- Be mad! Be mad with love of God!
- Take shelter in God.
- It is good to keep pictures of sannyasis
and holy men in one's room. When you get up in the morning you
should see the faces of holy
persons rather than the faces of other men.
- They catch fish with a bamboo trap. The
bamboo is naturally straight. But why is it bent in the trap? In
order to catch the fish. Desires are the fish. Therefore the mind is
bent down toward the world. If there are no desires, the mind
naturally looks up toward God.
- Spend a few days thinking of God. You have
seen that there is nothing to the world.
- The time is ripe for you to devote your
mind to the Lotus Feet of God. If you realize God, you will get
everything else. First God, then charity, doing good to others,
doing good to the world, and redeeming people.
- I am the machine and She is the Operator.
I am the house and She is
the Indweller. I am the chariot and She is the Charioteer. I move as
She moves me; I speak as She speaks through me. In the Kaliyuga one
does not hear the voice of God, it is said, except through the mouth
of a child or a madman or some such person.
- Through restlessness—the restlessness a
child feels for his mother.
The child feels bewildered when he is separated from his mother, and
weeps longingly for her. If a man can weep like that for God he can
even see Him. At the approach of dawn the eastern horizon becomes
red. Then one knows it will soon be sunrise. Likewise, if you see a
person restless for God, you can be pretty certain that he hasn't
long to wait for His vision.
- The other day I told you the meaning of
bhakti (devotion). It is to adore God with body, mind, and words.
'With body' means to serve and worship God with one's hands, go to
holy places with one's .feet, hear the chanting of the name and
glories of God with one's ears, and behold the divine image with
one's eyes. 'With mind' means to contemplate and meditate on God
constantly and to remember and think of His lila (divine play). With
words' means to sing hymns to Him and chant His name and glories.
- What can you achieve by mere lecturing and
scholarship without discrimination and dispassion? God alone is
real, and all else is unreal. God alone is substance, and all else
is nonentity. That is discrimination.
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