Gems from Srimad Bhagavatam     Swami Shantananda Puri
Gems from Srimad Bhagavatam   (An ancient Hindu Scripture)Author : Swami Shantananda Puri         of Vasishtha Guha, Uttar...
Introduction to “Gems from Srimad Bhagavatam”    Srimad Bhagavatam is one of the eighteen sacred books of Hindu Mythology(...
OM Gems from Srimad Bhagavatham, an ancient Hindu Scripture                         Swami Shantananda Puri1) Duty of a man...
6) A prayer   Salutation to the Lord, who does not react to any play of nature and the treasure   of the poor. Salutation ...
11) A true devotee   He is a true devotee of the Lord, who, though fully capable, refrains from   retaliating against any ...
Salutations again and again to the Lord by worshipping whom wise men of   discrimination are enabled to overcome their att...
Oh father and Lord of all!! In this world of birth and death, all souls are struggling,   being distressed by various type...
28) A prayer    Lord, we will not mind any miseries, sorrows or sufferings either in this world   or   even in hell so lon...
Devotees, who are bereft of attachment to anything except God, are really holy   men. An aspirant should seek the company ...
A devotee enlightened by Lord’s abundant grace, reaches that state of blessedness   called Kaivalya (absolute liberation) ...
47) Shun sex   Nothing is capable of binding one with so much delusion as association with persons   of opposite sex and p...
53) Company of holy men   Lord, those who seek the company of your ardent devotees will come to lose their   body consciou...
IV-22-2359) Devotion to Lord   Devotion to the Lord is developed by the practice of non-violence, by living like a   monk ...
64) Leave off sex dominated life   As long as a man is negligent in attaining life’s purpose and thus unaware of the   nat...
How wonderful is the Lord’s play that we refuse to see death while all around us   people die. See how, even immediately a...
If a person’s mind is inclined to repeat the same sin again and again, even after   performing expiatory rituals for a par...
79) How should a house holder live – I   A wise householder who is satisfied with what he has, though detached from the   ...
Things lost on the way are found to be well- preserved. Things securely kept in thehouse gets destroyed when He wills so. ...
Oh Lord, it is only a child’s play for you to redeem the people entangled in theworld. Your Grace will have meaning only w...
Lord, I do not desire for either liberation or immense mystic powers. Grant me thatI shall abide in the hearts of all huma...
99) How to control the mind –IIIn order to control the mind one should move about without any attachment to theworldly obj...
He who is not proud of his high birth, great deeds, caste or his station in life(celibate. monk etc.) is the dearest to th...
110) Spiritual practice (Sadhana) – IIIOne should learn to feel the presence of the Supreme Being everywhere, besatisfied ...
Just as the fish seeks its own death by being tempted by the hook baited withmeat, a person who is unable to contain the t...
The mind of a person thinking of worldly objects gets attached to them. Similarlythe mind thinking of the Lord continuousl...
XII-12-49    126) Hymn of praise    Salutations to the transcendental Lord, singing whose glories is sufficient to    dest...
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  1. 1. Gems from Srimad Bhagavatam Swami Shantananda Puri
  2. 2. Gems from Srimad Bhagavatam (An ancient Hindu Scripture)Author : Swami Shantananda Puri of Vasishtha Guha, Uttarakhand, IndiaFirst Web edition : March 2010For free circulation among interested spiritual seekers
  3. 3. Introduction to “Gems from Srimad Bhagavatam” Srimad Bhagavatam is one of the eighteen sacred books of Hindu Mythology(Puranas). This contains all the basic principles of philosophy interspersed withvarious stories of Lord’s incarnations on this earth and those of His devotees – allextolling the glories of the Supreme Lord. This text is a rare combination of all theprincipal paths for God-realisation namely; Bhakti (Love and devotion), Jnana(Knowledge), Yoga and Karma (rituals). The importance of Srimad Bhagavatam can be gauged from the following storywhich occurs in “Srimad Bhagavata Mahatmyam”. Lord Krishna was a perfect incarnation of Supreme Lord on this earth, with aview to re-establish love, compassion, justice, faith and other Divine Laws(Dharma) by destroying the demoniac elements which were threatening toovercome the world. After completing this task, Lord Krishna confided to Uddhava,his close friend, devotee and minister, about his intention to leave the body andmerge back in the Supreme Divinity. Uddhava was