- THE ONLY WAY to lasting peace is complete surrender to the
will of God. Restlessness destroys all peace of mind. When
the mind becomes restless one should pray earnestly to God,
for He alone is the abode of peace.
- Constant recollection of God will bring an overflowing
- The only real purpose of human life is the search for
Reality. To know the Reality we must meditate. Therefore,
the spiritual aspirant should make the practice of meditation
a regular habit. The early morning is the best time for
spiritual practices. The sacred hours before sunrise are better
than any other time of the day or night for the practice of inwardness.
- The tribulations of the world indirectly drive the mind
toward God. The more you are troubled and tortured in the
world the more you will think of God, and know it for certain that loving remembrance of God severs all our attachments to the world.
- As long as a man remains satisfied with earthly enjoyments
and attainments, he has not started on the spiritual path;
and when the pangs of separation from God pierce the mind,
the time for God-vision is at hand.
- A true devotee asks nothing of God but pure love for
Him. Even as a child depends entirely upon its mother, so
the devout soul depends entirely upon God.
- God is with form, and also without form; again, He is
beyond both. He transcends all our conceptions of Him. He
can be meditated upon in any one of His multifarious
- When the mind is overcome by a feeling of monotony, one
should resort to scriptural study, repetition of the Name of
God, prayer, and holy company. But of all the means for
purification and realization, meditation is the highest. Constant remembrance of God makes us "whole."
- Kindle the fire of renunciation in your heart, dive deep in
the ocean of His love, then alone will spiritual experiences
- When you have succeeded in enshrining God within your
heart you will see Him everywhere.
- Everything depends upon the Grace of God even the desire for spiritual practice. Eventually His vision too comes
as a result of His blessing.
- Dreams of holy men and holy places are very auspicious.
One should shun all evil association by all means.
- If you sincerely adhere to your spiritual exercises with
faith, purity and devotion, you will surely be illumined.
- Spiritual life must be lived in absolute secrecy; publicity
hinders our attempts. To give expression to divine emotions
is to lessen them, and it is unwholesome. The more they are
concealed, the more they are intensified.
- Be ever prayerful, then evil thoughts, even if they come
to the mind, cannot linger long. A prayerful man is ever
- The power of a divine Incarnation is infinite. Unflinching
reliance on the Chosen Ideal is the religion of the devotee.
For him the veil of ignorance is quickly removed.
- Liberation in life, as contrasted with liberation after death,
is like standing on the threshold of a room, with one foot
placed inside and the other outside. In this state everything
of the inner and the outer world is visible, while in the latter
state one enters the inner world and sees nothing of the outer
world; the outward consciousness is totally eliminated from
- To think of a divine form within the heart is one kind of
meditation. Imagine that the form is very gracious and is
looking at you with deep affection and kindness. Such
thoughts will fill the soul with love, hope and peace, and you
will be blessed.
- It is the nature of the mind to become restless and unsteady at times. But we must not allow ourselves to be unsettled or upset by this. When the mind is restrained, such
occasional reactions will strengthen rather than weaken it.
- Patient and regular practice is the whole secret of spiritual
realization. Do not be in a hurry in spiritual life. Do your
utmost, and leave the rest to God.
- Past tendencies will be uprooted and obliterated by the
constant remembrance of God, and the heart will be filled
with peace. The mind is stilled by His grace alone.
- The building of a pure life and character is the sole concern of the spiritual aspirant. It is the primary object of his
life; everything else is secondary.
- The more you call upon God the nearer will you be to
Him. Overflowing devotion is the only condition of His
- A pure and spotless life is a source of real welfare to the
world. When such a life is actually lived, there is no need
for oral teaching. Example is more potent than precepts.
- The Lord gives us difficulties only to test and strengthen
our faith. Look to Him for help and guidance. Love all
equally. Do not wound the feelings of others.
- It is difficult to turn the course of our mind towards God
after it has been steeped in worldliness for so long, but if you
are resolute never to abstain from thinking of Him, it will
change. The Lord is most merciful. He rejects no prayer. Be
regular and sincere in your daily meditation, and never allow despair to overwhelm your mind.
(From 'Vedanta For the Western World', edited by Christopher Isherwood.)