Monday, December 31, 2012

Do The New


As New Year is proceeding towards us we have started talking about resolutions. Resolutions are great way to bring positive changes in our lives. But resolutions alone cannot do. Haven’t we taken resolutions earlier? Aren’t we bound to take the same resolution again and again? So what is the reason of our failure? Resolutions we take, are a kind of goal we set for ourselves but we forget to adopt effective strategy to achieve it. So today we will talk about some sure shot ways to bring joy and satisfaction in our life through achievements we want.

Though I am presenting this on the occasion of New Year, these are equally effective and applicable any time. So here are some points that I hope will be helpful:

  • Identify yourself: It is very important to identify your true self, as all your activities, in one way or another, are related with your personality. Without answering questions like, “Who am I?”, “What significance my existence holds in this cosmic existence?” no person has become great, as without having these answers none can justify his/her existence.
  • Identify Your Goal: Next thing is to identify your goal. What is the aim of your life? What are your duties? What do you need to do to exercise your duties properly? This will help you to simplify your life by cutting out many of your activities that uselessly take charge of most of your time?
  • Identify Your Priority: You may have many things to do. But what should be done right now and cannot be done later should be given the priority. The work that is not only important but also at verge of its deadline should be given priority. Everything has its own importance, so we need to discriminate on the basis of what is the need of the hour.
  • Follow A Routine: Following a routine probably is the most difficult part. But it is equally helpful too. A routine keeps you focused. It does not allow you to flow in the turbulent waves of like and attachments and helps you to keep sailing towards your destinations continuously. Also your routine should be based on achieving small goal and not based strictly on time. Of course, should be time based but not that strictly.
  • Meditate: Following a routine is very important but it is equally hectic too. So, adopt a habit of meditating twice or thrice every day. This will help you to remain connected with your real self in the course of this hectic scheduled run of life. Meditation will keep your real self alive, cheerful and happy.

So, I hope you might have enjoyed the post and also bring the above points into exercise to draw some real benefits out of it. I am eager to know your thoughts, as usual, so please do leave a comment. Wish you a very happy new year.??

Thanks.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Solve All Your Problems, Using Your Sub-Conscious Mind

Sub Conscious Mind


You are repeatedly trying to solve a mathematical problem, again and again. You fail every time. You leave it and go for other work. Suddenly while working an idea popped into your mind and you try to solve the same problem back using the new idea. And hurray! It is solved.

What would you call this? Many call this the sixth sense or intuition. But I want to present another way to look upon this.

When you repeatedly try to solve the problem, it creates some impressions on your mind and reaches up to your subconscious. Even when you leave the problem, your sub-conscious mind keeps on thinking for ways to solve the problem. And it suddenly comes up with a possible solution that you haven’t given a try.

Now, if it is your own mind then why couldn’t you solve it when you where trying again and again to solve that problem. It is because, of your ego. Yes, this is also a subtle manifestation of ego itself. When your conscious mind i.e., you, keep on trying to solve the problem your sub-conscious do helps you but do not interrupts. You just frame an idea of the way to solve the problem and keep striving to solve it that way. You unknowingly cut off many possibilities.

Your sub-conscious mind is devoid of the manifestations of ego. Ego manifests itself only on the upper surface i.e., your conscious mind. The sub-conscious mind performs tasks by taking them as duties and your conscious mind; egoistically you, do not have to worry about them. Some of such activities are breathing, balancing body weight while walking or standing etc.

So, to take complete advantage of our mental abilities, one thing that we can do is to put off our ego and allow our sub-conscious mind to interact freely with our conscious mind. Our sub-conscious mind is very shy and only comes up when we remain still, such as deep sleep in the form of dreams. Meditation helps us to stabilize our conscious mind providing our sub-conscious mind suitable conditions to interact.

This, if brought into practice can help you solve many of your problems, not only mathematical but also problems related to any aspect of your life. I hope, I was able to present my views properly before you. Please do post your views on this article. I will be delighted to know what you think and how you think.

Thanks a lot.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Enlightenment: Let’s Dig Deeper

Deeper Enlightenment


Question: What is the state of mind of an enlightened person?
Answer: Someone has very nicely described enlightenment as the feeling of 'having done'. After enlightenment one feels like he has nothing left to be done. His purpose in this world feels to be fulfilled. He remains in bliss. He does not feel any need of interrupting any event. He becomes a real observer and enjoys everything. The state of mind is beyond words.
Question: Beyond…?
Answer: Yes, beyond. Psychiatrists call this state the state of super-consciousness. At this state the consciousness expands to encompass the complete cosmos by uniting it with the eternal supreme consciousness. The mind starts losing its identity and thoughts get transformed into intuition. At that state whatever appears into the consciousness is truth. This is the state where profound doctrines of scriptures appear. Sometimes the person remains completely thoughtless experiencing the Zero and at the next moment consciousness deal with gigantic waves of knowledge.
Question: Is it necessary to leave all activities to attain enlightenment?
Answer: No, it isn’t. After all, all activities cannot be left. One can attain enlightenment while performing his duties. It is tougher than working in solitude but, achievement acquired while exercising duties is long-lasting.
Question: Who can attempt for enlightenment?
Answer: Anyone can attempt for enlightenment. All of us have same potentials. The difference in abilities that we perceive in this world is because everybody nurture and allows only certain potentials to grow and develop in them.
Question: One should arrange for rest of the life before attempting to work for enlightenment, as this work can take unknown time. Isn’t it?
Answer: I have already said that for achieving enlightenment one doesn’t need to shun all of the activities and meditate continuously for several days. It can be achieved by building awareness and concluding observations simply. Meditation helps one to develop this awareness and ability to comprehend. But, do not make meditation a tool to escape from your worldly duties.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

How to Achieve Enlightenment?

How to achieve enlightenment?

Enlightenment


Finally a post aiming at a topic that is most fascinating for believers and non-believers, followers and non-followers, practitioners and non-practitioners.

Enlightenment is looked upon as the end of all troubles by majority of mass. Hence there is a craze among people to achieve enlightenment.

Enlightenment is the state of pure and complete knowledge. This is a state where a person can see and understand everything without getting deluded by its appearance and modes of nature.

Enlightenment enables you to understand things in their true perspective but one must understand that it is not the end of sufferings. Sufferings that come to a person due to his ignorance are obviously cut off after getting enlightened but sufferings that are already assigned for him as a result of his own past activities will surely come to the person. The difference will be that this time the person even enjoys those sufferings.

Another big myth associated with enlightenment is that it can be achieved by some simple and short methods. Yes, enlightenment can be achieved by regular practice and many in the past have also done the same but there is no shortcut.

Enlightenment brings very big changes in your complete biological and psychological states. These changes cannot happen overnight. But the rate of these changes can be accelerated. And this is what this article is going to explain.

Enlightenment helps you do your work more smoothly and makes a person even more efficient. An enlightened person can use his body and other resources available to him to their fullest. Generally people do not use even 10% of their brain but an enlightened person can use even 100% of it.

For an enlightened person everything that is a mystery for others become crystal clear as a mirror. The person becomes able to travel across boundaries of time and space with his subtler body.

Extraordinary and supernatural powers can be acquired by regular practice like predicting future, wonderful memory, telepathy, materialization at more than one place at a single time, awareness of activities at distant places and all around him and much more.

These powers are derived by an enlightened person by the cosmic energy source, the all pervading God Himself.

Being in complete knowledge an enlightened person never exhibits his extraordinary capabilities to the world and uses his energy to work in parallel with the laws of spiritual world silently.

Above statements may look very fascinating and sometimes unreal too but its trueness can be checked by practicing following things properly.

Also one must know that keeping these fascinating powers as the goal one cannot achieve it. These just come to the person when the person becomes disinterested in them.

Once a person gets enlightened he gets also tuned with the nature and his activities become automated. Many a times it is also observed that the person is observed as an insane by the world. In any way, an enlightened person’s activities become more and more helpful for the society. The enlightened person transcends the level of discriminating between gold and soil. For him everything bears same importance. There remains no boundary or limit of his activities. He works freely on the will of the Supreme.

Enlightenment can be achieved by numerous ways but you need to prepare yourself to hold vital mental and biological changes.

So, now you know a lot about enlightenment but not all. I want you to know more about it by your own experience.

First requirement for enlightenment is craving. Yes, craving. An intense longing is very important for enlightenment.

Now, what should be the longing for? Should it be for money? Should it be for fame? It should not be for anything material. But this longing should be for the Truth. This longing should be for the discovery of own self.

A person starting in this path must understand that this complete cosmos is a very big network of cause and effects.

Everything has a reason and that reason too has one. Everything however different it may look has same origin. Things have gone through various levels of transformations under the influence of modes of nature and this is the reason why they look and feel different.

As an earthen pot as well as a skyscraper all are made of mud similarly everything in this world has one common final Origin, the Reason of all reasons.

A person should long to understand this Origin. Science is trying to achieve the same but its rate of progress is slow, since it uses only some information provided only.

If the same effort is done by a person with full dedication and use of all his senses, i.e., eyes, ears, tongue, skin, nose, mind and intellect, one can unravel this secret in no time.

One should keep asking to himself, who am I? Where have I come from? Why am I here? What is the goal of my life? What is the use of this life? What will happen to me after this life ends? And so on.

One should keep on thinking about the changes that one observes all around him. One should realize that nothing that he sees all around is permanent.

One should understand that as the law of gravitation alone is the basis of complete Newtonian Mechanics, similarly there is only One Ultimate Truth, The Knowledge from which all other forms of knowledge have originated. The Knowledge, knowing which one does not have anything left to know. The Knowledge that itself manifest in all different forms to answer all questions that emerge in mind.

Seeker of this Ultimate Truth is considered the superior most seekers, and he alone can achieve enlightenment. One should long for that Ultimate Truth.

Now, I present steps to achieve this longing. There are two important part of the process of inculcating this intense longing in the mind.

The first one is renunciation. Renunciation is very much misunderstood and defamed word. I have already written many articles to explain the true meaning of it.

Renunciation means non-attachment. You have to close your eyes and sit for few minutes observing your thoughts. The first thought that emerges into your mind is the thing you are most attached with. Attachments do not allow us to move ahead in this path. They pull us back. Try to create distance from that thing or activity, friend circle, place, movie, hobby or anything you are attached with.

