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Post by Sarveswara on Thu Feb 07, 2008 2:59 pm


The mind, it has been said, is the cause of one's bondage or liberation. Bad thoughts beget bondage. Good thoughts lead to liberation. Hence, everyone should develop good thoughts and perform good deeds. Such good feelings can arise only out of love. Today all man's actions are governed by mundane desires. To achieve liberation man has to go beyond the vagaries of the mind. He should follow the Inner Voice.
- Divine Discourse, October 7, 1997
To get close to God you have to go beyond the mind. To have control over the mind is the mark of wisdom. To seek to achieve proximity to God you have to develop devotion. Millions of people all over the world are seeking God-Realization. But all their efforts are at the mental level. They have to go beyond the mind to realize the Divine, who is the Embodiment of Truth-Wisdom-Omnipotence...They have to recognize the supreme importance of keeping the mind under control.
[i]- Divine Discourse, October 7, 1997.
The mind is subject to varying moods - sorrow or joy, anger or fear, love or hate. For all the diseases arising from the mind, the basic causes are two - Raaga and Dhvesha (attachment and aversion). The mind is filled with these twofold feelings. Consequently, it tends to forget its basic human nature. The mind in this state considers the six basic enemies of man - lust, hatred, delusion, greed, envy and pride - as virtues. These six vices can poison a person's entire being. He then forgets his inherent divinity and ceases to be human; he is a victim of infamy. But a person filled with good feelings enjoys peace and happiness.
- Divine Discourse, October 7, 1997.


Though man is endowed with Buddhi (intelligence), he is not able to master the senses. One should understand the great significance of human life, which is superior to that of all other species. Because of the body consciousness, man is forgetting his inherent divinity. You study a great deal about Prakrithi (Nature) and worldly things, and lead an artificial life, without realizing that the heart is the seat of Divinity. If you allow bad feelings to enter the heart, it will be polluted and the Divine will have no place therein.
- Divine Discourse, May 20, 1993.

Devotion should be the unified expression of love for God, action in the service of God and total surrender to the will of God. These are intertwined like the braid of a woman's tresses. Bhakthi (devotion), Upaasana (worship) and Jnaana (awareness of the Self) together demonstrate the Oneness of the Divine. This truth is common to all religions.
- Divine Discourse, December 18, 1994.

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