"What causes fear? Ignorance of our own nature. Each of us is heir-apparent to the Emperor of emperors; we are of the substance of God Himself. Nay, according to Advaita, we are God Himself though we have forgotten our own nature in thinking of ourselves as little men."
"We loosely talk of Self-realization, for lack of a better term. But how can one realize or make real that which alone is real? All we need to do is to give up our habit of regarding as real that which is unreal. All religious practices are meant solely to help us do this. When we stop regarding the unreal as real, then Reality alone will remain, and we will be That."
"Prayer is very essential. It doesn't matter in which state you are or what type of Yoga you are doing, keep that prayer always in your heart. Ask God to give you strength to stick to the spiritual path. And remember it's the same thing: praying to God and praying to the Self."
"Close your eyes. Look within, in the mind-lake. What do you see? Pizza, ice cream, bananas, heart beating, lungs breathing. They are all objects. That's not you. Just close your eyes and breathe very gently. Practice. Go on, practice. Take a few minutes in silence and know, 'I am that silence.'"
"Behind this world-show, behind these physical phenomena, behind these names and forms, behind the feelings, thoughts, emotions and sentiments, there dwells the silent witness, the immortal friend and real well-wisher, the Purusha or world Teacher, the unseen Governor, the unknown Yogi, the invisible Power, the hidden Sage. That is the only permanent Reality and the living Truth. The goal of human life is to realize the Reality behind the changing phenomena."
“Lord, make me an instrument of your peace; where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; and where there is sadness, joy.”
“The first step in spiritual life is to have compassion. A person who is kind and loving never needs to go searching for God. God rushes toward any heart that beats with compassion -- it is God’s favorite place.”
"The only abstract way of being in contact with the Divine is by thinking that, even in the darkest moments, you are walking in the Light. In order to get that constant focus, you have to strip yourself of unnecessary mental clutter."
"Be patient. The path of self-discipline that leads to God-realization is not an easy path: obstacles and sufferings are on the path; the latter you must bear, and the former overcome -- all by His help. His help comes only through concentration. Repetition of God's name helps concentration."
"I remember my first visit with my guru. He had shown that he read my mind. So I looked at the grass and I thought, 'My god, he's going to know all the things I don't want people to know.' I was really embarrassed. Then I looked up and he was looking directly at me with unconditional love."
This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
As an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they're a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
meet them at the door laughing,
and invite them in.
Be grateful for whoever comes,
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.
"I have no father, no mother, relatives or brothers.
I have broken family ties; who can do anything?
I have spoken of my love through my tears.
Servant Meera has fallen in love with the Lord,
He is now mine. Gopala (Lord Krishna) is mine. No one else!"
"Thou art atman, buddhi is thy consort Parvati; the prana is thy attendant; this body is thy house; the act of sensual enjoyment is thy worship; deep sleep is samadhi; walking by my feet is the perambulation around thee; all my speeches are thy praise; whatever actions I perform, are all thy worship, O Lord Siva."
"Let's imagine that nothing would exist. No creation took place, nothing. Forever and ever you will never exist. How do you feel? Let's say from your stand point of view there is no forms, no names, no creation, anything. Suppose all these would never take place. You will never be able to exist. How do you feel? Sad, right? Be absorbed forever and ever, never existence. Meditate on that. It could be, it could happen. No creation will take place. Forever and ever, no space, nothing. Void for eternity. Anyone grasp that idea? Now you're really grateful, right, whoever gave you this chance to be. When you think like this, now you appreciate God, this intelligence who create all this and gave us this ego. That's so nice to have this chance of Samadhi, to have all this happiness you are having. And also in the future, eternal bliss, higher and higher, and higher. Now you appreciate. Turn to the Lord. I sometimes spend all day feeling grateful to be here. How did I end up in the United States, teaching yoga? I was born in the north of Brazil. How is all this taking place? How fortunate I have all these chances. now pay attention this. Direct your attention to the core of yourselves, deep inside: 'Thank you.'"
"I have fallen in love, O mother with the
Beautiful One, who knows no death,
knows no decay and has no form;
"I have fallen in love, O mother with the
Beautiful One, who has no middle, has
no end, has no parts and has no features;
"I have fallen in love, O mother with the
Beautiful One, who knows no birth and
knows no fear.
"I have fallen in love, O mother with the
Beautiful One, who is without any family,
without any country and without any peer;
Chenna Mallikarjuna (Shiva), the Beautiful, is my husband.
Fling into the fire the husbands who are subject
to death and decay."
"The Self is formless. Action-less. Always the same. Bliss absolute. Like the space everywhere. All beings traveling in the Infinite ether keep coming, going, passing through space, but the space remains wholly unaffected by them. They are all in God, but God is not in them. The invisible presence of God, the sole Absolute, is beyond time, space and cause.
"Svadhyaya reveals the truth of time, space, change and all separation. That is the purpose of meditation. Even if you experience the lower states of samadhi you may feel nice and charged with bliss, but may still not fully know who you are. In the earliest state of samadhi (Savikalpa), the mind is still there. Even the bliss experienced in this state is the mind. Svadhyaya reveals the ultimate truth—You are the cause of the bliss."