A very useful method of bringing renunciation in life is practicing a routine. Make a daily routine specifying some time to all your necessary works and stick to it.

Always give some time to examine your attachments by the above mentioned way and then try to detach yourself from it.

The only purpose of this is to allow you to work for anything without getting disturbed by useless thoughts.

Next important thing is purity. I have written articles on purity and bringing it in your life also. Purify yourself so that your body start emitting sweet fragrance without using any cosmetic or deodorant.

Establish yourself in all good qualities such as daily bath, brushing twice, daily meditation and introspection, less talking, being in good companionship and reading good books.

Keep some distance from television, loud music and such things that put some impact on your mind.

Remember that food is not just what you eat but it is everything that you feed into yourself. It may be through sight, through sound, through smell, touch or any other means.

It is not that you just read all this things and jump to the next step saying that you will take care of these things. I want you to practice above mentioned things for some time at least for few weeks and then go to the next step.

Next step is building awareness. You are searching to your questions. The answer may come to you in any possible form, in any degree of intensity. You must be receptive enough to receive your answers. For this you have to train yourself being calm both externally and internally. Make yourself an observer. Just observe things going on all around you like an audience. As if you are not going to be affected by anything. Also be aware of everything, do not pull yourself away from things. Be in the midst of everything, observe minute changes even, and read everything, every happening. Notice plants growing and flower blossoming, see the interactions between butterflies and be aware for nothing escaping from your attention.

With continuous practice of renunciation, purity and awareness for few weeks you will be able to prepare your body to receive answers to your questions.

I want to remind you again, your practice and hard work should not be aimed at anything other than the answer to your most important question that you consider are linked to all your troubles. Never think of anything else like supernatural powers or enlightenment.

Now it is the time to take the final step. In this step we mediate to invite our answers to fall upon us.

Sit straight in any comfortable posture. Comfortable posture is one in which you can sit without moving for more than one hour. Keep your backbone straight. This is very important. Keep your backbone straight in the start of the meditation session and your backbone may acquire another curved shape later. During meditation do not try to erect it again or you will break the continuity of meditation. Now, close your eyes gently. Right from now, start feeling that you have no body. This means that you must be ready to fully avoid any change in your posture. Do not move your pupils, tongue, and limbs anything. Act as if you are not in charge of your body.

Watch out your breath. Visualize yourself with your arms opened out towards sky waiting for your Divine Truth to fall upon you. Offer a humble prayer with the act of surrender to the Supreme power in charge of this whole cosmos.

After sometime (at least 15 minutes in starting and may go up to 8 hours after years of practice) open your eyes gently and keep sitting fixing your gaze at something comfortable to look upon for few minutes. Then leave the seat slowly and try to maintain the stillness felt during the meditation till your next meditation.

Practice this meditation twice a day at least. Keep practicing and observing changes in you.

This practice is very powerful and sure to take you to enlightenment. After some months of honest practice you will have some experiences that some call mystic, some frightful, some exciting and some wonderful. But, don not stop practice and neither get overwhelmed by these experiences. Keep on practicing and your questions will be answered, making you enlightened.

Remember, renunciation, purity and awareness is very important requirements without which the benefits of meditation are greatly reduced.

If you have any question please feel free to contact me with the same. I will be glad to serve you with satisfactory and enlightening answers.

Thanks for reading this extra long post.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Idol Worship

Idol Worship


Idol worship is yet a topic of debate. The life of Swami Vivekananda demonstrates the deep insight into this topic.

Before meeting his master, Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, he was a member of Brahmo Samaj. His initial beliefs were shaped by Brahmo concepts, which included belief in formless God and deprecation of the worship of idols.

But after meeting Sri Ramakrishna and seeing him spending hours sitting before the idol of Goddess Kali, he investigated the truth behind idol worship.

His investigation under the light of guidance of his guru Sri Ramakrishna enlightened him of the true meaning and importance of idol worship which he in turn taught to Maharaja of Khetri later.

When the king of Khetri heard of the growing fame of Swamiji, he called him to his court. Swamiji found that the king was against idol worship and considered those who follow idol worship inferior, he decided to change his view on this.

Swamiji asked one of the court men to bring down a big portrait of the king from the wall of the court. The court man hesitated but followed his words on king’s consent. Then Swamiji asked the court man to spit on the image. This was unbearable to anyone and the king asked what was he saying.

Then the Swami explained that as the image represented the king and the court men respect the image as much as the king, similarly idols represent the Lord of the devotee and they do not worship the mud and the shape. The shape of the idol just helps a devotee to concentrate on his/her mind on his/her Lord, as the painting reminded them of the king. The king fell on the feet of the Swami and become one of his best disciples.

In this way he proved that nothing in this world is useless. Everything has its own importance.

The idol worship is a boon for those who feel it hard to concentrate on a formless God. After all, all the devotion expressed by the devotees is meant of the one ultimate God alone.

I hope this post was useful for one and all.

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Sunday, November 11, 2012

Religions Are Innocent

Religions are Innocent


Today there is a very popular saying, “Religions divide and spirituality unites”. I have heard this sentence from some learned men as well.

Recently, I came across a statement in facebook in which the person had written that the religions keep on creating chaos and if they are not stopped it may lead to something that you can’t think of even.

A movie recently released also aims at religions stating that a religion either makes a man weak or a terrorist.

In today’s world we are surrounded by numerous luxuries. Today works can be done in amazingly small amount of time with even less implementation of effort. This is making us (with these things) more powerful and efficient and us (without these things) even more weak and lazy.

Today we do not have time to think about anything beyond our office and home. In such conditions, if a statement comes to us from whatever source it may come, that is easily accepted by us. It spreads as a jungle fire in the society. And if a statement has come from some popular source (well-known/honored personality or media) then that is assumed to bear a certificate of correctness.

Hence, there is need of being more conscious of what we speak. So, saying just against religions is not right if you have yourself not investigated into its root.

Religions do not divide. We misinterpret sacred texts for our selfish motives. This false interpretations lead to differences in our minds. Religions teach us to love others, where others mean everyone.

Religions are more important that we think of them. They are the first step toward the truth. They form base of spirituality.

Religions only teach us those things that are good for everyone. This can be known if one studies religious texts without any expected conclusion.

Other religions are also maligned by us to show the superiority of our religion. This is a common psychology that a way of proving something better is to show other thing worse.

Religions teach us to investigate for truth. One should spend some time exploring ideas before having a conclusion.

This is my sincere request to all of you.

Friday, September 28, 2012

How to Learn the Transcendental Meditation Technique

Transcendental Meditation Technique


Sitting in a field of flowers, legs crossed, wrapped in white cloth, the sweet smell of incense wafting through the air. That's what most people think of when they hear the word 'meditation'. But what we see and hear in the media is not always an accurate picture of reality. The Transcendental Meditation® technique is a simple mental procedure that is practiced for twenty minutes twice per day. It has been learned by millions of people and has been the subject of hundreds of research studies. But just what is the Transcendental Meditation (TM) technique and how does one learn it? Well here are some of the details.

Environment—While it is certainly enjoyable to practice the Transcendental Meditation technique in a quiet place it is not necessary. Many busy people from all walks of life practice the Transcendental Meditation technique in airports, train stations, lobbies and hotel rooms. Because this technique is an automatic and natural response of the mind and body, the process is easy in any kind of environment whether it is quiet and secluded or noisy and public.

Posture--The Transcendental Meditation technique is practiced sitting comfortably with the eyes closed. One can sit in a chair, on the bed or on the floor. Any location or sitting position is considered to be correct as long as one is comfortable. This technique is never practiced while lying down.

Concentration—In a concentration technique for self development a person might be asked to focus on a candle, to eliminate all thoughts, to visualize something or to focus on a particular thought, part of the body etc. Then, whenever the mind wanders from the candle or the visualization etc. the concentration technique requires that we bring our attention back to the point or topic of focus i.e. candle etc. The Transcendental Meditation technique however, is unique and different in that it does not involve any concentration or focus. Transcendental Meditation technique is a completely effortless technique in which the mind flows naturally and purposefully to the field of creative silence (or Pure Consciousness) at the source of the mind. This happens spontaneously and naturally, with out effort, during the technique.

Breathing—Many meditation techniques focus on the rhythm of the breath. The Transcendental Meditation technique, however, does not focus on the breath or its rhythm. Instead TM utilizes the minds own natural tendency to move towards greater peace and silence within; in the same way that gravity causes a stone to sink through the water in a pond. In this same way, the mind is spontaneously and naturally drawn deep inside during the Transcendental Meditation technique, independent of what may be going on with the breath.

Personalized Instruction--The technique of Transcendental Meditation is easy and effortless. It is also unique and profound. Because each person has different experiences during their Transcendental Meditation course and also learns at a different pace, personal instruction by a certified Transcendental Meditation teacher is vital. Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, the founder of the Transcendental Meditation technique, in his book The Science of Being and Art of Living, explains it like this: “The practice of Transcendental Meditation must always be given by the expert teachers of Transcendental Meditation who have been properly trained to give it and who have been trained to check the experiences. The checking of experiences is a vital point in the practice of Transcendental Meditation. Again, it cannot be done through books”.

I learned the Transcendental Meditation technique from a certified teacher when I was a senior in high school in 1971. Since then it has given me thousands of hours of inner peace and tranquility. It has made me a better person and a more effective human being. I hope that you will also have the opportunity to enjoy it soon!

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About The Author

Dr. Keith DeBoer has been a Certified Teacher of the Transcendental Meditation technique since 1976. He has studied with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi (TM's founder) in the USA, Europe and in India. He has also appeared on numerous radio and TV shows to discuss the unique benefits and scientific research associated with the TM technique and its application to health, education and business. He has a doctorate in World Peace Studies from Maharishi European Research University located in The Netherlands (Holland). Currently he works as a freelance writer, consultant and teacher of the Transcendental Meditation technique.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Happy 66th Independence Day

Happy Independence Day


On the occasion of 66th Independence Day of India, RELIGION2GOD wishes all of you a very very Happy Independence Day.
If you like the Independence Day Special Logo Of RELIGION2GOD, here it is in high resolution for your download.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

How to Reach the Divine?

Reach the Divine


The prime question, that every spiritual seeker asks to him and the world every moment is, “How to reach the Divine?” Let us get some insight into the question and its answer.

What does this question mean?

