What is god to your existence is godly to you, and God is good. Sree Sree Thakur Anukul Chandra.
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Introduction
In the hope that the ideas and thoughts expressed in the English version of Satyanusaran, now offered to the English- speaking public, may be rightly understood by those who may never have heard of Pabna Satsang, this brief note about its Life-Centre Thakur Anukulchandra and how and why he wrote the book, is given.

 

In the year 1910 in the jungles of North Bengal a young Indian, Atul Bhattacharya wended his way through the mass of bamboo clumps, jungle grass, mango and acacia trees that crowded up along the banks of the Padma. He was heading for a small village called Himaitpur. Nothing in particular distinguished Himaitpur's group of bamboo-thatched huts with their mud floors and narrow winding pathways from any of the other thousands of backward villages sprinkled over North Bengal at the time of the century. But instead of the sluggish, almost stagnant, life so characteristic of Indian villages at that time, Himaitpur rang with discussions on Life and Creation, with singing and dancing in love with Life and God.

 

Atul Babu was filled with a mixture of relief and impatience; relieved of his day's work at the steamer station in Kustia, impatient to be again with the source of this joyous love and life—a man in his early twenties called Anukulchandra. As he hurried along, he thought of the times when jungle grasses were trampled down and the youth Anukul, with people from the neighbourhood gathered around, would sit and talk. The young man's large and loving eyes would flash with enthusiasm as he talked in rough-hewn phrases of the Truth and God he knew. His replies to questions came from his own experience, not from theories or ideas he had read of. They were descriptions of sensations and feelings that he had—so immediate, so real, expressed with such faith and sureness that one and all were wonder-struck. And then suddenly the conversations would glide into singing and dancing. The youth's enthusiasm proved contagious. Even those of little faith would be attracted. Soon the little group would grow as songs and stories rang through the jungle.

 

As Atul remembered the way the life of deadening, hopeless drifting in the neighbourhood around Himaitpur had been turned into one of faith and purpose solely by the inspiring example of the youth Anukul; as he thought of the times he had seen the young man distributing medicine to the poor, the stories of his miraculous cures, of the unquestioning obedient devotion which Anukul had for his Mother (so deep and unquestioning that many suspected his sanity); as Atul thought of all this, it seemed small wonder that more and more people were bowing down at Anukulchandra's feet and calling him Thakur or Lord, even as Atul did.

 

What gave to Thakur that charm, that winning way? What gave him that boundless energy that made men swear he was in several different places at the same time? And above all, Atul asked himself—where and how did Thakur, who had never even finished the village school, get such a continual and overpowering joy out of living? He vowed he would again ask Thakur to write down the ideas he had gained from his experience so that he and others might find help.

 

Due to the insistence of Atul Babu, Anukulchandra, or Sree Sree Thakur as he was called by those who found in him a Guide and Master, jotted down in a little school-boy's note-book his thoughts and ideas—the sign-posts that had aided him in the Pursuit of Truth.

 

Atul was transferred to another station. Thakur was busy with the curing of the ills in body and mind and the note-book was forgotten.

 

Years rolled by. Thakur's joy and love for life grew and grew until it seemed that men caught fire from merely being in his presence. He would mingle intimately with thieves and drunkards, and the sure touch of his love would remould and build them into new ways and new life. In drug addicts, prostitutes, the mad and the mean—in every corner of human filth and degradation—Thakur's sureness and sincerity worked its miracle of reformation. Men would bow at his feet and call him Lord, but laughing in his childlike way, he would begin to talk of other things.

His fame spread, and thousands came from distant places. Stories of wonders abounded. Many were greedy for painless, immediate cures for diseases of body and mind, for panaceas for all the problems of life. They came and saw and left—filled with disappointment and criticism. Others, overwhelmed with a desire for peace and a willingness to look deeply, stayed and talked. As they poured out their thoughts to his sympathetic ear and received answers that brought solace and peace to their hearts, they turned into followers.

 

One Birendranath Roy, who had found new meaning and understanding through Thakur, found the small school-boy's notebook that had lain so long forgotten among Thakur's things. Birenda had it published in Calcutta in a small booklet and called it "Satyanusaran" or In Pursuit of Truth. The simplicity and directness with which it pointed out the pitfalls and dangers, the guideposts and the scenery along that road quickly gained for it a place of affection among the growing number of followers.

 

Time passed; the youth Anukulchandra became the man, Sree Sree Thakur—friend and counsellor to businessmen and politicians; admired and respected by thieves and saints, political terrorists and government officials. His deep and apparently universal personality seemed indeed to be a place where contradicting claims and interests could find a common meeting ground. He was the Master-friend and Lord to many many thousands of men, women and children who in increasing numbers found in him a never-failing source of guidance, new hope and faith in a world that was disintegrating.

No longer was Thakur free to play and dance and sing. Men of varying backgrounds, talents and troubles had come with their families to stay. In the search for means to support the families, ways to educate the children, new and more creative activity to ward off the poverty, disease and suffering that seemed to be ever-growing, the jungles were cleared and permanent buildings were raised. Electricity to light the homes and run machines was installed. Tubewell and other sanitary facilities were introduced. A school that prepared the students in half the usual time was started and a laboratory for the research and development of new medicines was built. New ways for bringing integration of the individual and the community were revealed. The little cluster of bamboo-thatched huts called Himaitpur had become a community—a thriving, dynamic synthesis of religion and science, education and industry—called Pabna Satsang. And in the centre of this swirling activity; driving, inspiring and guiding; acquainted with each detail, familiar with the hidden secrets and longings of every heart was Sree Sree Thakur, the Guide and Master-friend.

