5 star must reading.
[The following is what I
highlighted during my read of this excellent book -- I recommend it on my
Top-ten List of Peace resources. My purpose in providing them is to
interest you, the reader, and hope that you will obtain and read the complete
work. To properly understand the highlights, you need to read the book to
put them in the proper context.]
“The one purpose of Self-Realization Fellowship is to teach the
individual the way to personal contact with God.”
…it is clear that humankind’s truest hope lies in those who take the
time to find the tremendous love and understanding awaiting discovery in the
presence of God in our souls, directing its flow therefrom as a healing balm
toward all the members of our world family.
“is the knowing - in body,
mind, and soul – that we are one with omnipresence of God..
All we have to do is improve our knowing.
This book explores how to “improve our knowing” – how we can
experience the Divine Presence, within us and in all life, not just as a passing
inspiration but as a constant inner realization.
Through this expanded awareness, we receive the gifts of the soul:
peace, love, intuitive guidance, ever new joy – an unfolding
understanding that we are indeed “made in the image of God.”
…answers yearned for in every human heart.
…the practice of yoga establishes an inner attunement with God that
constitutes the universal basis of all religions.
Abstractions of theoretical religion pale before actual experience of
God. Truth cannot be wholly proved
to any seeker by another, but by the practice of yoga meditation all of us can
prove truth for ourselves through the irrefutable assurance of our own direct
Know the Reason for Your Experience
Youth Is a State of Mind and Soul, As Well As of the Body.
There is no excuse for a wrong state of mind.
You must be always positive-minded, cheerful, smiling, vibrant.
By all means, practice this mental youthfulness that comes from the core
of your being.
The definition of youth is that state of body, mind and soul in which
one feels the acme, the zenith, of joy and power.
If you want to, you can retain that state indefinitely.
Conversely, by carelessness you can lose it very easily.
This mind, or consciousness, is the supreme force that governs all
voluntary and involuntary activities of this bodily factory with its
The Five Mental States of the Consciousness: …there are five mental
states: happiness, sorrow, indifference, peace, and true joy.
What man* needs in order to live a successful and satisfying life is
evenness of mind. That can be
attained only by concentration, mastery of the mental faculties.
The time has come for you to know and understand the purpose of
religion: how to contact that supernal Joy, which is God, the great and eternal
So that is the first law of retaining youth:
You must have a happy state of mind, a state that is untouched by the
events of life. In that joy, not even death can shake you.
That is the invulnerable state you must strive to cultivate.
Learn to Smile Sincerely in All Circumstances
Seeking God in meditation is the direct way to attain a joyous and
youthful state of mind. There are
additional practices that will also help to nurture mental youthfulness.
First of all, learn to smile – sincere smiles.
Harbor no form of anger or malice.
It is not the approval of human beings that you want, but the
certification of God.
The Importance of Willingness, and of Being Less Self-centered
Willingness also is important in order to retain youthfulness.
…you are willing, you have the vitality and enthusiasm of
Another key to mental youthfulness is to learn to be less selfish and
self-centered, and more giving and caring toward others.
Reach out to help every day, in whatever way you can – and especially
by bringing souls to the spiritual path to seek God.
The more universal your loves becomes, the more your expanded
consciousness will be filled with the joy of His omnipresent Being.
His wrong habits of living, thinking, persistence in disunion from God,
are passed from generation to generation in the process of evolution, severely
limiting the expression of his
divine potentiality – physically as well as mentally and spiritually.
How to convert somatic cells back into versatile, creative germ cells,
which can rebuild and rejuvenate body parts, will be the future endeavor of
science.* Our bodies be able to
change in whatever way we will them to do so.
The Greater the Will, the Greater the Flow of Energy
Learn to keep your will strong – a calm will, not a nervous will –
and your body will then be full of energy. It
is by the power of will that you bring energy into the body and utilize it.
The methods I teach show you how to recharge every part of your body
with life energy coming direct from the omnipresent vibratory power of God that
surrounds you and is within you. It
is that power which has created your body and which sustains it.
By the practice of the Energization Exercises and especially by Kriya
Yoga you can enliven your whole being with Divine Life.
Each atom is a dynamo of power.
Obey the Laws of God Embodied in Cosmic Nature
Nature, cosmic creation, is the embodiment of the laws of God.
Your diet should include a predominance of fresh fruits and vegetables,
and natural whole grains and legumes. Avoid
too many refined starches and too many sweets, and greatly limit the intake of
…strictly avoiding all forms of beef of pork, and eating fish, poultry
or lamb only occasionally.
Far more preferable is a totally meatless diet that includes instead
some dairy products, eggs, and vegetable protein foods.
Unsalted peanuts or almonds or raw garbanzo beans, ground finely and
mixed orange juice, makes a good source of protein as a substitute for meat.
..learn to fast one day a week and three consecutive days once a month
on fresh fruits or unsweetened fruit juices.
Posture, also, important to good health.
Take regular exercise, such as walking every day.
Learn to breathe properly – calmly and deeply, filling the lungs all
the way to the lower lobes. When the
system is well oxygenated by proper breathing and exercise, the life force
therein vitalizes the whole body, including the brain.
Overindulgence in sex and misuse of Nature’s creative force will bring
on disease and old age quicker than anything else.
The “Fountain of Youth” Is
Within the Soul..
Your true Self, being made in the image of God, is immortal.
Meditation upon the soul is the method by which the mind can be made to
work its wonders under your control.
…if you know that you are immortal, made in the image of God, your
whole being will glow with that eternal youthfulness.
I often employ repetition; for to penetrate the hard core of human
consciousness, a truth must be repeated again and again.
As a result of his training I have always kept my spiritual priorities
straight. I never miss three things:
my meditations morning and night; my exercises and service to others.
These I religiously perform; all else of less importance I somehow
Life is a Matrix of Consciousness.
We are made of the matrix of consciousness.
..if you want to change anything in yourself, you must change the
process of thought that occasions the materialization of consciousness into
different forms of matter and action. That
is the way, the only way, to re mold your life.
The Tenacity of Habits.
Habits means that the mind believes it cannot get rid of a particular
….habits are nothing but repetitions of your own thoughts, and these
you have the capacity to change.
Your thoughts are molding your actions, and your mental convictions from
the repetition of those actions is the fire that hardens the thoughts into
unyielding habit patterns.
If you want to change your constitution, then you have to say, “It is
I who thought myself into being thin (or heavy or sickly).
Now I will myself to be robust (or whatever you so desire).”
If you get rid of the thought that has made you other than you want to
be, you will see the body change.
“Old Age” Is a State of
Everyone has self-limiting idiosyncrasies.
These are what you must change –by remembering that these habits,
peculiar to your nature, are nothing but manifestations of your own thoughts.
One must never give up hope of becoming better.
A person is old only when he refuses to make the effort to change.
That stagnant state is the only “old age” I recognize.
If someone misunderstands me, I try to establish understanding.
But if I cannot change that person, neither can I be moved by his bad
If a non understanding person has made up his mind against you, why
should you change in order to please or placate him?
Stand by your principles when you are right, and be willing instantly to
change yourself when you are wrong.
Will Power Is the Instrument of Change
…those things you do against your will, and that make you unhappy
after you have done them, are what you want to get rid of How?
Affirm with conviction, before going to bed and on arising in the
morning, “I can change. I have the
will to change!” Hold to that
thought throughout the day, and carry it with you into the subconscious land of
sleep and the super conscious realm of meditation.
Every night and morning make up your mind to avoid anger, and then watch
yourself carefully. The first day
may be difficult, but the second may be a little easier.
The third will be easier still. After
a few days you will see that victory is possible.
In a year, if you keep up your effort, you will be another person.
Freedom Is to Act for Your Highest Welfare
“Every wrong action goes against one’s own well-being.
You have to use your discrimination to distinguish between poisoned
honey and that which is in your best interest.
Avoid those things that will ultimately hurt you, and choose that will
give you freedom and happiness.
In this new year, change your consciousness.
Cultivate the right conduct and good habits that lead to freedom.
Both Discrimination and Will Power are Necessary
Remolding your consciousness means exercising free will guided by
discrimination and energized by will power.
Discrimination is your keen eyesight and will is your power of
It is acting on knowledge that gets you to your goal.
Watch your consciousness. Develop
the habit of self-examination, of watching and analyzing your thoughts and
behavior. When there are telltale
signs of bad habits or inclinations, that is the time to discriminate and resist
with will power.
Think Away Undesirable Thoughts.
We are What We Think We Are
..whatever you want to be, start to develop that pattern now.
You should be able to succeed in any profession or do anything you put
your mind to.
…phenomenal demonstrations are possible to those who possess the power
if realization that everything is thought.
When you have yet to attain that realization, you have to keep applying
will and positive affirmation until you make thought work for you.
Thought is the matrix of all creation; thought created everything.
If you hold on to that truth with indomitable will, you can materialize
There is nothing that can gainsay it.
Let Nothing Weaken the Will Behind Positive Thoughts
Keep on believing, knowing it will be so.
Develop your will power and positive thinking, and you will find your
body, mind and soul working to mold everything in your life according to your
As thought id the most powerful agent in your life, provided you know
how to develop and use it, never let the power of your thought be diluted by
mixing with weak-minded or negative people – unless you are very strong-minded
and can instead strengthen those persons.
Change Your Consciousness From Mortality to Divinity.
When the world has surrendered to the drug of slumber, you be awake in
God. And throughout the day’s
activities, think that it is God who is working through you.
Give the responsibility to Him.
Give everything to God, and you will change because then the human ego
can no longer dictate to you.
No matter what comes to you, just say, “God knows best.
It is He who is giving me this suffering, it is He who is making me
happy.” With this attitude, all
your nightmares of life will change into a beautiful dream of God.
Repeat after me: “I shall
re mold my consciousness. In this
new year I am a new person. And I
shall change my consciousness again and again until I have driven away all the
darkness of ignorance and manifested the shining light of Spirit in whose image
I am made.”
It is arrogant to think that our little earth is the only place
inhabited by intelligent life. There
are many such worlds as this – some more highly evolved, and others in earlier
stages of evolution. The orderly
manner in which the universe is run shows that it is guided by some form of
intelligence that permeates all created things.
The rishis of ancient
“Lord, why did You permit suffering to be a part of the play?
That is where the intercession of the saints comes in.
They remind us that God is all-powerful, and if we unite ourselves with
Him, we will no longer be hurt in this play-house of His.
It is we who inflict pain on ourselves if we transgress the divine laws
on which He rests the whole universe.
Our salvation is to unite with Him.
It seems that suffering is a necessary discipline to remind us to seek
union with God. Then, like Him, we
will be entertained by this fantastic play.
Look Upon Life as Movie
In this world there is a constant repetition of history, of warfare and
trouble. If we are objective, we
begin to behold events as a sort of continuous cosmic motion picture wherein the
same basic story is played over and over again, only in different times and
places with different characters.
…the saints say that if you knew you were Gods, you wouldn’t mind
Look upon life as a movie, and then you will know why God created it.
Our problem is that we forget to see it as God’s entertainment.
…the masters say, “Awake from both the beautiful dreams and the
If you are attached to human happiness, you are in for a lot of trouble,
because nightmares are inevitable along with the beautiful dreams.
But if you will think of a dream as a dream, whether it is enjoyable or
dreadful, you will have peace. When
you realize that life is a dream, then you are free.
If you can live in the world
in that consciousness, you will not suffer.
That is what Self-Realization Fellowship Lessons will do for you if you
practice them faithfully.
That is why I don’t read much. I
keep my mind always here at the Christ Consciousness (Kutastha) center.
Reading the wonders of science will not make you a sage, for there is so
much more to be known. Read from the
book of life that is hidden within, in the omniscience of the soul, just behind
the darkness of closed eyes. Discover
that boundless realm of Reality.
Western religious teachers preach prosperity, happiness, health, and the
promise of a glorious afterlife; but not how to experience Divine Bliss and be
untouched by suffering in the here and now.
That is where the teachings of the great rishis of
…the masters of
They urge commonsense remedial action and simultaneous control of the
emotions so that if health does go away and pain comes you do not give in to
despair. In other words, they stress
the importance of enthroning oneself within in the unalloyed happiness of the
Those who habitually cling to material consciousness do not want to make
the effort required to reach that state of invulnerability.
When suffering comes, they do not learn from it and so repeat the same
“See the human chicken coops and how the occupants come and go.
That is the way with human life.” Do
not pay undue attention to the passing scenes of life.
You are the immortal Self, living only temporarily in a dream that is
sometimes a nightmare. That is the
higher philosophy of the masters of
Emotional Sensitivity Is the Cause of Suffering
Do not be so sensitive.
Cultivate that state of mind by which you can live with greater mental
…always think that you are working for God.
When your mind can remain anchored in Him, you will not suffer anymore.
…until you consciously realize that this is all a dream, you will not
see why God created this world.
It is easier to find God in the jungle of civilization if you follow a
balance between meditation and constructive, dutiful work.
Be like the active-inactive Lord. In
creation He is joyously busy; beyond creation He is joyously quiescent in divine
bliss. Because I made the effort to
find God in meditation, I am enjoying His bliss even in the midst of activity.
And thus activity doesn’t adversely affect me at all.
Even though I may say I don’t like this or that in the dualities around
me, still within I am calm and like steel: “Calmly
active and actively calm; a prince of peace sitting on throne of poise directing
the kingdom of activity.”
Affirm and realize, “I am not a mortal being; I am Spirit.”
Everywhere you will see people, good and evil, searching in their own
way for happiness. No one what to
hurt himself. Then why do people
behave in an evil way that is bound to cause pain and sorrow?
Such actions arise from the greatest of all sins – ignorance.
The point is, in everything we do we are seeking happiness.
No one can truthfully say he is a materialist, because anyone who is
seeking happiness is seeking God. Therefore,
in evil as well as in good God is coaxing us back to Him by our search for
happiness. The sorrow inflicted by
evil will eventually turn the wayward to the joys of virtue.
Since life is inherently a medley of good and evil, of beautiful dreams
and nightmares, we should seek out and help to create the beautiful dreams and
not get caught up in the frightful nightmares.
