The Right Thing

How do you know if what you decide to do is the right thing? It’s very simple. The right thing will not affect your health and happiness. That’s all. Anything that would affect your physical and mental peace, your health and happiness, is wrong. Anything. This might bring another question: “Suppose I want to help…

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Give All That You Can

Question: What is the proper attitude for an employee to have toward an employer? Answer: Gratefulness. They are employing people. They are giving you the opportunity to serve and are taking care of your welfare by giving you a salary. You need that employer. If you were not there the employer would still have a…

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Nice, Soothing Stories

The parents should make the children forget their worries by telling them some nice, soothing stories—something with which they can go to sleep, something that will help them have peaceful dreams. That’s what bedtime stories are for, so that the children won’t have anything disturbing in their minds. The stories should be something like this:…

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Do a Little

Eat a little, Drink a little, Speak a little, Sleep a little. Mix a little, Move a little, Serve a little, Think a little, Give a little, Work a little, Rest a little, Worship a little. Do  san a little, Prānāyām a little, Meditate a little, Do Vicār a little. Do Japa a little, Do…

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Practical Instructions

Here are some instructions to a karma yogi. Do not make any difference between menial and respectable work. Fix the mind on the Lord and give the hands to work. Sing God’s name while serving others. Feed the poor. Clothe the naked. Comfort the distressed. Do actions as your duty. Do not expect any thanks…

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Obstacles and Remedy

Be wise. Discriminate. Analyse. Scrutinise your thoughts daily. Boldly proclaim : “I would devote my entire life to the service of others – no matter whether I achieve salvation or not. Salvation is not my concern. My duty is to serve the Lord in all; to serve the sick and the poor, untiringly; to saturate…

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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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Freedom in Action

Actions which are of a binding nature lose that nature when you do them with equanimity or evenness of mind through the help of pure reason, which has lost all attachment to sensual objects and which is resting in the self. You will have to cultivate and develop this pure reason and equanimity of mind.…

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Adapt and Adjust

A karma yogi should adapt, adjust, accommodate, in relation to all and under all circumstances. He should share what he has with others. He should be absolutely unselfish. He should keep his senses under control. He should always be truthful and cheerful. He should be social and amiable. He should be simple, noble, humble and…

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Spirit of Service

The right spirit in service is necessary. Not the smallest insect is to be treated callously. I once found a drowning wasp. I took it out, gave it some warmth and prayed for it. For I know that the Lord is there in that wasp. So work for the benefit of others, because they are…

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