 

During all those years of experimenting, inquiring and creating, and amidst the many publications that came from the Satsang Press giving in ever greater detail, the solutions and suggestions of Sree Sree Thakur, the popularity of that little booklet written by the youth Anukul many years before endured and grew; for it contained the essence and the basis upon which those many followers were attempting to mould and build their lives.

 

The Second World War came and with it came a few young men from America to visit Sree Sree Thakur. They too were ready to hear his call to Life. His positive faith that accepted the best of science and made it glow; that brought them purpose, hope and harmony in a faithless world, that faced evasion, weakness and sin with strength and fortitude; this faith was food and drink to them. His childlike smile, his beautiful loving eyes and rich sense of humour were as appealing and soothing to Americans as they had been to Indians. Some remaining long enough to find solutions for immediate problems returned to America with the memory of an oasis in a world of bitterness. Others, inspired by his urge to give recklessly of love and truth, remained to follow him in the Pursuit of Truth.
In the years since the War, the unavailing search the world over for security and a positive faith has given way to either despair or wishful dreams of utopias. In the belief that a restatement in words simple, clear and inspiring, of those universal fundamental principles by which we as individuals and communities and nations must attempt to live, if we are to survive may be as eagerly welcomed by others as it has been by thousands already, that little booklet written more than forty years ago has been translated into English.

 

Because it is a translation, some of the direct and inspiring simplicity of the original Bengali has unfortunately been lost. That so much remains is due mainly to the understanding, patience and untiring effort of Thakur's eldest son, Amarendranath Chakravorty, whose life of devotion to his father has brought in him a tolerance, understanding and compassion that has been an inspiration to many others to follow Sree Sree Thakur.

Amidst the growing chaos of our times this little volume written by the youth Anukul nearly half a century ago is therefore offered to the English-speaking world. May some find the simple and inspiring description of the Pursuit of Truth an answer to the dumb, insistent hankerings in their hearts. May it awaken in them the urge to join in that pursuit. And as He leads us forward from our despair to the summits of faith where the air is clear and the sun shines bright, may we find our steps have brought us to that kingdom of Heaven that is within.

 

 
Ray Archer Hauserman Jr.
7. 1. 50
SATSANG
B-Deoghar, S. P.
Bihar, India
 
 
 
Preface

Atulchandra Bhattacharya was one of the dearest devotees of Sree Sree Thakur Anukulchandra, the Supreme Love. His employment was to take him away from Pabna, where he was posted as station-master at the Bajitporeghat steamer station. So on the eve of the impending painful separation from his Beloved, he felt extremely distressed and prayed with tears of love that Thakur with His own hand write down messages to guide him and keep him ever-inspired with divine thought currents. This was in the Bengali year 1316 (1910 A.D.) when Thakur was only twenty-two years old. Then in one spontaneous outpouring, in the course of one night, Sree Sree Thakur wrote down these messages unfolding everlasting life and light. The prayer of the devotee had ushered into the world the benign flow of a celestial stream that would enliven him along with every other human soul through the ages.

 

Since the Bengali year 1325 (1918 A.D.) these supreme messages have been made available as the book called Satyanusaran (The Pursuit of Truth). In 1950 A. D. it was translated into English by the publisher, with the assistance of R. A. Hauserman. In the presence of Sree Sree Thakur, the translation was read out, discussed and compared with the Bengali by the publisher, Krishna Prasanna Bhattacharya, Sarat Chandra Halder, Prafulla Kumar Das, Nani Gopal Chakraborty, E. J. Spencer, R. A. Hauserman and others; and it received Sree Sree Thakur's approval.

 

The degeneration of humanity began at that moment when the unseen God was made infinite and, ignoring the Seers, the worship of Their Sayings began.

 

Oh Mankind! if you desire to invoke your good, forget sectarian conflict. Be regardful to all the past Prophets. Be attached to your living Master or God and take only those who love Him as your own. Because all the past Prophets are consummated in the divine Man of the present.

 

 Sri Sri Thakur

 

 Oh, you who would devotees be
            with hope for name and riches,
don’t make me your Lord and Master.
Beware! If mastery within
                                          awakens not,—
Master, Centre—none you have,
and deceiving, you shall be deceived.
 
 
 
 
 
 
SATYANUSARAN
 

First of all, we must wage war on weakness. We must be bold and brave; for weakness is sin incarnate! Drive it away at once—this depressing, blood-sucking vampire! Say—you are bold, the offspring of Might; believe—you are a son of Father the Supreme! Before all else, be daring, be sincere. Then it is clear you have the right to enter the kingdom of heaven.

 

With the least weakness you cannot be truly sincere, and so long as your thoughts and words do not agree, the dirt within shall not be touched.

 

Once word and thought become alike, the dirt cannot collect within. The hidden rubbish floats up in words and sin cannot remain within.

 

Failure need not be weakness; to fail to try is weakness. If despite your all‑out effort in anything, you fail to succeed, no harm; carry on; don’t stop ! That unblemished effort must carry you toward the goal.