In the diversity of creation there is an inherent unity – bonds groups
of souls together. Countries have a
leader to unite and direct them. Social
groups cohere in a common cause. When
you find God, you will see all forces united in Him.
You will have a whole different picture of life.
The greatest sin is ignorance – not to know what life is all about.
And the greatest virtue is wisdom – to know the meaning and purpose of
life and its Creator. To know that
we are not little human beings, but that we are one with Him, is wisdom.
…since You did bring me into being, I know I can be nothing else but
You are His divine child and inherently have everything He has.
Behind the darkness of closed eyes, you have the whole universe rolling
in your consciousness.
Dismiss this phantasm of disease and health, sorrow and joy.
Rise above it. Become the
Self. Watch the show of the
universe, but do not become absorbed in it.
That there is a God, an absolute Intelligence and Power, we cannot
rationally deny. The testimony of
We must use spiritual force, not atomic bombs, or we are going to
Politicians in their blindness start the whole world fighting.
If you were God, you would know exactly what is going on, and why this
universe was created as it is.
…each life is a master novel written by God.
First conquer delusion and become one with God.
I wouldn’t talk about God to others unless I knew Him.
When I saw those visions I had experienced coming true, I knew that a
Being was guiding me, and I began to see Him in all things.
This World Is God’s Hobby.
What about those who are victims of Your Hobby?
And the Lord says, “I have made all men in My image.
If you know you are a part of Me, you can live in this world as God sees
Seeing With the Open Eyes of Wisdom and Calmness.
…if you go to a picture show every day and see only love scenes, you
would get tired of them. You would
want to see some action, some contrast and excitement.
Therefore, God is justified in creating the dualities of this earth.
But I wouldn’t want to be the villain, for crime doesn’t pay –
especially before the inexorable cosmic law.
I would rather be somewhere sitting under a tree, absorbed in meditation
on God, or be busy serving others to make them comfortable with true peace and
happiness. For although life is
governed by a cosmic plan, we have freedom to change our part in the drama.
It is those who take it too seriously who suffer.
When you transform your consciousness into divine consciousness so that
you feel for everyone else’s well-being as you feel for yourself, when all the
world becomes your greater self, you will become completely dissociated from the
sufferings of your little body. You
will behold creation as a sort of dramatic experience in which nothing can hurt
Free Choice – God’s Greatest Gift
We can say that God made this earth not only as a hobby, but also
because He wanted to make perfect souls that would evolve back to Him.
He has given man freedom to be good or evil, to do exactly as he pleases
– even to deny God. Both good and
evil exist, but nobody compels you to be evil unless you choose to practice
evil, and nobody compels you to be good unless you want to be good.
God created us with the ability to exercise His gifts of intelligence and
free choice, by which we can choose to go back to Him.
The ideal of every human life should be to be good, to be happy, and to
find God. You will never be happy
unless you do find God.
That is the purpose of our existence:
that we strive to become good, to become perfect, and to use our free
will to choose good instead of evil.
The mind is like an elastic band. The
more you pull, the more it stretches. Every
time you feel limitations, close your eyes and say to yourself, “I am the
Infinite,” and you will see what power you have.
Watch Yourself From the Balcony of Introspection
..if you dream only beautiful dreams, you will be drowned in that
beauty, and never wish to wake up.
That is the answer. So you
must not be frightened when nightmares come, but say, “Lord, it is a passing
dream, It has no reality.”
So watch this universe like a picture-play, as do the masters who are
awake in God.
God wants everyone to get out of this nightmare, and watch this cosmic
motion picture as an entertainment. He
wants you to know that you are one with Him.
That is why from time to time He sends God realized souls to earth to
help mankind. When people get too
groggy with nightmares, these souls come to wake us up, to shake us and say,
“What is the matter with you?” You are dreaming.” And you cry, “No, no,
my leg is broken” or “I am suffering with disease” or “I am drowned in
poverty” But when through the blessings of the great ones, you open your eyes,
you see it is a dream.
All paths are paths to God, because, ultimately, there is no other place
for the soul to go. Everything has
come out of God and must go back to Him.
Worldly happiness inevitably leads to disillusionment..
Satisfaction will never come from anything less than God.
It is better to make a conscientious effort to hasten your attainment of
God. The saints and ascetics would
not go to all of the hard work that they do unless they found inspiration within
it - the inspiration of joy.
Most people are not awakened to the fact that God Himself is what they
truly want – first and last.
…when you look at the beauty and wonders of nature, how can you doubt
God? He works in everything, and His
tools are life and intelligence. Just
as ships at sea can be controlled by radio, so are we controlled by the
“radioed” power an intelligence of God.
Without His beam of life, we are dead.
Why not seek the Giver instead of the gifts?
That is where the real freedom lies.
Inherent in creation is the law of attraction.
Celestial bodies exert their gravitational attraction on one another.
Evolution Versus Involution
Going back to God by the involutionary procedure of Nature is a very
slow process. But the discriminating
man eventually asks, “Why wait millions of years before I can return to
He refuses to wait longer. When
that desire comes, man has made the first definitive turn back to God.
When you truly want to be released from this earth dream, there is no
power that can stop you from attaining liberation. Never doubt it! Your
salvation is not to be achieved - it
is already yours, because you are
made in the image of God; but you have to know this.
Manifesting the Divine Qualities Inherent in the Five Stages of the Soul’s Return to God
The soul of man has to ascend through the five states, or stages of
evolution, previously described, before he gets back to God: mineral, plant,
animal, man and superman.
The path of knowledge, or reason. If
you program yourself with theoretical knowledge, you will become a walking
Victrola, able to repeat lofty phrases and to be considered a learned being, but
your knowledge will be unsupported by your own realization or spiritual
So don’t waste your time on too much theory.
Most intellectualisms thus become bound by their own conclusions.
So the masters say: Do not
use your God-given reason to become more and more mixed up in the labyrinth of
matter and in the egoistic limitations of the intellect; with the power of
discrimination, study and apply truth until it becomes your own intuitive
realization. When you develop your
intuition, you will feel the presence of God and His omniscience within you.
That is called esoteric reason..
The path of devotion. If you
have pure devotion, you will feel the pull of God and will find Him.
But again, there are two poles in this path also, two forces pulling you
–devotion to God and devotion to matter. Even
death tries to remind us that it is foolish to be lured by material attractions.
…the yogi reasons, “Matter is external and possession of its objects
is short-lived. Why should I
concentrate on the little temporal things and exclude eternity?
Devotion to God alone is the only way up everlasting fulfillment.”
Lessen the consciousness of family, property, and all material
attachments and begin to re express the omnipresence you have lost.
True devotion is like a plummet that sinks into the sea-bottom of the
perception of God.
The path of action.
If you work for your own self you are pulled toward matter.
But if you work with the thought of doing everything for God, you are
pulled toward God.
..as soon as your active energy is used to seek God, you move toward
Engaging in spiritual activity consisting of both meditation and working
with the thought that everything you do is for God – that is Karma Yoga.
When by Kriya Yoga you can withdraw your life energy and consciousness
from the five sense telephones, when you can withdraw your vitality from your
body and mind and throw the searchlight of your attention on God, that is the
highest way to God.
Very few people realize that divine law governs all actions and
determines the effects thereof. Thus, the destiny of each individual is directed
not by chance, but according to the causes he himself sets into motion.
The law of cause and effect that governs our lives is what we call
karma. Karma means action; and it
also means the fruits or effects of our actions.
There is no other explanation for the inequalities among humans that
does not deny the justice of God. And without justice.
I would say there is no use in living.
There is no difficulty that cannot be solved, provided you believe you
have more power than your troubles, and you use that power to shatter your
Simple living does not mean poverty or poverty consciousness.
Simplicity means to be free of desires and attachments, and supremely
happy within. It requires a
masterful mind and a very strong will to live simply.
It entails neither hardship nor deprivation, but the wisdom to work for
and be content with what you truly need.
..reduce your wants to purposeful necessities.
And do not live beyond your means; that is the first lesson to learn if
you want to be prosperous. Spend
less than your income; otherwise, you will never be satisfied and happy. Above
all, hold to the thought: “My happiness is unconditional; I can do without
anything. But since God has given me
a body to look after, I shall do my best to supply it with the proper
necessities of life.”
To be all-round prosperous, you must follow the example of Jesus and not
that of unscrupulous businessmen. If
you learn to apply the divine law of prosperity, it will wait on you. That is
the secure way; it is the only condition in which you can be secure in this
Cultivate Prosperity in Order to Help Others
The law of prosperity cannot be manipulated by man for his own selfish
If man works in harmony with the divine law of success, he receives
…leave behind desire for an attachment to luxuries; develop your mind
power so that it is satisfied with simple things.
After that, say “Well, my needs are only a part of my responsibility.
I have dependents and must fulfill my obligations to them also.”
Provide for your family, but never spoil your children with too much
Unless you include the welfare of others in your prosperity you will
never be ideally prosperous.
…sincere reaching out to help others help themselves.
“My life’s duty is to make others happy.”
Be motivated by how your actions and plans can be of benefit to others.
Then devise the means to accomplish your goals.
In order to serve, you must have the necessary resources.
The ambition to live well and be prosperous becomes spirituality if the
purpose is to better serve others by being able to include them in your
That is how the divine law works.
Have Faith in the Power of God
…guide Thou my reason, will and activity to the right thing that I
“I freed thee long ago; but because thou thinkest thou art not free,
that is why thou art not free.
The way to start is by deep and regular morning and evening meditation.
The more you meditate, the more you will realize there is something
behind the kingdom of ordinary consciousness where a great peace and happiness
reign. Practice the presence of this peace and happiness, for it is the first
proof of God-contact. It is the
conscious realization of Truth within yourself.
By practice of ever deeper meditation, you can eventually go into the
super conscious state of inner realization and remain therein while performing
on the conscious plane all of your activities.
When you learn to work from the state of super consciousness, and to work
with divine inner happiness no matter what you are doing, you will feel with you
always the presence and power of God.
Equilibrium to the Work Week
The world holiday sprang from two words, “holy day” A holy day
should be a time for introspective thinking and for man to nurture his sacred
Man is spiritual and a material being.
He should develop himself spiritually by inner discipline, and become
materially efficient by developing his business faculties.
Crime and Violence are the Bitter Fruits of an Imbalanced Civilization.
If making money to secure material comforts is necessary for man, then
making happiness is supremely necessary.
People..spend hardly any time on self-development. One reason the West
has so much crime, so many murders and robberies in spite of its developed
civilization, is that people are too busy securing the commodities of material
comfort and have no time to reflect on the practical value of following moral
and spiritual principles.
If material poverty is to be avoided, spiritual poverty is to be
abhorred; for the latter is underlying cause of all human suffering.
A practical spiritual man is a happy man, and only a happy man is a
successful man. One hundred percent
material prosperity among the inhabitants of a city will not prevent murders and
crime. Following the universal
principles of mutual service, spontaneous cooperation, love for the spiritual
life, and disciplining the human sense cravings is wholly necessary for the
harmonious, happy, healthy, prosperous life of any community.
..the ordinary man’s attention is not yet fixed on the vital problems
of the art of living. Why not use
some of the money spent for erecting and maintaining jails to create How–to–
Live schools, which will prevent children from becoming criminals?
Criminal offenders grown worse in jails are let loose in healthy society
for further spread of the bacteria of crime.
Since God has given us hunger, and since we have a physical body to look
after, we must have money and we should earn it honestly and scientifically, by
serving the right needs of our fellow beings.
Business life need not be a material life.
Business ambition can be spirituality.
Business is nothing but serving others materially in the best possible
way. Those stores that start out
with the idea of only making money are readily recognized as commercial
money-making dens. But stores that concentrate on serving customers with the
best articles at the minimum cost will succeed and will also advance the moral
development of the world.
People should spirituality their business ambitions by starting out with
the idea of serving the proper needs of their fellow beings. Not only should man
make money by serving and thereby get something for himself in return, but
should also work for the sake of acquiring money to use in creating institutions
that will serve public needs.
When one has made a great deal of money, and simultaneously helped his
workers and associates to become more prosperous, and then uses his wealth for
helping others to help themselves, that is spiritualistic ambition.
Wealthy parents who leave too much money for their children choke the
evolutionary development of self-created, self-earned success and happiness in
…helping people to help themselves, and not in humiliating,
slave-breeding charity. It is only
by having ambition and crowning it with the ideal of service that materially
ambitious people will find a spiritual reason for making money.
Business activities and money are meant for the comfort and betterment
of man; he should not allow blind greed for them to rob him of his happiness and
the achievement of higher goals.
The week should be allotted to work, amusement, and spiritual couture;
five days for money-making, one day for rest and amusement and at least one day
for introspection and inner realization.
The Chicago Chief of Police reported a study that says man’s longevity
could be increased by eleven years if the city noises were cut out and man’s
nervous system calmed down thereby.
..get out of the cities on weekends and refresh themselves in the
peaceful retreats of nature…
Learn the Art of Living Rightly
Since ultimate wisdom – knowing everything that can be known by the
maximum use of human reason – is the human goal, then why not learn the art of
…if making money by any means is the goal, then why shouldn’t
hold-up methods prevail?
It lies in the hands of today’s adults to uplift the citizens of
tomorrow by educating the children into a balanced life.
As long as the adults will remain intoxicated with a one-sided material
life, so long will the children follow that example and their hopes will remain
unfulfilled. To save the future of
the world by saving the children, the modern adult must wake up and cultivate a
balanced life of spiritual as well as materials habits.
In order to lead a balanced life, adults must educate themselves to
realize that business ambitions should be only for making ourselves and others
happy. Without this ideal, over
strenuous business activity produces nervousness, lack of harmonious social
qualities. Miserliness, greed, and disrespect for all good principles.
By realizing the true purpose of business activity – service for the
benefit of others as well as oneself –life can be really happy.
As certain training is needed for engaging in the art of war, so does
our engagement in battling with active life.
Untrained warriors are soon killed on the battlefield; so also persons
untrained in the art of preserving their inner peace are quickly riddled by the
bullets of worry and restlessness in active life.
Man’s great need is to find more time to enjoy the true needs of his
existence, to learn to know his children and friends better, and most of all, to
know himself and the God who made him.
