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living examples

– not precepts and maxims!


The tragedy of life lies in not knowing ourselves.

We are strangers to ourselves.

We are light, why must we live in darkness?

We are limitless, why limit ourselves?



teaches us

to live in the Spirit of the Lord,

forgetting the limitations of the flesh.



is not a concept.

It is a way of life.

It is a personal relationship with God.




its practical application in life

is blind.


Assurances given by the Scriptures

can always be tested and experienced by practice.

Just as every scientific discovery needs to be proved, why not give

a chance to the Scriptures which promise to give us bliss?


We should study the Scriptures

in the light of the Lord’s life and the lives of the prophets.

The premeditated truths of the Scriptures

will then become more meaningful for us to know and realise.


The Scriptures reveal their truth entirely to the one

who truly wants to see himself in the light reflected by them.

Endurance, simplicity and fearlessness

are the trademarks of such a seeker.


We should not use the Scriptures to justify ourselves.

We should beware of indulgence for personal gains,

or any other misuse of knowledge.

The Scriptures should not be interpreted to suit our life style.


A true seeker

does not seek personal experience of the Scriptural ordinances.

He accepts them first,

and then learns to adopt them in his practical life.


Our faith in and intellectual acceptance of the conclusions

reached in the Mandir, Church, Mosque

or any other place of worship,

must be accompanied by their practice in our daily life.


If we believe

the world to be real,

we will be cheated

of all the bliss and joy of life.


The universe with all its possessions

will inevitably be taken away from us one day.

Why not give it up today

and live in blissful freedom?


We must become lawyers

of the Scriptures

and prove their tenets

with the support of our life.


The personal body, mind and intellect unit

is as unreal as the rest of the universe

and thus of no consequences to the Self.

These are mere outer appendages.


The aspirant, from the first moment,

believes God to be real –

all else is unreal,

including his own personality.



between the Real and the unreal

leads to

the extinction of ignorance.


All that seems Real today

will pass

into the unreal

as a dream.


We all have an inevitable rendezvous with death

at the end of each life –

although the time and place are not known to us now.

Why be influenced by the unreal?


All pain is caused by one’s mental attachment with the unreal.

Knowing this the aspirant begins to give up

all desires for the unreal and lives

in the world of objects with indifference.


Beware O Sadhak!

Maya and ignorance create and manifest themselves

in such a fascinating and realistic manner,

that it becomes impossible even to realise their treachery.


The one

who knows the world as unreal,

seeks no unreal benefits

of his actions.


The spirit

is a temporary visitor on the earth,

with a mobile transport –

the body.


One who identifies himself absolutely

with his own body

is an idol worshipper.

He has a heart of stone.


We relinquish the privilege

to abide in the supra transcendental Divine Spirit,

in favour of the flesh –

mere leather which is only worth making shoes with!


The world exists

only as long as the body exists.

We should realise this truth

and be free.


The body

is merely a vehicle –

we should use it

and keep it in a good state of repair.


The body sincerely serves us and silently obeys us –

but we are not its master.

It is ever giving us the silent message

that it will not be faithful forever.


The body that arises from dust,

is nourished by dust and goes back to the dust.

It will eventually be food for vultures and ants.

Why be proud?


When has this body

listened to us?

It keeps changing,

contrary to our wishes.


The sadhak views the world

from the end rather than the beginning.

Knowing death to be the end,

he learns how to live.



is inherent in birth.

The body dies-

not the Self, the substratum, the Essence or the Spirit.


Death is merely a temporary sleep –

a change of residence

from one body to another.

Why be afraid?


We should not fear the loss of all our gains

with the incidence of death.

In our next life,

we will be blissfully unaware of them!


What is death?

Dust returning to dust.

We close our eyes in one body

and open them in another!


We should accept death

as the ultimate conclusion

of all our efforts.

Our life will become beautiful.


How can we understand

the beauty of death

if we cannot understand

the miracle of birth?


False identification

with the destructible

causes fear

of death.


How easily we forget

our one and only

certain appointment –

the appointment with death.


Let us practice,

strive and transcend

the idea

‘I am the body’.


Life and death

are only of

the actions

and their fruit.



makes us a dwarf

It steals our intellectual

and emotional freedom.


We should release ourselves

from our strong attachment

with our mind

and we will dwell in eternal joy


Just as dream experiences are transitory and will pass away,

so also will our experiences while awake,

pass after a momentary life span.

Let us be unattached to both.


For an aspirant of spirituality

attachment is like holding on to a crocodile

whilst crossing the ocean,

mistaking it for a log!


So long as

there is attachment,


can never dawn.



is the mother of

moha and ignorance.

It should be eradicated.



are obstacles

to Sadhana.

Love is an aid.