shocked and pointed out thatvarious devotees had adopted him as their centre of meditation and wereaccustomed to concentrate on the vision of his lovely form as the very SupremeBeing. If Krishna were to relinquish his body, the devotees being unaware of hisimmortality would be shocked and all the Sadhanas done by them so far and theirfaith will get shattered and rendered futile. They would not be able to bear thisseparation caused by the bereavement. Lord Krishna devised a plan to counter thissituation. He infused his powers in the form of Sound Energy into each word andverse in Srimad Bhagavatam in such a way that his divine presence in all its glorycan be felt and perennially experienced by the devotees who would recite theverses or hear them. Thus Bhagavatam has the unique privilege of impartingdirectly the vibrations of the manifested Supreme Being in the form of the soundenergy. Here are a few selections from that wonderful book. Swami Shantatnanda Puri Lucknow, 5th March 2010
  4. 4. OM Gems from Srimad Bhagavatham, an ancient Hindu Scripture Swami Shantananda Puri1) Duty of a man The highest duty of a man is to develop an intense devotion to the Supreme Being without any expectation in return, which will bring peace to the heart. I-2-62) Consciousness – The truth The only non dual consciousness which pervades all bodies is the Supreme Truth. It is that which is variously described as Brahman, the Supreme being and as the Supreme God. I-2-113) How even philosophers are attracted to God It is the glory of the Lord that even those sages who are established in the contemplation of the Pure Self are attracted by the alluring attributes of the Lord who has also become the Self of all beings. I-7-104) A prayer inviting calamities Oh Lord, continue to bestow on me series of dangers and calamities as only on such occasions I have always felt your reassuring, benign presence. I-8-255) The poor are nearer to God Those who are proud of their name, fame, wealth, learning and the like are not even worthy of taking the name of the Lord. Blessed are the poor to whom the Lord is easy of access. I-8-26
  5. 5. 6) A prayer Salutation to the Lord, who does not react to any play of nature and the treasure of the poor. Salutation again to Him who revels in his own self, who is all peace and to the Lord of liberation. I-8-277) A devout prayer Beloved Lord, grant me that my mind may unceasingly and unwaveringly turn towards thee with all love and haste like river Ganga towards the ocean. I-8-428) Benefit from devotees of God-Effect of holy company God –loving devotees not only get purified by the intense love for God but also bestow sanctity and holiness on all the places they visit, as the very Lord resides in their heart. I-13-109) A wise man He indeed is wise who, having cultivated dispassion (Vairagya) renounces his sense of identification with the body and goes away abandoning his hearth and home without leaving any trace. I-13-2510) Holy company (Satsang) Neither liberation nor the heaven can equal the untold blessings accruing out of even a modicum of the company of holy men. Where is the question of any comparison of the latter with worldly goods and enjoyments? I-18-13 and IV-30-34
  6. 6. 11) A true devotee He is a true devotee of the Lord, who, though fully capable, refrains from retaliating against any type of dishonor, be it insult, deception, curse or beating even. A true devotee never re-acts. I-18-4812) Sole duty of a man The sole duty of a man is to hear Lord’s glories, recite them and constantly remember the Lord who is the controller and indweller of all. II-1-513) Best use of life What is the use of living for long years in ignorance of the real value of life? Far better is a life of few moments used for achieving the real purpose of life. II-1-1214) Spiritual Practice (Sadhana) An aspirant should restrain the mind with pure intellect, then dissolve the intellect in the ego sense and finally merge the ego sense in the universal self. When this results in peace of mind, a wise man should abstain from all duties and activities. II-2-1615) Worship of God Irrespective of whether a person seeks fulfillment of various desires or seeks Moksha (Liberation) through dispassion, he will get it all through devotion to and worship of the transcendental Supreme being (instead of various small deities) II-3-1016) Best Life A man really lives only those moments of life spent in remembering the God. The rest is all a waste of time. II-3-1717) How to get rid of attachment
