Admit It! You Don’t Have Faith!

58429-sivananda2Why is it that in spite of the clarion call of very many great seers, the confident assurance of the scriptures, the repeated experiences of man himself in failing miserably to attain happiness amidst external physical world, man is again and again being deceived? Why is it that man has not yet learnt to take to Sadhana? We read hundreds of spiritual books; we attend discourses; we convene gatherings as during the Sadhana Week. After years of intense study of spiritual books, contact with saints, after hearing these things again and again, yet man does not actually do anything. Because he does not have a deep and abiding faith in the admonitions of saints, in the scriptures, in the words of those who have trodden the path and attained bliss. His faith in external objects is something more real to him.

If only man did really believe in these great ones he would certainly be induced to act up to their words. It is this basic lack of faith in man that is at the root of his failure to do Sadhana. Sadhana is necessary; but man will not do it because he does not really believe in its necessity. Man believes that for his happiness money is required. Man believes that if only he will get a good job he will get money. Man believes that if he has good college education he will get this job; and through that money; and through that, happiness that he desires. Believing in it every parent sends his child to school and from a young age he is taught to believe that if he passes his examinations creditably he will get a good job, salary, motor cars, etc. The child believes in the words; he studies, passes the examinations and the remuneration he expects comes. Because he had a feeling, because he thought all these things were necessary he desired them. But ultimately, of course, it is the unfortunate experience of all men that this happiness they get is mixed up more than tenfold with pain. Man gets an anna of happiness and with it fifteen annas of pain, suffering, for which he did not bargain when he first set about searching for this happiness. Thus if man has faith in spiritual course of action he will act up to it.

Lacking this faith he does not do Sadhana.

(pgs. 24-24, Sadhana by Swami Sivanananda)

Sadhana — Is it Necessary?

Question 1: Someone I know says that there is not much importance in Sadhana and that it is enough to have faith in one’s Guru.

Mata Amritanandamayi: “Son, a person who has faith in (the Guru) will perform sadhana as (the Guru) instructs. Such a person will live without erring even a little bit. Will your disease be cured if you only believe the doctor but do not take the medicine? Not only that, faith will gain strength and steadiness only if sadhana brings experience. Otherwise, faith will slip into irresoluteness. You cannot progress without sadhana. Can’t you see even jivanmuktas (those who have achieved liberation while tenanting the body) doing meditation and japa (repetitions of the mantra) to set an example? No progress will accrue to him who simply sits saying faith will save me without doing anything. Unquestioning obedience is what is meant by faith and devotion. Whatever the Guru says, one should unconditionally obey.  Do not ask any questions. Do not doubt the Guru. One should unconditionally obey the Guru whatever he says, whether it is doing service to the Guru, service to society, Japa, Dhyana or anything else.” (pgs. 82-83, Awaken, Children! Vol. 3).

Question 2: I do sadhana but I feel empty. Why is this so?

Mata Amritanandamayi: “We do some kind of spiritual practice, and then, dissipate the acquired spiritual energy by indulging in worldly affairs.” (pg. 71, Awaken, Children! Vol. 1)

Mata Amritanandamayi: “Whatever spiritual power is gained through meditation and other spiritual practices gets dissipated through indulgence.” (pg. 123, Awaken, Children! Vol. 1)

Question 3: How do we find the time to do sadhana? We are all too busy with work and family.

Mata Amritanandamayi: “Out of 24 hours, allow 22 hours for worldly affairs. Think of Him for at least two hours. Japa should also be done for some time while sitting in solitude. It should be performed whenever you have the time, even at work. (pg. 84, Awaken, Children! Vol. 1)

Question 4: Is it all right if one chants mantras even without knowing the meaning ?

Mata Amritanandamayi: “…if you chant your mantra without knowing its meaning, it has its own powers. Even then, it is better if it is chanted with faith and love. Concentration is also necessary.” (pg. 97, Awaken, Children! Vol. 1)

Mata Amritanandamayi: “…although God’s Name has a power of its own, when we chant it with bhava or concentration, it becomes more powerful.” (pg. 117, Awaken, Children! Vol. 1)

Question 5: Is it necessary to do sadhana everyday? Is it wrong or even harmful to stop sadhana for a day or two?

Mata Amritanandamayi: “Do not do sadhana with the intention of making it known to others or to please them. We don’t stop brushing our teeth, taking a shower or eating food because those are necessities. In the same way, we should remember that sadhana is also necessary for us every day. We will stink of we do not take a bath and brush our teeth. It will be troublesome for others also.  We should understand that refraining from doing sadhana is at least as harmful as this. Sadhana should become a part of our life.” (pgs. 122-123, Awaken, Children! Vol. 1).

Question 6: What is the best place to do sadhana?

Mata Amritanandamayi: “Sadhana should be done in the presence of a Perfect Master or in an ashram”. (pg. 135, Awaken, Children! Vol. 1).

Question 7: I got a mantra from you; isn’t it enough that I have been accepted as your disciple?

Mata Amritanandamayi: “Concentrate on your sadhana…. Mother gave a mantra to everyone. Do not be puffed up because of that and think, ‘I am mother’s disciple.’ Do not feel proud thinking, ‘I have the ticket’ after getting onto a bus or train. If you do not show the ticket when the ticket collector comes, he will immediately make you get off. He will let you alight at your destination only if you use your ticket for the proper place and in the proper way. Otherwise, you will have to get off before your destination.” (pg. 219, Awaken, Children! Vol. 1)

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Faith Makes Impossible Possible

Question: I have always been wanting to achieve a lot of things in life; not only that I have not attained anything but also that I have not gained the very basic things in life: for instance, while my contemporaries and people with whom I attended the same school have at least the basic academic qualifications, I have not even got that. I do not have a job that I want. Everything seems to be impossible for me. It looks like God and Fate are not on my side. What should I do? I am quite worried.

NOTHING is impossible, unless you think it is. Worry can convince you that it is impossible to do what you want to do.” (pg. 35, Living Fearlessly by Paramahansa Yogananda)

“If you have convinced yourself that you are a helpless mortal, and you allow everyone else to convince you that you can’t get a job, then, you have passed the decree in YOUR OWN mind that you are down and done for. NO judgement from God or fate, but your own pronouncement ON YOURSELF keeps you poor or worried. Success or failure is determined in YOUR own mind.” (pg. 34, Living Fearlessly by Paramahansa Yogananda)

“Faith makes the impossible, possible.” (pg. 98, Voice of the Himalayas by Swami Sivananda)

Question: Where do I go from here?

