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Everything proceeds from Inside


Everything in our life proceeds from inside. First of all, we have a thought, an idea or an emotion. From that follow the external actions and interactions. The cause of everything that comes to your life is within you. So, if you have to treat or correct anything, treat your own internal being. Everything that you speak, everything that you do and everything that you think emerge from inside. They may have relationship with the external objects and events, but the final outcome is again upon your own self. So, the inner being is the source as well as the terminus of everything that happens in our life.

This inner sphere should be constantly attended to. Make sure that whatever you do, whatever you talk or whatever you experience, is always enriching, empowering, ennobling and elevating. To make it so – to make sure that it is always so – will be your constant task, ceaseless effort.
-- Swamiji

Worldly and Divine Differential Notions



Ganga Arati being performed at the 12th Bhaagavata Tattva Sameeksha Satram 2013

Worldly interactions do not appear to be divine or sublime only because the seeker regards the world as different from God or the Supreme. As long as this difference prevails, conflicts will torment the seeker s mind distancing him from the Supreme.

A true seeker must outlive this bheda-buddhi (differential notion) the mind inherently clings to, and install in its place the Knowledge of all-fold divinity. Then the world interactions will themselves bring the touch of divinity, instead of distancing the seeker from the Supreme. This is the secret of devotional wholesomeness.

— Swamiji


Importance of Virtues

CHC NT 3 with animated children

Poojya Swamiji with the children of the Cultural Heritage Class

Self-realization is something very broad and comprehensive. People make the common mistake of regarding it as a mere point – a one-time event. This confusion should first be cleared. In its comprehensiveness, a number of virtues and excellences reign. As a seeker, try to know about these. Then be given to these, one after another. To the extent you ensure that these have an important place in your mind, you will begin to feel 'quietitude' and joy.

To practise or pursue a virtue, one should first think fondly about it. This means one has to spend as much time as possible mentally on it. That will then instil the virtue into your inner system. Once this is accomplished, it will begin to express in your thoughts, words and deeds. This is verily how anything grows in an individual. Generally, people hear or read something and feel a little about it. May be some wish for or desire it. There it stops. How can a quality grow then?

The missing part is the inner association with what you desire. Think of a girl loving a boy. Will not she think about him day in and day out? That even leads to her marrying that person, often despite all the obstacles she faces! If an individual can be possessed thus by a lifelong relationship, what prevents the same mind from possessing harmless enriching virtues and qualities? Start this inner process of fondness and assimilation straightaway.

-- Swamiji


Deep and Wholesome Devotion


Poojya Swamiji conducting the Jnaana Yajna in Chennai

Devotion becomes meaningful and fulfilling only when it leads to knowledge austerity (jñaana tapas). Reliance on the Supreme is but the beginning of devotional life. To make it true, deep and wholesome, the intelligence has to be steadfastly at work. The mind has to shed desire, hatred and fear (raaga, dvesha and bhaya), inwardly and behaviourally. To bring about such spiritual transformation in the seeker is the role of Jñaana tapas. In Jñaana tapas, the devotee does not seek God as a separate entity. He begins to imbibe and display godliness, to become God-like. This is the true attainment of spirituality.

— Swamiji


Unflinching Devotion


Poojya Swamiji and his Gurudev Baba Gangadhara Paramahamsa

Unflinching devotion to the Teacher is paramount in the life of a true seeker. To begin with, an external God can be the object of faith. But once the devotee grows to be a seeker, only a Wise Teacher can fulfill his quest.  It is then for the seeker to get purified and enlightened by the words of wisdom from his Guru.  Their bond and attunement put the Teacher on the pedestal of God.  Such an impeccable Guru-sishya bond alone bestows wisdom, strength and fulfillment to the seeker. 

– Swamiji


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