The Law of Being

Dharma (righteousness) is what a man ought to be. It is the law that man must follow for his own spiritual evolution. Sanatana dharma – is the law of being and it is the religion of humanity. It is not a special privilege of the Hindu only. Righteousness opens the way for God-realisation. The treasure…

Anger

When you become angry leave the place immediately. Take a long walk; stay away for a half hour. Repeat the sacred mantra OM SANTI one hundred and eight times. You will find that your anger subsides. Another way is to count from one to thirty – your anger will subside. When anger tries to show…

The Golden Medium

Some people are over-credulous. This is bad, as they are easily cheated by others. You must fully understand man. You must know his nature, his qualities and his antecedents. You must know his behaviour. Test him on several occasions and only place your confidence in him when you are fully satisfied. He may be a…

Aids to Success

Develop equal-vision. Live in the true spirit of the Bhagavad Gita: “Sages look equally on a brahmana (holy one) adorned with learning and humility, a cow, an elephant, a dog and even an outcast.” Where is superiority and inferiority when you behold the self everywhere? Change your angle of vision and rest in peace. The…

Recipe for Success

Carelessness and forgetfulness are two evil qualities that stand in the way of success for a man. A careless man cannot do any action in a proper manner. These qualities are born of tamas (inertia). Application and tenacity are unknown to a man of carelessness. His superiors soon get displeased with a man who is…

Imaginary Obstacles

Many people develop worries by falsely imagining that they are inferior to others. The idea of inferiority or superiority brings trouble and worries. Ideas of superiority and inferiority are mental creations only—they are illusory. Differences are unreal. Never think that you are inferior to anybody. Never think that you are superior to anybody. You will…

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Anything Can Roll Down

If you cannot control your ordinary, earthly,human nature, you are not going to realize the spirit. Control the tongue, control the eye, control the flesh, control the food. Why? Because we are rising above nature so that we will not be controlled by it. It should be under our control. Every discipline in life ultimately…

Discipline of Speech

Tame your tongue – it is an unruly devil. Sacrifice, gift, austerity, the study of sacred scriptures, truthfulness – all these will help you to develop virtuous conduct. Practise austerity of speech. Whatever you speak must be truthful and beneficial. Do not utter anything that will give annoyance to anybody. A thoughtless man who has…

Man of Self-Control

Men of self-control become sinless and fearless. They acquire great results. Every sort of excitement is effortlessly controlled by self- control. The enemies of the self-controlled man are seen by him – they are lust, anger, desire – as if they dwell in a separate body. The self-controlled man becomes desirous of liberation. He quietly…

Self Reliance

Pure reason urges a man to do what is the best. The asuric (lower) nature of man fights and struggles against the higher nature of the man. The impulses of a man who has not undergone the ethical disciplines, run counter to his reason. All advice, all rebuke and exhortation, all admonition found in the…

Rest at the Top

Wherever you are, whatever you do, have discipline in your life. Discipline your mind, discipline your senses, discipline your body. When we want a big reward, we have to pay a big price. Nothing comes easily. Even for a few minutes of ego gratification, for climbing to the top of a mountain, so much effort…

Control Your Desires

In this ocean of samsara (worldly existence) desires are like crocodiles. Kill them as soon as they arise on the surface of the mind. Do not yield to them, do not become despondent about all the trials that beset you. Make friends with the pure (satvic) mind and destroy the impure mind with the help…