The physicians of one class feel the patients and go away, merely prescribing medicine. As they leave the room they simply ask the patient to take the medicine. They are the poorest class of physicians.
God can be realized through all paths. All religions are true. The important thing is to reach the roof. You can reach it by stone stairs or by wooden stairs or by bamboo steps or by a rope. You can also climb up by a bamboo pole.
Travel in all the four quarters of the earth, yet you will find nothing anywhere. Whatever there is, is only here.
At a certain stage in the path of devotion, the devotee finds satisfaction in God with form, and at another stage, in God without it.
Work, apart from devotion or love of God, is helpless and cannot stand alone.
If you desire to be pure, have firm faith, and slowly go on with your devotional practices without wasting your energy in useless scriptural discussions and arguments. Your little brain will otherwise be muddled.
The magnetic needle always points to the north, and hence it is that sailing vessel does not lose her direction. So long as the heart of man is directed towards God, he cannot be lost in the ocean of worldliness.
One must be very particular about telling the truth. Through truth one can realize God.
To work without attachment is to work without the expectation of reward or fear of any punishment in this world or the next. Work so done is a means to the end, and God is the end.
The fabled musk deer searches the world over for the source of the scent which comes from itself.
Unless one always speaks the truth, one cannot find God Who is the soul of truth.
It is easy to talk on religion, but difficult to practice it.
Many good sayings are to be found in holy books, but merely reading them will not make one religious.
God is everywhere but He is most manifest in man. So serve man as God. That is as good as worshipping God.
God is the master, the devotee is the servant. God is the beloved the devotee is the lover.
Pray to God that your attachment to such transitory things as wealth, name, and creature comforts may become less and less every day.
We laugh at the efforts of the musk deer to find the source of the scent which comes from itself and despair at our efforts to find the peace which is our essence.
You see many stars at night in the sky but find them not when the sun rises can you say that there are no stars in the heaven of the day So, O man as you behold not God in the days of your ignorance, say not that there is no God.
The world is indeed a mixture of truth and make-believe. Discard the make-believe and take the truth.
When the divine vision is attained, all appear equal; and there remains no distinction of good and bad, or of high and low.
When one has love for God, one doesn't feel any physical attraction to wife, children, relatives and friends. One retains only compassion for them.
When the flower blooms, the bees come uninvited.
The goal can never be reached unless a man makes his mind strong and firmly resolves that he must realize God in this very birth, nay, in this very moment.
If you want to go east, don't go west.
Through love one acquires renunciation and discrimination naturally.
Be not a traitor in your thoughts. Be sincere act according to your thoughts and you shall surely succeed. Pray with a sincere and simple heart, and your prayers will be heard.
God is in all men, but all men are not in God; that is why we suffer.
Man's ego itself is Maya. It is the veil that shuts the light.
If you first fortify yourself with the true knowledge of the Universal Self, and then live in the midst of wealth and worldliness, surely they will in no way affect you.
A poor devotee points to the sky and says, God is up there. An average devotee says, God dwells in the heart as the Inner Master. The best devotee says, God alone is and everything I perceive is a form of God.
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