Modern Americans …are working longer hours than people at any time in
history other than the Industrial revolution
- spending even more time on
the job than did medieval serfs!
…they are no happier as a result.
Americans are literally working themselves to death – as jobs
contribute to heart disease, hypertension, gastric problems, depression,
Parents are devoting less attention to their children.
Stress is on the rise, partly owning to the balancing act of reconciling
the demands of work and family life.
..it is you who make yourself nervous; ninety-nine percent is your own
fault. Restlessness, emotional
excitement, concentrates too much energy in the nerves so that they begin to
wear out. After years and years, the
adverse effects of that nervousness begin to show.
The nerves are very tough…but it is necessary to give them proper care.
Healthy Nerves Essential for a Healthy Body
Examine Yourself to See What Makes You Nervous
When you get mad, for instance, you send tremendous volts of energy into
the brain and the heart. Emotions
such as anger and fear can so overload the nerves that they cause the body to
malfunction, sometimes even stopping the heart and causing death.
The man of calmness, on the contrary, keeps his nerves well fed with a
balanced flow of energy so that no part of the body is detrimentally overloaded
We should take time to enjoy things – the beauties of God’s
creation, the many blessings of life – but avoid undue excitement,
restlessness, and sudden emotions, which burn up the nervous system.
Talking too much, including the habit of engaging in long conversations
on the telephone, creates nervousness.
Another cause of nervousness, though you may not be aware of it, is the
noise of the radio or television going on for hours at a time.
All sounds cause the nerves to react.
Learn to enjoy silence.
Learn to Control Your Emotions
Another major cause of nervousness is unkind speech.
Never gossip or talk against others.
Be busy reforming yourself.
Practice kind speech. Don’t
be quarrelsome…take a little walk and cool off before responding.
Avoid being stubborn or patronizing..
“It is known that loud noises cause effects which the recipient cannot
control. The blood vessels
constrict, the skin pales, the voluntary and involuntary muscles tense, and
adrenaline is suddenly injected into the blood stream, which increases
neuromuscular tension, nervousness, irritability, and anxiety.”
Never let anyone rob you of your peace; and do not steal away the peace
of others by your verbal misbehavior.
The schools should educate young students in this art, and in how to
develop calmness and concentration. The
American home is breaking up because these things far not taught – neither at
home nor in the schools.
The heart requires true love, friendship, and above all, peace.
A healthy nervous system is what will maintain in proper order all the
bodily organs and feelings. And to
keep the nervous system healthy, it is important to remain free from devastating
emotions such as fear, anger, greed, jealousy.
Cast off fear.
Why dread even death?
If your senses, which govern your emotions, are under your control, you
are a saint. No one knows better
than yourself whether you are a master of your senses or a slave to them.
Remember, anything that overrules your self-control leads your nervous
system to destruction.
Desire and attachment feed the disease of nervousness.
The truth of the matter is that the more unnecessary “necessities”
you have, the less peace you have; and the less you are possessed by
possessions, the more happiness you have. The
way to develop spiritually is to live simply, live quietly, study good books
(never read cheap novels), practice calmness through control of the senses and
emotions, and meditate much of the time.
Right Attitude Toward Wealth
People shy away from the idea of renunciation, yet they renounce so many
things of true value – not the least of which are peace of mind and even
sometimes their very lives – for the sake of money, which is perishable.
If you learn to share with others, you will see that God is ever with
Learn to be very active in this world, doing constructive work; but when
you are through with your duties, turn off your nervous motor.
Retire to the center of your being which is calmness.
Mentally affirm to yourself: “I am calm.
I am not a mere nervous mechanism; I am Spirit.
Though I dwell in this body, I am untouched by it.”
If you have a calm nervous system, you will have success in everything
you undertake, and, above all, you will succeed with God.
The Nervous System Connects You to the World and to God
The life force in man’s body ordinarily flows outward from the brain
and spine through the nerves to the senses and their external experiences.
When in yoga meditation that energy is reversed to flow inward, it draws
the consciousness to the subtle spiritual cerebrospinal centers of divine
perception and God-realization.
..your nervous system is then connected with super consciousness.
The Spiritual Physiology That Makes Man Unique
There is a spiritual physiology underlying the nervous system that makes
man a unique vehicle for the highest stages of the evolution of consciousness.
Man alone is capable of advanced levels of discrimination; and
ultimately, of God-Realization. The
greater the amount of thought…the greater the complexity of the cerebral
The mind, the source of thought and discrimination, is a process of
consciousness, not physiology; it triggers the physiology.
An exercise that is very good to stimulate the energy in the brain is to
rap the head gently but firmly with the knuckles.
The Spiritual Eye: Epitome
…this eye of astral light, which can be seen in meditation, is an
epitome of the creative energy and consciousness of which man’s body is formed
and by which it is enlivened.
The point of origin of the single eye is in a subtle spiritual center in
the medulla oblongata (at the base of the brain, where it joins the spine).
The energy from this single eye divides at the medulla and pours through
the brain into the two physical eyes, through which the world of duality is
Throughout history, man has instinctively associated white with purity
and spirituality; blue with tranquil omnipresence, as in the blue sky or
heavens; and gold or red with energy.
How the Intricate Human Body Evolves From Spirit.
The underlying spiritual physiology relates to the projected thoughts of
God. The first manifestation of God
the Creator is thought, Intelligence itself.
When God began to “think” the body of man, it produced tentacles of
thought – a thought is a linear projection.
These became rays; the rays became fibers; and the fibers became nerves
through which energy is conducted throughout the nervous system to the
twenty-seven thousand billion bodily cells.
Color is Important in Your Life
Because the material body is a condensation of the multicolored rays of
light of the life-giving astral body, color is important in your life.
The point is, you are affected by color because colors are manifestations
of specific vibrations. You should
always try to wear and surround
yourself with, colors that are harmonious to your nature.
And for the reasons I have mentioned, gold, blue and white are good for
the nervous system.
The Best diet for the Nerves
…all forms of meat of higher animals, especially beef and pork, are
harmful to the nervous system; they are hyper stimulating and cause
…alcoholic beverages and drugs destroy the nervous system; stay away
Attunement With God: Greatest
Cure for Nervousness.
Remember that the greatest healing of nervousness takes place when we
attune our lives to God. The highest
commandments given to man are to love God with all your heart, and with all your
soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength; and secondly, to love
your neighbor as yourself.
If you follow these, everything will come in its own way, and in the
Loving God with all your heart means to love Him with the love that you
feel for the person who is dearest to you.
Give that kind of unconditional love to God.
Loving God with all your soul means you can truly love Him when through
deep meditation you know yourself as a soul, a child of God, made in His image.
Loving God with all your mind means that when you are praying, your whole
attention is on Him, not distracted by restless thoughts.
In meditation, think only of God; don’t let the mind wander to
everything else but God. That is why
yoga is important; it enables you to concentrate.
When by yoga you withdraw the restless life force from the sense nerves
and become interiorized in the thought of God, then you are loving Him with all
of your strength – the whole of your being is concentrated in Him.
Live Like a God, and You Will Attract Godly Friends
..to love…you are here on Earth in this lifetime for just little
while. You have come here before in numerous incarnations, interacting with many
different souls. Who are your real
relatives? To the wise man, everyone
is his relative, everyone is his “neighbor.”
One should seek and associate with the highest diamond like mentalities.
Take time to find true friends. Good souls attract good souls.
Live like gods, and you will attract godly friends.
Live like animals on the sensual plane, and you will attract animalistic
companions. Do not mix closely with
those who lower your ideals and create materialistic nervousness in you; but at
the same time do not exclude anyone from your love.
In addition, be not only a giver of love, but also a peace-maker, that
wherever you go you bring harmony, calmness, and upliftment.
When by Kriya Yoga I open my spiritual eye, the whole world drops away
from my consciousness, and God is with me…. “God seeks willing hearts that
He may give His bounties to them…”
..when you can truthfully say to Him, “Lord, there is nothing in my
heart but Thee,” He will come. For
a while He will play hide- and- seek with you; but if you are persistent, you
will begin to see wonderful things happening, mysteriously, that you know come
from God. In time, you will receive
His clear response in the form of direct answers to your prayers, or in visions
of the saints. Then at last He will
come to you openly. You will be able
to talk to Him; you will be able to touch you once you are permanently anchored
in the realization of God’s Presence.
Disharmony is misery and death; harmony is the joy of life.
We Live in Two Worlds
The outside world is the one in which your life engages in action and
interaction. The world inside of you
determines your happiness or unhappiness, and also your fitness or unfitness,
expressed in the world outside. The
hand of the One who made these worlds tuned them to harmonize with each other.
Harmony is their inherent nature. If
they seem discordant, that is the fault of those who misuse and abuse the
potentials of these divine creations.
People are convinced that their own personal perceptions are “fact”
until contrary evidence eventually proves otherwise.
Who can persuade biased individuals that the whole universe moves in an
eternal cosmic rhythm, and that all irregularities are misconceptions due to
limited or distorted vision? Those
who can hear, hear; those who can see, see; those who have a perceptive heart
perceive the divine harmony that runs through all creation.
To penetrate into the soul of creation, yoga insight is required.
There Is Harmony at the Core of Disharmony
Things are not what they seem.
Consider everything that happens as a note in the symphony of the Cosmic
Only those who partake of the harmony within their souls know the
harmony that runs through nature. Whosoever lacks this inner harmony feels also
a lack of it in the world. The mind
in chaos finds chaos all around.
How can one know what peace is like if he has never tasted it?
But he who has inner peace can abide in this state even in the midst of
Harmony is born of love and wisdom.
These, in turn, are offspring of a heart that is pure and outreaching.
A pure heart is the result of pure thoughts.
Mental purity comes from a selective process by which the mind sorts
good thoughts from bad, rejecting the latter and dwelling always on the former.
By repetition, and by reinforcement through application to action,
discrimination becomes a virtuous habit. When
the mental conflict of divergent thoughts ceases, owing to the elimination of
wrong thinking, there arises in one’s life an outward as well as an inward
harmony. Therefore, whenever your
thoughts engage in a family quarrel among themselves, mediate their differences
with wisdom and behold! Distressing conflicts will disturb you no more.
The mind is nature’s incinerator wherein you can burn to ashes all
mental dross that is not worthy to be saved:
your waste thoughts and desires, your misconceptions and grievances, and
your discords in human relationships. There
is not a single relationship, however estranged, you cannot reconcile, provided
you do so first in your own mind. There
is not a single problem in life you cannot resolve, provided you first solve it
in your inner world, its place of origin. Be
not intimidated by consequences, even though they be drastic.
Before you act, if you first harmonize the situation with the
discriminative wisdom in your mind, the outcome will take care of itself.
A harmonized mind produces harmony in this world of seeming discord.
Inner harmony is a prolific source of power; it breeds strength.
Things that you think you are unable to bear, you can not only bear but
change and improve. To you is given
the power that can move the world and alter the face of fate despite
inharmonious outer circumstances.
Harmony conserves mental energy; disharmony dissipates it.
Harmony manifests itself as a natural goodness.
A man who cannot get along with others is one who does not get along with
himself, he is always at war inwardly, ill at ease with his own nature.
Those who cannot find peace in their own hearts will not find it
Harmony is the Secret Principle of Life
Good judgment is a natural expression of wisdom; but it is directly
dependent on harmony within, which is poise of mind.
When the mind lacks harmony, it has no peace; and without peace it lacks
both judgment and wisdom. Life is
full of bumps and knocks. In the
hours of trials, which demand your keenest judgment, if you preserve your mental
equilibrium you will attain victory.
This is equally true in any type of organization – any structure that
has interacting parts, from nature as a whole to human relationships to
corporate businesses and spiritual societies. Harmony
is the soul of organization; disharmony is death.
Harmony is the fruit of common understanding.
Efforts to establish harmony among human beings or nations solely on the
basis of economic equality of equivalence of military preparedness are sure to
What is necessary is an understanding of the common higher necessities
for the preservation and true happiness of the bodies, minds, and souls of all
Love and forbearance are essential to the growth of harmony. Love
nurtures all things that grow; it harmonizes and unites.
Hatred agitates and separates; and indifference destroys what could have
been made good and beneficial. Love
is harmony and harmony is love.
“People have time to worry and to suffer, but feel they have no time
to meditate and work toward being truly happy.”
Throw off difference and cultivate love, forbearance, and wisdom. Build
your joys on the sure foundation of inner harmony. Cherish no thought that does
not harmonize with the love and lawful ideals of God.
Thus will your whole life be flooded with the light and bliss of the
Truth is relative, and truth is absolute.
It passes through many evolutions in the relative stages before it
reaches the absolute state.
Truth Is that Which Gives Permanent Happiness
In the absolute sense, anything that contradicts true happiness is
untruth; and that which gives permanent happiness is truth.
Permanent happiness refers not to the temporary thrill that comes with
material success and pleasure, but to the joy found in the soul’s Attunement
with God. By this standard, you can
judge any action you perform as to its projected end result – whether or not
that action will promote lasting happiness.
The ultimate truth is God; and God is the ultimate truth.
The universe is upheld by this Truth through the operation of the
Lord’s cosmic laws. These laws are
basic truths that are eternal and not subject to man’s manipulation.
For instance, the absolute truth is that since God is templed in every
creature, it is wrong to kill or to harm another.
In the relative sense, however, the lesser of two evils may be to use
force to protect the innocent from an evil person, or to kill a lower form of
life to save a higher form of life. But
to destroy anything just for the sake of killing is wrong.
The universal law is unity through love, necessitating the practice of
tolerance and amity. If you want to
find truth, your thoughts and actions must be true physically, morally, and
spiritually in accord with the eternal divine principles.
…there are three ways of arriving at truth:
through sense perception, through inference, and through intuition.
In order to apprehend the truth of anything, you depend on your sight,
hearing, smell, taste or touch, plus the power of the mind.
These, however, could not be ultimate proof of the truth; because if the
senses lie, the mind will lie.
Your mind draws its conclusions from what the senses perceive, and the
senses are extremely limited. Jesus
therefore conveyed truth to the masses in parables.
Only by the development of intuition can you know what is truth.
Intuition is direct perception. It
is the all-knowing pure comprehension of the soul.
