Real Love Is Possible

Don’t love only your fellow humans. Love everyone and everything equally. All things are your fellow beings, not only humans. By loving everything, you are really loving yourself. Everything is nothing but the expression of yourself. If you stand in front of a mirror, you love that reflection. You smile at it and it smiles…

Surrender and Free Will

God wants proof that you are totally surrendering yourself. Tests will come. If you fail the tests then your surrender is not complete. If your surrender is complete, no matter what test comes you will pass it. Once you pass the tests, you don’t have to worry about anything that happens in your life, because…

The Sage’s Behavior

A liberated sage is not a whimsical man, neither is he bound by the rules of scripture or society. And yet, he will not deviate from righteousness. All that he does will be in strict accordance with the scriptures or sacred books. He spontaneously does only what is good. An expert dancer never makes a…

Poverty Is in the Heart

Poverty is in the heart. You don’t own anything because you didn’t bring anything with you when you came, and you’re not going to take anything with you when you go. It’s all given to you by God. When you’ve emptied your mind of ownership, that’s renunciation or poverty. I will give you a small…

My Only Wish

Question: If you had a wish, what would it be? Answer: My only wish is to be a good instrument in the hands of that Supreme Entity that you call God. All these years He has kept me under His feet, used me as an instrument and has taken care of me so that I…

Respect All: Adore One

Competent disciples are never in want of a competent guru. Realised souls are not rare, but ordinary ignorant persons cannot easily recognise them. Only a few persons, who are pure and embodiments of all virtuous qualities, can understand realised souls, and they only will be benefitted in their company. The number of realised souls may…

Guru Bhakti

You will find in the Gita: “Learn thou this by discipleship, by enquiry and by service. The wise, the seers of the essence of things, will instruct thee in wisdom.” (Chapter IV – verse 34.) The guru must not only be a Brahma-srotriya (well-versed), but a Brahma-nista (established in Brahman) as well. Mere study of…

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The Disciple’s Duty

People want to have contact with an avatara (divine incarnation), without being endowed with the proper qualifications. Even if an avatara appears before you, you will not be able to recognise him. You have not got the eyes to see him. You will take him for an ordinary man. It is only a saint who…

Glory of the Guru

The guru is God himself manifesting in a personal form to guide the aspirant. Grace of God takes the form of the guru. To see the guru is to see God. The guru is united with God. He inspires devotion in others and his presence purifies all. The guru is verily a link between the…

What To Renounce?

Mere outward giving up of things is nothing. It is not real renunciation. Real tyaga, or sanyas (renunciation), consists in absolute renunciation of all vasanas (tendencies) and the destruction of the heart-knot of ignorance, the cit-jaḍa-granth (confusion between the conscious subject and inert object). What is to be renounced is the bheda buddhi (divisive intellect),…