sooner or later.
  • Whatever you think, that you will be. If you think yourselves weak, weak you will be; if you think yourselves strong, strong you will be.
  • Be Grateful to the Man you help, think of Him as God. Is it not a great privilege to be allowed to worship God by helping our fellow men?
  • Books are infinite in number and time is short. The secret of knowledge is to take what is essential. Take that and try to live up to it.
  • What is salvation? To live with God. Where? Anywhere. Here this moment. One moment in infinite time is quite as good as any other moment.
  • If a man, day and night, thinks he is miserable, low and nothing, nothing he becomes. If you say yea, yea, “I am, I am”, so shall you be.
  • The book one must read to learn natural sciences is the book of nature. The book from which to learn religion is your own mind and heart.
  • This World will always continue to be a mixture of Good and Evil. Our duty is to sympathize with the weak and to Love even the wrongdoer.
  • Too much faith in personality has a tendency to produce weakness and idolatry, but intense love for the Guru makes rapid growth possible.
  • I stand for truth. Truth will never ally itself with falsehood. Even if all the world should be against me, Truth must prevail in the end.
  • We are suffering from our own Karma. It is not the fault of God. What we do is our own fault, nothing else. Why should God be blamed?. . .
  • The banyan tree does not mean awakening, nor does the hill, nor the saint, nor the European couple. The lotus is a symbol of regeneration.
  • It is a good discipline to be forced to work for work’s sake, even to the length of not being allowed to enjoy the fruits of one’s labour.
  • The best guide in life is strength. In religion, as in all other matters, discard everything that weakens you, have nothing to do with it.
  • Stand up, be bold, be strong. Take the whole responsibility on your own shoulders, and know that you are the creator of your own destiny.
  • The greatest sin is to think that you are weak. No one is greater: realize that you are Brahman. Nothing has power except what you give it.
  • The greatest help to spiritual life is meditation. In meditation we divest ourselves of all material condition and feel our divine nature.
  • Books are only made so that they may point the way to a higher life; but no good results unless the path is trodden with unflinching steps!
  • A man must not only have faith but intellectual faith too. To make a man take up everything and believe it, would be to make him a lunatic.
  • Blows are what awaken us & help to break the dream. They show us the insufficiency of this world & make us long to escape, to have freedom.
  • “The fool, dwelling on the bank of the Ganga, digs a well for water!” Such are we! Living in the midst of God – we must go and make images.
  • Renunciation is the very basis upon which ethics stands. There never was an ethical code preached which had not renunciation for its basis.
  • The Self when it appears behind the universe is called God. The same Self when it appears behind this little universe-the body-is the soul.
  • Form and formless are intertwined in this world. The formless can only be expressed in form and form can only be thought with the formless.
  • Both the forces of good and evil will keep the universe alive for us, until we awake from our dreams and give up this building of mud pies.
  • We must not forget that health is only a means to an end. If health were the end, we would be like animals; animals rarely become unhealthy.
  • Because the Soul is not made of matter, since it is spiritual, it cannot obey the laws of matter, it cannot be judged by the laws of matter.
  • Whatever you believe, that you will be. If you believe yourselves to be sages, sages you will be tomorrow. There is nothing to obstruct you.
  • The uplift of the women, the awakening of the masses must come first, and then only can any real good come about for the country, for India.
  • Free thyself from the mighty attraction- The maddening wine of love, the charm of sex. Break the harp! Forward, with the ocean’s cry!. . .
  • See how the Ganga flows by and what a nice building! I like this place. This is the ideal kind of place for a Math. (in Belur, West Bengal).
  • When we free ourselves from name and form, especially from a body – when we need no body, good or bad – then only do we escape from bondage.
  • Is it freedom to be a slave to the senses, to anger, to jealousies and a hundred other petty things that must occur every day in human life?
  • This world is not for cowards. Do not try to fly. Look not for success or failure. Join yourself to the perfectly unselfish will and work on.
  • It is the duty of all to support and side with Dharma. All must fight and support Dharma regardless of their personality, background, status.
  • What do you gain in heaven? You become gods, drink nectar, and get rheumatism. There is less misery there than on earth, but also less truth.
  • The Tapas and the other hard Yogas that were practiced in other Yugas do not work now. What is needed in this Yuga is giving, helping others.
  • Purusha is the; great attraction of the universe; though untouched by and unconnected with the universe, yet it attracts the whole; universe.
  • See what an atmosphere of holiness is here the pure air of the Ganga  what an assemblage of Sadhus will you find anywhere a place like this!
  • Everything that we know is within our universe, and everything within our universe is moulded by the conditions of space, time, and causation.
  • The help which tends to make us spiritually strong is the highest help, next to it comes intellectual help and after that comes physical help.
  • The will is stronger than anything else. Everything must go down before the will, for it comes from God. A pure and strong will is omnipotent.
  • All progress and power are already in every man; perfection is man’s nature, only it is barred in and prevented from taking its proper course.
  • I loved my motherland dearly before I went to America and England. After my return, every particle of dust of this land seems sacred to me.
  • In whatever name or form they are offered, all these flowers are laid at God’s feet, for He is the one Lord of all, the one Soul of all souls.
  • All truth is eternal. Truth is nobody‚Äôs property; no race, no individual can lay any exclusive claim to it. Truth is the nature of all souls.
  • One may gain political and social independence, but if one is a slave to his passions and desires, one cannot feel the pure joy of real freedom
  • Condemn none: if you can stretch out a helping hand, do so. If you cannot, fold your hands, bless your brothers, and let them go their own way.
  • Onward, my brave boys – money or no money – men or no men! Have you love? Have you God? Onward and forward to the breach, you are irresistible.
  • My faith is in the younger generation, the modern generation. Out of them will come my workers. They will work out the whole problem like lions
  • One ounce of the practice of righteousness and of spiritual Self-realisation outweighs tons and tons of frothy talk and nonsensical sentiments.
  • The forms have value only so far as they are expressions of the life within. If they have ceased to express life, crush them out without mercy.
  • We must be bright and cheerful. Long faces do not make religion. Religion should be the most joyful thing in the world, because it is the best.
  • Be not in despair, the way is very difficult, like walking on the edge of a razor; yet despair not, arise, awake, and find the ideal, the goal.
  • Friends or foes, they are all instruments in Her hands to help us work out our own karma, through pleasure or pain. As such, ‘Mother’ bless all.
  • None will be able to resist truth and love and sincerity. Are you sincere? Unselfish even unto death, and loving? Then fear not, not even death.
  • Religion for a long time has come to be static in India. What we want is to make it dynamic. I want it to be brought into the life of everybody.
  • The “ego” like its correlative “non-ego”, is the product of the body, mind etc. The only proof of the existence of the real Self is realisation.
  • Hold on to your own ideal. . . . Above all, never attempt to guide or rule others, or, as the Yankees say, “boss” others. Be the servant of all.
  • The atom cannot disobey the law. Whether it is the mental or the physical atom, it must obey the law. “What is the use of [external restraint]?”
  • Pay no attention whatsoever to newspaper nonsense or criticism. Be sincere and do your duty. Everything will come all right. Truth must triumph.
  • No great work can be achieved by humbug. It is through love, a passion for truth, and tremendous energy, that all undertakings are accomplished.
  • There is nothing beyond God, and the sense enjoyments are simply something through which we are passing now in the hope of getting better things.
  • Take any path you like; follow any prophet you like; but have only that method which suits your own nature, so that you will be sure to progress.
  • To the person who desires nothing and does not get entangled in desires, the manifold changes of nature are one panorama of beauty and sublimity.
  • Only when a man sees this universe as God does the veil fall from his eyes; then that man, purified and cleansed, finds his whole vision changed.
  • As soon as we identify ourselves with the work we do, we feel miserable; but if we do not identify ourselves with it, we do not feel that misery.
  • Know that every time you feel weak, you not only hurt yourself but also the cause. Infinite faith and strength are the only conditions of success.
  • Some men, who begin by saying that the world is a hell, often end by saying that it is a heaven when they succeed in the practice of self-control.
  • Now is wanted intense Karma-Yoga with unbounded courage and indomitable strength in the heart. Then only will the people of the country be roused.
  • Every wave of passion restrained is a balance in your favor. It is therefore good policy not to return anger for anger, as with all true morality.
  • Anything that is western origin, first you verify it, then accept it. Anything that is Indian origin, first accept it, then verify it if necessary.
  • God is the ever active providence, by whose power systems after systems are being evolved out of chaos, made to run for a time and again destroyed.
  • The correct meaning of the statement The Vedas are beginningless and eternal is that the law or truth revealed by them is permanent and changeless.
  • Have charity towards all beings. Pity those who are in distress. Love all creatures. Do not be jealous of anyone. Look not to the faults of others.
  • This is the central idea of the Gita- to be calm and steadfast in all circumstances, with one’s body, mind, and soul centered at His hallowed feet!
  • Whose meditation is real and effective? Who can really surrender to the will of God? Only the person whose mind has been purified by selfless work.
  • There is only one Soul in the Universe. There is no ‘you’ or ‘me’; all variety is merged into the absolute unity, the one infinite existence – God.
  • Always keep the mind cheerful. Everyone will die once. Cowards suffer the pangs of death again and again, solely due to the fear in their own minds.
  • Never mind these failures, these little backslidings; hold the ideal a thousand times, and if you fail a thousand times, make the attempt once more.
  • If money help a man to do good to others, it is of some value; but if not, it is simply a mass of evil, and the sooner it is got rid of, the better.
  • Man is to become divine by realizing the divine. Idols or temples, or churches or books, are only the supports, the help of his spiritual childhood.
  • Strength, strength for us. What we need is strength, who will give us strength? There are thousands to weaken us, and of stories we have had enough.
  • My brother, do men grieve over the fight of cats and dogs? So the jealousy, envy, and elbowing of common men should make no impression on your mind.
  • Where you find the attraction for lust and wealth considerably diminished, to whatever creed he may belong, know that his inner spirit is awakening.
  • Without birth or death, eternal, ever-existing, free, unchangeable and beyond all conditions is this Soul of man – the real Self of Man – the Atman.
  • Don’t look back‚Äîforward, infinite energy, infinite enthusiasm, infinite daring, and infinite patience‚Äîthen alone can great deeds be accomplished.
  • We know how often in our lives through laziness and cowardice we give up the battle and try to hypnotise our minds into the belief that we are brave.
  • Pray all the time, read all the scriptures in the world, and worship all the gods there are …but unless you realize the Truth, there is no freedom.
  • Karma is the eternal assertion of human freedom. . . . Our thoughts, our words, and deeds are the threads of the net which we throw around ourselves.
  • We are what our considered opinion abide through us; so put up with assiduousness about what you storage. Natter are sub-. Line live; they travel far.
  • Come out into the broad light of day, come out from the little narrow paths, for how can the infinite soul rest content to live and die in small ruts?
  • Never can a reforming sect survive if it is only reforming; the formative elements alone – the real impulse, that is, the principles – live on and on.
  • My child, what I want is muscles of iron and nerves of steel, inside which dwells a mind of the same material as that of which the thunderbolt is made.
  • The sum total of all the cells in an organism is one person; so each soul is like one cell and the sum of them is God, and beyond that is the Absolute.
  • In everything, there are two kinds of development-analytical and synthetical. In the former the Hindus excel other nations. In the latter they are nil.
  • Only when creation stops can we find the Absolute. The Absolute is in the soul, not in creation. So by stopping creation, we come to know the Absolute.
  • I am a socialist not because I think it is a perfect system, but half a loaf is better than no bread. The other system has been tried and found wanting
  • It is impossible to think about the welfare of the world unless the condition of women is improved. It is impossible for a bird to fly on only one wing.
  • The Jivanmukta (‘the living free’ or one who knows) alone is able to give real love, real charity, real truth, and it is truth alone that makes us free.
  • Each work has to pass through these stages‚Äîridicule, opposition, and then acceptance. Those who think ahead of their time are sure to be misunderstood.
  • Education is not filling the mind with a lot of facts. Perfecting the instrument and getting complete mastery of my own mind [is the ideal of education].
  • The whole universe is composed of name and form. Whatever we see is either a compound of name and form, or simply name with form which is a mental image.
  • The Kingdom of Heaven is within us. God is within us. He is the Soul of our souls. See Him in your own soul. That is practical religion. That is freedom.
  • My ideal, indeed, can be put into a few words, and that is: to preach unto mankind their divinity, and how to make it manifest in every movement of life.
  • The same fire that cooks a meal for us may burn a child, and it is no fault of the fire if it does so; the difference lies in the way in which it is used.
  • Shri Ramakrishna use to say, “As Long as I Live, so long do I learn”. That man or that society which has nothing to learn is already in the jaws of death.
  • You yourself are to blame. This weeping and wailing and knocking your heads into corners [against brick walls, as it were] will not do you the least good.
  • As soon as we react, we become slaves. A man blames me, and I immediately react in the form of anger. A little vibration which he created made me a slave.
  • “You are pure and perfect, and what you call sin does not belong to you”. Sins are low degrees of Self-manifestation; manifest your Self in a high degree.
  • Experience is the only teacher we have. We may talk and reason all our lives, but we shall not understand a word of truth until we experience it ourselves.
  • . . . If you are really my children, you will fear nothing, stop at nothing. You will be like lions. We must rouse India and the whole world. No cowardice.
  • The ground under the Bilva tree is very holy. Meditating here quickly brings about an awakening of the religious instinct. Shri Ramakrishna used to say so.
  • We want the education by which character is formed, strength of mind is increased, the intellect is expanded, and by which one can stand on one’s own feet.
  • All practice or worship is only for taking off this veil. When that will go, you will find that the Sun of Absolute Knowledge is shining in Its own lustre.
  • We become forgetful of the ego when we think of the body as dedicated to the service of others – the body with which most complacently we identify the ego.
  • When you are doing any work, do not think of anything beyond. Do it as worship, as the highest worship, and devote your whole life to it for the time being.
  • Liberty in thought and action is the only condition of life, growth and well-being: Where it does not exist, the man, the race, and the nation must go down.
  • The great Vaishnava religion of India has also sprung from a Tamil Pariah – Shathakopa – “who was a dealer in winnowing-fans but was a Yogin all the while”.
  • Desire can be eradicated from the roots by firmly imbibing the four attributes of: Jnan, Atmanishtha, Vairagya, Dharma and the full fledged devotion to God.
  • Jnana teaches that the world should be given up, but not on that account to be abandoned. To be in the world but not of it-is the true test of the sannyasin.
  • So long as the millions live in hunger and ignorance, I hold every man a traitor who, having been educated at their expense, pays not the least heed to them.
  • We hear all around us about practical religion, and analysing all that, we find that it can be brought down to one conception – charity to our fellow beings.
  • Even the least work done for others awakens the power within; even thinking the least good of others gradually instills into the heart the strength of a lion.
  • The great secret of true success, of true happiness, is this: the man or woman who asks for no return, the perfectly unselfish person, is the most successful.
  • Mind you, there is no value in learning. You are all mistaken in learning. The only value of knowledge is in the strengthening, the disciplining, of the mind.
  • Do any deserve liberty who are not ready to give it to others? Let us calmly go to work, instead of dissipating our energy in unnecessary fretting and fuming.
  • God is not to be reached by the weak. Never be weak. You have infinite strength within you. How else will you conquer anything? How else will you come to God?
  • The bane of sects, especially in Bengal, is that if any one happens to have a different opinion, he immediately starts a new sect, he has no patience to wait.
  • Man is guided by the stomach. He walks and the stomach goes first and the head afterwards. Have you not seen that? It will take ages for the head to go first.
  • We have to cover everything with the Lord himself, not a false sort of optimism, not by blinding our eyes to the evil, but by really seeing God in everything.
  • True religion comes not front the teaching of men or the reading of books; it is the awakening of the spirit within us, consequent upon pure and heroic action.
  • Are you unselfish? That is the question. If you are, you will be perfect without reading a single religious book, without going into a single church or temple.
  • We are slaves in the hands of nature – slaves to a bit of bread, slaves to praise, slaves to blame, slaves to wife, to husband, to child, slaves to everything.
  • Always remember that renunciation is the root idea. Unless one is initiated into this idea, not even Brahma and the World – gods have the power to attain Mukti
  • According to this philosophy, each man consists of three parts – the body, the internal organ or the mind, and behind that, what is called the Atman, the Self.
  • Hindu religion does not consist in struggles and attempts to believe a certain doctrine or dogma, but in realizing not in believing, but in being and becoming.
  • It is fear that is the cause of our woes, and it is fearlessness that brings heaven in a moment “The earth is enjoyed by heroes” – this is the unfailing truth.
  • Perfect sincerity, holiness, gigantic intellect, and all-conquering will. Let only a handful of men work with these, and the whole world will be revolutionized.
  • Let a man go down as low as possible; there must come a time when out of sheer desperation he will take an upward curve and will learn to have faith in himself.
  • Hindu Dharma is the quintessence of our national life, hold fast to it if you want your country to survive, or else you would be wiped out in three generations.
  • If faith in ourselves had been more extensively taught and practiced, I am sure a very large portion of the evils and miseries that we have would have vanished.
  • Consciously or unconsciously, health can be transmitted. A very strong man, living with a weak man, will make him a little stronger, whether he knows it or not.
  • God is cruel and not cruel. He is all being and not being at the same time. Hence He is all contradictions. Nature also is nothing but a mass of contradictions.
  • All perfection is there already in the soul. But this perfection has been covered up by nature; layer after layer of nature is covering this purity of the soul.
  • Feel nothing, know nothing, do nothing, have nothing, give up all to God, and say utterly, ‘Thy will be done.’ We only dream this bondage. Wake up and let it go.
  • All the strength and succour you want is within yourselves. Therefore make your own future. “Let the dead past bury its dead.” The infinite future is before you.
  • He who always thinks himself as weak will never become strong, but he who knows himself to be a lion, rushes out from the worlds meshes, as a lion from its cage.
  • Never allow weakness to overtake your mind. Remember Mahavira, remember the Divine Mother! And you will see that all weakness, all cowardice will vanish at once.
  • If you can think that infinite power, infinite knowledge and indomitable energy lie within you, and if you can bring out that power, you also can become like me.
  • If there is one word that you find coming out like a bomb from the Upanishads, bursting like a bombshell upon masses of ignorance, it is the word “fearlessness.”
  • Mankind ought to be taught that religions are but the varied expressions of THE RELIGION, which is Oneness, so that each may choose the path that suits him best.
  • Liberty is the first condition of growth. It is wrong, a thousand times wrong, if any of you dares to say, ‘I will work out the salvation of this woman or child.
  • As soon as I think that I am a little body, I want to preserve it, to protect it, to keep it nice, at the expense of other bodies; then you and I become separate.
  • Proclaim the glory of the Atman with the roar of a lion, and impart fearlessness unto all beings by saying, ‘Arise, awake, and stop not till the goal is reached’!
  • That is good. It is a law of nature. That is the way with all founders of religion. Without persecution superior ideas cannot penetrate into the heart of society.
  • When the last moment arrives, praise and blame will be the same to you, to me, and to others. We are here to work, and will have to leave all when the call comes.
  • Know it for certain that without steady devotion for the Guru and unflinching patience and perseverance, nothing is to be achieved. You must have strict morality.
  • Men may have given millions of dollars and fed rats and cats, as some do in India. They say that men can take care of themselves, but the poor animals cannot. . .
  • Let positive, strong, helpful thoughts enter into your brains from very childhood. Lay yourselves open to these thoughts, and not to weakening and paralysing ones.
  • There are hundreds of thousands of microbes surrounding us, but they cannot harm us unless we become weak, until the body is ready and predisposed to receive them.
  • Let us work without desire for name or fame or rule over others. Let us be free from the triple bonds of lust, greed of gain, and anger. And this truth is with us!
  • Just as the body has its progress and decadence, so also has the mind, and, therefore, the mind is not the soul, because the soul can neither decay nor degenerate.
  • If there is no strength in body and mind, the Atman cannot be realized. First you have to build the body by good nutritious food-then only will the mind be strong.
  • This is a great fact: strength is life; weakness is death. Strength is felicity, life eternal, immortal; weakness is constant strain and misery, weakness is death.
  • Sincerity of conviction and purity of motive will surely gain the day; and even a small minority, armed with these, is surely destined to prevail against all odds.
  • It is the subjective world that rules the objective. Change the subject, and the object is bound to change; purify youreslf, and the world is bound to be purified.
  • A sapling must be hedged about for protection, but when it becomes a tree, a hedge would be a hindrance. So there is no need to criticise and condemn the old forms.
  • In every attempt there will be one set of men who will applaud, and another who will pick holes. Go on doing your own work, what need have you to reply to any party?
  • There is no power on earth which can be kept long confined within a narrow limit. It cannot be kept compressed too long to allow of expansion at a subsequent period.
  • It is clear to us that, for good or for evil, our vitality is concentrated in our religion. You cannot change it. You cannot destroy it and put in its place another.
  • The Atman alone is eternal. Hospitals will tumble down. Railroad givers will all die. This earth will be blown to pieces, suns wiped out. The Atman endures for ever.
  • A monk is not forbidden to marry, but if he takes a wife she becomes a monk with the same powers and privileges and occupies the same social position as her husband.
  • The weak have no place here, in this life or any other life. Weakness leads to slavery. Weakness leads to all kinds of misery, physical and mental. Weakness is death.
  • Do not say we are weak; we can do anything and everything. What can we not do? Everything can be done by us; we all have the same glorious soul, let us believe in it.
  • Life without death and happiness without misery are contradiction and neither can be found alone, because each of them is a different manifestation of the same thing.
  • The test of having ceased to be an idolater is: “When you say ‘I’, does the body come into your thought or not? If it does, then you are still a worshipper of idols.”
  • Him I call a Mahatma (great soul) whose heart bleeds for the poor, otherwise he is a Duratma (wicked soul). Let us unite our wills in continued prayer for their good.
  • Our duty is to encourage every one in his struggle to live up to his own highest idea, and strive at the same time to make the ideal as near as possible to the Truth.
  • Perfection does not come from belief or faith. Talk does not count for anything. Parrots can do that. Perfection comes through the disinterested performance of action.
  • Just as man must have liberty to think and speak, so he must have liberty in food, dress, and marriage, and in every other thing, so long as he does not injure others.
  • Everything that has name and form must begin in time, exist in time, and end in time. These are settled doctrines of the Vedanta, and as such the heavens are given up.
  • There may be a million microbes of misery floating about us. Never mind! They dare not approach us, they have no power to get a hold on us, until the mind is weakened.
  • Everything will come right if you are pure and sincere. We want hundreds like you bursting upon society and bringing new life and vigor of the spirit wherever they go.
  • Brave, bold men, these are what we want. What we want is vigour in the blood, strength in the nerves, iron muscles and nerves of steel, not softening namby-pamby ideas.
  • “Face the brutes.” That is a lesson for all life-face the terrible, face it boldly. Like the monkeys, the hardships of life fall back when we cease to flee before them.
  • Jiva (individual soul) is the conscious ruler of this body, in whom the five life principles come into unity, and yet that very Jiva is the Atman, because all is Atman.
  • Stand up, be bold, and take the blame on your own shoulders. Do not go about throwing mud at others; for all the faults you suffer from, you are the sole and only cause.
  • The world is ready to give up its secrets if we only know how to knock, how to give it the necessary blow. The strength and force of the blow come through concentration.
  • I am a slave of Ramakrishna, who left his work to be done by me and will not give me rest till I have finished it. And oh, how shall I speak of him? Oh, his love for me!
  • The sum total or Ishwara may be said to be All-good, Almighty, and Omniscient. These are obvious qualities, and need no argument to prove, from the very fact of totality.
  • From the highest god to the meanest grass, the same power is present in all – whether manifested or not. We shall have to call forth that power by going from door to door.
  • We must plunge heart and soul and body into the work. And until we are ready to sacrifice everything else to one Idea and to one alone, we never, never will see the Light.
  • My hope of the future lies in the youths of character, intelligent, renouncing all for the service of others, and obedient – good to themselves and the country at large
  • The sculptor, the painter the musician the dancer, or any artist, if he can first obtain celebrate in Paris, acquires very easily the esteem and eulogy of other countries.
  • Be not afraid of anything. You will do marvelous work. The moment you fear, you are nobody. Be a hero. Always say, ‘I have no fear’. Tell this to everybody-‘Have no fear’.
  • Be free; hope for nothing from anyone. I am sure if you look back upon your lives you will find that you were always vainly trying to get help from others which never came.
  • The natural ambition of woman is through marriage to climb up, leaning upon a man; but those days are gone. You shall be great without the help of any man, just as you are.
  • The Heart and core of everything here is good, that whatever may be the surface waves, deep down and underlying everything, there is an infinite basis of Goodness and Love.
  • Religion has no business to formulate social laws and insist on the difference between beings, because its aim and end is to obliterate all such fictions and monstrosities.
  • There are the altars, but here is the greatest of altars, the living, conscious human body, and to worship at this altar is far higher than the worship of any dead symbols.
  • Is there any sex-distinction in the Atman (Self)? Out with the differentiation between man and woman‚Äîall is Atman! Give up the identification with the body, and stand up!
  • [Perfection] is only possible if the mind of man is changed, if he, of his own sweet will, changes his mind; and the great difficulty is, neither can he force his own mind.
  • Have faith in Guru, in his teachings, and in the surety that you can get free. Think day and night that this universe is zero, only God is. Have intense desire to get free.
  • Meditation is a sort of prayer and prayer is meditation. The highest meditation is to think of nothing. If you can remain one moment without thought, great power will come.
  • Men are taught from childhood that they are weak and sinners. Teach them that they are all glorious children of immortality, even those who are the weakest in manifestation.
  • What can be my highest idea of forgiveness? Nothing beyond myself. Which of you can jump out of your own bodies? Which of you can jump out of your own minds? Not one of you.
  • Modern Hinduism, modern Jainism, and Buddhism branched off at the same time. For some period, each seemed to have wanted to outdo the others in grotesqueness and humbuggism.
  • The body is only a tool of the mind. What the mind dictates the body will have to obey. Now I do not even think of water. I do not miss it at all…. I see I can do anything.
  • All these practices and struggles to become religious are only negative work, to take off the bars, and open the doors to that perfection which is our birthright, our nature.
  • As long as we believe ourselves to be even the least different from God, fear remains with us; but when we know ourselves to be the One, fear goes; of what can we be afraid.?
  • Even the greatest fool can accomplish a task if it were after his or her heart. But the intelligent ones are those who can convert every work into one that suits their taste.
  • The following story is one which he related recently regarding the practice of fault – finding among creeds: A frog lived in a well. It had lived there for a long time. . . .
  • Tell the truth boldly, whether it hurts or not. Never pander to weakness. If truth is too much for intelligent people and sweeps them away, let them go; the sooner the better.
  • Do not hate anybody, because that hatred which comes out from you must, in the long run, come back to you. If you love, that love will come back to you, completing the circle.
  • We have either to progress or to degenerate. Our ancestors did great things in the past, but we have to grow into a fuller life and march beyond even their great achievements.
  • Great occasions rouse even the lowest of human beings to some kind of greatness, but he alone is the really great man whose character is great always, the same wherever he be.
  • Have faith that you are all, my brave lads, born to do great things! Let not the barks of puppies frighten you, no, not even the thunderbolts of heaven, but stand up and work!
  • Look upon every man, woman, and everyone as God. You cannot help anyone, you can only serve: serve the children of the Lord, serve the Lord Himself, if you have the privilege.
  • Throw aside your scriptures in the Ganga and teach the people first the means of procuring their food and clothing, and then you will find time to read to them the scriptures.
  • Books never make religions, but religions make books. We must not forget that. No book ever created God, but God inspired all the great books. And no book ever created a soul.
  • All is the Self or Brahman. The saint, the sinner, the lamb, the tiger, even the murderer, as far as they have any reality, can be nothing else, because there is nothing else.
  • All that is real in me is God; all that is real in God is I. The gulf between God and me is thus bridged. Thus by knowing God, we find that the kingdom of heaven is within us.
  • The more you think of yourself as shining immortal spirit, the more eager you will be to be absolutely free of matter, body, and senses. This is the intense desire to be free.
  • Even the lowest of the low have the Atman (Soul) inside, which never dies and never is born, immortal, without beginning or end, the all pure, omnipotent and omnipresent Atman!
  • …never try to follow another’s path for that is his way, not yours. When that path is found, you have nothing to do but fold your arms and the tide will carry you to freedom.
  • One point of difference between Hinduism and other religions is that in Hinduism we pass from truth to truth-from a lower truth to a higher truth-and never from error to truth.
  • Perfect life is a contradiction in terms. Therefore we must always expect to find things not up to our highest ideal. Knowing this, we are bound to make the best of everything.
  • Stamping down the weakness of mind and heart, stand up, saying, “I am possessed of heroism, I am possessed of a steady intellect…” Never allow weakness to overtake your mind.
  • Go and preach to all, ‘Arise, awake, sleep no more: within each of you there is the power to remove all wants and all miseries. Believe this, and that power will be manifested.
  • Women will work out their destinies ‚Äî much better, too, than men can ever do for them. All the mischief to women has come because men undertook to shape the destiny of women.
  • We want to lead mankind to the place where there is neither the Vedas, nor the Bible, nor the Koran; yet this has to be done by harmonizing the Vedas, the Bible, and the Koran.
  • I am no metaphysician, no philosopher, nay, no saint. But I am poor and I love the poor. I see what they call the poor of this country and how many there are who feel for them!
  • The power is with the silent ones, who only live and love and then withdraw their personality. They never say ‚Äúme‚Äù and ‚Äúmine‚Äù; they are only blessed in being instruments
  • We want today that bright sun of intellectuality joined with the heart of Buddha, the wonderful infinite heart of love and mercy. This union will give us the highest philosophy.
  • The great lesson is, that unity is behind all. Call it God, Love, Spirit. Allah, Jehovah – it is the same unity that animates all life from the lowest animal to the noblest man.
  • Every attempt to solve the laws of causation, time, and space would be futile, because the very attempt would have to be made by taking for granted the existence of these three.
  • Never think there is anything impossible for the soul. It is the greatest heresy to think so. If there is sin, this is the only sin; to say that you are weak, or others are weak.
  • He whom the sages have been seeking in all these places is in our own hearts; the voice that you heard was right, says Vedanta, but the direction you gave to the voice was wrong.
  • Anything that is in space has form. Space itself has form. Either you are in space, or space is in you. The soul is beyond all space. Space is in the soul, not the soul in space.
  • Bear in mind, my children, that only cowards and those who are weak commit sin and tell lies. The brave are always moral. Try to be moral, try to be brave, try to be sympathising.
  • I am inclined to believe that one who is a coward will be born after death as an insect or a worm, that there is no salvation for a coward even after millions of years of penance.
  • Fool indeed is he, who, living on the banks of the Ganga, digs a little well for water. Fool indeed is the man who, coming to a mine of diamonds, begins to search for glass beads.
  • Live for an ideal, and that one ideal alone. Let it be so great, so strong, that there may be nothing else left in the mind; no place for anything else, no time for anything else.
  • The moment you think creed and form and ceremony the “be-all” and “end-all”, then you are in bondage. Take part in them to help others, but take care they do not become a bondage.
  • Freedom can never be reached by the weak. Throw away all weakness. Tell your body that it is strong, tell your mind that it is strong, and have unbounded faith and hope in yourself.
  • Practice is absolutely necessary. You may sit down and listen to me by the hour every day, but if you do not practice, you will not get one step further. It all depends on practice.
  • The nearer we are to God, the less we will have occasions to cry or weep. The further we are from God, the more will long faces come. The more we know God, the more misery vanishes.
  • Our first duty is not to hate ourselves, because to advance we must have faith in ourselves first and then in God. Those who have no faith in themselves can never have faith in God.
  • We never want Him. We say, “Lord, give me a fine house.” We want the house, not Him. “Give me health! Save me from this difficulty!” When a man wants nothing but Him, [he gets Him].
  • Do not blame any supernatural being, neither be hopeless and despondent, nor think we are in a place from which we can never escape unless someone comes and lends us a helping hand.
  • “I do not want to get material life, do not want the sense-life, but something higher.” That is renunciation. Then, by the power of meditation, undo the mischief that has been done.
  • I am responsible for my fate, I am the bringer of good unto myself, I am the bringer of evil. I am the Pure and Blessed One. We must reject all thoughts that assert to the contrary.
  • We are ever free if we would only believe it, only have faith enough. You are the soul, free and eternal, ever free, ever blessed. Have faith enough and you will be free in a minute.
  • Whether you bathe in the Ganga for a thousand years or live on vegetable food for a like period, unless it helps towards the manifestation of the Self, know that it is all of no use.
  • This external worship of images has, however, been described in all our Shastras as the lowest of all the low forms of worship. But that does not mean that it is a wrong thing to do.
  • God is very merciful to those whom He sees struggling heart and soul for spiritual realization. But remain idle, without any struggle, and you will see that His grace will never come.
  • All great undertakings are achieved through mighty obstacles. Keep up the deepest mental poise. Take not even the slightest notice of what puerile creatures may be saying against you.
  • Let us make our hearts as big as an ocean, to go beyond all the trifles of the world and see it only as a picture. We can then enjoy the world without being in any way affected by it.
  • You of the West are practical in business, practical in great inventions, but we of the East are practical in religion. You make commerce your business; we make religion our business.
  • We may convert every house in the country into a charity asylum, we may fill the land with hospitals, but the misery of man will still continue to exist until man’s character changes.
  • Never say, ‚ÄòNo‚Äô, never say, ‚ÄòI cannot‚Äô, for you are infinite. Even time and space are as nothing compared with your nature. You can do anything and everything, you are almighty
  • By practice men can bring even the heart under control, until it will just beat at will, slowly, or quickly, or almost stop. Nearly every part of the body can be brought under control.
  • A man ought to live in this world like a lotus leaf, which grows in water but is never moistened by water; so a man ought to live in the world – his heart to God and his hands to work.
  • In real meditation you forget the body. You may be cut to pieces and not feel it at all. You feel such pleasure in it. You become so light. This perfect rest we will get in meditation.
  • Everything progresses in waves. The march of civilization, the progression of worlds, is in waves. All human activities likewise progress in waves – art, literature, science, religion.
  • I must remark that what I mean by our religion working upon the nations outside of India comprises only the principles, the background, the foundation upon which that religion is built.
  • Do you recall the story of the young Yogi in the Mah√¢bh√¢rata who prided himself on his psychic powers by burning the bodies of a crow and crane by his intense will, produced by anger?
  • Be moral. Be brave. Be a heart-whole man, strictly moral, brave unto desperation. Don’t bother your head with religious theories. Cowards only sin, brave men never, no, not even in mind.
  • You have heard that Christ said, ‘My words are spirit and they are life’. So are my words spirit and life; they will burn their way into your brain and you will never get away from them!
  • This idea of body is a simple superstition. It is superstition that makes us happy or unhappy. It is superstition caused by ignorance that makes us feel heat and cold, pain and pleasure.
  • If I am a Pariah, I will be all the more glad, for I am the disciple of a man, who – the Brahmin of Brahmins – wanted to cleanse the house of a Pariah. (here “the man” means Ramakrishna)
  • Thought is like a bubble rising to the surface. When thought is joined to will, we call it power. That which strikes the sick person whom you are trying to help is not thought, but power.
  • We came to enjoy; we are being enjoyed. We came to rule; we are being ruled. We came to work; we are being worked. All the time, we find that. And this comes into every detail of our life.
  • As soon as you know the voice and understand what it is, the whole scene changes. The same world which was the ghastly battlefield of maya is now changed into something good and beautiful.
  • The attempt is to kill the false “I”, so that the real “I”, the Lord, will reign. “I the Lord thy God am a jealous God. Thou shalt have no other gods before me,” say the Hebrew scriptures.
  • Your success is not measured in terms of what all you obtained but in term of what you become, how you live and what actions you do. Upon this point reflect well and attain great happiness
  • In all our Yogas this renunciation is necessary. This is the stepping-stone and the real centre and the real heart of all spiritual culture – renunciation. This is religion – renunciation.
  • It is contrary to our principles to multiply organizations, since, in all conscience, there are enough of them. And when organizations are created they need individuals to look after them.
  • Ishvara is the highest manifestation of the Absolute Reality, or in other words, the highest possible reading of the Absolute by the human mind. Creation is eternal, and so also is Ishvara.
  • This is the great lesson that we are here to learn through myriads of births and heavens and hells – that there is nothing to be asked for, desired for, beyond one’s spiritual Self (atman).
  • God is self-evident, impersonal, omniscient, the Knower and the Master of nature, the Lord of all. He is behind all worship and it is being done according to Him, whether we know it or not.
  • A man may be the greatest philosopher in the world but a child in RELIGION. When a man has developed a high state of spirituality he can understand that the kingdom of heaven is within him.
  • Realize your true nature. That is all there is to do. Know yourself as you are – infinite Spirit. That is practical religion. Everything else is impractical, for everything else will perish.
  • It is the witness alone that can work without any desire, without any idea of going to heaven, without any idea of blame, without any idea of praise. The witness alone enjoys, and none else.
  • Those giants of old, the ancient Rishis, who never walked but strode, of whom if you were to think but for a moment you would shrivel up into a moth, they sir, had time-and you have no time!
  • The mind generally takes up various objects, runs into all sorts of things. That is the lower state. There is a higher state of the mind, when it takes up one object and excludes all others.
  • How do you know what possibilities lie behind that degradation on the surface? You know but little of that which is within you. For behind you is the ocean of infinite power and blessedness.
