- You want to eat butter. But what will you
achieve by simply repeating that there is butter in milk? You have
to work hard for it. Only thus can you separate butter from milk.
Can one see God by merely repeating, 'God exists'? One needs sadhana
- Bondage is of the mind, and freedom is
also of the mind.
- There is no harm in disobeying your elders
for the sake of God.
- Pray to Him with a yearning heart, and
weep. That will purify your heart. You see the reflection of the sun
in clear water.
- If I see that a scholar has no
discrimination and renunciation, I regard him as worthless straw. I
see that he is like a vulture, which soars high but fixes its look
on a charnel-pit down below.
- When a man dies after attaining Knowledge,
he doesn't have to go
to another plane of existence; he isn't born again. But as long as
he has not attained Knowledge, as long as he has not realized God,
he must come back to the life of this earth; he can never escape it.
For such a person there is a hereafter. A man is liberated after
attaining Knowledge, after realizing God. For him there is no
further coming back to earth. If a boiled paddy-grain is sown, it
doesn't sprout. Just so, if a man is boiled by the fire of
Knowledge, he cannot take part any more in
the play of creation; he cannot lead a worldly life, for he has no
attachment to 'woman and gold'. What will you gain by sowing boiled
- If a householder gives in charity in a
spirit of detachment, he is really doing good to himself and not to
others. It is God alone that he serves— God, who dwells in all
beings; and when he serves God, he is really doing good to himself
and not to others. If a man thus serves God through all beings, not
through men alone but through animals and other living beings as
well; if he doesn't seek name and fame, or
heaven after death; if he doesn't seek any return from those he
serves; if he can carry on his work of service in this spirit—then
he performs truly selfless work, work without attachment. Through
such selfless work he does good to himself. This is called karma
- He who has seen God finds that God alone
has become the world and all its living beings; it is He who has
become all. Such a person is called a superior devotee.
- Those who have money should give in
charity. The miser's wealth is spirited away, but the money of the
charitable person is saved. He spends it for a righteous purpose.
- Unless, the soul is pure, it cannot have
genuine love of God and single-minded devotion to the ideal. The
mind wanders away to various objects.
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