Thursday, January 17, 2008

· ‘Ours not to reason why, ours but to do and die.’ Be of good cheer and believe that we are selected by the Lord to do great things, and we will do them.

· Do not fly away from the wheels of the world-machine, but stand inside it and learn the secret of work. Through proper work done inside, it is also possible to come out.

· Can anything be done unless everybody exerts himself to his utmost? ‘It is the man of action, lion-heart that the Goddess of Wealth resorts to; No need of looking behind. Forward! We want infinite energy, infinite zeal, infinite courage, and infinite patience, then only will great things be achieved.’

· Let people say whatever they like stick to your own convictions, and rest assured, the world will be at your feet. They say, ‘Have faith in this fellow or that fellow,’ but I say, ‘Have faith in yourself first,’ that’s the way. Have faith in yourself-------------------All power is in you--------------------be conscious and bring it out. Say, ‘I can do everything.’ “Even the poison of a snake is powerless, if you can firmly deny it.”

· Come, do something heroic. Brother, what if you do not attain mukti, what if you suffer damnation a few times? Is the saying untrue : ‘There are some saints who, full of holiness in thought, word, and deed, please the whole world by their numerous beneficent acts, and who develop their own hearts by magnifying an atom of virtue in others as if it were as great as a mountain?’

· Lay down your comforts, your pleasures, your names, fame or position, nay your lives, and make a bridge of human chains over which millions will cross this ocean of life.

· The only way of getting our divine nature manifested is by helping others to do the same. If there is inequality in nature, still there must be equal chance for all--------------or if greater for some and for some less-----------------the weaker should be given more chance than the strong. In other words, a Brahmana is not so much in need of education as a Chandala. If the son of a Brahmana needs one teacher, that of a Chandala needs ten. For greater help must be given to him whom nature has not endowed with an acute intellect from birth. It is a madman who carries coals to Newcastle. The poor, the downtrodden, the ignorant------------------let these be your God.

· All the misery of the world is caused by the slavery to the senses.

· Do not criticize others, for all doctrines and all dogmas are good; but show them by your lives that religion is no matter of books and beliefs, but of spiritual realization.

*Only those who have seen it will understand this; but such spirituality can be given to others, even though they be unconscious of the gift.

*Only those who have attained to this power are amongst the great teachers of mankind. They are the powers of light.

· Can you not see the tide of death and materialism that is rolling over these Western lands? Can you not see the power of lust and unholiness, that is eating into the very vitals of society? Believe me, you will not arrest these things by talk, or by movements of agitation for reform; but by renunciation, by standing up, in the midst of decay and death, as mountains of righteousness. Talk not, but let the power of purity, the power of chastity, the power of renunciation, emanate from every pore of your body. Let it strike those who are struggling day and night for gold, that even in the midst of such a state of things, there can be one to whom wealth counts for nothing. Put away lust and wealth. Sacrifice yourselves.

What is Renunciation?

But who is it that will do this? Not the worn-out or the old, bruised and battered by society, but the Earth’s freshest and best, the strong, the young, the beautiful. Lay down your lives. Make yourselves servants of humanity. Be living sermons. This, and not talk, is renunciation.

· The Secret of Spirituality

Men and women of today! If there be among you any pure, fresh flower, let it be laid on the alter of God. If there are among you any who, being young, do not desire to return into the world, let them give up! Let them renounce! This is the one secret of spirituality, renunciation. Dare to do this. Be brave enough to do it. Such great sacrifices are necessary.

· Life is short, but the soul is immortal and eternal, and one thing being certain death, let us therefore take up a great ideal and give up our whole life to it. Let this be our determination.

· Let the heart be opened first, and all else will follow of itself.

· Give up for ever the desire for name and fame and power.

· Hold yourself in readiness, i.e., be pure and holy, and love for love’s sake.

· Within you lies indomitable power.

· Only freedom can produce true morality.

· It is culture of the heart that we want.

· A handful of strong men knowing that Self and living in Its light would revolutionise the world.

· There is infinite life before the soul. Take your time and you will achieve your end.

· It is a great thing to take up a grand ideal in life and then give up one’s life to it. For what otherwise is the value of life, this vegetating, little, low life of man?