  • I am in every religion as the thread through a string of pearls. Wherever thou seest extraordinary holiness and extraordinary power raising and purifying humanity, know thou that I am there.
  • One possessing Vairagya does not understand by Atman the individual ego but the All-pervading Lord, residing as the Self and Internal Ruler in all. He is perceivable by all as the sum total.
  • In the primal state before any manifestation, when there was no motion but perfect balance, this Prakriti was indestructible, because decomposition or death comes from instability or change.
  • Delusion will vanish as the light becomes more and more effulgent, load after load of ignorance will vanish, and then will come a time when all else has disappeared and the sun alone shines.
  • If a person who lives in God becomes miserable, what is the use of living in God? What is the use of such a God? Throw such a God overboard into the Pacific Ocean. We do not want such a God!
  • You and I and everything in the universe are that Absolute, not parts, but the whole. You are the whole of that Absolute, and so are all others, because the idea of part cannot come into it.
  • Meditation means the mind is turned back upon itself. The mind stops all the thought-waves and the world stops. Your consciousness expands. Every time you meditate you will keep your growth.
  • Astrology and all these mystical things are generally signs of a weak mind; therefore as soon as they are becoming prominent in our minds, we should see a physician, take good food, and rest.
  • Three things are necessary to make every man great,every nation great1.Conviction of the powers of goodness.2.Absence of jealousy and suspicion.3.Helping all who are trying to be and do good.
  • Stand upon the Atman, then only can we truly love the world. Take a very, very high stand; knowing our universal nature, we must look with perfect calmness upon all the panorama of the world.
  • Society is an organism which obeys the immutable law of progress; and change, judicious and cautious change, is necessary for the well being, and indeed the preservation of the social system.
  • Have fire and spread all over. Work, work. Be the servant while leading, be unselfish, and never listen to one friend in private accusing another. Have infinite patience, and success is yours.
  • No one is ever really taught by another; each of us has to teach himself. The external teacher offers only the suggestion, which arouses the internal teacher, who helps us to understand things.
  • Man has wanted to look beyond, wanted to expand himself; and all that we call progress, evolution, has been always measured by that one search, the search for human destiny, the search for God.
  • Superstitions are all materialism, because they are all based on the consciousness of body, body, body. No spirit there. Spirit has no superstitions – it is beyond the vain desires of the body.
  • Each nation has its own peculiar method of work. Some work through politics, some through social reforms, some through other lines. With us, religion is the only ground along which we can move.
  • What do we call the river? Every moment the water is changing, the shore is changing, every moment the environment is changing, what is the river then? It is the name of this series of changes.
  • Fear is death, fear is sin, fear is hell, fear is unrighteousness, and fear is wrong life. All the negative thoughts and ideas that are in the world have proceeded from this evil spirit of fear.
  • Every idea has to become broad till it covers the whole of this world, every aspiration must go on increasing till it has engulfed the whole of humanity, nay, the whole of life, within its scope.
  • Even if our every attempt is a failure, and we bleed and are torn asunder, yet, through all this, we have to preserve our heart – we must assert our Godhead in the midst of all these difficulties.
  • The disciple must have great power of endurance. Bear all evil and misery without one thought of unhappiness, resistance, remedy, or retaliation. That is true endurance, and that you must acquire.
  • Every individual is a center for the manifestation of a certain force. This force has been stored up as the resultant of our previous works, and each one of us is born with this force at our back.
  • Our Soul is a spark of the Divine. It is pure and perfect. Evil deeds merely obstruct our vision of the true nature of our Soul. Through good deeds we can become conscious of this perfection again.
  • Man stands in materialism; you and I are materialists. Our talking about God and Spirit is good; but it is simply the vogue in our society to talk thus: we have learnt it parrot-like and repeat it.
  • The ideal person is he who, in the midst of the greatest silence and solitude, finds the intensest activity, and in the midst of the intensest activity finds the silence and solitude of the desert.
  • The book is all in us. Fool, hearest not thou? In thine own heart day and night is singing that Eternal Music – Sachchid√¢nanda, soham, soham – Existence-Knowledge-Bliss Absolute, I am He, I am He.
  • Religion is realization; not talk, nor doctrine, nor theories however beautiful they may be. It is being and becoming, not hearing, or acknowledging; it is the whole soul becoming what it believes.
  • I am a Hindu, I am proud to belong to a religion which has taught the world both tolerance and universal acceptance. We believe not only in universal toleration, but we accept all religions as true.
  • A Sannyasin cannot belong to any religion, for his is a life of independent thought, which draws from all religions; his is a life of realisation, not merely of theory or belief, much less of dogma.
  • Never talk about the faults of others, no matter how bad they may be. Nothing is ever gained by that. You never help one by talking about his fault; you do him an injury, and injure yourself as well.
  • TO worship God even for the sake of salvation or any other reward is equally degenerate. Love knows no reward. Give your love unto to God, but do not ask anything in return even from Him through pray.
  • He is an atheist who does not believe in himself. The old religions said that he was an atheist who did not believe in God. The new religion says that he is an atheist who does not believe in himself.
  • No doubt it is an evil to be bound by laws, but it is necessary at the immature stage to be guided by rules; in other words, as the Master used to say that the sapling must be hedged round, and so on.
  • Nothing is gained except by sacrifice…. Do not degrade it to the level of the brutes…. Make yourselves decent men! … Be chaste and pure! … There is no other way. Did Christ find any other way?
  • Strength, strength it is that we want so much in this life, for what we call sin and sorrow have all one cause, and that is our weakness. With weakness comes ignorance, and with ignorance comes misery.
  • If a piece of burning charcoal be placed on a man‚Äôs head, see how he struggles to throw it off. Similar will be the struggle for freedom of those who really understand that they are slaves of nature.
  • These practices – non-killing, truthfulness, non-stealing, chastity, and non-receiving – are to be practised by every man, woman, and child; by every soul, irrespective of nation, country, or position.
  • Seeing a cat loving her kittens stand and pray. God has become manifest there; literally believe this. Repeat “I am Thine, I am Thine”, for we can see God everywhere. Do not seek for Him, just see Him.
  • If you really want the good of others, the whole universe may stand against you and cannot hurt you. It must crumble before your power of the Lord Himself in you if you are sincere and really unselfish.
  • Say to your own minds, “I am He, I am He”. Let it ring day and night in your minds like a song, and at the point of death declare : “I am He”. That is truth; the infinite strength of the world is yours.
  • You are the makers of your own fortunes. You make yourselves suffer, you make good and evil, and it is you who put your hands before your eyes and say it is dark. Take your hands away and see the light.
  • To get any reason out of the mass of incongruity we call human life, we have to transcend our reason, but we must do it scientifically, slowly, by regular practice, and we must cast off all superstition.
  • The animal man lives in the senses. If he does not get enough to eat, he is miserable; or if something happens to his body, he is miserable. In the senses both his misery and his happiness begin and end.
  • It is the free alone which never changes, and the unchangeable alone which is free; for change is produced by something exterior to a thing, or within itself, which is more powerful than the surroundings.
  • Man only remains hypnotised with the false idea of an ego. When this ghost is off from us, all dreams vanish, and then it is found that the one Self only exists from the highest Being to a blade of grass.
  • Always discriminate-your body, your house, the people and the world are all absolutely unreal like a dream. Always think that the body is only an inert instrument. And the Atman within is your real nature.
  • Not only we can, but some have reached perfection; so no matter what finer bodies come, they could only be on the relative plane and could do no more than we, for to attain freedom is all that can be done.
  • Throw overboard all idea of jealousy and egotism, once for all. Come on to the practical field with tremendous energy; to work, in the fullness of strength! As to the rest, the Lord will point out the way.
  • You know your real nature [to be divine]. You are the king and play you are a beggar. . . . It is all fun. Know it and play. That is all there is to it. Then practice it. The whole universe is a vast play.
  • What makes you weep, my friend? In you is all power. Summon up your all-powerful nature, O mighty one, and this whole universe will lie at your feet. It is the Self alone that predominates, and not matter.
  • Change is always subjective. To talk of evil and misery is nonsense, because they do not exist outside. If I am immune from all anger, I never feel angry. If am immune from all hatred, I never feel hatred.
  • Think day and night, I am of the essence of that Supreme Existence, Knowledge, Bliss-what fear and anxiety have I? This body, mind, and intellect are all transient, and That which is beyond these is myself.
  • Jnana, bhakti, yoga and karma – these are the four paths which lead to spiritual freedom. One must follow the path for which one is best suited. But in this age, special stress should be laid on karma yoga.
  • Wait with patience and love and strength. If helpers are not ready now, they will come in time. Why should we be in a hurry? The real working force of all great work is in its almost unperceived beginnings.
  • When we come to nonattachment, then we can understand the marvelous mystery of the universe: how it is intense activity and at the same time intense peace, how it is work every moment and rest every moment.
  • Let me die fighting. Two years of physical suffering have taken from me twenty years of life. But the soul changes not, does it? It is there, the same madcap – Atman – mad upon one idea, intent and intense.
  • Never forget that a man is made great and perfect as much by his faults as by his virtues. So we must not seek to rob a nation of its character, even if it could be proved that the character was all faults.
  • Just as I sit down to meditate, all the vilest subjects in the world come up. The whole thing is nauseating. Why should the mind think thoughts I do not want it to think? I am as it were a slave to the mind.
  • We believe that every being is divine, is God. Every soul is a sun covered over with clouds of ignorance; the difference between soul and soul is owing to the difference in density of these layers of clouds.
  • Love is always mutual and reflective. You may hate me, and if I want to love you, you repulse me. But if I persist, in a month or a year you are bound to love me. It is a well-known psychological phenomenon.
  • The human soul has sojourned in lower and higher forms, migrating from one to another according to the samskaras or impressions, but it is only in the highest form as a human being that it attains to freedom.
  • See here, how fresh is the air, there is the Ganga, and the Sadhus (holy men) are practising meditation, and holding lofty talks! While the moment you will go to Calcutta, you will be thinking of nasty stuff.
  • Be perfectly resigned, perfectly unconcerned; then alone can you do any true work. No eyes can see the real forces; we can only see the results. Put out self, forget it; just let God work, it is HIS business.
  • We cannot see outside what we are not inside. The universe is to us what the huge engine is to the miniature engine; and indication of any error in the tiny engine leads us to imagine trouble in the huge one.
  • I could not for my soul distinguish ever the distinction between “religious anger” and “commonplace anger”, “religious killing” and “commonplace killing”, “religious slandering and irreligious”, and so forth.
  • Feel like Christ and you will be a Christ; feel like Buddha and you will be a Buddha. It is feeling that is the life, the strength, the vitality, without which no amount of intellectual activity can reach God.
  • Work done for the Self gives no bondage. Neither desire pleasure nor fear pain from work. It is the mind and body that work, not I. Tell yourself this unceasingly and realise it. Try not to know that you work.
  • The principles of the Vedanta not only should be preached everywhere in India, but also outside. Our thought must enter into the make-up of the minds of every nation, not through writings, but through persons.
  • Man has infinite power within himself, and he can realise it – he can realise himself as the one infinite Self. It can be done; but you do not believe it. You pray to God and keep your powder dry all the time.
  • Everything which has name and form must die. If there are heavens with forms, these heavens must vanish in course of time; they may last millions of years, but there must come a time when they will have to go.
  • The sages are often ignorant of physical science, because they read the wrong book-the book within; and the scientists are too often ignorant of religion, because they too read the wrong book-the book outside.
  • Give up all desire for enjoyment in earth or heaven. Control the organs of the senses and control the mind. Bear every misery without even knowing that you are miserable. Think of nothing but spiritual freedom.
  • All these disciplines are for the purification of the heart. And as soon as it is pure, all truths flash upon it in a minute; all truth in the universe will manifest in your heart, if you are sufficiently pure.
  • If you think that you are bound, you remain bound; you make your own bondage. If you know that you are free, you are free this moment. This is knowledge, knowledge of freedom. Freedom is the goal of all nature.
  • An intellectual, heartless man never becomes an inspired man. It is always the heart that speaks in the man of love; it discovers a greater instrument than intellect can give you, the instrument of inspiration.
  • Evil company is always to be shunned; because it leads to lust and anger, illusion, forgetfulness of the goal, destruction of the will (lack of perseverance), and destruction of everything. (Narada Bhakti Sutra)
  • If you want to live, go back to Christ. You are not Christians. Go back to Christ. Go back to him who had nowhere to lay his head. Better be ready to live in rags with Christ than to live in palaces without him.
  • I ask you all so earnestly to open girl’s schools in every village and try to uplift them. If the Conditions of women are raised, then their children will, by their noble actions, glorify the name of the Country.
  • “Why should I become angry just because another man has made a fool of himself. Do thou resist not evil!” That is what the lovers of God say. Whatever the world does, wherever it goes, has no influence [on them].
  • Religion has become to many merely a means of doing a little charity work, just to amuse them after a hard day’s labour – they get five minutes religion to amuse them. This is the danger with the liberal thought.
  • When I see an object there is no will; when its sensations are carried to the brain, there comes the reaction, which says “Do this”, or “Do not do this”, and this state of the ego-substance is what is called will
  • Religion and religion alone is the life of India, and when that goes India will die, in spite of politics, in spite of social reforms, in spite of Kubera’s wealth poured upon the head of every one of her children.
  • Never say any man is hopeless, because he only represents a character, a bundle of habits, which can be checked by new and better ones. Character is repeated habits, and repeated habits alone can reform character.
  • Who will bring light to the poor? Who will travel from door to door bringing education to them? Let these people be your God-think of them, work for them, pray for them incessantly. The Lord will show you the way.
  • It is our own mental attitude which makes the world what it is for us. Our thought make things beautiful, our thoughts make things ugly. The whole world is in our own minds. Learn to see things in the proper light.
  • What is material and what is not? When the world is the end and God is the means to attain that end, that is material. When God is the end and the world is only the means to attain that end, spirituality has begun.
  • If in this hell of a world one can bring a little joy and peace even for a day into the heart of a single person, that much alone is true; this I have learnt after suffering all my life; all else is mere moonshine.
  • It is the nature of the brute to remain where he is (not to progress); it is the nature of man to seek good and avoid evil; it is the nature of God to seek neither, but just to be eternally blissful. Let us be God!
  • Be proud that thou art an Indian, and proudly proclaim, “I am an Indian, every Indian is my brother.” Say, “The ignorant Indian, the poor and destitute Indian, the Brahmin Indian, the Pariah Indian, is my brother.”
  • If you are angry, and then happy, the next moment the anger passes away. Out of that anger you manufactured the next state. These states are always interchangeable. Eternal happiness and misery are a child’s dream.
  • Ordinary love is mere animal attraction. Otherwise why is the distinction between the sexes? If one kneels before an image, it is dreadful idolatry; but if one kneels before husband or wife, it is quite permissible!
  • This intelligence itself is modified into what we call egoism, and this intelligence is the cause of all the powers in the body. It covers the whole ground, sub-consciousness, consciousness, and super-consciousness.
  • Wherever there has been expansion in love or progress in well-being, of individuals or numbers, it has been through the perception, realisation, and the practicalisation of the Eternal Truth-the oneness of all beings
  • Give up the awful disease that is creeping into our national blood, that idea of ridiculing everything, that loss of seriousness. Give that up. Be strong and have this Shraddha, and everything else is bound to follow.
  • It may be that I shall find it good to get outside of my body – to cast it off like a disused garment. But I shall not cease to work! I shall inspire men everywhere, until the world shall know that it is one with God.
  • What is the use of talking of one’s mistakes to the world? They cannot thereby be undone. For what one has done one must suffer; one must try and do better. The world sympathizes only with the strong and the powerful.
  • We must have friendship for all; we must be merciful toward those that are in misery; when people are happy, we ought to be happy; and to the wicked we must be indifferent. These attitudes will make the mind peaceful.
  • The body is the external coating and the mind is the internal coating of the Atman who is the real perceiver, the real enjoyer, the being in the body who is working the body by means of the internal organ or the mind.
  • Understanding human nature is the highest knowledge, and only by knowing it can we know God. It is also a fact that the knowledge of God is the highest knowledge, and only by knowing God can we understand human nature.
  • No one should be judged by their defects. The great virtues a person has are his or her especially. But their errors are the common weakness of humanity and should never be counted in estimating a person‚Äôs character.
  • Christ said, “I and my father are one”, and you repeat it. Yet it has not helped mankind. For nineteen hundred years men have not understood that saying. They make Christ the saviour of men. He is God and we are worms!
  • A nation is not to be judged by its weaklings called the wicked, as they are only the weeds which lag behind, but by the good, the noble, and the pure, who indicate the national life current flowing clear and vigorous.
  • This is the first lesson to learn: be determined not to curse anything outside, not to lay the blame upon anyone outside, but stand up, lay the blame on yourself. You will find that is always true. Get hold of yourself.
  • If a thing happens once, it can happen again. If any human being has ever realised perfection, we too can do so. If we cannot become perfect here and now, we never can in any state or heaven or condition we may imagine.
  • The meditative state is the highest state of existence. So long as there is desire, no real happiness can come. It is only the contemplative, witness-like study of objects that brings to us real enjoyment and happiness.
  • Truth, purity, and unselfishness wherever these are present, there is no power below or above the sun to crush the possessor thereof. Equipped with these, one individual is able to face the whole universe in opposition.
  • Was there ever a more horrible blasphemy than the statement that all the knowledge of God is confined to this or that book? How dare men call God infinite, and yet try to compress Him within the covers of a little book!
  • The spirit is the cause of all our thoughts and body-action, and everything, but it is untouched by good or evil, pleasure or pain, heat of cold, and all the dualism of nature, although it lends its light to everything.
  • You are incarnations of God, all of you. You are incarnations of the Almighty, Omnipresent, Divine Principle. You may laugh at me now, but the time will come when you will understand. You must. Nobody will be left behind.
  • You cannot teach a child any more than you can grow a plant. All you can do is on the negative side – you can only help. It is a manifestation from within; it develops its own nature – you can only take away obstructions.
  • May He who is the Brahman of the Hindus, the Ahura-Mazda of the Zoroastrians, the Buddha of the Buddhists, the Jehovah of the Jews, the Father in Heaven of the Christians give strength to you to carry out your noble idea.
  • The hard discipline, with the exception of one great good point, is fraught with evil. The good point is that men can do one or two things well with very little effort, having practiced them every day through generations.
  • Proselytism is tolerated by Hinduism. Any man, whether he be a Shudra or Chandala, can expound philosophy even to a Brahmin. The truth can be learnt from the lowest individual, no matter to what caste or creed he belongs.
  • Let each one of us pray day and night for the downtrodden millions who are held fast by poverty, priestcraft, and tyranny. Pray day and night for them. I care more to preach religion to them than to the high and the rich.
  • What we want is muscles of iron and nerves of steel. We have wept long enough. No more weeping, but stand on your feet and be men. It is man-making theories that we want. It is man-making education all round that we want.
  • Take courage and work on. Patience and steady work – this is the only way. Go on; remember – patience and purity and courage and steady work. . . . So long as you are pure, and true to your principles, you will never fail.
  • The Buddhist tenet, “Non-killing is supreme virtue”, is very good, but in trying to enforce it upon all by legislation without paying any heed to the capacities of the people at large, Buddhism has brought ruin upon India.
  • Look not back. No, not even if you see the dearest and nearest cry. Look not back, but forward. We cannot stop. If we stop we die. We have either to go forward or to go backward. We have either to progress or to degenerate.
  • This is the work of N√¢ma-Rupa – name and form. Everything that has form, everything that calls up an idea in your mind, is within Maya; for everything that is bound by the laws of time, space, and causation is within Maya.
  • Nature, body, mind go to death, not we. We neither go nor come. The man Vivekananda is in nature, is born and dies. But the Self we see as Vivekananda is never born and never dies. It is the eternal and unchangeable Reality.
  • We must not forget that what I mean by the conquest of the world by spiritual thought is the sending out of the life-giving principles, not the hundreds of superstitions that we have been hugging to our breasts for centuries.
  • Avoid excessive merriment. A mind in that state never becomes calm; it becomes fickle. Excessive merriment will always be followed by sorrow. Tears and laughter are near kin. People so often run from one extreme to the other.
  • Those who work at a thing heart and soul not only achieve success in it but through their absorption in that they also realize the supreme truth-Brahman. Those who work at a thing with their whole heart receive help from God.
  • After so much austerity I have known that the highest truth is this: He is present in every being! These are all in manifold forms of him. There is no other God to seek for! He alone is worshipping God, who serves all beings!
  • The fruit falls from the tree when it gets ripe. So wait for the time to come. Do not hurry. Moreover, no one has the right to make others miserable by his foolish acts. Wait, have patience, everything will come right in time.
  • A tremendous stream is flowing toward the ocean, carrying us all along with it; and though like straws and scraps of paper we may at times float aimlessly about, in the long run we are sure to join the Ocean of Life and Bliss.
  • Advaita is the only system that gives us complete control over ourselves, takes off all dependence and its associated superstitions, thus making us brave to suffer, brave to do, and in the long run, attain to absolute freedom.
  • My son, hold fast! Do not care for anybody to help you. Is not the Lord infinitely greater than all human help? Be holy–trust in the Lord, depend on him always, and you are on the right track. Nothing can prevail against you.
  • This, I have seen in life – those who are overcautious about themselves fall into dangers at every step. Those who are afraid of losing honor and respect, get only disgrace; and those who are always afraid of loss, always lose.
  • From attachment comes longing, and longing breeds anger. From anger comes delusion, and from delusion, confused memory. From confused memory comes the ruin of discrimination; and from the ruin of discrimination, a man perishes.
  • He who knows even how to prepare a smoke properly, knows also how to meditate. And he who cannot cook well cannot be a perfect sannyasin. Unless cooking is performed with a pure mind and concentration, the food is not palatable.
  • Be strong , my young friends; that is my advice to you. You will be nearer to Heaven through football than through the study of the Gita. These are bold words; but I have to say them, for I love you. I know where the shoe pinches.
  • The Vedanta recognizes no sin it only recognizes error. And the greatest error, says the Vedanta is to say that you are weak, that you are a sinner, a miserable creature, and that you have no power and you cannot do this and that.
  • The cause being finite, the effect must be finite. If the cause is eternal the effect can be eternal, but all these causes, doing good work, and all other things, are only finite causes, and as such cannot produce infinite result.
  • No authority can save us, no beliefs. If there is a God, all can find Him. No one needs to be told it is warm; all can discover it for themselves. So it should be with God. He should be a fact in the consciousness of every person.
  • The chief helps in this liberation are Abhyasa and Vairagya. Vairagya is non – attachment to life, because it is the will to enjoy that brings all this bondage in its train; and Abhyasa is constant practice of any one of the Yogas.
  • Suppose cats became philosophers, they would see a cat universe and have a cat solution of the problem of the universe, and a cat ruling it. So we see from this that our explanation of the universe is not the whole of the solution.
  • The animal has its happiness in the senses, the human beings in their intellect, and the gods in spiritual contemplation. It is only to the soul that has attained to this contemplative state that the world really becomes beautiful.
  • We do not look at our own faults; the eyes do not see themselves, they see the eyes of everybody else. We human beings are very slow to recognise our own weakness, our own faults, so long as we can lay the blame upon somebody else.
  • The difference between architecture and building is that the former expresses an idea, while the latter is merely a structure built on economical principles. The value of matter depends solely on its capacities of expressing ideas.
  • All work is simply to bring out the power of the mind which is already there, to wake up the soul. The power is inside every man, so is knowing; the different works are like blows to bring them out, to cause these giants to wake up.
  • Why are people so afraid? The answer is that they have made themselves helpless and dependent on others. We are so lazy, we do not want to do anything ourselves. We want a Personal God, a Savior or a Prophet to do everything for us.
  • There is to be found in every religion the manifestation of the struggle toward freedom. It is the groundwork of all morality, of unselfishness, which means getting rid of the idea that human beings are the same as this little body.
  • I fervently wish no misery ever came near anyone; yet it is that alone that gives us an insight into the depths of our lives, does it not? In our moments of anguish, gates barred forever seem to open and let in many a flood of light.
  • A certain motion becomes understood when it is referred to a force; certain sensations, to matter; certain changes outside, to law; certain changes in thought, to mind; certain order singly, to causation – and joined to time, to law.
  • . . . Have patience and be faithful unto death. Do not fight among yourselves. Be perfectly pure in money dealings. . . . We will do great things yet. . . . So long as you have faith and honesty and devotion, everything will prosper.
  • The man who gives way to anger, or hatred, or any other passion, cannot work; he only breaks himself to pieces, and does nothing practical. It is the calm, forgiving, equable, well-balanced mind that does the greatest amount of work.
  • The powers of the mind should be concentrated and the mind turned back upon itself; as the darkest places reveal their secrets before the penetrating rays of the sun, so will the concentrated mind penetrate its own innermost secrets.
  • The moment I have realized God sitting in the temple of every human body, the moment I stand in reverence before every human being and see God in him – that moment I am free from bondage, everything that binds vanishes, and I am free.
  • There is only one sin and it is: weakness. When I was a boy, I read Milton’s Paradise Lost. The only good man I had any respect for was Satan. The only saint is that person who never weakens, faces everything, and determines die game.
  • The calm man is not the man who is dull. You must not mistake Sattva for dullness or laziness. The calm man is the one who has control over the mind waves. Activity is the manifestation of inferior strength, calmness, of the superior.
  • If there be no eternal life, still the enjoyment of spiritual thoughts as ideals is keener and makes a man happier, whilst the foolery of materialism leads to competition and undue ambition and ultimate death, individual and national.
  • Each one of us reaps what we ourselves have sown. These miseries under which we suffer, these bondages under which we struggle, have been caused by ourselves, and none else in the universe is to blame. God is the least to blame for it.
  • There have been two lines of progress in this world-political and religious. In the former the Greeks are everything, the modern political institutions being only the development of the Grecian; in the latter the Hindus are everything.
  • To me an Indian is one who has got a Vedantic brain which probes deep and soars high; an Islamic body that is vibrant and valiant; a Buddhistic heart overflowing with compassion and kindness and Christian limbs of service and sacrifice.
  • Do you think these sannyasi children of Sri Ramakrishna are born to simply to sit under trees lighting dhuni-fires? Whenever any of them will take up some work, people will be astonished to see their energy. Learn from them how to work.
  • We read many books, but that does not bring us knowledge. We may read all the Bibles in the world, but that will not give us religion. Theoretical religion is easy enough to get, any one may get that. What we want is practical religion.
  • Meditation, you know, comes by a process imagination. You go through all these processes purification of the elements – making the one melt the other, that into the next higher, that into mind, that into spirit, and then you are spirit.
  • The householder must always please his wife with money, clothes, love and faith and never do anything to disturb her. That man who has succeeded in getting the love of a chaste wife has succeeded in his religion and has all the virtues.
  • “If you die, you get to heaven; and if you win, you enjoy the earth” (Gita). Even if you die in this attempt, well and good, many will take up the work, following your example. And if you succeed, you will live a life of great opulence.
  • Buddha and Christ were second-rate heroes. The greatest men that ever live pass away unknown. They put forth no claims for themselves, establish no schools or systems in their name. They never create any stir but just melt down in love.
  • He who is the servant of all is their true master. He never becomes a leader in whose love there is a consideration of high or low. He whose love knows no end and never stops to consider high or low has the whole world lying at his feet.
  • First, let us be Gods, and then help others to be Gods. “Be and make.” Let this be our motto. Say not man is a sinner. Tell him that he is a God. Even if there were a devil, it would be our duty to remember God always, and not the devil.
  • I want each one of my children to be a hundred times greater than I could ever be. Everyone of you must be a giant- must, that is my word. Obedience, readiness, and love for the cause- if you have these three, nothing can hold you back.
  • The sign of vigour, the sign of life, the sign of hope, the sign of health, the sign of everything that is good, is strength. As long as the body lives, there must be strength in the body, strength in the mind, [and strength] in the hand.
  • Truth will never come into our minds so long as there will remain the faintest shadow of Ahamk√¢ra (egotism). All of you should try to root out this devil from your heart. Complete self-surrender is the only way to spiritual illumination.
  • We must travel; we must go to foreign parts. We must see how the engine of society works in other countries, and keep free and open communication with what is going on in the minds of other nations, if we really want to be a nation again.
  • When we have become free, we need not go mad and throw up society and rush off to die in the forest or the cave; we shall remain where we were but we shall understand the whole thing. The same phenomena will remain but with a new meaning.
  • Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life – think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success.
  • First, meditation should be of a negative nature. Think away everything. Analyse everything that comes in the mind by the sheer action of the will. Next, assert what we really are-existence, knowledge, and bliss-being, knowing, and loving.
  • All love is expansion, all selfishness is contraction. Love is therefore the only law of life. He who loves lives, he who is selfish is dying. Therefore love for love’s sake, because it is the only law of life, just as you breathe to live.
  • We are the makers of our own lives. There is no such thing as fate. Our lives are the result of our previous actions, our karma, and it naturally flows that, having been ourselves the makers of our karma, we must also be able to unmake it.
  • Do not go for glass beads leaving the mine of diamonds. This life is a great chance. What, seekest thou the pleasures of the world? He is the fountain of all bliss. See for the highest, aim at that highest, and you shall reach the highest.
  • Above all, beware of compromises. I do not mean that you are to get into antagonism with anybody, but you have to hold on to your own principles in weal or woe and never adjust them to others “fads” thought the greed of getting supporters.
  • Give up all self, all egotisms get out of anger, lust, give all to God. “I am not, but Thou art; the old man is all gone, only Thou remainest.” “I am Thou.” Blame none; if evil comes, know the Lord is playing with you and be exceeding glad.
  • Mark, therefore, the ordinary theory of practical religion, what it leads to. Charity is great, but the moment you say it is all, you run the risk of running into materialism. It is not religion. It is no better than atheism – a little less.
  • Since everything emanates from God, he is the embodied principle in every being. Each one of us is made from God. Tat twam asi – “You are That One” who is eternally blissful, that one principle manifesting itself as this variety of Creation.
  • I am the thread that runs through all these pearls, and each pearl is a religion or even a sect thereof. Such are the different pearls, and God is the thread that runs through all of them; most people, however, are entirely unconscious of it.
  • Children of those ancient Aryans, through the grace of the Lord may you have the same pride, may that faith in your ancestors come into your blood, may it become a part and parcel of your lives, may it work towards the salvation of the world!
  • My son, there is no rest for me. That which Sri Ramakrishna called “Kali” took possession of my body and soul three or four days before his passing away. That makes me work and work and never lets me keep still or look to my personal comfort.
  • The test of ahimsa is the absence of jealousy. The man whose heart never cherishes even the thought of injury to anyone, who rejoices at the prosperity of even his greatest enemy, that man is the bhakta, he is the yogi, he is the guru of all.
  • Wherever in any society there are too many laws, it is a sure sign that that society will soon die. If you study the characteristics of India, you will find that no nation possesses so many laws as the Hindus, and national death is the result.
  • I have a message for the world, which I will deliver without fear and care for the future. To the reformers I will point out that I am a greater reformer than any one of them. They want to reform only little bits. I want root-and-branch reform.
  • Whatever you are doing, put your whole mind on it. If you are shooting, your mind should be only on the target. Then you will never miss. If you are learning your lessons, think only of the lesson. In India boys and girls are taught to do this.
  • To succeed, you must have tremendous perserverance… tremendous will. “I will drink the ocean”, says the perservering soul; at my will mountains will crumble. Have that sort of energy, that sort of will; work hard, and you will reach the goal.
  • How often does a man ruin his disciples by remaining always with them! When men are once trained, it is essential that their leader leave them, for without his absence they cannot develop themselves. Plants always remain small under a big tree.
  • Go on bravely. Do not expect success in a day or a year. Always hold on to the highest. Be steady. Avoid jealousy and selfishness. Be obedient and eternally faithful to the cause of truth, humanity, and your country, and you will move the world.
  • Those reformers who preach against image-worship, or what they denounce as idolatry – to them I say “Brothers, if you are fit to worship God-without-form discarding all external help, do so, but why do you condemn others who cannot do the same?”
  • As the different streams, having their sources in different places, all mingle their water in the sea; O Lord, so the different paths which men take through different tendencies, various though they appear, crooked or straight, all lead to Thee.
  • The Trinitarian Christ is elevated above us; the Unitarian Christ is merely a moral man; neither can help us. The Christ who is the Incarnation of God, who has not forgotten His divinity, that Christ can help us, in Him there is no imperfection.
  • You see, no one can teach anybody. The teacher spoils everything by thinking that he is teaching. Thus Vedanta says that within man is all knowledge-even in a boy it is so-and it requires only an awakening, and that much is the work of a teacher.
  • Why is it that we three hundred and thirty millions of people have been ruled for the last one thousand years by any and every handful of foreigners who chose to walk over our prostrate bodies? Because they had faith in themselves and we had not.
  • If you think about disaster, you will get it. Brood about death and you hasten your demise. Think positively and masterfully, with confidence and faith, and life becomes more secure, more fraught with action, richer in achievement and experience.
  • If you want to have life, you have to die every moment for it. Life and death are only different expressions of the same thing looked at from different standpoints; they are the falling and the rising of the same wave, and the two form one whole.
  • Infinite perfection is in every man, though unmanifested. Every man has in him the potentiality of attaining to perfect saintliness, Rishihood, or to the most exalted position of an Avat√¢ra, or to the greatness of a hero in material discoveries.
  • Get up, and set your shoulder to the wheel – How long is this life for? As you have come into this world, leave some mark behind. Otherwise, where is the difference between you and the trees and stones? They too come into existence, decay and die.
  • I direct my attention to the individual, to make him strong, to teach him that he himself is divine, and I call upon men to make themselves conscious of this divinity within. That is really the ideal –conscious or unconscious –of every religion.
  • You cannot take away one atom of matter or one foot-pound of force. You cannot add to the universe one atom of matter or one foot-pound of force. As such, evolution does not come out of zero; then, where does it come from? From previous involution.
  • Renunciation is the background of all religious thought wherever it be, and you will always find that as this idea of renunciation lessens, the more will the senses creep into the field of religion, and spirituality will decrease in the same ratio.
  • We must become free. We are free; the work is to know it. We must give up all slavery, all bondage of whatever kind. We must not only give up our bondage to earth and everything and everybody on earth, but also to all ideas of heaven and happiness.
  • That is the great fact which you ought to remember. We are the children of the Almighty, we are sparks of the infinite, divine fire. How can we be nothings? We are everything, ready to do everything, we can do everything, and man must do everything.
  • Unselfishness is God. One may live on a throne, in a golden palace, and be perfectly unselfish; and then he is in God. Another may live in a hut and wear rags, and have nothing in the world; yet, if he is selfish, he is intensely merged in the world.
  • It is not that Christ is superior to Allah, not that Allah is everything and Brahma is nothing, but it is the same one whom you call either Brahma or Allah, or Almighty, or by a hundred other names. The names are different but God is one and the same.
  • The greatest force is derived from the power of thought. The finer the element, the more powerful it is. The silent power of thought influences people even at a distance, because mind is one as well as many. The universe is a cobweb; minds are spiders.
  • There is this difference between the love taught by Christianity and that taught by Hinduism: Christianity teaches us to love our neighbours as we should wish them to love us; Hinduism asks us to love them as ourselves, in fact to see ourselves in them.
  • Say – i am the Atman in which my lower ego has become merged for ever. Be perfect in this idea; and then as long as the body endures, speak unto others this message of fearlessness: “Thou art That”, “Arise, awake, and stop not till the goal is reached!”
  • Two attempts have been made in the world to found social life: the one was upon religion, and the other was upon social necessity. The one was founded upon spirituality, the other upon materialism; the one upon transcendentalism, the other upon realism.
  • Feel, my children, feel; feel for the poor, the ignorant, the downtrodden; feel till the heart stops and the brain reels and you think you will go mad; then pour the soul out at the feet of the Lord, and then will come power, help and indomitable energy.
  • Think always: I am ever-pure, ever-knowing, and ever-free. How can I do anything evil? Can I ever be befooled like ordinary people with the insignificant charms of lust and wealth? Strengthen the mind with such thoughts. This will surely bring real good.
  • Buddha taught kindness towards lower beings; and since then there has not been a sect in India that has not taught charity to all beings, even to animals. This kindness, this mercy, this charity – greater than any doctrine – are what Buddhism left to us.
  • “Some would call you a saint, some a chandala; some a lunatic, others a demon. Go on then straight to thy work without heeding either” – thus saith one of our great Sannyasins, an old emperor of India, King Bhartrihari, who joined the order in old times.
  • God is one the paths to reach him (religions) are many – just as different rivers, originating in different mountains, traverse different paths, flowing straight or crooked, and at last join the ocean. He is the one Lord of all, the one Soul of all souls.

