Measure Your Words

I always recommend speaking with measured words—not going to the extremes of either complete silence or constant talking. Speak only when there is a need, and even then measure your words. Talking takes a lot of energy; and unnecessary speaking creates a lot of problems. You often make enemies by talking too much. Occasionally observing…

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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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Equanimity of Mind

All that we encounter in life are just temporary phases, different stages, various scenes in the drama of life. They come and go. Don’t let your mind get affected by these things. Samatvam yoga ucyate: Equanimity of mind is Yoga. You can always maintain that. This what you call purity of heart. “Blessed are the…

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Action in Inaction

All actions are done by the gunas (qualities of nature) only. He whose mind is deluded by egoism thinks: “I am the doer”. This is the cause of bondage. The ignorant man identifies the self through the force of avidya (ignorance) with his body, mind and senses which are the products or effects of the…

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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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Develop the Will

Why do people do bad things if they already know what is right and what is wrong? Because of lack of will. We know what is wrong but we don’t have the will power to stay away from that. How can one develop the will? By discipline and by regular practice. You develop that will…

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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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Mind To God

Give the mind to God and then you will be liberated. You will be free from birth and death. You will get the highest bliss. There is no doubt of this. Worship God in the poor and the sick. Service of the poor and sick is worship of God. Destroy ghṛṇā (disgust and loathing) when…

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