All the properties attached to the name and form

through thoughts can be cleansed

by simply removing the name and form

as individual entities.


The easiest way to forget

one’s own name and form

is through the acceptance of

the words of the Sages.


We must realise that our name and form

are meaningless and temporary bubbles.

A constant effort to realize

the true nature of the Self  has to be made.


We must be free from the limitations of our mind,

widen our horizons and become visionaries.

We must transcend the flesh

and abide in the Spirit.


The aspirant

shuns sense objects as poison,

knowing them to be transitory,

perishable and pain-giving.


We must never let our senses get the better of us,

nor indulge them.

If we give them only what is necessary,

they will aid our spiritual practice.


Emotions are mental energy activated and translated

into action, motivated by selfish interest.

When this energy is diverted towards the Divine

and the Lord, it is devotion.


Emotions are eternal beggars,

seeking alms of love from others.

It is the giver who finds happiness.

Emotional dependency can never give us unconditional joy.


An emotionally mature person can realise the Self in all its simplicity.

Emotional discord caused by divergent desires,

impressions and values, cause unnecessary superimpositions

which result in ignorance.


Desires are cancerous.

They lie dormant within us,

waiting for a favourable circumstance to re-emerge.

We should uproot them with the spade of detachment.


Desires make a prisoner of the intellect and all that is beautiful.

Desires are an unflinching, indomitable army of the mind-stuff,

based on likes and dislikes,

with no idea of right and wrong.


Ceaselessly and diligently

we must try to curb

our desires, likes and dislikes, opinions, criticism

and other unnecessary and futile activities.


A gathering of desires disturb our Silence.

It is not the place or people who cause the disturbance.

If the mind is silent,

there is peace.


Those who are slaves of their mind-stuff and desires

never know freedom.

Desirelessness is silence

and the extinction of thoughts.


The fetters of the mind

can be broken

only by an attitude

of desirelessness.



live in devotees of the ego.

If the ego goes,

they become redundant.


The desireless

fulfil the desires of others

at their level

and in identification with them.


The aspirant’s desire

is to be desireless.

This has to be

his urgent resolve.


The true aspirant of spirituality

fixes his price at zero.

Only then

does he abide in peace.


The pure are fearless.

They have no complexes to defend.

Those who react violently

show inferiority, ego and fear.


Purity of heart

is attained through the constant practice

of selfless deeds

in identification with others’ problems.


The aspirant with integrity

avoids personal praise

as if it were an insult –

an exposure of theft of the Lord’s good work or name.


We should

give happiness

to all around us.

We will gain abiding peace.


We should inculcate

the qualities we appreciate in others

and become what we would like others to be.

This is the way to happiness.



in attitude and behavior

is an essential ingredient,

even for success.


Sensitivity and ego

are the greatest hindrances on the spiritual path.

We must learn to be sensitive towards others –

their needs, thoughts and requirements.


Whatever work is given to us,

we should do it to perfection

with an unwavering mind,

so that we can offer it to the Lord.


By accepting events as they come –

without interpretation or reaction,

we will ever abide

in the silence of the Self.


Wanting the world our way,

making endeavours to suit it to our own mental measurements,

and yet yearning for Self-Realisation

is a foolish man’s dream.


We should always be humble,

but have no fear.

We must protect the ones who are afraid,

but let no one be afraid of us.


We must never betray others’ confidences,

but let our own personality

be an open book

for others to read.


Let’s pick up a sponge,

clean the slate of the mind

and drown our dislikes in the loving service of others.

Freedom lies in Silence of the mind.


It is best

not to judge or form an opinion.


is better than speech.


If we do not learn how to forgive and forget,

we will create

an impregnable prison

of torment and punishment for ourselves.


We should not suppress our thoughts,

nor indulge them in any manner.

It is necessary to witness them ourselves

and they will die down automatically.


Only seek to serve the world.

The moment

we seek service from others

we will lose sight of our spiritual goal.


Let every word we speak

be calm, beautiful, full of love and compassion.

This will cleanse the impurities

embedded in the deep crevices of the mind.


Our daily life

lived from moment to moment

is indicative

of our internal state.



in criticism


an important practice.


We must practice

being magnanimous,

kind and



Let us not become indulgent towards ourselves

and indifferent to others.

Lust, pride, greed are poison

for an aspirant of the spiritual path.


Hell and heaven are both in this world.

What you sow in this life,

you will inevitably

reap in the next.


We should never condemn,

nor reject the ignorant,


help them towards the Light.


We have to return to this world again.

Why not leave behind

happy people?

We may be reborn among them.


Verbal brutality

is conceit

of the egoistic mind

in the garb of  Truth.


We should not let

Truth become our licence

for rudeness

to hurt and expose others unnecessarily.


We should not judge or form opinions.

We should give a chance to the other to defend himself.