· Loving the world and doing it good will all come easily then; we have to obtain this power only by loving God first; otherwise it is no joke to do good to the world. ‘Everything is His and He is my Lover; I love Him’, says the Bhakta (devotee). In this way everything becomes sacred to the Bhakta, because all things are His. All are His children, His body, His manifestation. How then may we hurt anyone? How then may we not love any one? With the love of God will come, as a sure effect, the love of every one in the universe.

· Such is the power of love. When a man has forgotten himself altogether, and does not feel that anything belongs to him, then he acquires the state of Tadiyata; everything is sacred to him, because it belongs to the Beloved. Even in regard to earthly love, the lover thinks that everything belonging to his beloved is sacred and so dear to him. He loves even a piece of cloth belonging to his darling of his heart. In the same way, when a person loves the Lord, the whole universe becomes dear to him, because it is all His.

· Do not destroy. Iconoclastic reformers do no good to the world. Break not, pull not anything down, but build. Help, if you can; if you can not, fold your hands and stand by and see things go on. Do not injure, if you cannot render help. Say not a word against any man’s convictions so far as they are sincere.

· What you want, you create.

· Let us be brave. Know the truth and practice the truth. The goal may be distant, but awake, arise, and stop not till the goal is reached.

· Let us be at peace, perfect peace, with ourselves, and give up our whole body and mind and everything as an eternal sacrifice unto the Lord.

· The one great lesson I was taught is that life is misery, nothing but misery.

· Do not injure another. Love everyone as your own self, because the whole universe is one. In injuring another, I am injuring my self; in loving another, I am loving myself.

· There is no higher virtue than charity. The lowest man is he whose hand draws in receiving; and he is the highest man whose hand goes out in giving. The hand was made to give always. Give the last bit of bread you have, even if you are starving. You will be perfect, you will become God.

· God is love.

· Set yourselves wholly to the service of others.

· Go to hell yourself to buy salvation for others.

· Man is divine.

· Great is the tenacity with which man clings to the senses.

· This life comes and goes------------wealth, fame, enjoyments are only of a few days. It is better, far better to die on the field of duty, preaching the truth, than to die like a world worm. Advance!

· A man must desire nothing else but the truth, and truth for truth’s sake.

· Teach yourselves, teach every one his real nature, call upon the sleeping soul and see how it awakes.

· Let name and fame and money go; they are a terrible bondage.

· Give up all self, as egotism; get out of anger, lust, give all to God. Blame none if evil comes.

· Stand upon the Self, then only can we truly love the world. Take a very, very high stand; knowing our universal nature, we must look with perfect calmness upon all the panorama of the world. It is but baby’s play, and we know that, so cannot be disturbed by it. If the mind is pleased with praise, it will be displeased with blame. All pleasures of the senses or even of the mind are evanescent, but within ourselves is the one true unrelated pleasure, dependent upon nothing. It is perfectly free, it is bliss. The more our bliss is within, the more spiritual we are. The pleasure of the Self is what the world calls religion.

· Life is too short to be spent in talking about frauds and cranks.

· Everybody should know that there is no salvation except through the conquering of desires.

· Think of nothing but liberation.

· The Guru-Bhakta will conquer the world------------this is the one evidence of history.

· I shall work incessantly until I die; and even after death I shall work for the good of the world. Truth is infinitely more weighty than untruth; so is goodness. If you possess these, they will make their way by sheer gravity.

· Stop not to look for name, or fame, or any such nonsense. Throw self overboard and work.

· None can teach you; none can make a spiritual man of you.

· It is ignorance that makes us hate each other, it is through ignorance that we do not know and do not love each other.

· The man who realises, “I am He”, though clad in rags, is happy.

· Everything will come right if you are pure and sincere.

· The worldly-minded never come to their senses, even though they suffer and have terrible experiences. Camels are very fond of thorny shrubs. The more they eat of them, the more do their mouths bleed, yet they do not refrain from making them their food.

· It is that eternal love, unruffled equanimity under all circumstances, and perfect freedom from jealousy or animosity that will tell. That will tell, nothing else.

· All human knowledge proceeds out of experience; we cannot know anything except by experience.

· Holding the body upright, sacrifice the organs of sense in the mind.

· Man begins to struggle and fight against nature. He makes many mistakes, he suffers. But eventually, he conquers nature and realizes his freedom. When he is free, nature becomes his slave.