“Have a DEFINITE purpose or aim in view. Strive CEASELESSLY to reach THAT goal. You are BOUND to succeed.” (pg. 221, Voice of the Himalayas by Swami Sivananda)

Question: Will I really be able to do that in my present circumstances? Everything seems to be adverse. Everything points to failure. I am not sure whether I have the power.

“Be strong. Be positive always. Think and feel, ‘I can do EVERYTHING if I will. There is nothing that I cannot do’.” (pg. 242, Voice of the Himalayas by Swami Sivananda)

“Do you ever think that you have been completely unsettled by circumstances—ruffled, shattered, whipped, lacking power? Banish such thoughts! You HAVE power; you do not use it. You have all the power you need. There is nothing greater than the power of the mind.” (pg. 48, Living Fearlessly by Paramahansa Yogananda)

Practise Your Conviction by Swami Chidananda

Radiant Divinities! We are living in an age where the highest form of knowledge comes to us from all ten directions. There are countless books bringing spiritual, metaphysical, psychic and philosophical wisdom to us. There are countless spiritual organisations, institutions, societies and foundations all over the world. There are any number of new mystical schools, many of them reviving forgotten knowledge. They want to bring out the wisdom, philosophy and system of worship of the Incas, the Aztecs, the American Indians. And great gatherings and so many conferences are held each year. The discussions are tape-recorded and published. There is a great revival everywhere.All this means that the educated citizen of the modern world has access to immense knowledge, and many a time this knowledge comes to where he is in the form of gift books and other literature. And therefore we know so much. We know that there is a great Reality. We know that It pervades everywhere, It is present everywhere. We know that It indwells our heart. We know so much.

But then, all this knowledge gets stored in the mind, in the intellect. And the person possessing this knowledge, having immense information through so much reading and so much listening, still continues to be in the same state of consciousness as before. Because, this intellectual grasp of certain fundamental great truths, and also an inner conviction based upon the intellectual grasp of these great truths, nevertheless fails to penetrate deeper into the consciousness and fails to manifest itself or produce actual experience of this truth. Everyone knows for example that we are parts of God. God has made us in His image and therefore we are divine, we are immortal Spirit. Everyone is convinced, “Yes, I am divine.” But it makes no difference to our here and now personality. We continue to remain very, very human and all that that implies.

So, therefore, an important question arises. It was put to me by a sincere seeker: “Swamiji, we know so many things, have grasped these things. We are absolutely convinced about these things, yet the actual experience of these things still seems far away. How to bring about this experience? How to make this conviction an experience?”

It is in answer to this question that all the different Yoga systems, all the different systems of sadhana, have come into being. The Bhagavad Gita gives not less than sixteen different kinds of sadhana. If you leave aside the first two chapters as an introduction and a preparation for sadhana, then from the third chapter onwards until the eighteenth, Yoga after Yoga, sadhana after sadhana, is expounded. And all the various Yoga Sutras, Vedanta Sutras and Bhakti Sutras, they also expound an answer to this question.

We are convinced God is our own. We are convinced we belong to God wholly and solely, we belong to no one else. We are only passers-by here; all connections are temporary. Our connection with God is a permanent, eternal, unchanging connection. We know that. God is our all-in-all. He is our father, mother, friend, relative, wealth, wisdom, everything. This knowledge is there; we are convinced also, we believe it, but we do not experience this fatherhood of God, this motherhood of God—the living experience. What to do?

All the scriptures answer this question. All the lives of saints answer this question. And what is the quintessence of this answer? Whatever your conviction is, commence, start practising the conviction in the form of again and again affirming the truth that you are convinced of, again and again asserting it, again and again dwelling upon it, again and again meditating upon this truth. And time and again as any contrary state of mind begins to emerge in your interior, any thought that contradicts this, immediately reject it. This is the classical method given by great teachers of Vedanta.

They say it is only by practise of the truth-affirming, asserting, reflecting upon, deeply pondering and meditating upon that truth, trying to listen to it again and again, trying to absorb it even more by study—that it will go deeper. Do it through satsang, through sravana, through svadhyaya, through manana and through nididhyasana. And if anything of a contrary nature comes into your consciousness, immediately reject it.
Contrary thoughts will keep coming, because they do not come from outside, they are right within us. We have practised error for such a long time, since our birth. We have constantly lived in error and taken that to be the truth. We are groomed, reared up in error. Therefore, you cannot simply transform yourself overnight. The error will keep coming back and, you have to reject it.

So they say: “satya ka pushtikaran asat ka nirakaran, jnana ka pushtikaran ajnana ka nirakaran; neti, neti (the strengthening of truth, the rejecting of untruth; the strengthening of wisdom, the rejecting of ignorance; not this, not this).” “This is not right, this is not the correct thing. This is not the truth; I don’t want it.” Reject it, throw it out! And affirm, assert the Reality, the truth. Both of these are simultaneous. Both of these have to go together.

And, add to it deep study of the Goal. Absorb it, think of it constantly and then meditate upon it. “Tat srotavyo mantavyo nididhyasitavyah (That should be heard, reflected upon and contemplated).” So Yajnavalkya tells his disciple Maitreyi who was also his wife. On the eve of renouncing the householder status and entering the monastic life, when questioned about the Reality he said: “It is the greatest thing, dearer than the dearest, nearer than the nearest, the highest of all values, the one supreme thing.” He said: “Yes, this is the Atman. It has to be heard about, it has to be reflected upon, it has to be deeply meditated upon, O Maitreyi.”

He addresses Maitreyi, but actually he tells us this is what has to be done in order for conviction to gradually start developing into a feeling. First of all you experience it as a feeling. Though it may be on your psychical level, yet it is better than mere intellectual conviction. You are one step further. Not only are you convinced about it, you begin to feel it. That means it has started to approach closer to your consciousness. And then this bhava (feeling), if it is maintained, if it is brought into your daily life, if it is made to permeate your vision, then gradually this bhava begins to ripen into anubhava (direct perception).

So it is the result of a continuous, unceasing abhyasa, practice of affirming the truth, asserting the truth, reflecting upon it, meditating upon it and rejecting anything contrary to it. Thus, that which is only a conviction on the level of the intellect becomes an experience deep, deep within your innermost centre of consciousness. That is the beginning of liberation. So abhyasa is what is indicated and abhyasa is to be continuous. Abhyasa also includes the rejection of that which is contrary, not in consonance with the truth, with the Reality. Both are necessary.