 

  • I love my nation, I cannot see you degraded, weakened any more than you are now. Therefore I am bound for your sake and for truth’s to cry, “Hold!” and to raise my voice against this degradation of my race. Give up these weakening mysticism and be strong.

 

  • You have the right to work, but do not become so degenerate as to look for results. Work incessantly, but see something behind the work. Even good deeds can find a man in great bondage. Therefore be not bound by good deeds or by desires for name and fame.

 

  • I am neither man nor angel. I have no sex nor limit. I am knowledge itself. I am He. I have neither anger nor hatred. I have neither pain nor pleasure. Death or birth I never had. For I am Knowledge Absolute, and Bliss Absolute. I am He, my soul, I am He!

 

  • Science, art, learning and metaphysical research all have their proper functions in life, but if you seek to blend them, you destroy their individual characteristics until, in time, you eliminate the spiritual, for instance, from the religious altogether.

 

  • We may worship a picture as God, but not God as the picture. God in the picture is right, but the picture as God is wrong. God in the image is perfectly right. There is no danger there. This is the real worship of God. But the image-God is a mere Pratika.

 

  • There is no help for you outside of yourself; you are the creator of the universe. Like the silkworm you have built a cocoon around yourself…. Burst your own cocoon and come out as the beautiful butterfly, as the free soul. Then alone you will see Truth.
  • Every one is as much bound in thought, word, deed, and mind, as a piece of stone or this table. That I talk to you now is as rigorous in causation as that you listen to me. There is no freedom until you go beyond Maya. That is the real freedom of the soul.
  • What the world wants today is twenty men and women who can dare to stand in the street yonder and say that they possess nothing but God. Who will go? Why should one fear? If this is true, what else could matter? If it is not true, what do our lives matter?
  • Even now, when you get love, you see Radha. Become Radha and be saved. There is no other way, Christians do not understand Solomon’s song. They call it prophecy symbolising Christ’s love for the Church. They think it nonsense and father some story upon it.
  • The one theme of the Vedanta philosophy is the search after unity. The Hindu mind does not care for the particular; it is always after the general, nay, the universal. “what is it that by knowing which everything else is to be known.” That is the one search.
  • An allopath comes and treats cholera patients and gives them his medicines. The Homeopath comes and gives his medicines and cures perhaps more than the allopath does because the Homoeopath does not disturb the patients but allows the nature to deal with them.
  • The varieties of religious belief are an advantage, since all faiths are good, so far as they encourage us to lead a religious life. The more sects there are, the more opportunities there are for making a successful appeal to the divine instinct in all of us.
  • All power is within you; you can do anything and everything. Believe in that, do not believe that you are weak; do not believe that you are half-crazy lunatics, as most of us do nowadays. You can do anything and everything without even the guidance of any one.
  • He who is alone is happy. Do good to all, like everyone, but do not love anyone. It is a bondage, and bondage brings only misery. Live alone in your mind – that is happiness. To have nobody to care for and never minding who cares for one is the way to be free.
  • If I ask you to plunge into the Ganga or to jump from the roof of a house, meaning it all for your good, could you do even that without any hesitations Just think of it even now; otherwise don’t rush forward on the spur of the moment to accept me as your Guru.
  • Jesus Christ was willing to admit every good man to the family of God. It is not the man who believes a certain something, but the man who does the will of the Father in heaven, who is right. On this basis-being right and doing right-the whole world can unite.
  • We must recognise that duty and morality vary under different circumstances; not that the man who resists evil is doing what is always and in itself wrong, but that in the different circumstances in which he is placed it may become even his duty to resist evil.
  • Do not believe a thing because you have read about it in a book. Do not believe a thing because another man has said it was true. Do not believe in words because they are hallowed by tradition. Find out the truth for yourself. Reason it out. That is realization.
  • This is the secret of spiritual life: to think that I am the Atman and not the body, and that the whole of this universe with all its relations, with all its good and all its evil, is but as a series of paintings…scenes on a canvas…of which I am the witness.
  • Be not afraid , for all great power throughout the history of humanity has been with the people. From out of their ranks have come all the greatest geniuses of the world, and history can only repeat itself. Be not afraid of anything. You will do marvellous work.
  • The Vedas teach that the soul is divine, only held in the bondage of matter; perfection will be reached when this bond will burst, and the word they use for it is, therefore, Mukti – freedom, freedom from the bonds of imperfection, freedom from death and misery.
  • Father is the existence out of which everything comes; Son is that knowledge. It is in Christ that God will be manifest. God was everywhere, in all beings, before Christ; but in Christ we became conscious of Him. This is God. The third is bliss, the Holy Spirit.
  • Despite the many iniquities that have found entrance into the practices of image-worship as it is in vogue now, I do not condemn it. Ay, where would I have been if I had not been blessed with the dust of the holy feet of that orthodox, image-worshipping Brahmin!
  • If you have not even a little imagination, you are simply a brute. So you must not lower your ideal, neither are you to lose sight of practicality. We must avoid the two extremes…. You must try to combine in your life immense idealism with immense practicality.
  • To his enemies the householder must be a hero. Them he must resist. That is the duty of the householder. He must not sit down in a corner and weep, and talk nonsense about non-resistance. If he does not show himself a hero to his enemies he has not done his duty.
  • Life is short, and therefore, one thing being certain, death, let us take up a great ideal, and give up the whole life to it. For what is the value of life, this vegetating little low life of man? Subordinating it to one high ideal is the only value that life has.
  • Everything that we perceive around us is struggling towards freedom, from the atom to the man, from the insentient, lifeless particle of matter to the highest existence on earth, the human soul. The whole universe is in fact the result of this struggle for freedom.
  • Every one wants to command, and no one wants to obey; and this is owing to the absence of that wonderful brahmacharya system of yore. First, learn to obey. The command will come by itself. Always first learn to be a servant, and then you will be fit to be a master.
  • Have faith in yourself. You people were once the Vedic Rishis. Only, you have come in different forms, that’s all. I see it clear as daylight that you all have infinite power in you. Rouse that up; arise, arise – apply yourselves heart and soul, gird up your loins.
  • I want to start two institutions, one in Madras and one in Calcutta, to carry out my plan; and that plan briefly is to bring the Vedantic ideals into the everyday practical life of the saint or the sinner, of the sage or the ignoramus, of the Brahmin or the Pariah.
  • The wind of divine grace is always blowing. You just need to spread your sail. Whenever you do anything, do it with your whole heart concentrated on it. Think day and night, I am of the essence of that Supreme Being-Consciousness-Bliss. What fear and anxiety have I?
  • I hate this world, this dream, this horrible nightmare, with its churches and chicaneries, its books and blackguardisms, its fair faces and false hearts, its howling righteousness on the surface and utter hollowness beneath and, above all, its sanctified shopkeeping!
  • Do not desire, for what you desire you get, and with it comes terrible bondage. It is nothing but bringing “noses on us,” as in the case of the man who had three boons to ask. We never get freedom until we are self-contained. “Self is the Saviour of self, none else.”
  • Do you believe in that Infinite, good Providence working in and through you? If you believe that this Omnipresent One is present in every atom, is through and through, Ota-Prota, as the Sanskrit word goes, penetrating your body, mind and soul, how can you lose heart?
  • Nature grinds all of us. Keep count of the ounce of pleasure you get. In the long run, nature did her work through you, and when you die your body will make other plants grow. Yet we think all the time that we are getting pleasure ourselves. Thus the wheel goes round.
  • No one step back, that is the idea…. Fight it out, whatever comes. Let the stars move from the sphere! Let the whole world stand against us!…. What of it? Thus fight! You gain nothing by becoming cowards…. Taking a step backward, you do not avoid any misfortune.
  • Seek no praise, no reward, for anything you do. No sooner do we perform a good action than we begin to desire credit for it. No sooner do we give money to some charity than we want to see our names blazoned in the papers. Misery must come as the result of such desires.
  • Those that only take a nibble here and a nibble there will never attain anything … Those who really want to be yogis must give up, once and for all, this nibbling at things. Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life – think of it, dream of it, live on that idea.
  • Chemistry ceases to improve when one element is found from which all others are deductible. Physics ceases to progress when one force is found of which all others are manifestations. So religion ceases to progress when unity is reached, which is the case with Hinduism.
  • Marriage is the truest goal for ninety-nine per cent of the human race, and they will live the happiest life as soon as they have learnt and are ready to abide by the eternal lesson – that we are bound to bear and forbear and that life to every one must be a compromise.
  • It is always for greater joy that you give up the lesser. This is practical religion-the attainment of freedom, renunciation. Renounce the lower so that you may get the higher. Renounce! Renounce! Sacrifice! Give up! Not for zero. Not for nothing. But to get the higher.
  • The Christians believe that Jesus Christ died to save man. With you it is belief in a doctrine, and this belief constitutes your salvation. With us doctrine has nothing whatever to do with salvation. Each one may believe in whatever doctrine he likes; or in no doctrine.
  • The person is only a phenomenon, the principle is behind it. Thus from both sides, simultaneously, we find the breaking down of personalities and the approach towards principles, the Personal God approaching the Impersonal, the personal man approaching the Impersonal Man.
  • Work unto death! I am with you, and when I am gone, my spirit will work with you. This life comes and goes; wealth, fame, enjoyments are only of a few days. It is better, far better to die on the field of duty, preaching the truth, than to die like a worldly worm. Advance!
  • Knowledge of the Absolute depends upon no book, nor upon anything; it is absolute in itself. No amount of study will give this knowledge; is not theory, it is realization. Cleanse the dust from the mirror, purify your own mind, and in a flash you know that you are Brahman.
  • Learn to feel yourself in other bodies, to know that we are all one. Throw all other nonsense to the winds. Spit out your actions, good or bad, and never think of them again. What is done is done. Throw off superstition. Have no weakness even in the face of death. Be free.
  • I do not care what philosophy you take up; only I am ready to prove here that throughout the whole of India, there runs a mutual and cordial string of eternal faith in the perfection of humanity, and I believe in it myself. And let that faith be spread over the whole land.
  • Even the lowest of the Hindus, the Pariah, has less of the brute in him than a Briton in a similar social status. This is the result of an old and excellent religious civilization. This evolution to a higher spiritual state is possible only through discipline and education.
  • There is, however, only one idea of duty which has been universally accepted by all mankind, of all ages and sects and countries, and that has been summed up in a Sanskrit aphorism thus: “Do not injure any being; not injuring any being is virtue, injuring any being is sin.”
  • Whenever two particles come together, they are held by a certain attraction; and there will come a time when those particles will separate. This is the eternal law. So, wherever there is a body – either grosser or finer, either in heaven or on earth – death will overcome it.
  • Even books are nurses, medicines are nurses. But we must work to bring about the time when man shall recognise his mastery over his own body. Herbs and medicines have power over us as long as we allow them; when we become strong, these external methods are no more necessary.
  • We have all been hearing from childhood of such things as love, peace, charity, equality, and universal brotherhood; but they have become to us mere words without meaning, words which we repeat like parrots, and it has become quite natural for us to do so. We cannot help it.
  • Every little bit, every atom inside the universe, is in a constant state of change and motion, but the universe as a whole is unchangeable, because motion or change is a relative thing; we can only think of something in motion in comparison with something which is not moving.
  • Infinite power of the spirit, brought to bear upon matter evolves material development, made to act upon thought evolves intellectuality, and made to act upon itself makes of man a God. First, let us be Gods, and then help other to be GOds. Be and Make. Let this be our motto.
  • Too early religious advancement of the Hindus and that superfineness in everything which made them cling to higher alternatives, have reduced them to what they are. The Hindus have to learn a little bit of materialism from the West and teach them a little bit of spirituality.
  • The history of the world is the history of a few men who had faith in themselves. That faith calls out the divinity within. You can do anything. You fail only when you do not strive sufficiently to manifest infinite power. As soon as a man or a nation loses faith, death comes.
  • Bless people when they revile you. Think how much good they are doing by helping to stamp out the false ego. Hold fast to the real Self. Think only pure thoughts, and you will accomplish more than a regiment of mere preachers. Out of purity and silence comes the word of power.
  • Freedom can never be true of name and form; it is the clay out of which we (the pots) are made; then it is limited and not free, so that freedom can never be true of the related. One pot can never say “I am free” as a pot; only as it loses all ideas of form does it become free.
  • To realize the spirit as spirit is practical religion. Everything else is good so far as it leads to this one grand idea. That realization is to be attained by renunciation, by meditation-renunciation of all the senses, cutting the knots, the chains that bind us down to matter.
  • I have seen some astrologers who predicted wonderful things; but I have no reason to believe they predicted them only from the stars, or anything of the sort. In many cases it is simply mind-reading. Sometimes wonderful predictions are made, but in many cases it is arrant trash.
  • For a warrior, nothing is higher than a war against evil. The warrior confronted with such a war should be pleased, Arjuna, for it comes as an open gate to heaven. But if you do not participate in this battle against evil, you will incur sin, violating your dharma and your honor.
  • In countries where there is no marriage, there is no duty between husband and wife; when marriage comes, husband and wife live together on account of attachment; and that kind of living together becomes settled after generations; and when it becomes so settled, it becomes a duty.
  • Each one of you has a glorious future if you dare believe me. Have a tremendous faith in yourselves, like the faith I had when I was I was young… Have that faith, each one of you, in yourself – that eternal power is lodged in every soul – and you will revive the whole of India.
  • We reap what we sow. We are the makers of our own fate. The wind is blowing; those vessels whose sails are unfurled catch it, and go forward on their way, but those which have their sails furled do not catch the wind. Is that the fault of the wind?……. We make our own destiny.
  • Christ said, “Resist not evil”, and we do not understand it until we discover that it is not only moral but actually the best policy, for anger is loss of energy to the man who displays it. You should not allow your minds to come into those brain-combinations of anger and hatred.
  • The essential thing in religion is making the heart pure; the Kingdom of Heaven is within us, but only the pure in heart can see the King. While we think of the world, it is only the world for us; but let us come to it with the feeling that the world is God, and we shall have God.
  • This world is nothing. It is at best only a hideous caricature, a shadow of the Real. We must go to the Real. Renunciation will take us to It. Renunciation is the very basis of our true life; every moment of goodness and real life that we enjoy is when we do not think of ourselves.
  • The more opposition there is, the better. Does a river acquire velocity unless there is resistance? The newer and better a thing is, the more opposition I will meet with at the outset. It is opposition which foretells success. Where there is no opposition there is no success either.
  • Be brave! Be strong! Be fearless! Once you have taken up the spiritual fife, fight! Fight as long as there is any life in you! Even though you know that you are going to be killed, fight till you are killed! Don’t die of fright! Die fighting! Don’t go down till you are knocked down.
  • We want to worship a living God. I have not seen anything but God all my life, nor have you… He is everywhere, saying, “I am.” The moment you feel “I am,” you are conscious of Existence. Where shall we go to find God if we cannot see Him in our own hearts and in every living being?
  • This doctrine of prenatal influence is now slowly being recognized, and science as well as religion calls out: ‘Keep yourself holy, and pure.’ So deeply has this been recognized in India, that there we even speak of adultery in marriage, except when marriage is consummated in prayer.
  • It is good and very grand to conquer external nature, but grander still to conquer our internal nature…. This conquering of the inner man, understanding the secrets of the subtle workings that are within the human mind, and knowing its wonderful secrets, belong entirely to religion.
  • Think of a space in your heart, and in the midst of that space think that a flame is burning. Think of that a flame is burning. Think of that flame as your own soul and inside the flame is another effulgent light, and that is the Soul of your soul, God. Meditate upon that in the heart.
  • Many of us get many messages in our lives, or think we get them. As long as the message is regarding our own selves, go on doing what you please. But when it is in regard to our contact with and behavior to others, think a hundred times before you act upon it-and then you will be safe.
  • Know that all sins and all evils can be summed up in that one word, weakness. It is weakness that is the motive power in all evil doing; it is weakness that makes men injure others; it is weakness that makes them manifest what they are not in reality. Let them know what they really are.
  • I reached Ghazipur three days ago. Here I am putting up in the house of Babu Satish Chandra Mukherji, a friend of my early age. The place is very pleasant. Close by flows the Ganga, but bathing there is troublesome, for there is no regular path, and it is hard work wading through sands.
  • All who have actually attained any real religious experience never wrangle over the form in which the different religions are expressed. They know that the soul of all religions is the same and so they have no quarrel with anybody just because he or she does not speak in the same tongue.
  • You are strong, omnipotent, and omniscient. No matter that you have not expressed it yet, it is in you. All knowledge is in you, all power, all purity, and all freedom-why cannot you express this knowledge? Because you do not believe in it… Believe in it, and it must and will come out.
  • All action of Sattva, a modification of Prakriti characterised by light and happiness, is for the soul. When Sattva is free from egoism and illuminated with the pure intelligence of Purusha, it is called the self-centred one, because in that state it becomes independent of all relations.
  • Do not be afraid of a small beginning. great things come afterwards. Be courageous. Do not try to lead your brethren, but serve them. The brutal mania for leading has sunk many a great ships in the waters of life. Take care especially of that, i.e. be unselfish even unto death, and work.
  • By doing well the duty which is nearest to us, the duty which is in our hands now, we make ourselves stronger; and improving our strength in this manner step by step, we may reach a state in which it shall be our privilege to do the most coveted and honored duties in life and in society.
  • The devil comes in many guises-anger in the form of justice-passion in the form of duty. When it first comes, the man knows and then he forgets. Just as your pleaders’ conscience; at first they know it is all Badmashi (roguery), then it is duty to their clients; at last they get hardened.
  • Was there ever a sillier thing before in the world than what I saw in Malabar country? The poor Pariah is not allowed to pass through the same street as the high-caste man, but if he changes his name to a hodge-podge English name, it is all right; or to a Mohammedan name, it is all right.
  • The vapour becomes snow, then water, then Ganga; but when it is vapour, there is no Ganga, and when it is water, we think of no vapour in it. The idea of creation or change is inseparably connected with will. So long as we perceive this world in motion, we have to conceive will behind it.
  • Hold to the idea, “I am not the mind, I see that I am thinking, I am watching my mind act,” and each day the identification of yourself with thoughts and feelings will grow less, until at last you can entirely separate yourself from the mind and actually know it to be apart from yourself.
  • I hear, Western people say, “The world was created for us.” If tigers could write books, they would say, man was created for them and that man is a most sinful animal, because he does not allow him (the tiger) to catch him easily. The worm that crawls under your feet today is a God to be.
  • The Buddhists or the Jains do not depend upon God; but the whole force of their religion is directed to the great central truth in every religion, to evolve a God out of man. They have not seen the Father, but they have seen the Son. And he that hath seen the Son hath seen the Father also.
  • Today the West is awakening to its wants; and the “true self of man and spirit” is the watchword of the advanced school of Western theologians. The student of Sanskrit philosophy knows where the wind is blowing from, but it matters not whence the power comes so longs as it brings new life.
  • In the world take always the position of the giver. Give everything and look for no return. Give love, give help, give service, give any little thing you can, but keep out barter. Make no conditions and none will be imposed on you. Let us give out of our own bounty, just as God gives to us.
  • We should cultivate the optimistic temperament, and endeavour to see the good that dwells in everything. If we sit down and lament over the imperfection of our bodies and our minds, we profit nothing; it is the heroic endeavour to subdue adverse circumstances that carries our spirit upward.
  • The weak, the fearful, the ignorant will never reach the Atman. You cannot undo what you have done; the effect must come. Face it, but be careful never to do the same thing again. Give up the burden of all deeds to God. Give all, both good and bad. God helps those who do not help themselves.
  • Say So’ham, So’ham whatever comes. Tell yourself this even in eating, walking, suffering. Tell the mind this incessantly-that what we see never existed, that there is only I. Flash-the dream will break! Think day and night, this universe is zero, only God is. Have intense desire to get free.
  • In this world we find that all happiness is followed by misery as its shadow. Life has its shadow, death. They must go together, because they are not contradictory, not two separate existences, but different manifestations of the same unit, life and death, sorrow and happiness, good and evil.
  • One way for attaining Bhakti is by repeating the name of God a number of times. Mantras have effect: the mere repetition of words…. To obtain Bhakti, seek the company of holy men who have Bhakti, and read books like the Gita and the Imitation of Christ; always think of the attributes of God.
  • One atom in this universe cannot move without dragging the whole world along with it. There cannot be any progress without the whole world following in the wake, and it is becoming every day dearer that the solution of any problem can never be attained on racial, or national, or narrow grounds.
  • Those who are acquainted with the literature of India will remember a beautiful old story about this extreme charity, how a whole family, as related in the Mah√¢bh√¢rata, starved themselves to death and gave their last meal to a beggar. This is not an exaggeration, for such things still happen.
  • There is but one soul throughout the universe, all is but one existence – “Thou art in the woman, thou in the man, thou in the young man walking in the pride of youth, thou in the old man tottering on his stick – thou art All – in all, in everything, and I am thee, because I am made from thee.”
  • We have lost faith in ourselves. Therefore to preach the Advaita aspect of the Vedanta is necessary to rouse up the hearts of men, to show them the glory of their souls. It is therefore that I preach this Advaita, and I do so not as a sectarian, but upon universal and widely acceptable grounds.
  • What is the world that is to be given up? It is here. I am carrying it all with me. My own body. It is all for this body that I put my hand voluntarily upon my fellow human beings, just to keep it nice and give it a little pleasure. It is all for the body that I injure others and make mistakes.
  • Let the churches preach doctrines, theories, philosophies to their hearts’ content, but when it comes to worship, the real practical part of religion, it should be as Jesus says, “When thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret”.
  • The human will stands beyond all circumstances. Everything must go down before the will, for that comes from God Himself; a pure and a strong will is omnipotent. Before it all the powers, even of nature, must bow down, succumb, and become its servants – the strong gigantic, infinite will in man.
  • From the high spiritual flights of the Vedanta philosophy, of which the latest discoveries of science seem like echoes, to the low ideas of idolatry with its multifarious mythology, the agnosticism of the Buddhists and the atheism of the Jains, each and all have a place in the Hinduism religion.
  • In these days of intellectual awakening and steadily asserting public opinion, the holy places of the Hindus, their condition, and method of work have not escaped tile keen eye of criticism; and this city, being the holy of holies to all Hindus, has not failed to attract its full share of censure.
  • You know it already that each one of us is the effect of the infinite past; the child is ushered into the world not as something flashing from the hands of nature, as poets delight so much to depict, but he has the burden of an infinite past; for good or evil he comes to work out his own past deeds
  • I do not believe in eternal progress, that we are growing on ever and ever in a straight line. It is too nonsensical to believe. There is no motion in a straight line. A straight line infinitely projected becomes a circle. The force sent out will complete the circle and return to its starting place.
  • Where will you go to seek Brahman? He is immanent in all beings. Here, here is the visible Brahman! Shame on those who, neglecting the visible Brahman, set their minds on other things! Here is the visible Brahman before you as tangible as a fruit in one’s hand! Can’t you see? Here – here – is Brahman!
  • Work, my children, work with your whole heart and soul! That is the thing. Mind not the fruit of work. What if you go to hell working for others? That is worth more than to gain heaven by seeking your own salvation… Sri Ramakrishna came and gave his life for the world. I will also sacrifice my life.
  • Here in India, it is religion that forms the very core of the national heart. It is the backbone, the bed-rock, the foundation upon which the national edifice has been built. Politics, power, and even intellect form a secondary consideration here. Religion, therefore, is the one consideration in India.
  • May I be born again and again, and suffer thousands of miseries so that I may worship the only God that exists, the only God I believe in, the sum total of all souls-and, above all, my God the wicked, my God the miserable, my God the poor of all races, of all species, is the special object of my worship.
  • Faith, sympathy – fiery faith and fiery sympathy! Life is nothing, death is nothing, hunger nothing, cold nothing. Glory unto the Lord – march on, the Lord is our General. Do not look back to see who falls – forward – onward! Thus and thus we shall go on, brethren. One falls, and another takes up the work
  • There is no chance for the welfare of the world unless the condition of woman is improved. It is not possible for a bird to fly on only one wing. There is no hope for that family or country where there is no estimation of women, where they live in sadness. For this reason, they have to be raised first.
  • Try a little harder, and meditation comes. You do not feel the body or anything else. When you come out of it after the hour, you have had the most beautiful rest you ever had in your life. That is the only way you ever give rest to your system. Not even the deepest sleep will give you such a rest as that.
  • All power is within you; you can do anything and everything. Believe in that, do not believe that you are weak; do not believe that you are half-crazy lunatics, as most of us do nowadays. You can do any thing and everything, without even the guidance of any one. Stand up and express the divinity within you.
  • We are responsible for what we are, and whatever we wish ourselves to be, we have the power to make ourselves. If what we are now has been the result of our own past actions, it certainly follows that whatever we wish to be in the future can be produced by our present actions; so we have to know how to act.
  • To injure another creates bondage and hides the truth. Negative virtues are not enough; we have to conquer Maya, and then she will follow us. We only deserve things when they cease to bind us. When the bondage ceases, really and truly, all things come to us. Only those who want nothing are masters of nature.
  • Every Hindu knows that astrologers try to fix the caste of every boy or girl as soon as he or she is born. That is the real caste – the individuality, and Jyotisha (astrology) recognises that. And we can only rise by giving it full sway again. This variety does not mean inequality, nor any special privilege.
  • This Maya is everywhere. It is terrible. Yet we have to work through it. The man who says that he will work when the world has become all good and then he will enjoy bliss is as likely to succeed as the man who sits beside the Ganga and says, “I will ford the river when all the water has run into the ocean.”
  • My boat is nearing the calm harbour from which it is never more to be driven out. Glory, glory unto Mother! (Referring to the Divine Mother of the Universe.) I have no wish, no ambition now. Blessed be Mother! I am the servant of Ramakrishna. I am merely a machine. I know nothing else. Nor do I want to know.
  • Wherever there is evil and wherever there is ignorance and want of knowledge, I have found out by experience that all evil comes, as our scriptures say, relying upon differences, and that all good comes from faith in equality, in the underlying sameness and oneness of things. This is the great Vedantic ideal.
  • Doing is very good, but that comes from thinking. Little manifestations of energy through the muscles are called work. But where there is no thought, there will be no work. Fill the brain, therefore, with high thoughts, highest ideals, place them day and night before you, and out of that will come great work.
  • They alone live whose lives are in the whole universe, and the more we concentrate our lives on limited things, the faster we go towards death. Those moments alone we live when our lives are in the universe, in others; and living this little life is death, simply death, and that is why the fear of death comes.
  • Not even the deepest sleep will give you such a rest as meditation can. The mind goes on jumping even in deepest sleep. Just those few moments in meditation your brain has almost stopped. … You forget the body. … You feel such pleasure in it. You become so light. This perfect rest we will get in meditation.
  • The Vedas give information on various subjects. They have come together and form one book. And in later times, when other subjects were separated from religion – when astronomy and astrology were taken out of religion – these subjects, being connected with the Vedas and being ancient, were considered very holy.
  • Every atom is trying to go and join itself to the next atom. Atoms after atoms combine, making huge balls, the earths, the suns, the moons, the stars, the planets. They in their turn, are trying to rush towards each other, and at last, we know that the whole universe, mental and material, will be fused into one.
  • The difference between God and the devil is in nothing except in unselfishness and selfishness. The devil knows as much as God, is as powerful as God; only he has no holiness that makes him a devil. Apply the same idea to the modern world: excess of knowledge and power, without holiness, makes human beings devils.
  • Every act of charity, every thought of sympathy, every action of help, every good deed, is taking so much of self-importance away from our little selves and making us think of ourselves as the lowest and the least, and, therefore, it is all good. Here we find that Jn√¢na, Bhakti, and Karma – all come to one point.
  • The only religion that ought to be taught is the religion of fearlessness. Either in this world or in the world of religion, it is true that fear is the sure cause of degradation and sin. It is fear that brings misery, fear that brings death, fear that breeds evil. And what causes fear? Ignorance of our own nature.
  • You must also remember that the world has God to govern it, and He has not left it to our charity. The Lord God is its Governor and Maintainer, and in spite of these wine fanatics and cigar fanatics, and all sorts of marriage fanatics, it would go on. If all these persons were to die, it would go on none the worse.
  • Be strong! Don’t talk of ghosts and devils. We are the living devils. The sign of life is strength and growth. The sign of death is weakness. Whatever is weak, avoid! It is death. If it is strength, go down into hell and get hold of it! There is salvation only for the brave. Everyone must work out his own salvation.
  • Every time you think of doing some charity, you think there is some beggar to take your charity. If you say, “O Lord, let the world be full of charitable people!” – you mean, let the world be full of beggars also. Let the world be full of good works – let the world be full of misery. This is out-and-out slavishness!
  • “The Kingdom of Heaven is within you.” Where goest thou to seek for the Kingdom of God, asks Jesus of Nazareth, when it is there, within you? Cleanse the spirit, and it is there. It is already yours. How can you get what is not yours? It is yours by right. You are the heirs of immortality, sons of the Eternal Father.
  • The mind in its foolishness thinks that it is working in this body. Why should I be bound by one system of nerves, and put the Ego only in one body, if the mind is omnipresent? There is no reason why I should.[Source] The root of that degeneration is egotism – to think that one is just as great as any other, indeed!
  • “Learn good knowledge with all devotion from the lowest caste. Learn the way to freedom, even if it comes from a Pariah, by serving him. If a woman is a jewel, take her in marriage even if she comes from a low family of the lowest caste.” Such is the law laid down by our great and peerless legislator, the divine Manu.
  • It is good to love God for hope of reward, but it is better to love God for love’s sake; and the prayer goes: O Lord, I do not want wealth nor children nor learning. If it be Thy will, I shall go from birth to birth. But grant me this, that I may love thee without the hope of reward ‘love’ unselfishly for love’s sake.
  • If you are a strong man, very good! But do not curse others who are not strong enough for you. …Everyone says, “Woe unto you people!!” Who says, “Woe unto me that I cannot help you?” The people are doing all right to the best of their ability and means and knowledge. Woe unto me that I cannot lift them to where I am!
  • Well has it been said that man is the only animal that naturally looks upwards; every other animal naturally looks down. That looking upward and going upward and seeking perfection are what is called salvation; and the sooner a man begins to go higher, the sooner he raises himself towards this idea of truth as salvation.
  • Preaching has always been the business of the Asiatics. The Western people are grand in organisation, social institutions, armies, governments, etc.; but when it comes to preaching religion, they cannot come near the Asiatic, whose business it has been all the time, and he knows it, and he does not use too much machinery.
  • Look here ‚Äî we shall all die! Bear this in mind always, and then the spirit within will wake up. Then only, meanness will vanish from you, practicality in work will come, you will get new vigour in mind and body, and those who come in contact with you will also feel that they have really got something uplifting from you.
  • The power of meditation gets us everything. If you want to get power over nature, [you can have it through meditation]. It is through the power of meditation all scientific facts are discovered today. They study the subject and forget everything, their own identity and everything, and then the great fact comes like a flash.
  • You are the Children of God, the sharers of immortal bliss, holy and perfect beings. You divinities on earth. Come up, O lions, and shake off the delusion that you are sheep; you are souls immortal, spirits free, blest and eternal; you are not matter, you are not bodies; matter is your servant,not you the servant of matter.
  • You nourish your minds by reading books. There is no good in doing that unless you hold it also as a sacrifice to the whole world. For the whole world is one; you are rated a very insignificant part of it, and therefore it is right for you that you should serve your millions of brothers rather than aggrandise this little self
  • I have come to deal with principles. I have only to preach that God comes again and again, and that He came in India as Krishna, Rama, and Buddha, and that He will come again. It can almost be demonstrated that after each 500 years the world sinks, and a tremendous spiritual wave comes, and on the top of the wave is a Christ.
  • There is another way in which this idea of mercy and selfless charity can be put into practice; that is, by looking upon work as “worship” in case we believe in a Personal God. Here we give up all the fruits our work unto the Lord, and worshipping Him thus, we have no right to expect anything from man kind for the work we do.
  • If you want to be a yogi, you must be free, and place yourself in circumstances where you are alone and free from all anxiety. One who desires a comfortable and nice life and at the same time wants to realize the Self is like the fool who, wanting to cross the river, caught hold of a crocodile, mistaking it for a log of wood.
  • Religion is not an imitation of Jesus or Mohammed. Even if an imitation is good, it is never genuine. Be not an imitation of Jesus, but be Jesus, You are quite as great as Jesus, Buddha, or anybody else. If we are not … we must struggle and be. I would not be exactly like Jesus. It is unnecessary that I should be born a Jew.
  • Each atom is trying to fly off from its centre. In the internal world, each thought is trying to go beyond control. Again each particle in the external world is checked by another force, the centripetal, and drawn towards the centre. Similarly in the thought – world the controlling power is checking all these outgoing desires.
  • I am persuaded that a leader is not made in one life. He has to be born for it. For the difficulty is not in organisation and making plans; the test, the real test, of the leader, lies in holding widely different people together along the line of their common sympathies. And this can only be done unconsciously, never by trying.
  • Those who grumble at the little thing that has fallen to their lot to do will grumble at everything. Always grumbling, they will lead a miserable life, and everything will be a failure. But those who do their duties as they go, putting their shoulders to the wheel, will see the light, and higher duties will fall to their share.
  • Let people say whatever they like, stick to your own convictions, and rest assured, the world will be at your feet. They say, “Have faith in this fellow or that fellow”, but I say, “Have faith in yourself first”, that’s the way. Have faith in yourself-all power is in you-be conscious and bring it out. Say, “I can do everything.”
  • Faith, faith, faith in ourselves, faith, faith in God, this is the secret of greatness.If you have faith in all the three hundred and thirty millions of your mythological Gods, and in all the Gods which foreigners have now and again introduced into your midst, and still have no faith in yourselves, there is no salvation for you.
  • I am proud to call myself a Hindu, I am proud that I am one of your unworthy servants. I am proud that I am a countryman of yours, you the descendants of the sages, you the descendants of the most glorious Rishis the world ever saw. Therefore have faith in yourselves, be proud of your ancestors, instead of being ashamed of them.
  • Change is always subjective. All through evolution you find that the conquest of nature comes by change in the subject. Apply this to religion and morality, and you will find that the conquest of evil comes by the change in the subjective alone. That is how the Advaitic system gets its whole force, on the subjective side of man.
  • The Vedanta teaches men to have faith in themselves first. As certain religions of the world say that a man who does not believe in a Personal God outside of himself is an atheist, so the Vedanta says, a man who does not believe in himself is an atheist. Not believing in the glory of our own soul is what the Vedanta calls atheism.
  • Prana, according to the Vedanta, is the principle of life. It is like ether, an omnipresent principle; and all motion, either in the body or anywhere else, is the work of this Prana. It is greater than Akasha, and through it everything lives. Prana is in the mother, in the father, in the sister, in the teacher, Prana is the knower.
  • Let us calmly and in a manly fashion go to work, instead of dissipating our energy in unnecessary frettings and fumings. I, for one, thoroughly believe that no power in the universe can withhold from anyone anything he really deserves. The past was great no doubt, but I sincerely believe that the future will be more glorious still.
  • The more we grow in love and virtue and holiness, the more we see love and virtue and holiness outside. All condemnation of others really condemns ourselves. Adjust the microcosm (which is in your power to do) and the macrocosm will adjust itself for you. It is like the hydrostatic paradox, one drop of water can balance the universe.
  • Motion is always a relative thing. I move in relation to something else. Any particle in this universe can change in relation to any other particle; but take the whole universe as one, and in relation to what can it move? There is nothing besides it. So this infinite Unit is unchangeable, immovable, absolute, and this is the Real Man.
  • I am not talking about what every one of us means by love. Little namby-pamby love is lovely. Man rails in love with woman, and woman goes to die for man. The chances are that in five minutes John kicks Jane, and Jane kicks John. This is a materialism and no love at all. If John could really love Jane, he would be perfect that moment.
  • The Imitation of Christ is a cherished treasure of the Christian world. This great book was written by a Roman Catholic monk. “Written”, perhaps, is not the proper word. It would be more appropriate to say that each letter of the book is marked deep with the heart’s blood of the great soul who had renounced all for his love of Christ.
  • What good is this body? Let it go in helping others. Did not the Master preach until the very end? And shall I not do the same? I do not care a straw if the body goes. You cannot imagine how happy I am when I find earnest seekers after truth to talk to. In the work of waking up Atman in my fellow men I shall gladly die again and again!
  • Truth alone triumphs, not untruth. Through truth alone lies the way to Devayana (the way to the gods). Those who think that a little sugar – coating of untruth helps the spread of truth are mistaken and will find in the long run that a single drop of poison poisons the whole mass … The man who is pure, and who dares, does all things.
  • Behind my work was ambition, behind my love was personality, behind my purity was fear, behind my guidance the thirst for power. Now they are vanishing and I drift. I come, Mother, I come, in Thy warm bosom, floating wheresoever Thou takest me, in the voiceless, in the strange, in the wonderland, I come – a spectator, no more an actor.
  • We want Shraddh√¢, we want faith in our own selves. Strength is life, weakness is death. ‘We are the √Çtman, deathless and free; pure, pure by nature. Can we ever commit any sin? Impossible!’ – such a faith is needed. Such a faith makes men of us, makes gods of us. It is by losing this idea of Shraddha that the country has gone to ruin.
  • All manifest life seems to require a period of sleep, of calm, in which to gain added strength, renewed vigour, for the next manifestation, or awakening to activity. Thus is the march of all progress, of all manifest life – in waves, successive waves, [of] activity and repose. Waves succeed each other in an endless chain of progression.
  • What we want now is an immense awakening of R√¢jasika energy, for the whole country is wrapped in the shroud of Tamas. The people of this land must be fed and clothed-must be awakened -must be made more fully active. Otherwise they will become inert, as inert as trees and stones. So, I say, eat large quantities of fish and meat, my boy!
  • All sectarian religions take for granted that all men are equal. This is not warranted by science. There is more difference between minds than between bodies. One fundamental doctrine of Hinduism is that all men are different, there being unity in variety. Even for a drunkard, there are some Mantras-even for a man going to a prostitute!
  • Be not afraid of anything. You will do marvellous work. It is fear that is the great cause of misery in the world. It is fear that is the greatest of all superstitions. It is fear that is the cause of all our woes, and it is fearlessness that brings heaven even in a moment. Therefore, “arise, awake and stop not until the goal is reached.
  • My name should not be made prominent. It is my ideas that I want to see realized. The disciples of all the prophets have always inextricably mixed up the ideas of the Master with person, and at last killed the ideas for the person. The disciples of Sri Ramakrishna must guard against doing the same thing. Work for the idea, not the person.
  • The first angle is, love questions not. It is not a beggar. … When love asks nothing, [when it] gives everything. This is the real spiritual worship, the worship through love. Whether God is merciful is no longer questioned. He is God; He is my love. Whether God is omnipotent and almighty, limited or unlimited , is no longer questioned.
  • Here lies the secret. Says Patanjali, the father of Yoga, “When a man rejects all the superhuman powers, then he attains to the cloud of virtue.” He sees God. He becomes God and helps others to become the same. This is all I have to preach. Doctrines have been expounded enough. There are books by the million. Oh, for an ounce of practice!
  • Anything that is secret and mysterious in this system of Yoga should be at once rejected. The best guide in life is strength. In spirituality, as in all other matters, discard everything that weakens you. Have nothing to do with it. Mystery-mongering weakens the human brain. It has well-nigh destroyed Yoga, one of the grandest of sciences
  • That which is nearest is least observed. The Atman is the nearest of the near, therefore the careless and the unsteady mind gets no clue to it. But the person who is alert, calm, self-restrained, and discriminating ignores the external world and, diving more and more into the inner world, realizes the glory of the Atman and becomes great.
  • We see many persons talking the most wonderfully fine things about charity and about equality and the rights of other people and all that, but it is only in theory. I was so fortunate as to find one who was able to carry theory into practice. He had the most wonderful faculty of carrying everything into practice which he thought was right.
  • In this external world, which is full of finite things, it is impossible to see and find the Infinite. The Infinite must be sought in that alone which is infinite, and the only thing infinite about us is that which is within us, our own soul. Neither the body, nor the mind, nor even our thoughts, nor the world we see around us, is infinite.
  • According to the law of nature, wherever there is an awakening of a new and stronger life, there it tries to conquer and take the place of the old and the decaying. Nature favours the dying out of the unfit and the survival of the fittest. The final result of such conflict between the priestly and the other classes has been mentioned already.
  • Get rid of the bondage of body; we have become slaves to it and learnt to hug our chains and love our slavery; so much so that we long to perpetuate it, and go on with “body” “body” for ever. Do not cling to the idea of “body”, do not look for a future existence in any way like this one; do not love or want the body, even of those dear to us.
  • We get caught. How? Not by what we give but by what we expect. We get misery in return for our love: not from the fact that we love but from the fact that we want love in return. There is no misery where there is no want. Desire, want, is the father of all misery. Desires are bound by the laws of success and failure. Desires must bring misery.
  • This faith in themselves was in the hearts of our ancestors, this faith in themselves was the motive power that pushed them forward and forward in the march of civilisation, and if there has been degeneration, if there has been defect, mark my words, you will find that degeneration to have started on the day our people lost faith in themselves.
  • This little separate self must die. Then we shall find that we are in the Real, and that Real is God, and He is our own true nature, and He is always in us and with us. Let us live in Him and stand in Him. It is the only joyful state of existence. Life on the plane of the Spirit is the only life, and let us all try to attain to this realization.
  • I am what I am, and what I am is always due to him; whatever in me or in my words is good and true and eternal came to me from his mouth, his heart, his soul. Sri Ramakrishna is the spring of this phase of the earth’s religious life, of its impulses and activities. If I can show the world one glimpse of my Master, I shall not have lived in vain.
  • Education is not the amount of information that is put into your brain and runs riot there, undigested all your life. We must have life-building, man-making, character-makin g, assimilation of ideas. If you have assimilated five ideas and made them your life and character, you have more education than any man who has got by heart a whole library.
  • With the Holy Mother as the centre of inspiration, a Math is to be established on the eastern bank of the Ganga. . . . On the other side of the Ganga a big plot of land will be acquired, where unmarried girls or Brahmacharini widows will live; devout married women will also be allowed to stay now and then. Men will have no concern with this Math.
  • Who cares for your bhakti and mukti? Who cares what your scriptures say? I will go into a thousand hells cheerfully if I can rouse my countrymen, immersed in tamas, to stand on their own feet and be men inspired with the spirit of karma-yoga. I am a follower only of he or she who serves and helps others without caring for his own bhakti and mukti!
  • At the head of all these laws, in and through every particle of matter and force, stands One through whose command the wind blows, the fire burns, the clouds rain, and death stalks upon the earth. And what is His nature? He is everywhere the pure and formless One, the Almighty and the All Merciful. Thou art our Father. Thou art our beloved Friend.
  • Action will come. Fill yourselves with the ideal; whatever you do, think well on it. All your actions will be magnified, transformed, deified, by the very power of the thought. If matter is powerful, thought is omnipotent. Bring this thought to bear upon your life, fill yourselves with the thought of your almightiness, your majesty, and your glory.
  • A golden chain is as much a chain as an iron one. Shri Ramakrishna used to say that, to pick out one thorn which has stuck into the foot, another thorn is requisitioned, and when the thorn is taken out, both are thrown away. So the bad tendencies are to be counteracted by the good ones, but after that, the good tendencies have also to be conquered.
  • Every one is struggling for freedom-from the atom to the star. The ignorant man is satisfied if he can get freedom within a certain limit-if he can get rid of the bondage of hunger or of being thirsty. But that sage feels that there is a stronger bondage which has to be thrown off. He would not consider the freedom of the Red Indian as freedom at all.
  • This is the only way to reach the goal, to tell ourselves, and to tell everybody else, that we are divine. And as we go on repeating this, strength comes. He who falters at first will get stronger and stronger, and the voice will increase in volume until the truth takes possession of our hearts, and courses through our veins, and permeates our bodies.
  • Those who die, merely suffering the woes of life like cats and dogs, are they human beings? The worthy are those who, even when agitated by the sharp interaction of pleasure and pain, are discriminating and, knowing them to be of an evanescent nature, become passionately devoted to the Atman. This is all the difference between human beings and animals.
  • The goal of mankind is knowledge … Now this knowledge is inherent in man. No knowledge comes from outside: it is all inside. What we say a man ‘knows’, should, in strict psychological language, be what he ‘discovers’ or ‘unveils’; what man ‘learns’ is really what he discovers by taking the cover off his own soul, which is a mine of infinite knowledge.
  • We are all born idolaters, and idolatry is good, because it is in the nature of man. Who can get beyond it? Only the perfect man, the God-man. The rest are all idolaters. So long as we see this universe before us, with its forms and shapes, we are all idolaters. This is a gigantic symbol we are worshipping. He who says he is the body is a born idolater.
  • Liberty is the first condition of growth. Your ancestors gave every liberty to the soul, and religion grew. They put the body under every bondage, and society did not grow. The opposite is the case in the West – every liberty to society, none to religion. Now are falling off the shackles from the feet of Eastern society as from those of Western religion.
  • Struggle hard and then if you do not succeed, you are not to blame. Let the world praise or blame you. Let all the wealth of the earth come to your feet, or let you be made the poorest on earth. Let death come this moment or hundreds of years hence. Swerve not from the path you have taken. All good thoughts are immortal and go to make Buddhas and Christs.
  • Sri Ramakrishna is far greater than the disciples understand him to be. He is the embodiment of infinite spiritual ideas capable of development in infinite ways….One glance of his gracious eyes can create a hundred thousand Vivekanandas at this instant. If he chooses now, instead, to work through me, making me his instrument, I can only bow to his will.
  • Stick to God! Who cares what comes to the body or to anything else! Through the terrors of evil, say-my God, my love! Through the pangs of death, say-my God, my love! Through all the evils under the sun, say-my God, my love! Thou art here, I see Thee. Thou art with me, I feel Thee. I am Thine, take me. I am not of the world’s but Thine, leave not then me.
  • Our minds are forced to become fixed upon different things by an attraction in them which we cannot resist. To control the mind, to place it just where we want it, requires special training. It cannot be done in any other way. In the study of religion the control of the mind is absolutely necessary. We have to turn the mind back upon itself in this study.
  • I remember that grand word of the Katha Upanishad – Shraddh√¢ or marvellous faith. An instance of Shraddha can be found in the life of Nachiket√¢. To preach the doctrine of Shraddha or genuine faith is the mission of my life. Let me repeat to you that this faith is one of the potent factors of humanity and of all religions. First, have faith in yourselves.
  • I believe that the Hindu faith has developed the spiritual in its devotees at the expense of the material, and I think that in the Western world the contrary is true. By uniting the materialism of the West with the spiritualism of the East I believe much can be accomplished. It may be that in the attempt the Hindu faith will lose much of its individuality.
  • Each soul is potentially divine. The goal is to manifest this divinity by controlling nature, external and internal. Do this either by work, or worship, or psychic control, or philosophy – by one, or more, or all of these – and be free. This is the whole of religion. Doctrines, or dogmas, or rituals, or books, or temples, or forms, are but secondary details.
  • Just as the law of gravitation existed before its discovery and would exist if all humanity forgets it, so it is with the laws that govern the spiritual world. The moral, ethical and spiritual relations between soul and soul and between individual spirits and the Father of all spirits were there before their discovery and would remain even if we forget them.
  • The body and mind are continually changing, and are, in fact, only names of series of changeful phenomena, like rivers whose waters are in a constant state of flux, yet presenting the appearance of unbroken streams. Every particle in this body is continually changing; no one has the same body for many minutes together, and yet we think of it as the same body.
  • By work alone, men may get to where Buddha got largely by meditation or Christ by prayer. Buddha was a working Jnani, Christ was a Bhakta, but the same goal was reached by both of them. Good motives, sincerity, and infinite love can conquer the world. One single soul possessed of these virtues can destroy the dark designs of millions of hypocrites and brutes.
  • It is too often believed that a person in his progress towards perfection passes from error to truth; that when he passes on from one thought to another, he must necessarily reject the first. But no error can lead to truth. The soul passing through its different stages goes from truth to truth, and each stage is true; it goes from lower truth to higher truth.
  • When we free ourselves from name and form, especially from a body – when we need no body, good or bad – then only do we escape from bondage. Eternal progression is eternal bondage; annihilation of form is to be preferred. We must get free from any body, even a “god-body”. God is the only real existence, there cannot be two. There is but One Soul, and I am That.
  • Crossing over mountains, rivers, arid oceans, setting at naught, as it were, the obstacles of the distance of space and time, the blood of Indian thought has flowed, and is still flowing into the veins of other nations of the globe, whether in a distinct or in some subtle unknown way. Perhaps to us belongs the major portion of the universal ancient inheritance.
  • It will not do merely to listen to great principles. You must apply them in the practical field, turn them into constant practice. What will be the good of cramming the high – sounding dicta of the scriptures? You have first to grasp the teachings of the Shastras, and then to work them out in practical life. Do you understand? This is called practical religion.
  • I am really not “cyclonic” at all. Far from it. What I want is not here, nor can I longer bear this “cyclonic” atmosphere. This is the way to perfection, to strive to be perfect, and to strive to make perfect a few men and women. My idea of doing good is this: to evolve out a few giants, and not to strew pearls before swine, and so lose time, health, and energy.
  • Mark you, if you give up spirituality, leaving it aside to go after the materializing civilization of the West, the result will be that in three generations you will be an extinct race; because the backbone of the nation will be broken, the foundation upon which the national edifice has been built will be undermined, and the result will be annihilation all round.
  • Faith in ourselves will do everything. I have experienced it in my own life, and am still doing so; and as I grow older that faith is becoming stronger and stronger. He is an atheist who does not believe in himself. The old religions said that he was an atheist who did not believe in God. The new religion says that he is the atheist who does not believe in himself
  • If the Lord wills, we shall make this Math a great centre of harmony. Our Lord is the visible embodiment of the harmony of all ideals. He will be established on earth if we keep alive that spirit of harmony here. We must see to it that people of all creeds and sects, from the Brahmana down to the Chandala, may come here and find their respective ideals manifested.
  • We can never lose what is really ours. Who can lose his being? Who can lose his very existence? If I am good, it is the existence first, and then that becomes colored with the quality of goodness. If I am evil, it is the existence first, and that becomes colored with the quality of badness. That existence is first, last, and always; it is never lost but ever present.
  • Those who have succeeded in attaching or detaching their minds at will have succeeded in Pratyahara, which means gathering towards, checking the outgoing powers of the mind, freeing it from the thralldom of the senses. When we can do this, we shall really possess character; then alone we shall have taken a long step towards freedom. Before that, we are mere machines.
  • Did Buddha teach that the many was real and the ego unreal, while orthodox Hinduism regards the One as the real, and the many as unreal?” the Swami was asked. “Yes”, answered the Swami. “And what Ramakrishna Paramahamsa and I have added to this is, that the Many and the One are the same Reality, perceived by the same mind at different times and in different attitudes.
