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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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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Anasakti Yoga

Asakti is attachment. Man gets attached to the objects of the world and is bound thereby. He takes birth after birth and is caught in the wheel of birth and death. Attachment is death. Non-attachment is eternal life. Anasakti is non-attachment. Asakti is destroyed by vairagya (dispassion) and viveka (discrimination between the real and the…

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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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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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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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Serve with Your Whole Mind

Half-hearted service is no service at all. Give your whole heart, mind and soul when you serve. This is very important when you practice karma yoga. Some people have their body in one place, mind in another place, and soul in another place. That is the reason why they do not make any substantial progress…

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