When it says in the Gita: “You must focus your mind upon that great Reality, O Arjuna, and kascidanyan na cintayet—you should not think of anything else,” it means the entire mind should be focused upon the one great object of your meditation, the great Reality, to the exclusion of all other contrary thoughts. No other contrary thoughts should be allowed to enter in, to interfere with the focus. This is the way. And the law behind this practice is: “As a man thinketh, so he becometh.” “Mana eva manushyanam karanam bandhamokshayoh—The mind alone of man is the main cause of either bondage or liberation.”

So there you have a method given to you. You have your mind, bring it under your control. You have your intellect which is already convinced. Now practise this conviction by affirmation. Assert, affirm, and reject all things that are contrary. Reflect upon it, meditate upon it, listen to it again and again. Read and absorb, take it deeper down. These are all abhyasas. It may be any path—bhakti, jnana or Yoga, any path. Practise this constant affirmation, the assertion of your relationship with God.

“God is my Father, I am the child of God”—this should be practised, this should be affirmed. Any other thing such as: “I belong to so and so, I am the son of this family,” should be rejected. “No, no, this is a false relationship. Any other relationship except with the source of my being, the cosmic origin, source and support of my being, is not authentic, is not genuine. The real, authentic relationship is with that Being alone Who is my Father, Mother, God. Any other relationship is an imagined one.” In that way one should practise.
Even upon the path of bhakti, even upon the path of duality, the same process is to be carried on, but modified and suited to that approach—through the heart, through emotion, through sentiment, through love, through devotion. But the technique is the same, the practice is the same, the sadhana is the same. “Mere to Giridhara Gopala dusara na koyi (So far as I am concerned, my God is Lord Krishna and nobody else).” That is bhakti. That is the same practice applied.

Whatever your path may be, God bless you to practise your conviction, strengthen it, take it ever deeper, and rejecting all that is contrary, may your efforts be crowned with success, with God-experience!

(pgs. 353-358, Ponder These Truths)

Why We Don’t Do Sadhana?

Swami Sivananda: “Why is it that in spite of the clarion call of very many great seers, the confident assurance of the scriptures, the repeated experiences of man himself in failing miserably to attain happiness amidst external physical world, man is again and again being deceived? Why is it that man has not yet learnt to take to Sadhana?

“We read hundreds of spiritual books; we attend discourses; we convene gatherings as during the Sadhana Week. After years of intense study of spiritual books, contact with saints, after hearing these things again and again, yet man does not actually do anything. Because he does not have a deep and abiding faith in the admonitions of saints, in the scriptures, in the words of those who have trodden the path and attained bliss. His faith in external objects is something more real to him. If only man did really believe in these great ones he would certainly be induced to act up to their words. It is this basic lack of faith in man that is at the root of his failure to do Sadhana.

“Sadhana is necessary; but man will not do it because he does not really believe in its necessity. Man believes that for his happiness, money is required. Man believes that if only he will get a good job he will get money. Man believes that if he has good college education he will get this job; and through that money; and through that, happiness that he desires. Believing in it every arent sends his child to school and from a young age he is taught to believe that if he passes his examinations creditably he will get a good job, salary, motor cars, etc.

“The child believes in the words; he studies, passes the examinations and the remuneration he expects comes. Because he had a feeling, because he thought all these things were necessary he desired them. But ultimately, of course, it is the unfortunate experience of all men that this happiness they get is mixed up more than tenfold with pain. Man gets an anna of happiness and with it fifteen annas of pain, suffering, for which he did not bargain when he first set about searching for this happiness. Thus if man has faith in spiritual course of action he will act up to it. Lacking this faith, he does not do Sadhana. 

“If a man has to take up to Sadhana, if he really wants to obtain this bliss which is not mixed with pain, he will certainly have to repose faith. It may be called blind faith; but there is nothing like blind faith because all things on this earth go upon faith only and if man lives today it is on account of mutual trust and faith. A ten rupee note is a piece of paper and it is because you have the Asoka Chakra ensign on it, it will immediately get you whatever you want if presented at the bazaar. Because you have the faith in this piece of paper. If you do not have faith upon this paper, you would not have the confidence to start from the house; you would never be sure of reaching your destination.

“The doctor gives you a prescription on a piece of paper. If you do not have faith you will not take it from him. But the faith upon which all society is based makes you take his word, pay him money for his advice, take it to the chemist, get the medicine and you are cured. The entire social structure and order upon which mankind smoothly runs is based upon faith and trust. When you are prepared to put faith in mankind which is but a passing phenomena-those in whom you put your faith are dying before your eyes-when you are prepared to put faith upon these passing entities like mankind, why should you not put faith upon the very Creator of these things?

“Having first of all full faith in the words of the seers and known the necessity of Sadhana, what is the procedure, what is to be done next? You may have faith. Thousands of well-wishers may suggest good lines of action for your welfare and you may believe in them fully. If you do not put them into practice—if you do not begin to translate them into function—they will ever remain plans in the blue-print stage.

“If you don’t set about procuring money, cement, bricks, various other building materials and labour, the whole construction will remain in blue-print only. It will not see the light of the day. After faith in Sadhana comes practice. You must set about doing. No question of believing. A belief must become an act. One must set about doing. Having reposed faith in the words of sages, you begin doing Sadhana. Once you commence Sadhana, the next important thing you should bear in mind is you should not easily give it up. Perseverance is of the utmost importance. All processes in this universe are gradual. They have got stages. Agriculture is gradual; it takes twelve months.

“You have to sow, water the field, cut out the weeds, and in course of time you will be able to take the grain. If you are impatient—if you sow the seed and as soon as it sprouts forth, you take it out—it will perish. If you want to go through all the stages and attain the end you must have patience and perseverance. A man who wants to lift a vessel from the well-water when the vessel is full, he begins to draw up the water upon the wheel; suddenly if he stops pulling, the vessel will fall back into the well. He will have to proceed with the drawing motion until the vessel is at the top. Persevere till the ultimate fruit is obtained. You must not give up. There is another important point that in spiritual Sadhana, man does not merely have to contend with the positive force.