Errors in judgment are a result of not having developed intuition.
Most of you have had the feeling that you could be great, and do great
things; but because you have lacked intuitive power, that potential has, for the
most part, remained dormant. To
progress and to avoid the misery of mistakes, you have to find what is the truth
in everything. This is possible only
if you develop your intuition. That
is the practical truth of the matter. That
is why I am asking you to cultivate and use intuitive power in everything.
In your relationships with others, in your business, in your married
life, in every part of your life, intuition is essential.
By not developing the faculty of intuition, you make wrong decisions,
pick up the wrong business associates, and get caught up in wrong personal
…intuition will never make such a mistake.
It will not look at the magnetic power of the eyes or at the attractive
face or personality of a person, but will feel and perceive accurately in the
heart what that person is really like.
As you develop, intuition comes as a certain feeling or a still voice.
Because ladies are more receptive to feeling than are men, they usually
have more intuition – except when they become emotional.
Men are generally ruled more by the reason than by feeling, but if they
have fine intelligence balanced with feeling, that leads to intuition.
If you use your intuition, you will know they very purpose for which you
exist in this world, and when you find that, you find happiness.
True happiness is possible only if one plays his part rightly, and not
On the last day, God shears every person of all possessions and titles.
What you have acquired in your soul is all that you take with you.
…it is not the part, but how we play it, that concerns God.
Never be discouraged when your role is difficult.
Intuition Develops Through Meditation.
The only way to know and to live in truth is to develop the power of
intuition. Then you will see that
life has a meaning and that no matter what you are doing the inner voice is
To keep your daily appointment with God you must reserve the time for
Him. Meditate and pray deeply; and
wait for His response. If you
repeatedly call on Him with ever deeper concentration, He will answer your
prayer. A joy and peace will strike
your heart. When that comes, you
know that you are communing with God. If
you make the effort, you shall contact that Power.
Give yourself that opportunity.
You cannot succeed unless you try.
If you spend your life in constant excitement, you will never know true
happiness. Live simply and take life
more easily. Happiness lies in
giving yourself time to think and to introspect.
Be alone once in a while, and remain more in silence.
And don’t think so much about reforming others, reform yourself first.
The greatest field of victory is your own home.
If you are an angel at home, you can be an angel everywhere.
The sweetness of your voice, the peace of your behavior, is needed in
your own household more than anywhere else.
You will find that Power works in everything to make your life complete;
your health vibrant with cosmic energy, and your mind keen with the focused
clarity of concentration.
You will realize that your soul is a receptacle of God’s unfailing,
ever-guiding truth and wisdom.
God is the Fountain of health, prosperity, wisdom, and eternal joy.
We make our life complete by contact with God.
Jesus proved by spiritual development a great scientific truth:
the body is indestructible energy. It is not the physical solid that it
The ultimate goal is to realize that the body, and all else in this
universe, is essentially Spirit.
All men can similarly expand their consciousness to infinity, through
devotion and scientific meditation on the Lord.
“God is a Spirit: and they
that worship Him must worship Him in Spirit.”
The universe consists of Materialized Thoughts
..once you realize, as Jesus did, that there is essentially nothing in
the universe but mind or consciousness, you can do anything.
The intangible God can be similarly “frozen” by your devotion into
the visible form of
In order to know that Jesus you must know his spirit.
If you can’t imagine this, close your eyes for a moment.
You do not see your body anymore. Yet
in your mind you can travel millions of miles in any direction without the use
of your body. Mind is the creator of
When you know the nature of the mind, you have control of everything,
for all is mind.
Expand Your Consciousness and Know the Real Christ
When you learn to feel for others as you do for yourself, you grow
That is what God wants you to do.
The Father is trying to establish oneness in the universe and that can
come only through love for all. We
must grow spiritually.
We must love all nations as our own.
Real Christianity means that you become Christlike, loving all
..evil selfishness is that which you think you are doing for the good of
yourself, but which goes against the interest of your true Self.
Good selfishness, spiritual selfishness, consists of those actions by
which the pure Self within you can be realized, it helps you continuously to
manifest the perfection of that innate image of spirit.
Selfishness is characterized by different gradations.
…my experience was that if I shared with others, then I enjoyed more
– the joy received from sharing was even greater than the joy I got from the
thing I had shared.
The Idea of Possession Is a False Notion.
Whatever you give out, you will attract in kind.
You cannot own anything. You
are only given temporary use of things on this earth.
“That person realizes peace who, relinquishing all desires, exists
without craving and is unidentified with the mortal ego and its sense of
The World Family Is Your Greater Self
Through interchange God wants us to think of others.
It is a grave error to live only for oneself.
Whenever you think of your own happiness, think also giving happiness to
God intended that man should thereby be truly spiritually selfish,
serving his greater Self in others.
…in seeking your own comfort, reach out to provide comfort for others
also. Since you yourself do not like
misery, you should assist those around you in order to allay their misery.
Keep yourself ready to help others, and find happiness in giving
happiness to whoever crosses your path.
…feel that what you are doing is for your own pleasure – the joy you
find in removing the unhappiness of others,
physically, mentally, or spiritually.
First came stone clubs and then bows and arrows to protect one’s own
selfishness against the selfishness of others.
The boil of evil selfishness must eventually come to a head.
But more bodies will have to be broken before man comes to the
realization that national selfishness is just a evil as personal selfishness.
The right ideals must begin with the individuals; and you must begin
Selfishness that seeks happiness with no consideration for the happiness
of others, or that tramples on and destroys the rightful interests of others for
its own ends, proliferates unhappiness.
That is what is happening in
Communism, which on the surface expounds the good of the masses, will
not work because it is based on suppression and force.
But what Jesus and all truly great ones teach is unselfishness based on
spiritual willingness to share.
That method avoids evil individual selfishness in business and
When your neighbors and your nation will be your own self, then you will
have spiritual selfishness.
Your must harmonize the working of the entire body.
Similarly, the brain (executives) of the nations must work harmoniously
with the hands and feet (labor).
When they are divided in their interests, there is bound to be disorder
You do not want labor to take control, for then you will have communism;
and you do not want the capitalists to have sole rule, for then you will have
There must be a balance, and that equilibrium will never be perfect
without individual unselfishness.
Start with that spiritual selfishness in your life; do away with evil
selfishness, which it the root cause of all trouble, whether individual or
Unselfishness Expands the Consciousness
As soon as you think kindly of somebody else, your consciousness has
In time, loved ones will be taken away; it is a reminder that the
purpose of human relationships is to stretch the consciousness by sacrificing
for others and sharing with others.
My goal is the happiness of others for the happiness of myself.
The world got away from spiritual selfishness, which takes care of the
entire man properly, and fell victim to evil selfishness.
But you can help to reestablish that divine kingdom again, provided you
make the effort.
Every one of you, start by applying the rule of selflessness.
Live it. Don’t be afraid
for yourself. Suffer a little if it
is necessary; but don’t give up that ideal of unselfishness.
Live for others; don’t think first of yourself.
Show the example by giving to others.
This doesn’t mean that you are to reduce yourself to poverty; it means
to be caring and sharing.
I am seeking souls who have a real desire of God.
I have done all this organizational work because it was the wish of the
Masters. I am not personally seeking
anything from anybody.
When I leave this earth and this body, nothing will belong to me.
Therefore, I have mentally and materially renounced everything now for
God. All I want from you is that you
live the life of God.
…love God with all your feeling and with all your concentration in
meditation, reversing the searchlights of your energy and attention from the
body and the world back to God.
It is a most wonderful experience to meet and recognize someone you knew
before – someone with whom you have traveled the same pathway of life in
…when you love God truly, you know all that he knows.
Many Lives Needed to Build the
Not one whom you think yours is yours.
No one is owned by another. Our
karmic destinies have each their individual course, and no one can own or
control anyone else.
Recognizing Those You Knew Before
…you find souls whose faces and personalities draw you much more
strongly than others, it is likely that you knew those souls before.
True friends want nothing from you except the joy of your presence.
Those who were your true friends in other lives will have an
unconditional love for you. No
matter what you do, they will always be your friends.
That kind of friend you should be, also.
…you find that you begin to know how that person will feel or respond,
even before he reacts. If you can do
this after only a short acquaintance, certainly you knew that person before.
Be a friend to all, but don’t expect all to be your friends, unless
they have passed these tests.
Most people are self-centered. They
want to please others for what they can get from them.
Such person are “yes” people, led by the expediency of the moment.
Never give up your freedom of will or compromise your conscience and
ideals for self-again. Hold fast to right principles.
Sincerity Plus Thoughtfulness.
No matter how well you think of someone, or how close you are to that
person, it is important to sweeten that relationship with good manners and
If you mix with people with real sincerity, thoughtfulness, and love,
then you will attract those whom you knew before. Otherwise, you will never find
your real friends.
You have to be rid of all hypocrisy and insincerity.
And never willfully hurt anyone.
Never antagonize your friends, or given them cause to be angry.
Never abuse or take advantage of a friend.
Never give counsel unless asked for; and when you do give it, do so with
help each other with constructive criticism.
…even through enemies God tests us.
Great ones reflect the nature of God.
The great man doesn’t think he is great.
Those who say they are great are not.
And those who are great are too busy being great to think about their
The point is: be sincere. Live it in your life.
Never try to deceive others.
...never pretend to be what you are not.
And don’t try in any way to deceive God.
Every human being is endowed with the desire for an individual life and
a social life.
God wants us to maintain evenness in balancing our individual and our
Importance of Getting Along With Yourself.
You do not like anyone or anything if you do not like yourself.
..first and foremost you must learn truly to appreciate and love
Love yourself because you are a child of God with divine potentials, it
is your love and concern for this potential self that inspires and inspirits
unfoldment of your true soul-nature.
Some people live in the worst circumstances and are wonderful in their
ability to get along with themselves.
Others have every opportunity in the world, but they cannot get along
with themselves, they are constantly at war within.
You must not wait for your circumstances to change.
If you wait for that, you will never make any progress.
…it is up to you to strive every day to find out whether you are at
peace with yourself.
Your Conscience Will Help You Get Along With Yourself.
There are several practices that are necessary in order to know how to
get along with yourself. One: Anyone
who is extremely emotional or is restless with bad habits can never get along
with himself. If your conscience
tells you all the time that you are wrong, how on earth can you expect to get
along with yourself? And when you
meet others you will find that they will not extend their trust and their
goodwill toward you, because a person who goes against his conscience mistrusts
himself and that reflects in his character.
Man’s conscience speaks to him all the time and is constantly prodding
him to change and to behave rightly.
So always listen to your conscience, the voice of your inner self; it is
there to help you get along with yourself.
Even mindedness: The Right Foundation for One’s Existence
Secondly, evenness of mind must be practiced.
No matter what experiences you face in life, do so with an even mind.
Evenness of mind, evenness of disposition, brings great happiness, not
only to yourself but to others.
“We should study the lives of truly great ones.
When we understand them, we will know how similarly to pattern our lives.
The next point in getting along with yourself is control of your
thoughts. Learn to practice deep
thinking. Learn the art of
concentration so that when you put your mind on a particular thought your
attention does not become restless, hopping from one idea to another.
Most people live on the surface of life.
But it is by deep-sea diving in the ocean of thought that you receive the
pearls of knowledge. Deep thinkers
are happy people because they can get away mentally from the disturbances of
If you go deep enough, a solution will be forthcoming.
There is no sin greater than ignorance. That is why I say, do not pass
your time in idleness. Do something
useful in life, something worthwhile, constructive, that will deepen and broaden
your consciousness, and you will be nearer to God.
Common Sense Puts Deep Thinking Into Action.
….you have to develop common sense – that is, sense that is common
to all, an intuitive sense.
…no one can teach you common sense.
It is an intuitive feeling that readily tells you what to do.
Common sense is present in every soul, but very few people know how to
develop their ability to tap that source of discrimination.
Lastly, in order to get along with yourself, you must control desires.
The true master is one who controls his senses.
When he says no to temptations, he means no.
And when he says yes to right action, he means yes.
Never kill time. It is too valuable to waste on useless things.
The consummate purpose of life is to find God.
So do not waste your time in uselessness.
Getting Along With Others Begins at Home
If you learn to get along with those in your own home, you will be
better equipped to get along with the rest of the world.
Do not sacrifice your ideals to please others.
Getting along with other means getting along first with your conscience
and with God, and then with people.
Develop the habit of being pleasant.
First, make sure that …matter what the provocation nobody will be able
Persons who do not have their emotions under control are their own worst
There Is a Time to Remain Quiet but Firm
Refuse to fight. No one can
quarrel with you if you non cooperate. Never
supply more fuel to anyone’s anger.
Great men seldom argue; they smile and say, “I don’t think so,”
but they don’t fight.
Use tact; persons are not unfeeling stones.
In a religious organization, two classes of people are clearly
distinguishable – those who are trying to change themselves for the better,
and those who are quarrelsome and start trouble by trying to change everybody
but themselves. The latter seem to
take pleasure in trying to make others uncomfortable.
…getting along with others cannot be done only by tact.
It also requires example, calmness, evenness of mind, sincerity, joy,
doing everything in an honorable way; not clinging to pride and egotism; and not
governing your actions by what everybody else does, but doing those things that
Find your peace by meditating regularly and deeply, and you will be
surprised to see how your relationships with others improve.
Also develop your power of usefulness.
That is love.
Learn to be serviceful to others –useful with positive thoughts;
useful with your speech, useful with constructive suggestions.
But not give advice where it is not wanted; if your suggestions are
unwelcome, have the control to remain silent.
When you feel like being alone get away from people; be by yourself.
Do not keep company with people unless you are prepared to give them your
I wish these truths were taught in childhood.
Do you know what are the signs that you have not gotten along with God?
They are restlessness, unhappiness, and an uneasy conscience.
But if you are getting along with God, your conscience is at rest; and
you are drunk with inner happiness and contentment all the time.
Mastering the art of not being touchy, of avoiding oversensitivity, is
important in the development of spiritual consciousness.
An analysis of the psychology of touchiness shows that it is the result
of misunderstanding, inferiority complex, and an governed ego.