Otherwise, where are

forgiveness, charity and magnanimity?


One projects

one’s internal negativity

to veil

one’s reality.


We should treat the world as a manifestation of the Lord.

All beings will then become divine for us, whether good or bad

and we will even start forgetting ourselves

as a separate entity.


Let us distribute our possessions among many.

The chances of our sharing their benefits

will be greater

when we return to the world again!


We could break all negative habits

with opposite deeds, thoughts and attitudes.

They will not only change,

but will also be annihilated.


The earnest aspirant seeks nothing for himself from the world.

He earns with two hands

but gives of his earnings

with a thousand hands.


We must not be proud of wealth.

We should accept it

as the Lord’s Grace

and it will make us humble.


Giving in the name of the Lord is an art.

The artist must fill his deeds with divine, humble hues,

so that the needy recipient

at least feels equal to the giver.


It is better

to be deceived oneself,

than to

deceive others.


To injure is to injure oneself,

for all are one.

We should never injure anyone

through thought, word or deed.


Circumstances mould the ordinary mind.

Great minds

are unaffected

by situations or circumstances.


We should

audit our own emotional accounts


condemning others.


Often, one lays down norms and measures for others

by standards which one cannot uphold in one’s own life.

We should put ourselves in the other person’s shoes

before condemning him.


The greater the man,

the less critical he is.


is merely a projection of ourselves on the other.


We should treat the other

as ourselves.

This will

bring out the Divine in us.


Goodness is either a habit or conditional.

If it is a habit,

it will be universally applicable.

Otherwise, it is merely a business asset!


It should not make any difference to us

as to how many people have wronged us in our life.

What matters is,

how many people have we wronged?


The moment we believe we know all,

we limit ourselves.

There is always so much more

to be known.



live only for themselves.

A man

is one who lives for others.


The mind is a friend

and the mind is a foe.

It is the cause of bondage

and can also take us to liberation.


With the silence of the mind,

internal reactions begin to diminish.

With the change of attitude all impressions dissolve gradually.

Even the latencies start disappearing.


The world

is created by mental activity.

When the mind is silenced

the world disappears.


If we control the mind,

we will have peace wherever we are

– no matter what the situation

or circumstances.


We must learn the art of ignoring the mind

– especially in adversity.

To still the mind

is the principal aim of all Sadhana.


We must use the mind-stuff

for the cultivation of Divine qualities

and remove the egoistic superimpositions

caused by ignorance.


The world is attractive and alluring – the mind its devotee,

the intellect subservient to the mind and senses,

and the Self fully superimposed.

Spirituality is inevitably doomed.


The mind is a cunning enemy of the sadhak.

It twists the meanings of the Scriptures

and justifies itself

by quoting the highest tenets.


Annihilating the mind-stuff

is removing ugliness to live in beauty

and removing the superimpositions

that dwarf our vision.


Annihilating the mind-stuff means

freedom of the Self from pain,


secrecy and worry.


The tricks of the mind –

its veiling and projecting powers –

should be pierced and seen as mere superimpositions

over the Self.


The mind is a rebel –

ever dissatisfied and grumbling.

We should show our determination and firmness in handling it.

It can become quite obedient!


With a silent mind

one can identify with all.

One can remain ever active

though blissfully inactive.


Thought and imagination are as real as the clouds in the sky.

Thus the mind, which is a collection of thoughts,

is a mere phantom.

We should be free of it.


Actions must be performed as ordained in the Scriptures,

in the spirit of yoga –

for the purification of the mind and

to break the false sense of the importance of matter.


We should be result oriented

but not let the outcome of actions

make us excessively

happy or unhappy.


The performance of one’s duty

should be as natural as

the process of

breathing to live.


The world is the Lord’s creation – the place of our Master.

We should not withdraw from it.

Let us give ourselves joyfully

in its service and we will always be content.


We must serve

just for the love of service –


and attain personal purity.


We must trust in God

and serve Him

by serving his people –

all of humanity.


Selfless actions cleanse one

of the ego and personal individuality

and take one towards

identification with others at a spiritual level.


We must never hit

one who has already fallen,

but help him to stand

on his feet.


The one, who serves selflessly,

becomes a living embodiment of service and love

and transcends

his own limited vision and desires.


The knowledge that is born of selfless deeds

is the highest wisdom

for it arises out of a practice of ego-abnegation

and identification with all.



disinterested actions

result in

transcendental living.


Actions cannot give us


They can merely

purify us.


Endless actions and intense, purposeless activity

end up in the waste of a beautiful life.

Direct all energies towards purification of the mind-stuff

and ultimately to Self-Realisation and a state of infinite bliss.


In Karma Yoga





In order to gain bliss and infinite happiness, one’s actions

should not be based on likes and dislikes, enmities or jealousies or attachments;

they should be based on the Scriptures.

