They Will Come to You More

Question: Today’s business world is hard and competitive. What would you advise a young person who plans to start a business? Answer: It is competitive in the business world; and unfortunately or fortunately all the gimmicks seem to be paying off. A lot of money is made by gimmicks, by adulterations and things like that.…

What Would Your Hands Do?

A friend is not necessarily someone to always smile at you and go with you to parties. A real friend should be able to help you in becoming a better person. A friend in need is a friend indeed. What is your need? To maintain your peace, your health and happiness. A friend should be…

A Beautiful Field

If you choose the path of marriage, it is a beautiful field in which to learn the great qualities of sharing and sacrificing. Before you marry, ask yourself, “Can I share my love and my life with someone? Can I dedicate my whole life to that person?” After marriage your life becomes divided—a little for…

By Your Very Thought

Your thought, ideas, and energy can be transferred without even seeing or touching a person. By your very thought, you can send your energy and thought forces anywhere you want. Touching or seeing are limited in a way. In touching you are only using your body; in seeing you are limited to the sense of…

It Will Last a Long Time

If you get married to depend on someone, that’s not a real marriage. Marriage is equal sharing of life. You both go toward the goal together, helping each other. There should be assistance, not dependence. If you depend on the other person and you don’t get what you were expecting, it will disturb your marriage.…

Renounce

Go wherever you like. Go to Kashmir to Darjeeling, to Vienna or the Alps, you will not find any real rest. The charming scenery may soothe the retina for a few seconds but raga (attraction), dvesha (aversion), jealousy, passion and greed are everywhere. You will find the same earth, the same sky, the same air,…

We Should Be Able to Offer Ourselves

Not everyone can go out and serve physically. Those who have that capacity should do so. Those without that capacity can project their positive thoughts. In fact, thoughts are more powerful than actions. Many great sages and saints who live in caves and remote areas just sit and pray for others. Those positive suggestions spread…

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…

An Exercise in Developing Virtue

Examine your character. Pick up the defects you find in it, and find their opposites. Let us say that you suffer from irritability. The opposite of irritability is patience. Try to develop this virtue by meditating on the abstract virtue of patience. Regularly, every morning, at 4 a.m. sit down in the lotus posture. Sit…