..to be touchy is to make oneself miserable, and to create a negative
vibration that also adversely affects others.
To be always to spread an aura of goodness and peace should be the motive
At last, I made up my mind that no one would be able to destroy my
If you are sincerely kind and respectful to others, and return any
courtesy they show to you, you will always be treated respectfully.
And do not paralyze the goodwill of others by being touchy when they
offer constructive criticism. Cooperate
whenever anybody tries to help you.
Persons with well developed spirituality can clearly see the faults in
…a clear sighted well-wisher
One should be able to control his moods instantly.
Sensitiveness is a nonspiritual habit, a nervous habit, a peace –
destroying habit that takes away your control over yourself and robs you of your
There is a difference between emotional sensitiveness and spiritual
sensitivity. Those who are spiritually sensitive are discriminatingly watchful
of their own feelings and are keenly perceptive of the feelings of others, but
they remain aloof from the disturbances of psychological impulses.
The face is the reflector of your inner self; the heart, the source of
feelings, is the basis of that reflection. Your
face should be an inspiring sermon. Your
countenance should be a beacon for others to follow, a lighthouse by which
shipwrecked souls can find the way to safety in the harbor of peace.
There are two forces in this world – good and evil.
Wherever there is good, there is also evil.
Those who refine their spiritual sensitiveness will feel the awakening
of universal Christ Consciousness in their expanding love.
Cultivate it by first practicing godliness with the people around you.
Always think of others before yourself.
The duty of friends is to continuously help each other to develop
Always strive to be an angel within, no matter others behave.
Be sincere, kind loving, and understanding.
Anyone who does not respond to goodness is not worthy of your attention.
The way to find Him is to follow someone who knows Him.
Attune yourself with the great ones who commune with Him; only they can
show you God.
The law of cause and effect governs all human beings.
Just by the act of coming here to these services, see how much you
change. Study the Self Realization
Fellowship Lessons, and you will find the answers you are seeking.
That new understanding will change your whole life.
Great Masters are the diamond mentalities after whom we should pattern
our lives. To follow them is to find
quick and direct exit to divine liberation.
We love anyone who is useful to us; therefore we should love God
supremely, because He is useful as nobody else is.
Christ Consciousness Within You.
The primary difference between Jesus and most other beings is that he
conquered the tests that they have yet to go through.
He attained the divinity of Christ Consciousness by continuous effort and
will power to overcome all mortal temptations and attachments.
That Jesus was like us give us courage and the desire to be like him.
This consciousness is far beyond telepathy.
It is awareness of the perceptions of every being.
That is the meaning of Christ Consciousness.
Remember, your enemies, too, are children of God, and are loved by Him
as dearly as you are.
Another reason you should love your enemies is that transgressors for
the most part are ignorant of their erroneous doings, feeling fully justified in
No thinking person wants to do wrong; most people simply do not realize
the error of their ways. They act on
impulse, with no clear vision or power of reflection.
Such persons actually do great harm to themselves, and therefore should
be objects of our sympathy.
First, you must carefully prepare your consciousness in order to bring
Christ into your body-temple. Then,
wherever you go, whatever be your need, the universal law will work with you.
Without intelligence, it is impossible to understand anything properly.
If ones does not make an effort to discover truth beneath any and all
perplexing veils, then one will never even know his own real nature and will
remain the sport of outside forces and the slave of circumstance.
Mankind has only one real enemy-ignorance.
Let us all work together for its annihilation, helping and cheering one
another along the way.
Questions of a Truth-Seeker
Yoga is the science of how man descended from Spirit into flesh and
became identified with the body and its senses and possessions; and how he can
reascend to God.
God does not talk openly to novitiate spiritual seekers; their intuition
is not yet developed, and so inner guidance is not infallible.
God therefore guides through the instructions of a guru who communes with
Him. The preceptor must have divine
Something cannot come out of nothing.
There has to be Something that is the cause and source of being.
That something is Spirit, Eternal Consciousness, God the Father-Mother of
…the negative state of peace, or the absence of these agitations.
By deeper yoga practice and meditation, he goes beyond the vale of peace
and experiences the positive state of ever new Bliss.
…deep seekers of God are brought by Him into contact with fully
realized gurus who are able to commune with God and to serve as channels in
imparting divine guidance. It is
their duty to introduce the devotee to God.
The true disciple, finding a true guru, becomes magnetically attracted
to him and recognizes him as the one sent by God.
This is the law.
All worthwhile goals and ennobling ideals should be introduced to the
world by spiritual example and good methods, not by brute force and war.
Political power without spiritual principles is dangerous.
By spiritual principles I do not refer to doctrines of specific
religions – which may also be divisive – but to dharma or universal
principles of righteousness applicable to the well-being of all humanity.
If all nations helped one another through love, the whole earth would
live in peace with ample opportunity for promoting the well-being of all.
When he will realize the necessity of universal brotherhood, he will
create a world of great prosperity and happiness.
Because of ambitious and evil politicians, the earth has suffered two
world wars, and faces the prospect of a third world conflict.
If the money spent on destruction were instead collected in an
international fund, it could remove the slums of the world, eradicate hunger,
and greatly advance medical science, giving every man, woman, and child a better
chance to live in the peace of God-centered life.
Two kinds of prophets come into the world.
There are qualitative prophets, who mold their faithful disciples into
great souls. And there are
quantitative prophets, who influence the masses, so that vast multitudes are
inspired and receive some light from the presence of such a master.
Some masters do both; but by these qualitative and quantitative
standards we may judge all the prophets of the world.
…since the time of Christ there has been no single individual whose
life and ideals have influenced the masses more than Mahatma Gandhi’s
…when you looked into his eyes, you could see the universality of his
soul – then a vast concourse of spiritual thoughts overpowered you.
God sent him into the world as a prophet who for the first time…went
beyond his flock and influenced the great masses of people politically – even
thick-headed politicians who had always believed that violence and brute force
Brute force destroys itself.
As Jesus Christ and Gandhi said, “If you see the sword, you will fall
by the sword.”
..remember, nothing can bring about that constructive use of atom-power
unless man realizes that he is not a brute, entitled to use brute violence, and
concentrates instead on brotherhood.
Only brotherhood, the warmth of brotherhood, can melt the colossal
ever-increasing snowball of war karma. So
this is the time to preach brotherhood.
Only by love, by adhering to the principles of Christ and Mahatma
Gandhi, can this be done.
…his son recently announced: “Father
has not left us anything.” I am
going to write to him: “Your
father has left to you, to us, to all the millions of people in India, and to
every nation, the riches of the spiritual truth he proved; that political
freedom can come to four hundred million not by the sword not by the firing of a
single shot, but by the power of love.”
Mahatma Gandhi’s son has received freedom; all
Mahatma Gandhi has left a richer world today, a world in which the
practical power of these spiritual truths of love and understanding, which was
laughed at before, has been effectively demonstrated before the mouths of
World War II was being fought for the freedom of
..because people believe in war and create karmic causes…
The devils kill themselves by using power wrongly.
But we find that Mahatma Gandhi conquered by the literal application of
the methods of Jesus Christ.
He is even more powerful today than when he was alive.
Gandhi is living today in the hearts of men, to remind them that
violence is the law of the brute.
…remember that if the strong destroy each other, the meek shall
inherit the earth. The spiritually
meek shall never be destroyed.
Their weapon is Christ’s method: loving the enemy, and conquering the
enemy by love.
…democracy and practical material power combined with…prevail
and conquer the world.
…in the hearts…there is no love of violence.
Wars of aggression and suppression are heinous crimes against the
heritage of humanity as freeborn children of God.
A war thus motivated is unrighteous action by the aggressor, and it is
not unrighteousness to defend ourselves against such evil.
To protect one’s country and its helpless citizens against evil is
righteous action. Spiritual power is the greatest force; it should be the
bulwark behind every form of resistance and defense.
The first line of action should be to use all spiritual and moral power
possible to counter evil; and to strive to change the world’s inclination to
war and violence by removing the causes that strengthen evil –poverty and
hunger, disease, injustice, greed, and selfish interests.
If, in the last, evil force has to be met with righteous force, the
Bhagavad Gita advises the Kshatriya, the soldier, to not water but fulfill
bravely his God-given duty.
…as soon as one nation starts fighting with another, or selfish
industrial gourmands try to devour
all prosperity for themselves, it brings depression.
…patriotism can be evil when it doesn’t mind its own business.
When, instead of being used to keep intact the prosperity and happiness
of its parent nation, it gets into international complications by wanting to
spread its territorial influence, it destroys its own national well-being - the
very thing for which patriotism stands.
National selfishness that disregards the international disaster.
All nations should unite to non cooperate in every way with those
nations that want to start wars of aggression.
Because of man’s political and industrial selfishness, which is
against the divine laws of cooperation, mutual service, and sharing God-given
prosperity properly among the nations of the world.
The politicians are blinded by their patriotism, selfishness, and love
of fame. Disregarding the divine
laws laid down by God and voiced by great saints, they are bringing an avalanche
of miseries upon the nations of the earth. Follow
the dictum of saints who are the true children of God, and not the dictum of
We wish every true child of God of every nation would non cooperate with
Satan and war, and work in every way to establish constructive, international
peace and prosperity and spiritual happiness in their own nation and in all
“The sudden cataclysms that occur in nature, creating havoc and mass
injury, are not acts of God. Such
disasters result from the thoughts and actions of man.
Whenever the world’s vibratory balance of good and evil is disturbed by
an accumulation of harmful vibrations, the result of man’s wrong thinking and
wrong doing, you will see devastation….
…our inner eye of intuition is open.
The great ones are the models.
Man came on earth uniquely endowed with individuality and free will.
He was put here to evolve his intelligence, and thereby rediscover and
express his true nature, the soul: a
reflection of Spirit.
He was to gradually develop his innate intelligence, not merely through
books or lectures and sermons, but also through his own efforts to exercises his
mind and improve the quality of his thoughts and actions.
Though the light of God is in all equally, we cannot deny that it is
more manifest in some than in others.
Looking back through history, we see that as some individuals developed
more intelligence than others, they stood out from the crowd and became leaders.
Though presidents are elected by the citizens’ vote, the system is
flawed by graft and other inequities. Often
the best talker gets elected.
Where is the standard of truth with which to measure each politician?
None has been established.
The system of voting for candidates is spoiled when money, rather than
merit, can make the difference in getting someone elected president; and
politicians, unfortunately, have a reputation for seeking out the moneyed people
Proven merit through good works should be one of the criteria for the
election of leaders.
A truly great president is one who looks to the good of the nation
first, and includes in that the well-being of the whole world.
He is responsible for us, because we are trust into this world without
being asked if we want to come, and without being told why we are here.
Yet we can see that His purpose must be good.
This whole creation shows that it is the work of some great Intelligence.
Gandhi is a spiritual dictator. He leads through love, not force, and
people follow him out of love, not fear. Similarly,
I think God can be said to be a spiritual dictator.
God has created this universe to run according to law; if we break one
of the cosmic principles, we punish ourselves.
If God spoke to us directly, we would in that instant lose our free
choice, because we would immediately feel impelled to obey Him; we couldn’t
resist His wise and loving influence. For
the same reason, no saint has been permitted by God to exert spiritual force to
change the world.
God does not allow any saint to draw souls to Him by the use of
spiritual power in a way that imposes on the free choice of those souls.
He does try to keep us from harming ourselves by speaking to us through
His laws and through great souls.
Through the misuse of our freedom we have made our earth what it is.
Once we understand this, we have the explanation of everything that takes
The cumulative actions of human beings within communities, nations, or
the world as a whole constitute mass karma, which produces local or far ranging
effects according to the degree and preponderance of good or evil.
The thoughts and actions of every man, therefore, contribute to the good
or ill of this world and all peoples in it.
If all world leaders were educated to be like Gandhi, or Lincoln, or
Christ, there would be no more wars.
They should be given not only academic education, but also the highest
education in cultivating soul qualities and spreading by example the brotherhood
Leaders of men should be guided by great souls.
Great saints look upon the whole world as their kingdom
People have not been educated into this kind of unselfish thinking.
That is why it is not possible yet to have a Utopia on earth.
Merchants of wisdom would bring such understanding between nations that
all participating countries would learn how to exchange and share material
commodities without fighting.
This must come to pass.
We must begin now to put into effect new concepts, spiritual ones.
Don’t minimize your own abilities, for the almighty Father is within
The world has come to the state wherein it is essential that we be
schooled not only in patriotism, but also in divine brotherhood.
Jesus said: “Love thy
neighbor as thyself.”
Every nation must love every other nation as its neighbor.
You will no suffer so long as you follow His laws, even though you have
totally forgotten Him. It is only
when you break His laws that you punish yourself with suffering.
But God’s laws are subtle: It
is difficult to avoid breaking them without seeking His help.
We have no one to blame but ourselves if we don’t use that
God will eventually give freedom to everyone, but it won’t come to you
until you have used rightly your free choice.
…even though He is almighty, He can’t do anything for us that will
interfere with our free choice.
Therefore, because He keeps Himself out of our decisions, remaining
quiet, hiding His power, He is not a dictator.
All those who know how to receive Him can realize the divinity sleeping
within them by expanding the powers of the mind.
…the greatest gifts of God: freedom
of the will, and power to reason and to act accordingly.
…the cup of human concentration and human faculties must be enlarged
in order to comprehend God. Receiving
denotes capacity acquired by self-development; it is different from mere belief.
Demand Versus Prayer
As sons of God, we must believe that we have everything the Father has.
We do not have to beg, but to reclaim and demand form our Father that
which we, through our human imagination, thought to be lost.
…use the spontaneous language of his heart.
To reestablish your unity with the Divine Father as a son of God is your
most important demand. Realize this
truth, and you will have received everything.
Once you feel, through intuitive knowing, that you are a son of God,
then by the steady effort of mental discipline and devotional meditation you
will have dominion over all things.
Some Practical Hints
…one must use his own intuition and devotion to bring forth their
inner illumining flame.
…mentally picture the meaning, visualize the imagery of the figure of
speech, and meditate deeply on it, until the fiery essence emerges, free from
…repeatedly try to feel the deep inspiration behind and within it, he
will spiritual that prayer.
