The true teacher is one who can throw his whole force into the tendency of the taught. Without real sympathy we can never teach well. Give up the notion that every man is a responsible being; only the perfect man is responsible. The ignorant have drunk deep of the cup of delusion and are not […]
My ideal can be put into a few words and that is: to preach unto mankind their divinity, and how to make it manifest in every movement of life. We are what our thoughts have made us; so take care about what you think. Words are secondary. Thoughts live; they travel far. Every thought is […]
Only love for the Supreme Lord is true bhakti. Love for any other being, however great, is not bhakti. The Supreme Lord here means Iśvara, the concept of which transcends what you in the West mean by the Personal God. ‘He from whom this universe proceeds, in whom it rests, and to whom it returns—He […]
Look upon every man, woman, and everyone as God. You cannot help anyone, you can only serve. Serve the children of the Lord, serve the Lord Himself, if you have the privilege. If the Lord grants that you can help anyone of His children, blessed you are. Do not think too much of yourselves. […]
Brahman, the God of Vedanta, has nothing outside of Himself; nothing at all. All this indeed is He: He is the universe. He is the universe Himself. ‘Thou art the man, Thou art the woman, Thou art the young man walking in the pride of youth, Thou art the old man tottering in his step.’ […]
What question has been asked a greater number of times, what idea has led men more to search the universe for an answer, what question is nearer and dearer to the human heart, what question is more inseparably connected with our existence, than this one, the immortality of the human soul? It has been the […]
The whole universe is one. There is only one Self in the universe, only one Existence, and that one Existence, when it is passing through the forms of time, space, and causation, is called Intelligence, Self-consciousness, fine matter, gross matter, etc. All physical and mental forms, everything in the universe is that one, appearing in various ways.
He had no other idea of himself, no other except that he was Spirit. He was disembodied, unfettered, unbound Spirit. And not only so, but he, with his marvelous vision, had found that every man and woman, whether Jew or gentile, whether rich or poor, whether saint or sinner, was the embodiment of the same undying Spirit as himself.
Is there anything difficult for the hero? Only men of faint hearts speak so. “Mukti (liberation) is easy of attainment only to the hero — but not to the cowards.” Says the Gita, “By renunciation and by practice is the mind brought under control, O Arjuna.”
Mother is the first manifestation of power and is considered a higher idea than Father. The name of Mother brings the idea of Shakti, divine energy and omnipotence: the baby believes its mother to be all-powerful, able to do anything.