“There are active forces that oppose him, that actually assail him and pull him down. Herein comes the necessity of the fourth important weapon in the hand-that is fortitude. While persevering, man has to have a little courage not to be easily shaken by the obstacles that assail him. He will have to brave the storm and proceed in spite of the difficulties and adverse conditions trying to cow him down, to push him off from the path of Sadhana. It is with fortitude he refuses to be discouraged and, relying upon the inner Self, he proceeds with the Sadhana. Ultimately he will attain the ideal for which he has been born upon earth; and while going through this process he will have to see that he keeps in mind the necessity of giving minute attention to all the small details upon the path because in every process all such small details of the process are to be attended to carefully. If any small detail is left out, thinking that it is superfluous he will find that ultimately he has lost valuable time and labour. This delays progress. It is the conglomeration of small things that go up to achieve high ideals.

“Therefore with firm faith, practical application, perseverance, careful attention to even small details and fortitude in trials, you must set foot and proceed on the path of Sadhana.”

(pgs. 24-27, Sadhana)

Japa And Remembrance Of God

Ever remember God. Feel His presence wherever you go for God is everywhere. There is no place where He is not. He is nearer than your breath. See Him in all faces. Cling to His feet. He will protect you and guide you.

Constant remembrance of the Lord will bring you everlasting happiness and Supreme Peace. Let thy every movement be a living prayer to the Lord. Think positively. You grow into a likeness of the thought picture which you hold on to with sincerity and persistence. Contemplate upon your ideal in which you wish to grow. This forms part of daily Spiritual Life.

Have perfect faith in the Lord. His Name is your sole prop, refuge and support. His temple is your pure heart. Be pure in heart and noble in work.

Japa of Lord’s Name is your real wealth. Everything else will pass away. The bungalows, the bank balance, the cars and gardens, do not constitute your real wealth. They will not give you peace of mind. You can have peace and bliss only in Him. Yo Vai Bhuma Tat Sukham. Remember this always.

Do Japa, Kirtan, Prayer. Never hurt other’s feelings. Thought should be noble and divine. Start the day with God. End the day with God. Fill the day with God. Live the day with God.

Japa of Lord’s Name is your real wealth. Japa, Kirtan, Prayer and meditation will surely help you in the purification of the mind and heart.

Please take that Mantra which your heart likes best. That Mantra is the right Mantra which, when taken, brings joy and Peace. You should stick to one Mantra. You should not change from one Mantra to another.

Ever repeat the Name of the Lord. The Lord is everywhere. He is in you and you are in Him. There is no place where He is not. He is closer than your hands and feet. Attain the Lord by regular Japa, Puja and meditation.

Ever repeat the Divine Name of the Lord. The constant chanting of the Divine Name will bring you all joy and happiness.

Lead a life of simplicity and purity. Have separate hours for prayer and meditation. Speak sweetly. Speak little, Help others. Speak the truth at any cost. Be regular in your duties. Remember God at all times. This is Divine Life in essence.

Lead a life of simplicity and purity. Let the sacred Name of the Lord ever be upon thy lips. Feel the presence of God everywhere. God is in you and you are in Him. Do not forget this point. Therefore, hate not any one. Love all.

Practise the presence of the Lord wherever you go. God is everywhere. You are in Him and He is in you. This you will feel as you make progress in prayer and Meditation.

Before you start your Japa in the morning, wash your face and hands thoroughly or take bath if you are used to taking cold bath. Select a particular place to do Japa. Daily practise Japa in the same place where you do Japa regularly. Do not change the place. Lead a simple life. Take Mitahara. Talk little. Speak truth. Be good. Do good. Do not hate anyone. Help others. Pray to God daily. Live righteously. Act truthfully. Meditate regularly. Attain knowledge of the Imperishable. There is no other way to wisdom and peace. 

Ceaselessly think of God. Let the sacred Name of the Lord ever be upon thy lips. A regular study of scriptures, enquiry of “Who Am I”, and discrimination will undoubtedly lead your goodself to God.
Kindly continue to do your Japa. Wherever your mind moves feel there also, that there is God. Make the mind understand that there is no place left where there is no God. There is God in every speech. Watch the mind steadily. Let it wander for some time. Then try to bring it back upon your chosen ideal. Loud recitation of God’s Name helps to develop concentration. If you are not able to read books then request someone in the house to read for you an hour every day some useful spiritual literature.

Live in tune with the Infinite. Rejoice in the Self within. This is a great slogan of life. Ever remember the sacred Name of the Lord.

You can daily sing Lord Siva’s Name both morning and evening. Siva is everywhere. He is in you and you are in Him. Feel His presence everywhere.

Feed your mind with thought of God, your heart with purity and your hands with selfless service. Remain soaked in the remembrance of God with a one-pointed mind.

Have some Ideal in your life and work for it. The highest ideal in man’s life is the attainment of Perfection. This Perfection is full of peace and happiness. Peace and happiness can be attained by regular prayer and contemplation. Therefore, set apart a few hours of the day for this purpose. Start the day of your activities with prayer and end the day with prayer. Practise the presence of God by remembering Him constantly. 

Let the sacred Name of the Lord ever be upon thy lips. See God in every face. Treat all with kindness and compassion. Live a life of simplicity and purity. This is Divine Life.

May His presence ever be felt by you wherever you are, whatever task you are engaged in and at all times. Make His Name thy supreme support. Let remembrance of the Divine be unto you even as breath in the nostrils. Know Him to be the indweller of all things. He is the ever present reality in the midst of changing names and forms.

A harmonious development of the body, mind and soul alone can enable you to fulfil the glorious role for which you have taken birth here. You can attain Self-realisation. Take the sacred Name of the Lord always. Nama Smaran or constant remembrance of the Lord is the only easy Sadhana for God-realisation.

Set apart some fixed hours for Japa and prayer daily. Ever remember God. Let His sacred Name ever be upon thy lips. God is nearer than our hands and feet. He is nearer than your breath. He is everywhere. He is in you and you are in Him. See Him in all places.

Love God fully and intensely with all your heart, with all your mind, with all your soul. You will be wholly absorbed in Him.

Kindly do Ananya Chintana (constant remembrance) of the Lord.None can explain the immense benefits of Japa. Japa is the rod in the hand of the blind aspirant to plod on the road to realisation, Japa is the philosopher’s stone or divine elixir that makes him God-like. Through Japa alone one can realise God in this life. 

Pray to God daily. Let the sacred Name of the Lord ever be upon thy lips. Dedicate all your household duties to the Lord at the end of each day. Feel the presence of the Lord wherever you go.
Life is precious. Therefore, spend your time in useful pursuits. Set apart sometime during the course of the day for prayer and worship. Feel the presence of the Lord wherever you go for He is everywhere. He is closer than our breath and nearer than our hands and feet. He is in you and you are in Him. Always abide in Him.

