Jnana Yoga, the Path of Wisdom

Jnana yoga is the yoga of wisdom. It is vedanta. It is the culmination of all the other yogas. It teaches that the individual soul is in essence identical with the supreme soul. When avidya (ignorance) is destroyed the individual soul merges in the supreme soul. The aspirant should equip himself with the four means…

Spiritual Experiences Differ

Spiritual experiences differ in saghakas (seekers) according to the nature of their sadhaoa (practice) and the yoga they are practising. Some hear anahat (mystic) sounds in the ear. Some see brilliant lights. Some have vision of rishis (sages), mountains, rivers, etc. Some experience cosmic consciousness. This is a rare experience. It cannot be expressed in…

Meditation and Samadhi

Meditation is freeing the mind from thoughts of sense-objects. Mind dwells on God and God alone during meditation. Have perfect ethical perfection. Then alone you will be established in deep meditation. Meditation follows concentration and samadhi (super-conscious state) follows meditation. *    *    *    *    * Be courageous. You will come across various obstacles in meditation.…

Communion with God

Behold: You must be diligent and vigilant always. Do not give leniency to the mind. Be regular in your meditation. Meditation is the very essence and life of all spiritual sadhanas. Meditate on the form of Lord Krishna with flute in His hand. Concentrate on Trikuti (the space between the eyebrows). Repeat mentally – Om…

Control the Senses

Vairagya is dispassion, desirelessness or non-attachment. Vairagya liberates man from bondage. Vairagya is the foremost virtue. Look into the defects of sensual life. Live in the company of saints. You will develop vairagya. Vairagya is born of discrimination. It will help you and will be permanent. Without vairagya, not even an iota of spiritual progress…

A Variety of Yoga Practices

True and sincere surrender unto the Lord is the essence of bhakti (God-love). “I am Thine. All is Thine. Thy will be done, my Lord.” This is the best Saranagati Mantra or prayer (of self-surrender). Seek His will. Do His will. Surrender to His will. You will become one with the cosmic will. *    *   …

To Know God

God is very close to you. He abides in your heart. Closer is He than the breath; nearer than hands and feet! He is your very self or atman. Strive to know God. Seek the company of sages. Lead a life of selfless service, renunciation, dispassion, prayer and meditation. Have self-conquest. Control the mind. You…

Dharma, Satsang, Bhakti

Dharma is the pivot of life. Dharma means duty, righteousness, religion, eternal law. Where dharma is, there victory is. Dharma supports life. Dharma brings perfection. Dharma is a way of life based on virtues and perfect moral conduct. Dharma bestows immortal bliss. *    *    *    *    * Control of the mind is the first step…

Enter the Kingdom of God

Serve untiringly. Serve selflessly. Pray devotedly. Live truthfully. You will soon enter the kingdom of God. Remain cheerful. Do japa whole-heartedly. Rejoice heartily. You will attain the state of blessedness. Reflect ceaselessly. Meditate intensely. Realise perfectly. Rest peacefully. *    *    *    *    * Think rightly. Act righteously. Meditate regularly. You will attain eternal bliss. Aspire…

Divine Life

What is divine life? To shed the animal in man and to sublimate the human in him to the divine; to express the sublimation in his daily life, in his hourly life, in thought, word and deed. That is divine life. To pray, to do japa (repetition of God’s name), to sing His glory, to…

Renounce

Go wherever you like. Go to Kashmir to Darjeeling, to Vienna or the Alps, you will not find any real rest. The charming scenery may soothe the retina for a few seconds but raga (attraction), dvesha (aversion), jealousy, passion and greed are everywhere. You will find the same earth, the same sky, the same air,…

Guide to Sadhakas, 3

Be prepared to suffer any amount of pain. Have a set of maxims with you always to induce vairagya (dispassion). Treat sensual enjoyment as poison, as vomited food, as dung or urine. They cannot give you satisfaction. Preserve your vlrya (vital energy) carefully. Sleep always separately. Revere ladies as the mother divine. Root out the…