  7. 7. Salutations again and again to the Lord by worshipping whom wise men of discrimination are enabled to overcome their attachment to the sensuous objects of the world and attain the highest bliss. II-4-1618) Catch hold of the Lord – Lord Brahma’s Confession “Never a lie escapes out of my mouth, never my mind ever takes a wrong turn and never my senses get lured to the unreal path. This involuntary perfection is all due to my having clung to the Lord’s feet firmly with an anguishing heart. (Grasping the Lord with love is more important than trying to get rid of bad habits. The latter will automatically drop off when once we grasp the Lord firmly.)” II-6-3319) Reality - I It is God’s divine power called MAYA which projects an unreal universe superimposed on the Self without any substantial reality and leaves no residual trace when it dissolves into the Self. It is just like a reflection projected by an object or the darkness dissolving in the light. II-9-3320) Reality – II The seeker after truth has to find out that ultimate substratum which persists through all its apparent transformations into the objects of the universe but suffers no change even when all these objects are dissolved into the causal source. II-9-3521) Constant remembrance of God Whenever any question is asked by anybody, one should reply after remembering and taking God’s name. This is an effective method for constant remembrance of the Lord. By extending it, whenever you talk over the phone, take His name both while starting and ending the conversation. III-2-322) Prayer for Grace
  8. 8. Oh father and Lord of all!! In this world of birth and death, all souls are struggling, being distressed by various types of miseries. They can get relief and experience perennial bliss only if and when they seek shelter in thy Grace. III-5-3923) How to invite the Grace Lord! Sages are enabled to take shelter under thy Grace only after cleansing their heart with firm faith and intense devotion, thus developing the strength of renunciation leading to the highest knowledge. III-5-4124) Detachment essential Oh Lord, though you reside closest within all the beings, still, in practice, you are farthest from those people who are attached to their body, home and hearth. III-5-4325) Love and serve all beings Some do get God- realization with a lot of effort and difficulty by resorting to intense meditation on the undifferentiated Self and overcoming the obstructing tendencies. But how easily and effortlessly we can get God through love and service to other beings who are all of His form. III-5-4626) Surrender to God There will be fear on account of wealth, property and friends and one will be the subject of grief, greed and humiliation only till one surrenders oneself completely to the Lord. III-9-627) Be compassionate Lord, even a plethora of offerings from anybody fails to please you so long as they are motivated by selfish desires. Being the friend and in-dweller in all the beings, you are easily pleased when a devotee extends his compassion to all the fellow beings. III-9-12
  9. 9. 28) A prayer Lord, we will not mind any miseries, sorrows or sufferings either in this world or even in hell so long as our minds continue to contemplate on you and our ears and speech remain tuned to your glories. III-15-4929) Mind – The key to liberation The mind, if turned towards the objects of the world, leads to bondage. If it gets attached to God it will lead to liberation. So mind is the steering wheel which can be turned towards either bondage or liberation. III-25-1530) Cleanse the mind The impurities like lust and greed stem out of the sense of ‘I’ and ‘Mine’. When the mind is cleansed of these impurities, one gets into a state of equanimity beyond pleasure and pain. III-25-1631) Holy company Intense attachment to the objects of the world is the cause of bondage for the soul. The same attachment, if directed towards the holy men, opens the gate of liberation. III-25-2032) Who is a holy man – I A holy man is one full of infinite patience and compassion, the friend of all beings, enemy of none and always overflowing with peace and love. III-25-2133) Who is a holy man – II A holy man is one who is unswervingly and firmly devoted to God, dedicates all his actions to God and who has abandoned all his kith and kin in his one pointed love for God. III-25-2234) Who is a holy man – III