Start the day with prayer and Japa of the Divine Name. Follow this by little exercises and deep breathing. Remember God at all times, everywhere. You need not be a Yogi but you must be an Aadarsha-Purusha. Your personality must shine with a radiant light of great qualities. Virtue must occupy your heart and mind. Be bold. Be courageous. Be cheerful always. Service, worship and meditation must constitute your inner life. Always do vichar.

Feel the presence of God wherever you go for God is everywhere. There is no place where He is not. He is in you and you are in Him. He is nearer than relatives and friends. Live in Him. Love for the Lord brings you all joy, bliss and blessedness in life.

Real happiness lies in a simple and pure life. Love of the Lord will transform you into a Divine Being. Cultivate true love for the Lord by glorifying Him, by chanting His Name and by hearing His glories.

Lead a life of simplicity and purity. Be regular in your prayers, Japa and Svadhyaya. Do not forget the Lord even a single moment of your life. Hold on to God as fast as you can. In Him alone you will find true happiness.

Always remember God. Let His sacred Name ever be upon your lips. Be merged in the thought of God. Give your mind to God and hands to work. Be good. Do good. Hate none. Love all. This is Divine Life.
Live in God. The love of God alone can bring you real happiness in life. God alone is real and all else is unreal. Therefore detach yourself from the worldly objects and attach yourself to God. Ever repeat His sacred Name. Do all your duties as worship of the Lord.

Life is a holy and joyous movement towards God, who is the eternal Source of our being. Life is an expression of our continuous spiritual link with the Divine Essence that pervades and is present everywhere. The practice of the Divine Name and loving remembrance is the secret of regaining this Inner Connection. Offer up all that you do, dedicate your life unto the Divine. This is the golden key to blessedness, fearlessness, freedom and bliss.

Do your duties with full attention. Every act is worship and Yoga if done with the correct spiritual Bhava. The tongue may always go on repeating the Divine OM silently when the body is engaged in work. Morning and evening offer your activities to God by doing Brahmarpan or Krishnarpan.

In prayer, you draw near to the Divine. Devotion develops the spiritual consciousness in the devotees. The practice of the Divine Name grants the priceless treasure of Bhakti or devotion or Divine Love. Loving remembrance of God makes mature this Bhakti and brings you face to face with God. Live for attaining God-vision.

Even though you do not find much time to spend in meditation you may repeat the Lord’s Name during the day, whatever the body may be engaged in. This is a very effective Sadhana to win the Lord’s Grace. The Divine Name is very potent. Together with the repetition of the Name there should be the attitude of surrender to the will of the Lord, knowing that everything happens by His Will and for our own good. With this inner feeling of absolute surrender to God there arises constant peace and bliss.

Remember to do three things without fail:

  • one: cultivate the virtues of truth, purity, selflessness, kindness, and simplicity in nature. Control anger, give up hatred or ill-feelings. Treat all as thine own. 
  • Two: remember God at all times and repeat His Name constantly.
  • Three: dedicate all thy actions to God. Don’t think of any activity as worldly. Regard all that you do as sacred and make Arpan to God at every step. Let each day be a day of worshipfulness. Develop your pure emotions but keep them in wise check. Discriminate wisely.

Constantly aspire to feel His presence by calling upon Him. Repeat the Holy Name of the Lord. Constant remembrance of the Lord by the repetition of His Name and thinking of His peace, bliss and light is the surest way to contact Him and live in His immediate and comforting presence. What is wanted is a sustained and constant aspiration with a heart full of love. The Lord is sure to respond to a heart that calls in love, for He is all mercy and all compassion. Be patient and calm and His response will always come.

Side by side with daily and constant meditation you may also read inspiring books written by realised saints and sages. This will keep the aspiration intense and will inspire you. Kindly go through the books of our Divine Master. Every word of his is filled with power and the ability to transform us and lead us Godward. Introspect and remove all defects. At the same time fill the entire being with all Divine qualities.
It is only through selfless service, prayer and worship that one can attain purity of mind. Constantly remember the Lord’s Name.

Remain firm in thy adherence to the ideal of Divine Living. Never neglect the study of spiritual books daily even if it be for a short period. Spiritualise thy ordinary professional work by the Bhava of worshipfulness. Be ever cheerful. Practise kindness and charity towards souls that are less favoured by Providence. Let the Divine Name of God be ever upon thy lips. Be a fearless Messenger of Truth and a humble servant of God.

Remembrance of God is Life. Forgetfulness of God is death. The most invaluable and supreme treasure in this world is faith in God and devotion to God. A life without devotion is a dreary waste. Such a life is essenceless and useless. There is no greater treasure than the Divine Name. There is no greater wealth than Dharma or character. Dharma leads to God and in God alone you will find true happiness, peace and bliss. If you want happiness, you must attain God. There is no other way. This is the only way. This is the truth.
He who turns your mind towards God is your greatest well-wisher. He who creates in you devotion for Dharma is your true friend. Spiritual discourses and Satsangas inspire man and turn the mind towards God. A lofty service indeed to mankind.

Set apart sometime both morning and evening for prayer and repetition of God’s Name. Start the day with the thought of God. Fill the entire day with the thought of God and retire to bed with the thought of God.
Ever remain immersed in the thought of God for God is everywhere. There is no place where He is not. He is in you and you are in Him. Feel this by regular worship and prayer to God.

Your only sole purpose in life is to attain God. All else is useless and worthless. Therefore, strive to attain the Supreme by leading a noble life of simplicity and purity. Take the Name of the Lord always. Let His sacred Name ever be upon your lips. His Name when sincerely taken bestows upon you all joy and blessedness.
Start this New Year feeling the Divine Presence everywhere. Constantly offer prayer to the Lord. Feel He is your very own. Turn your gaze within and enjoy the Eternal Bliss.

Please be regular in your daily meditation. Morning and evening, you should spend at least half an hour in meditation. Constantly live in the remembrance of the Lord. Let His sacred Name ever be on thy lips.
My advice to you is: Lead Divine Life. Practise Japa every day. Sing the Lord’s Name every morning and evening. Take regular morning exercises. Speak the truth. Serve the elders. Study Gita and Ramayana. Develop Bhakti. This is Divine Life. Live this noble life. You will attain God-realisation.

