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Suzanne Segal

An invisible force entered my awareness like dynamite

The bus lumbered to a halt, expelling the acrid odor of exhaust fumes and hot rubber into the warm spring air. As I took my place in line, I suddenly felt my ears… Read more »

Swami Ramdas

For spiritual growth, do not be bound to any institution

There are no external signs to mark out a God-realized saint. He does not grow a horn. But he is always full of bliss. He is happy under all conditions. No miracles… Read more »

Susan Kahn

Consciousness cannot have independent nature

The notion that consciousness marks humans as divinely distinct, can first be challenged by recognizing that consciousness does not independently exist, but is an interrelational function. What is considered to… Read more »

Jaya Row

As your vasana so will be your thought, desire & action

Human suffering is one of life’s most compelling mysteries: Why is there so much misery? Is God helpless to act or does He choose not to? What is God’s role in the… Read more »

Sai Baba

A wise person will be content with whatever he has

Nana: Baba, I am fed up with this Samsara. Please help me cut the bonds which bind me to it. What appears as pleasant in the beginning ends in misery. Fate tosses… Read more »

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Fruit of your meditation goes to your family as well

Q: I know it is important for me to be here with you. But I have a little conflict as it takes me away from my family. Could you comment?… Read more »

Sant Gyaneshwar

In the word ‘Guru’ is implicit both ‘Guru’ & ‘disciple’

The Guru makes no distinction between the worship per and the worshipped – to such an extent that he does not permit even the worshipper to remain as a separate entity…. Read more »

Pd

An idea is annihilated not by effort, but by silence

The idea of the fourth dimension arose from the assumption that, in addition to the three dimensions known to our geometry, there exists a fourth, for some reason inaccessible and… Read more »

Swami Krishnananda

Prakriti does not produce only my object

There are two kinds of perceptions: the general, acceptable, common to all, and the other, which is abnormal. The process of perception generally is, for instance, our looking at a… Read more »

Swami Pratyagbodhananda Saraswati

By avoiding situations, inner pain will not go away

We have two types of pain. One is a physical pain. This is in fact good. If there is no pain, you will never know which part to address and treat. In… Read more »

G. I. Gurdjieff

An exercise for your last hour on Earth

Look back at the hour that has passed, as if it was the last hour for you on the earth and that you have just acknowledged that you have died. Ask yourself,… Read more »

Swami Vivekananda

Renunciation is the turning point in all Yogas

The Karmi (worker) renounces the fruits of his work. The Bhakta (devotee) renounces all little loves for the almighty and omnipresent love. The Yogi renounces his experiences, because his philosophy is… Read more »

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

Nourishment of feeling leads to spiritual growth

Do not oppose because in opposing the tenderness of the feeling level is crushed. All action should be to nourish the fine feeling developed in the practice of the TM Sidhi program…. Read more »

Paramahansa Yogananda

Pleasures of senses do not last; joy of God is everlasting

Even if life gave you at one time everything you wanted – wealth, power, friends – after a while you would again become dissatisfied and need something more. But there is one… Read more »

Kahlil Gibran

Seek the secret of death in the heart of life

You would know the secret of death. But how shall you find it unless you seek it in the heart of life? The owl whose night-bound eyes are blind unto the day… Read more »

Meister-Eckhart

If man loves something else than God, he is not free

Grace is from God, and works in the depth of the soul whose powers it employs. It is a light which issues forth to do service under the guidance of the Spirit…. Read more »

Ramana Maharshi

What is not permanent is not worth striving for

Devotee: My son passed away in February. I was grief-stricken. I was disgusted with this life. I want to devote myself to spiritual life. But my duties as a grihini do not… Read more »

Vimala Thakar

A new challenge awaits us: to go beyond fragmentation

Traditionally, there have been two separate approaches. One approach takes us toward the social, the economic, the political problems, and says, “Look here, unless the economic and political problems are solved,… Read more »

Sri Yashoda Ma

When Krishna came to listen to Dilip Roy’s bhajan

Krishna Prem asked Dilip Kumar Roy, a composer and singer renowned across India, to sing Brindabaner Lila, one of his best-loved airs. Roy tells us that he sang this lengthy song –… Read more »

Eknath Easwaran

Mantram calms you down, whatever the situation

The mantram is a tool for calming the mind that any one can learn and use at any time. If you’re like me, at this point you may doubt that such a simple… Read more »