Love Leads to God

Truth, mercy, humility, self-control, purity, devotion, courage, dispassion, discrimination, serenity, equilibrium are the doors to liberation. Contentment is the greatest virtue – it makes a man richer than an emperor. It brings every blessing and everlasting peace. Bearing insult and injury is saintliness. Justice, mercy, compassion, honesty, selfless service, sacrifice, self-restraint, are the ingredients or…

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Philosophy of Bhakti

Bhakti or devotion is indispensable for attaining jnana. Jnana is the condition necessary for bhakti to reach its fullest development in love. Knowledge without devotion is as futile as devotion without knowledge. Love follows from the basic oneness of all beings. God is being. World is becoming. The creation of the world does not in…

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What Is Devotion?

Make use of this precious human birth for the achievement of this supreme purpose – God-realisation. Pray to the Lord to make you desireless. But have one strong desire and let it be for attaining self-realisation. Through a life of devotion, service, purification, charity, sadhana (spiritual practice) and meditation attain the highest self- realisation and…

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Welcome the Disturbance

Question: You often say, “Don’t do anything that would disturb your peace.” If someone has an irrational fear, should he or she try to get over it by doing the feared thing, even though this might disturb the person’s peace? Answer: In this situation you are consciously trying to get over a phobia. At first,…

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She Shuffles the Cards

Question: If someone prays for something that feels good and seems right but it doesn’t happen, should the person just forget it, or keep praying? Answer: Strictly speaking, your prayer should not be for getting something. It should not be a sort of, “I pray, You give.” That does not mean that you should not…

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Let God Do Everything

When the sadhaka (spiritual aspirant) has combined bhakti yoga and karma yoga, he feels that God does everything, that he is an instrument in the hands of God. Thus he slowly frees himself from the bonds of karma and attains freedom through action. When the sadhaka combines jnana yoga with karma yoga, he feels that…

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The Biggest Miracle

Siddhis, or powers,  can come with spiritual practice. But remember, they are the worst impediments. Who would want a siddhi? Your ego. “I want to do this. I want to get that. I want to have name, fame. I want to show my superiority. I want to perform miracles.” The biggest miracle is to become…

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You Have Free Will

Some ignorant people say: “Karma does everything. It is all destiny. If I am destined by my karma to be like this or like that, why then should I exert? It is my destiny only.” This is fatalism. This will bring inertia, stagnation and misery. This is perfect misunderstanding of the laws of karma. This…

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