The first lesson of spirituality is that spirituality teaches us to perceive reality and accept reality. But the funny thing is that we must have a little of this quality of acceptance even before we look for spirituality or reality.
The location of the heart is not important; what it says is important. In meditation we try to attend to the heart, and then slowly it begins to speak. That’s what you call the conscience, and the more you listen, the more loud it becomes, powerful it becomes. Then you get the guidance from inside – now you want guidance from outside.
Spirit is never old; hence, spirituality is not affected in the least by old age. Spiritually a man feels himself always young, at all stages of human life. It is therefore never too late to attain anything in the spiritual field.
A cup full of tea cannot contain pure milk at the same time. One thing must necessarily be thrown out in order to contain the other. So if your heart is occupied in Godly thoughts all the while, there will be no room left for undesirable things, and you will automatically be drifted to resignation and surrender
Our desires are to a great extent the cause of miseries. So we pray to God to bestow upon us the state of desirelessness, or freedom from wishes. It is almost certain that unless it is achieved, we can never acquire a balanced state of mind. Desirelessness means we stop further formation of samskaras. What remains then is only to undergo the effect of the previous samskaras, which when exhausted lead us to the level of liberation
You should watch your day-to-day condition and write it in a notebook datewise in the form of a spiritual diary. I advise this process to all my associates. It will be very helpful for speedy progress. If you do it, you will soon begin to feel a general improvement in your condition.
The first and almost immediate effect of the transmission is to give peace and calmness which can hardly be expressed in words. This experience in meditation helps to gently remind us of the source to which we must return, and repeated experience strengthens the remembrance of our original home and so loosens the bondage of the present life. As the transmission takes us to deeper and deeper levels of remembrance, our journey to the source becomes firmly established
When a mother sits by her sick child all night, does she say, “I surrendered my sleep. I did not eat; I sacrificed my dinner”? It is natural. So, the natural state of love is to surrender.
Mahatma Gandhi is said to have once remarked, “The way to freedom lies through jail!” If we take this world to be a prison-house, the above saying fits in quite appropriately in the spiritual sense also. In utter despair people often wish for an end to life. But in my opinion it shall be far better under such circumstances to pray to God to bestow a life which might be parallel to death.
The only thing we can talk sensibly about is pain, because everybody has pain, everybody understands pain. It is not something exclusively for the rich or for the healthy or for the intellectual. Pain is the common denominator of the human being, of humanity
The Law of Life
The law of life says that the wise must help the not so wise; the strong must help the weak; the rich must help the poor; the advanced must help those who are lagging behind on the path
I remember, Albert Einstein was asked by a boy, “What is the velocity of light?” [The boy] said, “I can’t answer you offhand.” He said, “You are a Nobel Prize winner. How is it you don’t remember?” He said, “Young man, I know where to look for it; you don’t.” So, do we know where to look for what we want?