 

Weak minds are always suspicious. They can never trust. Their faith has been lost; so they are generally sickly, tricky, sensually inclined. For them, all of life is a burning. Ultimately joy and sorrow are dissolved in despair. What is pleasure, what is pain, they cannot differentiate. If asked, they sigh, “What’s the difference!” Ever restless, their lives deteriorate in dullness.

 

Love and regard has no place in the weak heart. To be anxious about one’s own distress, suffering or death on seeing that of others and to be broken, bewildered and distraught thereby is weakness. But the eyes of those who are strong are always seeking for a remedy in everything they do and in such a way that no one is shattered while in that condition. To find the remedy with love, as did Lord Buddha, is the sign of a courageous heart.

 

Say not you are timid! Say not you are a coward! Say not you are evil-minded! Look towards Father! Speak fervently, “Oh, I am Your son. Within me there is no more dullness, no more weakness. I am no longer a coward! Never again forgetting You will I run towards hell with my back towards Your light crying, ‘Darkness, darkness, darkness’ !”

 

 
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Repent, but see that you have not to repent again.
When you will be repentant for your misdeeds, at that very moment you will be pardoned by the Supreme Father, and you will understand it by the heavenly consolation you find in your heart. That will make you courteous, peaceful and cheerful.
It should be understood that he who repents but commits the same blunder again, must fall soon into deadening misery.

 

To repent in words only is not repentance at all. It is rather an obstruction to feeling repentance at heart. When real repentance comes, all its signs express themselves in varying degrees.
 
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Almost all the miseries men have in the world come from the addiction to ‘Kamini‑kanchan’ (women and gold). It is better to remain as far away as possible from these two.
Lord Ramakrishna enjoined on everyone to remain far, far, far away from Kamini‑kanchan.
If ‘Kam’ (lust) be dropped from ‘Kamini’, ‘ini’ (she) becomes Ma. Poison becomes elixir. And Ma is always Mother—never ‘Kamini’.
To add ‘gi’ to Ma is catastrophe. Beware! Don’t lose thyself taking Ma as ‘Magi’ (fallen woman).
Everyone’s Mother is the Mother of the world. Every woman is another form of one’s own Mother. Think in this fashion.
If filial thoughts be not heartfelt, one should not touch women. The farther away from them one remains, the better. Not to look upon their faces is better yet.
He who only wails, “My passion and pride do not go, do not go”, will find they never go. One should become habituated to those activities and thoughts which have no scent of pride and passion; then the mind forgets them.
If thoughts of passion and pride do not arise in the mind, how can they show up? The way out is to remain always absorbed in higher thoughts and activities.
Investigation into the science of creation, mathematics and chemistry controls lust.
Any kind of enticing conversation on ‘Kamini‑kanchan’ can bring attraction for them. So, the farther one stays away from such talks, the better.
 
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Contraction is dejection. Expansion is delight. There is a lack of happiness in that which brings weakness and fear in the heart and that is grief.
Desire unfulfilled is misery. Don’t expect anything. Be prepared for every situation. What can grief do to you?
Nobody is miserable by nature. If one wishes, he can drive it out.
Pray to the Supreme Father:
             “Thy will is good.
          I don’t know what
             will make me good.
             Let Thy will be
             fulfilled in me.”
And be ready to accept that. Joy will remain and sorrow will not touch you.
Be not the cause of another’s grief; none will be the cause of your grief.
Misery and happiness are both modes of mind. To lack the thoughts and deeds befitting the desire is misery. You may serve the world in a thousand ways, but you cannot destroy its misery until the sense of inadequacy be removed from the heart. Dharma alone can do that.
 
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If you want to prosper in ‘Sadhana’ (avowed activity), give up hypocrisy.
With the hope of getting a good name from others, the hypocrite mainly deceives himself and due to his little faith, he deprives himself of the real gift of others.
You may speak volumes, but you can never find real happiness unless you become truly elevated.
The inner feeling does not come out in the words of hypocrites; so their faces remain cold even with words of joy. What can words do ? The spirit does not throb within the heart.
The sea of bliss is bitter‑salty to the hypocrite. Though he goes to the ocean, he cannot quench his thirst.
The simple man, like a swallow, has eyes turned upwards. The hypocrite, like a vulture, has eyes always downward. Be little, no matter, but keep your eyes turned upward. What is the use of being big, but like a vulture with eyes always looking down from on high?
Be not a hypocrite! Don’t be deceived and don’t deceive others.
 
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This is very true: whenever the tendency grows to see another’s fault, then that fault has made its home in you. Then and there, without delay that evil tendency should be smashed and swept away! Then you are safe. Otherwise, all will be destroyed.
If your eyes see only others’ evil, you will never be able to love anyone. And he who cannot see truth, can never be true.
Your eyes will be as unclouded as your mind and so clear the world will appear before you.
At first, try with all your might to find good in what you see, and breed this habit in your very bones!
If your tongue be always slanderous—unable to speak good of others, never pass an opinion on anyone. Try within to hate your own habit and grimly determine to be rid of that hell of slander in the future.
To vilify others is to defile oneself with their defects. To speak good of others makes one’s own nature good unconsciously.
But one should not praise others with a selfish motive. That is flattery. Generally, in such cases, thoughts and words do not agree. This is very bad and the faculty to express one’s independent opinion is lost thereby.
 