…one with your heart’s demand - and be thoroughly convinced that He
has listened to you.
…the real meaning of the word karma is any action you perform; and the
sum total of all your actions, both good and bad, present and past.
There are two ways you work: prompted
by your own free choice and by influences.
It is rare to see a truly “free” man.
Most people think they are free, while their minds are utterly fettered
by psychological chains. These are
harder to get rid of than ordinary chains; for in their subtlety they are
difficult even to recognize, not to speak of how to destroy them! It requires a
great deal of knowledge to cut those psychological restraints.
I am subtly telling you how to overcome your karma too: always remain
universal in your attitude and habits of life. Then you become free.
Remain in the company of spiritual persons and you will think spiritual
thoughts. Environment is stronger
than will power.
I believe you can destroy any karma you want to.
..if we realize we are gods, we will be free from that karma now.
You must salvage your freedom. When
you have made certain resolutions, have you been able to carry them out?
If you have not, you are bound by karma.
But if you have been able to do things you wanted to do, guided by your
discrimination – and not because of the influences of your past or present
karma, or because of your national or social or family life – that is freedom.
Judge everything from the standpoint of discrimination and wisdom.
Let not your actions be governed by habits or blind obedience to social
customs according to what other people think.
Be actuated by wisdom alone.
If you lack the wisdom to discern what is right, then tune yourself in
with the wisdom of a wise man.
Guru is one who is sent by God to free you.
…tune in my will with his will.
By surrendering thyself (to the guru), by questioning (the guru and
thine inner perception), and by service (to the guru), the sages who have
realized truth will impart that wisdom to thee.
A guru’s only interest is to help your progress spiritually.
The master’s only desire is to give, not to take.
Always think, “I and my Father are one.
I have no karma; I am free.”
Refuse to be bound by karma; it is an old superstition of the ignorant
to believe you cannot change your destiny.
Every night keep a mental diary. See
if your habits have crushed you. Whenever
a person does wrong and says he can’t help it, he is a slave.
I only discuss wisdom with you. I
do not divert you from the real purpose of religion: to know God.
God has given us the methods to destroy karma: Guide your actions by
wisdom, not influences; be self-disciplined and follow the wisdom-guidance of a
true guru; believe in your divine inheritance as a child of God made in His
image; associate with good company, such as coming here to church regularly; and
practice the techniques that will give you actual personal experience of God.
…all you have to remember is to play your role, small or big,
cheerfully and well. That is all.
What is important is self-reform: for if we ourselves have reformed, we
shall reform thousands by our example. Example
does speak louder than words.
Begin by begin kind to all..
To be truly attractive, you must be attractive mentally and spiritually
as well as physically.
The eyes are one’s most significant physical feature.
You should learn to make your eyes beautiful.
How? The eyes clearly reflect
what you are within.
So there is but one method they can beautify the life and expression in
the eyes: the inner cultivation of
beautiful thoughts and feelings.
At the end of each day, analyze yourself:
How have you lived this day: To be really living is to strive constantly
to improve oneself; physically, mentally, morally, spiritually.
A person who has not become stationary, but continues to change for the
better – day after day, year after year, develops magnetism.
…divine inner strength is the source of our magnetism.
The Power of Good Company and Deep Attention
Ordinarily, we receive knowledge through the senses of sight and
hearing; by reading books or listening to discourses.
But greater than these is direct contact with a man of wisdom.
..you can receive another’s magnetism through the mental channel of
…Attunement with divine ones does not come about merely by thinking of
them for a few moments.
It is only by meditating day after day on a great saint that you will
begin to receive the spiritual vibrations of that saint.
There is also great value in visiting places where saints have lived.
Direct association with a God-realized man of wisdom may be through
personal contact or deep meditation.
Life is teaching you all the time; you are a bad student if don’t pay
The ideal is to do your best, but be objective, non attached.
Pay attention to the studies life places before you. They contain the
lessons you must learn.
The divine man enjoys everything, but is not bound by anything.
Suffering is a good teacher to those who are quick willing to learn from
it. But it becomes a tyrant to those who resist and resent.
Its lessons urge us to develop discrimination, self-control, non
attachment, morality, and
transcendent spiritual consciousness.
There is suffering inherent even in the satisfaction derived from human
love. Devoid of the quality of
divine love, human affection is a blind alley that entangles and limits us.
…love the Love behind the human love.
Friendship – The Purest Form of Love
Spiritual Ideals for a Fulfilling Marriage
Balancing Feminine and Masculine Qualities
The ideal is to balance reason and feeling in one’s nature.
Life is meant for God-Realization. Don’t
live in a one-sided materialistic way. Have
self-control, master all of your senses, act with wisdom, conquer life, and find
…was given that man might understand the meaning of life and find soul
God-contact becomes possible when by meditation one has attained mastery
over the restlessness of the mind.
Wherever your heart is, there will your mind be also.
If you can control your feelings and sensations, then you can put your
mind on God. Having God, you shall
have everything else.
…man must make the effort to realize that Divine Consciousness and to
manifest the Lord’s infinite goodness within himself.
The results of meditation come slow, but sure..
Real visions come by prolonged and steady spiritual advancement.
…it is helpful during meditation to keep the eyes half-open and fixed
firmly at the point between the eyebrows – the seat of concentration and super
The true signs of progress in meditation are the following:
An increasing peacefulness during meditation.
A conscious inner experience of calmness in meditation, metamorphosing
into increasing bliss.
A deepening of one’s understanding, and finding answers to one’s
questions through the calm intuitive state of inner perception.
An increasing mental and physical efficiency in one’s daily life.
Love for meditation and the desire to hold on to the peace and joy of
the meditative state in preference to attraction to anything in the world.
An expanding consciousness of loving all with the unconditional love
that one feels toward his own dearest loved ones.
Actual contact with God, and worshiping Him as ever new Bliss felt in
meditation and in His omnipresent manifestations within and beyond all creation.
Success has a relation to the satisfaction of the soul in the context of
the environment in which one lives; it is a result of actions based on the
ideals of truth, and includes the happiness and well-being of others as a part
of one’s own fulfillment. Apply
this law to your material, mental, moral, and spiritual life and you will find
it a complete, comprehensive definition of success.
Even the greatest of saints are not fully redeemed until they have
shared their success; their ultimate experiences of God-realization, by helping
others toward divine realization.
This is why those who have that attainment are dedicated to giving
understanding to those who don’t understand.
Those who have attained eternal success we call siddhas which means
those who have been judged successful by the Master of the Universe.
Such a one is completely happy in body, mind and spirit.
He may have few or no possessions, yet he has great wealth – mental
contentment, and spiritual understanding of the correlation of the soul and
Spirit, and of the body and its essential relationship with the Cosmic Life.
There Is More to Life than Mere Existence
God didn’t create this earth as a place for us to just eat, sleep, and
die, but to find out His purpose.
…when you use life’s experiences as your teacher, and learn from
them the true nature of the world and your part in it, those experiences become
valuable guides to eternal fulfillment and happiness.
Life Should Be Simplified.
Heaven Is Within, Not in Things
With all that you have here, many of you are just as miserable with your
possessions as you would be without them.
…it is not wrong to have possessions, but it is wrong to be possessed
by possessions. You must be free
I see that if it were not for my inner joy, the problems of the heavy
responsibilities I have undertaken here could make me so unhappy, I would like
to run away.
Control your life, make it as simple as you can.
Have money in the bank for needs and emergencies. Save more than you
spend on unnecessary “necessities” And always include someone else in your
Your Success Is What You Have Attained Within.
…moral success – freedom from the dictates of wrong habits and
impulses – gives more happiness than material success.
In moral success there is a psychological happiness that cannot be taken
away by any physical condition.
…peace and happiness are in the mind, not in things.
If you do not also devote time to the discipline of your mind, no amount
of material prosperity will satisfy you.
…it is much better to have the satisfaction of my conscience than the
approbation of people. Conscience is
intuitive reasoning, reporting the truth about yourself and your motives.
When your conscience is clear, when you know you are doing right, you
are not afraid of anything. A clear
conscience mirrors a certificate of merit from God.
Put Your Duties in Proper Perspective
…it is much greater to be able to be in the world but not of it- to
perform your true duties for the benefit of others while keeping your mind on
You must think of greater and lesser duties in proper perspective.
And don’t let one duty contradict another..
“If one duty contradicts another duty, it is not a true duty.”
If you seek financial success at the cost of health, you are not
fulfilling your duty to the body.
We should remember that we could not perform all duties without power
borrowed from God. So it is to Him
we owe our first allegiance.
The ideal is to perform all duties with the sole desire to please God.
To speak of seeking God and material fulfillment together sounds good;
but unless you meditate deeply and regularly so that you anchor your
consciousness in God first; the world will claim all your attention and you will
have no time for Him.
…if you guide others with since love, you can be a king of hearts.
Of course, your love is reflected more in true hearts; and when you love
all impartially, you can recognize those who respond to that love.
Divine Love Is Unsurpassable
Never ignore the Lover behind all lovers.
The Practicality of Seeking God First
Faith is intuitive conviction, a knowing from the soul, that cannot be
shaken even by contradictions.
The practical purpose behind the scriptural injunction to seek God first
is that once you have found Him, you can use His power to acquire the things
your common sense tells you are right for you to have.
Have faith in this law. In
Attunement with God you will find the way to true success, which is a balance of
spiritual, mental, moral, and material attainment.
Transfer your attention to the more important concerns in life.
Too much time is wasted in superficial interests.
In the early stages on the spiritual path, you must seek quiet places
where you can regularly get away by yourself and be free to think of God.
…don’t mix too much with the “social set.”
There is no happiness in it. Be
selective about your company. Choose
a wise man or some good friends who will instill spiritual thoughts in you; and
get busy with God.
Meditation Removes Mental Limitations
Reading worthwhile books is much better than spending time on
foolishness. But better than reading
books is meditation. Focus your
attention within. You will feel a
new power, a new strength, a new peace – in body, mind, and spirit.
Your trouble in meditation is that you don’t persevere long enough to
That is why you never know the power of a focused mind.
…most people do everything half-heartedly.
They use only about one-tenth of their attention.
That is why they haven’t the power to succeed.
…when you convince your mind of its accomplishing power, you can do
By communing with God you change your status from a mortal being to an
immortal being. When you do this,
all bonds that limit you will be broken. This
is a very great law to remember.
As soon as your attention is focused, the Power of all powers will come,
and with that you can achieve spiritual, mental, and material success.
When a problem thwarts you – when you find no solution and no one to
help you – go into meditation. Meditate
until you find the solution. It will
I know the focusing power of attention never fails.
It is the secret of success.
Concentrate, and don’t stop until your concentration is perfect.
Then go after what you want.
Connect your concentration with God.
Concentration is everything. First
go within; learn to focus your mind and to feel the power of God.
Seclusion is the price of greatness.
Life’s Purpose Is to Grow in Knowledge and Wisdom
…one field needs to be your first concern:
You must find your vocation. By
contact with the Cosmic Vibration in meditation, you will be led to the goal
that is right for you; you will be led to the work you ought to do.
Concentrate upon making yourself proficient in that.
Why can’t we accelerate human evolution as well – to learn how to
weave lives more quickly into all-round success?
How is the human brain going to acquire in a lifetime all knowledge and
In sixty years of existence, it is possible for a human being to develop
so that he can be a center of all knowledge.
It is not a pumping-in from the outside that gives wisdom; it is the
power and extent of your inner receptivity that determines how much you can
attain of true knowledge, and how rapidly. The
man who has the power of receptivity quickly grasps everything.
How can you increase your receptivity, and thus quicken your evolution?
By consciously condensing all your experiences through the power of
Concentration means to gather in your attention, focusing it to one
point; condensation means to use that concentrated attention to do something
quickly that ordinarily would take a long time.
By concentration you can condense each experience and garner whatever
wisdom is to be learned from it. By
condensation of individual experiences you can compress all your experiences,
and the wisdom they contain, into a shorter length of time and thus gain much
more than if you go through life haphazardly.
Concentrate, and then ask Divine Power to help you.
…start from within to bring knowledge out, and not from without to
pump knowledge in.
…tap your inner source, which is omniscient?
You won’t find God anywhere unless you find Him within.
Find Him within, and you shall find Him without, everywhere.
If you find Him in the temple of your soul, you find Him enshrined in
all temples and churches, and in all souls.
Kriya Yoga: Scientific
Method of Accelerating Human Evolution
Revolving this current around the centers of divine life and
consciousness in the spine and brain develops their receptivity.
In a year of such practice
– even twenty minutes a day – you can get the result of many years of
When by concentration and practice of the above-mentioned method all the
fine spinal and brain cells are tuned to the cosmic source, they become highly
magnetized charged with divine intelligent power.
“The ancient rishis discovered that man’s earthly and heavenly
environment, in a series of twelve year cycles, push him forward on his natural
The scriptures ever that man requires a million years of normal, disease
less evolution to perfect his human brain and attain cosmic consciousness….
“The Kriya Yoga mentally directs his life energy to revolve, upward
and downward, around the six spinal centers (medulla, cervical, dorsal, lumbar,
sacral, and coccygeal plexuses), which correspond to the twelve astral signs of
the zodiac, the symbolic
The great scientific method of mental and spiritual progress is to
magnetize the cells by sending life current around the brain and spine.
Whenever you want to know something, don’t start with data – retire
within and concentrate. Seek
guidance from within. When the mind
is receptive, then bring the data; start working out the business or mental
First, determine what your goal is; ask divine aid to direct you the
right action whereby your objective will be fulfilled; then meditate.
Afterward, act according to the inner direction that you receive; then
you will attain what you want. When
the mind is calm, how quickly, how smoothly, how beautifully you will perceive
…start by increasing the receptivity of your intuition.
In you lies the infinite seat of all knowledge.
Calmness, concentration, and condensation of experiences by intuitionist
perception will make you master of all knowledge.
Do everything with full attention, never in a haphazard way.
Do not try to do too many things at a time; perform the most important
duties of life first, with heartfelt enthusiasm and closest attention.
Behind all manifestation
there must be a guiding Intelligence Force that is the prime cause of all
Behind all manifestation there must be a guiding Intelligent Force that
is the prime cause of all creation.