  10. 10. Devotees, who are bereft of attachment to anything except God, are really holy men. An aspirant should seek the company of such holy men in order to be rid of his own worldly attachments. III-25-2435) Grace No one can get rid of the great fear of death except with the grace of the Supreme Lord of all beings. III-25-4136) Devotion to God A devotee whose intense devotion to the Lord is supported by knowledge and dispassion reaches the Supreme Lord where all that is good accrues and all fears get dissolved. III-25-4337) Purification of mind- I The mind should be matured through an equal vision towards all beings, having no enmity, non- attachment, silence, continence and by conscientious discharge of one’s duties. III-27-738) Purification of mind- II The mind has to be trained through a sense of satisfaction with whatever comes to us without effort, retreating into solitude and exercising calmness, compassion and friendliness. III-27-839) Result of enlightenment The Soul which has once gone through the travails of joys and sorrows, abandoned the sensuous objects and has realized its divinity can never more be bound by the world. III-27-2440) Detachment from worldly objects
  11. 11. A devotee enlightened by Lord’s abundant grace, reaches that state of blessedness called Kaivalya (absolute liberation) which is his real nature. III-27-2841) A realized soul A realized soul perceives his body as separate from him, which comes and goes, moves and falls as per destiny. (He pays no attention to the body like a drunken man who is unaware of the clothes on his body.) III-28-3742) One Supreme Being Just as the same light(electricity) manifests as many in different bulbs ( 1000 watts, 100 watts, 0 watt etc.), the same Supreme Spirit manifests as many in various bodies with different conditioning. III-28-4343) Indifference to other beings The person who disregards Lord’s presence in all the beings and makes a show of worshipping Him through symbols is actually insulting the Lord. III-29-2144) Service to all beings Realising the Lord as the Self in all beings, a person should serve them all with honor, love and gifts. Such service is considered as the service to the Lord Himself. III-29-2745) Superior devotees Superiormost are those who have surrendered to God, not only their activities but themselves too including their body and mind. Such persons have equal vision and do not consider themselves as doers. (All actions stem from Lord’s will). III-29-3346) The path of materialism By treading the path in pursuit of the pleasures of stomach and sex, the soul is paving the way for a repetition of a life of darkness in future too. III-31-22
  12. 12. 47) Shun sex Nothing is capable of binding one with so much delusion as association with persons of opposite sex and persons engrossed in sexual pursuits. (This advice is for people who want liberation). III-31-3548) Fear of death At the time of death there is no need to panic or become helpless. Understand the real, wholly divine as also the immortal nature of the soul and remain detached. (It is the bulb that is reduced to pieces by a stone, while the electricity remains untouched.) III-31-4749) Devotion to God When once a person develops a deep devotion to the God as residing in all the beings, a spirit of renunciation is generated and he can get God –realisation. III-32-2350) Equal vision When once a man is able to develop a choiceless perception and looks at everything good and bad equally, abandoning all likes and dislikes, he reaches the highest state of the Atman (Self). III-32-24 and 2551) Bear no ill will Never entertain any ill-will towards those who have offended you. Whoever causes distress to others will have to automatically reap the results of his act subsequently. IV – 8-1752) Avoid desires Lord ! surely their intelligence has been distorted, who seek from you the fulfillment of their mean sensuous desires of a perishable body while you are capable of giving them liberation. IV-9-9
  13. 13. 53) Company of holy men Lord, those who seek the company of your ardent devotees will come to lose their body consciousness and will forget all their attachment to son, wife/husband, friends, home and wealth. IV-9-1254) Love all beings As Lord is the Self of all beings, He is well pleased with those devotees who are forbearing, compassionate, impartial and friendly towards all. IV-11-1355) Have faith The one who follows the fool proof methods established by sages of yore with full faith will be able to achieve his goal in life easily. IV-18-456) Company of holy men Conversations with holy men help both the speaker and the listeners. The questions and answers at such meetings are for the good of all. IV-22-1957) Detach and attach This is the firm conclusion of all scriptures that the only factors which can result in the ultimate good of a man is detachment towards all worldly objects and an unfailing love towards the Supreme being. IV-22-2158) Love for God One should cultivate love for God by eschewing the company of persons engaged in sensuous pursuits, by avoiding the places frequented by them and resorting to places of solitude.