  • This world, this universe which our senses feel, or our mind thinks, is but one atom, so to say, of the Infinite, projected on to the plane of consciousness; and within that narrow limit, defined by the network of consciousness, works our reason, and not beyond. Therefore, there must be some other instrument to take us beyond, and that instrument is called inspiration.
  • The fact is that we have many superstitions, many bad spots and sores on our body – these have to be excised, cut off, and destroyed – but these do not destroy our religion, our national life, our spirituality. Every principle of religion is safe, and the sooner these black spots are purged away, the better the principles will shine, the more gloriously. Stick to them.
  • Each one of us pray, day and night, for the downtrodden millions in India, who are held fast by poverty, priest craft, and tyranny – pray day and night for them. I am no meta physician, no philosopher, nay, no saint. But I am poor, I love the poor…. Let these people be your God – think of them, work for them, pray for them incessantly – the Lord will show you the way.
  • Hinduism threw away Buddhism after taking its sap. The attempt of all the Southern Acharyas was to effect a reconciliation between the two. Shankaracharya’s teaching shows the influence of Buddhism. His disciples perverted his teaching and carried it to such an extreme point that some of the later reformers were right in calling the Acharya’s followers “crypto-buddhists”.
  • There must be no fear, no begging, but demanding – demanding the Highest. The true devotees of the Mother are as hard, as adamant and as fearless as lions. They are not in the least upset if the whole universe suddenly crumbles into dust at their feet. Make Her listen to you. None of that cringing to Mother! Remember, She is all-powerful; She can make heroes out of stones.
  • Rama, the ancient idol of the heroic ages, the embodiment of truth, of morality, the ideal son, the ideal husband, and above all, the ideal king, this Rama has been presented before us by the great sage Valmiki. No language can be purer, none chaster, none more beautiful, and at the same time simpler, than the language in which the great poet has depicted the life of Rama.
  • If the whole responsibility is thrown upon our own shoulders, we shall be at our highest and best; when we have nobody to grope towards, no devil to lay our blame upon, no Personal God to carry our burdens, when we are alone responsible, then we shall rise to our highest and best. I am responsible for my fate, I am the bringer of good unto myself, I am the bringer of evil.
  • Whether on the ground of materialism, or of intellect, or of spirituality, the compensation that is given by the Lord to every one impartially is exactly the same. Therefore we must not think that we are the saviours of the world. We can teach the world, a good many things, and we can learn a good many things from it too. We can teach the world only what it is waiting for.
  • Give up, renounce the world. Now we are like dogs strayed into a kitchen and eating a piece of meat, looking round in fear lest at any moment some one may come and drive them out. Instead of that, be a king and know you own the world. This never comes until you give it up and it ceases to bind. Give up mentally, if you do not physically. Give up from the heart of your hearts
  • Give up the idea that by ruling over others you can do any good to them. But you can do just as much as you can in the case of the plant: you can supply the growing seed with the materials for the making up of its body, bringing to it the earth, the water, the air, that it wants. It will take all that it wants by its own nature, it will assimilate and grow by its own nature.
  • Do not stand on a high pedestal and take 5 cents in your hand and say, here, my poor man, but be grateful that the poor man is there, so by making a gift to him you are able to help yourself.It is not the reciever that is blessed, but it is the giver.Be thankful that you are allowed to exercise your power of benevolence and mercy in the world, and thus become pure and perfect.
  • A man, and a cat, and a dog, are all animals. These particular examples, as man, or dog, or cat, are parts of a bigger and more general concept, animal. The man, and the cat, and the dog, and the plant, and the tree, all come under the still more general concept, life. Again, all these, all beings and all materials, come under the one concept of existence, for we all are in it.
  • . . . it is difficult for Europeans to appreciate the sentiment. Other nations kill animals by wholesale and kill one another; they exist in a sea of blood. A European said that the reason why in India animals were not killed was because it was supposed that they contained the spirits of ancestors. This reason was worthy of a savage nation who are not many steps from the brute.
  • The one eternal religion is applied to the opinions of various minds and various races. There never was my religion or yours, my national religion or your national religion; there never existed many religions, there is only the one. One infinite religion existed all through eternity and will ever exist, and this religion is expressing itself in various countries in various ways.
  • He who was Shri Rama, whose stream of love flowed with resistless might even to the Chandala (the outcaste); Oh, who ever was engaged in doing good to the world though superhuman by nature, whose renown there is none to equal in the three worlds, Sita’s beloved, whose body of Knowledge Supreme was covered by devotion sweet in the form of Sita. (part of A Hymn To Shri Ramakrishna)
  • There are men who practice Titiksha, and succeed in it. There are men who sleep on the banks of the Ganga in the midsummer sun of India, and in winter float in the waters of the Ganga for a whole day; they do not care. Men sit in the snow of the Himalayas, and do not care to wear any garment. What is heat? What is cold? Let things come and go, what is that to me, I am not the body.
  • Advance like a hero. Do not be thwarted by anything. How many days will this body last, with its happiness and misery? When you have the human body, then rouse the Atman within and say-I have reached the state of fearlessness!…and then as long as the body endures, speak unto others this message of fearlessness: ‘Thou art That’, ‘Arise, awake, and stop not till the goal is reached’
  • Renunciation – non-resistance – non-destructiveness – are the ideals to be attained through less and less worldliness, less and less resistance, less and less destructiveness. Keep the ideal in view and work towards it. None can live in the world without resistance, without destruction, without desire. The world has not come to that state yet when the ideal can be realised in society.
  • Where is fate and who is fate? We reap what we sow. We are the makers of our own fate. None else has the blame, none else has the praise. We make our own destiny. The Christian is not to become a Hindu or a Buddhist, nor a Hindu or a Buddhist to become a Christian. Each must assimilate the spirit of other religion and yet preserve his individuality and follow his own law of growth.
  • The ideal of faith in ourselves is of the greatest help to us. If faith in ourselves had been more extensively taught and practiced, I am sure a very large portion of the evils and miseries that we have would have vanished. Throughout the history of mankind, if any motive power has been more potent than another in the lives of all great men and women, it is that of faith in themselves.
  • Non-injuring has to be attained by him who would be free. No one is more powerful than he who has attained perfect non-injuring. No one could fight, no one could quarrel, in his presence. Yes, his very presence, and nothing else, means peace, means love wherever he may be. Nobody could be angry or fight in his presence. Even the animals, ferocious animals, would be peaceful before him.
  • What is meant by charity? Charity is not fundamental. It is really helping on the misery of the world, not eradicating it. One looks for name and fame and covers his efforts to obtain them with the enamel of charity and good works. He is working for himself under the pretext of working for others. Every so-called charity is an encouragement of the very evil it claims to operate against.
  • If you intend to study the mind, you must have systematic training; you must practice to bring the mind under your control, to attain to that consciousness from which you will be able to study the mind and remain unmoved by any of its wild gyrations. Otherwise the facts observed will not be reliable; they will not apply to all people and therefore will not be truly facts or data at all.
  • Arise! Arise! A tidal wave is coming! Onward! Men and women, down to the Chandala (Pariah) – all are pure in his eyes. Onward! Onward! There is no time to care for name, or fame, or Mukti, or Bhakti! We shall look to these some other time. Now in this life let us infinitely spread his lofty character, his sublime life, his infinite soul. This is the only work – there is nothing else to do.
  • It is the same India which has withstood the shocks of centuries, of hundreds of foreign invasions of hundreds of upheavals of manners and customs. It is the same land which stands firmer than any rock in the world, with its undying vigour, indestructible life. Its life is of the same nature as the soul, without beginning and without end, immortal; and we are the children of such a country.
  • We must always remember that God is Love. “A fool indeed is he who, living on the banks of the Ganga, seeks to dig a little well for water. A fool indeed is the man who, living near a mine of diamonds, spends his life in searching for beads of glass.” God is that mine of diamonds. We are fools indeed to give up God for legends of ghosts or flying hobgoblins. It is a disease, a morbid desire.
  • The greatest help to spiritual life is meditation. In meditation we divest ourselves of all material conditions and feel our divine nature. We do not depend upon any external help in meditation. The touch of the soul can paint the brightest color even in the dingiest places; it can cast a fragrance over the vilest thing; it can make the wicked divine-and all enmity, all selfishness is effaced.
  • I think the Greeks first took astrology to India and took from the Hindus the science of astronomy and carried it back with them from Europe. Because in India you will find old altars made according to a certain geometrical plan, and certain things had to be done when the stars were in certain positions, therefore I think the Greeks gave the Hindus astrology, and the Hindus gave them astronomy.
  • Books suggest the inner light and the method of bringing that out, but we can only understand them when we have earned the knowledge ourselves. When the inner light has flashed for you, let the books go, and look only within. You have in you all and a thousand times more than is in all the books. Never lose faith in yourself, you can do anything in this universe. Never weaken, all power is yours.
  • Ay! says the Vedanta, it is not the fault of God that this partiality exists, that this competition exists. Who makes it? We ourselves. There is a cloud shedding its rain on all fields alike. But it is only the field that is well cultivated, which gets the advantage of the shower; another field, which has not been tilled or taken care of cannot get that advantage. It is not the fault of the cloud.
  • This is the ancient land, where wisdom made its home before it went into any other country… Here is the same India whose soil has been trodden by the feet of the greatest sages that ever lived… Look back, therefore, as far as you can, drink deep of the eternal fountains that are behind, and after that look forward, march forward, and make India brighter, greater, much higher, than she ever was.
  • Then from the world all spirituality will be extinct, all moral perfection will be extinct, all sweet-souled sympathy for religion will be extinct, all ideality will be extinct; and in its place will reign the duality of lust and luxury as the male and female deities, with money as its priest, fraud, force, and competition its ceremonies, and the human soul its sacrifice. Such a thing can never be.
  • D√¢na, charity. There is no higher virtue than charity. The lowest man is he whose hand draws in, in receiving; and he is the highest man whose hand goes out in giving. The hand was made to give always. Give the last bit of bread you have even if you are starving. You will be free in a moment if you starve yourself to death by giving to another. Immediately you will be perfect, you will become God.
  • The first sign that you are becoming religious is that you are becoming cheerful. When a man is gloomy, that may be dyspepsia, but it is not religion. Misery is caused by sin, and by no other cause. What business have you with clouded faces? It is terrible. If you have a clouded face, do not go out that day, shut yourself up in your room. What right have you to carry this disease out into the world?
  • True religion is not talk, or doctrines, or theories, nor is it sectarianism. It is the relation between soul and God. Religion does not consist in erecting temples, or building churches, or attending public worship. It is not to be found in books, or in words, or in lectures, or in organizations. Religion consists in realization. We must realize God, feel God, see God, talk to God. That is religion.
  • “None is good, save One, that is, God”, as the Lord Jesus bath said. The rest are only tools in His hands. “Gloria in Excelsis”, “Glory unto God in the highest”, and unto men that deserve, but not to such an undeserving one like me. Here “the servant is not worthy of the hire”; and a Fakir, especially, has no right to any praise whatsoever, for would you praise your servant for simply doing his duty?
  • Pleasure is not the goal of man, but knowledge. Pleasure and happiness comes to an end. It is a mistake to suppose that pleasure is the goal. The cause of all the miseries we have in the world is that men foolishly think pleasure to be the ideal to strive for. After a time man finds that it is not happiness, but knowledge, towards which he is going, and that both pleasure and pain are great teachers.
  • Every successful man must have behind him somewhere tremendous integrity, tremendous sincerity, and that is the cause of his signal success in life. He may not have been perfectly unselfish; yet he was tending towards it. If he had been perfectly unselfish, his would have been as great a success as that of the Buddha or of the Christ. The degree of unselfishness marks the degree of success everywhere.
  • We have seemingly been divided, limited, because of our ignorance; and we have become as it were the little Mrs. so – and – so and Mr. so – and – so. But all nature is giving this delusion the lie every moment. I am not that little man or little woman cut off from all else; I am the one universal existence. The soul in its own majesty is rising up every moment and declaring its own intrinsic Divinity.
  • As soon as a man stands up and says he is right or his church is right, and all others are wrong, he is himself all wrong. He does not know that upon the proof of all the others depends the proof of his own. Love and charity for the whole human race, that is the test of true religiousness. I do not mean the sentimental statement that all men are brothers, but that one must feel the oneness of human life.
  • In every man and in every animal, however weak or wicked, great or small, resides the same omnipresent, omniscient soul. The difference is not in the soul, but in the manifestation. Between me and the smallest animal, the difference is only in manifestation, but as a principle he is the same as I am, he is my brother, he has the same soul as I have. This is the greatest principle that India has preached.
  • Even the greatest fool can accomplish a task if it be after his heart. But the intelligent man is he who can convert every work into one that suits his taste. No work is petty. Everything in this world is like a banyan seed, which, though appearing tiny as a mustard seed, has yet the gigantic banyan tree latent with it. He indeed is intelligent who notices this and succeeds in making all work truly great.
  • I am one of the proudest men ever born, but let me tell you frankly, it is not for myself, but on account of my ancestry. The more I have studied the past, the more I have looked back, more and more has this pride come to me, and it has given me the strength and courage of conviction, raised me up from the dust of the earth, and set me working out that great plan laid out by those great ancestors of ours.
  • It is weakness, says the Vedanta, which is the cause of all misery in this world. Weakness is the one cause of suffering. We become miserable because we are weak. We lie, steal, kill and commit other crimes, because we are weak. We die because we are weak. Where there is nothing to weaken us, there is no death nor sorrow. We are miserable through delusion. Give up the delusion and the whole thing vanishes.
  • The present Hindu society is organised only for spiritual men, and hopelessly crushes out everybody else. Why? Where shall they go who want to enjoy the world a little with its frivolities? Just as our religion takes in all, so should our society. This is to be worked out by first understanding the true principles of our religion and then applying them to society. This is the slow but sure work to be done.
  • Drama is the most difficult of all arts. In it two things are to be satisfied – first, the ears, and second, the eyes. To paint a scene, if one thing be painted, it is easy enough; but to paint different things and yet to keep up the central interest is very difficult. Another difficult thing is stage – management, that is, combining different things in such a manner as to keep the central interest intact.
  • Learn obedience first. Among these Western nations, with such a high spirit of independence, the spirit of obedience is equally strong. We are all of us self-important, which never produces any work. Great enterprise, boundless courage, tremendous energy, and, above all, perfect obedience; these are the only traits that lead to individual and national regeneration. These traits are altogether lacking in us.
  • Books are good but they are only maps. Reading a book by direction of a man I read that so many inches of rain fell during the year. Then he told me to take the book and squeeze it between my hands. I did so and not a drop of water came from it. It was the idea only that the book conveyed. So we can get good from books, from the temple, from the church, from anything, so long as it leads us onward and upward.
  • All the forces that we see in nature, such as gravitation, attraction, and repulsion, or as thought, feeling, and nervous motion – all these various forces resolve into that Prana, and the vibration of the Prana ceases. In that state it remains until the beginning of the next cycle. Prana then begins to vibrate, and that vibration acts upon the Akasha, and all these forms are thrown out in regular succession.
  • Our misery comes, not from work, but by our getting attached to something. Take for instance, money: money is a great thing to have, earn it, says Krishna; struggle hard to get money, but don’t get attached to it. So with children, with wife, husband, relatives, fame, everything; you have no need to shun them, only don’t get attached. There is only one attachment and that belongs to the Lord, and to none other.
  • Neither numbers nor powers nor wealth nor learning nor eloquence nor anything else will prevail, but purity, living the life, in one word, anubhuti, realisation. Let there be a dozen such lion-souls in each country, lions who have broken their own bonds, who have touched the Infinite, whose whole soul is gone to Brahman, who care neither for wealth nor power nor fame, and these will be enough to shake the world.
  • With everything we do in life we identify ourselves. Here is a man who says harsh words to me. I feel anger coming on me. In a few seconds anger and I are one, and then comes misery. Attach yourselves to the Lord and to nothing else, because everything else is unreal. Attachment to the unreal will bring misery. There is only one Existence that is real, only one Life in which there is neither object nor [subject].
  • Is enjoyment the goal of life? Were it so, it would be a tremendous mistake to become a man at all. What man can enjoy a meal with more gusto than the dog or the cat ? Go to a menagerie and see the [wild animals] tearing the flesh from the bone. Go back and become a bird! . . . What a mistake then to become a man! Vain have been my years – hundreds of years – of struggle only to become the man of sense-enjoyments.
  • How has all the knowledge in the world been gained but by the concentration of the powers of the mind? The world is ready to give up its secrets if we only know how to knock, how to give it the necessary blow. The strength and force of the blow come through concentration. There is no limit to the power of the human mind. The more concentrated it is, the more power is brought to bear on one point; that is the secret.
  • Salvation means knowing the truth. We do not become anything; we are what we are. Salvation [comes] by faith and not by work. It is a question of knowledge! You must know what you are, and it is done. The dream vanishes. This you [and others] are dreaming here. When they die, they go to [the] heaven [of their dream]. They live in that dream, and [when it ends], they take a nice body [here], and they are good people.
  • Renounce and give up. What did Christ say? “He that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.” Again and again did he preach renunciation as the only way to perfection. There comes a time when the mind awakes from this long and dreary dream-the child gives up its play and wants to go back to its mother. Renunciation is not asceticism. Are all beggars Christ? Poverty is not a synonym for holiness; often the reverse.
  • As to the so-called Hindu idolatry – first go and learn the forms they are going through, and where it is that the worshippers are really worshipping, whether in the temple, in the image, or in the temple of their own bodies. First know for certain what they are doing – which more than ninety per cent of the revilers are thoroughly ignorant of – and then it will explain itself in the light of the Vedantic philosophy.
  • For a time it seemed inevitable that the surging tide of agnosticism and materialism would sweep all before it. There were those who did not dare utter what they thought. Many thought the case hopeless and the cause of religion lost once and for ever. But the tide has turned and to the rescue has come – what? The study of comparative religions. By the study of different religions we find that in essence they are one.
  • Who shall blame whom, who praise whom? Whom to seek, whom to avoid? I seek none, nor avoid any, for I am all the universe. I praise myself, I blame myself, I suffer for myself, I am happy at my own will, I am free. This is the Jn√¢ni, the brave and daring. Let the whole universe tumble down; he smiles and says it never existed, it was all a hallucination. He sees the universe tumble down. Where was it! Where has it gone!
  • So we find that in almost every religion these are the three primary things which we have in the worship of God – forms or symbols, names, God-men. All religions have these, but you find that they want to fight with each other…These are the external forms of devotion, through which man has to pass; but if he is sincere, if he really wants to reach the truth, he goes higher than these, to a plane where forms are as nothing.
  • We have not faith, we have not patience to see this. We trust the man in the street; but there is one being in the universe we never trust and that is God. We trust Him when He works just our way. But the time will come when, getting blow after blow, the self – sufficient mind will die. In everything we do, the serpent ego is rising up. We are glad that there are so many thorns on the path. They strike the hood of the cobra.
  • This is the gist of all worship: to be pure and to do good to others. He who sees Shiva in the poor, in the weak, and in the diseased, really worships Shiva. And if he sees Shiva only in the image, his worship is but preliminary. He who has served and helped one poor man seeing Shiva in him, without thinking of his caste or creed or race or anything, with him Shiva is more pleased than with the man who sees Him only in temples
  • Tremendous purity, tremendous renunciation, is the one secret of spirituality. ‚ÄúNeither through wealth, nor through progeny, but through renunciation alone is immortality to be reached,‚Äù say the Vedas. ‚ÄúSell all that thou hast and give to poor, and follow me,‚Äù says the Christ. So all great saints and prophets have expressed it, and have carried it out in their lives. How can great spirituality come without renunciation?
  • The secret of Greek Art is its imitation of nature even to the minutest details; whereas the secret of Indian Art is to represent the ideal. The energy of the Greek painter is spent in perhaps painting a piece of flesh, and he is so successful that a dog is deluded into taking it to be a real bit of meat and so goes to bite it. Now, what glory is there in merely imitating nature? Why not place an actual bit of flesh before the dog?
  • Let us realise [that] we are the infinite power. Who put a limit to the power of mind? Let us realise we are all mind. Every drop has the whole of the ocean in it. That is the mind of man. The Indian mind reflects upon these [powers and potentialities] and wants to bring [them] all out. For himself he doesn’t care what happens. It will take a great length of time [to reach perfection]. If it takes fifty thousand years, what of that!
  • Do you know this Sanskrit Shloka: “Let those who are versed in the ethical codes praise or blame, let Lakshmi, the goddess of Fortune, come or go wherever she wisheth, let death overtake him today or after a century, the wise man never swerves from the path of rectitude.” Let people praise you or blame you, let fortune smile or frown upon you, let your body fall today or after a Yuga, see that you do not deviate from the path of Truth.
  • You must try to combine in your life immense idealism with immense practicality. You must be prepared to go into deep meditation now, and the next moment you must be ready to go and cultivate the fields. You must be prepared to explain the intricacies of the scriptures now, and the next moment to go and sell the produce of the fields in the market….The true man is he who is strong as strength itself and yet possesses a woman’s heart.
  • Have faith in man, whether he appears to you to be a very learned one or a most ignorant one. Have faith in man, whether he appears to be an angel or the very devil himself. Have faith in man first, and then having faith in him, believe that if there are defects in him, if he makes mistakes, if he embraces the crudest and the vilest doctrines, believe that it is not from his real nature that they come, but from the want of higher ideals.
  • Knowledge is inherent in man; no knowledge comes from outside; it is all inside. We say Newton discovered gravitation. Was it sitting anywhere waiting for him? It was in his own mind; the time came and he found it out. All knowledge that the world has ever received comes from the mind; the infinite library of the universe is in our own mind. The external world is simply the suggestion, the occasion, which sets you to study your own mind.
  • Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and everything shall be added unto you. This is the one great duty, this is renunciation. Live for an ideal, and leave no place in the mind for anything else. Let us put forth all our energies to acquire that which never fails-our spiritual perfection. If we have true yearning for realization, we must struggle, and through struggle growth will come. We shall make mistakes, but they may be angels unawares.
  • [Not parroting.] My old Master used to say, “It is all very good to teach the parrot to say, ‘Lord, Lord, Lord’ all the time; but let the cat come and take hold of its neck, it forgets all about it” [You may] pray all the time, read all the scriptures in the world, and worship all the gods there are, [but] unless you realise the soul there is no freedom. Not talking, theorising, argumentation, but realisation. That I call practical religion.
  • But on the heights of the Himalayas I have a place where I am determined nothing shall enter except pure truth. There I want to work out this idea about which I have spoken to you today. There are an Englishman and an Englishwoman in charge of the place. The purpose is to train seekers of truth and to bring up children without fear and without superstition. They shall not hear about Christs and Buddhas and Shivas and Vishnus – none of these.
  • It is an irrational claim to believe in the teachings of Jesus Christ and at the same time to hold that the greater part of his teachings have no application at the present time. If you say that the reason why the powers do not follow them that believe (as Christ said they would) is because you have not faith enough and are not pure enough-that will be all right. But to say that they have no application at the present time is to be ridiculous.
  • When I Asked God for Strength He Gave Me Difficult Situations to Face When I Asked God for Brain & Brawn He Gave Me Puzzles in Life to Solve When I Asked God for Happiness He Showed Me Some Unhappy People When I Asked God for Wealth He Showed Me How to Work Hard When I Asked God for Favors He Showed Me Opportunities to Work Hard When I Asked God for Peace He Showed Me How to Help Others God Gave Me Nothing I Wanted He Gave Me Everything I Needed.
  • No civilisation can grow unless fanatics, bloodshed, and brutality stop. No civilisation can begin to lift up its head until we look charitably upon one another; and the first step towards that much-needed charity is to look charitably and kindly upon the religious convictions of others. Nay more, to understand that not only should we be charitable, but positively helpful to each other, however different our religious ideas and convictions may be.
  • Some imaginations help to break the bondage of the rest. The whole universe is imagination, but one set of imaginations will cure another set. Those that tell us that there is sin and sorrow and death in the world are terrible. But the other set – thou art holy, there is God, there is no pain – these are good, and help to break the bondage of the others. The highest imagination that can break all the links of the chain is that of the Personal God.
  • We say that if a temple, or a symbol, or an image helps you to realize the Divine within, you are welcome to it. Have two hundred images if you like. If certain forms and formulas help you to realize the Divine, God speed you; have, by all means, whatever forms, temples, whatever ceremonies you want to bring you nearer to God. But do not quarrel about them; the moment you quarrel, you are not going Godward, you are going backward towards the brutes.
  • Each nation has a main current in life; in India it is religion. Make it strong and the waters on either side must move along with it. This is one phase of my line of thought. In time, I hope to bring them all out, but at present I find I have a mission in this country also. Moreover, I expect help in this country and from here alone. But up to date I could not do anything except spreading my ideas. Now I want that a similar attempt be made in India.
  • Everything that can weaken us as a race we have had for the last thousand years. It seems as if during that period the national life had this one end in view, viz how to make us weaker and weaker, till we have become real earthworms, crawling at the feet of every one who dares to put his foot on us. Therefore my friends, as one of your blood, as one that lives and dies with you, let me tell you that we want strength, strength, and every time strength.
  • Jesus Christ was God – the Personal God become man. He has manifested Himself many times in different forms and these alone are what you can worship. God in His absolute nature is not to be worshipped. Worshipping such God would be nonsense. We have to worship Jesus Christ, the human manifestation, as God. You cannot worship anything higher than the manifestation of God. The sooner you give up the worship of God separate from Christ, the better for you.
  • In India the mother is the center of the family and our highest ideal. She is to us the representative of God, as God is the mother of the universe. It was a female sage who first found the unity of God, and laid down this doctrine in one of the first hy mns of the Vedas. Our God is both personal and absolute, the absolute is male, the personal, female. And thus it comes that we now say: ‘The first manifestation of God is the hand that rocks the cradle’.
  • Patanjali, declares that the true secret of evolution is the manifestation of the perfection which is already in every being; that this perfection has been barred and the infinite tide behind is struggling to express itself. These struggles and competitions are but the results of our ignorance, because we do not know the proper way to unlock the gate and let the water in. This infinite tide behind must express itself; it is the cause of all manifestation.
  • How long do you remember that it is the Lord who is making you work? But then, by repeatedly analysing like that, you will come to a state when the ego will vanish and in its place the Lord will come in. Then you will be able to say with justice “Thou, Lord, art guarding all my actions from within.” But, my friend, if the ego occupies all the space within your heart, where forsooth will there be room enough for the Lord to come in? The Lord is verily absent!
  • That intense faith in another world, that intense hatred for this world, that intense power of renunciation, that intense faith in God, that intense faith in the immortal soul, is in you. I challenge anyone to give it up. You cannot. You may try to impose upon me by becoming materialists, by talking materialism for a few months, but I know what you are; if I take you by the hand, back you come as good theists as ever were born. How can you change your nature?
  • The West regards marriage as consisting in all that lies beyond the legal tie, while in India it is thought of as a bond thrown by society round two people to unite them together for all eternity. Those two must wed each other, whether they will or not, in life after life. Each acquires half of the merit of the other. And if one seems in this life to have fallen hopelessly behind, it is for the other only to wait and beat time, till he or she catches up again!
  • Realisation of love can never come so long as there is the least desire in the heart, or what Shri Ramakrishna used to say, attachment for K√¢ma-K√¢nchana (sense-pleasure and wealth). In the perfect realisation of love, even the consciousness of one’s own body does not exist. Also, the supreme Jnana is to realise the oneness everywhere, to see one’s own self as the Self in everything. That too cannot come so long as there is the least consciousness of the ego (Aham).
  • Love makes no distinction between man and man, between an Aryan and a Mlechchha, between a Br√¢hmana and a Pariah, nor even between a man and a woman. Love makes the whole universe as one’s own home. True progress is slow but sure. Work among those young men who can devote heart and soul to this one duty – the duty of raising the masses of India. Awake them, unite them, and inspire them with this spirit of renunciation; it depends wholly on the young people of India.
  • Ours is the only religion that does not depend on a person or persons; it is based upon principles. At the same time there is room for millions of persons. There is ample ground for introducing persons, but each one of them must be an illustration of the principles. We must not forget that. These principles of our religion are all safe, and it should be the life-work of everyone of us to keep then safe, and to keep them free from the accumulating dirt and dust of ages.
  • Never mind failures; they are quite natural, they are the beauty of life, these failures. What would life be without them? It would not be worth having if it were not for struggles. Where would be the poetry of life? Never mind the struggles, the mistakes. I never heard a cow tell a lie, but it is only a cow-never a man. So never mind these failures, these little backslidings; hold the ideal a thousand times, and if you fail a thousand times, make the attempt once more.
  • He is everywhere, the pure and formless One, the Almighty and the All-merciful. “Thou art our father, Thou art our mother, Thou art our beloved friend, Thou art the source of all strength; give us strength. Thou art He that beareth the burdens of the universe; help me bear the little burden of this life.” Thus sang the Rishis of the Vedas. And how to worship Him? Through love. “He is to be worshipped as the one beloved, dearer than everything in this and the next life.”
  • Materialism has come to the rescue of India in a certain sense by throwing open the doors of life to everyone, by destroying the exclusive privileges of caste, by opening up to discussion the inestimable treasures which were hidden away in the hands of a very few who have even lost the use of them. Half has been stolen and lost; and the other half which remains is in the hands of men who, like dogs in the manger, do not eat themselves and will not allow others to do so.
  • The fault with all religions like Christianity is that they have one set of rules for all. But Hindu religion is suited to all grades of religious aspiration and progress. It contains all the ideals in their perfect form. For example, the ideal of Shanta or blessedness is to be found in Vasishtha; that of love in Krishna; that of duty in Rama and Sita; and that of intellect in Shukadeva. Study the characters of these and of other ideal men. Adopt one which suits you best.
  • Individuality in universality is the plan of creation. Each cell has its part in bringing about consciousness. Man is individual and at the same time universal. It is while realising our individual nature that we realise even our national and universal nature. Each is an infinite circle whose centre is everywhere and circumference nowhere. By practice one can feel universal Selfhood which is the essence of Hinduism. He who sees in every being his own Self is a Pandita (sage).
  • There cannot be two almighty beings in this world. [Imagine having] two or three Gods; one will create the world, another says, “I will destroy the world.” It [can] never happen. There must be one God. The soul attains to perfection; [it becomes] almost omnipotent [and] omniscient. This is the worshipper. Who is the worshipped? He, the Lord God Himself, the Omnipresent, the Omniscient, and so on. And above all, He is Love. How is [the soul] to attain this perfection? By worship.
  • The whole universe is one. There is only one Self in the universe, only One Existence, and that One Existence, when it passes through the forms of time, space, causation, is called by different names, buddhi, fine matter, gross matter, all mental and physical forms. Everything in the universe is that One, appearing in various forms. When a little part of it comes, as it were, into this network of time, space and causation, it takes forms. Take off the network, and it is all one.
  • Strength, strength is what the Upanishads speak to me from every page. This is the one great thing to remember, it has been the one great lesson I have been taught in my life; strength, it says, strength, O man, be not weak. Are there no human weaknesses? – says man. There are, say the Upanishads, but will more weakness heal them, would you try to wash dirt with dirt? Will sin cure sin, weakness cure weakness? Strength, O man, strength, say the Upanishads, stand up and be strong.
  • Life is called Samsara – it is the result of the conflicting forces acting upon us. Materialism says, “The voice of freedom is a delusion.” Idealism says, “The voice that tells of bondage is but a dream.” Vedanta says, “We are free and not free at the same time.” That means that we are never free on the earthly plane, but ever free on the spiritual side. The Self is beyond both freedom and bondage. We are Brahman, we are immortal knowledge beyond the senses, we are Bliss Absolute.
  • There is no God separate from you, no God higher than you, the real “you.” All the gods are little beings to you, all the ideas of God and Father in heaven are but your own reflection. God Himself is your image. ‚ÄúGod created man after His own image.” That is wrong. Man creates God after his own image. That is right. Throughout the universe we are creating gods after our own image. We create the god and fall down at his feet and worship him; and when this dream comes, we love it !
  • Only love for the Supreme Lord is true Bhakti. Love for any other being, however great, is not Bhakti. The “Supreme Lord” here means Ishvara, the concept of which transcends what you in the West mean by the personal God. “He from whom this universe proceeds, in whom it rests, and to whom it returns, He is Ishvara, the Eternal, the Pure, the All-Merciful, the Almighty, the Ever-Free, the All-Knowing, the Teacher of all teachers, the Lord who of His own nature is inexpressible Love.”
  • Our allegiance is to the principles always, and not to the persons. Persons are but the embodiments, the illustrations of the principles. If the principles are there, the persons will come by the thousands and millions. If the principle is safe, persons like Buddha will be born by the hundreds and thousands. But if the principle is lost and forgotten and the whole of national life tries to cling round a so-called historical person, woe unto that religion, danger unto that religion!
  • I have been asked many times, Why do you laugh so much and make so many jokes? I become serious sometimes-when I have a stomachache! The Lord is all blissfulness. He is the reality behind all that exists. He is the goodness, the truth in everything. You are His incarnations. That is what is glorious. The nearer you are to Him, the less you will have occasions to cry or weep. The further we are from Him, the more will long faces come. The more we know of Him, the more misery vanishes.
  • There is the mind itself. It is like a smooth lake which when struck, say by a stone, vibrates. The vibrations gather together and react on the stone, and all through the lake they will spread and be felt. The mind is like the lake; it is constantly being set in vibrations, which leave an impression on the mind; and the idea of the Ego, or personal self, the “I”, is the result of these impressions. This “I” therefore is only the very rapid transmission of force and is in itself no reality.
  • For the next fifty years this alone shall be our keynote – this, our great Mother India. Let all other vain gods disappear for the time from our minds. This is the only god that is awake, our own race – “everywhere his hands, everywhere his feet, everywhere his ears, he covers everything.” All other gods are sleeping. What vain gods shall we go after and yet cannot worship the god that we see all round us, the Vir√¢t? When we have worshiped this, we shall be able to worship all other gods.
  • Plunge into the world, and then, after a time, when you have suffered and enjoyed all that is in it, will renunciation come; then will calmness come. So fulfill your desire for power and everything else, and after you have fulfilled the desire, will come the time when you will know that they are all very little things; but until you have fulfilled this desire, until you have passed through that activity, it is impossible for you to come to the state of calmness, serenity, and self-surrender.
  • There are hundreds of thousands of microbes surrounding us, but they cannot harm us unless we become weak, until the body is ready and predisposed to receive them. There may be a million microbes of misery floating about us. Never mind! They dare not approach us, they have no power to get a hold on us, until the mind is weakened. This is the great fact: strength is life. Weakness is death. Strength is felicity, life eternal, immortal. Weakness is constant strain and misery: weakness is death
  • Last of all will come self-surrender. Then we shall be able to give ourselves up to the Mother. If misery comes, welcome; if happiness comes, welcome. Then, when we come up to this love, all crooked things shall be straight. There will be the same sight for the Brahmin, the Pariah, and the dog. Until we love the universe with samesightedness, with impartial, undying love, we are missing again and again. But then all will have vanished, and we shall see in all the same infinite eternal Mother.
  • After every happiness comes misery; they may be far apart or near. The more advanced the soul, the more quickly does one follow the other. What we want is neither happiness nor misery. Both make us forget our true nature; both are chains-one iron, one gold; behind both is the Atman, who knows neither happiness nor misery. These are states, and states must ever change; but the nature of the Atman is bliss, peace, unchanging. We have not to get it, we have it; only wash away the dross and see it.
  • Shivaji was the greatest Hindu king that India had produced within the last thousand years; one who was the very incarnation of lord Siva, about whom prophecies were given out long before he was born; and his advent was eagerly expected by all the great souls and saints of Maharashtra as the deliverer of the Hindus from the hands of the Mlecchas, and as one who succeeded in the reestablishment of Dharma which had been trampled underfoot by the depredations of the devastating hordes of the Moghals
  • Some people are so afraid of losing their individuality. Wouldn’t it be better for the pig to lose his pig-individuality if he can become God? Yes. But the poor pig does not think so at the time. Which state is my individuality? When I was a baby sprawling on the floor trying to swallow my thumb? Was that the individuality I should be sorry to lose? Fifty years hence I shall look upon this present state and laugh, just as I now look upon the baby state. Which of these individualities shall I keep?
  • Chastity, non-injury, forgiving even the greatest enemy, truth, faith in the Lord, these are all different Vrittis. Be not afraid if you are not perfect in all of these; work, they will come. He who has given up all attachment, all fear, and all anger, he whose whole soul has gone unto the Lord, he who has taken refuge in the Lord, whose heart has become purified, with whatsoever desire he comes to the Lord, He will grant that to him. Therefore worship Him through knowledge, love, or renunciation.
  • “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.” Can we see God? Of course not. Can we know God? Of course not. If God can be known, He will be God no longer. Knowledge is limitation. But I and my Father are one: I find the reality in my soul. These ideas are expressed in some religions, and in others only hinted. In some they were expatriated. Christ’s teachings are now very little understood in this country. If you will excuse me, I will say that they have never been very well understood.
  • If the suns come down, and the moons crumble into dust, and systems after systems are hurled into annihilation, what is that to you? Stand as a rock; you are indestructible. You are the Self, the God of the universe. Say – “I am Existence Absolute, Bliss Absolute, Knowledge Absolute, I am He,” and like a lion breaking its cage, break your chain and be free forever. What frightens you, what holds you down? Only ignorance and delusion; nothing else can bind you. You are the Pure One, the Ever-blessed.
  • Remember the words of Christ: “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.” These words are literally true, not figures or fiction. They were the outflow of the heart’s blood of one of the greatest sons of God who have ever come to this world of ours; words which came as the fruit of realisation, from a man who had felt and realised God himself; who had spoken with God, lived with God, a hundred times more intensely than you or I see this building.
  • Man stands in materialism; you and I are materialists. Our talking about God and Spirit is good; but it is simply the vogue in our society to talk thus: we have learnt it parrot-like and repeat it. So we have to take ourselves where we are as materialists, and must take the help of matter and go on slowly until we become real spiritualists, and feel ourselves spirits, understand the spirit, and find that this world which we call the infinite is but a gross external form of that world which is behind.
  • It is entirely wrong to think that we have done, or can do, good to the world, or to think that we have helped such and such people. It is a foolish thought, and all foolish thoughts bring misery. We think that we have helped some man and expect him to thank us, and because he does not, unhappiness comes to us. Why should we expect anything in return for what we do? Be grateful to the man you help, think of him as God. Is it not a great privilege to be allowed to worship God by helping our fellow men?
  • That truth which you swallow from others will not be yours…you have to realize truth and work it our for yourself according to your own nature…All must struggle to be individuals-strong, standing on your own feet, thinking your own thoughts, realizing you own Self. No use swallowing doctrines others pass on-standing up together like soldiers in jail, sitting down together, all eating the same food, all nodding their heads at the same time. Variation is the sign of life. Sameness is the sign of death.
  • ‚ÄúBlessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.‚Äù This sentence alone would save mankind, if all books and prophets were lost. This purity of heart will bring the vision of God. It is the theme of the whole music of this universe. In purity is no bondage. Remove the veils of ignorance by purity; then we manifest ourselves as we really are and know that we were never in bondage. The seeing of ‘many’ is the great sin of all the world. See all as Self and love all; let all idea of separateness go.
  • What is the idea of God in heaven? Materialism. The Vedantic idea is the infinite principle of God embodied in every one of us. God sitting up on a cloud! Think of the utter blasphemy of it! It is materialism – downright materialism. When babies think this way, it may be all right, but when grown – up men try to teach such things, it is downright disgusting – that is what it is. It is all matter, all body idea, the gross idea, the sense idea. Every bit of it is clay and nothing but clay. Is that religion?
  • Do you know how much energy, how many powers, how many forces, are still lurking behind that frame of yours? What scientist has known all that is in man? Millions of years have passed since man came here, and yet but one infinitesimal part of his powers has been manifested. Therefore, you must not say that you are weak. How do you know what possibilities lie behind that degradation on the surface? You know but little of that which is within you. For behind you is the ocean of infinite power and blessedness.
  • That the Hindus, absorbed in the ideal, lacked in realistic observation is evident from this. Take painting and sculpture. What do you see in the Hindu paintings? All sorts of grotesque and unnatural figures. What do you see in a Hindu temple? A Chaturbhanga Narayana or some such thing. But take into consideration any Italian picture or Grecian statue-what a study of nature you find in them! A gentleman for twenty years sat burning a candle in his hand, in order to paint a lady carrying a candle in her hand.
  • Brave, bold men, these are what we want. What we want is vigor in the blood, strength in the nerves, iron muscles and nerves of steel, not softening namby-pamby ideas. Avoid all these. Avoid all mystery. There is no mystery in religion. Is there any mystery in the Vedanta, or in the Vedas, or in the Samhit√¢s, or in the Puranas? What secret societies did the sages of yore establish to preach their religion? What sleight-of-hand tricks are there recorded as used by them to bring their grand truths to humanity?
  • We find the vast majority of people in every country believing that there will be a time when this world will become perfect, when there will be no disease, nor death, nor unhappiness, nor wickedness. That is a very good idea, a very good motive power to inspire and uplift the ignorant. But if we think for a moment, we shall find on the very face of it that it cannot be so. How can it be, seeing that good and evil are the obverse and reverse of the same coin? How can you have good without evil at the same time?
  • Beware of compromises. I do not mean that you are to get into antagonism with anybody, but you have to hold on to your own principles in weal or woe and never adjust them to others’ “fads” through the greed of getting supporters. Your √Çtman is the support of the universe – whose support do you stand in need of? Wait with patience and love and strength; if helpers are not ready now, they will come in time. Why should we be in a hurry? The real working force of all great work is in its almost unperceived beginnings.
  • Spirituality brings a class of men who lay exclusive claim to the special powers of the world. The immediate effect of this is a reaction towards materialism, which opens the door to scores of exclusive claims, until the time comes when not only all the spiritual powers of the race, but all its material powers and privileges are centred in the hands of a very few; and these few, standing on the necks of the masses of the people, want to rule them. Then society has to help itself, and materialism comes to the rescue.
  • There can be no love so long as there is lust- even a speck of it, as it were, in the heart. None but men of great renunciation, none but mighty giants among men, have a right to that Love Divine. If that highest ideal of love is held out to the masses, it will indirectly tend to stimulate its worldly which dominates the heart of man- for, meditating on love to God by thinking of oneself as His wife or beloved, one would very likely be thinking most of the time of one’s own wife- the result is too obvious to point out.
  • To the other nations of the world, religion is one among the many occupations of life. There is politics, there are the enjoyments of social life, there is all that wealth can buy or power can bring, there is all that the senses can enjoy; and among all these various occupations of life and all this searching after something which can give yet a little more whetting to the cloyed senses – among all these, there is perhaps a little bit of religion. But here, in India, religion is the one and the only occupation of life.
  • Whether dualistic, qualified monistic, or monistic, they all firmly believe that everything is in the soul itself; it has only to come out and manifest itself. Therefore, this shraddha is what I want, and what all of us here want, this faith in ourselves, and before you is the great task to get that faith. Give up the awful disease that is creeping, into our national blood, that idea of ridiculing everything, that loss of seriousness. Give that up. Be strong and have this shraddha, and everything else is bound to follow.
  • It is very difficult to understand why in this country [India] so much difference is made between men and women, whereas the Vedanta declares that one and the same conscious Self is present in all beings. You always criticize the women, but say what have you done for their uplift? Writing down Smritis etc., and binding them by hard rules, the men have turned the women into manufacturing machines! If you do not raise the women, who are living embodiment of the Divine Mother, don‚Äôt think that you have any other way to rise.
  • Who can break the law? If I break this glass, it will fall down. If anyone succeeds in throwing one atom out of place, every other atom will go out of balance. . . . The law can never be broken. Each atom is kept in its place. Each is weighed and measured and fulfils its [purpose] and place. Through His command the winds blow, the sun shines. Through His rule the worlds are kept in place. Through His orders death is sporting upon the earth. Just think of two or three Gods having a wrestling match in this world! It cannot be.
  • God is the one goal of all our passions and emotions. If you want to be angry, be angry with Him. Chide your Beloved, chide your Friend. Whom else can you safely chide? Mortal man will not patiently put up with your anger; there will be a reaction. If you are angry with me I am sure quickly to react, because I cannot patiently put up with your anger. Say unto the Beloved, “Why do You not come to me; why do You leave me thus alone?” Where is there any enjoyment but in Him? What enjoyment can there be in little clods of earth?
  • If there is inequality in nature, still there must be equal chance for all – or if greater for some and for some less – the weaker should be given more chance than the strong. In other words, a Brahmin is not so much in need of education as a Chandala. If the son of a Brahmin needs one teacher, that of a Chandala needs ten. For greater help must be given to him whom nature has not endowed with an acute intellect from birth. It is a madman who carries coals to Newcastle. The poor, the downtrodden, the ignorant, let these be your God.
  • If religion and life depend upon books or upon the existence of any prophet whatsoever, then perish all religion and books! Religion is in us. No books or teachers can do more than help us to find it, and even without them we can get all truth within. You have gratitude for books and teachers without bondage to them; and worship your Guru as God, but do not obey him blindly; love him all you will, but think for yourself. No blind belief can save you, work out your own salvation. Have only one idea of God – that He is an eternal help.
  • To many, Indian thought, Indian manners; Indian customs, Indian philosophy, Indian literature are repulsive at the first sight; but let them persevere, let them read, let them become familiar with the great principles underlying these ideas, and it is ninety-nine to one that the charm will come over them, and fascination will be the result. Slow and silent, as the gentle dew that falls in the morning, unseen and unheard yet producing a most tremendous result, has been the work of the calm, patient, all-suffering spiritual race upon the world of thought.
  • You all know that certain things are necessary to make a religion. First of all, there is the book. The power of the book is simply marvellous! Whatever it be, the book is the centre round which human allegiance gathers. Not one religion is living today but has a book. With all its rationalism and tall talk, humanity still clings to the books. In your country every attempt to start a religion without a book has failed. In India sects rise with great success, but within a few years they die down, because there is no book behind them. So in every other country.
  • This is a world of good and evil. Wherever there is good, evil follows, but beyond and behind all these manifestations, all these contradictions, the Vedanta finds out that Unity. It says, “Give up what is evil and give up what is good.” What remains then? Behind good and evil stands something which is yours, the real you, beyond every evil, and beyond every good too, and it is that which is manifesting itself as good and bad. Know that first, and then and then alone you will be a true optimist, and not before; for then you will be able to control everything.
  • We are all the time, from our childhood, trying to lay the blame upon something outside ourselves. We are always standing up to set right other people, and not ourselves. If we are miserable, we say, “Oh, the world is a devil’s world.” We curse others and say, “What infatuated fools!” But why should we be in such a world, if we really are so good? If this is a devil’s world, we must be devils also; why else should we be here? “Oh, the people of the world are so selfish!” True enough; but why should we be found in that company, if we be better? Just think of that.
  • We can form no idea of the millions of pounds that are spent every year in the making of dress in the West. The dress-making business has become a regular science. What colour of dress will suit with the complexion of the girl and the colour of her hair, what special feature of her body should be disguised, and what displayed to the best advantage-these and many other like important points, the dressmakers have seriously to consider. Again, the dress that ladies of very high position wear, others have to wear also, otherwise they lose their caste! This is FASHION.
  • A perfect life is a contradiction in terms. Life itself is a state of continuous struggle between ourselves and everything outside. Every moment we are fighting actually with external nature, and if we are defeated, our life has to go. It is, for instance, a continuous struggle for food and air. If food or air fails, we die. Life is not a simple and smoothly flowing thing, but it is a compound effect. This complex struggle between something inside and the external world is what we call life. So it is clear that when this struggle ceases, there will be an end of life.
  • The wind is blowing; those vessels whose sails are unfurled catch it, and go forward on their way, but those which have their sails furled do not catch the wind. Is that the fault of the wind? Is it the fault of the merciful Father, whose wind of mercy is blowing without ceasing, day and night, whose mercy knows no decay, is it His fault that some of us are happy and some unhappy? We make our own destiny. His sun shines for the weak as well as for the strong. His wind blows for saint and sinner alike. He is the Lord of all, the Father of all, merciful, and impartial.
  • Meditative state is the highest state of existence. So long as there is desire, no real happiness can come. It is only the contemplative, witness-like study of objects that brings to us real enjoyment and happiness. The animal has its happiness in the senses, the man in his intellect, and the god in spiritual contemplation. It is only to the soul that has attained to this contemplative state that the world really becomes beautiful. To him who desires nothing, and does not mix himself up with them, the manifold changes of nature are one panorama of beauty and sublimity.
  • This world is not for cowards. Do not try to fly. Look not for success or failure. Join yourself to the perfectly unselfish will and work on. Know that the mind which is born to succeed joins itself to a determined will and perseveres. You have the right to work, but do not become so degenerate as to look for results. Work incessantly, but see something behind the work. Even good deeds can find a man in great bondage. Therefore be not bound by good deeds or by desire for name and fame. Those who know this secret pass beyond this round of birth and death and become immortal.
  • God is true. The universe is a dream. Blessed am I that I know this moment that I have been and shall be free all eternity; … that I know that I am worshiping only myself; that no nature, no delusion, had any hold on me. Vanish nature from me, vanish these gods; vanish worship; … vanish superstitions, for I know myself. I am the Infinite. All these – Mrs. So-and-so, Mr. So-and-so, responsibility, happiness, misery – have vanished. I am the Infinite. How can there be death for me, or birth? Whom shall I fear? I am the One. Shall I be afraid of myself? Who is to be afraid of whom?
  • I am thoroughly convinced that no individual or nation can live by holding itself apart from the community of others. Give and take is the law; and if India wants to raise herself once more, it is absolutely necessary that she brings out her treasures and throws them broadcast among the nations of the earth, and in return be ready to receive what others have to give her. Expansion is life, contraction is death. Love is life, and hatred is death. We commenced to die the day we began to hate other races; and nothing can prevent our death unless we come back to expansion, which is life.
  • In Tibet there is no marriage, and there is no jealousy, yet we know that marriage is a much higher state. The Tibetans have not known the wonderful enjoyment, the blessing of chastity, the happiness of having a chaste, virtuous wife, or a chaste, virtuous husband. These people cannot feel that. And similarly they do not feel the intense jealousy of the chaste wife or husband, or the misery caused by unfaithfulness on either side, with all the heart-burnings and sorrows which believers in chastity experience. On one side, the latter gain happiness, but on the other, they suffer misery too.

