That is the secret: to think that I am the spirit and not the body, and that the whole of this universe with all its relations, with all its good and all its evil, is but as a series of paintings--scenes on a canvas--of which I am the witness.
The meditative state is the highest state of existence.
What we want is vigor in the blood, strength in the nerves, iron muscles and nerves of steel, not softening namby-pamby ideas. All through evolution you find that the conquest of nature comes by change in the subject. Desires are bound by the laws of success and failure. The great secret of true success, of true happiness, is this: the person who asks for no return, the perfectly unselfish person, is the most successful.
Just as the law of gravitation existed before its discovery, and would exist if all humanity forgot it, so is it with the laws that govern the spiritual world Change is always subjective.
In Shankaracharya we saw tremendous intellectual power, throwing the scorching light of reason upon everything. In the world take always the position of the giver. Give love, give help, give service, give any little thing you can, but keep out barter. May I be born again and again, and suffer thousands of miseries so that I may worship the only God that exists, the only God I believe in, the sum total of all souls--and, above all, my God the wicked, my God the miserable, my God the poor of all races, of all species, is the special object of my worship. In the long run, nature did her work through you, and when you die your body will make other plants grow. This is the way to success, and this is the way great spiritual giants are produced. But one who is alert, calm, self-restrained, and discriminating, ignores the external world and, diving more and more into the inner world, realizes the glory of the Atman and becomes great. The Atman is the nearest of the near, therefore the careless and the unsteady mind gets no clue to it.
The more you think of yourself as shining immortal spirit, the more eager you will be to be absolutely free of matter, body and senses. When we let loose our feelings, we waste so much energy, shatter our nerves, disturb our minds, and accomplish very little work.
The less the thought of the body, the better it is. It is attachment, identification which makes us miserable.
Neither the body, nor the mind, nor even our thoughts, nor the world we see around us, is infinite. While we think of the world, it is only the world for us; but let us come to it with the feeling that the world is God, and we shall have God. In meditation we divest ourselves of all material conditions and feel our divine nature.
It is always for greater joy that you give up the lesser. We do not depend upon any external help in meditation.
We have not to get it, we have it; only wash away the dross and see it. Always discriminate--your body, your house, the people and the world are all absolutely unreal like a dream. Even though you know you are going to be killed, fight till you â€œare killed.â€ Donâ€™t die of fright. From out of their ranks have come all the greatest geniuses of the world, and history can only repeat itself. No eyes can see the real forces; we can only see the results. One who desires a comfortable and nice life and, at the same time, wants to realize the Atman is like the fool who, wanting to cross the river, caught hold of a crocodile mistaking it for a log of wood. Then meanness will vanish from you, practicality in work will come, you will get new vigor in mind and body, and those who come in contact with you will also feel that they have really got something uplifting from you. You may hate me, and if I want to love you, you repulse me. Renunciation is the background of all religious thought wherever it be, and you will always find that as this idea of renunciation lessens, the more will the senses creep into the field of religion, and spirituality will decrease in the same ratio. Tell yourself this even in eating, walking, suffering. When I was a baby sprawling on the floor trying to swallow my thumb? Strength is the sign of vigor, the sign of life, the sign of hope, the sign of health, and the sign of everything that is good.