  14. 14. IV-22-2359) Devotion to Lord Devotion to the Lord is developed by the practice of non-violence, by living like a monk ( Paramhamsa) ,by spiritual disciplines, by refraining from condemning others , by desirelessness and by forbearance of pairs of opposites ( like pain and pleasure). IV-22-2460) Love for God When once the love and devotion for God is firmly established, under the guidance of a master, the resulting power of knowledge and renunciation burns away the ignorance as also the ego-centre of the individual soul. IV-22-2661) Attachment to objects –I When the mind of a man is captivated by the external objects and he is thinking of those objects, the discriminative capacity of his intellect gets dried up. IV-22-3062) Attachment to objects –II By a continued pre –occupation with wealth and other sensuous objects, a man loses the real human fulfillment. He is also deprived of the spiritual knowledge and experience which give prominence in life. IV-22-2363) Serving holy men Serving the holy persons is a door to liberation. Association with persons interested in opposite sex is the entrance to hell. Holy men are those who are peaceful, even- sighted, never angered and friends of all. V-5-2
  15. 15. 64) Leave off sex dominated life As long as a man is negligent in attaining life’s purpose and thus unaware of the nature of Self, he will continue to see delight in the sex-dominated life and will be subject to sufferings. V-5-765) Removing ego The knot of the ego can be removed by seeing the Lord’s presence everywhere, by knowledge gained through practice and pursuit of the path with perseverance and effort. V-5-1366) Dream- A clue A person who is not able to grasp the unreality of the waking experience of worldly happiness by applying the analogy of a dream will not be able to learn even from the teachings of the Vedas (Scriptures). V-11-367) Company of holy men Without bathing oneself in the dust of the feet of holy men, one cannot obtain enlightenment through any other means like austerity, sacrifices, taking monkhood, study of scriptures or worship of various deities. V-12-1268) Company of holy men One can cross the never ending path of sansara and attain the Lord by cutting off one’s infatuation with the world with the sword of knowledge obtained by cultivating the company of holy men and detachment. V-12-1669) Beware of death
  16. 16. How wonderful is the Lord’s play that we refuse to see death while all around us people die. See how, even immediately after consigning their father or son to ashes, men want to enjoy by doing all prohibited acts. V-18-370) A universal prayer May all the world be happy! May the wicked people be pleased and in peace! May all people pray for mutual good! May the minds of all of us flow spontaneously toward the Lord, free from the promptings of material desires. V-18-971) Criterion for visiting a place Wherever Lord’s glories are never sung, where holy men solely dependent on the Lord do not live and wherever God’s worship and celebrations do not take place, one should never visit such a place, even if it is the heaven. V-19-2472) Seek refuge in the Lord Lord! Truly you fulfill the worldly desires of those people who pray for them but it is of no use as the latter’s desires never get exhausted. But You yourself grant refuge at your feet to those who do not seek any boons from you. V-19-2773) Glory of holy company A sinner can never get purified totally by means of austerities etc., as by serving the devotees of the Lord and dedicating his entire life to Him. VI-1-1674) Glories of Lord
  17. 17. If a person’s mind is inclined to repeat the same sin again and again, even after performing expiatory rituals for a particular sin, it is of no use. Singing the glories of the Lord is the only way to totally uproot the sin along with its tendency to repeat it. VI-2-1275) Real devotees The messengers of the Lord of death can never dare approach those devotees with equal vision who have surrendered themselves to the Lord and are always protected by the weapons of God. VI-3-2776) Riches - cause of woes Lord never grants to the persons totally devoted to Him any of the riches available in all three worlds as these riches are the cause of enemity, fear, worry, pride, conflict and other worries. VI-11-2277) Company of holy men Lord, I do not mind being entangled in the cycle of birth and death provided you ensure that I have always the company of your holy devotees. But Lord, do not put me ever in the company of those people whose minds are steeped in their own body, son, life-partner and houses. VI-11-2778) Use your body well After great difficulty, while wandering in various births as a result of past actions luckily the human body has been obtained. It is for us to use this precious body either as a gateway to the heaven or to liberation or to the lower strata of animals. VII-13-24
