Learn to be Wise

From the teachings of Swami Sivananda Saraswati

The mind always fl ows outwards, and to turn it inward, to stabilize it in the consciousness of God, is the purpose of sadhana. Turn the gaze within and introspect. Find out your faults and remedy them by practising their opposite positive quality. It is easy to fi nd fault with others and condemn them, but that will not enable you to progress. You should find fault with yourself. Thoughts have great power to mould your life. Therefore, cultivate good thoughts.

Evil is a mere appearance. It exists to glorify good. An evil person is a saint of the future. See good in everything. Destroy the negative fault-fi nding quality. Develop the good-finding quality. Rise above good and evil. One who sees his own faults as he sees those of others will become a great soul.

Be patient and persevering.

Serve untiringly,

Serve selfl essly,

Live truthfully,

Remain cheerful.

Speak sweetly,

Speak softly,

Speak lovingly.

Learn to be wise.

Make the best use of this human birth.

Realize the oneness of existence.

See God in every face and in everything.