All the miracles of life that we take for granted are proof of the
existence of an omnipresent divine Intelligence behind the processes of nature.
…enchanting to behold. But
somewhere there is a fount of Beauty and Intelligence, even more enthralling,
from which we have come and into which we shall merge again.
Everything in the universe is related.
And through the right use of our God-given human intelligence we begin to
see that all life is linked to one Supreme Intelligence.
..within us there is a spark of the divine Power, That which is creating
and sustaining all life, just waiting to be kindled.
To attain a higher state of consciousness and divine perception, it is
necessary through meditation to withdraw the mind from its continual restless
activity. In that interiorized
state, spiritual sensitivity, or intuition, awakens.
Intuition is that power of Spirit inherited by the soul by which truth
is perceived directly, without the medium of any other faculty.
Man’s consciousness must be expanded if it is to hold the illimitable
ocean of truth.
The ultimate proof of God’s existence will come through your own
experience in meditation.
Everything in the Lord’s creation has some specific utility.
All matter, however insignificant, has a particular purpose and effect.
This is true also in regard to the thoughts or sentiments that present
themselves to our consciousness and then pass away.
If Man Could Not Doubt, He Could Not Progress.
The predominance of matter before our eyes in the form of objects and
beings prevents of the whole of truth.
It is by doubting the preeminence of matter that the existence of God is
established. If matter, a
conglomeration of atoms, is all there is, then how do these invisible particles
hold a parliament and bring forth and govern such an organized universe?
It is impossible that inanimate atoms could put themselves together and
produce intelligent beings. So the
acceptance of God, an Intelligent Consciousness as the creator of this world,
was established from materialism by applying the constructive, progressive
element of doubt.
This constructive element is the scientific current of thought by which
we question in order to know what is true.
…structure for the housing of divine principles that can be proven
essential to the welfare and happiness of human existence.
Constructive Doubt Moves Us Toward Truth
Religion, like science, should be given a proper test.
That is how the God knowing rishis of old attained their realization:
they investigated, found, and proved for themselves those invariable
principles that demonstrate and make manifest the Eternal Reality.
The great masters ask us to believe, but they do not say we should not
use constructive doubt to question.
Apply the test of reason. If you can analyze ideas with unprejudiced
respect and discrimination, you will more readily apprehend truth and discern
what is untruth.
Faith Begins With Constructive Belief
Belief and faith are often used synonymously, and thus not always
Faith is something much more that mere belief, as will be shown.
In belief, as in doubt, there is a constructive and a destructive
Applied constructively, adherence to valid beliefs leads to realization.
Constructive belief has reason within it.
Reason and feeling confirm that there is some truth behind every valid
belief. If one can gain access to
his inherent discriminative intelligence, he can arrive at that truth - the
inner comprehension of truth that is attainable only by the spiritual
development of the soul’s intuitive powers of perception.
Until then, there might be contradiction between the devotee’s reason
and the master’s realization.
So true masters must ask their disciples to believe, to take for granted
certain concepts on their authority, knowing that in time they can realize those
truths for themselves. Such is the
principle of any investigation.
The Fundamentals of Belief
Belief is a state or habit of mind in which trust, confidence, is placed
in some person, thing or doctrine; such as a persuasion of the truths in
religion. Belief is a conviction or
feeling of the truth or reality of that which is believed.
The elements of belief are assent, credence, assurance, reliance,
persuasion, conviction, faith.
Belief and faith differ chiefly in that belief as a rule suggests little
more than intellectual assent, while faith implies total trust or confidence –
as in one whose persuasion or belief has ripened into faith.
Implicit in belief are the elements of will and imagination.
Without willingness one cannot believe.
And since belief is an uncertain waiting in the hope of obtaining a
result, it involves also imagination.
The elements of will and imagination in belief make it a powerful force
for good or ill.
Injudicious Beliefs Seem a Wastage of Good Energy
…in material things wrong beliefs are liable to be less wasteful,
since our minds are bent toward tangible results.
In contrast, concerning spiritual matters, our mental attitude often
remains vague and visionary.
…belief and faith in connection with religious life are least
An erroneous belief, if held to without scrutiny, develops into
The Genesis of Faith
What is needed is investigative belief with sincerity and reverence,
followed up with persistence in true beliefs, or at least in those beliefs that
constantly manifest convincing results. Through
the aperture of patience, drop by drop, the chemical of truth and crystallizes
such belief into solid faith. But
unless belief is founded on truth, it will not sustain the conviction that
produces progress toward faith.
The result of faith is the stable quality or state of faithfulness,
Life, its substance and purpose, is an enigma, difficult yet not
…there will always remain certain conditions introduced on this planet
– infinite and guided by an unknown Intelligence, operating without our
initiative – which preclude our control.
In every department of life there seems to be, in spite of our
instrumentality, an inevitable Divine dependence without which we cannot get
Exercise absolute fearless surrender to that Higher Power.
…absolute surrender to God is the criterion of faith.
This surrender is not laziness, expecting God to do everything for you
– your utmost effort to bring about the desired result is also necessary –
rather, it is a surrender through love for God and veneration of His supremacy.
Faith Is Ever Secure – Direct Perception of Truth
The soul’s realization of truth expresses itself to us through
intuition, and the resultant knowing is faith.
Intuition is that point wherein a conviction suddenly changes into the
direct perception of the truth of that belief.
It requires no intermediary, no proof from the testimony of the senses or
Intelligence directed to the outward world interprets phenomena; faith
turned inwardly interprets by its contact with
When developed sufficiently, intuition brings immediate comprehension of
truth. You can have this marvelous
realization. Meditation is the way.
Go within the Self, closing the door of the senses and their involvement
with the restless world, and God will reveal to you all his wonders.
Beyond the senses and intellect, intuition manifest in the calm
consciousness as feeling, perceived mostly through the heart.
When such feeling comes in meditation, you receive through it a definite
sense of right direction and unshakable conviction.
Increasingly you will be able to recognize and follow this intuition.
That doesn’t mean you give up reason.
Calm impartial reason can also lead to intuition. Use common sense.
But remember that arrogant or emotional reasoning leads to misconceptions
In the calmness of meditation your consciousness will be able to focus
on truth and understand. In that state faith develops; through unfolding
intuition you receive “the evidence of things not seen.”
…physical and material comfort without mental and spiritual peace and
solace is not enough.
Those scientific mystics and seers – who have known Truth by their own
effort and experience rather than remaining satisfied with ordinary, personally
unverified beliefs – can show others how to develop their intuition and bring
forth the fountain of peace and satisfaction from beneath the soil of mysteries.
In order really to know the truth contained in scriptural stories –
and in order to understand what is erroneous or right, literal or metaphorical,
in scriptural writings – one must use reason, discrimination, and the power of
intuitionist verification developed through meditation.
In order to know the truth of a given doctrine, we must live it and find
out if it works or not – give it the acid test of experience.
The law of service to others is secondary and corollary to the law of
self-interest or self-preservation, which may be termed “selfishness.”
No sane man ever does anything without a reason.
The real reason behind the scriptural injunctions to “Serve thy
fellowmen,” and “Love thy neighbor as thyself.”
Is that the law of service to others is to be obeyed by all devotees who
would expand the limits of their own self.
No action is performed without reference to a direct or indirect thought
that is selfish; the very giving of service is indispensable to receiving
To serve others by giving financial, mental, or moral help is to find
…immortal sons of God, and all martyrs and saints, make a good
investment - they spend the little
mortal body to gain immortal life.
Nothing worthwhile is gained without paying a price.
It is logical, therefore, to say that higher selfishness, or acting for
the good of the higher Self – rather than service to others without thought of
Self – is the motive of life.
Three Kinds of Selfishness – Evil, Good, and Sacred.
“Solitude is necessary to become established in the Self, but masters
then return to the world to serve it. Even
saints who engage in not outward work bestow, through
their thoughts and holy vibrations, more precious benefits on the world
than can be given by the most strenuous humanitarian activities of
True and good selfishness motivates a man to seek his own comfort,
prosperity, and happiness by also making others more prosperous and happy.
Good selfishness takes everybody along with one’s own self into the
circle of brotherhood. Good
selfishness brings many harvests – return services from others,
self-expansion, divine sympathy, lasting happiness, and Self-realization.
Good selfishness should be practiced by the businessman, who, by
sincere, honest, wholesome, constructive actions and labors, enables himself to
look after his own and his family’s needs and provides a useful service to
others. Such a businessman is far
superior to one who thinks and acts only for himself, with no regard for those
he serves or those dependent on him for support.
The latter is acting against his own best selfish interests, for
according to the law of cause and effect, he himself will in time attract
To avoid the pitfalls of evil selfishness, one should first follow and
establish himself in the pattern of good selfishness, wherein one thinks of his
family and those whom he serves as part of himself.
From that attainment, one can then advance to a practice of sacred
selfishness (or unselfishness, as ordinary understanding would term it) in which
one sees all the universe as himself.
Being Sacredly Selfish
Feeling the sorrows of others and reaching out in order to make them
free from further suffering, seeking happiness in the joy of others, constantly
trying to remove the wants of increasingly larger numbers of people – this is
being sacredly selfish. The man of
sacred selfishness counts all his consequent earthly losses as sacrifices
deliberately and willingly brought about by himself for other’s good, and for
his own great and ultimate gain.
He lives to love his brethren, for he knows they creed, for whenever he
thinks of himself, he thinks not of the small body and mind of ordinary
understanding, but of the needs of all bodies and minds within the range of his
acquaintance or influence.
His “Self” becomes the
Self of all. He becomes the mind and
feeling of all creatures. So when he
does anything for himself, he can only do that which is good for all.
He who considers himself as one whose body and limbs consist of all
humanity and all creatures certainly finds the Universal All – Pervading
Spirit as himself.
He does not act with any expectation; but with his best judgment and
intuition, goes on helping himself as the many, with health, food, work,
success, and spiritual emancipation.
Working with good selfishness and sacred selfishness brings one in touch
with God, who rests on the altar of all-expanding goodness.
One who realizes this works conscientiously, only to please the
ever-directing God of Peace within.
Raja Yoga, the “Royal Yoga,” is
the science of God-realization, a step-by-step means of reuniting the soul with
Spirit-man with his Creator – develop by the rishis of ancient
It combines the highest from all other yoga disciplines: devotion, right
action, physical and mental self-control, and divine communion through
scientific techniques of concentration and meditation.
The fulfillment of the path, God-realization, “makes all things
possible.” For it teaches how to
make the mortal immortal.
The real development of man consists of the development of his mind
It is through divine simplicity and humility that one can attain great
breadth of power and vast wisdom.
Miracles are nothing but the operation of super mental and cosmic laws.
Yoga unites mind power with cosmic power.
The superiority of acquiring “miraculous” mental powers over the
acquirement of business skill is that the former has no limitations as does the
Everything is governed by the law of cause and effect.
If you try and have tried repeatedly and still do not succeed in curing
your physical and mental ills, you must find wherein lie your limitations.
Behave as master of yourself, guided not by habits, but by free will and
the wisdom of God-realization.
“A man of realization does not perform any miracle until he receives
and inward sanction,”
“God does not wish the secrets of His creation revealed promiscuously.
Also, every individual in the world has an inalienable right to his free
will. A saint will not encroach on
…faith, works, and knowledge of super mental law can work miracles,
where physical efforts of man fail.
“Spiritual advancement is not to be measured by one’s displays of
outward powers, but solely by the depth of his bliss in meditation…
“After the mind has been cleared by Kriya Yoga of sensory obstacles,
meditation furnishes a twofold proof of God.
Ever new joy is evidence of His existence, convincing to our very atoms.
Also, in meditation one finds His instant guidance, His adequate response
to every difficulty.”
Thinking and knowing are two different things. If you follow the lessons
of this Raja Yoga teaching of Yogoda, you will have something you never had
before in your life – direct perception of truth.
You must have the strength of conviction born of realization; then even
mountains of obstacles cannot stand in your way.
It is your own fault if you let yourself be deceived.
You cannot remain without doing something; be busy doing something
worthwhile. That is what my Master
His whole interest was to bring us in contact with God
God is the storekeeper of the universe; seek Him, and the whole store
will be open to you. It is your
actual experience of God and truth-realization that will bring you there.
Success, wealth, cure of chronic disease, control over habits – all
can be attained.
Open the inner door and vitalizing spiritual power flows in…Why not
awake to God’s help?
Put your questions seriously and feelingly from within, send them to God
in your deep meditations, and most truly, you will receive your answer.
The Lord can be coaxed nearer to us only by the law and by love, by real
communion from within with unceasing yearning until there is response from Him.
“I and my father are One, He in me, and I in Him.
Peace, bliss, omnipotence, reign in me – in the God in me.”
Renewing and Transforming Your Body, Mind and Spirit.
Resurrection means any beneficial change to an object or to a human
You cannot remain at a standstill. You
must either go forward or backward. That
is a great and inspiring truth, that in life you cannot remain stationary.
Either you must accept changes that are harmful to you or those that are
beneficial to you.
As mortal beings, we are controlled by something that operates like
radio –the intelligent active and vital energy let loose by God in the
creative laws of Nature.
Gradually, we understand the way to resurrect the body into the Spirit,
by spiritualistic the body and mind to become fit instruments for the expression
Resurrection means to free the soul from the cage of ignorance; to
uplift and release the soul from the bondage of mortal consciousness.
We are afraid to try the skies of limitless consciousness.
We ha lived too long identified with the body; and now we shrink from
entering our infinite omnipresence, frightened to resurrect the omnipotence and
omniscience of our soul. To
resurrect our innate wisdom from the bondage of the body is spiritual
To resurrect yourself from disease by right living is extremely
necessary. After many years of deep study, I found “in a nutshell”
how to express health - by
contacting Cosmic Energy.
We must also understand about food values.
Vitamins are absolutely necessary.
…an abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables, not denatured by
improper cooking or storage, and nuts, whole grains, and some dairy products.
Practice of Self-realization Fellowship techniques, particularly the
Energization Exercises, enables one to recharge the body with this cosmic
energy, or universal prana.
