Destroy the Roots of Suffering

Determination and self-reliance are very necessary for success in self-realisation. In the Mundaka Upanishad you will find: “This atman cannot be obtained by one who is destitute of strength, or without earnestness, or by penance without mark. But if a wise man strives after it by those means, then his self enters into Brahman.” Fearlessness…

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It Is All You, You, You

The more you think of yourself, the more karma comes to you—“What can I get?” “How much can I gain?” “What should I wear?” “What should I eat?” “What should I do?” “I! I! I!” We cannot avoid karma already accrued, but we can avoid the new ones by not doing anything for our sake.…

Silence

The person who really experiences the Truth will be more silent than others. Silence is the edge of the experience. To be humble, to be as quiet and silent as possible, is a sign of great wisdom. Wise people don’t speak much. Just a few words here and there is enough. They don’t need to…

Life is Artificial

Life has become very artificial. There is physical, mental and moral degeneration. You do not find robust, stalwart, healthy people. Longevity is unknown. Everywhere you see puny, stunted creatures with dilapidated frames and sickly appearance. They cannot even walk a short distance. Children beget children. People die like moths. They have become weaklings, effeminate, impotent.…

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…

Jivanmukta

A jivanmukta is a liberated sage. He is released even while living. He lives in the world, but he is not of the world. He always revels in the eternal bliss of the supreme self. He is the Lord himself, a God on earth. The jivanmukta or full-blown sage is full of pure love, compassion,…

Moksha Gita, 5

As fire is concealed by ashes, sword by the scabbard, sun by the clouds, fetus by the amnion, rubies by the earth, mattress by the bedsheet, so also Brahman is concealed by flesh and bones. If you remove the ash you can perceive the fire; if the clouds are dispersed you can recognise the sun;…

Moksha Gita, 4

The mind has the power of creating or undoing the whole universe in the twinkling of an eye. Slay this mind through vicara (enquiry), destruction of vasanas (psychological impressions or conditioning) and control of its fluctuation. Mind is a bundle of vasanas (subtle desires). Through vasanas bondage is caused. Destruction of vasanas will bring freedom.…