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Adyashanti

Role of spiritual practice is to exhaust the seeker

Safransky: Let’s pretend that I’m thoroughly unfamiliar with contemporary spiritual vocabularies. How would you describe your teaching to me? Adyashanti: My background is primarily Zen Buddhism, and yet I would not describe… Read more »

Swami Shankarananda

Mantra should be received from proper source

In my early days in the ashram in India I went through a period of intense fear. I felt so hopeless and disempowered that I could not bring myself to speak… Read more »

Swami Tapovan Maharaj

Agitation and sorrow are results of prarabdha

A householder should not conduct himself like a vanaprastha or sannyasin; nor should a vanaprastha or sannyasin behave like a householder”. This is one of the important injunctions of the scriptures. A… Read more »

U.G Krishnamurti

Through greed you’ll be free from greed

The solution for greed, if at all you are interested in freeing yourself from greed, is to allow that greed to fill the whole of your being. Every cell in your body,… Read more »

swami-vivekananda

Even in lowest attraction there is germ of divine love

We see love everywhere in nature. Whatever in society is good and great and sublime is the working out of that love; whatever in society is very bad, nay diabolical, is… Read more »

Ram Dass

Your teachers are often people right around you

Regarding the question of whether you need a guru: there are stages in your development where you need a guru. However, you’ve got to understand what a guru is. A guru is… Read more »

Ken Wilber

I can’t doubt the Witness that exists in this moment

There are many things that I can doubt, but I cannot doubt my own consciousness in this moment. My consciousness IS, and even if I tried to doubt it, it… Read more »

Swami Dayananda Saraswati

Problems exist because we refuse to accept facts

You cannot manage a situation unless you know exactly what is happening. The inner responses are allowed to happen for want of a proper insight and knowledge. You want to… Read more »

Thich Nhat Hanh

Maitri & karuna bring happiness, ease suffering

The following is a conversation between the Buddha and King Pasenadi from the book Old Path, White Clouds by Thich Nhat Hanh: Teacher Gautama, there are people who say you… Read more »

Sri Ramanuja

Individual & world inseparably connected with Brahman

Sri Ramanuja attempts to systematize the philosophy of the Upanishads, taking the cue from the ancient theistic philosophers. He recognizes three lines of thought in the Upanishads concerning the relation… Read more »

Adi Shankaracharya

Karma or Action cannot destroy ignorance

Though other articles such as rice, vegetables, water and pots are necessary, to cook a meal, it is fire that actually cooks the meal. As fire is thus the direct cause of… Read more »

J. Krishnamurti

The first thing is to completely stop inwardly

I am tempted to repeat a story about a great disciple going to God and demanding to be taught truth. This poor God says, `My friend, it is such a hot day,… Read more »

Rabindranath Tagore

Egoism is the price paid for fact of existence

When I had thrust the great world unnoticed behind the bars of my office habit I developed in me the belief that I was indispensable. Of the many means by which… Read more »

Swami Chinmayananda

We have mastered nature, but not ourselves

As I sit in Tapovan Kuti, I listen to the sweet melody of Mother Ganga. I can see her in one glance, as she trickles forth from the eternal snows of Gomukh;… Read more »

Lord Mahavira

A teacher is not too big to admit his mistake

One day, Lord Mahavira visited the town of Vanijya and gave a big sermon. After hearing the sermon, Anand, a millionaire, decided to accept the twelve vows of householder at the… Read more »

JESUS

Jesus Christ was crucified for claiming he was the messiah

The Jewish high priests and elders of the Sanhedrin (the supreme council, or court, in ancient Israel) accused Jesus of blasphemy for claiming that he was their Messiah. So they arrived at… Read more »

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 »