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“We must never allow the world to absorb our attention.”

As Sri Ramakrishna used to say,

‘The boat may stay in water but water should not stay in the boat.’


A yogic understanding of the


Sermon on the Mount. To invoke


Divine Presence and to sanctify the


mind. The goal of prayer is the


harmonization between heaven


and the earth, which means one


develops intuitive vision where one


sees the world as an expression of


the Divine Self.



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A devotees tears catch the heart

of her Lord Sri Krishna.

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In the spiritual realm Vedanta means ‘allopathy’ and not ‘homoeopathy’ at all. Since the disease of worldliness has become severe, strong medicines are necessary. Vedanta offers drastic cures for this disease. Strong injections and large doses of allopathic medicines are required. There is no such thing as ‘homoeopathy’ in Vedanta. Homoeopathic treatment won’t due in the case of the Vedantin, because Vedanta must never be diluted if it is to be at all effective. Don't you see what has become of Christ's teachings by endlessly diluting it?


Desires and the senses are our constant enemies, hence the absolute necessity of leading a disciplined and controlled life. There is no limit to the all-consuming power of desire, and so long as this is permitted to hold sway over us, we shall not be able to follow any of the spiritual teachings given us by the great ones. There should be no conscious or unconscious veiling of this fact.


It is not possible for us to take up each individual hankering and rid ourselves of it. No; a general pitiless massacre is necessary. When we turn to the Divine, allow Him to light the Divine light in us, all darkness will vanish at once. Then He Himself will appear on the battlefield and fight for us. The Lord does His work, but we must also do our part so long as we have our individuality, so long as we think we are the agents of our actions. We have to give up our clinging to this world of phenomena. We have to give up all bodily and worldly desires. We have to renounce all attachments, and all ‘duties’ pertaining to these attachments. That is the only way by which we can rid ourselves of the troubles and miseries of life and the darkness that is shrouding us from the light. Let us allow Him to bring about our transformation, to give us the capacity to follow the higher life. Let us pay no more heed to the world that is absolutely necessary. We are always in the world, whether we live in a monastery or outside the monastery. We cannot run away from the world. But we must never allow the world to absorb our attention. As Sri Ramakrishna used to say, ‘The boat may stay in water but water should not stay in the boat.’ (Sayings of Sri Ramakrishna, p.99)

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Drastic Steps Necessary

From "Meditation and Spiritual Life"

by Swami Yatiswarananda


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