· Truth is the nature of all souls.

· This world is neither good nor evil; each man manufactures a world for himself.

· We are here to know the truth, not for enjoyment.

· We are all of us struggling towards knowledge.

· Be at peace.

· Isn’t it man that makes money? Where did you ever hear of money making man? If you can make your thoughts and words perfectly at one, if you can, I say, make yourself one in speech and action, money will pour in at your feet of itself, like water.

· Life is ever expanding, contradiction is death. The self-seeking man who is looking after his personal comforts and leading a lazy life---------there is no room for him even in hell.

· If your ideal is matter, matter shalt thou be. Behold! Our ideal is the spirit. That alone exists. Nothing else exists, and like Him we live for ever.

· Stand sane and motiveless.

· Renounce and be happy.

· Face facts as facts.

· Speak out the truth boldly.

· ‘Drinking the cup of desire, the world becomes mad’. Day and night never come together, so desire and the Lord can never come together.

· To him who has nothing in the universe the Lord comes.

· Remain pure always.

· Preach the highest truths.

· A Sannyasi cannot belong to any religion.

· Never forget that a man is made great and perfect as much by his faults as by his virtues.

· Do not want this world.

· You are everywhere.

· You and I are one.

· No desire for the world!

· Expect nothing in return.

· Always talk and hear and reason about this Atman.

· Be the servant of all.

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

· Do not search for God in obscure places, for God is there in front of you in millions forms. He who loves creation is serving God…………….Throw away the paraphernalia of worship! Go out and worship man, for God has appeared in the form of man, and to worship man is to serve man and to serve is to toil and labour.

· Help thyself out by thyself. None else can help thee, friend. For thou alone art thy greatest enemy, thou alone art thy greatest friend.

· If you know that you are positively other than your body, you have then none to fight with or struggle against; you are dead to all ideas of selfishness.

· He who chooses enjoyment misses his true end.

· You have to realise truth and work it out for yourself according to your own nature.

· Practical Advaitism, which looks upon and behaves to all mankind as one’s own soul.

· Do not talk religion.

· Preach the highest truths.

· Be true to your mission.

· Remain pure always.

· Become a dynamo of spirituality.

· Do not want this world.

· Do not despair!

· Learn obedience first.

· Keep to the ideal.

· Control the senses.

· Work to lift people!

· Save yourself by yourself.

· Only grandeur appreciates grandeur.

· Speak out the truth boldly.

· Make men first.

· Avoid jealousy and selfishness.

· Avoid weakness and slavery.

· No desire for the world!

· We must not hurt others.

· Renounce and be happy.

· Seek not, and that is God.

· Truth must triumph.

· Speak of this Atman to all.

· Be bold and fear not.

· Off with laziness.

· Stand sane and motiveless.

· If you have, then give.

· Love them that hate you.

· Do not be proud.

· Dream no more!

· Don’t despond in the least.

· Work in harmony.

· Feel first for the world.

· Desire makes slaves of us.

· Work on with a heart.

· Always hold on to the highest.

· Struggle, still I say.

· Work on with all energy.

· Nothing in excess.

· Assert everything that is God.

· Cherish positive thoughts.

· Truth is God.

· Know truth for yourself.

· Nothing can resist truth.

· Beget no evil.

· Beware of falsehood.

· Injure no living creature.

· Be the servant of all.

· Let not the fire die out.

· Never say man is weak.

· Go on working.

· No one is greater.

· Have thou no home.

· Off with laziness.

· Think away everything.

· We must reason.

· He is all.

· God does not reason.

· Man is divine.

· Idleness won’t do.

· Everywhere is He.

· Unselfishness is God.

· We must love all.

· Be jealous of none.

· See that God alone is true.

· Renounce and give up.

· Be moral. Be brave.

· We must become thinkers.

· Think of Him, speak of Him.

· Be a heart-whole man.

· Work to lift people.

· Reason helps inspiration.

· Bring truth out.

· Have patience and work.

· Love never fails.

· Struggle on!

· Goodness is strength.

· Love is its own end.

· Love questions not.

· Renounce everything.

· You must be as free as the air, and as obedient as the plant and the dog.

· Do not try to disturb the faith of any man. If you can, give him something better; if you can, get hold of a man where he stands and give him a push upwards.

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