The Foundation of Ethics

Put yourself in the place of others. Learn this great secret. What you do not want done to yourself, do not do to others. The doctrine of unity of the atman (the self), is the foundation of morality. No one tries to harm himself. How can one, who knows that each and every being is…

The Peak of Perfection

You can climb the peak of perfection through resolute will, intense dispassion, renunciation and rigorous meditation. Sublime divine thought is very powerful, it is a dynamic transmuting force. Diligently seek the path of truth; tread it carefully and vigilantly, for you may slip and fall. Love is harmlessness, kindness, compassion. Nothing can tempt you if…

Sinner Today Saint Tomorrow

Critical times test the faith of the devotee. He who has faith in the lord must pass through the fire of suffering. Suffering is not misfortune; it helps one to grow. Suffering and pain open the door to wisdom.” Not to be hurt by others” is more difficult than,”not to hurt others”. Blessed are those…

The Spiritual Path

Youth is the best time, the most fitting in a man’s life, to devote himself to spiritual aspiration and sadhana (spiritual practice). The spiritual life is practical from beginning to the end. The love for the ideal should be single minded and whole-hearted. The spiritual path is an unknown path which is as straight and…

Become Dynamic

If a man feels even a little bit for his present deplorable condition; if he attempts even to show a slight improvement; if there is a little receptive attitude; then he can be corrected and he can make progress on the path of yoga. If he is obstinate and pigheaded, if he is absolutely self-…

Presence of Mind

Just reflect for a while when you have failed in an attempt. Try to be more careful in the next attempt. Try to remove those factors that led you to fail previously. Fortify yourself now. Be careful and vigilant. Be active and nimble as the squirrel. Be quick and at the same time be capable…

Life is Artificial

Life has become very artificial. There is physical, mental and moral degeneration. You do not find robust, stalwart, healthy people. Longevity is unknown. Everywhere you see puny, stunted creatures with dilapidated frames and sickly appearance. They cannot even walk a short distance. Children beget children. People die like moths. They have become weaklings, effeminate, impotent.…

Practical Instructions

Difficulties exist only that you may grow strong by overcoming them. So overcome all difficulties, one by one, patiently. If you fail ten times, do not be disheartened. If you fail a thousand times, rise up or march on boldly. Failures are indeed stepping-stones to success. Watch your speech. Watch every word. Speak no word…

A Beacon Light to the World

The liberated sage, like unto holy waters, purifies others by mere sight, touch and the utterance of his name. Sometimes he remains unnoticed, while sometimes he becomes known to those who desire welfare. He eats food offered to him by pious devotees and burns up their past and future evils and impurities. A liberated sage…

The Sage’s Behavior

A liberated sage is not a whimsical man, neither is he bound by the rules of scripture or society. And yet, he will not deviate from righteousness. All that he does will be in strict accordance with the scriptures or sacred books. He spontaneously does only what is good. An expert dancer never makes a…

Jivanmukta

A jivanmukta is a liberated sage. He is released even while living. He lives in the world, but he is not of the world. He always revels in the eternal bliss of the supreme self. He is the Lord himself, a God on earth. The jivanmukta or full-blown sage is full of pure love, compassion,…