- One can meditate even with eyes open. One
can meditate even while talking.
- All trouble and botheration come to an end
when the 'I' dies.
- If a devotee prays to God with real
longing, God cannot help revealing Himself to him.
- As long as the Kundalini remains asleep,
you have not attained knowledge of God. You may be spending hours
poring over books or discussing philosophy, but if you have no inner
restlessness for God, you have no knowledge of Him.
- All worship and spiritual discipline are
directed to one end alone, namely, to get rid of worldly attachment.
The more you meditate on God, the less you will be attached to the
trifling things of the world. The more you love the Lotus Feet of
God, the less you will crave the things of the world or pay heed to
creature comforts. You will look on another man's wife as your
mother and regard your own wife as your companion in spiritual life.
You will get rid of your bestial desires and
acquire godly qualities. You will be totally unattached to the
- What need is there of renouncing the world
altogether? It is enough if
you can rid yourself of attachment. But you must have sadhana
(spiritual practice) you have to fight the sense-organs.
- A fakir came to visit Akbar (Emperor). The
Emperor was saying his prayers. In his prayers he was asking God to
give him wealth and riches. Thereupon the fakir was about to leave
the. room quietly. Later, when the Emperor asked him about it, the
fakir said, 'If I must beg, why should I beg of a beggar?'"
- Woman and gold' alone is the world; that
alone is maya. Because of it you cannot see or think of God. After
the birth of one or two children, husband and wife should live as
brother and sister and talk only of God.
Then both their minds will be drawn to God, and the wife will be a
help to the husband on the path of spirituality. None can taste
divine bliss without giving up his animal feeling. A devotee should
pray to God to help him get rid of this feeling. It must be a
sincere prayer. God is our Inner Controller; He will certainly
listen to our prayer if it is sincere.
- One must have for God the yearning of a
child. The child sees nothing but confusion when his mother is away.
You may try to cajole him by putting a sweetmeat in his hand; but he
will not be fooled. He only says, 'No, I want to go to my mother.'
One must feel such yearning for God. Ah, what yearning! How restless
a child feels for his mother! Nothing can make him forget his
mother. He to whom the enjoyment of worldly happiness appears
tasteless, he who takes no delight in anything of the world—money,
name, creature comforts, sense pleasure—, becomes sincerely
grief-stricken for the vision of the Mother. And to him alone the
Mother comes running, leaving all Her other duties.
- The thing is somehow to unite the mind
with God. You must not forget Him, not even once. Your thought of
Him should be like the flow of oil, without any interruption. If you
worship with love even a brick or stone as God, then through His
grace you can see Him.
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