A rich compendium of Swamiji's correspondence with devotees and saadhaka's.
The book contains a very rich collection of correspondence, covering various important aspects of seeker’s life and pursuit. In pursuing the spiritual path, when doubts and questions crop up in the seeker’s mind due to the basic ignorance about the real nature of mind and its fulfilment the direct guidance of a realized spiritual teacher becomes indispensable. This ignorance being ever the same, the answers and solutions mostly have a universal and eternal appeal. Precious thoughts and directions contained in this volume regarding devotee’s behaviour and his role in ensuring the welfare of the society, will perhaps make the volume equally attractive and useful to any thinker in general. Facts and Truths of human life and its ultimate pursuit have been presented with stunning openness, force and clarity.
Extracts from the Book:
The life of devotion or spiritual wisdom is, in a sense, centred on meditation. But the circumference of the circle you draw around the centre has to be on the surface called activity and interaction. Thus, devotional and spiritual life encompasses more the behaviour and interactions in the objective world than the few hours of lonely and shut-up meditation. I wonder how many come to realize this fact, even among saints and scholars….
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The most sublime acts and routines can be done in an impure manner for an impure purpose. Whenever religious routines are found to breed negative qualities in anyone, the defect is not in the religious practice itself, but in the practitioner alone. There are people who are given to doing Pooja in very sublime manner, and even after decades of Pooja and Pooja-room activities they remain irritable and angry. But is it a discredit to Pooja itself? It is the lack of introspection and harmony that result in such imbalance and disparity….
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Spiritual sweetness must make the life sweeter. It should always contribute stability, depth, insight and perfection to everything you do, receive and give. For the ordinary people, God comes now and then in their worldly life. But for a devotee, world comes now and then in his devotional life. You may live wherever you are, but be a devotee….
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The tendency to get angry is one’s own creation. Try to replace this habit with something better. Our anger is our failure. Our anger is our problem, not theirs. One gets angry because one does not know what else to do. As age advances, we must try to gain sublimation. In place of anger, composure should be cultivated. If you try, you can do this. But, the effort must be there….
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