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Om Sathguru Sri Seshadri Swamigal Thiruvadikkae


Healing the sick and such other miracles are common enough even among saints of a lesser order and the skeptic’s mind is not much touched by the replacement of medicine with faith as a means of cure. There is a realm of miracles, which defies all comprehension and needs the utmost disbelief, verging on dogma and superstition, to brush them aside heedlessly.

Hindu scriptures, and in fact all of world’s scriptures, speak of such miracles as the grace of God that He mercifully bestows on the seekers as a reward for his piety, humility and zeal to serve the suffering people materially and spiritually. Our misfortunes and sufferings often result from the accomplishment of our own desires. There is nothing so small or so apparently indifferent which God does not ordain or permit, even to the fall of a leaf.

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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 Sri Seshadri Swamigal Thiruvadikkae

Disciple:

How does one find the right mantra?

Master:

The Mantra you receive from one who is fully realized is the right mantra. If you receive your mantra from one who has himself received something from it, you can also receive something from that mantra.

There is a saying in Sanskrit:

mantra chaitanya vignata

Receive mantra from one who has realized its full conscious power”

So if you receive a mantra from one for whom those mantras become fully alive, fully conscious, that same mantra will also bear full fruit for you.

Our Mantra is:

“Om Sathguru Sri Seshadri Swamigal Thiruvadikkae”

This is called a Maha-Mantra.

The mystery of mantra is profound, and from a certain viewpoint every letter is a mantra. Each word is bound to do its work, depending on what it denotes. These mantras bring results immediately. Likewise, the maha-mantra, the great mantra, directs you toward the highest goal of man. By repeating the mantra, we achieve the true goal of life. According to the scriptures and personal experience, it is the Supreme Principle, which has manifested itself as mantra.

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