Kirtan purifies the mind and heart. All worldly thoughts will disappear during Sankirtan. In this Kaliyuga, the Name of the Lord is the surest remedy for all worldly ills. Please carry on your Sadhana with redoubled vigour and zeal.

You should continue to repeat the sacred Mantra, Om Namah Sivaya. This has my approval. Yes, you can combine Bhakti Yoga and Raja Yoga. Try to do Japa of the sacred Mantra. Also write the Mantra on a separate notebook. This is called Likhit Japa. Write for half an hour daily. Observe Mouna while writing Japa. Practise Asanas and easy Pranayama to start with. Spend two hours in the early morning in spiritual Sadhana. Chalk out a Sadhana programme for daily practice.

There is infinite Shakti in the Lord’s Name. The Lord’s Name is the solution for all the troubles that have beset mankind in this modern age.

You are simple and pure. You have to strive hard to cultivate virtues. Be noble. Be simple, and plain like a child. Be honest and truthful. Do not forget to offer daily prayers—morning and evening—unto the Lord. Do Japa and observe silence for half an hour daily. You will have Divine Life. 

Have reverence and faith for the Name. The glory of the Name of God cannot be established through reasoning. But it can certainly be experienced through faith, devotion and constant repetition.

Ever repeat the Name of the Lord. Feel His presence wherever you go. He is in you and you are in Him. Let all the various duties that you discharge be as one continuous prayer to the Lord.

Do all your work as a worship or as an offering unto the Lord. Repeat the Name of the Lord mentally all the time. Remembrance and worship are the potent means of drawing His grace. Whatever may be your occupation, wherever you may go or travel, constantly remember Him and offer all that you do as worship unto Him. You will soon attain Divine Grace.

Live in the awareness of God. Seek the company of saints. The company of saints will inspire you and you will be filled with noble thoughts. They help you to contact God. God is the only thing that is worth seeking in this world. Therefore, cling to his Divine Name.

Yes, You are perfectly correct in saying that the easiest way to attain Him is to remember Him always. In remembering Him you grow in love for Him. To think of the Lord is to draw His grace. In His grace there is fulfilment of the purpose of human birth.

Ever repeat the sacred Name of the Lord. The Divine Name is a powerful spiritual force which can counter and ultimately destroy all obstacles, all forces that oppose the aspirant in his inward path of meditation and prayer. The power of the Name cannot be easily realised unless one keeps deep faith in the Name of God and goes on practising it, and the method of awakening the power of the Name is through proper Bhava.

There is infinite Shakti in Ram Nam. Rama Nama is the remedy for all ills. Therefore, let the sacred Name of the Lord be ever upon your lips.

The sacred and auspicious Name of Siva may be repeated all the times of the day. There is no such restrictions that you should recite only at particular times. For a Sadhaka every moment of his life is precious. Therefore, think of the Lord Siva always besides your morning and evening sittings for Japa. Even in the midst of your work, you can repeat His Name mentally. There is no fixed rule.

The Name of the Lord is the surest remedy for all the ills of life. Not only it removes physical troubles, but also cures Bhava-Roga. Therefore, take the Name of the Lord with faith and devotion. Cling to the Divine Name. The Name of the Lord is great relief and consolation.

Verily, life is temporary, body is perishable, and death is a certainty. But God is a great Reality and while man lives he must seek the Eternal. This is life and its central purpose.

Even when the body is engaged in activities, even then your inner being must contemplate the permanent Reality. Let there be remembrance every moment. Let the Name ever be upon thy tongue. Even daily activity should be a dedication with devotion. The Divine Presence is here and now. Behold the light shining through all forms. Such a life will bring you blessedness, joy and peace.

Let the holy and sacred Name of Rama ever be upon thy lips. Do not forget God even a single moment of your life. Give your mind to God and hands to work.

Be rooted in firm faith. Make God the very centre of your life. Draw strength from prayer. His Divine Name is your support. Chant the Name of the Lord loudly in the morning and night. Let the Divine Name fill the home. May peace, prosperity and blessedness be yours.

Lead a life of simplicity and purity. Pray to the Lord daily. There is no place where God is not. He is everywhere. He is all-pervading. See Him everywhere.

Always feel that every movement of your entire being is a living prayer and adoration to the Divinity that resides within the innermost centre of your being. He is the Antaratman. He shines within us as a Divine Light. You are never away from Him even for a moment. He is ever with you. This is the truth. Japa is the method of keeping up this awareness.

Ever feel the presence of God and ever remember Him and take His Name at all times. Serve man and worship God. Fill thy home with the chant of His Divine Name.

When you do Japa concentrate upon the Mantra. Recite every Mantra clearly. When your mind is restless, you can chant the Mantra a bit loudly so that you alone could hear. When your mind is calm, then you can do Japa of this Mantra mentally. Have a fixed place and Asana. Do not change the place. Keep the place neat and clean.

Constant remembrance of the Lord comes through regular habit. Feel the presence of the Lord wherever you go. Feel His presence in every action you do during the course of the day. Make a conscious effort to remember God at all times. Associate God’s Name with the work you do daily mentally. Take God’s Name while you walk, while you sit and while you eat. 

Feel that God is the inner ruler who manipulates your mind, body and sense-organs. Feel that I am only an instrument in the hands of God. Feel that God is the doer. Ever remain immersed in the thought of God. Constantly take the sacred Name of the Lord.

Have a stiff bound notebook to write Mantras. Keep the notebook where you do prayers and worship. Observe silence when you write Mantras. Do not entertain any worldly thoughts during Mantra writing. Write the sacred Mantras with Bhava.

Feel the Presence of the Lord wherever you go for God is everywhere. There is no place where He is not. He is in you and you are in Him. Feel this by regular Japa and meditation.

Lead a life of simplicity and purity. Remember the Lord always. Have a fixed period for prayers and Japa. Respect elders. Entertain guests. Serve thy neighbour. Lead an ideal life. Be an example to others. 

Your goodself will find eternal happiness only in God. Trust in Him. Have faith in Him. He will give you all joy and happiness. Lead a life of simplicity and purity. Have fixed hours to practise prayer and Japa. Take His sacred Name constantly. Feel His all-pervading presence wherever you go. God is nearer than your hands and feet. He is nearer than your breath.

Take God’s Name always. Rama Nama will cure all the ills of life. Have intense faith in His Name. He and His Name are one and the same. There is no difference. Feel His presence everywhere.