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The stay of all existence is Dharma, and He is the Supreme Fulfiller.
Dharma never becomes many. It is always one. There is no variety of it.
Views may be many—even as many as there are people. Still, Dharma cannot be many.
In my opinion, to speak of Hindu Dharma, Christian Dharma, Mohamme-dan Dharma, Buddhist Dharma, etc. is wrong; rather, they are so many views.
In fact, there is no opposition in the views—different views, the same way—feeling One in many forms.
Each faith is for the expansion of avowed activity. That can be in many forms and as much as is gained by the expansion, so much the realization—wisdom. So Dharma is based upon realization—to be ‘real’ in nature.
 
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If you long for good, give up conceit of knowledge. Listen to everyone and do whatever helps to expand your heart.
No other passion creates such a hindrance to knowledge as does conceit of knowledge.
If you want to teach, think not you are a teacher only. “I am a teacher”: this ‘teach‑conceit’ hinders one from learning.
As far away as you keep pride, so far your vision or wisdom expands.
When the ego dissolves, then and there the soul becomes the possessor of all qualities—the Absolute.
 
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If you go with pride to examine a true Master, a loving Sage or Saint, you will only see yourself in Him and will come away deceived.
The test is to feel blessed in the Grace of a true Master by approaching Him without prejudice or preconception, with a loving heart, humility and as little pride as possible.
He can never be tested on the touchstone of pride, but as if torn by the horns of a ram, He can be rent into pieces by real humility.
As the sparkle of a diamond which remains in coal and dirt can only be seen after thorough cleansing, so also, He Who lives in society as an ordinary man, can illumine the world with His sparkle only by the washings of love. The lover alone can know Him; so keep the company of lovers and worshippers of Existence. He must manifest Himself.
A proud man can examine a proud man. How can he fathom one whose pride is dissolved? He is as strange and queer to him as a wise man is to a stark illiterate.
 
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After taking the shelter of a true Master, think independently and express your own opinions respectfully. Reading books, don’t become like a book. But try to breed its essence in your bones. “Pull the husk to draw the seed.”
Don’t pass any opinion on or give up anything after only superficial study. No real knowledge is gained about a thing until it has been seen thoroughly, and what opinion can you give if you have no knowledge about it ?
Whatever you do, try to see the truth in it. To see the truth in a thing means to know how it exists, and that is wisdom.
About the things you do not know give no advice to others.
 
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If you are unable to give up your defect even after knowing it, do not ruin others by supporting it in any way.
If you be good yourself, thousands of people will be good seeing your example. If you be bad, you will find no one to sympathize with you in your distress because being bad, you have made your environment bad.
Know this for certain: you are responsible for the present and future—of yourself, your family, your environment and your country.
It is not right to start any activity with hope for name and honour. But to the extent you do any work unselfishly name and honour must serve you.
What is done for the self is selfish. What is done for others is selflessness. Merely to ask nothing for self or others is not selflessness.
Give away! Desire nothing for yourself, and you will see that everything is becoming yours.
 
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Try to give others as you desire to have. To proceed with this understanding much is enough. Everyone will like you and love you spontaneously.
Being just, try to make everyone happy in an honest way. You will find that many are trying to make you happy. Be careful—don’t try to make anyone happy at the cost of your ‘self’; then your troubles will know no end.
 
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Work on, but be not enslaved. If a change of circumstances brings an undesirable change in your heart, know for certain you have enslaved yourself with your work.
Do not be confined by any kind of prejudice. Except those of the Supreme Father, all prejudices are bonds.
Your fate is what is just beyond the range of your vision and knowledge—the not‑seen, the not-known—hence is fate as you say.
Throw off your proud, stupid, Satan ‘I’. Move on the will of the Supreme Father. Fate can do nothing. The will of the Supreme Father is fate.
In your every condition just try to understand His blissful will. You will see, grief can’t touch you; rather, strength will come in your heart and even in sorrow you will find bliss.
Don’t break down thinking about fate. Work on ! Don’t be idle ! For just as you work, so is your fate unfurled to your vision. The doer of good never fares ill. He gets his rewards sooner or later.
With eyes on the Supreme Father, work on ! His will is fate. Don’t sit foolishly making fate anything else. Many
people leave their rudder, sit nonplussed and think they are without a destiny. Having no reliance, they ultimately pass their whole lives in distress. That is foolishness.
When your ‘you’ leaves, fate is finished. Then there is no seeing, so no unseen.
 