They will lead to blessedness.


Actions that take one away from ‘I’ consciousness

or personal personality establishment,

are actions that lead to

the Self.


For a man living at the spiritual level,

gross destiny has no meaning.

Destiny gives him whatever is ordained,

but he himself is neither affected nor interested in his body-self or name.



the man of action

can truly believe

in destiny.


Spiritual practice takes us from bondage to freedom,

from hatred to love,

from darkness to light,

from restlessness to peace.


Motiveless actions

lead to purity,


and wisdom.


Only the ignorant relinquish actions.

The Realised One

ever performs deeds

having renounced their doership.


Knowledge is imperative in order to know

what the Lord expects of us,

lest we fail Him

by not obeying Him implicitly.


If our intellect suffers from a feeling of self importance

how can we pay heed to the Lord’s words?

If my ‘I’ is all-important,

where will ‘I’ place the Lord?


Inquiry is a means of knowledge

we must hear, reflect, meditate, realise.

Once the unreal sheaths are removed

the residue is the Atma Self.



is that which dissolves the ‘I’ to dust

and makes the phantom ego



All knowledge

without its practical application

is worse

than ignorance.


Knowledge connotes freedom

from superimpositions and ignorance.

It provides the ability to live without pain, worry or delusion.

It grants freedom from fear.


True knowledge

is a living experience

not just an accumulation of words,

thoughts, ideas or philosophies.



annihilates attachment.

It acts as a detergent

and cleanser of ignorance and sin.


The flow of divine qualities


a natural outcome of

Pure Knowledge.


The more

the intellectual acumen,

the humbler

the person becomes.


Without intellectual surrender,

there can be no intellect.

Once it is surrendered,

it becomes an unhindered flow of knowledge.


The intellect is quite barren

unless it helps us to translate

the knowledge gained from the Scriptures

into our day to day practical life.


Without knowledge of the Truth, actions are blind.

Without actions, knowledge is lame.

Actions have to become

the personification of knowledge.


We must make constant efforts to know the Lord.

For this, regular study is essential.

Knowledge will make us feel ashamed of being so far away

from the Truth and yearning may arise.


Hearing knowledge again and again is important to be able

to accept it and to be sufficiently enchanted

by the knowledge, so that we develop

a devotional attitude towards it.


Knowledge demonstrates what we should be

not what we are.

In fact, knowledge is a natural negation

of what we are.


The sap of one’s life

should be

the essence

of knowledge.


If our intellect accepts a truth,

we should translate it into our life immediately.

A man who does not respect his own intellect

is no less than an animal.


The intellect is a mirror

in which facts are reflected.

We should not let it be covered

by our likes, dislikes or emotions.


Intellectual wisdom may help to conquer the material world,

but spiritual wisdom

helps to conquer our own mind

and attain the highest bliss.



combined with wisdom,

leads to co-operation

not dictation.


True knowledge

demonstrates the method

of living in the Spirit

and transcending the flesh.


Practical knowledge

leads to a steady intellect,


by the play of qualities.


We cannot claim to possess knowledge

if we do not perceive

the entire universe to be

a manifestation of the Lord.


The personal intellect

can never be

a giver

of knowledge of the Self.


Knowledge removes

the binding nature of actions

and results

in renunciation of attachments to them.


We must become the master.

Our intellect must be our servant.

It has usurped our kingdom

and rules even our own body.


If we must think,

let us think of the Lord,

prayers,  the Scriptures, their connotations and the divine qualities.

Let beauty be the basic melody of our thoughts.


If one does not allow the intellect to be veiled

and if one does not hide the Truth,

then only can one abide

in equanimity.


One way to silence

is the removal of

the primal ignorance ‘I’

which is the root of all mischief.


The desire for credit

makes a person lose his positive traits.

It strengthens the ego

and spurs negativity within us.


If I am fettered with a belief in my own superiority;

if I cannot see the need of the other,

am I not hoodwinking myself

about my spiritual aspirations?


How can even the Lord

erode our fortress of self-aggrandisation,

when it is built with the crushed stone of deceit

mixed with the cement of ego and the steel of ‘I’?


The ego

thinks itself to be God

but in reality

it is a petty thief.


The desire to be superior

makes us blind

and leaves no room for equanimity or sensitivity

to the feelings of others.


The ego

is a killer – a destroyer.

We should annihilate it

before it destroys us.


We should give up the intellect

which thrives with the sap of ego.

It merely makes us cunning and crooked

trying to satiate its greed through deluded means.


Nobody can take away our freedom

except ourselves.

Freedom is the release of the Self

from the fetters of the superimposed ‘I’ or ego.