 

Swami Satchidananda Saraswati (quotes)

  • As you are, you see everything else.
  • The purification of the mind is very necessary.
  • The greatest victory you can win is over your own mind.
  • Calming the mind is yoga, not just standing on the head
  • Anything that you throw comes back. All your actions are echoes.
  • Who will be the happiest person? The one who brings happiness to others.
  • ..just do, leave it there, if it comes let it come, but don’t look for it.
  • True love knows no bargains. It is one-way traffic: giving, giving, giving.
  • Yoga believes in transforming the individual before transforming the world.
  • Yoga began with the first person wanting to be healthy and happy all the time.
  • Our own true nature is Infinite Joy! Always happy, Always peaceful, Always free.
  • If you are becoming more easeful, peaceful & useful then you know you are growing.
  • Now will never leave. It is always here. Like a clear canvas, it awaits our painting.
  • Doesn’t the bible say “blessed are the pure in the heart, so they shall see God?” when?
  • Not only does charity begin at home. Everything begins at home, including spirituality.
  • In not only the physical science, but in the real mental silence, the wisdom dawns.
  • Yoga is not only learning to stand on your head but also learning to stand on your feet.
  • You are not given the light by anyone—not even by a spiritual teacher. You are that light.
  • If we only look within, we will see he Light as if we were seeing our own image in a mirror.
  • We can be serene even in the midst of calamities and, by our serenity, make others more tranquil.
  • If we only look within, we will see he Light as if we were seeing our own image in a mirror.
  • Mere philosophy will not satisfy us. We cannot reach the goal by mere words alone. Without practice, nothing can be achieved.
  • The stones of a river start out rough, but with the current continually bumping and polishing them, they end up being beautiful.
  • Mere philosophy will not satisfy us. We cannot reach the goal by mere words alone. Without practice, nothing can be achieved.
  • [T]he period between four and six in the morning is called the Brahmamuhurta, the Brahmic time, or divine period, and is a very sacred time to meditate.
  • [T]he period between four and six in the morning is called the Brahmamuhurta, the Brahmic time, or divine period, and is a very sacred time to meditate.
  • When even one virtue becomes our nature, the mind becomes clean and tranquil. Then there is no need to practice meditation; we will automatically be meditating always.
  • Only when there is purity in the heart; a heart peaceful and free from egoism–the “I” and the “mine.” Purity of heart and equanimity of mind are the very essence of Yoga.
  • When even one virtue becomes our nature, the mind becomes clean and tranquil. Then there is no need to practice meditation; we will automatically be meditating always.
  • At various points in our lives, or on a quest, and for reasons that often remain obscure, we are driven to make decisions which prove with hindsight to be loaded with meaning.
  • Music is the celestial sound, and it is sound that controls the whole universe, not atomic vibrations. Sound energy, sound power, is much, much greater than any other power in the world.
  • Any kind of expectation creates a problem. We should accept, but not expect. Whatever comes, accept it. Whatever goes, accept it. The immediate benefit is that your mind is always peaceful.
  • Though we can’t always see it at the time, if we look upon events with some perspective, we see things always happen for our best interests. We are always being guided in a way better than we know ourselves.
  • Let us all dedicate our lives for the sake of the entire humanity. With every minute, every breath, every atom of our bodies we should repeat this mantra: dedication, dedication, giving, giving, loving, loving.
  • Equality comes in realizing that we are all doing different jobs for a common purpose. That is the aim behind any community. The very name community means let’s come together to recognize the unity. Come … unity.
  • The moment you understand yourself as the true Self, you find such peace and bliss that the impressions of the petty enjoyments you experienced before become as ordinary specks of light in front of the brilliant sun.
  • Truth is the same always. Whoever ponders it will get the same answer. Buddha got it. Patanjali got it. Jesus got it. Mohammed got it. The answer is the same, but the method of working it out may vary this way or that.
  • Truth is the same always. Whoever ponders it will get the same answer. Buddha got it. Patanjali got it. Jesus got it. Mohammed got it. The answer is the same, but the method of working it out may vary this way or that.
  • When you win and the other fellow loses, what do you see? A losing face. There is great joy in losing and making the other person win and have a happy face. Who will be the happiest person? The one who brings happiness to others.
  • [C]ontinence is a very important part of yoga. If a handful of people come forward with strong wills, nothing is impossible. One Buddha changed half the globe; one Jesus, three quarters of the world. We all have that capacity.
  • As the mind, so the person; bondage or liberation are in your own mind. If you feel bound, you are bound. If you feel liberated, you are liberated. Things outside neither bind nor liberate you; only your attitude toward them does that.
  • Yoga believes in transforming the individual before transforming the world. Whatever change we want to happen outside should happen within. If you walk in peace and express that peace in your very life, others will see you and learn something.
  • The cause of bandha and moksha (bondage and liberation) is our own minds. If we think we are bound, we are bound. If we think we are liberated, we are liberated. . . . It is only when we transcend the mind that we are free from all these troubles.
  • . . . I feel we don’t really need scriptures. The entire life is an open book, a scripture. Read it. Learn while digging a pit or chopping some wood or cooking some food. If you can’t learn from your daily activities, how are you going to understand the scriptures?
  • These Sutras are reminiscent of the Four Noble Truths of Lord Buddha: the misery of the world, the cause of misery, the removal of that misery, and the method used to remove it. Patanjali tells us that pain can be avoided. He further tells us that its cause is ignorance.
  • There’s no value in digging shallow wells in a hundred places. Decide on one place and dig deep. Even if you encounter a rock, use dynamite and keep going down. If you leave that to dig another well, all the first effort is wasted and there is no proof you won’t hit rock again.
  • If you do not pour water on your plant, what will happen? It will slowly wither and die. Our habits will also slowly wither and die away if we do not give them an opportunity to manifest. You need not fight to stop a habit. Just don’t give it an opportunity to repeat itself.
  • There’s no value in digging shallow wells in a hundred places. Decide on one place and dig deep. Even if you encounter a rock, use dynamite and keep going down. If you leave that to dig another well, all the first effort is wasted and there is no proof you won’t hit rock again.
  • Temples and churches have become social centers. They have lost their original purpose because the minds of the people are more attracted to worldly things than to prayer. The lips repeat the prayer mechanically like a phonograph record, but the mind wanders to other places.
  • If you have done something meritorious, you experience pleasure and happiness; if wrong things, suffering. A happy or unhappy life is your own creation. Nobody else is responsible. If you remember this, you won’t find fault with anybody. You are your own best friend as well as your worst enemy.
  • If you have done something meritorious, you experience pleasure and happiness; if wrong things, suffering. A happy or unhappy life is your own creation. Nobody else is responsible. If you remember this, you won’t find fault with anybody. You are your own best friend as well as your worst enemy.
  • It’s very simple. Keep your body as clean as possible, your mind as clear as possible. That’s all you need. And do it in anyway you can, in your own way. It doesn’t matter. That’s why I say ‘peaceful body, peaceful mind’. And then you’ll be useful. You don’t have to become a useful person. You will be useful.
  • We don’t exhaust the Bible even after reading it hundreds of times. Each time we read it we see it in a new light. That is the greatness of the holy scriptures. They are that way because they were created by holy prophets who experienced the truth. Each time we read these works we elevate ourselves to see a little more.
  • Our own bodies are changing every second. Yet we take the body to be our Self; and, speaking in terms of it, we say, I am hungry or I am lame; I am black or I am white. These are all just the conditions of the body. We touch the truth when we say, My body aches, implying the body belongs to us and that therefore we are not that.
  • Devotion gradually progresses to higher levels. . . . One type goes to God and asks Him to remove his suffering. Another one will ask for money or material things. A third will request liberation or release from his bondage. And the fourth will not ask for anything. He will just enjoy praying and praising his Lord. That is the highest form of prayer.
  • The five points of yama, together with the five points of niyama, remind us of the Ten Commandments of the Christtian and Jewish faiths, as well as of the ten virtues of Buddhism. In fact, there is no religion without these moral or ethical codes. All spiritual life should be based on these things. They are the foundation stones without which we can never build anything lasting.
  • We are not going to change the whole world, but we can change ourselves and feel free as birds. We can be serene even in the midst of calamities and, by our serenity, make others more tranquil. Serenity is contagious. If we smile at someone, he or she will smile back. And a smile costs nothing. We should plague everyone with joy. If we are to die in a minute, why not die happily, laughing?
  • We are not going to change the whole world, but we can change ourselves and feel free as birds. We can be serene even in the midst of calamities and, by our serenity, make others more tranquil. Serenity is contagious. If we smile at someone, he or she will smile back. And a smile costs nothing. We should plague everyone with joy. If we are to die in a minute, why not die happily, laughing?
  • What is it that dies? A log of wood dies to become a few planks. The planks die to become a chair. The chair dies to become a piece of firewood, and the firewood dies to become ash. You give different names to the different shapes the wood takes, but the basic substance is there always. If we could always remember this, we would never worry about the loss of anything. We never lose anything; we never gain anything. By such discrimination we put an end to unhappiness.
  • What is it that dies? A log of wood dies to become a few planks. The planks die to become a chair. The chair dies to become a piece of firewood, and the firewood dies to become ash. You give different names to the different shapes the wood takes, but the basic substance is there always. If we could always remember this, we would never worry about the loss of anything. We never lose anything; we never gain anything. By such discrimination we put an end to unhappiness.
  • Yoga says instinct is a trace of an old experience that has been repeated many times and the impressions have sunk down to the bottom of the mental lake. Although they go down, they aren’t completely erased. Don’t think you ever forget anything. All experiences are stored in the chittam; and, when the proper atmosphere is created, they come to the surface again. When we do something several times it forms a habit. Continue with that habit for a long time, and it becomes your character. Continue with that character and eventually, perhaps in another life, it comes up as instinct.

 

Sri Ramakrishna (quotes)

  • Bhakti is the one essential thing.
  • God is one, but His names are many.
  • Great men have the nature of a child.
  • To be sure, God exists in all beings.
  • If one has faith, one has everything.
  • As long as I live, so long do I learn.
  • If you want to go east, don’t go west.
  • As long as I live, so long do I learn.
  • Do yourself what you wish others to do.
  • The water of God’s grace cannot collect
  • Man suffers through lack of faith in God.
  • Respect is heaven, respect is liberation.
  • The unselfish love is of the highest kind;
  • on the high mound of egotism. It runs down.
  • All troubles come to an end when the ego dies
  • Bondage and Liberation are of the mind alone.
  • Forgiveness is the true nature of the ascetic.
  • God has created the world in play, as it were.
  • Bondage and Liberation are of the mind alone.
  • When the flower blooms, the bees come uninvited.
  • Have love for everyone, no one is other than you.
  • Infinite are the paths and infinite the opinions.
  • no matter whether the beloved suffers weal or woe.
  • Through selfless work, love of God grows in heart.
  • Wisdom leads to unity, but ignorance to separation.
  • The grace of God is a wind which is always blowing.
  • Once a person has faith, he has achieved everything.
  • Who, then is a devotee? He whose mind dwells on God.
  • Knowledge leads to unity, but ignorance to diversity.
  • But when God is realised within, that is true knowledge.
  • You should love everyone because God dwells in all beings.
  • Why does God allow evil in the world? To thicken the plot.
  • It is easy to talk on religion, but difficult to practice it.
  • I have no disciple. I am the servant of the servant of Rama .
  • but has an eye towards his own happiness also. It is middling.
  • The world is impermanent. One should constantly remember death.
  • But this is not possible as long as one has egotism and vanity.
  • Different creeds are but different paths to reach the same God.
  • God cannot be realizxd if there is the slightest trace of pride.
  • Different creeds are but different paths to reach the same God.”
  • Unalloyed love of God is the essential thing. All else is unreal.
  • One cannot be spiritual as long as one has shame, hatred, or fear.
  • The waves belong to the water. Does the water belong to the waves?
  • The world is not impermanent if one lives there after knowing God.
  • Who is whose Guru? God alone is the guide and Guru of the universe.
  • The supreme purpose and goal for human life… is to cultivate love.
  • So long as God seems to be outside and far away, there is ignorance.
  • So many religions, so many paths to reach the one and the same goal.
  • In mutual love the lover not only wants the happiness of his beloved;
  • God is in all men, but all men are not in God; that is why we suffer.
  • Pray to Him anyway you like, He can even hear the footfall of an ant.
  • Finish the few duties you have at hand, and then you will have peace.
  • It is the mind that makes one wise or ignorant, bound or emancipated.
  • The goal of life is not the earning of money, but the service of God.
  • The winds of grace are always blowing, but you have to raise the sail.
  • Finish the few duties you have at hand, and then you will have peace.”
  • One day, it was suddenly revealed to me that everything is pure spirit.
  • A s the lamp does not burn without oil, so man cannot live without God.
  • The selfish love is the lowest. It only looks towards its own happiness,
  • To work without attachment is to work without the expectation of reward.
  • The winds of grace blow all the time. All we need to do is set our sails.
  • With sincerity and earnestness one can realize God through all religions.
  • The breeze of grace is always blowing; set your sail to catch that breeze.
  • Whoever wants God intensely, finds Him. Go and verify it in your own life.
  • The goal of life is not the earning of money, but the service of God.p.114
  • As for me, I consider myself as a speck of the dust of the devotee’s feet.
  • It is easy to talk on religion, but difficult to practice it.”14 likesLike
  • What is the use of merely listening to lectures? The real thing is practice.
  • The winds of God’s grace are always blowing, it is for us to raise our sails.
  • Work, apart from devotion or love of God, is helpless and cannot stand alone.
  • Live like a mud-fish: its skin is bright and shiny even though it lives in mud.
  • Honour both spirit and form, the sentiment within as well as the symbol without.
  • Unless one always speaks the truth, one cannot find God Who is the soul of truth.
  • God is in all men, but all men are not in God; that is why we suffer.”31 likesLike
  • The Man who works for others, without any selfish motive, really does good to himself.
  • Men bound hand and foot in the endless chain of cause & effect cannot free each other.
  • If you must be mad, be it not for the things of the world. Be mad with the love of God.
  • One must be very particular about telling the truth. Through truth one can realize God.
  • Try to cultivate love of God. You are born as a human being only to attain divine love.
  • As the snake is separate from its slough, even so is the Spirit separate from the body.
  • The Man who works for others, without any selfish motive, really does good to himself.”
  • The tree laden with fruits always bends low. If you wish to be great, be lowly and meek.
  • The lover only minds the welfare of the beloved and does not care for his own sufferings.
  • Do not seek illumination unless you seek it as a man whose hair is on fire seeks a pond.”
  • The winds of God’s grace are always blowing, it is for us to raise our sails.”27 likesLike
  • Why should you renounce everything? You are all right as you are, following the middle…”
  • If a man prays to Thee with a yearning heart, he can reach Thee, through Thy grace, by any path.
  • The fabled musk deer searches the world over for the source of the scent which comes from itself.
  • A truly religious man should think that other religions also have many paths leading to the truth.
  • G od, His scripture, and His devotee are all to be regarded as one, i.e. in one and the same light.
  • When the fruit appears the blossom drops off. Love of God is the fruit, and rituals are the blossom.
  • If you must be mad, be it not for the things of the world. Be mad with the love of God.”26 likesLike
  • Many good sayings are to be found in holy books, but merely reading them will not make one religious.
  • The world is indeed a mixture of truth and make-believe. Discard the make-believe and take the truth.
  • If diving once does not bring you pearls, you need not therefore conclude that the sea is without them.
  • The breeze of grace is always blowing on you. You have to open the sails and your boat will move forward.
  • God is everywhere but He is most manifest in man. So serve man as God. That is as good as worshipping God.
  • Longing is like the rosy dawn. After the dawn out comes the sun. Longing is followed by the vision of God.
  • An ocean of bliss may rain down from the heavens, but if you hold up only a thimble, that is all you receive
  • Disease is the tax which the soul pays for the body, as the tenant pays house-rent for the use of the house.
  • Dislodging a green nut from it’s shell is almost impossible, but let it dry and the lightest tap will do it.
  • Every being is Narayana. Man or animal, sage or knave, nay, the whole universe, is Narayana, the Supreme Spirit.
  • Many good sayings are to be found in holy books, but merely reading them will not make one religious.”11 likesLike
  • That knowledge which purifies the mind and heart alone is true Knowledge, all else is only a negation of Knowledge.
  • He who is called Krishna is also Siva and the Primal Sakti…He again, who is called Jesus and Allah. Truth is one.
  • The compassion that you see in the kindhearted is God’s compassion. He has given it to them to protect the helpless.
  • That knowledge which purifies the mind and heart alone is true Knowledge, all else is only a negation of Knowledge.”
  • God is everywhere but He is most manifest in man. So serve man as God. That is as good as worshipping God.”19 likesLike
  • If there are errors in other religions, that is none of our business. God, to whom the world belongs, takes care of that.
  • The world is impermanent. [All things change. Knowing this helps you see the end of any difficulty and thereby have hope.]
  • When the divine vision is attained, all appear equal; and there remains no distinction of good and bad, or of high and low.
  • Let each man follow his own path. if he sincerely and ardently wishes to know God, peace be unto him! He will surely reach Him.
  • You should not feel that your path is the only right path and that other paths are wrong. You mustn’t bear malice toward others.
  • He is born in vain, who having attained the human birth, so difficult to get, does not attempt to realize God in this very life.
  • The vanities of all others may gradually die out, but the vanity of a saint regarding his sainthood is hard indeed to wear away.
  • In the kingdom of God, reason, intellect and learning are of no avail. There the dumb speaks, the blind sees, and the deaf hears.
  • If you meditate on your ideal, you will acquire its nature. If you think of God day and night, you will acquire the nature of God.
  • God in the form of the saint, God in the form of the sinner, God in the form of the righteous, God in the form of the unrighteous.
  • T he Vedantist says, “I am He.” Brahman is real and the world illusory. Even the “I” is illusory. Only the Supreme Brahman exists.
  • It’s enough to have faith in one aspect of God. But never get into your head that your faith alone is true and every other is false.
  • I, and “mine” that is ignorance. By discriminating, you will realize that what you call “I” is really nothing but Atman [the Self].
  • Pray to God that your attachment to such transitory things as wealth, name, and creature comforts may become less and less every day.
  • Man needs a guru. But a man must have faith in the guru’s words. He succeeds in spiritual life by looking on his guru as God Himself.
  • At a certain stage in the path of devotion, the devotee finds satisfaction in God with form, and at another stage, in God without it.
  • God is formless, and is with form too, and He is that which transcends both form and formlessness. He alone can say what else He is.
  • The ego is like the root of a banyan tree, you think you have removed it all then one fine morning you see a sprout flourishing again.
  • Bondage is of the mind; freedom too is of the mind. If you say ‘I am a free soul. I am a son of God who can bind me’ free you shall be.
  • S o long as God seems to be outside and far away, so long there is ignorance. But where God is realized within, that is true knowledge.
  • By the mind one is bound; by the mind one is freed. … He who asserts with strong conviction: “I am not bound, I am free,” becomes free.
  • As a piece of rope, when burnt, retains its form, but cannot serve to bind, so is the ego which is burnt by the fire of supreme Knowledge.
  • A man is truly free, even here in this embodied state, if he knows that God is the true agent and he by himself is powerless to do anything.
  • All religions are true. God can be reached by different religions. Many rivers flow by many ways but they fall into the sea. They all are one.
  • Sugar and sand may be mixed together, but the ant rejects the sand and goes off with the sugar grain; so pious men lift the good from the bad.
  • A boat may stay in water, but water should not stay in boat. A spiritual aspirant may live in the world, but the world should not live within him.
  • When one has love for God, one doesn’t feel any physical attraction to wife, children, relatives and friends. One retains only compassion for them.
  • Bondage is of the mind; freedom too is of the mind. If you say ‘I am a free soul. I am a son of God who can bind me’ free you shall be.”17 likesLike
  • If a white cloth is stained even with a small spot, the stain appears very ugly indeed. So the smallest fault of a holy man becomes painfully prominent.
  • Do not be small minded. Do not pray for gourds and pumpkins from God, when you should be asking for pure love and pure knowledge to dawn within every heart.
  • It is not lust alone that one should be afraid of in the life of the world. There is also anger. Anger arises when obstacles are placed in the way of desire.
  • B rahman is Shakti; Shakti is Brahman. They are not two. These are only two aspects, male and female, of the same Reality-Existence-Knowledge-Bliss Absolute.
  • Travel in all the four quarters of the earth, you will find nothing (no true religion) anywhere. Whatever there is, is only here (i .e . in one ‘s own heart.)
  • One cannot attain divine knowledge till one gets rid of pride. Water does not stay on the top of a mound; but into low land it flows in torrents from all sides.
  • If you spent one-tenth of the time you devoted to distractions like chasing women or making money to spiritual practice, you would be enlightened in a few years.
  • We laugh at the efforts of the musk deer to find the source of the scent which comes from itself and despair at our efforts to find the peace which is our essence.
  • You must know that there are different tastes. There are also different powers of digestion… different temperaments… differences in the capacity to comprehend.
  • If you keep your heart immersed always in the depth of that holy love, your heart is sure to remain ever full to overflowing with the Divine fervour of sacred love.
  • Common men talk bagfuls of religion but do not practise even a grain of it. The wise man speaks a little, even though his whole life is religion expressed in action.
  • When you meditate, go into the solitude of a forest, or a quiet corner, and enter into the chamber of your heart. And always keep your power of discrimination awake.
  • More are the names of God and infinite are the forms through which He may be approached. In whatever name and form you worship Him, through them you will realise Him.
  • Common men talk bagfuls of religion but do not practise even a grain of it. The wise man speaks a little, even though his whole life is religion expressed in action.”
  • H ow can one attain yoga? By completely renouncing attachment to worldly things. The mind must be pure and without blemish, like the telegraph wire that has no defect.
  • If you first fortify yourself with the true knowledge of the Universal Self, and then live in the midst of wealth and worldliness, surely they will in no way affect you.
  • The fool who repeats again and again: “I am bound, I am bound,” remains in bondage. He who repeats day and night: “I am a sinner, I am a sinner,” becomes a sinner indeed.
  • Through selfless work, love of God grows in the heart. Then through his grace one realize him in course of time. God can be seen. One can talk to him as I am talking to you.
  • As a toy fruit or a toy elephant reminds one of the real fruit and the living animal, so do the images that are worshipped remind one of the God who is formless and eternal.
  • Make your meditation a continuous state of mind. A great worship is going on all the time, so nothing should be neglected or excluded from your constant meditative awareness.
  • A s fishes playing in a pond covered over with reeds and scum cannot be seen from outside, so God plays in the heart of a man invisibly, being screened by Maya from human view.
  • The sun can give heat and light to the whole world, but he cannot do so when the clouds shut out his rays. Similarly as long as egotism veils the heart, God cannot shine upon it.
  • To work without attachment is to work without the expectation of reward or fear of any punishment in this world or the next. Work so done is a means to the end, and God is the end.
  • It is on account of the ego that one is not able to see God. In front of the door of God’s mansion lies the stump of ego. One cannot enter the mansion without jumping over the stump.
  • Those who wish to attain God and progress in religious devotion, should particularly guard themselves against the snares of lust and wealth. Otherwise they can never attain perfection.
  • The way of love is as true as the way of knowledge. All paths ultimately lead to the same Truth. But as long as God keeps the feeling of ego in us, it is easier to follow the path of love.
  • Live in the world like a waterfowl. The water clings to the bird, but the bird shakes it off. Live in the world like a mudfish. The fish lives in the mud, but its skin is always bright and shiny.
  • The manifestation of the Divinity must be understood to be in greater degree in those who are honoured, respected, and obeyed by a large following, than in those who have gained no such influence.
  • It is true that God is even in the tiger, but we must not go and face the animal. So it is true that God dwells even in the most wicked, but it is not meet that we should associate with the wicked.
  • It is true that God is even in the tiger, but we must not go and face the animal. So it is true that God dwells even in the most wicked, but it is not meet that we should associate with the wicked.
  • One man may read the Bhagavata by the light of a lamp, and another may commit a forgery by that very light; but the lamp is unaffected. The sun sheds its light on the wicked as well as on the virtuous.
  • The physicians of one class feel the patients and go away, merely prescribing medicine. As they leave the room they simply ask the patient to take the medicine. They are the poorest class of physicians.
  • One man may read the Bhagavata by the light of a lamp, and another may commit a forgery by that very light; but the lamp is unaffected. The sun sheds its light on the wicked as well as on the virtuous.”
  • As a boy holding to a post or a pillar whirls about it with headlong speed without any fear or falling, so perform your worldly duties, fixing your hold firmly upon God, and you will be free from danger.
  • As the shell, the pith and the kernel of the fruit are all produced form one parent seed of the tree, so from the one Lord is produced the whole of creation, animate and inanimate, spiritual and material.
  • Brahman is beyond mind and speech, beyond concentration and meditation, beyond the knower, the known and knowledge, beyond even the conception of the real and unreal. In short, It is beyond all relativity.
  • N othing exists except the One. That One is the supreme Brahman. So long as He keeps the “I” in us, He reveals to us that -it is He who, as the Primal Energy, creates, preserves, and destroys the universe.
  • Oh Mother, I don’t want name and fame; I don’t want the eight occult powers; Oh Mother, I have no desire for creature comforts; Please, Mother, Grant me the boon that I may have pure love For Thy lotus feet.
  • Right discrimination is of two kinds analytical and synthetical. The first leads one from the phenomena to the Absolute Brahman, while by the second one knows how the Absolute Brahman appears as the universe.
  • One should always maintain an attitude of respect towards other religions. Dispute not, as you rest firmly on your own faith and opinion, allow others also equal liberty to stand by their own faith and opinion.
  • So long as one does not become simple like a child, one does not get divine illumination. Forget all the worldly knowledge that thou hast acquired and become as a child, and then will thou get the divine wisdom.
  • The magnetic needle always points to the north, and hence it is that sailing vessel does not lose her direction. So long as the heart of man is directed towards God, he cannot be lost in the ocean of worldliness.
  • If you desire to be pure, have firm faith, and slowly go on with your devotional practices without wasting your energy in useless scriptural discussions and arguments. Your little brain will otherwise be muddled.
  • The truth is that you cannot attain God if you have even a trace of desire. Subtle is the way of dharma. If you are trying to thread a needle, you will not succeed if the thread has even a slight fiber sticking out.
  • The young bamboo can be easily bent, but the full grown bamboo breaks when it is bent with force. It is easy to bend the young heart towards God, but the untrained heart of the old escapes the hold whenever it is so drawn.
  • One cannot completely get rid of the six passions: lust, anger, greed, and the like. Therefore one should direct them to God. If you must have desire and greed, then you should desire love of God and be greedy to attain Him.
  • If you desire to be pure, have firm faith, and slowly go on with your devotional practices without wasting your energy in useless scriptural discussions and arguments. Your little brain will otherwise be muddled.”13 likesLike
  • In a potter’s shop there are vessels of different shapes and forms–pots, jars, dishes, plates, etc; but all are made of one clay. So God is one, but is worshipped in different ages and climes under different names and aspects.
  • Who may be called a paramahamsa? He who, like a swan, can take the milk from a mixture of milk and water, leaving aside the water. He who, like an ant, can take the sugar from a mixture of sugar and sand, leaving aside the sand.
  • God can be realized through all paths. All religions are true. The important thing is to reach the roof. You can reach it by stone stairs or by wooden stairs or by bamboo steps or by a rope. You can also climb up by a bamboo pole.
  • As the same sugar is made into various figures of birds and beasts, so one sweet Mother Divine is worshipped in various climes and ages under various names and forms. Different creeds are but different paths to reach the Almighty.
  • Too much study of the scriptures does more harm than good. The important thing is to know the essence of the scriptures. After that, what is the need of books? One should learn the essence and then dive deep in order to realize God.
  • You see many stars in the sky at night, but not when the sun rises. Can you therefore say that there are no stars in the heavens during the day? Because you cannot find God in the days of your ignorance, say not that there is no God.
  • One should not think, ‘My religion alone is the right path and other religions are false.’ God can be realized by means of all paths. It is enough to have sincere yearning for God. Infinite are the paths and infinite are the opinions.
  • All will surely realize God. All will be liberated. It may be that some get their meal in the morning, some at noon, and some in the evening; but none will go without food. All, without any exception, will certainly know their real Self.
  • You will feel restless for God when your heart becomes pure and your mind free from attachment to the things of the world. Then alone will your prayer reach God. A telegraph wire cannot carry messages if it has a break or some other defect.
  • Meditate upon the Knowledge and Bliss Eternal , and you will also have bliss. The Bliss indeed is eternal, only it is covered and obscured by ignorance. The less your attachment is towards the senses, the more will be your love towards God .
  • You speak of doing good to the world. Is the world such a small thing? And who are you, pray, to do good to the world? First realise God, see Him by means of spiritual discipline. If He imparts power you can do good to others; otherwise not.
  • How long do small girls play with their dolls? As long as they are not married and do not live with their husbands. After marriage they put the dolls away in a box. What further need is there of worshipping the image after the vision of God?
  • You speak of doing good to the world. Is the world such a small thing? And who are you, pray, to do good to the world? First realise God, see Him by means of spiritual discipline. If He imparts power you can do good to others; otherwise not.”
  • Y ou speak of doing good to the world. Is the world such a small thing? And who are you, pray, to do good to the world? First realise God, see Him by means of spiritual discipline. If He imparts power you can do good to others; otherwise not.
  • God can be realized through all paths. All religions are true. The important thing is to reach the roof. You can reach it by stone stairs or by wooden stairs or by bamboo steps or by a rope. You can also climb up by a bamboo pole.”13 likesLike
  • As a boy begins to learn writing by drawing big scrawls, before he can master the small-hand, so we must learn concentration of the mind by fixing it first on forms; and when we have attained success therein, we can easily fix it upon the formless.
  • The implication of the story is that Brahman and the Primal Energy at first appear to be two. But after attaining the knowledge of Brahman, one does not see the two. Then there is no differentiation; it is One, without a second, Advaita-non-duality.
  • You see many stars at night in the sky, but find them not when the sun rises. Can you say that there are no stars, then, in the heaven of day? So, O man, because you behold not the Almighty in the days of your ignorance, say not that there is no God.
  • Spirituality automatically leads to humility. When a flower develops into a fruit, the petals drop off on its own. When one becomes spiritual, the ego vanishes gradually on its own. A tree laden with fruits always bends low. Humility is a sign of greatness.
  • Imagine a limitless expanse of water: above and below, before and behind, right and left, everywhere there is water. In that water is placed a jar filled with water. There is water inside the jar and water outside, but the jar is still there. The ‘I’ is the jar.
  • The waves belong to the Ganges, not the Ganges to the waves. A man cannot realize God unless he gets rid of all such egotistic ideas as “I am such an important man” or “I am so and so”. Level the mound of “I” to the ground by dissolving it with tears of devotion.
  • These people are like … a frog living in a well, who has never seen the outside world. He knows only his well, so he will not believe that there is such a thing as the world. Likewise, people talk so much about the world because they have not known the joy of God.
  • Do you know how a lover of God feels? His attitude is: “0 God, Thou art the Master, and I am Thy servant. Thou art the Mother, and I am Thy child.” Or again: “Thou art my Father and Mother. Thou art the Whole, and I am a part.” He doesn’t like to say, “I am Brahman.”
  • Those whose spiritual awareness has been awakened never make a false move. They don’t have to avoid evil. They are so replete with love that whatever they do is a good action. They are fully conscious that they are not the doer of their actions, but only servants of God.
  • It is very pleasant to scratch an itching ring-worm, but the sensation one gets afterwards is very painful and intolerable. In the same way the pleasures of this world are very attractive in the beginning, but their consequences are terrible to contemplate and hard to endure.
  • You see many stars in the sky at night, but not when the sun rises. Can you therefore say that there are no stars in the heavens during the day? Because you cannot find God in the days of your ignorance, say not that there is no God.”tags: inspirational, spiritual55 likesLike
  • Men are like pillow-cases. The colour of one may be red, that of another blue, and that of the third black; but all contain the same cotton within. So it is with man; one is beautiful, another is ugly, a third holy, and a fourth wicked; but the Divine Being dwells in them all.
  • Sunlight is one and the same wherever it falls; but only a bright surface like that of water, or of a mirror reflects it fully. So is the light Divine. It falls equally and impartially on all hearts, but the pure and pious hearts of holy men receive and reflect that light well.
  • With sincerity and earnestness one can realize God through all religions. The Vaishnavas will realize God, and so will the Saktas, the Vedantists, and the Brahmos. The Mussalmans and Christians will realize Him too. All will certainly realize God if they are earnest and sincere.
  • If you feel proud, let it be in the thought that you are the servant of God, the son of God. Great men have the nature of a child. They are always a child before Him; so they are free from pride. All their strength is of God and not their own. It belongs to Him and comes from Him.
  • Many people think they cannot have knowledge or understanding of God without reading books. But hearing is better than reading, and seeing is better than hearing. Hearing about Benares is different from reading about it; but seeing Benares is different from either hearing or reading.
  • All religions- Hinduism, Islam, Christianity-and I have also followed the paths of the different Hindu sects. I have found that it is the same God toward whom all are directing their steps, though along different paths. You must try all beliefs and traverse all the different ways once.
  • The jnani–the Vedantist, for instance-always reasons, applying the process of “Not this, not this.” Through this discrimination he realizes, by his inner perception, that the ego and the universe are both illusory, like a dream. Then the jnani realizes Brahman in his own consciousness.
  • The ordinary man says in his ignorance, “My religion is the sole religion, my religion is the best.” But when his heart is illuminated by the true knowledge, he knows that beyond all the battles of sects and of sectaries presides the one, indivisible, eternal and omnipresent Benediction.
  • Brahman is the only Reality, ever pure, ever illumined, ever free, beyond the limits of time, space, and causation. Though apparently divided by names and forms through the inscrutable power of maya, that enchantress who makes the impossible possible, Brahman is really One and undivided.
  • Further, some say that God has form and is not formless. Thus they start quarelling, … One can speak rightly of God only after one has seen Him. He who ‘has seen God knows really and truly that God has form and that He is formless as well. He has many other aspects that cannot be described.
  • As for myself, I look upon all women as my Mother. This is a very pure attitude of mind. There is no risk or danger in it. To look upon a woman as one’s sister is also not bad. But the other attitudes are very difficult and dangerous. It is almost impossible to keep to the purity of the ideal.
  • Only two kinds of people can attain self-knowledge: those who are not encumbered at all with learning, that is to say, whose minds are not over-crowded with thoughts borrowed from others; and those who, after studying all the scriptures and sciences, have come to realise that they know nothing.
  • God has revealed to me that only the Paramatman, whom the Vedas describe as the Pure Soul, is as immutable as Mount Sumeru, unattached, and beyond pain and pleasure. There is much confusion in this world of His maya. One can by no means say that ‘this’ will come after ‘that’ or ‘this’ will produce ‘that’.
  • When an unbaked pot is broken, the potter can use the mud to make a new one; but when a baked one is broken, he cannot do the same any longer. So when a person dies in a state of ignorance, he is born again; but when he becomes well baked in the fire of true knowledge and dies a perfect man, he is not born again.
  • A devotee who can call on God while living a householder’s life is a hero indeed. God thinks: ‘He is blessed indeed who prays to me in the midst of his worldly duties. He is trying to find me, overcoming a great obstacle — pushing away, as it were, a huge block of stone weighing a ton. Such a man is a real hero.
  • A man develops a subtle power as a result of the strict observance of celibacy for twelve years. Then he can understand and grasp very subtle things which otherwise elude his intellect. Through that understanding the aspirant can have direct vision of God. That pure understanding alone enables him to realize Truth.
  • G od is the Absolute and Eternal Brahman, as well as the Father of the Universe. The indivisible Brahman is like a vast shoreless ocean, without bounds and limits, in which I can only struggle and sink. But when I approach the always sportive personal Deity (Hari), I get peace, like the sinking man who nears the shore.
  • It’s enough to have faith in one aspect of God. You have faith in God without form. That is very good. But never get into your head that your faith alone is true and every other is false. Know for certain that God without form is real and that God with form is also real. Then hold fast to whichever faith appeals to you.
  • When the head of a goat is severed from its body, the trunk struggles for some time, still showing signs of life. Similarly, though ahamkara (egotism) is slain in the perfect man, yet enough of its vitality is left to make him carry on the functions of physical life; but it is not sufficient to bind him again into the world.
  • T he path of knowledge leads to Truth, as does the path that combines knowledge and love [bhakti]. The path of love too leads to this goal. The way of love is as true as the way of knowledge. All paths ultimately lead to the same Truth. But as long as God keeps the feeling of ego in us, it is easier to follow the path of love.
  • Kali is none other than He whom you call Brahman. Kali is the primal Shakti. When it is inactive, we call It Brahman. But when It has the function of creating, preserving or destroying, we call That Shakti or Kali. He whom you call Brahman, She whom I call Kali, are Do more different from each other than fire and its power of burning.
  • God has made different religions to suit different aspirants, times, and countries. All doctrines are only so many paths; but a path is by no means God himself. Indeed, one can reach God if one follows any of the paths with whole-hearted devotion…One may eat a cake with icing either straight or sidewise. It will taste sweet either way.”
  • As with one gold various ornaments are made, having different forms and names, so one God is worshipped in different countries and ages, and has different forms and names. Though He may be worshipped variously, some loving to call him Father, others Mother, etc, yet it is one God that is being worshipped in all these various relations and modes.
  • As one and the same material, viz. water, is called by different names by different people–one calling it ‘water,’ another ‘vari,’ a third ‘aqua,’ and another ‘pani’–so the one Sat-chit-ananda, the Everlasting-Intelligent- Bliss, is invoked by some as God, by some as Allah, by some as Hari, and by others as Brahman and hundreds of other names.
  • M aya is nothing but the egotism of the embodied soul. This egotism has covered everything like a veil. All troubles come to an end when the ego dies. ‘if by the grace of God a man but once realizes that he is not the doer, then he at once becomes a jivanmukta [a liberated being]. Though living in the body, he is liberated. He has nothing else to fear.
  • Knowingly or unknowingly, consciously or unconsciously, in whatever state we utter His name, we acquire the merit of such utterance. A man who voluntarily goes into a river and bathes therein gets the benefit of the bath; so does likewise he who has been pushed into the river by another, or who while sleeping soundly has water thrown upon him by another.
  • Dwell, O mind, within yourself; Enter no other’s home. If you but seek there, you will find All you are searching for. God, the true Philosopher’s Stone, Who answers every prayer, Lies hidden deep within your heart, The richest gem of all. How many pearls and precious stones Are scattered all about The outer court that lies before The chamber of your heart!
  • A bath in Ganges undoubtedly absolves one of all sins; but what does that avail? They say that the sins perch on trees along the banks of the Ganges. No sooner does the man come back from the holy waters that the old sins jump on his shoulders from the trees. The same old sins take possession of him again. He is hardly out of the waters before they fall upon him.
  • God reveals Himself to a devotee who feels drawn to Him by the combined force of these three attractions: the attraction of worldly possessions for the worldly man, the child’s attraction for its mother, and the husband’s attraction for the chaste wife. If one feels drawn to Him by the combined force of these three attractions, then through it one can attain Him.
  • What Brahman is cannot be described. All things in the world — the Vedas, the Puranas, the Tantras, the six systems of philosophy — have been defiled, like food that has been touched by the tongue, for they have been read or uttered by the tongue. Only one thing has not been defiled in this way, and that is Brahman. No one has ever been able to say what Brahman is.
  • W hat Brahman is cannot be described. All things in the world — the Vedas, the Puranas, the Tantras, the six systems of philosophy — have been defiled, like food that has been touched by the tongue, for they have been read or uttered by the tongue. Only one thing has not been defiled in this way, and that is Brahman. No one has ever been able to say what Brahman is.
  • It is His will that we should run about a little. Then it is great fun. God has created the world in play, as it were. This is called Mahamaya, the Great Illusion. Therefore one must take refuge in the Divine Mother, the Cosmic Power Itself. It is She who has bound us with the shackles of illusion. The realization of God is possible only when those shackles are severed.
  • I have now come to a stage of realization in which I see that God is walking in every human form and manifesting Himself alike through the sage and the sinner, the virtuous and the vicious. Therefore when I meet different people I say to myself, God in the form of the saint, God in the form of the sinner, God in the form of the righteous, God in the form of the unrighteous.
  • The inferior devotee says, “God exists, but He is very far off, up there in heaven.” The mediocre devotee says, “God exists is in all beings as life and consciousness.” The superior devotee says, “it is God Himself who has become everything; whatever I see is only a form of God. it is He alone who has become maya, the universe, and all living beings. Nothing exists but God.”
  • One can attain the Knowledge of Brahman too by following the path of bhakti. God is all-powerful. He may give His devotee Brahmajnana [the knowledge of Brahman] also if He so wills. But the devotee generally doesn’t seek the Knowledge of the Absolute. He would rather have the consciousness that God is the Master and he the servant, or that God is the Divine Mother and he the child.
  • A man does not have to suffer any more if God, in His grace, removes his doubts and reveals Himself to him. But this grace descends upon him only after he has prayed to God with intense yearning of heart and practiced spiritual discipline. The mother feels compassion for her child when she sees him running about breathlessly. She has been hiding herself; now she appears before the child.
  • So long as the bee is outside the petals of the lily, and has not tasted the sweetness of its honey, it hovers around the flower emitting the buzzing sound; but when it is inside the flower, it noiselessly drinks the nectar. So long as a man quarrels and disputes about doctrines and dogmas, he has not tasted the nectar of true faith; when he has tasted it, he becomes quiet and full of peace.
  • Even after attaining samadhi, some retain the “servant ego,” or the “devotee ego.” The bhakta keeps this “I-consciousness.” He says, “0 God, Thou art the Master and I am Thy servant; Thou art the Lord and I am Thy devotee,” He feels that way even after the realization of God. His “I” -is not completely effaced. Again, by constantly practicing this kind of consciousness,” one ultimately attains God…
  • Different people call on [God] by different names: some as Allah, some as God, and others as Krishna, Siva, and Brahman. It is like the water in a lake. Some drink it at one place and call it ‘jal’, others at another place and call it ‘pani’, and still others at a third place and call it ‘water’. The Hindus call it ‘jal’, the Christians ‘water’, and the Moslems ‘pani’. But it is one and the same thing.
  • The phenomenal world belongs to that very Reality to which the Absolute belongs; again, the Absolute belongs to that very Reality to which the phenomenal world belongs. He who is realized as God has also become the universe and its living beings. One who knows the Truth knows that it is He alone who has become father and mother, child and neighbor, man and animal, good and bad, holy and unholy, and so forth.
  • S ome people indulge in quarrels, saying, “One cannot attain anything unless one worships our Krishna,” or “Nothing can be gained without the worship of Kali, our Divine Mother,” or “One cannot be saved without accepting the Christian religion.” This is pure dogmatism. The dogmatist says, “My religion alone is true, and the religions of others are false.” This is a bad attitude. God can be reached by different paths.”
  • The sum and substance of the whole matter is that a man must love God, must be restless for Him. It doesn’t matter whether you believe in God with form or God without form. You may or may not believe that God incarnates Himself as man. But you will realize Him if you have that yearning. Then He himself will let you know what He is like. If you must be mad, why should you be mad for the things of the world? If you must be mad, be mad for God alone.
  • He is indeed a real man who has harmonized everything. Most people are one-sided. But I find that all opinions point to the One. All views-the Shakta, the Vaishnava, the Vedanta-have that One for their center. He who is formless is, again, endowed with form. It is He who appears in different forms. The attributeless Brahman is my Father. God with attributes is my Mother. Whom shall I blame? Whom shall I praise? The two sides of the scale are equally heavy.
  • Little children play with dolls in the outer room just as they like, without any care of fear or restraint; but as soon as their mother comes in, they throw aside their dolls and run to her crying, “Mamma, mamma.” You too, are now playing in this material world, infatuated with the dolls of wealth, honour, fame, etc., If however, you once see your Divine Mother, you will not afterwards find pleasure in all these. Throwing them all aside, you will run to her.
  • Take the case of the infinite ocean. There is no limit to its water. Suppose a pot is immersed in it: there is water both inside and outside the pot. The jnani sees that both inside and outside there is nothing but Paramatman. Then what is this pot? It is ‘I-consciousness’. Because of the pot the water appears to be divided into two parts; because of the pot you seem to perceive an inside and an outside. One feels that way as long as this pot of ‘I’ exists. When the ‘I’ disappears, what is remains. That cannot be described in words.
  • The rishis of old attained the Knowledge of Brahman. One cannot have this so long as there is the slightest trace of worldliness. How hard the rishis laboured ! Early in the morning they would go away from the hermitage, and would spend the whole day in solitude, meditating on Brahman. At night they would return to the hermitage and eat a little fruit or roots. They kept their mind aloof from the objects of sight, hearing, touch, and other things of a worldly nature. Only thus did they realize Brahman as their own inner conciousness.
  • When a seeker merges in the beatitude of samadbi, he does not perceive time and space or name and form, the offspring of maya. Whatever -is within the domain of maya is unreal. Give it up. Destroy the prison house of name and form arid rush out of it with the strength of a lion. Dive deep in search of the Self and realize It through samadhi, You will find the world of name and form vanishing into void, and the puny ego dissolving in Brahman-Consciousness. You will realize your identity with Brahman, Existence-Knowledge-Bliss Absolute.
  • A man sitting under the shade of the Kalpa-vriksha (wishing-tree) wished to be a king, and in an instant he was a king. The next moment he wished to have a charming damsel, and the damsel was instantly by his side. The man then thought within himself, if a tiger came and devoured him, and alas; in an instant he was in the jaws of a tiger! God is like that wishing-tree: whosoever in His presence thinks that he is destitute and poor, remains as such, but he who thinks and believes that the Lord fulfils all his wants, receives everything from Him.
  • God laughs on two occasions. He laughs when the physician says to the patient’s mother, ‘Don’t be afraid, mother; I shall certainly cure your boy.’ God laughs, saying to Himself, ‘I am going to take his life, and this man says he will save it!’ The physician thinks he is the master, forgetting that God is the Master. God laughs again when two brothers divide their land with a string, saying to each other, ‘This side is mine and that side is yours.’ He laughs and says to Himself, ‘The whole universe belongs to Me, but they say they own this portion or that portion.’
  • When I think of the Supreme Being as inactive neither creating nor preserving nor destroying-, I call Him Brahman or Purusha, the Impersonal God. When I think of Him as active-creating, preserving, destroying-, I call Him Shakti or Maya or Prakriti, the Personal God. But the distinction between them does not mean a difference. The Personal and the Impersonal are the same thing, like milk and its whiteness, the diamond and its lustre, the snake and its wriggling motion. Iit is impossible to conceive of the one without the other. The Divine Mother and Brahman are one.
  • One cannot see God without purity of heart. Through attachment to “woman and gold” the mind has become stained -covered with dirt, as it were. A magnet cannot attract a needle if the needle is covered with mud. Wash away the mud and the magnet will draw it. Likewise, the dirt of the mind can be washed away with the tears of our eyes. This stain is removed if one sheds tears of repentence and says, “0 God, I shall never again do such a thing.” Thereupon God, who is like the, magnet, draws to Himself the mind, which is like the needle. Then the devotee goes into samadhi and obtains the vision of God.
  • You may try thousands of times, but nothing can be achieved without God’s grace. One cannot see God without His grace. Is it an easy thing to receive the grace of God? One must altogether renounce egotism; one cannot see God as long as one feels “I am the doer … … God doesn’t easily appear in the heart of a man who feels himself to be his own master. But God can be seen the moment His grace descends. He is the Sun of Knowledge. One single ray of His has illumined the world with the light of knowledge. This is how we are able to see one another and acquire varied knowledge. One can see God only if He turns His light toward His own Face.