Do your work as the worship of God. Feel the presence of God in your office. Have confidence in yourself. Be kind to one and all. Do not use harsh words. Respect your superior officers. Do not doubt your subordinates. God bless you.

Set apart some fixed period for Japa and meditation. Do Kirtan. Do worship of God. Give your mind to God and hands to work.

See God in every living creature and within you. Feel His presence everywhere. You will experience immense bliss, strength and indescribable joy.

Do not forget God even a single moment of your life. God is the source of strength. Remembrance of God is strength and life.

Be ever repeating the holy Name of the Lord which you like most. Start it now itself. Cultivate intense faith and love for God. Ever long for His Grace. Through regular Japa and meditation the Divine flame grows brighter and brighter.

The Lord is within you. He is seated in the heart of all beings. Whatever you see, hear, touch or feel is God. Happiness comes to him who seeks the happiness of others. Relieve the sufferings of those who are distressed as per your ability.

Always repeat the Name of the Lord. Let His sacred and holy Name ever be upon the lips of all devotees and members of your Branch. God alone is real. This life is meant to attain Him. Therefore, lead a life of simplicity and purity and attain this life’s end.

Aspire for Bliss Eternal. Strive to attain Reality. Find God everywhere.

Ever practise the presence of God. Rise up from bed with his sacred Name upon thy lips. Remember Him throughout the day during your activity. Retire to bed with His holy Name on your lips. Such a constant Smaran of the Lord will bring you all peace and happiness.

Start your Japa with right earnest and become a great Japa Yogi. Cling to the Lord’s Name. The practice of the constant repetition of the Lord’s Name is the greatest of all Yogas in this Kali Yuga. Therefore, acquire the habit of “Ananya Chintan” of the Lord. This will take you to the Lord safely.

Devotion to the Lord is regarded as a very efficacious method of attaining self-realisation. Therefore, cultivate devotion through Japa, prayer, Kirtan, study of Ramayana, Bhagavata and through service of Sadhus and His devotees.

Kindly do not worry that you are not able to visualise the form of your Ishta Devata when you do Japa. When you advance in the path you will achieve this.

Sit in front of the picture of your Ishta Devata. Look at it with a steady gaze for some time. Then close your eyes and bring the form to the mind. Repeated efforts will give you success. Withdraw the mind from worldly thoughts. Develop concentration and attention. Be patient. Take Sattvic diet. Pray. Be regular in Japa. All these will aid you to advance in the spiritual path.


(pgs. 36-53, Eternal Messages of Swami Chidananda)

"Temptation" by Swami Chidananda

Vibrant spiritual presence, beloved and worshipful Gurudev! Adorable Presence Divine, Thou Who art the all-pervading, the all-immanent, our source and origin, our support and inner sustainer, our fulfilment and Goal Ultimate! One Thou art—manifest as Guru, unmanifest as the Universal Being. Gurur-brahma gurur-vishnuh gurur-devo mahesvarah; guruh sakshat param brahma tasmai sri gurave namah (Guru is Brahma, Guru is Vishnu, Guru is Siva, Guru is the Supreme Brahman Itself—prostrations to that Guru).

Thus those who have realised through their highest transcendental spiritual experience the oneness, the inseparable unity of the illumined and enlightened jnani and the Supreme Brahman, have uttered this sublime ideal: yasya deve para bhaktih yatha deve tatha gurau, tasyaite kathita hyarthah prakasante mahatmanah (He whose devotion to God is supreme and whose devotion to the Guru is as great as to the Lord, to that high-souled one all the knowledge of the scriptures stands revealed). The path-pointer, the remover of the veil and the truth hidden behind the veil, the destination to which the path leads—they are linked up and bound up by a relationship of identity and unity.

Knowing this, vibrant spiritual presence, Gurudev, in whose proximity and before whom we have come this beautiful day, and adorable Divine Presence, Who art the all-pervading, the all-immanent, alpha and omega, the beginning and end of all things, we bow to Thee, two in one. We bow to Thee, offer our heart’s devotion, our gratitude for this perennial flow of continued grace, for the gift of proximity, the grace of spiritual fellowship and the blessedness of this silent hour of meditation and prayer to commence the day in an ideal way. May your benedictions and grace be our wealth and our treasure, our sure support and strength, our unfailing help and light upon the path!

Radiant Immortal Atman! Beloved seekers and sadhaks! Great is your good fortune, unparalleled is your supreme good fortune. Most blessed are you, thrice blessed, even more so. Sankara spoke of three blessings: human birth, longing for liberation and the proximity of liberated sages, spiritual masters and their wisdom teachings. We have a fourth blessedness which makes the other three blessednesses worthwhile and fruitful: that is an environment and a facility affording every favourable factor for the practice of the living of the inner life, practice of spiritual discipline, contemplating the Divine and engaging in sadhana, a facility affording every factor that is necessary, helpful and favourable.

If you reflect upon it seriously, contemplate it earnestly, consider it with great sincerity, you will be amazed and you will start wondering what you have done for this unutterable, unparalleled, incomparable good fortune. This four-fold blessedness conferred upon you in this age, which they call the iron age, the godless age, the age of materialism, hedonism, atheism—in this age, if you will consider your unique position, then it will percolate into your mind, you will begin to wonder, and then you will understand what ahetuki kripa, motiveless grace is.

Turn to God with sincerity. Turn to God for help and you will receive it. Turn to Him day after day. Meditate. Direct your mind, focus your heart and meditate upon Him with faith, with love and with humility. What you ask for shall never be denied.

But then, as we have to contend with God, we also have to contend with our own unregenerate, self-assertive, persistent, die-hard, lesser nature, the animal in man. As we have to connect ourselves with God, we have also to contend with ourselves, our grosser, lower, unspiritual, carnal nature—carnal passion, physical appetites, lust, greed, and anger which is inseparably linked up with carnal passion and desire. These are the dire enemies of the sadhak upon the spiritual path, hard to overcome, but not impossible. It is possible.

Jahi satrum mahabaho kamarupam durasadam (Slay thou, O Arjuna, the enemy in the form of desire which is hard to conquer). This is the fact, this is the ades (command): “O Arjuna, slay this enemy, great enemy, in the form of impure desire, carnal passion and physical lust.” It is formidable, but slay it. It is difficult to overcome, but can be overcome.

