Thoughts of Power
Read the book ‘Thoughts of Power’ by Swami Vivekananda. This is a must read for people interested to know about spirituality and essence of religion. The guru emphasizes that all humans should look for the inherent powers within and have faith in oneself and almighty to achieve greater goals in life. The power of mind has to be harnessed by setting up high ideals and striving hard. As individuals, we need to see god in everyone around us and do all possible efforts to wipe away their tears of poor and needy. If we become unselfish in our motives and love everyone, we gain happiness. Meditation is the way to live spiritual life as it detaches our soul with the material thoughts of mind.
Faith and Strength
The history of the world is the history of a few men who had faith in themselves. That faith calls out the divinity within. You can do anything. The new religion is to have faith upon yourself besides almighty. Be fearless and give up all your fears. There is no point in brooding over weakness, but always think of strength
Physical and mental strength is very important before we choose the path of divinity. The guru gave an example that you will be nearer to heaven through football than study of Gita as a person with strong body and mind can absorb Gita much more than a weak man. If we look at our gods and goddesses, they are all epitome of strength like Lord Siva, Rama, Durga. Why are we so meek and weak? The power of a human is in the mind. But if the mind is filled with fear, greed, lust, jealousy, anger, hatred and other negative emotions than there is little room for positive energy. We need to setup high ideals in our mind and do not bother about negativity, for it has arisen out of ignorance and weakness. We need to have faith on ourselves and we can realize great goals in life.
Love and Unselfishness
Unselfishness is more paying, only people haven’t the patience to practise it. true happiness consists in killing selfishness and that no one can make him happy except himself.
This is the gist of all worship — to be pure and to do good to others. He who sees Shiva in the poor, in the weak, and in the diseased, really worships Shiva; and if he sees Shiva only in the image, his worship is but preliminary. Feel for them as your Veda teaches you, till you find they are parts of your own bodies, till you realize that you and they, the poor and the rich, the saint and the sinner, are all parts of One Infinite Whole, which you call Brahman.
Religions of the world have become lifeless mockeries. What the world wants is character. The world is in need of those whose life is one burning love, selfless.
Where do we go to see god? All religious people go to temple, mosque, church and pray all their lives to achieve salvation. But god not only created you, it created every living and nonliving being whether it is sinner or saint, poor or rich, plant or animal. Thus, everything around us is a part of one finite whole called ‘Brahman’. As individuals, we need to see god in everyone around us and do all possible efforts to wipe away their tears. If we become unselfish in our motives and love everyone, we gain happiness.
God and Religion
Essentially, every soul is divine and to attain the divinity we have to control nature both inside and outside. Work or worship, psychic control or philosophy or all of these can help you get free. In worshipping God we have been always worshipping our own hidden Self.
Practice alone leads us to self realization and not just listening to sermons. Guru says that there is a difference just saying water, water than actually drinking it. We can pick up an idea and make that idea our life. If every prophet could reached a state of superconsciousness, every human can. That state is religion.
- Religion is a state of superconsciousness. Religion is not a doctrine, it is being and becoming, it is realization.
- Meditation is a powerful way to live spiritual life. During meditation, our soul is not clouded by material thoughts, it is thinking of itself.