 

 

Sri Chinmoy (quotes)

  • Hope is man’s inner effort.
  • Love is hope. Hope is nectar.
  • Patience, increasing patience
  • Our goal is self-transcendence
  • Truth is in all, But love is all.
  • Peace begins When expectation ends.
  • Impossibility is a dictionary word.
  • Miracles do happen in every human life.
  • Meditation stops the sound-loving mind.
  • Do not Blame the world. Find a solution.
  • Meditation speaks. It speaks in silence.
  • True humility means giving joy to others.
  • There is nothing more powerful than peace.
  • Life is nothing but the expansion of love.
  • Hope is man’s preparation for the unknown.
  • A spiritual life means: It is now or never.
  • Goodness Is oneness-love In perfect action.
  • My heart’s gratitude Is My life’s plenitude.
  • To hope is to see with the eye of the heart.
  • To hope is to send darkest night into exile.
  • No price is too great to pay for inner peace.
  • When I meditate, I feel I am vast, very vast.
  • I never fight with reason- I just ignore it.
  • Never give up hope! Hope ultimately succeeds.
  • The heart-flute Knows how to charm the world.
  • To conquer the egoIs to gainBoundless freedom.
  • To follow the crowd Is to miss The destination.
  • It is better to make mistakes than to lie idle.
  • We must endure Adversity Bravely and cheerfully.
  • A heart of peaceIs always the bestProblem-solver.
  • To be true to oneself is the hardest test of life.
  • Life and sports cannot be separated; they are one.
  • God is not a thing to be achieved, but a thing to be.
  • Just becauseWe cannot see,We are not entitled to doubt.
  • Paradise is not a place; it’s a state of consciousness.
  • Love and liveAnd live and loveEach momentTo the fullest.
  • Character is just what we inwardly are and outwardly do.
  • He who loves, never grows old. God it a shining example.
  • Hope pulls the heart of tomorrow into the body of today.
  • It is not human nature to enjoy what we get with no effort.
  • Gratitude is pure happiness. Happiness is sure perfection.
  • Love is never afraid of fear. Fear is always afraid of love
  • To be rich is to give a smile with no expectation of return.
  • Character is blazing sunshine in the soul’s abode, the body.
  • If peace is not In Nature’s beauty, Then where is it, where?
  • A peaceful worldIs an immediate, utter and absoluteNecessity.
  • Just one smile Immensely increases the beauty Of the universe.
  • The atom has taught me that the little things do count – most.
  • Meditation is silence. Silence is God In His Infinity’s Smile.
  • To inspire others Is to be immediately rich In the inner world.
  • Whether you accept or reject it, God’s Love for you is permanent.
  • Surrender is a journey from the outer turmoil to the inner peace.
  • Love is something that never cared to learn how to judge anybody.
  • If you depend on God’s grace there is no such thing as impossible.
  • Even the tiniest of hopes can show me the way to arrive at my goal.
  • It is only through inner peace that we can have true outer freedom.
  • One of the main faults of a fool is that he never changes his mind.
  • A gratitude-heart Is to discover on earth A Heaven-delivered rose
  • God’s first Smile was born The day humanity awoke To His Light.
  • Meditation is my soul’s soundless conversation with my inner pilot.
  • Do not judge but love and be loved, if you want to be really happy.
  • The real in me longs for peace. The unreal in me longs for power.
  • Only one flagFlies above all the rest:The flag of universal oneness.
  • Friendship must never be buried under the weight of misunderstanding.
  • Each child born on earth Is a unique promise of God  To God Himself.
  • Every day there is only one thing to learn: how to be honestly happy.
  • A moment of self-giving lifecan conquer the sorrowsof many long years
  • Life is effort. So says the body. Life is blessing. So says the soul.
  • By hating that person, you have lost something very sweet in yourself.
  • Individual self-transcendence collectively inspires humanity at large.
  • Not one But twenty-four self-giving-hours Every day I have For my use.
  • The Stormy life can be braved Only by the heart’s Sunny meditations.
  • When I think good thoughts, I feel that man is not, after all, so bad.
  • Love your enemy. It will not only puzzle him, But finally illumine him.
  • Nothing impresses me any more, save and except my own deep meditations.
  • Is not falling down. Failure  Is desiring to live Where I have fallen.
  • Character is the colossal hope of human improvement within and without.
  • What comes to me unmistakably is what I carefully or carelessly invite.
  • When we listen to the Inner Voice, our outer life becomes full of peace.
  • You and I create the world by the vibrations that we offer to the world.
  • I live in between My heart’s compassion-rain And my life’s oneness-gain.
  • What you do not use yourself, do not give to others. For example, advice.
  • God has blessed me with the capacity to meditate even while I am talking.
  • What gives life its value if not its constant cry for self-transcendence?
  • God’s foremost treasure on earth Is my ever-blossoming Gratitude-heart.
  • Greatness is a matter of a moment. Goodness is the work of a lifetime.
  • God loves only one philosophy, And that is the Do-it-here-now philosophy.
  • When I meditate, I clearly see that God is already seated inside my heart.
  • God does not care If I am bad or good- He wants my love, Not my sainthood.
  • If we call ourselves children of God, then others are also children of God.
  • Alas, why does my mind have to walk through the dust of the past every day?
  • How to overcome destructive criticism? Just love a little more. That’s all.
  • The difficulty is that we try to perfect others before we perfect ourselves.
  • Keep an open heart To allow the world Lovingly and faithfully To come in.
  • I begin by imagining the impossible and end by accomplishing the impossible.
  • Precious and spacious The aspiring heart has to remain
  • How beautiful to look at When my prayer Lights a candle of hope In my heart.
  • lf you ever dare to fight against hatred, then there is but one weapon: Love.
  • The secret of inner success is constancy to our highest character. 
  • The Goal can disappear From the mind’s sight But not From the heart’s vision.
  • The satisfaction of life May not be ours, But the beauty of hope Is all ours.
  • When we seek appreciation from others, we get not appreciation, but flattery.
  • The fulfilment of life is in the making and manifesting of impossible dreams.
  • Today I must dive deep within And know what I come To this earth-stage for.
  • The waves of hatred-night can easily be dissolved in the sea of oneness-love.
  • Some seekers will do anything for their Self-realisation – except work for it.
  • Meditate Silently. You will be able to create a totally new life for yourself.
  • Peace is a stranger to the rigid mind. Peace is a guest of the flexible heart.
  • When hope makes friends With patience, Hope will be able To live indefinitely.
  • To free our body from fear what we need is the glorious experience of the soul.
  • May peace-dreamers And peace-lovers Occupy the length and breadth Of the world.
  • God has not forgotten To give us peace. He is just waiting for us To ask for it.
  • Of all the gifts You have offered to God, Your happiness-gift He treasures most.
  • Of all the medicines In the inner life, A smile is by far The best medecine.
  • Even now when I am answering a question I am at the height of my own meditation.
  • Be in love with your heart-life. There, only there, Is the flood of happiness.
  • Man can be happy and safe only when the heart feels faster than the mind thinks.
  • If you have inner peace, nobody can force you to be a slave to the outer reality.
  • If you really want to love humanity, then you have to love humanity as it is now.
  • If we feel inwardly strong, we will have no need or desire to speak ill of others.
  • Now is the time to make good use of time. Today is the day to begin a perfect day.
  • There is only one perfect road and that road is ahead of you, always ahead of you.
  • The way to become happy Is to think And to feel That the very best is yet to come.
  • There is no greater miracle than our conscious efforts to become good human beings.
  • Our mind thinks of death. Our heart thinks of life. Our soul thinks of Immortality.
  • If you do the right thing, eventually you will inspire others to do the right thing.
  • A perfect society is built upon mutual trust. Character is the source of that trust.
  • Your heart must become a sea of love. Your mind must become a river of detachment.
  • Love the world With your heart’s dreams. Serve the world With your life’s promises.
  • I’m not a weight lifter. I’m a seeker. Weight lifting is so insignificant in my life.
  • The joy of a self-giving life can neither be measured  nor be expounded.
  • I compete only with myself, and I try to become a better human being. This is my goal.
  • Once we have this inner peace, world peace can be achieved in the twinkling of an eye.
  • Is the world so unbearable? No! What we need is only a little more love for the world.
  • my mind,Make your speech egoless.Then everyoneWill appreciate, admire and adore you.
  • Only two miracles are worth seeing: The miracle of loving And The miracle of forgiving.
  • Outer fire we need to cook. Inner fire we need to liberate. God’s Fire we need to love.
  • Responsibility is the possibility of opportunity culminating in inevitable fulfillment.
  • To deliberately criticise another individual may cause an indelible stain on the critic.
  • Among the fearless soldiers that fight for your victory in life, character has no equal.
  • If you can create harmony in your own life, This harmony will enter into the vast world.
  • Be universal in your love. You will see the universe to be the picture of your own being.
  • I meditate So that I can inundate My entire being With the omnipotent Power of peace.
  • God tells me that My happy heart Increases the beauty Of His universal Heart.
  • My soul-bird loves my body-cage Only when it is kept fit, Pure and absolutely immaculate.
  • There is a peace That fruitfully lives for me Infinitely more Than I can live for myself.
  • Each good thought that you have encouraged and nourished is your life’s true work of art.
  • How can I have peace? Not by talking about peace, But by walking Along the road of peace.
  • Do you want to be happy? Then make your life as soulfully simple As sleeplessly breathing.
  • To hope is to feel the presence of the inner sun. The inner sun is; the outer sun becomes.
  • I take the greatest lesson from compassion – it takes away all the conceit out of my life.
  • You must never forget that greatness does not guarantee happiness but goodness always does
  • Daring enthusiasm And abiding cheerfulness Can accomplish everything on earth Without fail.
  • A musician’s biography is written wherever he performs; everybody hears what he is playing.
  • Remain cheerful, For nothing destructive can pierce through The solid wall of cheerfulness.
  • Look at your heart-flower and smile. You will be able to solve your most pressing problems.
  • Sympathy does not think. It acts. It acts to remove. The ceaseless sufferings. Of the world
  • If you play divine music, spiritual music, then you are bound to give and get satisfaction.
  • Be kind, be all sympathy, for each and every human being is forced to fight against himself.
  • No matter how fleeting Your smile is, Your smile is the very beginning Of your wisdom-light.
  • Not by talking, but by praying And becoming something good, Can we offer peace to the world.
  • My life is only half full When I receive. My heart is completely full Only when I give.
  • Not the power to conquer others but the power to become one with others is the ultimate power.
  • To succeed in any field, Our enthusiasm-eyes must sparkle and our enthusiasm-hearts Must dance.
  • Love the world. Otherwise, you will be forced to carry the heaviest load: your own bitter self.
  • Never worry about things That you are unable to change. Change your own way Of looking at truth.
  • Love is the only wealth that man absolutely needs. Love is the only wealth that God precisely is.
  • If you do not find peace inside your own heart, then you will not find it anywhere else on earth.
  • If you are bathed In God’s Forgiveness-Light, Then no dust of earth Will be able to cling to you.
  • Be happy! God sees in you another God. God sees you as another God. God sees you and He as One.
  • The human mind is utterly stupid when it carries, quite willingly, the heavy burden of resentment.
  • True success is the only thing that you cannot have unless and until you have offered it to others.
  • My service to humanity Is my real opportunity To prove my genuine love For God and God alone.
  • A single thought has the power of a bullet: either it can destroy you or it can help you immensely.
  • The power that dominates cannot solve world problems. The power that loves can solve world problems.
  • The world’s oldest wisdom: each evil thought infuses the mind, sooner or later, with an unholy fear.
  • Miracles are everywhere to be found When I surrender my infinite desires To my immortal aspirations.
  • When we pray and meditate sincerely and soulfully, we receive an open-hearted invitation from heaven.
  • If I really want inner peace in my life, then I must not busy myself with what other people do and say.
  • I did not come into the world to prove anything. I came into the world to love everyone and everything.
  • There comes a time in the seeker’s life when he discovers that he is at once the lover and the beloved.
  • Man’s eternal question is:’Who is God?’God’s immediate answer is:’My child, who else is God, if not you?
  • Run and become. Become and run. Run to succeed in the outer world. Become to proceed in the inner world.
  • What is joy? It is a bird That we all want to catch. It is the same bird That we all love to see flying.
  • God’s Compassion – Eye gives us Not only one Chance But countless chances To change our wrong directions
  • Next to meditation is music, soulful music, the music that stirs and elevates our aspiring consciousness.
  • Meditation is silence, energising and fulfilling. Silent is the eloquent expression of the inexpressible.
  • A spiritually established life is not an easy task. But a materially satisfied life is an impossible task.
  • Not by blaming the world, not by shunning the world, but only be loving the world can I have peace of mind
  • It is music that, being the universal language, has no need to learn any particular language of the world.
  • Like kindness, a smile from the heart not only purifies the human mind but also illumines the human heart.
  • Yes, I can! I certainly can! I can have A gratitude-flower-heart That shall remain open At all hours.
  • Every second a seeker can start over, For his life’s mistakes Are initial drafts And not the final version.
  • Unless and until you have developed a heart inundated with compassion, do not sit on the seat of judgement.
  • In between your failure-tree And your triumph-tree, The tree that is growing Is known as your patience-tree.
  • Cry within. Meditate within. Dive within. Your inner achievements will far outweigh your outer imperfections.
  • Try not to change the world. You will fail. Try to love the world. Lo, the world is changed. Changed forever.
  • You have no idea How much you do for mankind When you love God unconditionally Even for a fleeting moment.
  • We do not need heaven-born saints but just earth-born seekers who believe in peace and want to live in peace.
  • Doubt is an old disease. Faith is an old medicine. Compassion is an old doctor. Concern is an old nurse.
  • I do not give up, I never give up, for there is nothing in this entire world that is irrevocably unchangeable.
  • My heart needs only one thing. It needs to be guided Along the age-old path Of life-blossoming self-awareness.
  • At last He is healed of his self-doubt. Now what is happening ? He is awakening To his souls ecstasy-sun.
  • And in self-giving we become really happy. Real humility is the expansion of our consciousness and our service.
  • Meditation is the eye that sees the Truth, the heart that feels the Truth and the soul that realises the Truth.
  • Gratitude is not a mere word; it is not a mere concept. It is the living breath of your real existence on earth.
  • Each individual has to know himself. He has to know himself as the infinite, eternal and immortal Consciousness.
  • All athletes, without fail, are potentially great and good. A great athlete is a little man tirelessly inspired.
  • Judge nothing, you will be happy. Forgive everything, you will be happier. Love everything, you will be happiest.
  • One who has an inferiority complex can never be really humble, but can only have false modesty or false humility.
  • Hope and faith are two intimate brothers; they always go together. Hope nourishes faith and faith treasures hope.
  • Either consciously or unconsciously we are searching for the highest Self, which is at once eternal and infinite.
  • Meditation tells you only one thing: God is. Meditation reveals to you only one truth: yours is the vision of God.
  • What does peace do? Peace blossoms. What else? Peace spreads. What else? Peace illumines. What else? Peace fulfils.
  • Those who run after happiness will never be happy. Happiness is something that has to come to the fore from within.
  • Since life is but a continuous series of experiences, everything ultimately helps me towards my final enlightenment.
  • Enthusiasm Rules his inner world. Determination Rules his outer world. Therefore Happiness has become His real name.
  • I have opened up an account With God’s Heart-Bank. Therefore, I see nowhere The battering waves of poverty-thoughts.
  • Hope knows no fear. Hope dares to blossom even inside the abysmal abyss. Hope secretly feeds and strengthens promise.
  • Lo, how to conquer evil thoughts?Easy! One thing, just try -Imagine you are the ocean vast,You are the boundless sky.
  • Allow failure to teach you A supreme lesson: Each sunset is the beginning Of a very, very bright And powerful sunrise.
  • Determination can change your mind. Determination can change your heart. Determination can change your life altogether.
  • An unaspiring person believes according to what he achieves. An aspiring person achieves according to what he believes.
  • Our goal is not to have A problem-free life.   But to conquer all the problems As they appear   Along our life-road.
  • The hope or climbing aspiration of a divine child is to receive and achieve Peace, Light and Bliss in infinite measure.
  • My mind’s cries tell me that everything on earth is tragic. My heart’s smiles tell me that everything on earth is magic.
  • At times to think of one’s outer helplessness is good, but to think always of one’s inner strength is infinitely better.
  • The beckoning Hands Of God’s hopeful Smile Will, without fail, one day greet The fruitful cries Of man’s prayerful heart.
  • You do not have to be The fastest starter.   Just be a starter!   You will, without fail,   Reach your destination-sun.
  • Instead of creating a reason why you cannot love the world, try to create a reason why you should and must love the world.
  • My mind wants to interpret All my dreams. My heart wants to love All my dreams. My soul wants to fulfil All my dreams.
  • There is only one immediate question: Where is God?   The immediate answer is:   God is where   My heart’s love-breath is.
  • Be sincere in your thoughts, Be pure in your feelings. You will not have to run after happiness. Happiness will run after you.
  • Life is given to each human being For a very special purpose. This secret each human being  Must discover for himself.
  • Hope is at once both simple and profound. It is hope that binds Heaven and earth. Hope is the bridge between Heaven and earth.
  • Smile, smile , smile At your mind As often as possible. Your smiling will considerably reduce Your mind’s tearing tension.
  • Silence is not silent. Silence speaks. It speaks most eloquently. Silence is not still. Silence leads. It leads most perfectly.
  • Before the final curtain goes down On my life, I shall say to my Mother-Earth, “My gratitude-heart is all for you, All for you.”
  • No mind, no form, I only exist; now ceased all will and thought; the final end of [Nature]]’s dance, I am it whom I have sought.
  • God can be seen Even by the poorest fool, But not by the self-styled,  God-arguing Intellectual giants.
  • Do not cherish suffering. Don’t act like a fool. Don’t think that your suffering is going to accelerate your spiritual progress.
  • Your mind has a flood of questions. There is but one teacher Who can answer them. Who is that teacher? Your silence-loving heart.
  • I am very happy Because I have conquered myself And not the world. I am very happy Because I have loved the world And not myself.
  • Once you have established Your inner contact With your inner Pilot, Your life’s transformation-victory Will not remain a far cry.
  • I love my enemies for two reasons: they inspire me to recognise my weakness. They also inspire me to perfect my imperfect nature.
  • When I was an animal I evolved through selfishness. Now that I am a man my evolution can be achieved only through self-sacrifice.
  • Do not try to entrap others with your haughty knowledge. To your wide surprise, they will entrap you with their lengthy ignorance.
  • The very nature of kindness is to spread. If you are kind to others, today they will be kind to you, and tomorrow to somebody else.
  • Peace is something that we become. Once we become peace, then only can we give peace to the world and receive peace from the world.
  • The determination in your heroic effort Will permeate your mind and heart Even after your success or failure Is long forgotten.
  • This world of ours has everything except one thing: peace. Everybody wants and needs peace, whether he be a child or an octogenarian.
  • There is no yawning gulf between man and God. Through his aspiration and meditation, Man can become conscious of his oneness with God.
  • Only by our positive thinking, by our bringing the positive qualities of others to the fore, will this world be able to make progress.
  • Life is nothing but the expansion of love. We can cultivate divine love by entering into the Source. The Source is God, who is all Love.
  • Man is by nature a lover. Only he has yet to discover the real thing to love. This quest awakens him to the fulfillment of his real Self.
  • Let us not worry about the future. Let us only do the right thing Today, At this moment, Here and now. Let the future take care of itself.
  • Each aspirant has to be a divine soldier. He must consciously and constantly use his divine energy to drill himself into a liberated soul.
  • Love of the limited self, the very limited self, is another name for human love. Love of the entire world is another name for divine love.
  • If you want to remain always happy Always perfect and always fulfilled, Then always keep inside your heart A pocketful of sweet dreams.
  • If you want to understand yourself, Then do not examine yourself. Just love yourself more sincerely, More soulfully And more self-givingly.
  • You hate someone whom you really wish to love, but whom you cannot love. Perhaps he himself prevents you. That is a disguised form of love.
  • Peace we achieve When we do not expect anything From the world, But only give, give, and give Unconditionally What we have and what we are.
  • Mysticism, poor mysticism! When it is oversimplified and underestimated, it comes down from its original sphere and stands beside religion.
  • Forgive, you will have happiness. Forget, you will have satisfacton. Forgive and forget, You will have everlasting peace Within and without.
  • Fear is bound to disappear when you realize that failure is not something shameful, damaging, destructive, or painful, but something natural.
  • If we feel secure In the depths of our heart, We shall not challenge anybody, For inner confidence Is nothing short of Complete satisfaction.
  • Optimism is the secret of self-reliance. Self-reliance is the secret of a dynamic power. A dynamic power is the secret of an immediate success.
  • Hope is sweet. Hope is illumining. Hope is fulfilling. Hope can be everlasting. Therefore, do not give up hope, Even in the sunset of your life.
  • What is meditation? Meditation is our conscious awareness of something vast and infinite within us. Meditation grants us Peace, Light and Bliss.
  • Man thinks his mind’s love for world power and his heart’s love for world peace can live together. Indeed, this is the height of man’s stupidity.
  • Do you want to change the world? Then change yourself first. Do you want to change yourself? Then remain completely silent inside the silence-sea.
  • Our human nature likes more to destroy than to build, more to cry than to smile, and more to correct the world than to love and embrace the world.
  • We are all God’s children. But world-peace-dreamers, world-peace-lovers and world-peace-servers are undoubtedly God’s choicest children.
  • Allow everything else to vanish Save and except your cherished dreams, For your cherished dreams Are treasured sleeplessly  By God Himself.
  • Inner silence is not just the absence of thoughts. No! Silence is the blossoming of our indomitable inner will. Silence is our inner wisdom-light.
  • Beyond speech and mind, Into the river of ever-effulgent Light My heart dives. Today thousands of doors, closed for millennia, Are opened wide.
  • Your heart will be shattered by sorrow If you force it to live In tomorrow’s ephemeral imagination-world Instead of in today’s eternal Reality-Now.
  • One positive seed-thought Has saved me, My entire life: My Lord Supreme Will always love me No matter what I do Or what I say Or even what I become.
  • The problem with fault-findingIs that he who finds fault with othersIs in no way a happy person Even after he has successfully Accomplished his task.
  • Music is the language of God. God’s language, music, is not like mathematics or geometry. It is a language of love. If we love music, that is enough.
  • If we can invoke Peace and then offer it to somebody else, we will see how Peace expands from one to two persons, and gradually to the world at large.
  • What is love? From the spiritual and inner point of view, love is self-expansion. Human love binds and is bound. Divine Love expands, enlarges itself.
  • Hope is not an idle term. Hope is the reality that can and does reveal itself to us at God’s choice hour. To hope is to know the secret of achievement.
  • A human being has many divine qualities. But there has never been another unparalleled divine quality like man’s self-sacrifice, nor can there ever be.
  • To hope is to see with the eye of the heart. To hope is to make the heart captain the vital and the body. To hope is to send darkness-night into exile.
  • dreamers of peace, come. Let us walk together. O lovers of peace, come. Let us run together. O servers of peace, come. Let us grow together.
  • When we transcend ourselves, we do not compete with others. We do not compete with the rest of the world, but at every moment we compete with ourselves.
  • Complete and total perfection will come about only when we feel that our perfection is no perfections as long as the rest of humanity remains imperfect.
  • Let us serve the world soulfully. The pay we will receive for our service will be in the currency of gratitude, God’s gratitude, God the only gratitude.
  • kindle the fire of happiness ! Therein I shall see The door of friendliness, The room of greatness And the palace of godness. I shall see, I shall see.
  • Spirituality tells the seeker not to live in the hoary past, not to live in the remote future, but to live in the immediacy of today, in the eternal Now.
  • Wrong thoughts are inside us just because we identify ourselves with these thoughts. If we identify with something else, immediately they have to leave us.
  • Meditation is acceptance. It is the acceptance of life within us, without us and all around us. Acceptance of life is the beginning of human satisfaction.
  • Man-made religions find fault with one another, whereas God-made religion is eternally a oneness-song – God-manifestation through human aspiration on earth.
  • A moment’s truth can and shall make the world beautiful. A moment’s peace can and shall save the world. A moment’s love can and shall make the world perfect.
  • Peace does not mean the absence of war, peace means the presence of harmony, love, satisfaction and oneness. Peace means a flood of love in the world family.
  • This mind is the doubting mind, and in the doubting mind we can never feel the presence of peace. We can feel the presence of peace only in the loving heart.
  • No more my heart shall sob or grieve. My days and nights dissolve in God’s own Light. Above the toil of life, my soul is a Bird of Fire winging the Infinite.
  • An unaspiring person always complaints. There is no end to his complaints. He bitterly complains even when the blessings of opportunity knock at his very door.
  • You fool, You have been dangling For such a long time! When will you seize the opportunity Or feel the necessity To untangle the taut knot Of your bondage-life?
  • Gratitude is the sweetest thing in a seeker’s life- in all human life. If there is gratitude in your heart, then there will be tremendous sweetness in your eyes.
  • When you invent something, there will always be people to criticise. God’s creation is full of critics, but has God given up His creation because of the critics?
  • Where love is thick, faults are thin. If you really love someone, then it is difficult to find fault with him. His faults seem negligible, for love means oneness.
  • Love is not a thing to understand. Love is not a thing to feel.  Love is not a thing to give and receive.  Love is a thing only to become and eternally Be.
  • If your Lord Supreme requests you to do something, rest assured he has already given you the capacity – even more than necessary – long before you actually need it.
  • Before one accepts spirituality, astrology is very powerful, like a lion. Then when one enters into a deeper spiritual life, astrology becomes a tiny household cat.
  • A single God – touch From God’s Compassion – Height Can transform man’s unimaginable And countless weaknesses Into God’s own infinite,Immortal and omnipotent Power.
  • A sincere seeker knows what his goal is: the highest Truth. He will not delay his journey. In spiritual life, we aspire for the highest Truth, for God, nothing else.
  • Sympathy has to be the first and foremost thing in one’s life, sympathy and the feeling of oneness. There cannot be anything greater than the feeling of oneness .
  • Wherever you go, go with inspiration and aspiration. Whatever you do, do with love and concern. Whomever you see, see with purity’s beauty And responsibility’s glory.
  • There is no human being on earth who does not have the capacity to offer the message of peace to the world at large. But what is needed now is the soulful willingness.
  • When we meditate, what we actually do is enter into the deeper part of our being. At that time, we are able to bring to the fore the wealth that we have deep within us.
  • True gratitude can never come From the mind. It has to flow from the heart To the mind, vital and body Until everything that we have and are Is a sea of gratitude.
  • Hope is not mere wishful thinking. It is the precursor of a new dawn that slowly, steadily and unerringly comes to the fore and eventually grows into reality’s existence.
  • Everybody has God inside, but not everybody is able to see God within. One can see God only when one cries for Him. Those who cry for God and pray to God can realise God.
  • Either by silencing the mind or by opening the heart, today’s man can become tomorrow’s God, tomorrow’s Divinity. And embodied Divinity soon becomes revealed Immortality.
  • To come back to the secret of inner peace, our questioning and doubting mind is always wanting in peace. Our loving and dedicated heart is always flooded with inner peace.
  • Instead of telling the world What it is supposed to do, Why don’t you immediately do it yourself? In this way, I assure you, Your happiness will be surprisingly multiplied.
  • When your love is pure or spiritual, there is no demand, no expectation. There is only the sweetest feeling of spontaneous oneness with the human being or beings concerned.
  • If we can feel that it is not our voice, not our fingers, but some reality deep inside our heart which is expressing itself, then we will know that it is the soul’s music.
  • When you are right, everything around you is right, for the beautiful flow that is inside your heart has the capacity to spread its fragrance of oneness-light all around you.
  • Smile, my friends, my soulful friends, smile. Let us smile. True, this world of ours is full of suffering and excruciating pangs, but that is no reason why we should not smile.
  • The greatest misfortune that can come to a human being is to lose his inner peace. No outer force can rob him of it. It is his own thoughts, his own actions, that rob him of it.
  • Meditation is not an escape. Meditation is the acceptance of life in its totality, with a view to transforming it for the highest manifestation of the divine Truth here on earth
  • If you are already an awakened soul, Then you must realise  That God has already given you A supreme task to perform: He wants you to work For His Vision’s world-blossoms.
  • War forgets peace. Peace forgives war. War is the death of the life human. Peace is the birth of the Life Divine. Our vital passions want war. Our psychic emotions desire peace.
  • This divine Compassion is spontaneous Delight. In it there is no feeling of separativity, no feeling that one is superior and the other is inferior. No! It is a feeling of oneness.