To reach the Divine means to achieve oneness with Him. To achieve oneness with Him means to have to the Divine realization to the innermost core.

Now what is this realization?

The Divine realization is the state of being almost the same as the Divine. We have qualities similar to Him, such as purity and eternity. But, in many cases we are also different from Him, for example He is Omni-potent and is free from all bondages where as we are bound of our own actions. To achieve the Divine realization means to achieve a state as same as that of Divine by eliminating all this dissimilarities. If I want to understand you, I need to bear all your responsibilities, powers, environment and everything related to you. Then only I can understand your point of view and way of thinking and behaving. Then only I can realize all that you realize and you are. Similarly, to become one with the Lord I need to become like Him. To mix something with milk without changing the quality of milk, I need another bottle of milk of same quality.

So, this question actually points to the ways of becoming like Him. Please understand that a drop of water remains and drop of water always even if it merges with the sea. It may boast that it is sea now, but its existence is as a drop of water alone. Yes, a drop of soft water when merges into the sea, become as salty and hard as that of the sea water. Similarly, the God-realized man remains a soul always and not become the God but becomes as same as the God in most of the attributes.

Why this question?

Now, one may ask why do we need to ask this question or what is the importance of this question in our lives.

There are many reasons to ask this question. Many people turn towards the Lord everyday because the find the need of doing so in their daily life. But, it is very unfortunate that most of them do not continue on this path with firm determination.

When I see all around, I find the words of Bhagavad Gita materializing it beautifully. Everyone in his/her very way is trying to reach Him alone. Whether you are running behind money, love, peace, fame, knowledge, or anything material or immaterial, all at their best, lead to the Lord alone. I or many sages at the past only posted this question in the straightest fashion.

We have been evolving for thousands of years. We have evolved from insects to humans. But, does this mean, we are at the top of the evolution pyramid. No, we have to go a long yet. The existence of the Deities are considered above our existence as they fulfill our needs through rain and other things for which they are assigned but we have to go beyond. Deities also fall inside the cycle of birth and death. The Divine/God/Almighty is the ultimate end of the evolution pyramid.

We bear mind and intellect. And to make them busy also a wide range of questions standing before us, laughing loud at us. These questions are related to our existence, the existence of this cosmos and our interrelations. All of us try to seek answers to these questions at our small scale. Even science is doing the same work at a larger scale. After all science is the outcome of human mind. How can it not investigate into our prime concern?

The answer…

Already through the above discussion, we have seen that for reaching Him, we need to become like Him. The Lord Has two forms one is Sagun (with attributes) and other is Nirgun (beyond attributes). It is hard to move toward the Nirgun nature of the Lord. So, we should try to attain oneness with His Sagun nature.

Swami Vivekananda said, “Each soul is potentially divine. The goal is to manifest this divinity by work, worship, knowledge or devotion, by one or all of this and be free. This is all of religion. Books, discussions, rituals, dogmas are just secondary details.”

All the ways to achieve the Lord are unique and true. Even if you do not make any effort, you will reach Him at the time of final dissolution. But, the word is that, “Anything not achieved with your own effort is not yours and won’t remain with you for long.”

I have written a long article. You might get bored reading it. I must end it now. You can’t find the God with a narrow point of view. Neither inaction nor knowledge alone is enough for this endeavor.

Before going into details, I must say about the basics. In spirituality, you won’t find when basics melt into profound philosophies. To achieve the Lord first thing we need to do is to follow Yama and Niyamas. Yama include mainly truthfulness (Satya), non-violence (Ahimsa), non-stealing (Ashteya), celibacy (Brahmacharya) and non-possessiveness (Aparigraha). And Niyam mainly include contentment (Santosh), cleanliness (Sauch), austerity (Tapa), self study or study of scriptures (Swadhyaya) and devotion and surrender to the God (Ishwar-Pranidhana).

I must tell you something important. The God cannot be achieved by your efforts alone till He Himself allows you to find Him. You can try your level best to be like Him and attract His special attention and grace. You need to surrender yourself completely to Him for your advancement to the Highest.

I can assure you that if one practices the above basics of spirituality for few years with firm determination and unfailing faith, the Lord will become restless (in another sense) to achieve Him (the devotee).

For following the above ideas at their best, one need to understand the depth of all of the above ten limbs of Yama and Niyam. I will try to discuss them in detail in my next blogs.

Thanks a lot.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Shortest Speech

30 second Speech by Bryan Dyson- Former CEO of Coca Cola

Shortest Speech


Imagine life as a game in which you are juggling some five balls in the air. They are Work, Family, Health, Friends and Spirit and you’re keeping all of these in the air.

You will soon understand that work is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it will bounce back. But the other four Balls- Family, Health, Friends and Spirit- are made of glass. If you drop one of these; they will be irrevocably scuffed, marked, nicked, damaged or even shattered. They will never be the same. You must understand that and strive for it.

Work efficiently during office hours and leave on time. Give the required time to your family, friends and have proper rest.

Value has a value only if its value is valued.

Friday, June 29, 2012

Values Of Life


This is an email which was sent to me few days back by one of my well-wishers Dr. Sudhakar Pande. I want to share this with all of you. I have just made some grammatical corrections before presenting it to you. You can find the actual script in the downloadable presentation below. All credit goes to the unknown.

Values of Life


Take some time out and read these beautiful words.
Later, reflect on what you have just read.
Surely you will understand a lot of things…

First Lesson

... After some months at the engineering college, the professor gave us a GK (General Knowledge) test.
Being a good student, I quickly answered all the questions… all, but the last: “What is the name of the sweeper of our institute?"

I handed over my test paper, leaving the last question unanswered. Just before the lesson ended, another student inquired if the last question would be marked.
“Certainly!” the professor replied. “You will meet many people in your life. All of them will have some degree of importance.

They will deserve your attention, even if it is a simple smile or a simple hello". I never forgot this lesson… and went on to learn that the name of our sweeper was Raghu.

Second Lesson

On the momentous July 26, 2005 rainy day in Mumbai, a frail man was standing on the roadside, in knee deep water. His car had broken down and he desperately needed help. Wet to his core, he signalled to the passersby.

A young man, stopped to help him out.
He pushed his car to a safe place, called a mechanic and hailed an n auto for him. The  frail old man seemed  to much in a hurry, but did not forget to thank him and take down his address on a piece of paper.

Seven days had already passed when someone knocked at the door of that young man.
To his enormous surprise, it was a courier with a huge packet to deliver – an I-Mac computer & Philips Music System with a note: “Many thanks for helping me on the road that night.

The rain had completely drenched me and my soul when you appeared.
Thanks to you, I was able to reach my dying wife just in time.
God bless you for having helped me.
Sincerely,
Dr. P. K.  Singhania"

Third Lesson

Sometime ago, when the ice-creams were not so expensive, a ten-year old boy went to Nirula’s ice-cream shop. While sitting at the table, he asked the waiter, “How much does a Sundae cost?”  Rs.40,”he replied.
The boy took out his money from the pocket and began counting it.

“Well, how much does a simple ice-cream cost?".
There were other people waiting to be served, so the waiter began to get a little impatient.
“Rs. 30!" he replied abruptly. The boy counted his money again and said: “Please get me a simple ice-cream!"

The waiter served him the ice-cream and his bill. The boy ate his ice-cream, paid his bill at the cash counter and left.
When the waiter went to clean the table he began to cry… for there, in the corner of the plate,
Was Rs 10 … his tip?
The boy took a simple ice-cream instead of a Sundae so he could leave a tip for him.

If you have never experienced the danger of war or the solitude of imprisonment, the agony of torture and hunger, you are much ahead of the 500 million people who live in this world.

If you have food in your refrigerator, clothes to wear, a roof on your head and a place to sleep, you are richer than the 75% of the people who live on this Earth.

If you can go to your place of worship without being threatened, arrested, tortured or killed, you are luckier than the 3,000,000,000 persons of this world.

If you have money in your bank account and your wallet and some loose change in some little box, you are one of the world’s 8% well-to-do populations.

If you are able to read this message, you have just received a double blessing…
One, someone is thinking about you…
Two, you are not one of those 2,000,000,000 people who are illiterate!

Somebody said at some time:

Work as if you have no need of the money.
Love as if nobody ever made you suffer.
Dance as if nobody is watching you.
Sing as if nobody is hearing you.
Live as if the Paradise were on this Earth.

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Thursday, June 28, 2012

How To Remove Attachments?

Remove Attachments


Question:

What does the seeker do when the inner voice urge to cling to attachments?

Question's description:

All good things in life, they say, are either illegal-immoral or sexy. What does a seeker do when his hedonistic inner voice separate him from his highest spiritual aspiration and prevent from moving deeper into harmony with his spiritual goals?

Answer:

Please understand that this inner urge is the urge of your mind and not Your's (Soul).

I understand your problem. This is the stage every seeker encounters. So, it is no exception. Every problem has a solution and if it has no solution then it is not a problem at all.
Here are few tips that can help you.

1. It is right that if you try to get away from something, it will start hounding you. So, instead of thinking of the things that you want to get rid of, just indulge yourself in activities like meditation and studying scriptures. Unentertained thoughts will automatically go. You will experience something higher, and your attachment to those tiny things will automatically vanish. This is a technique which I have practiced into my life and found in Gita.

2. There are certain moments of day and night when negativity act with its full might. I request you to meditate at least 20 minutes twice a day, one in the morning when you get up and one at night before retiring to bed. You can read scripture before night's meditation. This will keep your mind calm throughout the day and even during night.

Friday, March 30, 2012

Improve Your Concentration, Understand Your Mind Faculties

Concentration and Mind Faculties


Concentration and ways to develop and improve concentration is a trending topic among the youth. But I do not prefer any discussion which could not help anyone to learn and evolve from his/her initial state. I am sorry to say that but most of the discussions that I see today going on among people are just discussing and not search of reality as they should be.

Before I try to explain intricacies related with the topic I again would like to remind you that for achieving anything you will have to work and apply effort. This blog can just show you the direction in which you such dissipate your energy.

Now, let’s begin understanding the term concentration. Simply, if I try to go a little technical, concentration of a mixture of some components with respect to a particular component is the amount of that particular component as compared to the amount of the whole mixture. Means, if I have a mixture of 20gm of sugar and 5gm of salt, we say the concentration of sugar is more as its amount as compared to the weight of total mixture is more than that of salt.

