Inspiration

Excerpts from the booklet Satyam Speaks (letters to Viswaprem and Satyabrat)
published in December 1961

If you can’t realize and achieve the divine knowledge while you are at home, I can assure you that you can’t do that anywhere else. The freedom, homeliness and security which one enjoys at home are absolutely absent in any ashram. Not only ladies, even men experience insecurity and an unhomely atmosphere there. A lot of artificiality comes in one’s behaviour. None can realize God in an ashram, if he fails to do so at home.

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Equilibrium is that quality when your Self has become a witness of all events. So long as you consider yourself a doer, you must enjoy as well as suffer the consequences.

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Normal duties need neither be minimized, nor stopped. They do not come in the picture at all. When the atma is separated, then actions and mental workings do not bind the sadhaka. When the sadhaka brings in the bhava of instrumentality and considers himself working, thinking, and seeing at His will and for Him, then his mind is not at all affected. What one needs in cultivating vairagya, is to consider oneself working at His orders, and remain ever balanced in thought, word and motions. This type of vairagya strengthens the powers of sadhana.

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In fact, our sorrows and joys are nothing; our individual exaggerated fantasy makes them appear magnified a thousandfold.

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Concentration is a faculty. This can be used in business, the office, and as elsewhere. Concentration helps in improving the personality of an individual. Concentration is a permanent aid to success in every sphere of life. It bestows keen insight and a ready reckoning intellectual capacity. It somehow acts as a potential medium to unearth occult treasures.

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Karma yoga is a sublimated form of expression of suppressed passions.

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You may go to temples and discharge all religious obligations as taught by your tradition, but that alone will not help you to unlock the secret chambers. However much you may sit for pooja, please note that lack of concentration will render all your efforts futile. It is always best to aim first and then shoot. There is practically no use of shooting in the air.

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Don’t think of ‘rest’. To rest is to rust – nothing else but rust.

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Do the best; leave the rest. Spare no effort. Care not for success and failure. Take care of your mental equilibrium. Remain as a sakshi, witness.

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Let one remember Him as a lady would remember her precious golden necklace presented by her husband on the wedding night and which was stolen a few minutes back.

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Yes, do read the Bhagavad Gita whenever you get time. But, my child, this life itself is a ‘never-ending-Gita’. Study this wonderful life-Gita and put the same into practice.
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Work would become a source of happiness, if the spirit can recognize it as a stepping-stone towards the path of samadhi. Karma is an outlet to our mixed samskaras. Karma perfects our soul. It is a yoga or a method of self-control.

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Surrender born of love is abiding and real.
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Emotions make the senses behave in a unruly manner. Sensitivity causes the mind to miss the judgment. Brooding destroys hard-earned self-confidence. Hatred pollutes the inner temple. Passions of all kinds persuade the jiva to undertake indiscriminate and feverish actions. Blessed be that man who has turned his gaze, withdrawn his senses, dedicated his heart and started dhyana.

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The sea tells a river, “Oh, darling, if you want to become one with me, you will have to merge yourself in me and lose your individuality.” In the same way, if you want to gain Him, you will have to take back all the attention you have given to the world and offer the same unto your Beloved.