Your Real Enemy

The senses are your real foes. They draw you out and disturb your peace of mind. Do not keep company with them. Subdue them. Restrain them. Curb them just as you would curb your enemies on the battlefield. This is not the work of a day. It wants patient and protracted sadhana (practice) for a…

Your Real Nature

Do you know who you are? I shall tell you. Hear me. You are the master of the body and the senses and the mind. You are the master of your life. All power is within you. You have to know this and manifest it. How can the mind torment you? How can despair overcome…

God Is Found in Silence

Still the mind. Listen. Enter the silence. In silence one becomes aware of his soul-consciousness. Silence is a pre-requisite for the apprehension of the reality. Enter the silence, realise the reality. Silence the tongue; silence the desires; silence the thoughts. You will now enjoy the bliss of the eternal. Love silence. Live in silence. Grow…

Rise above the Two Moods

In vedanta there are only two kinds of moods – joy, exultation or exhilaration and grief or depression. Now there is joy and five minutes later there is depression – the currents alternate. They belong to the sad urmis (six waves, i.e. grief, delusion, hunger, thirst, decay and death). People of gloomy moods attract gloomy…

Uphill Task

True freedom results from the dis-enthralment of the mind. He is a real potentate and ruler who has conquered the mind. He who has conquered desires, passions and the mind is the richest man. If the mind is under control, it matters little whether you stay in a palace, or a cave in the Himalayas;…

Conquer the World Within

He who has controlled his mind is really happy and free. Physical freedom is no freedom at all. If you are easily carried away by surging emotions and impulses, if you are under the grip of moods and cravings, how can you be really happy, O sweet beloved child? You are like a rudderless boat.…

True Dispassion

Vairagya (dispassion) does not mean abandoning social duties and the responsibilities of life. It does not mean detachment from the world, or a life in a solitary cave of the Himalayas or in the cremation ground. It does not mean living on neem leaves, the wearing of matted hair and carrying a water-pot made of…

Freedom from Attachment

Attachment produces infatuation and causes entanglement. Fear exists on account of attachment and desire. Infatuation or delusion is a stigma on pure love. Attachment to the objects of the world is due to ignorance of their true nature. Nothing but the atman (self) really exists. Objects are illusion. Attachment is indicative of the feeling that…

Where is Real Love?

The desire to attain knowledge of the self will dawn only in the person who is free from desires, who has a pure mind, and who is quite disgusted with this worldly life. Such a man only is competent to hear, meditate and attain Brahman, jnana, or knowledge of Brahman. When the knowledge of the…

Abandon Body-consciousness

The physical body appears only in the present. A thing which has neither past nor future must be considered as non-existent in the present also. If you think over deeply, with pure intelligence you will find atyanta abhava (complete non-existence) for the world. This body which is full of impurities, urine, pus and faecal matter…

Real Dispassion

The world is as unreal as a shadow, bubble or froth. Why do you run after the  toys of name  and  fame?  How  uncertain is sensual life in this illusory world! How transitory is sensual pleasure ! Mark how many thousands  of  people  were  carried  away  in the recent earthquake! How many houses were destroyed…

Vairagya

There is a way to the immortal abode and supreme happiness. There is a way to the fourth dimension. That way is vairagya. Follow the way. Vairagya is dispassion, desirelessness or non-attachment. It is indifference to sensual objects herein and hereafter. It is born of and sustained by, right discrimination. Vairagya is the opposite of…