- You may indulge in reasoning or
discussion, but if you feel no longing or love.
- Woman and gold' alone is the world. It
makes one forget God.
- A man cannot realize God unless he
renounces everything mentally.
- Pray to God with a yearning heart. Pray to
Him for discrimination. 'God
alone is real and all else illusory'—this is discrimination.
- A man achieves neither Knowledge nor
liberation as long as he has egotism. He comes back again and again
to the world.
- The truth is that a man succeeds to a
great extent because of
tendencies inherited from his previous births. People think he has
attained the goal all of a sudden. A man drank a glass of wine in
the morning. It made him completely drunk. He began to behave
improperly. People were amazed to see that he could be so drunk
after one glass. But another man said, 'Why, he has been drinking
- A man thinks of God, no doubt, but he has
no faith in Him. Again and
again he forgets God and becomes attached to the world. It is like
giving the elephant a bath; afterwards he covers his body with mud
and dirt again. 'The mind is a mad elephant.' But if you can make
the elephant go into the stable immediately after bathing him, then
he stays clean. Just so, if a man thinks of God in the hour of
death, then his mind becomes pure and it gets no more opportunity to
attached to 'woman and gold'
- Man has no faith in God. That is the
reason he suffers so much. They say that when you plunge into the
holy waters of the Ganges your sins perch on a tree on the bank. No
sooner do you come out of the water after the bath than the sins
jump back on your shoulders. A man must prepare the way beforehand,
so that he may think of God in the hour of death. The way lies
through constant practice. If a man practises meditation on God, he
will remember God even on the last day of
- The swan are those who think of God, who
pray day and night to get rid of their attachment to worldly things
and their love for 'woman and gold', who do not enjoy anything
except the nectar of the Lotus
Feet of the Lord, and to whom worldly pleasures taste bitter. If you
put a mixture of milk and water before the swan, it will leave the
water and drink only the milk. And haven't you noticed the gait of a
swan? It goes straight ahead in one direction. So it is with genuine
devotees: they go toward God alone. They seek nothing else; they
enjoy nothing else.
- A man can see God if he unites in himself
the force of these three attractions: the attraction of worldly
possessions for the worldly man, the husband's attraction for the
chaste wife, and the child's attraction for its mother. If you can
unite these three forms of love and give it all to God, then you can
see Him at once.
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