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Mahatma-Gandhi

Woman is the incarnation of Ahimsa, or infinite love

I had flattered myself that my contribution to the women’s cause definitely began with the discovery of satyagraha. But the writer of the letter is of opinion that the fair sex requires… Read more »

James Swartz

Major obstacle is the thought ‘If only I were different’

Perception, inference, and language are means of knowledge. The means of knowledge we use is determined by the type of object we want to know. For example, if I want… Read more »

Paramhansa Yogananda

Keep consciousness on God & you will have no fears

Mind is the creator of everything. You should therefore guide it to create only good. If you cling to a certain thought with dynamic will power, it finally assumes a tangible… Read more »

Kahlil Gibran

You can’t separate the good from the wicked

One of the judges of the city stood forth and said, “Speak to us of Crime and Punishment.” And he answered saying: It is when your spirit goes wandering upon the wind,… Read more »

Ramana Maharishi

Self can’t be realized if the world is taken as real

As all living beings desire to be happy always, without misery, as in the case of everyone there is observed supreme love for one’s self, and as happiness alone is the cause… Read more »

Mother Meera

Love, sincerity & aspiration connect us to the Divine.

Question: What should we do to receive your Light and help when you are not with us physically? How can we find the constant inner contact with you? What should… Read more »

Eknath Easwaran

Mantram is a radiant symbol of ultimate existence

A mantram is a spiritual formula of enormous power that has been transmitted from age to age in a religious tradition. The users, wishing to draw upon this power that… Read more »

William Samuel

Keep looking till you see some good in everybody

Mr Shieh asked me what is meant by “the same moon shines on ten thousand rivers” Well, it wasn’t long before I had several pages filled to answer “the same… Read more »

Osho_Portrait

Society teaches you to control; not to transform

Why does man suppress so much and become unhealthy? Because the society teaches you to control, not to transform, and the way of transformation is totally different. For one thing,… Read more »

Atmananda-Krishna-Menon

When I talked about Absolute Reality, where were you?

When a person is talking, he is talking and you are listening. Of course, that is in the phenomenal level, in the lowest level. But you see, when I am… Read more »

Arthur Osborne

Grace may flow even through the unenlightened

It is not uncommon to hear some one express confidence that he would recognize a spiritual man if he met one. This, however, is not always possible. High spiritual attainment,… Read more »

J. Krishnamurt

Why hasn’t India produced one outstandingly creative individual?

Krishnaji (J. Krishnamurti) was very well-informed, but he read very little and also slowly. I have never seen him read any religious books. Becoming very serious once when Life magazine produced a… Read more »

Rupert Spira

The body/mind is not the subject of experience

The artist and poet William Blake said, “If the doors of perception were cleansed, every thing would appear to man as it is, Infinite. For man has closed himself up,… Read more »

Swami Nikhilananda Saraswati

Reality has power to project, sustain & withdraw creation

Reality has certain innate, inherent powers, which can be broadly termed as shakti. It has the power to project, sustain and withdraw the world. The Upanishads explain this with the… Read more »

Deepak Chopra

It’s the mind-body-brain-gene connection that matters

There is enormous interest in power, and especially personal power, which holds the key to every kind of success and achievement. Yet there’s a problem with how we approach personal power…. Read more »

Sunyata (Alfred Sorensen)

Swadharma has to be awared and endured

The real Silence is not of sound, however, or even human noises, but cravings – desires and ego-willfulness. “Thy will be done” is not a prayer but a simple statement of awareness…. Read more »

Dennis Waite

Names and forms do not make separate things

Swamiji said “Give me a piece of paper from your pad.” The journalist obliged. He turned to the table at his right and deftly began to fold and refold the… Read more »

Jeff Foster

Becoming enlightened is just another story

Ask anybody on the street what they are looking for, and they’ll probably say they’re looking for peace, happiness, success, popularity, power, love, acceptance, understanding, fame, glory. Someone who identifies… Read more »

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 »