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Move forward ! But don’t try to measure how far you have gone, lest you fall back again.
Feel, but be not overwhelmed, lest you be unable to proceed. If overwhelmed you must be, be so with love for God.
Serve as much as you are able. But take care you have no desire to be served.
Request, but do not seek to order.
Never speak ill of others, but indulge in no untruth.
Be patient, but in being so, don’t become an idle procrastinator.
Be swift, but don’t spoil everything by your unwise annoyance.
Be brave, but not like a tiger or bear—cruel.
Be firmly resolved, but do not become obstinate.
Bear all yourself. Help him who cannot bear; hate him not but encourage and sympathize.
Be miserly to praise yourself, but for others be lavish.
First embrace him with whom you are angry, invite him to eat in your own home, send gifts, and until you can speak to him with an open heart, pray with repentance for his good to God; for from hatred you will gradually become narrow, and narrowness is sin.
If anyone do an injustice to you and you must at all take revenge, behave with him in such a way that it may make him repentant. There is no revenge like that repentance—the fire made of husks. It is blissful to both.
Do not abolish friendship; otherwise, in your distress you will get neither sympathy nor consolation.
Even if your friend be dishonest, do not give him up; rather, give up his company if necessary. But with affection in your heart help him in his distress and danger, in thought, word and deed. And embrace him when you find he has become repentant.
If your friend has gone astray and
you do not try to bring him back, or if
you give him up, its punishment will not forsake you either.
Do not spread scandal about your friend. Don’t speak ill of him in any way. But also, do not indulge him in any of his faults.
Be not arrogant to a friend, but punish him with love and affectionate dignity.
Bear no expectation from a friend, but receive with love whatever you may get. Give, but hope not for any return. For anything received, try to reciprocate.
 
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As long as you feel pain in your body and mind, keep trying to remove the pain of even an ant. If you don’t do this, who is there more deficient than you ?
If you get a slap on your face and can say, “Who is beating whom ?” then say that for another. Well and good. But beware! If you can’t think like this in your own case, don’t talk like this in the case of another.
If you become secular at the time of your own difficulties, don’t feign to be spiritual at the time of others’.
Rather, be spiritual at the time of your own difficulties and secular at that of others’; even such a pretension is good.
If you be a man, you’ll laugh at your own grief and weep at that of others.
If you dislike your own death, never say ‘die’ to others.
 
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Laugh, but not in ridicule.
Weep, not from self‑addiction but from love, devotion.
Speak, but for neither self-aggrandizement nor fame.
Do not hide from a man any example of your character if it be beneficial to him.
Let your goodness roll out in deeds. But see that it does not come out in words.
Attach your inclination to good; you will become good unconsciously. Be absorbed in good ideas in your own way. Your feelings will bloom according to your aptitude.
As evil thoughts are revealed through eyes, words, dealings, behaviour etc., so too good thoughts express themselves in the same way.
 
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Be outspoken but sweet.
Consider before you speak, but having spoken, do not evade.
If you have spoken wrong, beware! Do not do wrong.
Speak the truth, but don’t bring destruction.
It is good to speak good, but better to think and feel it.
Surely it is better to speak enlivening words than deadening ones. But what is the use if they are not carried into action and feelings at the same time? The violin and guitar play well by the grace of the player but cannot feel anything themselves.
He who speaks much of realization but shows no indication of it froths only. All his big talks are imaginary.
The deeper you dive, the more unrecognizable you are.
As the pomegranate bursts open just as it ripens, so the honest thought within you when mature will burst forth of itself. You need not show it by words.
 
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Pursue only that whim which follows conscience—you must achieve bliss.
Merge yourself in expansion, but don’t be extinguished. Expansion is life ! Expansion is love !
The work which brings expansion or growth in the mind is honest work. That which brings superstition, prejudice, etc. in the mind—in a word, that which brings narrowness—is evil work.
Don’t do that work which makes your face gloomy when you speak of it to others. Usually, where there is concealment out of hatred, shyness or fear, there weakness is, there sin is.
Do that avowed activity which brings love in your heart, and don’t go near what brings cruelty, harshness and violence, even though temporarily profitable.
Though you have gained such powers that you can move the sun and the moon from their courses, can break the earth into pieces or make all people wealthy, but if you have no love in your heart, you have achieved nothing.
 
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Out for one don’t ask for ten. Try perfectly for the one; you shall get all.
Surely you will gain life in the manner in which you give it.
He who gives his life for love gains a life of love.
Be inspired by your purpose and with serene mind forbear all. Then only shall your purpose be fulfilled.
 
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Give your heart. You need never retreat.
Rely, and you shall never be frightened.
Believe. You shall master the world within.
Encourage, and try not to arouse fear.
Have patience, danger will be crossed over.
Be not vain. You shall not have to remain humiliated in the world.
Confess your fault in anguish before you are accused. You shall remain untarnished, an object of affection to the world.
Be restrained but fearless.
Be simple but not foolish.
Be obedient, but for that don’t be weak‑hearted.
Remain steady, but don’t become rigid.
Don’t pose as a holy man; try to become one.
Don’t compare yourself with a Great Soul, but try to follow Him always.
Call others ‘mine’ if there is love in you, not out of selfishness.
Just love before you speak of love.
 
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To be blind is unfortunate indeed but to be without a staff is even worse; for the staff does much of the eyes’ work.
Going to school only doesn’t make a student, and taking initiation only doesn’t make a disciple. The heart should always be kept open to carry out the orders of the Master or Teacher. Have firm faith within. Whatever He says must be done and that without objection or excuse— rather, with the greatest pleasure.
The student or disciple who gives his all in carrying out the orders of the Master with pleasure is never disappointed.
The disciple’s duty is to materialize the commands of his Master and to move on, taking Him as the Ideal.
Whenever you find that on getting any command from his Master the disciple is pleased and his face blooms, you will know that strength has come in his heart.
 
