Ramana

March 21, 2016

A’ asked: I often desire to live in solitude where I can find all I want with ease, so that I may devote all my time to meditation only. Is such a desire good or bad?

M.: Such thoughts will bestow a janma (reincarnation) for their fulfilment. What does it matter where and how you are placed? The essential point is that the mind must always remain in its source. There is nothing external which is not also internal. The mind is all. If the mind is active even solitude becomes like a market place. There is no use closing your eyes. Close the mental eye and all will be right. The world is not external to you. The good persons will not care to make plans previous to their actions. Why so? For God who has sent us into the world has His own plan and that will certainly work itself out.


Facts and Feelings

March 16, 2016

Either you have got your facts wrong or you are not paying attention to your feelings.

Yang, facts, truth
Yin, feelings, love


Vidya-Maya

March 13, 2016

We have to remember that the Motherhood of God is always conceived of as the twofold Shaktis, Vidya-Maya and Avidya-Maya. It is in this aspect of Vidya-Maya She now comes to be adored and invoked by the seeker and therefore Lakshmi in Her aspect as Vidya-Maya sustains, nourishes, protects and preserves the seeker’s spiritual ascent, his Yoga and his Sadhana.

Swami Chidananda


Recourse

March 12, 2016

There is a remedy for improving these present deplorable conditions. We will have to adopt the motto of our forefathers, viz., simple living and high thinking. Lead a simple, natural life. Wear simple clothing. Walk daily. Give up as far as possible cinemas, and novel-reading. Eat simple food. Lead a hard, laborious life. Be self-reliant. Reduce your wants. Be honest in your dealings. Earn at the sweat of your brow. Control the lndriyas and the mind. Develop noble qualities. Take recourse to the company of wise men.

Swami Chidananda


Enlightened Soul

March 8, 2016

The truly enlightened or Self-realized individual brings higher forces to the Earth from the power of his or her liberated consciousness. That is how individual enlightenment can uplift the entire world, even without any overt external actions.

Dr David Frawley


Troubles

March 5, 2016

The moment you accept what troubles you’ve been given, the door will open.

~ Rūmī


Lower Nature

March 5, 2016

Methods by which we check some natural downward tendency and control some sensual appetite which draws the personality towards the objective world, have to be intelligently thought over and thus a whole programme of Sadhana has to be worked out by every individual Sadhaka or spiritual aspirant. It is the sum-total of these expressions of the Mother in the Sadhaka that ultimately enable him to transcend the first stage of spiritual life and Sadhana and completely attain victory over the lower nature in him.

Swami Chidananda


Sadhana

March 3, 2016

Doubts on the path of sadhana indicate that the spirit of sadhana has not been properly grasped. When there is enough conviction about the correctness of the method adopted, sadhana quickly bears fruit.

Swami Krishnananda


Appetite

March 2, 2016

It may be said that the denial of certain appetites may drive them underground as it were, to overcome man at some propitious moment, in the form of temptations. Here we have to put forward a certain great truth. It has been found out that to try to overcome an appetite by feeding it is the most impossible thing upon earth; because sense-cravings are likened to a huge conflagration or fire—and if we try to satisfy them, they say, this process acts as ghee poured into the fire. So that we actually give it something to consume; and by consuming it the fire blazes forth all the stronger and more furiously. It is on the other hand, by withdrawing the food to this blaze of sense-cravings that they die a natural death. Therefore, Tapascharya is another form in which Mother Durga manifests Herself in the aspirant.

Swami Chidananda