Similarly, in case of mind and mental faculties (simply parts of mind involved in different activities), if more of your mental faculties are doing, are involved in some desired activity than those involved into some other activities, we say you have good concentration. Our mind processes much information simultaneously with the help of its different faculties. And topics into which it will be involved, depends upon the information we ourselves feed by seeing, reading, discussing, listening, smelling and touching.

Now, in general, when we talk of improving concentration we think more mind to apply on the subject or something like that but there is nothing called more mind. In the physical case of mixture, the concentration of a component can be increased by two means one is the addition of that component and the second is the removal of the other component. In case of mind, we cannot add more faculties to process the information we require directly but yes we can let our faculties of mind involved into other unwanted activities relax so that they could also help to process the information that we want.

Also, the mind’s faculties will keep on processing information that is available to it in abundance. You cannot say that work with this idea and not that. It chooses the information to be processed on the probability basis. More the stock of information of a kind more is its probability to be chosen and processed by a faculty of mind.

So, if you want your mind to remain away from unwanted things when you want to concentrate onto a point, you need to clear that state of unwanted things off your mind or to reduce its stock to such an extent that the probability of your mind to take up that idea becomes nominal.

In other words, I am talking of increasing the concentration by removing useless thoughts. Inputs we accept through our senses produce thoughts. If you want to improve your concentration, you should stop stacking up unwanted materials into your mind. If you have 10 thoughts related with the subject and 20 thoughts off the topic, you do not have a good concentration but if you have the same 10 thoughts of the subject and only 5 thoughts off the topic you are said to have much better concentration.

To conclude, I just am trying to explain how we can improve concentration by reducing our thoughts and how we can reduce our thoughts by bringing renunciation into our lives. In fact, I am just dealing a part of my last post “Basics about Yoga” here. I am just oscillating to and fro between Pratyāhāra (renunciation) and Dhāraṇ (concentration). Concentration only can lead to meditation. It is important for everyone, without it there is no progress in any field.

So, now you know that in order to improve your concentration you need to stop feeding unwanted information inside your system. This automatically converts your mind emitting its rays in all directions equally into a mind sending high power/intensity beam of its energy to the subject of your interest and need. But for that you will have to use renunciation as the concave mirror used for flash lights.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Basics About Yoga

Basics About Yoga


For spiritual progress we need to practice continuously and incessantly. But what kind of practice helps us to progress in spiritual realm.

The destination of the soul is the Lord Himself. The Goal of life is to attain Union with the Divine. Also for this state, for achieving the state you need to become like the Lord in terms of purity, love, peacefulness etc. Of course, this can only be achieved by the help of the Lord Himself but the God only helps those who help themselves.

So, we need to take honest initiative, we need to practice and just practice without worrying of the success or failure. A state similar to the state of the Master can be achieved by working on us with full control, control of mind, intellect, sense organs and body. The technique of achieving control over ones internal and external nature is known as Yoga.

Yoga means union which represents its goal as the Merging with the Lord. There are many different forms of Yoga popular today. These forms have originated from one basic technique as per peoples requirement in different ages. Some of them are Rāja-Yoga (Yoga of mind), Karma-Yoga (Yoga of action), Bhakti-Yoga (Yoga of devotion), Haṭha-Yoga, Kriyā-Yoga, Jnāna-Yoga (Yoga of knowledge) and so on. All this forms are having the same aim, the Union. Only these different forms have shifted the center of their attention. Yoga can also be achieved by complete devotion, by complete knowledge and so on. But for best results one can also combine these all forms to obtain the original essence of it back. These forms are completely compatible with one another and hence can be practiced simultaneously.

Basically and described by Mahaṛṣi Pataṅjalī, Yoga consists of eight limbs or stages. Means one has to pass through the following eight states before the final Union.

  1. Yama: The first one is Yama, this is the state when a yogī (one who seriously practices yogic disciplines) conceives and studies ideas of Satya (truthfulness), Aśteya (non-stealing), Brahmacharya (celibacy), Ahiṁsā (non-violence), Aparigraha (non-possessiveness) etc.
  2. Niyama: Next comes Niyama, the state where the yogi practices Santoś (contentment), Śauch (cleanliness), Tapa (austerity), Swādhyāya (self study or study of scriptures), Iśwara-Prānidhān (devotion and surrender to the God).
  3. Āsana: Then the yogi develops the consciousness of right Āsana (posture) for sitting and other activities.
  4. Prānāyāma: This is followed by Prānāyāma (the practice of control of breath or life force). This helps the Sādhaka (one who practices) to move to the next state.
  5. Pratyāhāra: This state is Pratyāhāra (renunciation), the state where the yogī draws all the tendencies of the sense organs inwards.
  6. Dhārana: This is followed by Dhārana (concentration) where the yogī finds him able to concentrate all the rays of mind onto a single object. This is a temporary and very fluctuating state.
  7. Dhayāna: Regular practice of concentration leads the practitioner to Dhayāna (meditation), where one becomes able to maintain the high concentration for longer period.
  8. Samādhī: Then comes the final state, Samādhī (final union), with continued practice of meditation.

Each state of practice automatically leads to the next and also no state can be ever skipped. When someone tries to practice meditation directly he finds it impossible because no proper background has been set. But with continued practice one attains the achievements of all the lower states and becomes able to meditate.

Mahaṛṣi Pataṅjalī observed these states of development of a yogī carefully and produced his conclusion before the world in the form of his Yoga Sutras.

As already told several times here and there on the blog that the Union with the Divine does need practice but it is also another truth that you achieve this state in a fraction of second whereas Yoga with no faith and improperly practiced can never let you to the state.

So, for the development of faith, the basic knowledge is also required. It is important to decide what suits yours state and work for the attainment of the Goal without getting fascinated by knowledge that you do not require. Recognize you requirements take up a form of yogic practice or all and start now.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Practice And Knowledge

Practice And Knowledge


Why do I emphasize so much on practice? All of you have heard that practice makes a man perfect but did not take it seriously because you find no body perfect.

Well, you do not find anyone perfect does not mean that perfection does not exist. Even you can experience perfection around you in the form of nature. Is this nature, this universe, the cosmos not perfect? Everything is related with all other things. Every smallest thing as well as the largest one has their own importance and significance. If this creation, this cosmos is so perfect, think of the perfection of the Creator, the God Himself.

Even if I consider another point of view that nobody is perfect, I will say at least you can get nearer to perfection. For success in any field you will have to practice.

Some people break piles of concrete slabs in a single blow, what you and I cannot even dare to try. This is just because the difference in practice.

If you are able to exercise, practise and live certain ideas, few great ideas, you get enlightened the moment you start pactising those ideas with notion that you will never give up those practices and will full faith and determination to exercise those ideas eternally.

But, this is as tough as shooting a bird with eyes closed with ribbon. This is because neither your mind nor your intellect will allow you to do so. Your mind will say that these ideas are useless materials and your intellect will not be able to find out a single point against the thought produced by the mind. This is the reason why even after knowing that we should not tell lie, we should not think wrong for others, we keep on doing the same.

This is why reasoning is required. This is why this blog, scriptures etc. exist. Also practising something has its effects in most appropriate manner only when you have complete faith and when you feel the need of such practice from you true inner self.

So, both practice and knowledge are important but again I would like to say that practice is more important and knowledge only helps you perform your practice unfailingly and in proper manner. If you are yet unable to understand read on.

Knowledge and practice are like two friends. With some knowledge you start practice and with practice you gain more knowledge which is also known as experience.

Knowledge which you gain from books, listening to someone, discussion etc. is just memory based or correlation or reasoning based but the knowledge gained by practice is experience. You may or must forget the knowledge gained from others and that will not be as useful for you as the knowledge that you yourself discover through practice. Knowledge gained through practical experiences has long lasting effects on your mind.

As I said that enlightenment is not too tough once you are able to practice few basic truths, you are enlightened but tougher is the continuous and firm determination for lifelong continuous practice. Once enlightenment achieved you start moving towards the final Union. So, that is another subject.

What I want to focus here is that the practice is the only way to success. The importance of practice can never be over emphasized. Without practice there can be no progress. You do not require anything else once you find yourself able to practise what you already know.

Vivekananda was a voracious reader but he himself said that book do not allow you to progress. This is because everyone experiences the truth in a different manner which is possible only with practice. By his life he showed the importance of both knowledge as well as practice. He said it is better to practice few sacred ideas that to memorize the whole library.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Control Your Mind With Meditation


The biggest question seems to be related to mind control. Many do not even think of mind as something conquerable. They say that it is impossible to control the mind. But the fact is that for even smallest achievement in life you need to have some control over your mind.

Mind is like wind as Arjuna has compared it in Bhagavadagītā. Mind keeps on moving from one point of its interest to the other. Mind has this tendency and it does not rest for a second. This is the reason why Arjuna tells in Bhagavadagītā that controlling mind is even tougher than controlling wind. But the Lord Śri Kṛṣṇa Himself declares that it is possible to control this naughty mind.

As the mind does its work continuously, even when you sleep, its activities are conceived as dreams. So, it keeps on working every time. For controlling the mind also one need to put continuous effort without thinking of how long he needs to apply the effort.

Your mind is your biggest enemy as well as your biggest friend. When you do not have control over your mind, it acts as the worst enemy, pulling you all the way down towards dis-advancement and similarly once it comes under your control you can use its tremendous power to achieve anything in your life and even reach the state of Union with the Divine.

Mind is an untrained horse, dangerous to ride, but your only tool to your destination.

You experience its power in parts daily. Every day you face few situations where you do something even when you know it is not right. Many times you find yourself indulged into some activity even without your awareness of it. Mind is inferior to the intellect and it must obey our intellectual decisions. But what happens in general that the mind overpowers the decisions and makes you work and act in some undesirable and objectionable manner. So, you can understand the tremendous energy the mind produces as thoughts. Mind must be controlled by intellect.

Regular and continuous practice of meditation brings your mind and body into your control. Meditation brings renunciation in life, a state beyond attachment and detachment. You start working selflessly and no more impressions are formed onto your mind. Your mind does not produce any undesirable thought. Your identity becomes as clear as a crystal.

Complete consciousness when you do not meditate and perform your duties keeps your mind under your control.