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Be on your guard and do not serve your Master through servants or by ordering anyone else. Don’t be deprived of bliss.
Disregard for children never appears in the mother’s heart because she cares for them with her own hands; hence her love is so great.
In serving the Master with one’s own hands pride becomes light, conceit goes away and love grows.
The Master is the materialized form of Bliss, and He is the Absolute.
One must take the Master as one’s own. When one thinks of mother, father, son etc., His face should also appear in the mind.
It is better to fear His love than His scolding—if I do any wrong, He will be pained in His heart.
Always try to follow Him. Obey carefully what He says, and try unceasingly to plant that by practice in your character. That is ‘sadhana’.
 
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Be zealous for self‑elevation and devote yourself to the Master or Truth. Be not attracted to what others are saying about you; otherwise, you will become attached to it and fail to have self‑elevation.
A selfish spirit often induces one to blame the Ideal, to doubt and to lose faith. Don’t look for faults in the Ideal from a selfish spirit and don’t doubt and don’t lose faith. If you do, there’ll be no self‑elevation.
But if being free of selfish spirit you find faults in a person, that person is no Ideal. Don’t follow him. If you do, there’ll be no self‑elevation.
He in whom infatuated pride, selfish thoughts, a lack of love exist is no Ideal. And he in whom doubt, faithlessness, and a selfish spirit exist is no follower.
Follow, without hesitation, Him who is the possessor of love. You shall surely achieve your good !
Follow only Him who tries by strength, skill or tact for the welfare of all created beings. You shall surely achieve your good!
Follow Him alone who doesn’t cause grief to anyone in any way, yet doesn’t indulge evil. You shall achieve your good!
 
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Don’t conceal anything in your heart from Him whom you have chosen as your Guide. To conceal is to disbelieve Him and that disbelief brings downfall. “The Guide is the Regulator of hearts.” If you believe it rightly, you will be unable to do evil. And if you have already done evil, you will confess it surely! But if you want to conceal, be sure that weakness has come in your heart and you are already attacked by disbelief. Be careful, or it may carry you far far away.
If you conceal, your true Guide will also hide Himself. If you express the thoughts in your heart—become open—then for sure He also will be open before you !
If, with the intention of concealing from your Guide, you use the trick: “You regulate my heart and you know everything”, you will fall and be surrounded by miseries.
Exchange of hearts is a sign of love. If you conceal your heart, it is sure, you possess selfish desires. You love Him only in words.
There is concealment in lust but there can be nothing concealed in love!
The true Guide has a light ego. He will never assert His own strength to you by Himself, and so will follow you according to your thought. This is the characteristic of a true Guide. If you really have a true Guide, whatever you do, no fear. You cannot be destroyed. Only keep prepared for sufferings.
 
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To be humble does not mean to be untidy.
Display does not imply eagerness. Rather, it is excessive unrestrained expectation of the heart.
Selfishness is not self‑dependence or independence, rather, its opposite. The more you serve people, the more you become the master of all they have.
To be spirited does not mean to be in a fury. Rather, it is firmness coupled with modesty.
A holy man is no magician; rather, a renunciator, a lover.
Does a devotee mean a fool? Rather, a wise man with humble pride.
To forbear does not mean to retreat, but to embrace with love.
 
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Pardon, but with the heart. Filled with rage, don’t forgive out of incapacity.
Do not judge and punish on your own. But place it wholeheartedly before the Supreme Father; that will be good.
If you punish anyone for his misdeed, surely the Supreme Father will mete out the punishment proportionately to you both.
Suffer for the Supreme Father, for the Truth; you will enjoy eternal peace.
Do dwell in Truth, try to forbear injustice and resist not what you have to forbear. You shall soon achieve good in the highest.
 
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If you have committed any sin, confess it in anguish. You shall be consoled soon.
Be careful ! Do not suppress nar­rowness or sin. If you do, it will increase gradually and quickly lead you to extreme degradation.
Whatever of evil you suppress within will increase.
 
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Give, but with humbleness and without expectation. Let the door of kindness in your heart be open.
To give, counting it to be kindness, is a patron of vanity.
Be grateful to Him who, as Master, receives your gift with humility to awaken the feeling of kindness in your heart.
Encourage, console, and sympathize with him to whom you give, feeling his grief. Then according to your ability, give with kindness.
Love will be achieved. Your gift will be effective.
The less you drum about your giving, the better. You will be saved from vanity.
Don’t refuse anyone who wants. Money, sympathy, encouragement, consolation, or sweet words: give any you can. The heart will become soft.
The desire for the good of others is the mother of one’s own good.
 
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It is better to die at toil than on the toilet.
He who speaks less and does more is a first class worker. He who does as he speaks is a second class worker. He who speaks more but does less is a third class worker, and he who, out of laziness, neither speaks nor does is of the worst type.
Run, but don’t pant, and watch you don’t stumble.
Should you feel aversion or anger in doing any work, know for sure, it is on the verge of failure.
Be ready against the difficulties that arise at the time of executing a work. Don’t be dissatisfied or impatient. Success will be your servant.
Try and don’t be gloomy; don’t be sorrowful! Success must come!
Delirium of distress is not a sign of the skilful.
Haughty brain and vain, pompous thoughts are both signs of unsuccess.
Gain success by avoiding or defeat­ing misfortune, and see that difficulties do not cheat you of success.
If neither joy nor sorrow hinders your movement, you shall without doubt reach your goal.
 