"It is foolish thing to take credit for a matter over which we have no control. We never created this intelligence. It is given to us. This body is granted to us. So, while we have no control over the body or knowledge of the brain, we are still ready to take credit for any discovery we make. It is for this reason that I say in every book I have written that whatever I say is not from me but from a power above and beyond. I am merely the instrument. In that sense we all are instruments of a higher power."
Yogi Times: Can you tell us WHY you have been "doing it" [raising consciousness with your skills and passion in your community] all this time?
Sri Dharma Mittra: “Everything I do is accomplished through Divine inner intuition because in reality “I” am not the doer at all. Whatever “I” am doing is the result of this mind having acquired lots of yogic knowledge, through constant practice over many years and due to some realizations I have had as a result along the way. Because of my having passed through all of this, it takes very little effort for me to live out my dharma as a yoga teacher. Also, it's really a great pleasure for me to share spiritual knowledge with those desperately in need of it and see their doubts, pain and suffering destroyed. This is indeed the most pleasing thing for this mind to experience and I'm extremely grateful to have this opportunity.”
Yogi Times: “WHY are you ‘doing it?'"
Sri Dharma Mittra: “I am ‘doing it’ because it's the highest type of charity to share spiritual knowledge with others. For a Yogi who has achieved yoga (Divine Union), automatically, a strong desire arises in his or her mind to help others to escape the darkness that is ignorance of the True Self. This ignorance is the root cause of all pain and suffering and it is eradicated by Self Knowledge. Also, I believe that sharing the knowledge of the Self with others is the most ethical and civilized action one can take.
Yogi Times: “What motivates you to keep ‘doing it?’”
Sri Dharma Mittra: “What motivates me to keep teaching and sharing this precious knowledge is the realization that I must follow the example of the great masters of the past who also devoted their lives and efforts to passing on Self Knowledge. Doing so is natural for me at this point – there is nothing else I would rather do.”
“The best thing to give
your enemy is forgiveness;
to an opponent, tolerance;
to a friend, your heart;
to your child, a good example;
to your father, deference;
to your mother, conduct that will make her proud of you;
to your self, respect;
to all men charity.”
“Divine happiness, even the tiniest particle of a grain of it, never leaves one again; and when one attains to the essence of things and finds one’s Self–this is supreme happiness. When it is found, nothing else remains to be found; the sense of want will not awaken anymore, and the heart’s torment will be stilled forever. Do not be satisfied with fragmentary happiness, which is invariably interrupted by shocks and blows of fate; but become complete, and having attained to perfection, be YOURSELF.”
"The real cause of pain, which we should seek to remove, is our clinging to the transient things. Pain is bred by attachment to the known, which must pass away. Only by removing that attachment can the cause of pain be eliminated. Attachment to the known creates the fear of the unknown, but what we fear in the unknown is just the pain and sorrow of the known."
"You cry for shanti, for peace. But where to get it? Through whom to get it? Realize peace in your own heart through association with sages and by meditation. You can find this peace only in the stillness, only within your own self. You certainly cannot find it in objects. Look within."
"The one Reality takes manifold names and forms as a result of human ignorance. It is one and the same Thing that a Bhakta calls God, a Jnani calls Brahman, a Shakta calls Shakti, an Atheist calls Nature, a Scientist calls Force or Energy, a Christian calls Father in Heaven, a Mussulman calls Allah, some others call Infinity or Truth and a Vedantin calls Atman or Self. Whatever different names there may be, the fact remains that the Thing is one and the same. The difference is only in names. The Absolute Thing, which is beyond name and form, is birthless, growthless, decayless, deathless, sexless, All-pervading, All-knowing, All-blissful, without beginning, without end, changeless, beyond time, space and causation. The One Thing or the Ocean of Consciousness by Itself is ever the same—One only without a second."
"That pure and equanimous state which is devoid of ego-sense and non-ego-sense, of the real and the real, and which is free, is known as turiya (the fourth state). It is the state of the liberated sage. It is the unbroken witness consciousness. It is different from the waking and the dreaming states, which are characterized by movement of thought; it is different from the deep sleep state, which is characterized by inertia and ignorance. When the ego-sense is abandoned, there arises the state of perfect equilibrium in which the turiya manifests itself."
“Only two kinds of people can attain self-knowledge: those who are not encumbered at all with learning, that is to say, whose minds are not over-crowded with thoughts borrowed from others; and those who, after studying all the scriptures and sciences, have come to realise that they know nothing.”
"You should work, no doubt. Work saves the mind from going astray. But prayer and meditation also are necessary. You must sit for meditation at least once in the morning and once in the evening. That will be like the helm of a boat. When one sits in meditation in the evening, there is self-examination in respect of the work done in the course of the day."
"One great thing to be considered is kripa (divine grace). The breeze of His grace is always blowing. Only unfurl your sails and you will have it. How can you catch the breeze if you keep your sails furled? Hoist them now and do not delay any longer. Give up your desires for worldly enjoyments, your hankering for name and fame, and fully resign yourself to the Lord. It is quite impossible to enjoy worldly pleasures and at the same time realise God. You cannot serve both God and mammon at the same time. If you want to realise God, you must renounce worldly pleasures. If, on the other hand, you desire to enjoy temporal pleasures, you will have to give up God. Do not keep your feet in two boats, as they say. If you do, you will only make yourself miserable. You must have a clear conception of your life’s ideal. Decide now what life you want to lead. Should it be this fleeting life of transient pleasures or the everlasting life of eternal bliss?"