- You must be firm in one ideal. Dive deep.
Otherwise you cannot get the gems at the bottom of the ocean. You
cannot pick up the gems if you only float on the surface.
- As without strong determination the farmer
cannot bring water to his field, so also without intense yearning a
man cannot realize God.
- All sins vanish if one only remembers God.
His name breaks the fetters
of death. You must dive; otherwise you can't get the gem.
- You do not see God because you busy
yourself with such things as name and fame and scholarship.' The
mother does not come to the child as long as it sucks its toy—a red
toy. But when, after a few minutes, it throws the toy away and
cries, then the mother takes down the rice-pot from the hearth and
comes running to the child.
- Worldly people have no stuff in them. They
are like a heap of cow-dung. Flatterers come to them and say: 'You
are so charitable and wise! You are so pious!' These are not mere
words but pointed bamboos thrust at them. How foolish it is! To be
surrounded day and night by a bunch of worldly brahmin pundits and
hear their flattery!
- Worldly men are slaves of three things:
they are slaves of their wives, slaves of their money, slaves of
their masters. Can they have any inner stuff? There is a certain
person whom I shall not name; he earns eight hundred rupees a month
but is the slave of his wife. He stands up or sits down at her
- About the occult powers, Sri Krishna said
to Arjuna, 'Friend, if you find anyone who has acquired even one of
the eight powers, then know for certain he will not realize Me.' For
powers surely beget pride, and God
cannot be realized if there is the slightest trace of pride.
- Sri Krishna has a peacock feather on His
crest. The feather bears the sign of the female sex. The
significance of this is that Krishna carries Prakriti, the female
principle, on His head. When Krishna joined the circle of the gopis
to dance with them, He appeared there as a woman. That is why you
see Him wearing women's apparel in the company of the gopis. Unless
a man assumes the nature of a woman, he is not entitled to her
company. Assuming the attitude of a woman, he can sport with her and
enjoy her company.
- Devotion as described by Narada is suited
to the Kaliyuga. It means to chant constantly the name and glories
of God. Let those who have no leisure worship God at least morning
and evening by whole-heartedly chanting His name and clapping their
- The worldly man is a hypocrite. He cannot
be guileless. He professes to love God, but he is attracted by
worldly objects. He doesn't give God even a very small part of the
love he feels for 'woman and gold'. But he says that he loves God.
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