These things are not as easy as said. But the key of success is practice. The more valuable award you fight for, more tough and dreadful the fight becomes. This state is the end of almost all of your sorrow so for it you will have to work hard and practice these things regularly. Someone had said that things which are easily achieved have no value.

Your success depends upon your own point of view, your determination, your effort, your aspiration and your faith. It is not the kind of knowledge hearing and reading which will take you to the benefits hidden into it. As you cannot learn swimming without getting into the pool similarly there is no way testing the trueness or controlling the mind without practising. Meditation is the key to your success.

Your mind has deluded you enough. Arise, awake and stop not till the goal is achieved as said Swāmi Vivekānanda.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Time Management


Time management had always been an area of unending discussion for me.

Management is very important for any limited resource. Everything we have in limited amount has to be managed properly to produce best results out of the stock. For example, our fossil fuels need to have their consumption managed properly to ensure its longer availability. Similarly, our invaluable limited resource of time must also be managed properly for bright future.

There are many who do not think of time as limited. They think that if the work has not been completed today it will be done tomorrow and start the work. At the end of the day they find that the work is incomplete. So, they have a different mentality and that is another area of discussion. If you do not think time to be limited, you cannot think of time management ever.

Those who are not concerned with the time management in their life, face many difficulties, such as excessive work load.

Whatever problem you face in this way of time management is an outcome of your point of view, your mind.

Some say that they have lack of time. On such a question, one of my prefects, Dr. Sudhakar Pande, say that your senior does more work, as he has more responsibilities, in the same twenty four hours. By saying so, he compels to think that where is our extra time going. So, it is not the lack of time but laziness, inactivity and indulgence into some other thing that makes you feel short of time.

Some feel that they waste a lot of time. This is a much serious matter. If you feel such, this thinking lowers your self-esteem and weakens you. This hampers your will power greatly. So before making a notion that you waste your time, think in the way that whether your activities in which you pass most of your time is beneficial for society or humanity or not. If it is so then you are not wasting your time but yes you yet have to learn about time management. I had to say this because many are involved in some good activities but when they do not see any benefit they consider it waste of time and hampers their own will power.

Well the important thing is time management. The first thing that you need to learn is the division of your works on the basis of the priorities they hold into your life. For example, studies hold good priority in the life of a student. So, a student should devote more time to studies than parties and useless gossip. Similarly a businessman should have his business and family as his priorities and he should divide his time accordingly.

After, you decide your priorities you should allot appropriate time to each activity on a daily basis.

This is something that has been said and heard frequently, but what happens is all this is done and peoples with great vigor set a new time table to start with and find themselves again unable to follow up their own time table and decisions. This is just because of above mentioned laziness, inactivity and indulgence into some other thing.

Now, again a person feels the requirement of mind control. Because once the mind is controlled and at peace, you experience a tremendous boost in your concentration, efficiency and stability and find your every decision easy to exercise. So, all you need to do is to practise. Practise what you need to do and you will succeed.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Work To Discover Your True Self


You keep on expressing your weakness when you are not.

It is just because you do not know yourself. You even require to work, to make your future better or to reduce your work load.

Computer helps a lot today but that too was created by men.

So once you discover yourself, your true nature, your true potential, you are equipped with a very powerful tool to solve your other problems.

But of course you need to put some effort to discover your real self.

This is your exam. It is up to you to decide whether you want to succeed or fail. Success brings happiness not the failure.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Practise Practice


The life is not the name of finding out reasons for failures to show weakness and in capabilities. This cannot be the path to Him.

We must be quite determined and confident of our abilities. I can even lift the mountain; such should be our confidence and determination.

But, it is not possible for those who cannot even sit for an hour. Practice is the key to success. Everyone understands this but no one practises it.

Even if you are the worst person of this planet you can become the best by practice.

Practise and do not even think of the effect of practice as told in Bhagavadgītā. This is the only way to the goal.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Your Choice Between Conscious Life Or Unconscious Death


Be conscious all the time. Being conscious means having proper knowledge and using that knowledge. Unconsciousness produces unwanted effects. Always be aware that you are a soul and are not affected by anything. Always remember that everything you do must be for the sake of good of the world. Never forget your goal of life. Never come in front of anyone when you are not conscious. Unconsciousness may be the result of excessive attachment, sleep, addiction, anger etc. Please avoid these things as far as possible. Sleep is necessary for the body during the sleep you remain unconscious. Don’t interact with anyone when you feel sleepy. Don’t speak anything when you are unconscious. When you are unconscious your samskāras drive you. You are in the period of development. You have lot of samskāras yet. Either you do what has been said above or you clean your samskāras (impression) as soon as possible. Till you become free from samskāras you must force yourself into conscious mood always.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Speak What You Follow And Follow What You Speak


Speaking is not bad. In fact, it is a boon to us, which helps us communicate so easily. But it is a boon only till it is truthful. If it is not truthful, if you do not speak truth, your words fall as curse on the society, your listeners.

I mean to say that one should speak only those things that he/she has experienced and found right. If you have not tried something, you must give detail about where have you received the idea from? When you do not give reference then the listeners conceives the idea as your discovery and all the responsibility of his/her success or failure fall upon you. When you give reference, you force the listeners to use their intellect to check the applicability and rationality of the idea, with an unsaid declaration that you have not tried it.

I just want you to speak what you follow and follow what you speak. I have met people who can speak so nicely that you will be completely blown away but they do not want to be asked whether they themselves follow the same or not.

You cannot change anyone before you change yourself. Your personality and lifestyle has a much intense effect than your words on others. But your words do matter and hence should be taken care of.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

How To Bring Eternal Bliss Into Your Life? Part 6, Free Your Mind From Impressions

Continued from How To Bring Eternal Bliss Into Your Life? Part 5, Recognize Your Attachments

Your mind only thinks about those things which hold excess importance or interaction in your life.

For example, if you keep on hearing some song continuously for hours, you will find yourself connected with that song even if that song is put off. May be singing or enjoying inside your mind. Whatever way but you find yourself indulged into it. This is what I call attachment.

You cannot see the world as it is through your colored glasses. For rising above sorrow and happiness, for achieving the state of eternal bliss, you need to make your mind free from attachments, free from impressions.

For this you need to work without selfish motive, for the sake of work, as a duty. This does not bring attachment.

Much more can be said but I close this series here with the assurance that I will be back with more interesting and important topics.

Thank you very much.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

How To Bring Eternal Bliss Into Your Life? Part 5, Recognize Your Attachments


Whatever you do have impressions on your mind and using these impressions mid continues to produce thoughts including desires, wishes and expectations.

But you do not need to stop working and retire from all your duties in order to stop the formation of impressions.

Let me tell you more about the formation of these impressions. Impressions are only accumulated for activities in which we have a particular level of attachment or more. Deeper the attachment with something, stronger remains its impression.

The attachment of which I am talking is of mental and emotional kind.

In order to prevent the formation of impressions on you, you must perform all your activities as duties. Duties that you have to perform, you enjoy to perform and duties that are not going to fulfill any of your desire.

This brings a state of detached attachment or renunciation which is beyond attachment or detachment.

If you are a new spiritual seeker, or these concepts are new to you, some of these ideas may be tough for you to understand.

There is also a simpler way to explain this.

Continue with How To Bring Eternal Bliss Into Your Life? Part 6, Free Your Mind From Impressions

Monday, March 19, 2012

How To Bring Eternal Bliss Into Your Life? Part 4, Understand Your Mind And System

Continues from How To Bring Eternal Happiness Into Your Life? Part 3, Tame Your Mind And Desire

But the question is how to tame this mind. In Bhagavadgītā, the Arjuna asks Śrī Kṛṣṇa, that he finds controlling mind even tougher than controlling air. Yes, of course controlling mind is tough.

In order to control mind you need to understand some basic things about how the mind functions. Our mind makes all decisions based on the inputs we feed into our system. It is just like if you put 1000 apples and 600 oranges before someone, there is more probability of him picking up an apple. Similarly, whether your mind thinks in the right way or not depends upon the concentration of right or wrong things you have fed inside your system so far. As you sow, so you reap.

Your mind produces desires based on the level of attachment you have with something. You cannot expect yourself taking a right decision when you have never fed anything right into your mind.

By inputs or feed of mind, I refer to impressions that are created upon you when you perform some work. Even speaking, talking, singing etc. have high level of impact on your mind.

Your mind takes decisions based on information and their concentration you have fed into your system so far.

Continue with How To Bring Eternal Bliss Into Your Life? Part 5, Recognize Your Attachments

Sunday, March 18, 2012

How To Bring Eternal Happiness Into Your Life? Part 3, Tame Your Mind And Desire


Desires are the cause of our sufferings said Gautam Buddha.

Some say that without desire you cannot progress in life. All the inventions you see around you today are the outcomes of desire of someone.

But it is not so. Inventions are the outcomes of wants or needs not desires or wishes. Do not you have any desire but are you able to device some means that could fulfill such desire of people. Everyone has desire but everyone is not an inventor.

Desires only bring sorrow. You desire or expect your colleagues to behave with you in a special fashion and get upset on not finding them acting in the way you wish. You wish your dress to be praised by everyone in the party and are annoyed if no one notices it. These useless desires bring much stress to your mind daily.

What is required is to tune the mind not to give rise to more desires and to stop the tendency of mind to run hither and thither.

Continue with How To Bring Eternal Bliss Into Your Life? Part 4, Understand Your Mind And System

Sunday, March 4, 2012

How To Bring Happiness Into Your Life? Part 2, Means Of Achieving Eternal Happiness

Everyone is seeking for eternal happiness.

Eternal happiness cannot be achieved by any external means since external means are transitory.

Happiness is not triggered by any external means it originates from inside.

A chocolate cake can make one happy but not every other.

Simply, happiness comes from inside with the feeling of contentment and satisfaction.

Satisfaction of needs is good, but today everyone is trying to satisfy his/her desire, which is impossible and wrong.

Desires will never end by satisfaction it will generate another instead.

Our needs must be satisfied whether they are associated with the body, mind or soul.

So, eternal happiness can be achieved only by removing our desires.

But this again is not an easy task.

Continue with How To Bring Eternal Happiness Into Your Life? Part 3, Tame Your Mind And Desires

Friday, March 2, 2012

How To Bring Happiness To Your Life? Part 1


Today everyone is busy, though in passing time uselessly. But they are busy and they also like themselves to be called busy.

