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Be Firm in Wisdom

Viveka (wisdom) gives inner strength and mental peace. A viveki (wise one) gets no troubles. He is always on the alert. He never gets entangled in anything. He has far-sightedness. He knows the true value of the objects of this universe. He is fully aware of the worthlessness of these shallow toys. Nothing, nothing can…

Meditate on These for Wisdom

The aspirant should separate himself also from the sad-urmis (six waves in the ocean of sarhsara (worldly life), viz, birth and death, hunger and thirst, exhilaration and grief). Birth and death, belong to the physical body; hunger and thirst belong to the prana (life); exhilaration and grief are the attributes of the mind. The soul…

Viveka

Viveka is discrimination between the real and the unreal, permanent and impermanent, self and the not-self. Viveka dawns in a man on account of the grace of God. The grace can come only when one has done incessant selfless service in countless births with the feeling of Tsvararpana (offering unto God). The door of the…

Time is a Trick

Time is the mode of the mind. It is a mental creation. Time is a trick of the mind. It is an illusion. Brahman is beyond time. It is eternity. Go beyond time and rest in the timeless, eternal, imperishable Brahman. ‘Up and down’, ‘within and without’, ‘high and low’, ‘big and small’, ‘thin and…

Satchidananda

Brahman is satchidananda. Sat is truth – that which exists in the past, the present and the future – which has no beginning, middle or end – which is self-existent, self-created – which never changes. In truth the world abides, from the truth the world comes forth and in truth the world dissolves. Truth is…

Self-realization

There is no other duty for man except meditation on the self. Dismissing all else, one should establish oneself in the self. There remains nothing to be done or attained when the self is experienced. For that Brahman the immortal is before, behind, to the right and to the left and stretched forth above and…

Atman

The atman (self) is most ancient, hard to perceive and abides secretly in the innermost cave of the heart or intellect. This atman or supreme soul fills all with his radiance. This atman is incorporeal, pure, invulnerable. He is untouched by evil. The atman is the supreme seer and thinker, immanent and transcendental. This atman…

Brahman

Whatever has a beginning or an end is unreal. That which exists in the past, the present and the future is real. Only Brahman exists in these three periods of time. Hence Brahman alone is real. The reality underlying all names and forms, the primal one from which everything originates is Brahman, the absolute. Brahman…

Brahman and Maya

Like the pot and clay, waves and the sea, ornaments of gold and gold, the universe is non-different from Brahman. The cause does not lose its being by appearing as the effect. The world is not an illusion, but it is non-different from Brahman. Like heat is inseparable from fire and identical with it, so…

Am I the I?

You say, “This is my body” – this indicates that you are different from the body and the body is your instrument. You are holding it just as you hold a walking stick in your hand. In sleep you exist independent of the walking stick in your hand (body). In dreams you operate through the…

The Body is Not I

This is a world of diversity. Intellects are different; faces are different; sounds are different; religions are different; faiths are different. Colours are different, faculties are different; tastes and temperaments are different. But one thing is common to all – every one of us wants nitya sukha (eternal happiness), infinite knowledge, immortality, independence and freedom.…

God is Neutral

Question: You have said that God is neutral. You have also said God can approve or disapprove of our plans and intentions. Please explain how both can be true. Answer: When I said that God is neutral, that was true. And when I said that God approves and disapproves, that was also true. The sun’s…