"Let not world-objects be your mind’s master. Let them be, if at all, subservient to the mind. To be spiritual is not to look for one’s delight and fulfillment in the objects of the world. The mind that causes delight through any object can also provide delight without such an object. Delight in reality belongs to the mind alone. It is verily mind’s own gift."

The Guiding force of Narayanashrama Tapovanam & Center for Inner Resources Development

Swami Bhoomananda Tirtha

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Effort at Self-realization has no meaning unless the seeker has ample measure of dispassion (vairagya) towards the objects of the world. Dispassion does not imply either hate or intolerance towards anything. It denotes constant awareness that all things of the world are perishable and hence cannot be the lasting source of joy or friendship. Such awareness will strengthen the quest for the Self. In the absence of dispassion the yearning for the Imperishable Self can at best be like a picture drawn on water.

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