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…

The Physical Help Is Limited

What you call the spiritual master or teacher or Guru is not the person. The Guru is eternal. The Guru’s inspiration, the Guru’s force, the Guru’s divine energy, the Guru’s vibration will always be there guiding you, directing you. The help that can be given through the physical body is limited; on the spiritual level,…

Go Ahead

A good spiritual teacher should say, “This is the way I know. It is positively helpful. If you like, you are welcome to follow it.” Suppose you say, “I don’t want to go that way. I want to go in the opposite direction.” The teacher will say, “All right. Go ahead. Do it.” Then you…

Essentials Are the Same

The essentials or fundamentals of all religions are the same. Only non-essentials differ. ‘The Noble Eightfold Path’ corresponds to ‘The Sermon on the Mount’ of Lord Jesus, and to the practice of sadacara (right conduct) of the Hindus. Every religion shows the correct path to God-realisation. Every religion emphatically declares: “One can attain eternal bliss,…

The Best Compliment

Question: What would be the greatest compliment a student could show you? Answer: The best compliment would be to make me see him or her experiencing all the joy and happiness and health that I experience. That’s the best compliment. Not just mere words or praise. I want them to live that life. I want…

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…

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…

A Beacon Light to the World

The liberated sage, like unto holy waters, purifies others by mere sight, touch and the utterance of his name. Sometimes he remains unnoticed, while sometimes he becomes known to those who desire welfare. He eats food offered to him by pious devotees and burns up their past and future evils and impurities. A liberated sage…

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…

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…