 

 

  • Spirituality is man’s conscious longing for God. Spirituality tells us that God, who is unknowable today, will tomorrow become knowable and, the day after, will become totally known.
  • In my weightlifting I am trying to show that if you pray and meditate, you can bring to the fore your inner strength. Now, if somebody is really inwardly strong, he is always at peace.
  • Do you want to make progress? If so, then take each problem not as a challenging rival, but as an encouraging friend of yours, who is helping you to arrive at your ultimate destination.
  • True inner joy is self-created It does not rely on any outer circumstances A river is flowing in and through you carrying the message of joy. This divine joy is the sole purpose of life.
  • Not to give up under any circumstances should be the motto of our life: I shall try again and again, and I am bound to succeed. There will be obstacles, but I have to defy the obstacles.
  • True spirituality is the acceptance of earth-life. A true seeker is he who accepts life, transforms life and perfects life so that the earth-life can become a conscious instrument of God.
  • Peace is our inner wealth. This inner wealth we can bring to the fore only when we expect nothing from the outer world and everything from the Supreme Pilot within us, at God’s Choice Hour
  • Peace is eternal. It is never too late to have peace. Time is always ripe for that. We can make our life truly fruitful if we are not cut off from our Source, which is the peace of Eternity.
  • Ignorance is an enemy, even to its owner. Knowledge is a friend, even to its hater. Ignorance hates knowledge because it is too pure. Knowledge fears ignorance because it is too sure.
  • True, this world of ours is full of hatred and disbelief, but that is no reason why we should not love and why we should not believe. We must love and believe in order to empty the hatred-sea.
  • Listen to the inner light; It will guide you. Listen to the inner Peace; It will feed you. Listen to the inner Love; It will transform you, It will divinise you, It will immortalise you.
  • Our soul lives in Peace and lives for Peace. If we live a life of peace, we are ever enriched and never impoverished. Unhorizoned is our inner peace; like the boundless sky, it encompasses all.
  • Sacrifice does not mean that, by giving, we lose something. We sacrifice our limited self to our highest and largest Self, and at that time we immediately become the largest and the highest Self.
  • What is Yoga? Yoga is self-conquest. Self-conquest is God-Realization. He who practices Yoga does two things with one stroke: he simplifies his whole life and he gets a freee access to the Divine.
  • Who is the winner? Not he who wins but he who has established his cheerful oneness with the result, which is an experience in the form of failure or success, a journey forward or a journey backward.
  • You must direct your full, intense concentration on the heart. You must feel that you are not the mind. You have to feel that you are growing into the heart. You are only the heart and nothing else.
  • Death is not the end Death can never be the end. Death is the road. Life is the traveller. The Soul is the Guide … Our mind thinks of death. Our heart thinks of life Our soul thinks of Immortality
  • Inside each one of us is a beautiful flower garden. This is the garden of the soul. With each lesson we learn, the garden grows. As we learn together, our individual gardens form a tranquil paradise.
  • Hatred is a disguised form of love. You can only hate someone whom you really wish to love, because if you were totally indifferent to that person, you could not even get up enough energy to hate him.
  • If we know the divine art of concentration, if we know the divine art of meditation, if we know the divine art of contemplation, easily and consciously we can unite the inner world and the outer world.
  • Each human being can at once be a fighter and forgiver. When self-doubt tortures him, he most play the role of a fighter. And when his own ignorance humiliates him, he must play the role of a forgiver.
  • The inner light actually comes from the soul; it is already inside us. The moment we can have free access to our soul, we will see that this light is coming to the fore to permeate our whole outer existence.
  • Hope abides; therefore I abide. Countless frustrations have not cowed me. I am still alive, vibrant with life. The black cloud will disappear, The morning sun will appear once again In all its supernal glory.
  • If we live in our oneness-heart, we will feel the essence of all religions which is the love of God. Forgiveness, compassion, tolerance, brotherhood and the feeling of oneness are the signs of a true religion.
  • Peace is something spontaneous; it is something that unites us. Peace is something that we have to spread. But unless and until we have peace deep within us, we can never hope to have peace in the outer world.
  • Meditation is the language of God. If we want to know what God’s Will is in our life, if we want God to guide us, mould us and fulfil Himself in and through us, then meditation is the language that we must use.
  • Never give up! Never give up! Physical fitness is of paramount importance. There is no age limit when we live in the heart and when we try to be of prayerful and soulful service to God in the heart of humanity.
  • Peace is the whole truth that wishes to enrapture humanity. War is the whole falsehood that wants to capture humanity. Peace begins in the soul and ends in the heart. War begins in the mind and ends in the body.
  • Oneness is the perfect expansion Of our inner reality. Let our hearts oneness only increase To make us feel That we belong to a universal world ? family, And this world ? Family Is a fulfilled Dream of God.
  • Science has the capacity to show mankind the full development of the mental life. Spirituality has the capacity to show mankind the possibility and inevitability of the life beyond the mind, the supramental life.
  • Real meditation is not done by us. It is done by our Inner Pilot, the Supreme, who is constantly meditating in and through us. We are just the vessel, and we are allowing Him to fill us with His whole Consciousness.
  • I am a man of prayer and meditation. I feel inspiration is of paramount importance. If I can inspire someone, and if that person also can inspire me, then we can do many good things for the betterment of this world.
  • Silence is the nest and music is the bird. The bird leaves the nest early in the morning and returns to the nest in the evening. Similarly, in the spiritual world, divine music comes from the inmost soul of Silence.
  • If you want to simplify your life, meditation is the answer. If you want to fulfil your life, meditation is the answer. If you want to have joy and offer joy to the world at large, then meditation is the only answer.
  • Do not try to approach God with your thinking mind. It may only stimulate your intellectual ideas, activities, and beliefs. Try to approach God with your crying heart. It will awaken your soulful, spiritual consciousness.
  • Man invents war. Man discovers peace. He invents war from without. He discovers peace from within. War man throws. Peace man sows. The smile of war is the flood of human blood. The smile of peace is the love, below, above.
  • Lack of harmony comes when I feel that I know how to do something better than you. Lack of harmony is the song and dance of superiority. Because everybody feels superior, disharmony at every moment is entering into our lives.
  • The vision of Hinduism is unity in diversity. First, Hinduism lovingly embraces all alien elements; second, it tries to assimilate them; third, it tries to expand itself as a whole, with a view to serving humanity and nature.
  • If failure has the strength to turn your life into bitterness itself, then patience has the strength to turn your life into the sweetest joy. Do not surrender to fate after a single failure. Failure, at most, precedes success.
  • There is no fundamental difference between one religion and another, because each religion embodies the ultimate Truth. Each religion is right, absolutely right, because each religion conveys the message of Truth in its own way.
  • Meditation gives us peace of mind without a tranquilizer. And unlike a tranquilizer, the peace of mind that we get from meditation does not fade away. It lasts for good in some corner of the inmost recesses of our aspiring heart.
  • When we go deep within, into the deepest recesses of our hearts, we commune with God through meditation. It is through meditation that we can know that God is both with form and without form, with attributes and without attributes.
  • This world of ours has everything save and except one thing: peace. And this peace has to start from within. If I have peace of mind, then only can I be of help to you. If you have peace of mind, then only can you be of help to me.
  • Each new day beckons you to walk on the road of self-transcendence. We transcend ourselves, we do not compete with others. We compete only with our previous achievements, and we get joy. Life is nothing but a perpetual possibility.
  • What is realisation? Realisation is my conscious and constant sailing with my Inner Pilot in His Golden Boat towards the uncharted land, where sooner than at once beauty, divinity and Immortality seeds grow into the richest harvest.
  • There comes a time in the seeker’s life when he discovers that he is at once the lover and the beloved. The aspiring soul which he embodies is the lover in him. And the transcendental Self which he reveals from within is his Beloved.
  • Music is inspiration, soulful inspiration. It inspires the human in us. Music is manifestation, fruitful manifestation. It manifests the divine in us. Music is satisfaction, supreme satisfaction. It satisfies the Pilot Supreme in us.
  • Meditation simplifies our outer life and energizes our inner life. Meditation gives us a natural and spontaneous life, a life that becomes so natural and spontaneous that we cannot breathe without being conscious of our own divinity.
  • Consciousness is the inner spark or inner link in us, the golden link within us that connects our highest and most illumined part with our lowest and most unillumined part. Consciousness is the connecting link between Heaven and earth.
  • Silence tells the seeker in us to love, to love himself. It tells us it is wrong to hate ourselves because of our imperfections. When the seeker loves himself, loves the Divine within himself, he eventually realises the Ultimate Truth.
  • When we meditate, what we actually do is enter into a vacant, calm, still, silent mind. We go deep within and approach our true existence, which is our soul. When we live in the soul, we feel that we are actually meditating spontaneously
  • True happiness Is not a mental hallucination.   True happiness   Is not a complacent feeling.   True happiness   Is the spontaneous feeling of joy   That comes from knowing 132 You are doing the right thing 133 And leading a divine life.
  • Our goal is to go from bright to brighter to brightest, from high to higher to highest. And even in the highest, there is no end to our progress, for God Himself is inside each of us and God at every moment is transcending His own Reality.
  • When we meditate we expand, spreading our wings like a bird, trying to enter consciously into Infinity, Eternity and Immortality, welcoming them into our aspiring consciousness. We see, feel and grow into the entire universe of Light-Delight.
  • Meditation does not mean just sitting quietly for five or ten minutes. It requires conscious effort. The mind has to be made calm and quiet; at the same time, it has to be vigilant so as not to allow any distracting thoughts or desires to enter.
  • God is the Supreme Musician. It is He who is playing with us, on us and in us. We cannot separate God from His music. The universal Consciousness is constantly being played by the Supreme Himself, and is constantly growing into the Supreme Music.
  • World peace can blossom throughout the length and breadth of the world only when the world-peace-dreamers, world-peace-lovers and world-peace-servers desperately, sleeplessly and breathlessly long for the full manifestation of peace here on earth.
  • My Lord does not want to know what I have done for Him. He just wants to know how I am. If he hears from me that I am happy, then he himself becomes exceedingly happy. In umistakable terms He tells me that my happiness is His real and only Satisfaction.
  • The entire world may not change. The entire world cannot change. The entire world even will not change. But your tiny world you can and will change forever at this very moment with the help of your confidence-heart. Yours will be the unparalleled victory.

 

  • What we call our joy, God calls our perfection. Each human being has come into the world with the message of perfection. Each human being will one day realize the highest Truth. Each human being is destined to be fulfilled. It is the birthright of our soul.
  • When you drive, you are doing several things at once. You are using your eyes, ears, hands, your mind. If you have meditated for many years and have reached a lofty height in your meditation, as I have, you can meditate while running and cycling and painting.
  • If hope is just a mere wish, if it is just like making friends with fantasy, then consciousness will not respond to it. But if it is something significant, like a vision that is trying to blossom inside the heart of an individual, then consciousness will be elevated.
  • A simple man will have only what he needs, and he will know the difference between what he needs and what he wants. We feel that whatever we want, we desperately need. But before we possess the world, to our wide surprise we see that the world has already possessed us.
  • Why do we meditate? We meditate precisely because this world of ours has disappointed us and because failure looms large in our day-to-day life. We want fulfillment. We want joy, peace, bliss and perfection within and without. Meditation is the answer, the only answer.
  • The reason I have entered into bodybuilding and weightlifting is to inspire everybody to pray and meditate so they can bring to the fore their own inner strength. If everybody brings to the fore his own inner strength, the world will eventually be inundated with peace.
  • Meditation means conscious self-expansion. Meditation means one’s conscious awareness of the transcendental Reality. Meditation means the recognition or the discovery of one’s own true self. It is through meditation that we transcend limitation, bondage and imperfection.
  • How can one know who his spiritual teacher is?…His heart looks at the spiritual Masters and makes the choice. When the heart sees a spiritual Master, if it is overwhelmed with joy, then there is every probability that that spiritual Master is the right one for the seeker.
  • Say I have set my goal at 300 pounds, and I cannot do it. The very fact that I have been devotedly practising and practising gives me joy, and the tenacity or perseverance that I am showing is itself progress. Anything that we do devotedly and soulfully helps us make progress.
  • The whole world is looking for miracles. Every day it is dying to see miracles. But can there be any miracle More challenging, more illumining And more fulfilling Than to see and feel the infinite Beauty Of my Beloved Supreme Inside this tinier than the tiniest Gratitude-heart of mine?
  • Human love wants to possess and be possessed by the world. Divine love wants to establish its inseparable oneness with the world and then it wants to divinely enjoy this oneness. Supreme Love transforms human love into divine love and blesses divine love with boundless joy and divine pride.
  • Prayer and meditation are my inner secret and my outer secret. My muscles are next to nothing compared to the muscles of the professional bodybuilders and weightlifters. It is because of the strength of my prayer-life and meditation-life that I am able to accomplish these feats of strength.
  • Real meditation we get from within or from a spiritual Master. We can never get it from books. From books we can get inspiration or an inner approach to the fulfilment of our outer life. But in order to have true meditation we have to go deep within or follow the guidance of a spiritual Master.
  • Meditation upon the unknown Thought He thought was real meditation. No, meditation is not and cannot be On any thought. Meditation is a conscious withdrawal From the thought-world. Meditation is the place Where Reality, Divinity and Immortality Can each claim their own Perennial existence-light.
  • No religion is absolutely perfect. Yet not only do we fight for religion, but also are we often willing to sacrifice our lives for it. And what we hopelessly fail to do is to live it. A true religion is that which has no caste, no creed, no colour. It is but an all-uniting and all-pervading embrace.
  • We must see that God operates not only in us but in others as well. God also operates in our so-called enemies. But these are not our real enemies. Our real enemies are doubt, fear, anxiety and worry. When we do not cry to perfect others, but only try to perfect our own lives, then we will have joy.
  • Real joy means immediate expansion. If we experience pure joy, immediately our heart expands. We feel that we are flying in the divine freedom-sky. The entire length and breadth of the world becomes ours, not for us to rule over, but as an expansion of our consciousness. We become reality and vastness.
  • If you have true gratitude, it will express itself automatically. It will be visible in your eyes, around your being, in your aura. It is like the fragrance of a flower. In most cases if there is a beautiful flower, the fragrance will be there naturally. The flower and its fragrance cannot be separated.
  • Peace is something tangible. It silences the outgoing energy of the mind and feeds the aspiring heart. Peace is not merely the absence of quarreling and fighting. True peace is not affected by the roaring of the world, outer or inner. This sea of peace is at our command if we practise the spiritual life.
  • True religion has a universal quality. It does not find fault with other religions. False religions will find fault with other religions; they will say that theirs is the only valid religion and their prophet is the only saviour. But a true religion will feel that all the prophets are saviours of mankind.
  • No price is too great to pay for inner peace. Peace is the harmonious control of life. It is vibrant with life-energy. It is a power that easily transcends all our worldly knowledge. Yet it is not separate from our earthly existence. If we open the right avenues within, this peace can be felt here and now.
  • True meditation can never be done with the mind. Very often we make a mistake when we say that we are meditating in the mind and utilising the mind. Real meditation is done in the psychic being and in the soul. It goes hand in hand with flaming aspiration, the burning flame that wants to climb up to the Highest.
  • First of all, let us try to know what love is. If love means to possess someone or something, then that is not real love, not pure love. If loves means to give oneself, to become one with everything and everyone, then that is real love. Real love is total oneness with the object loved and with the Possessor of love.
  • Spirituality is the science that teaches us how to achieve peace of mind and supreme satisfaction. Right now we are hankering after many, many things, but nothing we get satisfies us. Spirituality tells us that satisfaction can be found only if we lead a good and divine life-a life of simplicity, purity and humility.
  • Meditation speaks. It speaks in silence. It reveals. It reveals to the aspirant that matter and spirit are one, quantity and quality are one, the immanent and the transcendent are one. It reveals that life can never be the mere existence of seventy or eighty years between birth and death, but is, rather, Eternity itself.
  • I do feel there are countless people on earth who do not believe in the inner power, the inner life. They feel that the outer strength and the outer life are everything. I do not agree with them. There is an inner life; there is spirit, and my ability to lift these heavy weights proves that it can work in matter as well.
  • Let us not try to understand music with our mind. Let us not even try to feel it with our heart. Let us simply and spontaneously allow the music-bird to fly in our heart-sky. While flying, it will unconditionally reveal to us what it has and what it is. What it has, is Immortality’s message. What it is, is Eternity’s passage.
  • In the spiritual life the easiest way to conquer ego is to offer gratitude to God for five minutes daily. If you cannot offer gratitude for five minutes, then utter it for one minute. Offer your gratitude to God. Then you will feel that inside you a sweet, fragrant and beautiful flower is growing. That is the flower of humility.
  • I do not compete with anybody else; I compete only with myself. You saw my capacity a few minutes ago. Now I am competing with myself. When I do weightlifting, my body is my world. If I can improve myself, if I can go beyond my previous achievements, then that is my goal. My own previous record is always what I am competing with.
  • The world is for newness, not for oldness. New, new things we have to create. Then only the world will progress. If not, we will come to feel that there is nothing new under the sun. We have to create new things to keep our joy. If there is no newness, how can we have enthusiasm? And if there is no enthusiasm, do we make any progress?
  • God is beyond definition. But according to one’s own vision or receptivity, one will define God in one’s own way. Some will say that God is all Love. Others will say that God is all Power. Each one will see God according to his own necessity, his own receptivity and, finally, according to the way God wants him to see the ultimate Truth.
  • Arise, awake! This path is arduous. So we learn from the wise, and we have to follow in the footsteps of the wise. The path of spirituality is not a bed of roses. But neither is it a chimerical mist. The Golden Shores of the Beyond are not a mere promise. The crown of human aspiration is bound to be fulfilled on the Golden Shores of the Beyond.
  • If we have a simple existence, we shall feel how happy and how fortunate we are. There are some people who are of the opinion that simplicity is almost tantamount to stupidity. But simplicity and stupidity are like the North Pole and the South Pole. One can be as simple as a child and, at the same time, one can have boundless knowledge, light and wisdom.
  • I took a closer look. There is no such thing as ignorance.   Ignorance is nothing   But my limited knowledge.   I took a closer look.   There is no such thing as defeat.   Defeat is nothing   But the inspirer   Of my increasing will.   I took a closer look.   There is no such thing as death.   Death is nothing   But my strengthening   And   Dreaming rest.
  • Usually when I draw, I try to be in a contemplative mood. I try to keep my mind as empty, vacant and tranquil as possible. The outer mind is like the surface of the sea. On the surface, the sea is full of waves and surges; it is all restlessness. But when we dive deep below, the same sea is all peace, calmness and quiet, and there we find the source of creativity.
  • In this world, man has two significant possessions: intelligence and emotion. These two possessions govern our day-to-day life. But very often we see that emotion (ego) gets the upper hand in our life. We know that even if someone is extremely intelligent, when his emotion comes to the fore it will devour him. He is compelled to do what his emotion asks him to do.
  • The meditation that gives you immediate joy or continuous joy is the best meditation for you. Everyone will not have the same meditation. Your meditation will not suit me, my meditation will not suit you. You like a certain food, I don’t like it. You are right in your own way I am right in my own way. But once you know what your best meditation is, please stick to it.
  • When you meditate, what you actually do is to enter into a calm or still, silent mind. We have to be fully aware of the arrival and attack of thoughts. That is to say, we shall not allow any thought, divine or undivine, good or bad, to enter into our mind. Our mind should be absolutely silent. Then we have to go deep within; there we have to observe our real existence.
  • The most important and most significant good quality in our human life is gratitude. Unfortunately, that good quality we somehow manage not to express either in our thoughts or in our actions. Right from the beginning of our life, we have somehow learned not to express it. So we have the least amount of the very thing that we need most in order to become a better person.
  • I take exercise for each part of the body: arms, legs, back and whatever muscles are required to keep the body fit. I do at least 20 different exercises daily for my upper and lower body. Then I come here every morning to do calf raises and play tennis. If there is time in the afternoon, I play tennis again. At least three hours I spend on weightlifting and bodybuilding.
  • When you really have something to offer to the world, then you can become truly humble. A tree when it has no fruit to offer, remains erect. But when the tree is laden with fruit, it bends down. If you are all pride and ego, then nobody will be able to get anything worthwhile from you. When you have genuine humility, it is a sign that you have something to offer to mankind.
  • Your soul has a special mission. Your soul is supremely conscious of it. Maya, illusion or forgetfulness, makes you feel that you are finite, weak and helpless. This is not true. You are not the body. You are not the senses. You are not the mind. These are all limited. You are the soul, which is unlimited. Your soul is infinitely powerful. Your soul defies all time and space.
  • A spiritual man should be a normal man, a sound man. God Himself is normal; He is not insane. In order to reach God, a spiritual person has to be divinely practical in his day-to-day activities. Spirituality does not negate the outer life. But we have to know that the outer life does not mean the animal life. The outer life should be the manifestation of the divine life within us.
  • When your heart’s gratitude comes to the fore, when you become all gratitude, this gratitude is like a flow, a flow of consciousness. When your consciousness is flowing, feel that this gratitude-flow is like a river that is watering the root of the tree and the tree itself. It is always through gratitude that your consciousness-river will grow and water the perfection-tree inside you.
  • What do we mean by the word ‘wisdom’? Usually we mean something superior to knowledge, something deeper. In the spiritual world, the word ‘wisdom’ is not used in that way. Here wisdom means Light, illumining Light, transforming Light. That which illumines our unlit consciousness is wisdom. That which transforms the finite consciousness into the infinite Consciousness is called wisdom.
  • Gratitude is the creative force, the mother and father of love. It is in gratitude that real love exists. Love expands only when gratitude is there. Limited love does not offer gratitude. Limited love is immediately bound by something- by constant desires or constant demands. But when it is unlimited love, constant love, then gratitude comes to the fore. This love becomes all gratitude.
  • The moment we use the term ‘help’, a kind of egocentric idea enters into us. If we help someone, that means we are in a superior position. When we help, we feel that we are one step ahead or one step higher than the ones that we are helping. But if we serve someone, then we offer our capacity with humility, on the strength of our loving concern and oneness. So let us use the proper term, ‘service’.
  • If you find it difficult to love the human in someone, then love the divine in him. The divine in him is God. God exists in that person just as God exists in you. To love God is extremely easy because God is divine and perfect. Each time you look at an individual, if you can consciously become aware of God’s existence in him, then you will not be disturbed by his or her imperfections or limitations.
  • If we live in our oneness-heart, we will feel the essence of all religions, which is love of God. But if we live in the mind, we will only try to separate one religion from another and see how their ideologies differ. It is the heart that can have a true intuitive understanding of the height and breadth of all religions. It is the heart that sees and feels the inner harmony and oneness of all religions.
  • Whether we meditate individually or collectively, there is one thing we absolutely must do: we have to meditate consciously. Making an unconscious effort is like forcing oneself to play football in spite of one’s utmost unwillingness. One plays, but gets no joy. Conscious effort is like playing football most willingly. One gets real joy. Similarly, conscious meditation gives us inner Delight from the soul.
  • What I wish to show by these feats of strength is that prayer and meditation can definitely increase one’s outer capacities. I hope that by doing this I will be able to inspire many people to pray and meditate sincerely as part of their regular daily routine. my message is that if one needs strength, then uncovering one’s inner strength through prayer and meditation is the fastest and most effective way to get it.
  • When you meditate you have to try to quiet and calm the mind. There should be no thought within the mind. Right now you feel that if you can cherish twenty ideas at a time, then you are the wisest man on earth. The more thoughts that enter into our minds, the more clever we feel we are. But in the spiritual life it is not like that. If consciously we can make the mind calm and quiet, we feel that a new creation dawns inside us.
  • How do you meditate? You meditate with an inner cry. There should be an inner cry here, in the heart. The outer cry is ego-centred; it wants name and fame. … While you are feeling this inner cry, you try to make the mind absolutely calm and quiet. If a thought enters your mind, you try to reject it. Consider this thought as a fly. When a fly comes to land on your arm, you don’t allow the fly to remain; you just wave your hand and it goes away.
  • Inspiration is a divine element inside our life. When we are inspired, we try to climb up the Himalayas. When we are inspired, we try to swim the English Channel. When we are in spired, we go from one country to another country to inspire people and to be inspired by them. I feel that when we inspire humanity, we automatically become good citizens of the world. This is my philosophy. My weightlifting feats I have done solely to inspire humanity.
  • I am not even six feet tall. Yet I am praying to the Absolute Supreme to reach His infinite Height, which is far beyond even my imagination’s flight. For me to long to grow into that Height – is this not a miracle? I am mortal. My thoughts, my deeds, my experiences – everything that I have and everything that I am – represent mortality. Yet despite everything that I have and everything that I am, I am longing for Immortality. Is this not a miracle?
  • Meditation is the only way to overcome fear. There is no other way. Why does meditation help us overcome fear? In meditation we identify ourselves with the vast, with the Absolute. When we are afraid of someone or something, it is because we do not feel that particular person or thing is a part of us. When we have established conscious oneness with the Absolute, with the Infinite Vast, the everything there is part of us. And how can we be afraid of ourselves?
  • We have two main instruments: the mind and the heart. The mind finds it difficult to be happy, precisely because the mind consciously enjoys the sense of separativity. It is always judging and doubting the reality in others. This is the human mind, the ordinary physical mind, the earth-bound mind. But we also have the aspiring heart, the loving heart. This loving heart is free from insecurity, for it has already established its oneness with the rest of the world.
  • It is only through meditation that we can get lasting peace, divine peace. If we meditate soulfully in the morning and receive peace for only one minute, that one minute of peace will permeate our whole day. And when we have a meditation of the highest order, then we really get abiding peace, light and delight. We need meditation because we want to grow in light and fulfill ourselves in light. If this is our aspiration, if this is our thirst, then meditation is the only way.
  • Unless and until we have peace deep within us, we can never hope to have peace in the outer world. You and I create the world by the vibrations that we offer to it. If we can invoke peace and then offer it to somebody else, we will see how peace expands from one to two persons, and gradually to the world at large. Peace will come about in the world from the perfection of individuals. If you have peace, I have peace, he has peace, and she has peace, then automatically universal peace will dawn.
  • Why do we fail? Is it because we are unlucky? Is it because we have not worked very hard? I s it because we have not invoked God’s Compassion and Blessings? Is it because God has accepted this failure as an experience He wanted to have in our life? Is it because God has granted this failure to us? Is it because God has willed that we should lose? No! not it is for a different reason that we experience failure. It is for the strengthening of our consciousness that, at times, God grants us defeat.
  • The things that most deserve our gratitude we just take for granted. Without air we cannot live for more than a minute or two. Everyday we are breathing in and breathing out, but do we ever feel grateful to the air? If we do not drink water, we cannot survive. Even our body is composed to a large extent of water.But do we give any value to water? Every morning when we open our eyes, we see the sun blessingfully offering us light and life-energy, which we badly need. But are we grateful to the sun?
  • How do we meditate silently? Just by not talking, just by not using outer words, we are not doing silent meditation. Silent meditation is totally different. When we start meditating in silence, right from the beginning we feel the bottom of a sea within us and without. The life of activity movement and restlessness is on the surface, but deep below, underneath our human life, there is poise and silence. So, either we shall imagine this sea of silence within us or we shall feel that we are nothing but a sea of poise itself.
  • Through concentration we become one-pointed and through meditation we expand our consciousness into the Vast. But in contemplation we grow into the Vast itself. We have seen the Truth. We have felt the Truth. But the most important thing is to grow into the Truth and become totally one with the Truth. If we are concentrating on God, we may feel God right in front of us or besides us. When we are meditating, we are bound to feel Infinity, Eternity, Immortality within us. But when we are contemplating, we will see that we ourselves are Infinity, Eternity, Immortality.
  • You can purify your existence by feeling deep within yourself a beautiful rose or lotus, or any other flower that you like. A flower is all purity. Try to identify yourself with the consciousness of the flower or with the purity of the flower. Today it is imagination, but if you continue imagining for five days, or ten days, or a month or two, then you are bound to see and feel the flower within you. First you may feel it, then you are bound to see the existence of the flower, and then automatically the fragrance and the purity of the flower will enter into you to purify you.
  • When we meditate, what we actually do is enter into a vacant, calm, still, silent mind. We go deep within and approach our true existence, which is our soul. When we live in the soul, we feel that we are actually meditating spontaneously. On the surface of the sea are multitudes of waves, but the sea is not affected below. In the deepest depths, at the bottom of the sea is all tranquility. So when you start meditating, try to feel your own inner existence first. That is to say, the bottom of the sea: calm and quiet. Feel that your whole being is surcharged with peace and tranquility.

 

 

Sri Aurobindo (quotes)

  • Hidden nature is secret God.
  • What have I to forgive and whom?
  • Do not be eager for things above.
  • The Person is a bubble on Time’s sea.
  • Detachment is the beginning of mastery.
  • When Reason died, then Wisdom was born.
  • No danger can perturb my spirit’s calm.
  • My God is love and sweetly suffers all.
  • All existence is a manifestation of God.
  • The soul in man is greater than his fate.
  • By your stumbling, the world is perfected.
  • We are sons of God And must be even as he.
  • It will not do to depend on the mind alone.
  • There is a knowledge in the heart of sleep.
  • Do not allow things to intrude from outside.
  • The supreme end is the freedom of the spirit.
  • Knowledge gropes but meets not Wisdom’s face.
  • One must have first of all a solid foundation.
  • Thy goal, the road thou choosest are thy fate.
  • Fear not to be nothing that thou mayst be all.
  • Death fosters life that life may suckle death.
  • Live within; be not shaken by outward happenings.
  • Our lives are God’s messengers beneath the stars.
  • To feed death with her works is here life’s doom.
  • Propaganda is necessary only for the sake of money!
  • Man in the world’s life works out the dreams of God.
  • The mind of an ordinary man is truly near the heart.
  • The Atheist is God playing at hide and seek with Himself.
  • The heart’s words fall back unheard from Wisdom’s throne.
  • Be conscious first of thyself within, then think and act.
  • One who loves God finds the object of his love everywhere.
  • Do not belong to the past dawns,but to the noons of future
  • Turn all things to honey; this is the law of divine living.
  • He who chooses the infinite has been chosen by the infinite.
  • Yes, it is difficult for man to cross beyond the idea of duty.
  • All desires and egoism will have to be banished from the being.
  • You have however within you an inclination towards completeness.
  • Life, the river of the Spirit, consenting to anguish and sorrow.
  • To make a revolution is not in the grain of our people’s nature.
  • When we have passed beyond knowings, then we shall have Knowledge.
  • For all problems of existence are essentially problems of harmony.
  • The first principle of true teaching is that nothing can be taught.
  • In order to see, you have to stop being in the middle of the picture
  • [S]tand aside and watch the working of the divine power in yourself.
  • Rather hang thyself than belong to the horde of successful imitators.
  • A God who cannot smile, could not have created this humorous universe.
  • Peace is the first condition, without which nothing else can be stable.
  • The supreme state of human love is…the unity of one soul in two bodies.
  • Our human knowledge is a candle burnt On a dim altar to a sun-vast Truth.
  • To listen to some devout people, one would imagine that God never laughs.
  • There is nothing small in God’s eyes; let there be nothing small in thine
  • Delight is the secret. Learn of pure delight and thou shalt learn of God.
  • Evolution of consciousness is the central motive of terrestrial existence.
  • Each victory gained over oneself means new strength to gain more victories.
  • One has to do sadhana for the total manifestation of the Divine in oneself.
  • In the middle of an ocean on board a ship, one can get a sense of vastness.
  • The Gita is the greatest gospel of spiritual works ever yet given to the race.
  • War is a dangerous teacher and physical victory leads often to a moral defeat.
  • Ourselves within us lethal forces nurse; We make of our own enemies our guests.
  • Witness and stand back from Nature, that is the first step to the soul’s freedom.
  • The cup has to be left clean and empty for the divine liquor to be poured into it.
  • There is no greater pride and glory than to be a perfect instrument of the Master.
  • And, in order to possess the Truth, the plays of the lower nature must be stopped.
  • To doubt the experience is to discourage it. Let it be developed, see what is in it.
  • Transform reason into ordered intuition; let all thyself be light. This is thy goal.
  • This world is a vast unbroken totality, a deep solidarity joins its contrary powers.
  • Care not for time and success. Act out thy part, whether it be to fail or to prosper.
  • But few are those who tread the sunlit path; Only the pure in soul can walk in light.
  • One mighty deed can change the course of things; a lonely thought becomes omnipotent.
  • What is God after all? An eternal child playing an eternal game in an eternal garden.
  • Death is but changing of our robes to wait in wedding garments at the Eternal’s gate.
  • True knowledge is not attained by thinking. It is what you are; it is what you become.
  • When mind is still, then truth gets her chance to be heard in the purity of the silence.
  • The great are strongest when they stand alone, A God-given might of being is their force.
  • The Divine Truth is greater than any religion or creed or scripture or idea or philosophy.
  • The only work that spiritually purifies us is that which is done without personal motives.
  • Genius discovers a system; average talent stereotypes it till it is shattered by fresh genius.
  • When thou findest thyself scorning another, look then at thy own heart and laugh at thy folly.
  • The practice of Yoga brings us face to face with the extraordinary complexity of our own being.
  • All kinds of indications will come from above and whatever you do must be referred to the Above.
  • Even in rags I am a god,fallen I am divine, high I triumph when down-trod, long I live when slain!
  • If Hell were possible, it would be the shortest cut to the highest heaven. For verily God loveth.
  • Arise, transcend Thyself, Thou art man and the whole nature of man Is to become more than himself.
  • But difficulties were made to be overcome and if the Supreme Will is there, they will be overcome.
  • That which we call the Hindu religion is really the Eternal religion because it embraces all others.
  • What the soul sees and has experienced, that it knows; the rest is appearance, prejudice and opinion.
  • Sin and virtue are a game of resistance we play with God in His efforts to draw us towards perfection.
  • Man’s freedom is relative and it cannot be held solely responsible for the imperfection of his nature.
  • Spirituality is indeed the master-key of the Indian mind; the sense of the infinitive is native to it.
  • The mind has these four levels: physical, vital, buddhi, higher mind. The Supermind is far above these.
  • All thoughts, desires, conventions, attachments which come from outside must be ruthlessly pushed away.
  • Material things are not to be despised-without them there can be no manifestation in the material world.
  • New sentient creatures filled the unseen depths, Life’s glory and swiftness ran in the beauty of beasts.
  • Late, I learned that when reason died, then Wisdom was born; before that liberation, I had only knowledge.
  • Until you get a guidance from above you cannot be sure; but to get this guidance it requires time and sadhana.
  • To have a developed intellect is always helpful if one can enlighten it from above and turn it to a divine use.
  • What men call knowledge, is the reasoned acceptance of false appearances. Wisdom looks behind the veil and sees.
  • Forgiveness is praised by the Christian and the Vaishnava, but for me, I ask, “What have I to forgive and whom?”
  • Love is the keynote, Joy is the music, Knowledge is the performer, the Infinite All is the composer and audience.
  • That within us which seeks to know and to progress is not the mind but something behind it which makes use of it.
  • The inside must be made entirely calm and quiet and there should reign an upward aspiration – a state of awaiting.
  • While doing sadhana you must quieten your mind and keep awake the Purusha consciousness behind all your activities.
  • To hope for a true change of human life without a change of human nature is an irrational and unspiritual proposition.
  • With which part do you watch? Surely with the mind? That won’t do. It is the silent Purusha within who must watch all.
  • Trust the divine power, and she will free the godlike elements in you and shape all into an expression of divine nature.
  • Impossibility is only a sum of greater unrealised possibles. It veils an advanced stage and a yet unaccomplished journey.
  • Only the soul that is naked and unashamed, can be pure and innocent , even as Adam was in the primal garden of humanity .
  • The principle of Yoga is the turning of one or of all powers of our human existence into a means of reaching divine Being.
  • Is it true that existence consists only in the action of energy? Or is it not rather that energy is an output of Existence?
  • While doing work if the mind continues to be active let it be so, but there must be at the same time a capacity for silence.
  • All that is born and destroyed is reborn in the sweep of the ages; Life like a decimal ever recurring repeats the old figure.
  • Vain indeed is all overweening pride in the conquest even of the entire universe if one has not conquered one’s own passions.
  • Can everybody contact the higher forces? No, not indeed; but they submit themselves to a discipline and this brings them success.
  • There are all kinds of people, and in the attempt to build up a solidarity among them, defects of each one affect all the others.
  • The expression “from above” is for us only a way of speaking. Many receive from above the command for action – we call it intuition.
  • An active mind needs an outlet. If it stops by itself from within, well and good; otherwise one should not try to stop this by force.
  • We cannot afford to raise any institution to the rank of a fetish. To do so would be simply to become the slaves of our own machinery.
  • Only when Eternity takes Time by the hand, Only when infinity weds the finite’s thought, Can man be free from himself and live with God.
  • The meeting of man and God must always mean a penetration and entry of the divine into the human and a self-immergence of man in the Divinity.
  • The whole world yearns after freedom, yet each creature is in love with his chains; this is the first paradox and inextricable knot of our nature.
  • Watch the too indignantly righteous. Before long you will find them committing or condoning the very offence which they have so fiercely censured.
  • The fly that touches honey cannot use it’s wings; so too the soul that clings to spiritual sweetness ruins it’s freedom and hinders contemplation.
  • The Purusha should assume at all times the attitude of a giver of sanction while rejecting the lower movements and accepting only truth-movements.
  • The anarchic is the true divine state of man in the end as in the beginning; but in between it would lead us straight to the devil and his kingdom.
  • India of the ages is not dead nor has she spoken her last creative word; she lives and has still something to do for herself and the human peoples.
  • In order to satisfy the vital being, it must be offered some activity, and at the same time the mind should be slowly made to take interest in yoga.
  • Turkey, Japan do great work because they can keep under control their little personal selfishness, egoism, jealousy, etc. when they get down to work.
  • Not in the state of unconsciousness, but in full awareness when the higher Power will descend into and direct us, then only the yogic life will begin.
  • The spiritual path is one of falling on your face, getting up, brushing yourself off, turning and looking sheepishly at God and then taking the next step.
  • The Atheist is God playing at hide and seek with Himself; but is the Theist any other? Well, perhaps; for he has seen the shadow of God and clutched at it.
  • The all-embracing vast being which is there behind the play of the universe and with which you will have to identify yourself – for this is your true self.
  • There is the physical mind which is mechanical but the awareness which is the essential character (dharma) of the mind is also to some extent present there.
  • What sort of politics you people do? Such is the way of all parliaments: one can sense even beforehand the trend of voting, in which direction it will turn.
  • Nothing in the many processes of Nature, whether she deals with men or with things, comes by chance or accident or is really at the mercy of external causes.
  • The subliminal mind receives and remembers all those touches that delight the soul. Our soul takes joy in this right touching by the Essence of all experience.
  • A great thing would be done if all these God-visions could embrace and cast themselves into each other; but intellectual dogma and cult egoism stand in the way.
  • Recover the source of all strength in yourself, and all else will be added to you … political freedom, the mastery of human thought, the hegemony of the world.
  • Our actual enemy is not any force exterior to ourselves, but our own crying weaknesses, our cowardice, our selfishness, our hypocrisy, our purblind sentimentalism.
  • Your mind has some clearness and capacity for right thinking; it opens towards the heights, but for its own sake, – to receive light from above for its own activity.
  • There should of course be left a field of work for the sake of experiment but at all times one must remember that there will always remain open a possibility of err.
  • The experiences of your past life which are stored within come up to the surface to be rejected. By rejecting all these by and by the inside will have to be cleansed.
  • The existence of poverty is the proof of an unjust and ill-organised society, and our public charities are but the first tardy awakening in the conscience of a robber.
  • Yoga is a generic name for any discipline by which one attempts to pass out of the limits of one’s ordinary mental consciousness into a greater spiritual consciousness.
  • Outside and above the mind there is the play of a consciousness which is lighted by the higher Truth, but man is not conscious of it and of that he has to be conscious.
  • The Bhagavad-Gita is a true scripture of the human race a living creation rather than a book, with a new message for every age and a new meaning for every civilization.
  • The yogin becomes aware in part of the action of the supramental power organizing the lower vehicle (ƒÅdhƒÅra). A part of it remains behind the veil and prepares itself.
  • Inspiration is a slender river of brightness leaping from a vast and eternal knowledge, it exceeds reason more perfectly than reason exceeds the knowledge of the senses.
  • Life is life – whether in a cat, or dog or man. There is no difference there between a cat or a man. The idea of difference is a human conception for man’s own advantage.
  • A thought is an arrow shot at the truth; it can hit a point, but not cover the whole target. But the archer is too well satisfied with his success to ask anything farther.
  • If a religion is not universal, it cannot be eternal. A narrow religion, a sectarian religion, an exclusive religion can live only for a limited time and a limited purpose.
  • Remember that you are at an exceptional hour in a unique epoch, that you have this great happiness, this invaluable privilege, of being present at the birth of a new world.
  • The Force which has to be called down from above must be pure and quiet because there are all kinds of forces – it will not do to call them all. And one must have sincerity.
  • The Truth-power must be brought down from above into that state of peace, and this higher power – Parashakti – will directly guide the vehicle – ƒÅdhƒÅra – and transform it.
  • The higher Truth is all the time working in us but through the lower power – Aparashakti. It is when we become conscious of the play of this higher Power then only yoga begins.
  • Not only a truer knowledge, but a greater power comes to one in the quietude and silence of a mind that, instead of bubbling on the surface, can go to its own depths and listen.
  • Live according to Nature, runs the maxim of the West; but according to what nature, the nature of the body or the nature which exceeds the body? This first we ought to determine.
  • Metaphysical thinking will always no doubt be a strong element in her mentality, and it is to be hoped that she will never lose her great, her sovereign powers in that direction.
  • Evolution is not finished; reason is not the last word nor the reasoning animal the supreme figure of Nature. As man emerged out of the animal, so out of man the superman emerges.
  • To be free from all egoistic motive, careful of truth in speech and action, void of self-will and self-assertion, watchful in all things, is the condition for being a flawless servant.
  • A hidden Bliss is at the root of things. A mute Delight regards Time’s countless works: To house God’s joy in things Space gave wide room, To house God’s joy in self our souls were born.
  • After having stopped the lower activities of the mind, it must be made receptive; and, instead of weaving all kinds of empty and idle thoughts, the mind should receive intuitions from above.
  • Life was a sorrowful throb of this Matter teaching it anguish, Teaching it hope and desire trod out too soon in the mire, Life the frail joy that regrets its briefness, life the long sorrow.
  • In the normal play of our mind there are all sorts of perversions; hence the need to stop all these things and inculcate right thinking, right willing – in other words, Truth must be established.
  • The highest aim of the aesthetic being is to find the Divine through beauty; the highest Art is that which by an inspired use of significant and interpretative form unseals the door of the spirit.
  • There is nothing mind can do that cannot be better done in the mind’s immobility and thought-free stillness. When mind is still, then truth gets her chance to be heard in the purity of the silence.
  • Yes, this Purusha consciousness must be maintained; otherwise the calm will not last. The knocks and blows that come from outside cannot disturb one, if this Purusha consciousness remains at the back.
  • Sit in meditation ! But do not think ! Look only at your mind ! You will see thoughts coming into it ! Before they can enter, throw these away from your mind till your mind is capable of entire silence.
  • To attempt social reform, educational reform, industrial expansion, the moral improvement of the race without aiming, first and foremost, at political freedom is the very height of ignorance and futility.
  • The consciousness of the seer, is a greater power for knowledge than the consciousness of the thinker. The perceptual power of the inner sight is greater and more direct than the perceptual power of thought.
  • One can see light above the head; that indicates a consciousness outside the body. But that itself is not the Truth-Consciousness or Vijnana. But much light descending from there illumines this consciousness.
  • You have a strong active nature. And this in you is a point of strength. If you can mould it rightly this will become a very great strength. On the other hand, this too is your weak point – a hindrance in sadhana.
  • We can arrive at a point of view where the preservation of the individual activities is no longer inconsistent with our comprehension of the cosmic consciousness or our attainment to the transcendent and supracosmic.
  • A quiet mind does not mean that there will be no thoughts or mental movements at all, but that these will be on the surface, and you will feel your true being within, separate from them, observing but not carried away
  • Faith is the soul’s witness to something not yet manifested, achieved or realised, but which yet the Knower within us, even in the absence of all indications, feels to be true or supremely worth following or achieving.
  • She saw the myriad gods, and beyond God his own ineffable eternity; she saw that there were ranges of life beyond our present life, ranges of mind beyond our present mind and above these she saw the splendors of the spirit.
  • The consciousness of the supreme Purusha remains above, but in the mind there may be a Purusha consciousness which they call the cosmic consciousness – it is wide, all-pervading, one. Outside this goes on the play of Prakriti.
  • There are two powers that alone can effect in their conjunction the great and dificult thing which is the aim of our endeavour, a fixed and unfailing aspiration that calls from below and a supreme Grace from above that answers.
  • Be conscious first of thyself within, then think and act. All living thought is a world in preparation; all real act is a thought manifested. The material world exists because an idea began to play in divine self‚Äìconsciousness.
  • Not complete inaction, which is an error, a confusion, a self-delusion, an impossibility, but action full and free done without subjection to sense and passion, desireless and unattached works, are the first secret of perfection.
  • She saw too that man has the power of exceeding himself, of becoming himself more entirely and profoundly than he is, – truths which have only recently begun to be seen in Europe and seem even now too great for its common intelligence.
  • India is the meeting-place of the religions and among these Hinduism alone is by itself a vast and complex thing, not so much a religion as a great diversified and yet subtly unified mass of spiritual thought, realization and aspiration.
  • Samskrit language, as has been universally recognized by those competent to form a judgment, is one of the most magnificent, the most perfect, the most prominent and wonderfully sufficient literary instrument developed by the human mind.
  • In order to explain why the ordinary Sadhus and Yogis take to tobacco and gƒÅnja [an intoxicant], I said that these cause stimulation of the physical brain. But these have reactions. And to stimulate the brain thus is not the proper process.
  • If it be true that spirit is involved in Matter and apparent Nature is secret God, then the manifestation in the divine in himself and the realization of God within and without are the highest and most legitimate aim possible to man on earth.
  • What do you want to do sadhana for? The aim should not be the satisfaction of egoism: “I want to be a great yogi; I shall have so much power and with that power I shall establish myself in the world.” All such thoughts must be thrown far away.
  • The language of the Veda itself is sruti, a rhythm not composed by the intellect but heard, a divine Word that same vibrating out of the Infinite to the inner audience of the man who had previously made himself fit fot the impersonal knowledge.
  • The most vital issue of the age is whether the future progress of humanity is to be governed by the modern economic and materialistic mind of the West or by a nobler pragmatism guided, uplifted and enlightened by spiritual culture and knowledge.
  • What I cannot do now is the sign of what I shall do hereafter. The sense of impossibility is the beginning of all possibilities. Because this temporal universe was a paradox and an impossibility, therefore the Eternal created it out of His being.
  • Perfect health, sincerity, honesty, straightforwardness, courage, disinterestedness, unselfishness, patience, endurance, perseverance, peace, calm, self control are all things that are taught infinitely better by example than by beautiful speeches.
  • You carry in yourself all the obstacles necessary to make your realization perfect. If you discover a very black hole, a thick shadow, be sure there is somewhere in you a great light. It is up to you to know how to use the one to realize the other.
  • Suffering makes us capable of the full force of the Master of Delight; it makes us capable also to bear the utter play of the Master of Power. Pain is the key that opens the gates of strength; it is the high-road that leads to the city of beatitude.
  • Indian religion has always felt that since the minds, the temperaments and the intellectual affinities of men are unlimited in their variety, a perfect liberty of thought and of worship must be allowed to the individual in his approach to the Infinite.
  • The mind is running on all sides to think about many things, – what we call thoughts coming from outside. We must withdraw the mind from these distractions and make it abide in the self. Thus guarding the peace within we shall have to do the work without.

