True Love of God

My child, you have been extremely fortunate in getting this human birth. Have intense devotion to God and commune with Him. Kindle the light divine within your heart and maintain its flame of devotion through your constant remembrance of the Lord. It is true devotion that counts; it does not matter which deity you worship.…

Can You Serve?

He who is virtuous, who is kind on all occasions, and who is filled with compassion, obtains great contentment. He ascends the superior path of virtue. Harmlessness, forgiveness, peacefulness, contentment, agreeable speech, control of passions and excitements, the service of virtuous people, and actions in accordance with the injunctions of the sacred scriptures, constitute the…

An Exercise in Developing Virtue

Examine your character. Pick up the defects you find in it, and find their opposites. Let us say that you suffer from irritability. The opposite of irritability is patience. Try to develop this virtue by meditating on the abstract virtue of patience. Regularly, every morning, at 4 a.m. sit down in the lotus posture. Sit…

Garden of Virtue

Forgiveness is the greatest virtue which shines forth in all its splendour in the devotee. Courage and patience are the twin qualities of a real aspirant. Humility is the highest of all virtues. God helps you only when you feel truly humble. Humility is not cowardice. It is meekness and not weakness. Humility and meekness…

Right and Wrong

‘Right’ and ‘wrong’ are relative terms. They vary according to time, special circumstances, varna (caste), and asrama (stage of life). Morality is a changing and relative term. The passionate man who molests his wife frequently, to gratify his own passion is more immoral than a man who visits the house of a woman of ill-fame…

Darhma

Dharma or righteousness is the gateway to God-vision. Righteousness is a means of climbing the difficult steps of the spiritual path. Dharma presupposes the knowledge of the truth. Divine life is dharma. A perfectly moral and ethical life is dharma. Dharma is that which leads to the bliss of nirvana (the immortal being). Dharma is…

The Law of Being

Dharma (righteousness) is what a man ought to be. It is the law that man must follow for his own spiritual evolution. Sanatana dharma – is the law of being and it is the religion of humanity. It is not a special privilege of the Hindu only. Righteousness opens the way for God-realisation. The treasure…

Destroy Jealousy

There are three ways to destroy jealousy. One is by thinking – “The whole world, with all its enjoyments, wealth and luxury is illusory. What do I possibly gain by being jealous of another?” When anyone thinks seriously about this, several times a day, the vrtti (thought or feeling) of jealously slowly dies. This vrtti…

Anger

When you become angry leave the place immediately. Take a long walk; stay away for a half hour. Repeat the sacred mantra OM SANTI one hundred and eight times. You will find that your anger subsides. Another way is to count from one to thirty – your anger will subside. When anger tries to show…

The Golden Medium

Some people are over-credulous. This is bad, as they are easily cheated by others. You must fully understand man. You must know his nature, his qualities and his antecedents. You must know his behaviour. Test him on several occasions and only place your confidence in him when you are fully satisfied. He may be a…

Destroy the Roots of Suffering

Determination and self-reliance are very necessary for success in self-realisation. In the Mundaka Upanishad you will find: “This atman cannot be obtained by one who is destitute of strength, or without earnestness, or by penance without mark. But if a wise man strives after it by those means, then his self enters into Brahman.” Fearlessness…

Aids to Success

Develop equal-vision. Live in the true spirit of the Bhagavad Gita: “Sages look equally on a brahmana (holy one) adorned with learning and humility, a cow, an elephant, a dog and even an outcast.” Where is superiority and inferiority when you behold the self everywhere? Change your angle of vision and rest in peace. The…