The highest Yagya

is the offering of the intellectual ego into the fire of knowledge,

enmity into the fire of friendship

and actions into the fire of desirelessness.



and individuality

rob a person

of his blissful existence.


We must dissolve

the usurper ‘I’

through devotional enquiry

at the feet of the Lord, Self and Guru.


The ego identifies itself with the body

and becomes the doer.

If this attachment is broken,

the aspirant is free.


The ‘I’ lives on the reflected glory of the Self

and thrives on the mind.

It cannot afford to come in the light of knowledge

or else it will be exposed.


The sanyasi

ever wears the shroud of knowledge,

through which his ego

cannot emerge into the world.


A new birth

takes place in us

when we replace our ‘I’ self

with the Divine essence within us.


We must disassociate

the ego from the Self,

removing the erroneous identification of the Self

with the ego and the body.


A state of egolessness

is a state of eternal happiness

undiminished by desires

and unaffected by circumstances.


In Kalyug,

Shiv always lives

under the feet of Kali.

Ego treads on Humility.


Self control will yield

tranquility of mind.

All conflicts with others will cease

because there is no clash of desires.


Self control is not self torture,

nor is it the endurance of meaningless pain.

It merely makes our intellect

the master of our complexes, mind and the irresistible objects of the senses.


Free indulgences and unconsidered desires

are saboteurs of self control

and enemies of spiritual advancement.

Self control is the second nature of the wise.


Self control is not self torture.

It is lack of excitability,

leading to tranquility,

endurance and fortitude.


Self control is the cardinal prerequisite of all Sadhana.

It leads to command over one’s mind-stuff and senses.

It is the basic pivot

of all spiritual endeavour.


Self control

is the quintessence of Sadhana.

It results in the cleansing of the mind

and an indomitable internal calm.


Self control

is the seed of the intellect.

It generates clear thinking and reasoning,

enabling concentration in great depth.


Self control

is one of the most important

factors of  Sadhana

and spiritual aspiration.


We should practice

divine, humane

and spiritual qualities

all the time.


Truth and humility go together.

Truth and non-injury are synonymous.

The one who lives in the Truth

is ever silent and protective.


Divine qualities are born of the wedlock

between the Lord and one’s intellect.

Divine qualities

are unaffected by adversity.



should be conscious

of the Divine in us.

It will never fail us.


We must learn to give with both hands.

We are born with the Divine Power

of the Lord Himself,

why must we be beggars?


We are made

in the image

of the Divine.

We should discover ourselves.


A pure, virtuous heart

is the beginning of divinity

and ultimately

of salvation.



is a benediction

and a sign of beauty for the beholder.

It adorns the one who wears it.



is a prayer

that is dear

to the Lord.


Virtue results

in ethical and moral perfection.

It generates a perfect attitude

towards all people.


The virtuous are fearless, serene, calm and contented.

They are always involved in the well being of all

and never use virtue

for the sake of personal establishment.


Virtue is purity of the mind-stuff

which embellishes the possessor

and is a divine gift of those who serve  the people

in the Spirit of the Lord.


All divine qualities

emerge as a consequence

of love for the Lord

in the form of  His human family.


Love has no reservations.

We should turn on the tap of our tank of divine love

and we will discover a mine of precious qualities within ourselves,

which will flow to the world.


Love is action.

It is the art of establishing the other

and performing all actions

for that purpose.



does not tire.

Incessant service and ‘giving’

is its nature.


We should love our Self.

We will then definitely love the other.

Friendship and compassion will flow from us

and our ego will be washed away.


To love

is to be like the Beloved,

to realise

the Divine essence.



is simplicity.


is humility in practice.



opens the gates

of knowledge, joy, truth

and transcendental living.



is a silent benediction

and beatitude

of the Lord’s Grace.



is a basic attitude of renunciation

which culminates

in sanyas.


Love makes us forget ourselves.

It is therefore

the greatest teacher of non-duality

and the principles of Advaita.


If we do not hear the Truth,

how will we know it?

The chance of shravan- listening to the Truth,

comes after many lives of good and meritorious deeds.


A total disregard of pleasure and pleasurable objects

is impossible without accepting them

as unreal, damaging and impediments

in the way of realization of the Truth.



is a very poisonous impediment

in the aspirant’s search

for  Truth.


Faith is essential

not only when one has to understand or accept the tenets of the Scriptures,

but also to be able to live in a manner

which is beyond one’s mental and intellectual understanding.


There is more strength in the thread of the necklace

than in its beads.

The thread in the garland of spirituality

is that of faith.


Only profound faith

can enable us to live in the Spirit

and to eliminate or modify

our emotions, intellectual beliefs, attachments impressions etc.


Intense faith and yearning

will certainly take us to our spiritual goal

no matter what the impediments

that come in our path.


Faith in a personal God

makes a sadhak impersonal

towards himself,

the ego-self.