 

  • India saw from the beginning, – and, even in her ages of reason and her age of increasing ignorance, she never lost hold of the insight, – that life cannot be rightly seen in the sole light, cannot be perfectly lived in the sole power of its externalities.
  • If India is to survive, she must be made young again. Rushing and billowing streams of energy must be poured into her; her soul must become, as it was in the old times, like the surges, vast, puissant, calm or turbulent at will, an ocean of action or of force.
  • The human mind moves always forward, alters its viewpoint and enlarges its thought substance, and the effect of these changes is to render past systems of thinking obsolete or, when they are preserved, to extend, to modify and subtly or visibly to alter their value.
  • The one aim of [my] yoga is an inner self-development by which each one who follows it can in time discover the One Self in all and evolve a higher consciousness than the mental, a spiritual and supramental consciousness which will transform and divinize human nature.
  • The desire of your vital being is towards work. And the vital being won’t find any interest in yoga so long as you do not have any experience of the higher and fuller life that is in yoga. As long as this experience is not there, the vital being will not find any interest.
  • Delight is the secret. Learn of pure delight and thou shalt learn of God. What then was the commencement of the whole matter? Existence that multiplied itself for sheer delight of being and plunged into numberless trillions of forms so that it might find itself innumerably.
  • I swore that I would not suffer from the world’s grief and the world’s stupidity and cruelty and injustice and I made my heart as hard in endurance as the nether millstone and my mind as a polished surface of steel. I no longer suffered, but enjoyment had passed away from me.
  • The business of both parent and teacher is to enable and to help the child to educate himself, to develop his own intellectual, moral, aesthetic and practical capacities and to grow freely as an organic being, not to be kneaded and pressured into form like an inert plastic material
  • A woman has the greatest opportunity to provide the best outcome for a baby and its potentialities. Not only by having a conscious and definite will to form the child accordingly to the highest ideal she can conceive, but first and foremost having the aspiration to work on herself.
  • The first and the most important thing is to know that life is one and immortal. Only the forms, countless in number, are transient and brittle. The life everlasting is independent of any form but manifests itself in all forms. Life then does not die… but the forms are dissolved.
  • The supramental transformation, the supramental evolution must carry with it a lifting of mind, life and body out of themselves into a greater way of being in which yet their own ways and powers would be, not suppressed or abolished, but perfected and fulfilled by the self-exceeding.
  • They proved to me by convincing reasons that God does not exist; Afterwards I saw God, for he came and embraced me. And now what am I to believe- the reasoning of others or my own experience? Truth is what the soul has seen and experienced; the rest is appearance, prejudice and opinion.
  • What is required is faith. Man has body, life and mind but that is not all that constitutes man. He has risen to the mind as a result of evolution. Now a higher consciousness will be evolved – this I call Supermind. It is the instrument of the Divine Consciousness, the Truth-Consciousness.
  • There is a veil between the Supermind above and the lower Prakriti below – the veil of ingrained formations. This veil may completely withdraw or be partially withdrawn. Thus even if there is some little opening, with the contact of Light from above the lower nature will get slowly changed.
  • What comes from outside, one mistakes it as coming from inside. So many thoughts etc. move about outside in the universal – these manifest inside you. All these you must push away as foreign to you and the inside must be made peaceful, calm and quiet; then it will start descending from above.
  • Those who have advanced rise to the mind which is in the head, – they have the play of their mental movements in the head itself. But all these are inside the body; man is, as it were, shut up in a box, his entire consciousness is confined within the organism. This imprisonment has to be undone.
  • God does work through both pure and impure vessels but that does not mean that one should keep nature impure for ever. When the vessel will become pure the urge for action coming from within will be a flawless, definitive action. As long as that does not happen one has to minimize one’s activities.
  • One may come armoured, Invinsible. His will immobile meets the mobile hour. The world blows cannot bend this Victor Head. Calm and sure are his steps in the growing night. The goal recedes, he hurries not his pace. He asks from no help from the inferior Gods. His eyes are fixed on the immutable aim.
  • As often as Herman had witnessed the slaughter of animals and fish, he always had the same thought: in their behaviour toward creatures, all men were Nazis. The smugness with which man could do with other species as he pleased exemplified the most extreme racist theories, the principle that might is right.
  • Physical education for the body to be effective must be rigorous and detailed, far sighted and methodological. This will be translated into habits. These habits should be controlled and disciplined, while remaining flexible enough to adapt themselves to circumstances and to the needs of growth and development of the being.
  • As in all infant sciences, the universal habit of the human mind – to take a partial or local truth, generalise it unduly and try to explain a whole field of nature in its narrow terms – runs riot here (in psychoanalysis). Moreover, the exaggeration of the importance of suppressed sexual complexes is a dangerous falsehood.
  • When I approached God at that time, I hardly had a living faith in Him. The agnostic was in me, the atheist was in me, the sceptic was in me and I was not absolutely sure that there was a God at all. I did not feel His presence. Yet something drew me to the truth of the Vedas, the truth of the Gita, the truth of the Hindu religion.
  • The psychic being and the mental being, Manomaya Purusha, are not the same. The psychic being is behind the mind, it is what the Westerners call the soul. It takes interest in the movements of the mind and the vital only when there is a harmony between these movements and the truth above. The knowledge of the psychic being is deeper.
  • The Hindu religion appears … as a cathedral temple, half in ruins, noble in the mass, often fantastic in detail but always fantastic with a significance crumbling or badly outworn in places, but a cathedral temple in which service is still done to the Unseen and its real presence can be felt by those who enter with the right spirit.
  • What you call the psychic being is the mind of the vital. The heart is the seat of this mind. And this mind is the essence of the senses. It receives things from outside, acts upon things that are outside – knows, gives consent, takes interest in them. But this mind cannot be the Ishwara, but it is the knower, the giver of the consent.
  • The seers of ancient India had, in their experiments and efforts at spiritual training and the conquest of the body, perfected a discovery which in its importance to the future of human knowledge dwarfs the divinations of Newton and Galileo , even the discovery of the inductive and experimental method in Science was not more momentous.
  • Terrorism thrives on administrative violence and injustice; that is the only atmosphere in which it can thrive and grow. It sometimes follows the example of indiscriminate violence from above; it sometimes, though very rarely, sets it from below. But the power above which follows the example from below is on the way to committing suicide.
  • Everyone has in him something divine, something his own, a chance of perfection and strength in however small a sphere which God offers him to take or refuse. The task is to find it, develop it & use it. The chief aim of education should be to help the growing soul to draw out that in itself which is best and make it perfect for a noble use.
  • There is therefore no reason to put a limit to evolutionary possibility by taking our present organization or status of existence as final. The animal is a laboratory in which Nature has worked out man; man may very well be a laboratory in which she wills to work out superman, to disclose the soul as a divine being, to evolve a divine nature.
  • All religions have some truth in them, but none has the whole truth; all are created in time and finally decline and perish. Mahomed himself never pretended that the Koran was the last message of God and there would be no other. God and Truth outlast these religions and manifest themselves anew in whatever way or form the Divine Wisdom chooses.
  • Safety lies in tending towards our highest and not in resting content with an inferior potentiality….. To rest in or follow after an inferior potentiality may seem safe, rational, comfortable, easy, but it ends badly, in some futility or in a mere circling down the abyss or in a stagnant morass. Our right and natural road is towards the summits.
  • The progressive growth of the finite consciousness of man towards this Self, towards the universal , the eternal, the infinite, in a word his growth into spiritual consciousness by the development of his ordinary ignorant natural being into an illumined divine nature, this is for Indian thinking the significance of life and the aim of human existance.
  • The navel region is the centre of the vital. It is from here that the movements of the vital rise upward. Above the navel and behind the chest is the centre of the play of emotions and below this takes place the play of the physical. MulƒÅdhƒÅra is the base of the physical. In between the MulƒÅdhƒÅra and the navel, there is another centre of the vital.
  • On the top of the head is a Chakra – Sahasradala or the thousand-petalled lotus. There is a Chakra in the middle of the forehead between the eyebrows and one in the heart-centre. The region between the navel and head constitutes the mental field. From navel downward extending till the terminus of the spinal chord, m≈´lƒÅdhƒÅra, is the seat of the vital.
  • Religions, creeds and forms are only a characteristic outward sign of the spiritual impulsion and religion itself is the intensive action by which it tries to find its inward force. Its expansive movement comes in the thought which it throws out on life, the ideals which open up new horizons and which the intellect accepts and life labours to assimilate.
  • The deeper we look, the more we shall be convinced that the one thing wanting, which we must strive to acquire before all others, is strength strength physical, strength mental, strength moral, but above all strength spiritual which is the one inexhaustible and imperishable source of all the others. If we have strength everything else will be added to us easily and naturally.
  • Many of us, utterly overcome by Tamas, the dark and heavy demon of inertia, are saying nowadays that it is impossible, that India is decayed, bloodless and lifeless, too weak ever to recover; that our race is doomed to extinction. It is a foolish and idle saying. No man or nation need be weak unless he chooses, no man or nation need perish unless he deliberately chooses extinction.
  • The ascent to the divine Life is the human journey, the Work of works, the acceptable Sacrifice. This alone is man’s real business in the world and the justification of his existence, without which he would only be an insect crawling among the ephemeral insects on a speck of surface mud and water which has managed to form itself amid the appalling immensities of the physical universe.
  • An aimless life is always a troubled life. Every individual should have an aim. But do not forget that the quality of your aim will depend the quality of your life. Your aim should be high and wide, generous and disinterested; this will make your life precious to yourself and to others. Whatever your ideal, it cannot be perfectly realized unless you have realized perfection in yourself.
  • Even if the being is not entirely purified, varieties of inspirations and powers may come down from above but this may lead to serious errors. Inspirations from above mixing with the impurities from below get all muddled up and the sadhak takes this for an absolute command. Many a sadhak has thus fallen into danger. Therefore, one must particularly lay stress on the purification of the being.
  • Thus to act under the guidance coming from above, this is one side of the sadhana, the dynamic side. The other one is the discrimination between the Purusha and the Prakriti. The Purusha will calmly observe, give sanction, choose, but will realise that all this does not belong to him – all these are outside him. This is the static side of the sadhana. These two aspects constitute the basis of Yoga.
  • There are four great events in history, the siege of Troy, the life and crucifixion of Christ, the exile of Krishna in Brindaban and the colloquy on the field of Kurukshetra. The siege of Troy created Hellas, the exile in Brindaban created devotional religion, (for before there was only meditation and worship), Christ from his cross humanized Europe, the colloquy at Kurukshetra will yet liberate humanity.
  • But what after all, behind appearances, is this seeming mystery? We can see that it is the Consciousness which had lost itself returning again to itself, emerging out of its giant self-forgetfulness, slowly, painfully, as a Life that is would be sentient, half-sentient, dimly sentient, wholly sentient and finally struggles to be more than sentient, to be again divinely selfconscious, free, infinite, immortal.
  • A total spiritual direction given to the whole life and the whole nature can alone lift humanity beyond itself. . . It is only the full emergence of the soul, the full descent of the native light and power of the Spirit and the consequent replacement or transformation and uplifting of our insufficient mental and vital nature by a spiritual and supramental Supernature that can effect this evolutionary miracle.
  • I say, of the Congress, then, this – that its aims are mistaken, that the spirit in which it proceeds towards their accomplishment is not a spirit of sincerity and whole-heartedness, and that the methods it has chosen are not the right methods, and the leaders in whom it trusts, not the right sort of men to be leaders; – in brief, that we are at present the blind led, if not by the blind, at any rate by the one-eyed.
  • For the powers of our mind, life, and body are bound to their own limitations, and however high they may rise or however widely expand, they cannot rise beyond them. But still, mental man can open to what is beyond him and call down a Supramental Light, Truth, and Power to work in him and do what the mind cannot do. If mind cannot by effort become what is beyond mind, Supermind can descend and transform mind into its own substance.
  • All fanaticism is false, because it is a contradiction of the very nature of God and of Truth. Truth cannot be shut up in a single book, Bible or Veda or Koran, or in a single religion. The Divine Being is eternal and universal and infinite and cannot be the sole property of the Mussulmans or of the Semitic religions only, – those that happened to be in a line from the Bible and to have Jewish or Arabian prophets for their founders.
  • We have to create strength where it did not exist before; we have to change our natures, and become new men with new hearts, to be born again. We need a nucleus of men in whom the Shakti is developed to its uttermost extent, in whom it fills every corner of the personality and overflows to fertilise the earth. These, having the fire of Bhawani in their hearts and brains, will go forth and carry the flame to every nook and cranny of our land.
  • Man is a transitional being, he is not final; for in him and high beyond him ascend the radiant degrees which climb to a divine supermanhood. The step from man towards superman is the next approaching achievement in the earth’s evolution. There lies our destiny and the liberating key to our aspiring, but troubled and limited human existence ‚Äî inevitable because it is at once the intention of the inner Spirit and the logic of Nature’s process.
  • Threefold are those supreme births of this divine force that is in the world, they are true, they are desirable; he moves there wide-overt within the Infinite and shines pure, luminous and fulfilling…. Of that which is in mortal in mortals, and possessed of the truth, is a God and established inwardly as an energy working out in our divine powers…. Become high uplifted, O Strength, pierce all veils, manifest in as the things of the Godhead.
  • Each religion has helped mankind. Paganism increased in man the light of beauty, the largeness and height of his life, his aim at a many-sided perfection; Christianity gave him some vision of divine love and charity; Buddhism has shown him a noble way to be wiser, gentler, purer, Judaism and Islam how to be religiously faithful in action and zealously devoted to God; Hinduism has opened to him the largest and profoundest spiritual possibilities.
  • Spirituality is the master key of the Indian mind. It is this dominant inclination of India which gives character to all the expressions of her culture. In fact, they have grown out of her inborn spiritual tendency of which her religion is a natural out flowering. The Indian mind has always realized that the Supreme is the Infinite and perceived that to the soul in Nature the Infinite must always present itself in an infinite variety of aspects.
  • Spirituality is much wider than any particular religion, and in the larger ideas of it that are now coming on us even the greatest religion becomes no more than a broad sect or branch of the one universal religion, by which we shall understand in the future man’s seeking for the eternal, the divine, the greater self, the source of unity and his attempt to arrive at some equation, some increasing approximation of the values of human life with the eternal and the divine values.
  • .. gave itself no name, because it set itself no sectarian limits; it claimed no universal adhesion, asserted no sole infallible dogma, set up no single narrow path or gate of salvation; it was less a creed or cult than a continuously enlarging tradition of the Godward endeavour of the human spirit. An immense many-sided many-staged provision for a spiritual self-building and self-finding, it had some right to speak of itself by the only name it knew, the eternal religion, Sanatana Dharma.
  • It is true that the subliminal in man is the largest part of his nature and has in it the secret of the unseeen dynamisms which explain his surface activities. But the lower vital subconscious which is all that this psycho-analysis of Freud seems to know, – and of that it knows only a few ill-lit corners, – is no more than a restricted and very inferior portion of the subliminal whole… to begin by opening up the lower subconscious, risking to raise up all that is foul or obscure in it, is to go out of one’s way to invite trouble.
  • India of the ages is not dead nor has she spoken her last creative word; she lives and has still something to do for herself and the human peoples. And that which must seek now to awake is not an anglicised oriental people, docile pupil of the West and doomed to repeat the cycle of the occident’s success and failure, but still the ancient immemorable Shakti recovering her deepest self, lifting her head higher towards the supreme source of light and strength and turning to discover the complete meaning and a vaster form of her Dharma.
  • To play with baubles is our ambition, not to deal with grave questions in a spirit of serious energy. But while we are playing with baubles, with our Legislative Councils, our Simultaneous Examinations, our ingenious schemes for separating the judicial from the executive functions, – while we, I say, are finessing about trifles, the waters of the great deep are being stirred and that surging chaos of the primitive man over which our civilised societies are superimposed on a thin crust of convention, is being strangely and ominously agitated.
  • The yoga we practice is not for ourselves alone, but for the Divine; its aim is to work out the will of the Divine in the world, to effect a spiritual transformation and to bring down a divine nature and a divine life into the mental, vital and physical nature and life of humanity. Its object is not personal Mukti, although Mukti is a necessary condition of the yoga, but the liberation and transformation of the human being. It is not personal Ananda, but the bringing down of the divine Ananda – Christ’s kingdom of heaven, our Satyayuga – upon the earth.
  • The aggressive and quite illogical idea of a single religion for all mankind, a religion universal by the very force of its narrowness, one set of dogmas, one cult, one system of ceremonies, one ecclesiastical ordinance, one array of prohibitions and injunctions which all minds must accept on peril of persecution by men and spiritual rejection or eternal punishment by God, that grotesque creation of human unreason which has been the parent of so much intolerance, cruelty and obscurantism and aggressive fanaticism, has never been able to take firm hold of the Indian mentality.

 

 

Sivananda (quotes)

  • Life is a series of awakenings
  • Giving is the secret of abundance.
  • Fewer the thoughts, greater the peace.
  • You are the Master of your own Destiny
  • Change the mind, and you can change the body.
  • An ounce of practice is worth a ton of theory!
  • Desire nothing, give up all desires and be happy.
  • Illness begins with “I”, Wellness begins with “we
  • Tolerance is a sign of growth on the spiritual path
  • Love beautifies the giver and elevates the receiver.
  • To make the mind obey you is a spiritual discipline.
  • Conquer your thoughts and you will conquer the world.
  • Today is your own. Tomorrow perchance may never come.
  • Don’t fear the darkness if you carry the light within.
  • Complete peace equally reigns between two mental waves.
  • Intuition transcends reason, but does not contradict it
  • When all desires of heart die, mortal man becomes Immortal.
  • Live in the present, forget the past. Give up hopes of future.
  • Fame is the penalty of success. Jealousy is the penalty of fame.
  • God is all-full. He is self-contained. He is eternal satisfaction.
  • You are already free. You only have to know and realize this truth.
  • Silence is the language of God; it is also the language of the heart.
  • Man is a bridge between the two worlds – the visible and the invisible.
  • Beauty is essentially spiritual. The authentic beauty lies in the heart.
  • Man needs now no more degrees, but character, No more study, but wisdom.
  • Your duty is to treat everybody with love as a manifestation of the Lord.
  • The secret of life is in love the love of God and the service of humanity.
  • If you do not know the laws of right conduct, you cannot form your character.
  • Fear is only in duality. Fear is Mind. When you are your Self, there is no fear.
  • That man who is regular and punctual will get sure success in all walks of life.
  • Terrible is the fight put up by the senses. Fight bravely! Conquer them you must.
  • Do not love leisure. Waste not a minute. Be bold. Realize the Truth, here and now!
  • It is Maya that makes you feel, This man is inferior and the other man is superior.
  • Meditation is the dissolution of thoughts in eternal awareness or pure consciousness.
  • This world is your body. This world is a great school, This world is your silent teacher.
  • When you have succeeded in enshrining God within your heart, you will see Him everywhere.
  • Your sole purpose in life is to attain God-realization. All else is useless and worthless.
  • Put your heart, mind, and soul into even your smallest acts. This is the secret of success.
  • The practice of ‘asanas’ and ‘pranayama’ wards off disease and helps to maintain alertness.
  • It is divinity that shapes, not only your ends, but also your acts, your words and thoughts.
  • Man is not a creature of circumstances. His thoughts are the architects of his circumstances.
  • Crave for a thing, you will get it. Renounce the craving, the object will follow you by itself.
  • Practice meditation regularly. Meditation leads to eternal bliss. Therefore meditate, meditate.
  • Meditation is painful in the beginning but it bestows immortal Bliss and supreme joy in the end.
  • Thinking of disease constantly will intensify it. Feel always ‘I am healthily in body and mind’.
  • Put your heart, mind, intellect and soul even to your smallest acts. This is the secret to success.
  • The harder the struggle, the more glorious the triumph. Self-realization demands very great struggle.
  • The language of silence is the language of God, the language of silence is the language of the heart.
  • You should always keep your word. All the setbacks in life come only because you don’t keep your word.
  • Humility is not cowardice. Meekness is not weakness. Humility and meekness are indeed spiritual powers.
  • The mind is responsible for the feelings of pleasure and pain. Control of the mind is the highest Yoga.
  • There is some truth in everything. Views and opinions are different aspects. Do not quarrel with others.
  • Forget like a child any injury done by somebody immediately. Never keep it in the heart. It kindles hatred.
  • The mind is a product of experience. It is the result of past thinking and is modified by present thinking.
  • Pain, sorrow, ignorance are all illusory; they cannot live. Bliss, joy, knowledge are true; they cannot die.
  • The real spiritual progress of the aspirant is measured by the extent to which he achieves inner tranquility.
  • Moral values, and a culture and a religion, maintaining these values are far better than laws and regulations.
  • There is something good in all seeming failures. You are not to see that now. Time will reveal it. Be patient.
  • Never worry about what other people say or think. Do the right. Have a clear conscience and roam about happily.
  • There is no end of craving. Hence contentment alone is the best way to happiness. Therefore, acquire contentment.
  • The inward battle–against our mind, our wounds, and the residues of the past–is more terrible than outward battle.
  • Individual Peace paves the way for world peace. The attainment of inner calm is the greatest work you can do for humanity.
  • Be for ever a student. He and he alone is an old man who feels that he has learnt enough and has need for no more knowledge.
  • Be tolerant. Behold the unity of all faiths, cults, creeds and religions. Respect the views, opinions and sentiments of all.
  • Blessed is he who keeps daily diary and compares the work of this week with that of the last, for he will realize God quickly!
  • Let each man take the path according to his capacity, understanding and temperament. His true guru will meet him along that path.
  • The spiritual path is very, very easy for a man of determination, patience, endurance, self-sacrifice, dispassion and a strong will.
  • Go beyond science, into the region of metaphysics. Real religion is beyond argument. It can only be lived both inwardly and outwardly.
  • Thoughts are giant-powers. They are more powerful than electricity. They control your life, mould your character, and shape your destiny.
  • Modern civilisation is complicated and artificial. Simple folk live in a world of love and peace. Let no one hate another or harm another.
  • Always do good to others. Be selfless. Mentally remove everything and be free. This is divine life. This is the direct way to Moksha or salvation.
  • Faith is a belief in the unknown. Faith heals, faith creates, faith works wonders, faith moves mountains. Faith is the searchlight for God-finding.
  • The human intellect has not been able to conceive of anything more noble and sublime in the history of the world than the teachings of the Upanishads.
  • 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 the future.
  • Love expects no reward. Love knows no fear. Love Divine gives – does not demand. Love thinks no evil; imputes no motive. To Love is to share and serve.
  • An evil man is a saint of the future. See good in everything. Destroy the evil-finding quality. Develop the good-finding quality. Rise above good and evil.
  • Faith induces one to pray.Prayer purifies the heart.In the purified heart is reflected the light of Lord.When the Light sighns the mortal becomes immortal.
  • Be Good, Do Good.Do thou always without attachment perform action which should be done, for by performing action without attachment, man reaches the Supreme.
  • Patient and regular practice is the whole secret of spiritual realization. Do not be in a hurry in spiritual life. Do your utmost, and leave the rest to God.
  • Life is a pilgrimage. The wise man does not rest by the roadside inns. He marches direct to the illimitable domain of eternal bliss, his ultimate destination.
  • Meditation is the royal road to the attainment of freedom, a mysterious ladder that reaches from earth to heaven, darkness to light, mortality to Immortality.
  • Learn to give, give in plenty, give with love, give without any expectation, one does not lose anything by giving, on the other hand you get back a thousand fold.
  • Why do you read many books? The great book is within your heart. Open the pages of this inexhaustible book, the source of all knowledge. You will know everything.
  • Let a man lift himself by his own Self alone, let him not lower himself; for the Self alone is the friend of oneself and this Self alone is the enemy of oneself (5).
  • Meditation is the dissolution of thoughts in Eternal awareness or Pure consciousness without objectification, knowing without thinking, merging finitude in infinity.
  • Music is the medium for expressing emotion. Music kindles love and infuses hope. It has countless voices and instruments. Music is in the hearts of all men and women
  • If you do not find peace within, you will not find it anywhere else. The Goal of Life is the attainment of Peace and not the achievement of power, name, fame and wealth.
  • Do not store in your brain useless information. Learn to unmind the mind. Unlearn whatever has been of no use to you. Then only can you fill your mind with divine thoughts.
  • Rise above the deceptions and temptations of the mind. This is your duty. You are born for this only; all other duties are self-created and self-imposed owing to ignorance.
  • A wise person laughs and smiles through the eyes. . . . The smile and laughter through the eyes influence people tremendously. No energy leaks if you smile through the eyes.
  • Common sense is the fundamental factor in all spiritual disciplines. No rule is an eternal rule. Rules change from place to place, time to time and from one condition to another condition.
  • Desire is poverty. Desire is the greatest impurity of the mind. Desire is the motive force for action. Desire in the mind is the real impurity. Even a spark of desire is a very great evil.
  • Life is short. Time is fleeting. Realize the Self. Purity of the heart is the gateway to God. Aspire. Renounce. Meditate. Be good; do good. Be kind; be compassionate. Inquire, know Thyself.
  • Mind, Prana and Veerya are one. By controlling the mind, you can control Prana and semen. By controlling Prana you can control the mind and semen. By controlling semen, you can control the mind and Prana.
  • Be humble as the blade of grass that is being trodden underneath the feet. The little ant tastes joyously the sweetness of honey and sugar. The mighty elephant trembles in pain under the agony of sharp goad
  • Regular meditation opens the avenues of intuitional knowledge,  makes the mind calm and steady,  awakens an ecstatic feeling,  and brings the practitioner in contact  with the source of his/her very being.
  • Your thoughts should agree with your words, and the words should agree with your actions. In this world people think one thing, say another thing, and do something else. This is horrible. This is crookedness.
  • Look within. Within you is the hidden God. Within you is the immortal soul. Within you is the inexhaustible spiritual treasure. Within you is the ocean of bliss. Look within for the happiness which you have sought in vain.
  • Eating, drinking. sleeping, pro-creating. A little laughter, a lot of tears. Is this all there is to life? Don’t die like a worm on the surface of the planet. WAKE UP and be all that you can be, you are so much more than that.
  • Look within. Within you is the hidden God. Within you is the immortal soul.  Within you is the inexhaustible spiritual treasure.  Within you is the ocean of bliss.  Look within for the happiness which you have sought in vain.
  • If you think about disaster, you will get it. Brood about death and you hasten your demise. Think positively and masterfully, with confidence and faith, and life becomes more secure, more fraught with action, richer in achievement and experience.
  • Ahimsa is not mere negative non-injury. It is positive, cosmic love. It is the development of a mental attitude in which hatred is replaced by love. Ahimsa is true sacrifice. Ahimsa is forgiveness. Ahimsa is Sakti (power). Ahimsa is true strength.
  • If you focus the rays of the sun through a lens, they can burn cotton or a piece of paper; but, the scattered rays cannot do this act. If you collect the dissipated rays of the mind and focus them at a point, you will have wonderful concentration.
  • Make others truly happy as you strive to make yourself happy. Speak a helpful word. Give a cheering smile. Do a kind act. Serve a little. Wipe the tears of one who is in distress. Render smooth a rough place in another’s path. You will feel great joy.
  • The difficulty in weaning the mind from worldly thoughts, from external objects, and fixing it on God is the same as in making the Ganga flow towards Gangotri instead of its natural flow towards Ganga-Sagar. It is like rowing against the current of the Yamuna.
  • You create your future by your thoughts now; if you think nobly, you will be noble in conduct. If you think basely no environment will make you different. Thus, thoughts and actions are interdependent. Be vigilant and allow only good thoughts in your mental field.
  • A desire arises in the mind. It is satisfied immediately another comes. In the interval which separates two desires a perfect calm reigns in the mind. It is at this moment freed from all thought, love or hate. Complete peace equally reigns between two mental waves.
  • A mountain is composed of tiny grains of earth. The ocean is made up of tiny drops of water. Even so, life is but an endless series of little details, actions, speeches, and thoughts. And the consequences whether good or bad of even the least of them are far-reaching.
  • Adhere To – Faith, Unity, Sacrifice. Avoid – Back-biting, Falsehood and Crookedness. Admire – Frankness, Honesty, and Large-heartedness. Control – Tongue, Temper, and Tossing of the mind. Cultivate – Cosmic Love, Forgiveness and Patience. Hate – Lust, Anger, and Pride.
  • Cultivate peace first in the garden of your heart by removing the weeds of lust, hatred, greed, selfishness, and jealousy. Then only you can manifest it externally. Then only, those who come in contact with you, will be benefited by your vibrations of peace and harmony.
  • Kind thoughts increase the flow of vital energy into your body and mind. Do kind acts now. Do not procrastinate. Kindness is like a healing balm. It soothes suffering… Little drops of water make the mighty ocean. Even so, little acts of kindness make an ocean of goodwill.
  • Truth is complete in itself. Truth has a strong foundation in itself. It is bold, it has no fears. It has no limit of space or time. It is a fearless, free bird in the sky. It does not care for status. It is wealth in itself. Truth stands even when there is no public support.
  • Rise above the deceptions and temptations of the mind. This is your duty. Learn to become wise. Desire nothing, give up all desires and be happy. The real spiritual progress of the meditator is measured by the extent to which they achieve inner tranquility and freedom from desire.
  • You are not bound. You have got free will. You cannot change the experiences, the results of Prarabdha but you can change your future by right thinking and right action and thus make your will pure and irresistible. You can attain Self-realisatio n with the help of a dynamic will.
  • To achieve that state of lasting happiness and absolute peace, we must first know how to calm the mind, to concentrate and go beyond the mind. By turning the mind’s concentration inward, upon the self, we can deepen that experience of perfect concentration. This is the state of Meditation.
  • Give up all sorts of fears, worries, anxieties and cares. Do not be disheartened by failures and setbacks. Draw strength and courage from God dwelling in the chamber of your heart. Pain is the best thing in the world. It is an eye-opener. It awakens your dormant faculties. Never forget this.
  • You can have calmness of mind at all times by the practice of yoga. You can have restful sleep. You can have increased energy, vigour, vitality, longevity, and a high standard of health. You can turn out efficient work within a short space of time. You can have success in every walk of life.
  • Never worry. Be ever cheerful. Always laugh and smile. You can use the following powerful autosuggestion: “Mr. Worry, goodbye to you. I am a different person now. I am made of sterner stuff.” Worry will now be afraid to show his face to you. You can then remove the worries of many of your friends.
  • Every temptation that is resisted, every evil thought that is curbed, every desire that is subdued, every bitter word that is withheld, every noble aspiration that is encouraged, every sublime thought that is cultivated, adds to the development of will-force, good character, and attainment of eternal bliss and immortality.
  • Isavasyamidam Sarvam: every content of the universe is throbbing with the Life of the Lord. Smile with the flowers and the green grass. Smile with the shrubs, ferns and twigs. Develop friendship with all neighbours, dogs, cats, cows, human beings, trees, in fact, with all nature’s creations. You will have a perfect and rich life.
  • Give up salt, give up sugar, give up spices, give up vegetables, give up chutnies, give up tamarind. Serve Bhangis, serve rogues, serve inferiors, remove faecal matter. Do not revenge, resist not evil, return good for evil, bear insult and injury. Forget like a child any injury done by somebody immediately. Never keep it in the heart. It kindles hatred.
  • This world is your best teacher. There is a lesson in everything. There is a lesson in each experience. Learn it and become wise. Every failure is a stepping stone to success. Every difficulty or disappointment is a trial of your faith. Every unpleasant incident or temptation is a test of your inner strength. Therefore nil desperandum. March forward hero!
  • Money can help you to get medicines but not health. Money can help you to get soft pillows, but not sound sleep. Money can help you to get material comforts, but not eternal bliss. Money can help you to get ornaments, but not beauty. Money will help you to get an electric earphone, but not natural hearing. Attain the supreme wealth, wisdom; you will have everything.
  • Peace is the most covetable possession on the earth. It is the greatest treasure in all the universe. Peace is the most important and indispensable factor for all growth and development. It is in the tranquility and quiet of the night that the seed slowly sprouts from under the soil. The bud opens in the depth of the most silent hours. So also, in a state of peace and love, people evolve, grow in their distinctive culture, and develop perfect civilization.
  • How will you get God’s grace? When you discipline yourself. How will you know how to discipline? By observing others that had walked the path successfully to the goal of perfection. Who are these men who had walked to the goal? It is these that are known as Gurus. So you need their help, their personal example, their encouragement and their grace. Thus, we have come round to the answer that a Guru is necessary as well as his grace. Everything is necessary– Atma Kripa, Guru Kripa and Isvara Kripa.
  • The divine within you is stronger than anything that is without you. Therefore, be not afraid of anything. Rely on your own Inner Self, the Divinity within you. Tap the source through looking within. Improve yourself. Build your character. Purify the heart. Develop the divine virtues. Eradicate evil traits. Conquer all that is base in you. Endeavor to attain all that is worthy and noble. Make the lower nature the servant of the higher through discipline, Tapas, self-restraint and meditation. This is the beginning of your freedom.
  • The energy that is wasted during one sexual intercourse is tantamount to the energy that is spent in physical labour for ten days or the energy that is utilized in mental work for three days. Mark how precious is the vital fluid, semen! Do not waste this energy. Preserve it with great care. You will have wonderful vitality. When Veerya is not used, it is all transmuted into Ojas Sakti or spiritual energy and stored up in the brain. Western doctors know little of this salient point. Most of your ailments are due to excessive seminal wastage.