Friday, May 16, 2008

Need For Simplicity

Be straightforward in all your dealings. Give up hypocrisy and conceit. Be child like, not childish. But be reserved and aloof in the company of worldly people, in a dignified way without being haughty. You can be full of sympathy for others in an impersonal way and yet be aloof and reserved, and not allow them to come near you in a personal way.

Everything becomes simple the moment we become simple. We should live like angels, like true children of god. We should learn to combine the simplicity and purity of a child with maturity and wisdom of a grown-up man.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Practical Hints for Spiritual Aspirant's !

A spiritual aspirant should depend on god alone all circumstances. In the beginning he may take the help of men and institutions, but he should in due course learn to draw his inspiration more and more from divine.

When we feel miserable, the whole mind is upset. But even when we feel great pain, we should say,"yes, my mind and body are feeling these, but my self cannot be touched by them, my self cannot be imprisoned by them." Always, at all times, assert the glory, the freedom of the soul. When men of realization feel miserable, they just stand as the witness. They can at once give a higher turn to their mind and remain unaffected under all circumstances

~ senior monk of Ramakrishna order

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Keep The Mind On A Higher Plane !

In spiritual life it is not enough if we spend one or two hours in the morning and evening meditation.Somthing of the meditative mood must be maintained the throughout the day. There must be an undercurrent of thought about the divine even when we are engaged in our daily duties of life. This prevents the rising of impure thoughts and greatly helps in concentration when we sit down for mediation.
~swami Yatiswarananda (senior monk of Ramakrishna order)

Monday, May 12, 2008

Hopes For The Divine !

Do not have any hopes for anything wordly, have only hopes for the divine. it is the Divine alone that brings happiness to the soul. We should feel a sort disgust at everything sensual. That is the first sign of our real dispassion for the things of the world. And without this dispassion for sense objects and their enjoyment, gross and subtle, no spiritual life, no higher endeavor, becomes possible. Dispassion should become our dominant trait if we want to achieve success in spiritual life.
~swami Yatiswarananda (senior monk of Ramakrishna order)