Adherence to Dharma

will make one’s day to day life

more fulfilling

and blissful.


The strong pillars on which Dharma rests

are the reality of the fruits of actions and of rebirth.

Actions performed with the conviction of this reality,

will naturally be righteous.


Self control, self-restraint and ego abnegation are Dharma.

We should always place duty before self

and let the Shastras decide

the code of right conduct for us.


Yagya is the highest

and most infallible killer

of the weeds of fear, pain,

unhappiness and distress.


Steadfast thought

and a one-pointed concentration in the Reality

will remove

the illusory sheath of ignorance.


Concentration is limited and inhibited by attachment.

Pure concentration occurs when the mind is focused on one subject

to the exclusion of all else.

This is a necessary precursor to meditation.


We must practice concentrating on the Truth

that the Lord abides in all

in every being, situation and object.

Then acceptance of the world will become easy.


We should inculcate an attitude of forbearance.

Ever meditating

on the Pure Self, God, Guru or Brahm

we will be unaffected by pleasure or pain.



results in the highest and purest form of intellect

if backed by

practical application.


We should constantly meditate

on the unchangeable, limitless, pure Self

which is devoid of




should be as constant

as the flow of oil

– without gaps and hindrances.


There is a silent witness within us

who is watching all the phases of our life.

We should identify ourselves

with that witness.


The Witness Self is silence itself

– awareness itself.

It is the ever unaffected self-effulgent Essence.

We should discover it.


We have to abide

in that Witness Self

by transcending our identification

with our body, mind and intellect unit.


If we identify ourselves

with that Witness Self,

life and its transitory phenomena

would seem like superimpositions.


The Witness Self

is peace, tranquility and bliss itself.

The mind and mind-stuff are visitors

who make too much noise and shatter the peace.


Absolute knowledge

flows through the Witness Self.

Yet it is not a Know-er.

It is Knowledge Itself.


We should live

like a non-participating witness,

even whilst our body, mind and intellect unit

performs various jobs.


We have to transcend

the weak flesh

and learn

to live in the Spirit.


We have to transcend


and live

in awareness.


We must seek

the cause of pain

and make all endeavours

to transcend it.


We must practice the art of transcending

and being unaffected

by our own personal qualities

or those of others.


We should pray every morning.

Prayer will give us unparalleled poise

and a capacity to discern between the good and the bad,

the real and the unreal.



helps to make a garland

of divine deeds

for the Lord.


Prayer is the greatest healer.

It is a transcendental, spiritual communion with the Lord

which takes the one who prays

towards detachment from the universe.


Prayer and worship

are essential

so long as the ‘I’ or even a speck of the ego



We must transcend all other thoughts

but the thought of Him.

Our life will become

a prayer.



reveal the Lord.

To serve Him according to His will

is a prayer.


Truth is not an obsession

with the one to whom every verse of the Scriptures

is a mantra to be practised.

Truth is his prayer.


Prayer is a direct road to humility.

Devotion with intellectual integrity

teaches us absolute surrender

to the object of our worship.


True prayer

is a loving dedication of oneself,

without any reservations,

at the Lord’s feet.


Prayer becomes truly meaningful

for those who live

in the presence of the Lord



True devotion, or bhakti,

is a free flow of love

without seeking any return.

It is not binding on the beloved.




with personal

personality abnegation.


Pure devotion

is an infallible remedy for all mental aberrations,

latent tendencies and

for the removal of the ‘I’ idea.


One-pointed devotion to God

leads us towards desirelessness

and automatically makes us

transcend the unreal.


Devotion is the easiest and most beautiful path

which passes through all the stages of Samadhi naturally

and ends in Kaivalya

where all is One.


In the perfection of devotion,

only One remains.

One forgets one’s personal personality

in the service of the Lord.


The devotee’s mind is his greatest asset.

It just does not go anywhere.

It remains immersed in His Master

ever seeking Him and silently singing His praise.


The devotee is completely occupied in his devotion.

He has no time to indulge in any personal desires

or think of anything other than

his Master’s smallest wish.


Every breath that a devotee inhales or exhales

is fragrant

with the Lord’s Name.

That is his pranayam.


The amalgamation of

devotion, actions and knowledge

is the easiest and surest

way to salvation.


Intense devotion, a one-pointed pursuit

and the grace of the Guru, God or Scriptures,

destroy the egoistic tendencies

that lead the aspirant astray.


An attitude of devotional inquiry

and acceptance of the Scriptures without question

will change our attitude

towards the universe.


The devotee seeks

only as much knowledge as is essential

to aid him in the service of his Lord.

There is no other consideration.


A true devotee does not need any control or practice.

He has surrendered himself

at the altar of his Lord

and thus reaches the silence of the Self.


