Guru Bhakti

You will find in the Gita: “Learn thou this by discipleship, by enquiry and by service. The wise, the seers of the essence of things, will instruct thee in wisdom.” (Chapter IV – verse 34.) The guru must not only be a Brahma-srotriya (well-versed), but a Brahma-nista (established in Brahman) as well. Mere study of…

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The Disciple’s Duty

People want to have contact with an avatara (divine incarnation), without being endowed with the proper qualifications. Even if an avatara appears before you, you will not be able to recognise him. You have not got the eyes to see him. You will take him for an ordinary man. It is only a saint who…

The Necessity for a Guru

Tsvara (God) is guru of gurus. He removes the veil of ignorance and blesses the ignorant jiva (soul). The aspirant should regard his immediate guru – in the physical form, as an incarnation of that Guru of all gurus. He should have equal devotion to him. Guru in physical form is the main source and…

Know the Guru

Guru leads man to God. Guru, mantra (mystic formula) and devata (deity) form a unity. Guru is present in the mantra which he enlivens and communicates. The mantra is the body of the devata. The guru is the embodiment of the deity that is invoked. True guru is living God. Devotion to guru trains your…

Glory of the Guru

The guru is God himself manifesting in a personal form to guide the aspirant. Grace of God takes the form of the guru. To see the guru is to see God. The guru is united with God. He inspires devotion in others and his presence purifies all. The guru is verily a link between the…

Mumukshutva

Mumukshutva is intense desire for liberation or deliverance from the wheel of birth and death with its concomitant evils of old age, disease, delusion and sorrow. If one is equipped with the previous three qualifications, viz., viveka (wisdom), vairagya (dispassion) and shad-sampat (six virtues), Mumukshutva will come by itself. The mind moves towards the source…

Freedom: Your Birthright

Freedom is man’s birthright. Freedom is knowledge, peace and bliss. Consciously or unconsciously, willingly or unwillingly, all are attempting to attain this freedom. One nation is fighting another on the battlefield for freedom. A robber robs in order to obtain freedom from want – though his movement may be crooked and circuitous. Every movement of…

Such is the Mind

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. You are born to concentrate the mind on God after collecting the mental rays that are dissipated on various objects. That is your important duty. You forget the duty…

Balance of Mind

Samadhana is mental balance. There is perfect concentration now. This is the fruit of the practices of sama (control of mind), dama (control of the senses), uparati (turning away), titikshsha (endurance) and sraddha (faith). It is fixing the mind on atman (self) without allowing it to run towards objects and have its own way. It…

Faith vs. Reason

Faith is first and reason is second. Faith is life and doubt is death. Reason is powerless to know God. Faith alone takes one to God. He who has faith has everything. He who has no faith has nothing. Have intense, unswerving faith – in the measure in which you have faith, you will achieve.…

Faith is the Greatest Thing

Faith is sraddha. Faith is the greatest thing in the world. Even the greatest philosopher has faith as his stronghold. No intellectualism can prove good if it is unsupported by faith. The whole world stands on faith, is guided by faith. Religion has faith as its root. One cannot prove God if he has no…

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Perfect Renunciation

Vedanta does not want you to renounce the world. It wants you to change your mental attitude and give up this false, illusory ‘I-ness’ and ‘mine-ness’. The snake charmer removes only the two poisonous fangs of the cobra. The snake remains the same. In fact, it does everything as before. The snake charmer has changed…