Therefore, the seeking soul should never lay down his arms before this enemy and surrender—never, never! But more often than not, not recognising this foe, this enemy, we think it is our well-wisher, friend. We befriend it. Such is the beguiling, alluring nature of this dire enemy. The devil comes as an angel; the poison comes as delicious sweetness. It is only one who is on guard, it is one who is awake, standing ready for action, that can contend with this enemy within one’s own self. Uttisthata jagrata (Arise, awake).

Kamah krodhascha lobhascha dehe tisthanti taskarah jnanaratnapaharaya tasmat jagrata jagrata—Lust anger and greed, they are dacoits to rob and plunder the pearl of wisdom, not coming from outside to assail or invade you, but residing within your own body. Therefore, be awake, be awake,” says Sankaracharya in Vairagya Dindima. But such is the folly, the ignorance, such is the extraordinary delusion, the perverse nature of deluded seekers, that seeing not the enemy about whom ample warning is given again and again by all masters, all teachers, all Gurus, all saints and sages from the most ancient times up till Gurudev himself, we go into the camp of the enemy as though it was our well-wisher, our friend.
We invite temptations; we go into that area where we are tempted. We cultivate the company of such persons who are our temptation, who are our downfall, who are the ones through whom these lower propensities assail us, by whom they are stimulated and made manifest.

Therefore, a wise seeker, a true aspirant, an authentic, genuine Yogi, a true lover of God, will and must shun those persons and places where temptation lies—not rush in where angels fear to tread. It is only if you are true to yourself, honest with your teacher, and before the eyes of God you are His child, His devotee, His lover, then alone these teachings will mean a turning point to you, these teachings can transform you once and for all.

Turn to God for help and you will receive it without fail, unfailingly. Turn to Him every day in meditation—meditation with faith, meditation with love, meditation with humility. And be on guard against these inner enemies to which you are host, inner enemies dwelling within your self, meaning you no good. This is the mystery of God and His creation, the great maya which is duratyaya (difficult to cross). Be on guard, never lay down arms, never give way. Always know that one day you have to overcome and you will overcome.

Nothing is more formidable than intense aspiration, mumukshutva. Nothing is more powerful than the power of faith and determination, sattvic determination. Nothing is more powerful than the Name of God. Nothing is more powerful than sincerity. Everything can be overcome. But then, you should not multiply, you should not strengthen the enemy, you should not run into his camp and then bewail. It is futile, in vain. For our undoing will be ourselves and not anyone else.

With all the four blessednesses, nothing will avail if you are not true to yourself and if you are not determined to avoid all such places and all such persons that constitute your temptation—morning, noon and night, every hour of every day of this golden gift of God, this piece of life we call a day. If you make each day given to you through His unutterable love, immeasurable love, a day of alertness, vigilance, watchfulness, wakefulness, a day of sincerity, earnest determination, true aspiration, a day of genuine love for God, then each day you will be a step nearer to that grand, glorious goal of life. Thus, day by day, living in a perfect way, making it divine, a life sublime, bless yourself, bless yourself, bless yourself! In this task, God speed you! In this task, Gurudev bless you!

(Chap. 35, Ponder These Truths)

Faith Vs Belief

Paramahansa Yogananda: “Faith comes with direct, personal experience. That is what Saint Paul meant when he said, ‘Faith is the proof of things unseen.’ The deeper your experience of truth, the greater the faith you will have.

“There was a man who had read in the Bible that if a person has sufficient faith, he will be able to say to this mountain, ‘Be thou moved into the sea,’ and it will be so. ‘How wonderful!’ the man thought. ‘It has always bothered me that there is a mountain outside my window that obscures the view I might have, otherwise, of that beautiful lake on the other side. Let me remove the mountain by faith.’

“That night, he prayed earnestly, ‘Let the mountian be removed and cast into the sea.’ He then went to bed. The next morning, the first thing he did was rush to the window to see what had happened. The mountain hadn’t budged an inch.

‘I knew you’d still be there!’ he cried.

“Such is the ‘faith’ of most people. Theirs isn’t faith. It is merely belief.

(pgs. 432-433, Conversations with Yogananda by Swami Kriyananda)

>Have Faith In God by Swami Sivananda


The following is an excerpt from Swami Sivananda’s book called “God Exists”.

 25. Faith in the laws of nature is faith in God. The whole world runs under definite, well-established laws. There is no such thing as chance or accident. God or Ishwara is Tatastha-lakshana (accidental attribute) of Brahman only. For the sake of pious worship of Bhaktas, the Nirguna (without attributes) Brahman simply appears as Saguna (with attributes) Brahman. In reality there is no such thing as Saguna Brahman. There is existence only. That is Reality. That is Truth.

26. Just as you see a tree in front of you, there must be somebody to see the activities of the mind. Otherwise “Kartru-Kartavya Bhava Sambandha Virodha”(a feeling of contradiction in the relationship between the performer and the performance) will come. That somebody is Kutastha Brahman (deep-seated Reality).

27. The simplest comparison of two ideas and the recognition of them as like or unlike presupposes the indivisible unity of that which compares them, an Atma external to the content with which it deals.

28. The relief that is obtained by remembrance of God in adversity indicates that there is a supreme Power who guides and controls human beings.

29. Even a rank materialist and an atheist cries out for help “O God! forgive me, protect me,” when he comes face to face with a tiger in a thick forest, when he is in great distress, when he is in a helpless condition, while the steamer in which he travels is in a sinking condition, when he suffers from paralysis, when there is an earthquake or volcanic eruption, when he is left alone at dead of night amidst thunder and lightning.

30. An atheist says that there is no God. But that knower who knows the non-existence of God is Brahman.

31. A Sunyavadin says that there is only Sunya (void). But that knower who knows the Sunya is Brahman (God).

Perfect Faith is Self-Realisation by Swami Paramatmananda

Mother says—and we know it, we’re all spiritual-minded—that the goal of human life is God-realisation; that the thirst that we have for happiness, which never subsides whatever we may do, can be satisified only in the bliss of God-realisation. Because the thirst is infinite, only something that’s infinite can satisfy it. So, nothing we do that is finite, that gives a finite bliss, can yield the satisfaction we’re seeking. And we can never turn off that thirst. We can never say, “Oh, I’ve had enough of this! I’m just going to be happy.” You can’t just be happy unless you merge into God, or unless you realise your real Self.

Mother says that for that to be possible, we need perfect faith. In fact, perfect faith is Self-realisation or God-realisation. 

(pg. 43, Talks, Vol. 1)