Deep, unconditional surrender

is of paramount importance

if we want our prayers

to be fulfilled.


Surrender is an act of the heart

which transcends reasoning.

Surrender is

the culmination of devotion.



overcomes the painful loneliness

of individualism

and ends in joyful union.


Likes and dislikes

break the continuous string of transcendental thoughts and deeds of devotional surrender,

which otherwise would have formed a divine garland

to place at the Lord’s feet.


The true aspirant

is unmindful of all problems, negative situations or circumstances,

knowing them to be the Lord’s creation.

There is total surrender to His will.


Why not resolve to surrendering ourselves

to the Scriptures and the Lord

for five years to an absolute extent?

We will realise the Self.



at the feet of the Lord, Guru, Scriptures or Self

makes the desires



The true Yoga of  Sanyas

is to surrender and perform

all actions without exception

in the name of the Lord.


When one yearns for the Truth

to the exclusion of all else

with a one-pointed scrutiny,

Grace dawns.


The silent grace of God, Guru and Scriptures

and the grace of the ego

are very essential

for a devotional inquiry into the Self.


With the advent of Grace,

one is able to find a Self Realised Master,

who will teach one how to transcend the gunas or qualities, the body and one’s desires

so that the illusion of ‘I’ is removed forever.


With the advent of Grace,

the fetters of attachment are loosened,

the ignorant blind begin to see

and darkness is changed into light.


The perfection of Bhakti in practical form

can be seen and learnt

through the life

of a spiritual preceptor.


All Scriptures recommend

a Spiritual Master – the Living Goal.

He is required as an example,

one who lights the path and the aim.


The Guru is not a limit;

nor does he create

a bondage for the seeker.

He is the real Self of the sadhak.


Absolute faith on the part of the shishya

is essential

even though the knowledge given by the Spiritual Master

may seem contradictory.


The Guru could seem

like a perennial enemy of one’s worldly desires and aspirations.

Unless there is absolute faith,

the aspirant cannot learn anything from his Master.


The Guru is the practical path

to follow and practice.

We must behold and believe,

have faith in what we cannot see.


We must watch, hear and understand

the practical subtleties of the sayings of the Spiritual Master.

His words speak the theory,

but we must watch how He applies it in His practical, simple, day to day life.


We have to live spiritual values

if we wish to be able to be spiritual.

The Guru can show the way

but we have to do it.


The Guru will teach us to serve

He will cleanse us and make us pure.

Abidance with Him

will make even the impossible possible within us.


Let the Guru guide us.

We must obey unconditionally.

What is the maximum we will lose? Our illusions.

That is our gain.


The Realised Guru will be an ever active non-doer.

He ever abides in the Self. How can any actions be attributed to Him?

Yet, He is not an escapist.

He performs all actions in the interest of others.


The knowledge given by the Guru

is extremely logical and unique,

for it is born

of  His own experience.


If we have absolute faith in the Guru,

the Scriptures or the prophets,

we will become living embodiments

of the objects of our faith.


We should be a toy

in the hands of the Supreme Master

a piece of clay to be molded by Him

a robot under the Master’s full and absolute control.


Absolute obedience

of the Master’s sayings

will give



The Master, the Lord

must be more important in every aspect of one’s life

and must be obeyed at all times

for ego abnegation.


The service of the Master

is the only duty of the disciple.

The only wage sought

is an ever increasing devotion and adoration.


The Realised Master is an ocean of mercy.

He is the Protector and Refuge of all.

He is generous beyond all limits

and provides security to each aspirant at all levels.


The Guru gives spiritual birth to the disciple

and shows him the path to eternal life.


He Himself rarely tastes divinity from others.


The aim of Sadhana

is to live in the Real instead of the unreal

– to search for and awaken to the Transcendental Bliss

which is our birthright.


It is only one in many millions who can realise the  Truth.

Without intense Sadhana in the seen, tangible world,

one cannot attain purity of heart

which is necessary for this realisation.


We should be like the  dumb and not criticize;

like the deaf and not hear criticism.

Sadhana alone

should constitute our life.


Before stepping on the first rung of Sadhana,

we must make sure how important our goal is to us.

How much of our personal self are we willing to surrender

for the sake of our cherished aim?


The desire for salvation, nirvana or mukti

must be of paramount importance.

If the desire is not there,

why will anyone seek and practice?


The more we advance on the spiritual path,

the more we are likely to fall,

for the temptations become more subtle and success becomes our slave.

Eternal vigilance is essential.


The joy we can find at the Lord’s feet

is unparalleled.

Sorrow and pleasure are not for the one

who immerses himself in That Divine Ocean.


If the Lord is the Master of this body

then we would let the Master

use the body

as He wills.


We should try to find out

who the Lord is and what He is.

We should read of Him and hear His words

with great intensity and concentration.


