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Not through matted locks, not through fiery lectures and erudition, not through exhibition of miracles does one attain perfection or Knowledge of the Self.

He, in whom the two currents of Raga-dvesha, ignorance of all kinds, egoism, lust and anger are destroyed in toto, is ever happy and he is Brahman, or the liberated Sage or Jivanmukta.

~Swami Sivananda

The Path Of Surrender Is The Path Of Love

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Krishna tells Arjuna, "You are very dear to me."

Then Krishna tells Arjuna he must surrender. Surrender begins with an assumption. First you must assume. You assume you are the most beloved of the Divine, and then surrender happens.

Surrender is not an action; it is an assumption. Non-surrender is ignorance. Non-surrender is an illusion. So surrender is an assumption. Surrender has to begin as an assumption and then it reveals itself as a  reality. Finally, it reveals itself as an illusion. An illusion because there is no two, no duality. There is no independent existence of anyone. An individual has no independent existence. That is it!

Question: Do you have to go through surrender to realize it is an illusion?

Answer: Yes, absolutely.

Question: Where is choice then?

Answer: Choice is your destiny.

Krishna doesn't tell Arjuna in the beginning that he must surrender. First he says, "You are so dear to me." And then he tells him, " There is no other choice for you, you must surrender. Either you do it now, or you do it later."

This is the path of love.

~Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

The Influence and Aura of a Developed Mind

Mark the influence of a highly developed mind over a less developed mind! It is not possible to describe what it is like to be in the presence of a Master or a developed adept. To sit in his presence, though he hardly speaks a word, is to feel a thrilling sensation so much as to feel new inspirations touching one mentally. Mind has got aura (mental aura or psychic aura). Aura is tejas, brilliance or halo that emanates from the mind. The aura of those who have developed their minds is extremely effulgent. It can travel long distance and affect in a beneficial manner a large number of persons who come under its influence. The spiritual aura is more powerful than either the psychic or pranic aura.

Swami Sivananda

Swami Sivananda

We shouldn’t deny ourselves our birth right

We have been given the right to divinity by the very fact of our human status. But if we do not claim this birth right, we cannot expect someone else to claim it for us. No one denies it to you. You deny it to yourself.

- Swami Chidananda

Why are some people so mean?

Q: If the core of our existence is full of love, innocence, perfection, how can a person be so mean and kill his or her whole family? It is hard for me to understand.

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: You know you should go and talk to the people in the prison who have committed these heinous crimes. You'll find these people are nice people. Why even talk about them, talk about yourself! You know sometimes you've been so nasty. Have you been nasty? Have you been angry? Have you been upset? Afterwards you see – 'Oh, why did I do this?' Do you regret? In the same way these people – they did a crime, they did commit something they were totally unaware of, and then they started realizing. That's why spiritual education is so important, because this education doesn't allow you to commit such heinous crimes! They never had an opportunity to have access to this knowledge, to meditation, to breathing. That is why they did all that.

Host or Ghost :)



Among all planets in the solar system, the earth is privileged to host life in its many forms, and, among all the species, humans are most privileged, for, they can host knowledge. Again and again you remember that you are peace, you are love, you are joy and that you are hosting the creator. If you do not realise that you are the host, you live like a ghost!

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

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