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Om Sathguru Sri Seshadri Swamigal Thiruvadikkae


  • In order to realize God a devotee should relate to God in a certain way – one should regard Him as either a friend, a parent, husband or a child.
  • You find no difficulty in driving a nail into a mud wall. But its points break if you try to drive it against a stone wall and still it will not pierce it. There are people whose spiritual consciousness is not at all awakened even though they hear about God a thousand times. They are like a crocodile, on whose hide you cannot make any impression with a sword.
  • What good is there in reading a whole lot of scriptures? What good is there in the study of philosophy? What is the use of talking big?
  • In order to learn archery one should first aim at a banana tree, then at a reed, then at a wick, and last at a flying bird.
  • At the beginning one should concentrate on God with form.
  • The harmful effect of the study of the scriptures is that it encourages reasoning and arguing. If you repeat the Gita ten times it is reversed into ‘tagi’, which indicates renunciation.
  • The way to realize God is through discrimination, renunciation, and yearning for Him.
  • What kind of yearning? One should yearn for God as the cow, with yearning heart, runs after its calf. One can attain spiritual consciousness through both affirmation and negation. There is the positive path of love and devotion, and there is the negative path of knowledge and discrimination.

    When you preach the path of knowledge (addressing a pundit), it creates a very difficult situation: the guru and the disciple do not see each other!

  • Sukadeva went to Janaka for instruction about the knowledge of Brahman (Para-Brahma – the Lord of Universe). Janaka said to him: “You must pay me the Guru’s fee in advance. When you attain the knowledge of Brahman you won’t pay me the fee, because the knower of Brahman sees no difference between the Guru and the disciple.”
  • Both negation and affirmation are ways to realize one and the same goal. Infinite are the opinions and infinite are the ways. But you must remember one thing:
      • The injunction is that the path of devotion described by Narada is best suited to the Kaliyuga. According to this path, first comes bhakthi: then bhava, when bhakthi is mature. Higher than bhava, are mahabhava and prema.

      • He who has achieved these has realized the goal that is to say, have attained God.
  • While preaching (addressing the pundit), eliminate the ‘head and tail’, that is to say, emphasize only the essentials.
  • Immerse yourself for evermore, O mind, In Him who is pure knowledge and Pure Bliss.”
  • Live in the world like an ant. The world contains a mixture of truth and untruth, sugar and sand. Be an ant and take the sugar. Live in the world like a mudfish. The fish lives in the mud, but its skin is always bright and shiny.
  • The world is indeed a mixture of truth and make-believe. Discard the make-believe and take the truth.
  • Dedicate every action to the Lord and there will be no place for ego. That is the quickest way for the ego to subside.
  • Energy arises from surrender to God. God is positive. Man is negative. If contact is made, the divine current flows from positive to negative (the Indian tradition of touching a divine person).

THE ROSE IS BEAUTIFUL, FRAGRANT AND VERY SOFT TO TOUCH. EVERY ONE IS FOND OF A ROSE BECAUSE OF THE QUALITIES IT POSSESSES. BUT THE ROSE ITSELF IS SURROUNDED BY THORNS.

EVEN AS ONE PLUCKS THE ROSE BY CAREFULLY REMOVING THE THORNS, ONE MUST LEARN TO MEET THE TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS OF THE EARTHLY EXISTENCE WITH PATIENCE, AND WORSHIP GOD WITH UNFLAGGING FAITH AND CONVICTION.

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Om Sathguru Shri Seshadri Swamigal Thiruvadikkae

The jiva and Para-Brahma are distinct from each other, yet one in essence. The finite soul is potentially infinite while Para-Brahma is actually infinite. The finite soul is capable of attaining the state of Para-Brahma. Therefore they are identical in essence, though they are actually different from each other. The Para-Brahma is Pure Consciousness and Maya is the power of Para-Brahma and not a mere illusion.

– (The Shandilya Sutras)

Every lover of any worldly object is unconsciously a lover of Atman. Hence by Self-analysis he should find the true nature of his love and the Atman. The word Bhakti occurs for the first time in the Upanishad.

– (Brihadaranyak Upanishad)

The Grace of Atman itself does not obtain by any other means but this self-knowledge. The Self cannot be realized by the study of the Vedas, nor by intelligence, or by deep learning. It can be realized by him only whom it chooses or favours. To him the Self reveals its own nature.

    – (Ketha Upanishad and Mundaka Upanishad)

The Supreme Godhead, however, is not some cosmic outward force but forms the very basis of human life. He is the inward Atman who manifests itself in the form of subjective and objective worlds. Atman is identical with Para-Brahma to whom all the Gods were subordinated. Though a crore of words meet in the residence of speech, all of them are nothing but speech. Innumerable forms and sights arise but one Pure Intelligence underlies all. Agni has no power to burn a blade of grass, nor Vayu any strength to blow it without the help of Para-Brahma (The Lord of universe).

    – (Kenopanishad)

There are no prayers for material prosperity but meditations on the One Spirit, who is worshipped, for leading one from unreal to the real, from darkness to light, from death to immortality.

    – (Chattopanishad)

Nachiket, to whom Yama offers a boon of wealth, offspring, celestial damsels with chariots and musical instruments, does not accept these transitory blessings but insists on knowing the real nature of the Atman. He is convinced that man is not really satisfied unless he is in possession of this highest knowledge.

    – (Ketha Upanishad)

Para-Brahma is described as of the nature of bliss and the source of all human joys.

– (Taittriya and Brihadaranyak Upanishads)

The Lord’s name is extolled as capable of removing all sins.

– (Kalisantaranopanishad)

The Upanishad declares that Atman is beyond the reach of thought and speech. “That from which our speech turns back along with mind, being unable to comprehend its fullness is the ultimate Reality.

– (Taittriya Upanishad)

Of that to which the eye is unable to go, which neither speech nor mind is able to reach- what conception can we have, except that it is beyond all that is known and beyond all that is unknown?

– (Kenopanishad)

Renunciation of worldly objects and of their contact, incessant prayer, hearing and singing of the Lord’s qualities, the Grace of saints and of God is the means of devotion.

Narada himself defines Bhakti as the highest love for God, a surrender of all actions to Him and agony in His forgetfulness. Devotion is the fruit of itself. It is an end in itself.

Narada describes the devotees who are wholly attached to God in these words, “with their throats choked and tears running down their cheeks they talk lovingly with each other.”

– (The Narada Bhakti-Sutras)

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