In spiritual practices the same rule cannot be applied to all. We must know the peculiar tendencies of each individual before any spiritual instruction can be given for his guidance. If the instruction goes against the particular bent of his nature, not only will it do no good, but it may even give rise to […]
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My idea is that what you call a personal God is the same as the impersonal Being, a personal and impersonal God at the same time. We are personalized impersonal beings. If you use the word in the absolute sense, we are impersonal; but if you use it in a relative meaning, we are personal. […]
Tiny, mighty babe, Young child ages old, Small for Thee the cradle Whom heaven could not hold. Now what you see in the life of Christ is the life of all the past. The life of every man is, in a manner, the life of the past. It comes to him through heredity, […]
Advaita and Advaita alone explains morality. Every religion preaches that the essence of all morality is to do good to others. And why? Be unselfish. And why should I? Some God has said it? He is not for me. Some texts have declared it? Let them; that is nothing to me. Let them all tell […]
At the present time God should be worshiped as Mother, the Infinite Energy. This will lead to purity, and tremendous energy will come here in America. Here no temples weigh us down, no one suffers as they do in poorer countries. Woman has suffered for eons, and that has given her infinite patience and infinite […]
God is our inner controller. Pray to Him with a pure and guileless heart. He will explain everything to you. Give up egotism and take refuge in Him. You will realize everything. The Master sang: Dwell, O mind, within yourself; Enter no other’s home. If you but seek there, you will find All you are […]
Photos from the annual retreat day at Shanti Ashrama, April 30, 2016. Swami Chandrasekharananda from the Vedanta Society in Portland, Oregon, was the special guest speaker.
Photos from the Vedanta Society’s annual spiritual gathering at the Vedanta Retreat in Olema, California, on Memorial Day 2016. The guest speakers were Michael Nagler, Professor emeritus of Classics and Comparative Literature at UC, Berkeley, and Christopher Key Chapple, a specialist in the religions of India.
“The Self should be realized—should be heard of, reflected upon, and meditated upon. By the realization of the Self—through hearing, reflection, and meditation—all this is known.” – Brihadāranyaka Upanishad The truth is first to be listened to, then to be thought about. Reason, argue it out by all manner of means. The enlightened know no […]
What then do I mean by the ideal of a universal religion? I do not mean any one universal philosophy, or any one universal mythology, or any one universal ritual held alike by all; for I know that this world must go on working, wheel within wheel, this intricate mass of machinery, most complex, most […]