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Be wealthy, no harm. But be humble and charitable.
If a rich man be proud, he becomes downed with distress.
A rich man, arrogant and proud, generally lacks faith, and the doors of heaven do not open in his heart.
A proud rich man is a slave to impurities; so he ignores wisdom.
 
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Forgive, but do not harm by indulging.
Love, but be not addicted.
Love deeply, but mix not too familiarly.
Bubbling is not the sign of fullness. If you are contented and free from anxiety yourself, try for others.
The more the mind is overwhelmed by being attached to the cause of grief, the more will fear enter within and weaken the heart.
If you wish to be saved, have no fear—no weakness. Be absorbed in enlivening thoughts and deeds.
Addiction to evil begets fear, grief and sorrow.
Give up what is against existence. Have faith in ‘Sat’ (Sadguru). You shall be saved.
Be immersed in enlivening thoughts; enlivening deeds will be your helpers, and your surroundings, being enlivened, shall surely always save you.
 
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To know Dharma is to know the root cause of anything, and to know that is wisdom.
Attachment towards the Source is devotion, and wisdom is in proportion to the degree of devotion. Devotion and wisdom will be as much as is gained through that attachment.
As much as you are attached to a subject, so much wisdom do you have about that subject.
The purpose of life is to drive away want completely, and that is possible only by knowing the Cause.
Exhausted in Want, the mind seeks Dharma or the Supreme Being; otherwise not.
‘‘What will remove want, and how?’’ From this thought the question of the Supreme Being arises at last.
What upholds the existence of an object is Dharma. So long as that remains unknown, nothing is known exactly.
 
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The conception that cannot be affected or overwhelmed by contradictory conception is Faith.
If there be no faith, how can there be vision?
Work follows faith. As the faith, so the work.
Deep faith can do anything.
Believe! But beware that pride, impatience or irritation do not come in. You shall achieve what you want.
It is faith alone that can bring expansion and responsive consciousness. And doubt brings in sluggishness, irresponsiveness and depression.
Faith is above reason. If you have faith, all reasoning shall support you.
As you believe, so will reasoning and arguments support you.
 
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Feeling is the foundation of faith. Arguments and reason can never bring faith. The lighter the feeling the shallower the faith, the less the constancy.
Faith is beyond the range of intellect. Intellect is according to faith. There is ‘yes’ or ‘no’ in intellect— there is doubt. In faith, there is no ‘yes’ or ‘no’—there is no doubt.
The less the faith, the more undeveloped and blunt the intellect.
You may be a learned man; but if lacking in faith, surely you are no better than a gramophone record or an ox carrying a load of words.
He who has no unquivering faith has no realization. And how can he who has no realization be wise?
As much one’s realization, so much one’s vision and wisdom, and in wisdom is the firmness of faith.
If you don’t believe, you neither see nor realize, and if you see and realize, it ripens your faith.
 
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As is the Ideal in whom you place faith, so will your nature be formed and your vision too will be like that.
Follow the faithful. Love him. Faith will embrace you too.
“I have no faith”: with this idea man only shrinks his faith.
There is not a man who has no faith. As deep and lofty the faith, so high the mind, so profound the life.
He who believes in goodness becomes good. He who believes in devilry becomes devilish.
 
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Whenever faith is invaded by contradictory ideas, doubts arise.
As soon as faith is overwhelmed by doubts which are again supported by the mind, depression sets in.
If one gives up contrary ideas, hears and accepts arguments favouring faith, doubts vanish and depression cannot stand.
No contrary thoughts can shake the faith after it has ripened.
What can doubts or lethargy do to a true believer?
Once doubt is indulged, it attacks the mind like a weevil, and ultimately it begets an extremely worn‑out, dirty state of disbelief.
To remove doubt and establish faith is to attain knowledge.
If you have firm truth, no contrary idea, no incantation, no power other than that of your own faith can overwhelm or bewitch you. Know this for sure.
As far off as faith will leave your mind so much the world will doubt you and lose faith in you, and so much too will distress attack you; it is sure!
The kingdom of distress and misery is in the land of disbelief.
The land of faith is so fertile. Take care! If you find doubt‑like sprouts of the weeds of disbelief, pull them out at once! Otherwise, the immortal tree of devotion will not be able to grow.
Devotion and faith are twin brothers. If one comes, the other follows.
Remove doubt! Place devotion on the throne of faith! Let the kingdom of Heaven be established in your heart !
The effort to remain constantly attached to ‘Sat’ (the Source of Existence Incarnate) is ‘bhakti’ (devotion).
The devoted is the really wise man. Wisdom without devotion is merely verbal learning.
You may say, “He is I”, or “I am He, the Absolute”, but hold on to devotion; then only that attitude will stand in you. Otherwise, you can achieve nothing by it.
As the faith, so the love, and so the wisdom also.
First try to be free from vanity; then say, “He is I”. Otherwise, the “He is I” may drag you down more.
If you try to keep adhered to enlivening thoughts, your thought, behaviour, habits etc. will become broad and true gradually. These are the signs of a devotee.
The mind becomes narrow when it moves to the narrow; when it moves to the expansive, it expands. So when it goes to a devotee, it broadens, and as much broadness as there is, so much peace there is.
 
