Simplicity

Simplicity is plainness, unaffectedness, artlessness, straight-forwardness, guilelessness, cunningless, absence of ostentation.

Simplicity is freedom from duplicity, affectation or pretension. In dress, in character, in manners, in style, in all things, the supreme excellence is simplicity. There is a majesty in simplicity. Simplicity is Nature's firststep and the last of art.

Be what you say. Say what you are. Write as you speak. Speak as you think. Be simple like a child. The door of moksha will be opened to you. Purity and simplicity are the two wings with which man soars high to the kingdom of God.

The greatest truths are the simplest; and so are the greatest people. Goodness and simplicity are indissolubly united. A simple, frank person is the most agreeable person.

—Swami Sivananda Saraswati

Simple life is a veritable blessing because it makes one free from cravings and desires, which cause suffering and pain. Simplicity opens the gates which lead to heaven and God.

—Swami Satyananda Saraswati

The scientificculture of today has not given us the freedom to express and experience our nature, and it has removed from us the ability to experience simplicity in life.

Rishis have said, 'Live simply, practise restraint.' What is restraint? What is living simply? Sri Swamiji has described it beautifully: Simplicity is where you can experience the purity of your body and mind and live according to nature and not try to manipulate nature. That is the concept of living simply.

Restraint is not hard imposition of a thought on what is being expressed. Restraint is not discipline. Restraint is a process of re-educating our mind or creating a different condition of our mind.

—Swami Niranjanananda Saraswati