Being busy is not bad. But remaining busy without understanding all of your needs and duties, just with something that you think is good, just because it fulfills a part of your desire, is bad.

People are running behind money. I agree that money is important for living a happy life. But if it doesn’t bring happiness to you, you must think about your decision.

You see, life is constituted by a large number of factors. For a happy life, you need to recognize all, at least all major factors.

One thing that is quite clear is that everyone wants to be happy. But, happiness always brings sorrow with it. Let’s call them the two different aspects of the same coin. You may see one at a time but both exist.

Same is true for sorrow even, but who care. No one wants sorrow.

Everyone is looking for happiness of the kind that lasts forever. For those who do not believe on rebirth, forever just means till death. But for those who believe on rebirth, it goes beyond.

This everlasting happiness or eternal happiness is known as bliss. And everyone is striving to achieve the same without the knowledge even.

Continue with How To Bring Happiness Into Your Life? Part 2, Means Of Achieving Eternal Happiness

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Quotations of Swami Vivekananda Explaining God, Religion, Mind, Soul and Much More

Swami Vivekananda


• To succeed, you must have tremendous perseverance, tremendous will. “I will drink the ocean”, says the persevering soul; “at my will mountains will crumble up”. Have that sort of energy, that sort of will; work hard, and you will reach the goal.

• Arise, awake and stop not till the goal is reached.

• It fills my heart with joy unspeakable to rise in response to the warm and cordial welcome which you have given us. I thank you in name of the most ancient order of monks in the world; I thank you in the name of the mother of religions; and I thank you in the name of millions and millions of Hindu people of all classes and sects.

• My thanks also to some of the speakers on this platform who, referring to the delegates from the Orient, have told you that these men from far-off nations may well claim the honor of bearing to different lands the idea of toleration.

• I am proud to belong to a religion which has taught the world both tolerance and universal acceptance. We believe not only in universal toleration but we accept all religions as true. I am proud to belong to a nation which has sheltered the persecuted and the refugees of all religions and all nations of the earth. I am proud to tell you that we have gathered in our bosom the purest remnant of the Israelites who came to Southern India and took refuge with us in very year in which their holy temple was shattered to pieces by Roman tyranny. I am proud to belong to the religion which has sheltered and is still fostering the remnant of the grand Zoroastrian nation.

• I will quote to you brethren a few lines from a hymn which I remember to have repeated from my earliest childhood, which is every day repeated by millions of human beings: 'As the different streams having their sources in different places all mingle their water in the sea, so, O Lord, the different paths which men take through different tendencies, various though they appear, crooked or straight, all lead to Thee.'

• The present convention, which is one of the most august assemblies ever held, is in itself a vindication, a declaration to the world of the wonderful doctrine preached in the Gita: 'Whosoever comes to me, though whatsoever form, I reach him; all men are struggling through paths which in the end lead to me.'

• Sectarianism, bigotry, and its horrible descendant, fanaticism, have long possessed this beautiful Earth. They have filled the earth with violence, drenched it often and often with human blood, destroyed civilization, and sent whole nations to despair. Had it not been for these horrible demons, human society would be far more advanced than it is now?

• But their time is come; and I fervently hope that the bell that tolled this morning in honor of this convention may be the death-knell of all fanaticism, of all persecutions with the sword or with the pen, and of all uncharitable feelings between persons wending their way to the same goal.

• Many times I have been in the jaws of death, starving, footsore, and weary; for days and days I had no food, and often could walk no further; I would sink down under a tree, and life would seem to be ebbing away. I could not speak, I could scarcely think, but at last the mind reverted to the idea: "I have neither fear nor death; never was I born, never did I die; I never hunger or thirst. I am It! I am It! The whole of nature cannot crush me; it is my servant. Assert thy strength, thou Lord of lords and God of gods! Regain thy lost empire! Arise and walk and stop not!" And I would rise up, reinvigorated; and here I am today, living! Thus, whenever darkness comes, assert the reality and everything adverse must vanish. For after all, it is but a dream. Mountain-high though the difficulties appear, terrible and gloomy though all things seem, they are but Maya. Fear not, and it is banished. Crush it, and it vanishes. Stamp upon it, and it dies.

• Let us calmly and in a manly fashion go to work, instead of dissipating our energy in unnecessary fretting and fuming. I, for one, thoroughly believe that no power in the universe can withhold from anyone anything he really deserves.

• The whole life is a succession of dreams. My ambition is to be a conscious dreamer, which is all.

• I am proud to belong to a religion which has taught the world both tolerance and universal acceptance. We believe not only in universal toleration, but we accept all religions as true. As different streams having different sources all mingle their waters in the sea, so different tendencies, various though they appear, crooked or straight, all lead to God.

• It is an insult to a starving people to offer them religion; it is an insult to a starving man to teach him metaphysics.

• Come, be men! Kick out the priests who are always against progress, because they would never mend, their hearts would never become big. They are the offspring of centuries of superstition and tyranny. Root out priest-craft first. Come, be men! Come out of your narrow holes and have a look abroad. See how nations are on the march! Do you love man? Do you love your country? Then come, let us struggle for higher and better things; look not back, no, not even if you see the dearest and nearest cry. Look not back, but forward!

• Occultism and mysticism – these creepy things there may be great truths in them, but they have nearly destroyed us and here is the test of truth – anything that makes you weak physically, intellectually and spiritually, reject as poison, there is no life in it, it cannot be true. Truth is strengthening. Truth is purity, truth is all-knowledge. These mysticisms, in spite of some grains of truth in them, are generally weakening. And beware of superstition. I would rather see every one of you rank atheists than superstitious fools, for the atheist is alive, and you can make something of him. But if superstition enters, the brain is gone, the brain is softening, and degradation has seized upon the life. Mystery-mongering and superstition are always signs of weakness.

• I am a socialist not because I think it is a perfect system, but half a loaf is better than no bread. The other system has been tried and found wanting.

• The intensive love that humanity has ever known has come from religion, and the most diabolical hatred that humanity has known has also come from religion. No other human motive had deluged the world with blood so much as religion; at the same time, nothing has brought into existence so many hospitals and asylums for the poor; no other human influence has taken such care, not only of humanity, but also the lowest of animals, as religion has done. Nothing makes us as cruel as religion, and nothing makes us so tender as religion.

• No religion on earth preaches the dignity of humanity in such a lofty strain as Hinduism, and no religion on earth treads upon the necks of the poor and the low in such a fashion as Hinduism.

• I will abide by my reason, because with all its weakness there is some chance of my getting at truth through it. We should therefore follow reasons, and also sympathize with those who do not come to any sort of belief, following reason.

• Experience is the only source of knowledge. The same methods of investigation which we apply to the sciences and to exterior knowledge should be applied to religion. If a religion is destroyed by such investigation and found it was nothing but a useless and unworthy superstition; the sooner it disappeared the better. Why religions should claim that they are not bound to abide by the standpoint of reason no one knows. For it is better that mankind should become atheist by following reason than blindly believe in two hundred million gods on the authority of anybody. Perhaps there are prophets, who have passed the limits of sense and obtained a glimpse of the beyond. We shall believe it only when we can do the same ourselves; not before. It is said that reason is not strong enough, that often it makes mistakes. If reason is weak why a body of priests should be considered any better guides?

• Each soul is potentially divine. The goal is to manifest this divinity within, by controlling nature, external and internal. Do this either by work, or worship, or psychic control, or philosophy — by one, or more, or all of these — and be free. This is the whole of religion. Doctrines, or dogmas, or rituals, or books, or temples, or forms, are but secondary details.

• The whole universe is one. There is only one Self in the universe, only One Existence.

• You cannot believe in God until you believe in yourself.

• Give me few men and women who are pure and selfless and I shall shake the world.

• In a day when you don't come across any problems — you can be sure that you are traveling in the wrong path.

• Arise, Awake and Stop not till the Goal is reached.

• Let positive, strong, helpful thoughts enter into your brains from very childhood. Lay yourselves open to these thoughts, and not to weakening and paralyzing ones.

• Never mind failures; they are quite natural, they are the beauty of life, these failures. What would life be without them? It would not be worth having if it were not for struggles. Where would be the poetry of life? Never mind the struggles, the mistakes. I never heard a cow tell a lie, but it is only a cow—never a man. So never mind these failures, these little backslidings; hold the ideal a thousand times, and if you fail a thousand times, make the attempt once more.

• Say, ‘This misery that I am suffering is of my own doing, and that very thing proves that it will have to be undone by me alone.’ That which I created, I can demolish; that which is created by someone else, I shall never be able to destroy. Therefore, stand up, be bold, and be strong. Take the whole responsibility on your own shoulders, and know that you are the creators of your own destiny. All the strength and succor you want is within us.

• We must overcome difficulty by constant practice. We must learn that nothing can happen to us unless we make ourselves susceptible to it.

• Take up an idea, devote yourself to it, struggle on in patience, and the sun will rise for you.

• Education is the manifestation of perfection present already in man. Divinity is the manifestation of the religion already in man.

• Strength is Life, Weakness is death.

• Condemn none: if you can stretch out a helping hand, do so. If you cannot, fold your hands, bless your brothers, and let them go their own way.

• This life is short, the vanities of the world are transient, but they alone live who live for others, the rest are more dead than alive.

• When we really begin to live in the world, then we understand what is meant by brotherhood or mankind, and not before.

• External nature is only internal nature writ large.

• The world is the great gymnasium where we come to make ourselves strong.

• Feel like Christ and you will be a Christ; feel like Buddha and you will be a Buddha. It is feeling that is the life, the strength, the vitality, without which no amount of intellectual activity can reach God.

• The will is not free—it is a phenomenon bound by cause and effect—but there is something behind the will which is free.

• The more we come out and do well to others, the more our hearts will be purified, and God will be in them.

• There is nothing beyond God, and the sense enjoyments are simply something through which we are passing now in the hope of getting better things.

• The moment I have realized God sitting in the temple of every human body, the moment I stand in reverence before every human being and see God in him—that moment I am free from bondage, everything that binds vanishes, and I am free.

• Our duty is to encourage everyone in his struggle to live up to his own highest idea, and strive at the same time to make the ideal as near as possible to the Truth.

• That man has reached immortality that is disturbed by nothing material.

• You have to grow from the inside out. None can teach you, none can make you spiritual. There is no other teacher but your own soul.