Right Food Must Be Taken
The Wisdom of Fasting
…every week you should fast one day on orange juice to rest the
Once a month fast two or three days consecutively, living only on orange
When you fast on orange juice it scrubs every cell.
To make the body spiritually fit, not only right eating but moderation
in all things and sunlight and exercise are just as important.
There is a close relation between the mind and the body, so destroying
the consciousness of disease is vitally important.
You must resurrect your mind from the consciousness of disease – from
the thought of disease. You are the
invulnerable Spirit; but the body now rules the mind.
The mind must rule the body. Then
the body will not accept suggestions of environmental and suggestions of
You should always remember that is Spirit were to withdraw the
energy that activates creation, you would drop dead.
You must give the whole credit of God, remembering that you are living
directly by His power.
Resurrect yourself from the consciousness of physical disease.
God did not create disease.
Resurrect yourself from the disease consciousness that has been handed
down by your forefathers.
You should help to resurrect those who have buried themselves under
their wrong living. In order to do
that, you must be able to smile from your own resurrected soul.
Trials do not come to destroy you, but to help you appreciate God
better. God does not send those
trials. They are of your own making
– the effects of conscious or unconscious actions in the past, somewhere,
All you have to do to overcome your trials is to resurrect your
consciousness from the environment of spiritual ignorance.
Those who receive God are those who develop their mental powers by
serious application of spiritual laws.
When your mental powers expand, your cup of realization will become big
enough to hold the Ocean Knowledge. Then
you have resurrected yourself.
Resurrect yourself from the littleness of life, the little things that
Live every second in the consciousness of your relationship with the
Open your “bank account” with God, - it will never be lost.
Resurrect yourself from anger, from melancholy, from failures.
You must succeed to know that you are God’s child.
Spiritual resurrection means metaphysical relaxation, to withdraw the
consciousness from the tenacious habit of identification with your body.
You must resurrect yourself while living in this body.
You do it every night in sleep, which is unconscious resurrection.
We should train ourselves to think in grand terms: Eternity! Infinity!
Resurrect your soul from all dreams of frailties.
Resurrect your soul in eternal wisdom.
What is the method? It
includes many things: self-control,
proper diet, fortitude, an undaunted mental attitude, and relaxation of the
consciousness from body identification by faithful daily practice of scientific
concentration and meditation principles. Refuse
to be defeated.
You have unlimited power, you must cultivate that power, that is all
We are here to play our parts well, but without becoming so enmeshed in
and identified with our roles.
To him who has opened his inner eye, everything is One.
Diversity is the basis of Nature, and self-evolution is one means of
maintaining this diversity. By the
law of cause and effect, action and reaction, we make of ourselves what we
presently are and what we will be.
It is only when we take life too seriously that we suffer.
That universal state of consciousness is very hard to attain unless one
has Self-realization, the knowing that we are souls and that all souls are a
part of the One God.
Realize the tremendous spiritual power and beauty of the life of Christ,
and try to live as he lived.
Try to feel that brotherhood with all nationalities.
Your outer life also must be clean – pure in word, thought, and
action. Be kind to all…
Hurt no one; judge none else but yourself.
You should learn to guide all of your actions by the inner will of your
conscience attuned to the will of God, and not by your emotional feelings and
instincts. When first met my Guru,
he said, “Allow me to discipline you.”
When I tuned my will with Master’s it became strengthened and guided
God’s will is governed by wisdom and justice.
Those who are in tune with Him are not bound by any dictates of whims and
habits. They live in the freedom of
God, their will governed by His wisdom and justice.
So it is important for the spiritual novice to tune his will with those
who are in tune with God.
Such obedience is not negation of one’s own will.
It requires the cultivation of tremendous will power to become attuned
Use your God-given free choice to seek him.
Then you shall surely find freedom.
And remember that it is of the utmost importance to surround yourself
with the best company, those who will inspire you and strengthen your
discrimination and will power.
Cast out of your life all that keeps you from God.
Remove all impediments in your path – anything that obstructs your
All saints who have merged in God have the power to do again the forms
that they once had on earth. How few
people realize the immanent presence of the angels and the great masters.
When a great teacher comes on earth, his presence bestows power and
inspiration, filling his disciples with much joy.
But after he leaves, they may feel bereft and lost if they have no
motivating spiritual power of their own.
This is why meditation and divine Attunement are necessary, that seekers
may learn how to recharge themselves with inspiration and joy.
What is the purpose of celebrating, if not to experience the birth of
Christ Consciousness in ourselves?
…the purpose of Christmas, which is to worship Christ in spirit.
Make every day a new birth of Christ Consciousness in your life.
…think how engrossing must be communion with God, the most
entertaining Being in the universe!
Failure to keep to your schedule of improvement means you have paralyzed
your will. You have no greater
friend and greater enemy than yourself.
It is your will power that is going to determine what you are able to
Let nothing weaken your conviction that you can be whatever you want to
There is always a way to be found if you think hard enough.
It is thought that brings energy into the body.
Cast away all negative thoughts and fears.
Retain evenness of mind under all circumstances.
In every situation be calmly active and actively calm.
Your trials did not come to punish you, but to awaken you – to make
you realize that you are a part of Spirit.
Bad habits are the worst enemies you can have.
Every day should be a transition from old habits to better habits.
…keep only those habits that are for your highest good.
Make up your mind to succeed. The
mind is everything; it is all-powerful. Mind
can control life and death.
You are the master of your own fate.
All around you, in so many ways, you will find conscious guidance.
Never compare yourself with anybody else.
You are what you are. Nobody
is like you. Nobody can act your
part as you can.
Whenever you think of yourself; think also of others.
When you think of seeking peace, think of others who are in need of
peace. If you do your utmost to make
others happy, you will find that you are pleasing the Father.
Be always with people who inspire you, surround yourself with people who
lift you up. Do not let your resolutions and positive thinking be poisoned by
First, in the temple of silence He comes as peace.
If you go deeper, then in the temple of samadhi, or Oneness you meet Him,
and touch Him, and feel His bliss within you and in omnipresence.
Without the internal perception of God, it is very difficult to love Him.
If we look at life impersonally, we find it to be wonderful.
We see it as a show; every day a different moving picture.
We would not like to see the same film over and over again; it would be
pointlessly monotonous. If life did
not have its ups and downs, its victories and hard knocks, it would hardly be
worthwhile. Only do not take it too
seriously, for then it becomes extremely miserable.
If you want to attain the unchangeable, imperturbable state of spirit, be
thou always of even mind.
If you never get angry at life’s reverses, or at their human
instigators, you can see your way more clearly through whatever is going on
That is why your peace is to be guarded above everything else.
One who loves God lives in the soul, his true Self.
He does everything for God, nothing for himself.
He loves everybody, because he sees the world as the Lord’s cosmic
show. He can never be provoked to
say or do anything in anger or with egotism, but only with desire to be of help
to all. That is the attitude you
It was only when Master…said to me, “You would not have received
this wisdom if I had not give it to you,”
that I dedicated my life to teaching.
As my Master gave this truth to me, so did he encourage me to give it
unselfishly to others.
If you would be a teacher, you must be sincere.
Whatever you say, you must feel from within.
It is easy to be a master in words, but it requires a tremendous amount
of strength to be a master living with people.
Everyone sees and judges you according to his own mind.
What you are before God and your own conscience, that is what you are.
Even if the whole world misunderstands you, nothing is lost; you are what
you are. To stand criticism is a
very effective way of becoming a better individual.
Though it is easier to criticize others than to find fault in yourself,
it is of prime importance to correct yourself first.
If you want to prove to somebody your sincerity, let your actions speak
Only Spiritual Relationships Are Lasting
…learn to do for others as you would do for your own.
One day, again, Master asked me, “Do you love the whole world?”
I just said, “I Love” And he smiled and said, “Your work is
Only the divine love of great ones is born of wisdom.
That love is infinitely greater than parental or any other form of human
love – Jesus gave up his life for the world.
Real love is when you are constantly watching the progress of the soul.
As soon as you cater to someone’s physical desires and bad habits you
are not loving that soul anymore.
You are just pleasing that person to avoid ill will.
Never agree with anyone who is wrong, not even those who are nearest and
dearest to you.
So this is my prayer to you, that all of you learn how to be true
friends, how to be truly loving souls. If
you have that divine attitude, you will be conquerors of hearts.
There is nothing more satisfying than that.
You will never be alone, for you will attract to yourself real souls.
Even if you are left alone, you are with God.
…attachment spoils family love, and all forms of human relationships,
because it excludes others and is blindly possessive.
Disband attachment and learn to give true, sincere love to all.
We must learn to love our family purely, to love our friends purely, to
love our country purely, and to love all mankind purely.
Patriotism is wonderful; but if it leads to aggression, then it is wrong.
Patriotic egotism is bad. Nations
should beware of egotism.
…that is the love of God, when impartially you are ready to live and
to die for all.
So shall we leave “footprints in the sands of time” –spiritual
footprints of good vibrations, which those who come after us will feel.
If we increase those vibrations by our love for God and service to His
work, think how wonderful will be what we leave behind us.
Cooperate With One Another for the Good of All
In an institution the law of freedom depends on a common law.
In a community – be it a hermitage, a meditation center, a family, a
business – everyone should sacrifice his own desires and egoist for the good
of all. When you are together, the
laws of doing things together should be respected.
It is not a question of who is greater or lesser
- the ideal is to cooperate with one another.
In this I hope you will do your part.
To be able to follow the common laws of an institution is the way to
create strength and harmony.
It is so wonderful to be good and to be humble.
Egotism repulses, humility attracts.
When man behaves in a humble way, he strikes a beautiful chord in the
hearts of others.
A man of humility easily exercises a spiritual influence on others. Such
a one has the satisfaction that he has done his best on this- earth.
The more humble you are, the stronger you will be in Spirit.
“Whatever I Have Said, I Have Said From My Heart.”
Whosoever loves God can never think of turning back.
..lack of determination.
If one listens to a master, he can change that self-created blueprint;
he can overcome his karma.
…when doubts come, they should be abolished by faith and will.
Cling to one who has found God. That
is the sure way to succeed on the spiritual path.
The Blind Cannot Lead the Blind
A true guru has no personal ambition for name or fame; his one desire is
to serve others with the realization of God.
When you are steadfast in the principles of the guru-disciple
relationship, the spiritual path becomes very easy.
You cannot then go astray. No
matter how delusion tries to pull you away, the master who has experienced God
knows your trouble and will help you to steady yourself on the path again.
That is what the guru does for you if you are in tune with him.
God is not to be acquired; He is to be realized, for He is already
Meditation plus keeping your mind with God during activity is what is
Practice even minded calmness all the time.
Moods are your greatest enemy. Don’t
indulge in them; destroy them.
Never get angry. Never try
to get even with anyone. And don’t
find fault with others; correct yourself. The
whole world may mistreat you, but why should you mistreat yourself by wrong
Do Not Accept Limiting Influences
…when you realize your oneness with Him, that you are made in His
image, you have no karma either. That
is why I do not stress too much the theory of karma.
Want Naught Else but God
The way to God is not through the intellect, but through intuition.
Spirituality is measured by what you experience intuitively, from the
communion of your soul with God.
Ultimately, you are wholly dependent upon God.
You could not utter one word without the power of God. He throbs in your
heart. He thinks through your brain.
He knows your every thought and action even before you do. Why do you
Talk straight to Him. Speak
to Him. He will not disappoint you.
Conversation with people requires audible voice. Conversation with God
Those who inwardly converse with God are outwardly more silent.
Because the devotee has plenty to say to God, he has very title to say
We are souls individualized Spirit; that is why we must turn back toward
God. We must think of ourselves as souls, not as fleshly beings.
The true devotee, even when enmeshed in many doubts, never loses his
devotion and determination.
The Lord of Universes is so humble that He does not speak, lest in so
doing He influence the devotee’s use of free will to choose or reject Him.
…you have to prove your unconditional love for God in order to know
…only fools are attached to this world.
You must cease to think you are a mortal being if you would find lasting
You must first resolve in your mind the importance of God.
If you do not make an effort to control the mind it will go on doing as
it pleases, no matter how long you sit to meditate.
Next, practice long meditation with depth.
That is what takes you to His kingdom.
Delusion is destroyed by good company, by the company of saints, and by
devotion to the messengers of God.
It is not personal association so much as Attunement of thought with the
messenger of God that destroys delusion. The
true guru has no desire to place himself in the hearts of others, but rather to
awaken in their consciousness the consciousness of God.
Along with periods of meditation you should think day and night of God.
It is good to resolve to do a thing and then follow through.
You must develop a strong, silent, cool will.
Never give up your good resolutions.
God Responds When We Make the Effort.
…if you choose to be happy, no one can make you unhappy.
It is we who make of life what it is.
..if you strengthen your will by practicing self-control and meditation,
it becomes free; and as soon as your will is free, you are master of your fate.
Of greatest help in your development is the habit of mental whispering
to God. You
will see a change in yourself that you will like very much.
No matter what you do, God should be constantly in your mind.
…your mind is continually thinking how you can get those things?
Until you fulfill your strong desires, your mind will not rest; it
ceaselessly works toward fulfilling those desires.
Do Not Accept Your Bad Karma
Bring the light in and you will feel that darkness never was.
So will our faults and weakness vanish when we bring in the light of
Christ Consciousness: “Christ”
or ‘Christ Consciousness” is the projected consciousness of God immanent in
all creation. In Christian scripture
it is called the “only begotten son” the only pure reflection in creation of
God the father, in Hindu scripture it is called Kutasha Chaitanya or Tat, the
cosmic intelligence of Spirit every where present in creation.
It is the universal consciousness, oneness with God, manifested by Jesus,
“To keep company with the Guru.”
“is not only to be in his physical presence ( as this is sometimes
impossible ), but mainly means to keep him in our hearts and to be one with him
in principle and to attune ourselves with him.”
Intuition: The all-knowing
faculty of the soul, which enables man to experience direct perception of truth
without the intermediary of the senses.
Master: …Proof that one is
a master is supplied only by the ability to enter at will the breathless
state….and by the attainment of immutable bliss.
Men of God-Realization ….are devoid of the ego-principle …and its
uprisings of personal desires; the actions of true masters are in effortless
conformity with Rita, natural righteousness.