  18. 18. 79) How should a house holder live – I A wise householder who is satisfied with what he has, though detached from the body and his house, should behave outwardly like a common man who is attached to the world. VII-14-580) How should a house holder live – II One should never involve himself in the matters of running one’s house but freely assent to all the suggestions offered by the parents, sons, brothers, friends etc. VII-14-681) A realised self The waking, dream and sleeping states of a man are all the places where the soul wanders during the cosmic dream of the Supreme Self. They are all projections of Maya. One should know that one is the transcendental Self who is the witness of all these states. VI-16-5482) You are divine When the soul forgets its identification with the Supreme Lord and considers itself as different, it becomes subject to the cycle of birth and death. VI-16-5783) Cease all activities People do various activities with the sole intention of release from sorrows and for attaining happiness. However, in actual practices, they fail to achieve their objective. VI-16-6084) Lord’s will paramount
  19. 19. Things lost on the way are found to be well- preserved. Things securely kept in thehouse gets destroyed when He wills so. Even a person lost alone in the forest livesby the Grace of God while he perishes even in the security of the house. Lord’s willbe done.VII-2-4085) Practise from early childhoodThe human birth is extremely rare but precious though impermanent. One shouldstart adopting the path of devotion to God even from one’s childhood. (Teachmeditation/yoga to your children.)VII-6-186) Deluded householdersThe householder who spends his lifetime looking after his family never getsdisgusted with it though he suffers from all kinds of miseries. He refuses tounderstand how such a deluded life is suicidal to his own interests.VII-6-1487) How to develop love for GodSome of the methods of developing intense love and devotion for the Lord are: -Serving one’s master (Guru) with sincere devotion, surrendering all possessions tothe Lord, association with devotees and saints and worshipping the Lord by prayingto Him mentally.VII-7-3088) How to please GodGod is pleased only by pure and intense Love. Charity, austerities, sacrifice, vows,purity and all else is only a self-deception. (But the latter will help you initially topurify the mind and so are necessary but they are rendered futile if lacking in loveof God.)VII-7-5289) A prayer
  20. 20. Oh Lord, it is only a child’s play for you to redeem the people entangled in theworld. Your Grace will have meaning only when they fell on undeserving fools ratherthan those who deserve it by serving your devotees.VII-9-4290) Spiritual practiceLord, may my speech be utilized to extol your glories, my ears in hearing them, myhands in serving you, my mind glued to your holy feet, my head in prostrating to theworld where you reside and my eyes in seeing your devotees who are verily yourembodiment.X-10-3891) Easy way to liberationThe devotee who awaits and prays for Lord’s Grace, only submits to his destinywhich is a result of his past deeds. The one who is surrendering his heart, speechand body to the Lord becomes automatically entitled for liberation.X-14-892) Control the desireHappiness lies in being content with whatever one gets. A person who has no controlon his mind will continue to be dissatisfied even if he were to be bestowed with theriches of all the worlds.VIII-19-2493) Search for God insideWhat crass ignorance of people! Knowing the Lord to be the self of all andthemselves as one with the transcendental Supreme being, people search for Godoutside.X-14-2794) A selfless prayer
  21. 21. Lord, I do not desire for either liberation or immense mystic powers. Grant me thatI shall abide in the hearts of all human beings, suck away and experience all theirsorrows and miseries myself and thus spare them from all sufferings.IX-21-1295) A prayerOh Supreme Lord! All the great holy men and gods take the dust of your feet foreradicating the darkness of their ignorance. If your Grace does not fall on me nowI shall continue to seek you and leave my body through fasting in every birth, evenif it were to take hundreds of births more till you are compelled to relent andaccept me.X-52-4396) Dedicate to LordWhatever actions a person performs with his body, speech, mind senses, intellectand due to natural tendencies, all of them should be dedicated to the Lord.XI-2-3697) How to get rid of fearWhenever we fail to see the unity of all objects and the subject but seemultiplicity of objects, it will give rise to fear. The one, who moves away from theLord, loses the awareness of his true Self. This is all due to the delusive power ofthe Lord. This can be overcome by worshipping the Lord who is present in all thebeings and also appears as the Guru (master).XI-2-3798) Why to control the mind –IThough, in reality, they have no existence of their own, the objects would seem toexist apart from the seer like the contents of a dream. As the world is animagination of the mind one should try to control the mind, in order to wake up tothe Reality.XI-2-38
  22. 22. 99) How to control the mind –IIIn order to control the mind one should move about without any attachment to theworldly objects, consistently chanting and hearing the names and glories of theSupreme Lord.XI-2-39100) Devotion to GodBy practicing the path of love and devotion to the Lord one can get simultaneouslythree things viz; Intense love for God, detachment from worldly objects and theexperience of God’s presence at all times.XI-2-42101) Who is the best devotee –IA person who does not react to the objects of senses either with revulsion or joy,considering them all as part of Lord’s power of delusion and temptation, is the bestamong devotees.XI-2-48102) Who is the best devotee –IIA person who, due to the constant feeling of the presence of the Lord is notdeluded and overpowered by the common failings of the world viz.death, hunger,fear, greed etc. is the best among the devotees.XI-2-49103) Who is the best devotee –IIIHe, in whose mind there is no possibility of any desire arising and who is solelydependent on the Lord is the best among the devotees.XI-2-50104) Who is the best devotee –IV