• The goal of mankind is knowledge. . . . Now this knowledge is inherent in man. No knowledge comes from outside: it is all inside. What we say a man "knows," should, in strict psychological language, be what he "discovers" or "unveils"; what man "learns" is really what he discovers by taking the cover off his own soul, which is a mine of infinite knowledge.

• If money help a man to do well to others, it is of some value; but if not, it is simply a mass of evil, and the sooner it is got rid of, the better.

• All differences in this world are of degree, and not of kind, because oneness is the secret of everything.

• To devote your life to the good of all and to the happiness of all is religion. Whatever you do for your own sake is not religion.

• The greatest religion is to be true to your own nature. Have faith in yourselves!

• The spirit is the cause of all our thoughts and body-action, and everything, but it is untouched by good or evil, pleasure or pain, heat or cold, and all the dualism of nature, although it lends its light to everything.

• It is our own mental attitude which makes the world what it is for us. Our thought make things beautiful, our thoughts make things ugly. The whole world is in our own minds. Learn to see things in the proper light. First, believe in this world -- that there is meaning behind everything. Everything in the world is good, is holy and beautiful. If you see something evil, think that you do not understand it in the right light. Throw the burden on yourselves!

• In one word, this ideal is that you are divine.

• All the powers in the universe are already ours. It is we who have put our hands before our eyes and cry that it is dark.

• If faith in ourselves had been more extensively taught and practiced, I am sure a very large portion of the evils and miseries that we have would have vanished.

• Where can we go to find God if we cannot see Him in our own hearts and in every living being.
 
• The Vedanta teaches that Nirvana can be attained here and now, that we do not have to wait for death to reach it. Nirvana is the realization of the Self; and after having once known that, if only for an instant, never again can one be deluded by the mirage of personality.

• The Vedanta recognizes no sin it only recognizes error. And the greatest error, says the Vedanta is to say that you are weak, that you are a sinner, a miserable creature, and that you have no power and you cannot do this and that.

• Never think there is anything impossible for the soul. It is the greatest heresy to think so. If there is sin, this is the only sin — to say that you are weak, or others are weak.

• Truth can be stated in a thousand different ways, yet each one can be true.

• "I am the thread that runs through all these pearls," and each pearl is a religion or even a sect thereof. Such are the different pearls, and God is the thread that runs through all of them; most people, however, are entirely unconscious of it.

• “Comfort” is no test of truth; on the contrary, truth is often far from being “comfortable.”

• “Face the brutes.” That is a lesson for all life—face the terrible, face it boldly. Like the monkeys, the hardships of life fall back when we cease to flee before them.

• A few heart-whole, sincere, and energetic men and women can do more in a year than a mob in a century.

• A tremendous stream is flowing toward the ocean, carrying us all along with it; and though like straws and scraps of paper we may at times float aimlessly about, in the long run we are sure to join the Ocean of Life and Bliss.

• All is the Self or Brahman. The saint, the sinner, the lamb, the tiger, even the murderer, as far as they have any reality, can be nothing else, because there is nothing else.

• All knowledge that the world has ever received comes from the mind; the infinite library of the universe is in our own mind.

• All that is real in me is God; all that is real in God is I. The gulf between God and me is thus bridged. Thus by knowing God, we find that the kingdom of heaven is within us.

• All truth is eternal. Truth is nobody’s property; no race, no individual can lay any exclusive claim to it. Truth is the nature of all souls.
 
• All who have actually attained any real religious experience never wrangle over the form in which the different religions are expressed. They know that the soul of all religions is the same and so they have no quarrel with anybody just because he or she does not speak in the same tongue.

• Anything that brings spiritual, mental, or physical weakness, touch it not with the toes of your feet.

• Anything that is secret and mysterious in these systems of yoga should be at once rejected. The best guide in life is strength. In religion, as in all other matters, discard everything that weakens you, have nothing to do with it.

• Are great things ever done smoothly? Time, patience, and indomitable will must show.

• Are you unselfish? That is the question. If you are, you will be perfect without reading a single religious book, without going into a single church or temple.

• As body, mind, or soul, you are a dream; you really are Being, Consciousness, Bliss (satchidananda). You are the God of this universe.

• As long as we believe ourselves to be even the least different from God, fear remains with us; but when we know ourselves to be the One, fear goes; of what can we be afraid?

• As soon as I think that I am a little body, I want to preserve it, to protect it, to keep it nice, at the expense of other bodies; then you and I become separate.

• As soon as you know the voice and understand what it is, the whole scenes change. The same world which was the ghastly battlefield of maya is now changed into something good and beautiful.

• Astrology and all these mystical things are generally signs of a weak mind; therefore as soon as they are becoming prominent in our minds, we should see a physician, take good food, and rest.

• Be a hero. Always say, “I have no fear.” Tell this to everyone—“Have no fear.”

• Be perfectly resigned, perfectly unconcerned; then alone can you do any true work. No eyes can see the real forces; we can only see the results. Put out self, forget it; just let God work, it is His business.

• Blows are what awaken us and help to break the dream. They show us the insufficiency of this world and make us long to escape, to have freedom.

• Both the forces of good and evil will keep the universe alive for us, until we awake from our dreams and give up this building of mud pies.

• Come out into the broad light of day, come out from the little narrow paths, for how can the infinite soul rest content to live and die in small ruts?

• Come out into the universe of Light. Everything in the universe is yours, stretch out your arms and embrace it with love. If you every felt you wanted to do that, you have felt God.

• Delusion will vanish as the light becomes more and more effulgent, load after load of ignorance will vanish, and then will come a time when all else has disappeared and the sun alone shines.

• Desire, ignorance, and inequality—this is the trinity of bondage.

• Despondency is not religion, whatever else it may be.

• Do any deserve liberties that are not ready to give it to others? Let us calmly go to work, instead of dissipating our energy in unnecessary fretting and fuming.

• Do not look back upon what has been done. Go ahead!

• Don't look back—forward, infinite energy, infinite enthusiasm, infinite daring, and infinite patience—then alone can great deeds be accomplished.

• Each work has to pass through these stages—ridicule, opposition, and then acceptance. Those who think ahead of their time are sure to be misunderstood.

• Even the greatest fool can accomplish a task if it were after his or her heart. But the intelligent ones are those who can convert every work into one that suits their taste.

• Every action that helps us manifest our divine nature more and more is good; every action that retards it is evil.

• Every individual is a center for the manifestation of a certain force. This force has been stored up as the resultant of our previous works, and each one of us is born with this force at our back.

• Every step I take in light is mine forever.

• Everything must be sacrificed, if necessary, for that one sentiment: universality.

• Fear is death, fear is sin, fear is hell, fear is unrighteousness, and fear is wrong life. All the negative thoughts and ideas that are in the world have proceeded from this evil spirit of fear.

• Fill the brain with high thoughts, highest ideals, place them day and night before you, and out of that will come great work.

• First get rid of the delusion “I am the body,” then only will we want real knowledge.

• First, believe in the world—that there is meaning behind everything.

• Freedom can never be reached by the weak. Throw away all weakness. Tell your body that it is strong, tell your mind that it is strong, and have unbounded faith and hope in yourself.

• Go on saying, “I am free.” Never mind if the next moment delusion comes and says, “I am bound.” Dehypnotize the whole thing.

• God is merciful to those whom He sees struggling heart and soul for realization. But remain idle, without any struggle, and you will see that His grace will never come.

• God is self-evident, impersonal, omniscient, the Knower and the Master of nature, the Lord of all. He is behind all worship and it is being done according to Him, whether we know it or not.

• God is very merciful to those whom He sees struggling heart and soul for spiritual realization. But remain idle, without any struggle, and you will see that His grace will never come.

• Great work requires great and persistent effort for a long time. … Character has to be established through a thousand stumbles.

• Have you got the will to surmount mountain-high obstructions? If the whole world stands against you sword in hand, would you still dare to do what you think is right?

• He whom the sages have been seeking in all these places is in our own hearts; the voice that you heard was right, says Vedanta, but the direction you gave to the voice was wrong.

• Hold to the idea, “I am not the mind, I see that I am thinking, I am watching my mind act,” and each day the identification of yourself with thoughts and feelings will grow less, until at last you can entirely separate yourself from the mind and actually know it to be apart from yourself.

• However we may receive blows, and however knocked about we may be, the Soul is there and is never injured. We are that Infinite.

• I fervently wish no misery ever came near anyone; yet it is that alone that gives us an insight into the depths of our lives, does it not? In our moments of anguish, gates barred forever seem to open and let in many a flood of light.

• I, for one, thoroughly believe that no power in the universe can withhold from anyone anything he really deserves.

• If a piece of burning charcoal be placed on a man’s head, see how he struggles to throw it off. Similar will be the struggle for freedom of those who really understand that they are slaves of nature.

• If superstition enters, the brain is gone.

• If there is one word that you find coming out like a bomb from the Upanishads, bursting like a bombshell upon masses of ignorance, it is the word “fearlessness.”

• If you think that you are bound, you remain bound; you make your own bondage. If you know that you are free, you are free this moment. This is knowledge, knowledge of freedom. Freedom is the goal of all nature.

• If you want to have life, you have to die every moment for it. Life and death are only different expressions of the same thing looked at from different standpoints; they are the falling and the rising of the same wave, and the two form one whole.

• Impurity is a mere superimposition under which your real nature has become hidden. But the real you are already perfect, already strong.

• Is there any sex-distinction in the Atman (Self)? Out with the differentiation between man and woman—all is Atman! Give up the identification with the body, and stand up!

• It is feeling that is the life, the strength, the vitality, without which no amount of intellectual activity can reach God.

• It is the cheerful mind that is persevering. It is the strong mind that hews its way through a thousand difficulties.

• It is the patient building of character, the intense struggle to realize the truth, which alone will tell in the future of humanity.

• Karma is the eternal assertion of human freedom. If we can bring ourselves down by our karma, surely it is in our power to raise ourselves by our own karma.

• Knowledge can only be got in one way, the way of experience; there is no other way to know.

• Learning and wisdom are superfluities, the surface glitter merely, but it is the heart that is the seat of all power.

• Learning and wisdom are superfluities, the surface glitter merely, but it is the heart that is the seat of all power. It is not in the brain but in the heart that the Atman, possessed of knowledge, power, and activity, has its seat.

