Know the Guru

Guru leads man to God. Guru, mantra (mystic formula) and devata (deity) form a unity. Guru is present in the mantra which he enlivens and communicates. The mantra is the body of the devata. The guru is the embodiment of the deity that is invoked. True guru is living God. Devotion to guru trains your…

Such is the Mind

There is no limit to the power of the human mind. The more concentrated it is, the more power is brought to bear on one point. You are born to concentrate the mind on God after collecting the mental rays that are dissipated on various objects. That is your important duty. You forget the duty…

Balance of Mind

Samadhana is mental balance. There is perfect concentration now. This is the fruit of the practices of sama (control of mind), dama (control of the senses), uparati (turning away), titikshsha (endurance) and sraddha (faith). It is fixing the mind on atman (self) without allowing it to run towards objects and have its own way. It…

Give a Helping Hand

 It’s of no use to blame or dislike others. If you don’t like someone, you don’t have to go near that person. But don’t create problems for the person or condemn him or her either. It’s even better to try to find out why you don’t like someone. Analyze it. You may not like certain…

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Perfect Renunciation

Vedanta does not want you to renounce the world. It wants you to change your mental attitude and give up this false, illusory ‘I-ness’ and ‘mine-ness’. The snake charmer removes only the two poisonous fangs of the cobra. The snake remains the same. In fact, it does everything as before. The snake charmer has changed…

What To Renounce?

Mere outward giving up of things is nothing. It is not real renunciation. Real tyaga, or sanyas (renunciation), consists in absolute renunciation of all vasanas (tendencies) and the destruction of the heart-knot of ignorance, the cit-jaḍa-granth (confusion between the conscious subject and inert object). What is to be renounced is the bheda buddhi (divisive intellect),…

Most Important Sadhana

Man is a mixture of three ingredients. These are the human element, the brutal instinct, and the divine ray. He is endowed with a finite intellect, a perishable body, a little knowledge, and a little power. This makes him distinctly human. Lust, anger, and hatred belong to his brutal nature. The reflection of cosmic intelligence…

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Difficulties Strengthen You

Difficulties come to test you and thereby to help you by strengthening your will, patience and power of endurance. Be bold. Be cheerful. Be calm, cool and collected at all times, even in the face of difficulties. There is no spiritual sadhana (practice) completely free from obstacles and difficulties. God sends consolation, encouragement at every…