You Should Know How to Communicate

Once upon a time there lived a king who really wanted a son. After many, many years his wife at last gave birth to a boy. The king was joyous. Immediately he called all the astrologers to learn his son’s future. Many great astrologers came to study the boy’s horoscope. Each one studied the charts.…

Selfless Action

Karma yoga removes the impurities of the mind and prepares it for the reception of divine light, divine grace and divine knowledge. Service of humanity is service of God. Work always elevates when it is done in the right spirit, without attachment and egoism. Karma yoga expands the heart, breaks all the barriers that stand…

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Gradual Progress

The mind is so framed that it cannot work without expectation of fruits or anticipation of rewards for actions. If you smile when you meet your friend, you expect a smile in return. If you give a glass of water to somebody, you expect something in return. If you salute a friend, you expect him…

Everything Goes Smoothly

Question: How can I know if I am following the Will of God when I make a decision? Example: You will find out very soon. It won’t take very long. If it is the Will of God, everything will go smoothly. If it is your egoistic will, you’ll get the blow right away. God’s Will…

A Teepee on Mars

The mind is restless; it is always looking for a change. That is the nature of the mind. It can never be satisfied. It might rebel and want you to go live in a teepee in the mountains. After a while it won’t be happy with your teepee on the mountaintop; it will think that…

One Catchword

Keep at least one catchword for your life. It can be anything that will remind you always of the highest truth. It need not be the same word for everyone. If there is some inspiring phrase or word that particularly strikes you, that’s your catchword. In any situation where you feel a little shaky, think…

Yoga Is Eternal Life

Yoga is a perfect and practical system of self-culture. Yoga is an exact science, it aims at the harmonious development of the body, the mind and the soul. Yoga is the turning away of the senses from the objective universe and concentrating it on the mind within. Yoga is eternal life in the spirit. Yoga…

Do a Dirty Job

How do we learn humility? Only by putting ourselves in the field and doing honest, hard work. Don’t just sit and meditate or stand on your head for an hour and a half at a time. Your ego will be boosted if you stand on your head that long. It is when you put your…

The Gunas – Satva, Rajas and Tamas

The Yogi separates himself from the three gunas (qualities) and attains kaivalya (liberation). By increasing the satvic modifications of the mind such as kṣama (patience), love, mercy, magnanimity, generosity, truthfulness, celibacy, you can destroy the rajasic and tamasic mental vrttis. Internal fight is ever going on between gunas – satva, rajas and tamas, between good…

You Will Only See Beauty

Judging others is an act of the ego; it’s a kind of arrogance. It means that you think you’re a great person and all the others are fools. Others may have a problem, but to judge them means that you have at least one kind of problem yourself, the problem of constantly criticizing people. You…

Two Kinds of Samadhi

Samadhi  means  super-conscious  state,  wherein  the  yogi  gets super-sensual experiences. Samadhi is of two kinds viz., sarhprajnata or sabīja or savikalpa, and asamprajnata or nirbīja or nirvikalpa. In savikalpa samadhi, there are triputi (triad) – the knower, knowledge and knowable. There is ālaṁbana (support) for the mind to lean upon. The samskāras (tendencies) are not…

Concentration is the Only Way

For a neophyte, the practice of concentration is disgusting and tiring in the beginning. He has to cut new grooves in the mind and brain. After some months he will get great interest in concentration. He will enjoy a new kind of happiness, the concentration-ananda. He will become restless if he fails to enjoy this…