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When the mind is fastened to worldly things, it is addiction. When it is attached to the Divine, it is devotion.
Love is the gradual development of devotion. Concentration of devotion is love. The thinner the pride, the bigger the place for devotion.
How can one succeed in avowed activity, without devotion? Devotion alone can bring success.
As faith is never blind, so devotion is never stupid.
In no way, at no time, is there weakness in devotion.
Imbecility and weakness often appear in the garb of devotion. Beware of this.
 
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Exciting oneself in bouncings and pouncing or a little weeping on the impulse of dancing or singing etc. is sometimes taken for devotion. But this is not devotion at all. Momentary excess of emotion and outburst is not the sign of a devotee. There must be some sign of thin ego, sign of faith, signs of honest thought, good behaviour and broadness etc. in the character and conduct of a devotee; otherwise, devotion has not come.
If there is no faith, there can be no adherence, and without adherence there can be no devotion!
Vacillating, excessive ecstasy sometimes appears as devotion. Constancy is not there, and there is no telling sign of devotion.
He in whose heart there lies devotion cannot know he is a devotee. He whose heart is weak, inconstant and only emotional, thinks with great pride, “I am a great devotee.”
It is not that devotion has appeared wherever tears, thrills of joy, perspiration and tremors have come. Along with these, devotion must have its own characteristic signs.
Tears, thrills of ecstasy, perspiration, tremors etc. are signs of emotion that can be of many types.
If, along with these signs of devotion, appear the characteristic ones of that state, then only is it a sign of the ‘sattvic’ state—the state of divine life and good feelings.
 
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Artificial devotion is mixed with stiff ego. Real devotion is free from pride;
i. e., it has a very thin pride.
A man with counterfeit devotion cannot take advice. Adviser‑like, he can only give advice. So if anyone advises him, signs of irritation, aversion and shirking the company appear clearly on his face.
The man with real devotion is generally quite unwilling to play the part of an adviser and signs of pleasure blossom on his face if he gets advice.
Devotion can never enter the heart of one who believes little and worships many.
Devotion loves many for the One. Addiction loves the One for many.
In addiction there is gratification from self‑interest. In devotion there is satisfaction from interests for others.
Devotion is concentric to the Source. Addiction seeks satiety in self‑interest or ego.
Addiction is the wife of passion, and devotion is the younger sister of love.
 
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What is known by realization is wisdom.
To know is to reach the Absolute through discernment, and that is ‘Veda’. Veda is the indivisible whole.
To the extent one knows, one is a Vedist.
Wisdom destroys confusion and gives discerning eyes to man.
Wisdom indicates the real nature of an object. When one sees an object in a condition that reveals all that is to be known about it, one knows its very essence.
Devotion tries to attach the mind to Truth, and what is realized from that is called wisdom.
Ignorance creates anxiety for man, and wisdom gives man peace. Ignorance is the cause of grief, and knowledge is bliss.
The greater your wisdom, the greater your peace of mind. As your experience is, so is your strength to live normally.
 
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The more rigid the ego, the greater the ignorance. The lighter the pride, the brighter the knowledge.
Doubt is the messenger of disbelief, and disbelief is the shelter of ignorance.
Remove doubts the moment they appear, and merge yourself in thought of the good. You shall become the possessor of wisdom and bliss.
Wicked thoughts create heinous experience, ignorance or delusion. Give them up! You shall be saved from grief.
The more addicted you are to the evil, the more obsessed you will be by selfish interest and overpowered by evil knowledge or delusion. And disease, grief, poverty and death shall rule over you; it is sure!
 
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Obsessed ego brings forth addiction. Addiction breeds selfish interest. Selfish interest gives birth to passion. Passion is the source of anger, and anger begets violence.
Devotion brings wisdom. In wisdom there is the sensing of self in creation. When there is this realization of self in creation, non‑violence emerges, and from non‑violence comes love. To the extent you possess any, you possess all.
 
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From obsessed ego comes addic­tion. From addiction comes ignorance, and ignorance is misery.
From doubt comes disbelief, and disbelief is dullness.
From idleness comes stupidity, and stupidity is ignorance.
Thwarted lust is anger, and anger is the friend of violence.
The intention to satisfy passionate selfish interest is itself greediness, and this greediness is addiction. He who is not greedy is not addicted.
 
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No cunning is so good as simple honesty. Any person, whatever he may be, must be caught in this trap: “Honesty is the best policy.”
There is nothing so fascinating as humility.
What else is so attractive as love? There is no achievement greater than faith.
There is no eye like wisdom.
There is nothing else to subdue vanity better than hearty humility.
What sacred formula is there like carrying out the commands of the Living Ideal?
Move on! Go ahead! Don’t get tired thinking about the path, or you won’t be able to move.
 
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He who has jumped first and shown the way first is the leader. Can empty words alone make a leader?
At first, give up your all for others. Sell out your self at the feet of others. Forget to reckon the faults of others as faults. Be self‑less in service. Then you are a leader; then you are the heart of your country, the king of your country. Otherwise, all this won’t be achieved by words alone.
If you wish to be a leader, give up the charm of leadership, give up self‑praise, stake your everything for the good of others, show them by doing yourself what is blissful and true, and speak of that to others with love.