January 31, 2015
There is a guiding hand always; there is a leading angel sitting on our very shoulders. Every person is carrying within himself or herself a guiding power, a divinity. There is a divinity that is aware of what is happening. With millions of eyes it looks at us and sees us and notices what is happening to us.
January 26, 2015
In your own highest self-interest, it is necessary to have wisdom firmly established in your heart. And from that state of wisdom extend your affection towards all, make use of things, do your duty, fulfil your obligations, but be detached within. It may be a secret between you and God. Be apparently normal, but within yourself be super-normal. This is the key to succeed over the world in a state of serenity and absolute inner equanimity. This is the key message proclaimed by the absolute inner equanimity. This is the key message proclaimed by the Gita – anasakti (non-attachment).
January 25, 2015
You cannot see consciousness, but without consciousness there is no seeing. You cannot touch, taste or smell consciousness, but without it there is no touching, tasting or smelling.
[Paraphrased] Random is different from unpredictable. Random is chance. Unpredictable is laws of nature beyond our ability to predict.
– Deepak Chopra.
January 19, 2015
You cannot have God unless you empty your heart of all desires. When desires fill your heart, how can you seek Immortality? As long as we have slightest desire for things other than God, we cannot have Him. Sri Ramakrishna Dev used to say that as long as even a little fibre was sticking out of the end of a thread, that thread would not be passed through the needle. Unless absolute concentration of your entire being is directed towards the purpose of your life – the attainment of God – there cannot be success in spiritual Realisation.
Just as darkness and light cannot co-exist, in the presence of continual sensual pleasures, spiritual Bliss cannot exist. Therefore, show extreme contempt for worldly objects. Give up cravings. Give up deluded attachment. You have entangled yourself in this quagmire of samsara by increasing your own desires, your own wants. By making life luxurious and complex, you have multiplied your wants and desires. Every day you are forging additional links to this chain of bondage by creating newer and newer wants.
Persons are always dissatisfied due to these uncontrolled desires. There is no end to their desires. Is there no escape from these troubles and difficulties? There is one supreme way. It is the development of intense dispassion. It is a life of simplicity, self-control and purity, a life of cosmic love, selfless service, and of shedding all selfish nature,. Develop the habit of thinking rightly, feeling rightly, and acting rightly. Practise devotion and meditation. Then alone it is possible for you to have happiness and perfect peace – not somewhere in some unknown distant realm in some distant future, but right here in the midst of all these external distractions, restlessness and boisterousness of life.
Plentitude is your true nature. A deep perennial satisfaction characteises your true being. Nothing is lacked, for it is all-full and perfect.
January 18, 2015
There are some demons dangerous
to your soul: lust, anger.
But there’s a way to kill them.
Feed them meditation only,
and clear awareness, and you’ll see
the illusion of what they control.
14th Century North Indian mystic
January 15, 2015
Know that every argument won is an argument lost; every argument that is lost is an argument won. It means that if you win an argument by means of self-justification, you have lost control over yourself. And if you keep silent in an argument, you have won, since you have exercised self-control.