Love All

Love is happiness. Love is life. Love is energy. Love is immortality. Love is wisdom. Love never fails. Love is success. Love is victory. Love is eternal sunshine. Love alone creates and unites. Love is the moving principle of all forms of fellowship. When you realize your oneness with a man, you can really love…

God Is All of These and More

God is “He” and “She” and “It” and even more than that. In the name of simplifying, we usually say “He” because that has been recognized as the so-called neutral pronoun. But God need not be a father. God can be a mother also. God can be a brother, a sister, a friend, a tree.…

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.…

You Can Win Nobel Prizes

People talk a lot about God-realization and spirituality, but they don’t realize how much they have to pay for it by their own effort. You can become an Olympic champion and win all the gold medals. You can win Nobel Prizes. You can even become a statesman, a president, a multi-millionaire. It’s all nothing. Anybody…

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It Is All You, You, You

The more you think of yourself, the more karma comes to you—“What can I get?” “How much can I gain?” “What should I wear?” “What should I eat?” “What should I do?” “I! I! I!” We cannot avoid karma already accrued, but we can avoid the new ones by not doing anything for our sake.…

Utilize Your Love

Question: When we feel an extra surge of love from within, what can we do to keep that love flowing instead of being blocked up inside or focused all on one person? Sri Gurudev: When you feel that extra surge of love, you have hundreds of opportunities to share it. If you see a withering…

It Is Something Super

You should have a close personal relationship with God. That’s why sometimes it’s easier to have a personal representation of God than an abstract one. You can communicate better, you can look at the face, you can garland the image, you can feed the image. God is nameless, formless, abstract; you cannot simply go and…

The Foundation of Ethics

Put yourself in the place of others. Learn this great secret. What you do not want done to yourself, do not do to others. The doctrine of unity of the atman (the self), is the foundation of morality. No one tries to harm himself. How can one, who knows that each and every being is…

When You Think of God

Saint Ramalingam once said, “When I repeat God’s name, it is not only my tongue that repeats it; my whole body, my bones, my flesh repeat it. I feel that everything is melting.” Imagine that your beloved friend or partner went away somewhere and after five years he or she is returning. You are waiting…

God Is Not a Fool

Question: How can we develop service as an instinctive, natural habit in our lives? Sri Gurudev: By knowing that you are always serving. You don’t need to develop anything. Simply know that you are not doing anything other than serving. God sent you, and must have had a purpose for sending you. God is not…

Sinner Today Saint Tomorrow

Critical times test the faith of the devotee. He who has faith in the lord must pass through the fire of suffering. Suffering is not misfortune; it helps one to grow. Suffering and pain open the door to wisdom.” Not to be hurt by others” is more difficult than,”not to hurt others”. Blessed are those…

The Spiritual Path

Youth is the best time, the most fitting in a man’s life, to devote himself to spiritual aspiration and sadhana (spiritual practice). The spiritual life is practical from beginning to the end. The love for the ideal should be single minded and whole-hearted. The spiritual path is an unknown path which is as straight and…