  23. 23. He who is not proud of his high birth, great deeds, caste or his station in life(celibate. monk etc.) is the dearest to the Lord.XI-2-51105) Who is the best devotee –VHe who has no feeling of ‘I’ or ‘mine’ with regard to his body or wealth, treats allbeings with equal kindness and love and who is ever peaceful is the best of thedevotees of the Lord.XI-2-52106) Who is the best devotee –VIHe who is not prepared to leave the Lord’s feet even for a fraction of a second andis not tempted by the wealth and resources of all the three worlds is the foremostamong the devotees of the Lord.XI-2-53107) Seek a good masterThe one who is concerned about his spiritual welfare should seek the guidance of amaster who has had a direct experience of the Supreme being and is well-versed inscriptures.XI-3-21108) Spiritual practice (Sadhana) - IFirst one should give up the mental attachment to the objects of the senses andcultivate the company of holy men. He should also treat his fellow beings withcompassion, friendliness and courtesy as considered appropriate.XI-3-23109) Spiritual practice (Sadhana) – IIOne should cultivate purity, austerity, forbearance, silence, study of scriptures,straightforwardness, continence and non –violence.XI-3-24
  24. 24. 110) Spiritual practice (Sadhana) – IIIOne should learn to feel the presence of the Supreme Being everywhere, besatisfied with whatever he gets and live in solitude.XI-3-25111) Spiritual practice (Sadhana) – IVOne should have friendship with those persons for whom Lord is their way of lifeand serve all great people, saints and fellow-beings.XI-3-29112) A prayerIn this era called ‘Kali yuga’, the prayer is this: - Oh Supreme being, you are capableof turning defeat into success. You fulfill all desires of devotees, dispel theirsorrows and protect them. You are the source of holiness and are the boat forredeeming the struggling souls. I bow to your holy feet.XI-5-33113) A lesson from the earthHowever much distracted by other beings a wise man will not allow himself to moveaway from his chosen path. This is the lesson learned from the unmoving MotherEarth.XI-7-37114) A lesson from the oceanThe ocean does not either overflow or gets dried up irrespective of the flow ofwater from the rivers. Similarly a person devoted totally to the Lord remainsunaffected regardless of his prosperity or poverty.XI-8-6115) A lesson from the fish
  25. 25. Just as the fish seeks its own death by being tempted by the hook baited withmeat, a person who is unable to contain the temptations of his palate and to refrainfrom seeking tasty dishes seeks to commit a spiritual suicide.XI-8-19116) A lesson from the childAn aspirant should be indifferent to insult or honour and free from all caresrelating to the house and his family, like a child who is in content with his own Self.(Become like a child and the doors of the heaven will be open to thee.)XI-9-3117) Holy company – a way to GodThe Lord cannot be won over so easily with yoga, philosophical enquiry, virtuousconduct, expertise in scriptures, austerities, renunciation, and philanthropical actsetc.as with the association of holy men which bestows detachment from all objects.XI-12-1 &2118) Final truthOne should look at this world as a false projection of the mind as it is transient andfast changing. It is the one Supreme Consciousness which has assumed the diverseforms of objects of the world and also appears in the three states of waking, sleepetc.XI-13-14119) How to be happyFrom all the directions happiness pours on a person who is self–controlled, who isfree from the sense of all possessions and whose entire mind is happy withthoughts of God alone.XI-14-13120) Mind – The key to life
  26. 26. The mind of a person thinking of worldly objects gets attached to them. Similarlythe mind thinking of the Lord continuously will get dissolved in Him.XI-14-27121) Characteristics of a sageA spiritually advanced person should neither take offence nor give offence toanybody. He should tolerate all impertinent comments and should never insultanother.XI-18-31122) How should we liveA person should do his work all the time remembering God mentally, with his entireheart and mind surrendered to Him and full of love for the disciplines imposed onthe path of devotion.XI-21-9123) How to make the mind pureBy going on looking at all beings as the Lord Himself, the impurities of the mind i.e.jealousy, competition, contempt etc. along with the ego will all vanish.XI-29-15124) The present eraIn this era called ‘Kali Yuga’ (the era of conflicts) the scriptures will be distortedby hypocrites, the kings will live on their subjects and all the scholars will be intenton the satisfaction of sex and stomach.XII-3-32125) Characteristic of the best literatureIt is that literary work which is attractive, beautiful and looks new every time andis capable of drying up all miseries and unhappiness, where Lord’s glories areextolled.
  27. 27. XII-12-49 126) Hymn of praise Salutations to the transcendental Lord, singing whose glories is sufficient to destroy all our sins and surrender to whom dispels all sorrows. XII-13-23  ***

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