• Let us not depend upon the world for pleasure.

• Let us worship the spirit in spirit, standing on spirit. Let the foundation be spirit, the middle spirit, the culmination spirit.

• Look upon every man, woman, and everyone as God. You cannot help anyone, you can only serve: serve the children of the Lord, serve the Lord Himself, if you have the privilege.

• Nature, body, mind go to death, not we. We neither go nor come. The man Vivekananda is in nature, is born and dies; but the Self we see as Vivekananda is never born and never dies. It is the eternal and unchangeable Reality.

• Neither seeks nor avoids; take what comes. It is liberty to be affected by nothing. Do not merely endure; be unattached.

• No authority can save us, no beliefs. If there is a God, all can find Him. No one needs to be told it is warm; all can discover it for themselves. So it should be with God. He should be a fact in the consciousness of every person.

• One who leans on others cannot serve the God of Truth.

• Our first duty is not to hate ourselves, because to advance we must have faith in ourselves first and then in God. Those who have no faith in themselves can never have faith in God.

• Our supreme duty is to advance toward freedom—physical, mental, and spiritual—and help others to do so.

• Perfection does not come from belief or faith. Talk does not count for anything. Parrots can do that. Perfection comes through selfless work.

• Perfection is always infinite. We are the infinite already. You and I, and all beings, are trying to manifest that infinity.

• Please everyone without becoming a hypocrite or a coward.

• Pray all the time, read all the scriptures in the world, and worships all the gods there are ...but unless you realize the Truth, there is no freedom.

• Pray all the time, read all the scriptures in the world, and worships all the gods there are … [but] unless you realize the Self (atman), there is no freedom.

• Purity, patience, and perseverance are the three essentials to success and, above all, love.

• Religion as a science, as a study, is the greatest and healthiest exercise that the human mind can have.

• Religion has no business to formulate social laws and insist on the difference between beings, because its aim and end is to obliterate all such fictions and monstrosities.

• So long as there is desire or want, it is a sure sign that there is imperfection. A perfect, free being cannot have any desire.

• Soft-brained people, weak-minded, chicken-hearted, cannot find the truth. One has to be free, and as broad as the sky.

• Stand as a rock; you are indestructible. You are the Self (atman), the God of the universe.

• Stand up, be bold, and be strong. Take the whole responsibility on your own shoulders, and know that you are the creator of your own destiny. All the strength and succor you want is within you. Therefore make your own future.

• Stand upon the Self, only then can we truly love the world. Take a very high stand; knowing our universal nature, we must look with perfect calmness upon all the panorama of the world.

• Strength is the sign of vigor, the sign of life, the sign of hope, the sign of health, and the sign of everything that is good. As long as the body lives, there must be strength in the body, strength in the mind, strength in the hand.

• Superstition is our great enemy, but bigotry is worse.

• Tell the truth boldly, whether it hurts or not. Never pander to weakness. If truth is too much for intelligent people and sweeps them away, let them go; the sooner the better.

• Thank God for giving you this world as a moral gymnasium to help your development, but never imagine you can help the world.

• The essence of Vedanta is that there is but one Being and that every soul is that Being in full, not a part of that Being.
 
• The essential thing in religion is making the heart pure; the Kingdom of Heaven is within us, but only the pure in heart can see the King. While we think of the world, it is only the world for us; but let us come to it with the feeling that the world is God, and we shall have God.

• The first sign that you are becoming religious is that you are becoming cheerful.

• The greatest religion is to be true to your own nature. Have faith in yourselves!

• The human soul has sojourned in lower and higher forms, migrating from one to another according to the samskaras or impressions, but it is only in the highest form as a human being that it attains to freedom.

• The idea of perfect womanhood is perfect independence.

• The important thing is: how much less you think of the body, of yourself as matter—as dead, dull, insentient matter; how much more you think of yourself as shining immortal being.

• The less passion there is, the better we work. The calmer we are the better for us and the more the amount of work we can do. When we let loose our feelings, we waste so much energy, shatter our nerves, disturb our minds, and accomplish very little work.

• The mind is but the subtle part of the body. You must retain great strength in your mind and words.

• The mistake is that we cling to the body when it is the spirit that is really immortal.

• The more you think of yourself as shining immortal spirit, the more eager you will be to be absolutely free of matter, body, and senses. This is the intense desire to be free.

• The past was great no doubt, but I sincerely believe that the future will be more glorious still.

• The power is with the silent ones, who only live and love and then withdraw their personality. They never say “me” and “mine”; they are only blessed in being instruments.

• The powers of the mind are like the rays of the sun when they are concentrated they illumine.

• The power of purity—it is a definite power.

• The powers of the mind should be concentrated and the mind turned back upon itself; as the darkest places reveal their secrets before the penetrating rays of the sun, so will the concentrated mind penetrate its own innermost secrets.

• The Self when it appears behind the universe is called God. The same Self when it appears behind this little universe—the body—is the soul.

• The Soul is not composed of any materials. It is unity indivisible. Therefore it must be indestructible.

• The varieties of religious belief are an advantage, since all faiths are good, so far as they encourage us to lead a religious life. The more sects there are, the more opportunities there are for making a successful appeal to the divine instinct in all of us.

• The whole secret of existence is to have no fear. Never fear what will become of you, depend on no one. Only the moments you reject all help are you free.

• The whole universe is one. There is only one Self in the universe, only One Existence.

• The world is ready to give up its secrets if we only know how to knock, how to give it the necessary blow. The strength and force of the blow come through concentration.

• There cannot be friendship without equality.

• There is no help for you outside of yourself; you are the creator of the universe. Like the silkworm you have built a cocoon around yourself…. Burst your own cocoon and come out as the beautiful butterfly, as the free soul. Then alone you will see Truth.

• There is one thing to be remembered: that the assertion—I am God—cannot be made with regard to the sense-world.

• There is only one sin. That is weakness.... The only saint is that soul that never weakens, faces everything, and determines to die game.

• There is to be found in every religion the manifestation of the struggle toward freedom. It is the groundwork of all morality, of unselfishness, which means getting rid of the idea that human beings are the same as this little body.

• This earth is higher than all the heavens; this is the greatest school in the universe.

• This I have seen in life—those who are overcautious about themselves fall into dangers at every step; those who are afraid of losing honor and respect, get only disgrace; and those who are always afraid of loss, always lose.

• This is no world. It is God Himself. In delusion we call it world.

• This is the first lesson to learn: be determined not to curse anything outside, not to lay the blame upon anyone outside, but stand up, lay the blame on yourself. You will find that is always true. Get hold of yourself.

• This is the great lesson that we are here to learn through myriads of births and heavens and hells—that there is nothing to be asked for, desired for, beyond one’s spiritual Self (atman).

• This life is a hard fact; work your way through it boldly, though it may be adamantine; no matter, the soul is stronger.

• Those who grumble at the little thing that has fallen to their lot to do will grumble at everything. Always grumbling, they will lead a miserable life, and everything will be a failure. But those who do their duties as they go, putting their shoulders to the wheel, will see the light, and higher duties will fall to their share.

• Those who work at a thing heart and soul not only achieve success in it but through their absorption in that they also realize the supreme truth—Brahman. Those who work at a thing with their whole heart receive help from God.

• To believe blindly is to degenerate the human soul. Be an atheist if you want, but do not believe in anything unquestioningly.

• Truth does not pay homage to any society, ancient or modern. Society has to pay homage to Truth or die.

• Understanding human nature is the highest knowledge, and only by knowing it can we know God. It is also a fact that the knowledge of God is the highest knowledge, and only by knowing God can we understand human nature.

• Watch people do their most common actions; these are indeed the things that will tell you the real character of a great person.

• We are ever free if we would only believe it, only have faith enough. You are the soul, free and eternal, ever free, ever blessed. Have faith enough and you will be free in a minute.

• We believe that every being is divine, is God. Every soul is a sun covered over with clouds of ignorance; the difference between soul and soul is owing to the difference in density of these layers of clouds.

• We came to enjoy; we are being enjoyed. We came to rule; we are being ruled. We came to work; we are being worked. All the time, we find that. And this comes into every detail of our life.

• We have to go back to philosophy to treat things as they are. We are suffering from our own karma. It is not the fault of God. What we do is our own fault, nothing else. Why should God be blamed?

• We must approach religion with reverence and with love, and our heart will stand up and say, this is truth, and this is untruth.

• We must be bright and cheerful. Long faces do not make religion. Religion should be the most joyful thing in the world, because it is the best.

• We must have friendship for all; we must be merciful toward those that are in misery; when people are happy, we ought to be happy; and to the wicked we must be indifferent. These attitudes will make the mind peaceful.

• We reap what we sow. we are the makers of our own fate. None else has the blame, none has the praise.

• We want to know in order to make ourselves free. That is our life: one universal cry for freedom.

• What do you gain in heaven? You become gods, drink nectar, and get rheumatism. There is less misery there than on earth, but also less truth.

• What the world wants is character. The world is in need of those whose life is one burning love, selfless. That love will make every word tell like a thunderbolt.

• When we come to nonattachment, then we can understand the marvelous mystery of the universe: how it is intense activity and at the same time intense peace, how it is work every moment and rest every moment.

• When we have become free, we need not go mad and throw up society and rush off to die in the forest or the cave; we shall remain where we were but we shall understand the whole thing. The same phenomena will remain but with a new meaning.

• When we have become free, we need not go mad and throw up society and rush off to die in the forest or the cave; we shall remain where we were, only we shall understand the whole thing.

• Whenever we attain a higher vision, the lower vision disappears of itself.

• Who makes us ignorant? We ourselves. We put our hands over our eyes and weep that it is dark.

• Why are people so afraid? The answer is that they have made themselves helpless and dependent on others. We are so lazy, we do not want to do anything ourselves. We want a Personal God, a Savior or a Prophet to do everything for us.

• Woman has suffered for eons, and that has given her infinite patience and infinite perseverance.

• Women will work out their destinies — much better, too, than men can ever do for them. All the mischief to women has come because men undertook to shape the destiny of women.

• Work and worship are necessary to take away the veil, to lift off the bondage and illusion.

• Work on with the intrepidity of a lion but at the same time with the tenderness of a flower.

• Worship of society and popular opinion is idolatry. The soul has no sex, no country, no place, no time.

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