Small actions matter

much more than spectacular deeds.

We should perform every small act in the Lord’s name.

Divinity must be lived in the smallest detail.


The only friend of the Realised Guru

is the Lord Himself,

but He is

the friend of all.


We should not just take the name of the Lord

we should know that He is around us

and practice living in His presence



To build  a personal relationship with one’s Lord,

we must be alone with Him,

without the interference

of too many memories or mental aberrations.


We should embrace the Lord

in all His totality

by surrendering ourselves to Him

in totality.


We should lay our problems and feelings before the Lord vocally

and know that He is hearing them.

He may not answer us right away but when we really believe in Him,

He will reveal Himself to us.


The Lord loves to come to us

but only when

we want Him completely

–  to the exclusion of all else.


If we give ourselves

to the Lord

truthfully and absolutely,

He will take over.


The proof of the Lord’s love

is that He has given us His all  silently.

The proof of our love for Him lies in surrendering ourselves

and returning His to Him.


All disciplines and methods of Sadhana

lose their significance if we love the Lord

without the restrictions of the body-self,

 the ‘I’ or ‘mine’ idea.


Service of the Lord

is the easiest way

to forget the ‘I’

and be absorbed in Him.


If we strive

we will achieve Self-Realisation.

We should practice

remembering the name of the Lord always.


All is the Lord’s;

we are the Lord’s.

Therefore we are infinitesimal,

only the Lord remains.


If we repeat the Lord’s name,

we should make it meaningful

and give it our full attention,

devotion and reverence.


The Lord’s name, in fact,

is not ‘taken’.

It is a natural flow

from a devotional, loving heart.


The Lord is the sole refuge and the only goal.

He is to be obeyed implicitly.

His commands, His pleasure –

these are the devotee’s life.


If the Lord is our father

then His gospel is His will.

We, as dutiful children of our chosen father,

 should be sincere executors of His will.


We should live

for the Lord

and let the Lord

live in us.


The inquiry into the Self

has to be persistent, judicious and convincing enough

for the mind to accept –

a one-pointed inquiry without a break.


The Self can be realised only after the annihilation of the mind.

As light and darkness cannot co-exist,

so also the Self and the mind

cannot abide together.


We have ignored our Self for too long.

If we truly loved our Self

we would make every endeavour to discover

our true identity and find joy.


Cut asunder the chain of illusion.

Realise the Self.

Maya and the Triad

will lose their significance.



is the veil

that hides

the reality of the Self.


The universe is as real or unreal as ripples of the mind-stuff

in the ocean of the substratum of Pure Consciousness.

When the Self emerges,

the importance of the universe dies.


The Self and actions

are incompatible.

The Self cannot be bound

by actions.


Upon experiencing

the Self

even the desire for joy



Maya or illusion, alienates a human being from his Self

and entangles him with the non-self.

It is an illusion where the world seems to exist as separate

from the Supreme Creator.


Spiritual tranquility

is not dependent on any gross or emotional gain.

It is an integral part of

abidance in the Self.


Purity cannot abide in impurity;

a witness cannot be a participant.

Silence cannot be full of thoughts.

So also, it is necessary to shed the non-self in order to abide in the Self.


When an aspirant

has his feet in two boats

– the Self and the world,

he cannot succeed.



can be a proof of Realisation.

They can be a thermometer

of our internal state.


The Self-Realised One

is a divine gift to the world.

He is a living song –  humility itself,

– the embodiment of divine qualities.


There can be no Realisation without actual identification with

the Atma, Brahm, God, who are One.

This is possible with an attitude of complete renunciation

whilst living a normal life in all its facets.


The Self-Realised One pleads and bleeds for others never for Himself.

He knows and has realised that the world is unreal.

Since He lives in the truth always,

He is the humblest of the humble.


The Realised Ones write the Scriptures

with their feet on this earth.

Their actions

bespeak the sacred tenets.


The life of the Realised One

is not only the light on the Scriptures,

His life

is the highest Scripture.



is an absolute stillness of the mind.

In that stillness

the Triad and duality do not exist.


In the state of Samadhi the mind stops functioning

– but the individual by no means becomes like a stone!

Pure awareness remains.

Perennial Knowledge flows.


In Samadhi

Silence meet Silence.

The flow that emerges upon this union

is Divine.


The ultimate Samadhi is being everything oneself

and finding oneself in everything.

A total union

of name, form and attribute.


Samadhi cannot be achieved

without ethical perfection.

The fruit of Samadhi

is the supreme, transcendental, spiritual, living Knowledge.


Love is action.

It is the art of establishing the other

and performing all actions

for that purpose.


Only those memories can give you joy,

which contain moments

when you give

joy to others.


Spirituality has to flow

towards the world

in the form of

selfless service.


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