Each work has to pass through these stages
—ridicule, opposition, and then acceptance.
Those who think ahead of their time are sure to be misunderstood.
Condemn none: if you can stretch out a
helping hand, do so. If you cannot, fold your
hands, bless your brothers and let them go their own way.
There is no help for you outside of yourself;
you are the creator of the universe. Like the silkworm
you have built a cocoon around yourself….
Burst your own cocoon and come out
aw the beautiful butterfly, as the free soul.
Then alone you will see Truth.
Come out into the universe of Light.
Everything in the universe is yours,
stretch out your arms and embrace it with love.
If you every felt you wanted to do that, you have felt God.
If the mind is intensely eager, everything
can be accomplished—mountains can be
crumbled into atoms.
We must approach religion with reverence
and with love, and our heart will stand up
and say, this is truth, and this is untruth.
We must be bright and cheerful.
Long faces do not make religion.
Religion should be the most joyful
thing in the world, because it is the best.
Whatever you believe, that you will be.
If you believe yourselves to be sages,
sages you will be tomorrow.
There is nothing to obstruct you.
When we can attach the mind toâ€”or
detach it fromâ€”the sense at our will,
we shall really possess character.
Then alone we shall have taken a long step
towards freedom; before that, we are mere machines.
When we have become free, we need
not go mad and throw up society and
rush off to die in the forest or the cave;
we shall remain where we were,
only we shall understand the whole thing.
Where God is, there is no other. Where world is,
there is no God. These two will never unite.
Like light and darkness.
Who makes us ignorant? We ourselves.
We put our hands over our eyes and weep that it is dark.
Who will bring light to the poor?
Who will travel from door to door
bringing education to them?
Let these people be your Godâ€”think of them,
work for them, pray for them incessantly.
The Lord will show you the way.
Whose meditation is real and effective?
Who can really surrender to the will of God?
Only the person whose mind has been purified by selfless work.
Why are people so afraid? The answer is that they
have made themselves helpless and dependent on others.
We are so lazy, we do not want to do anything ourselves.
We want a Personal God, a Savior or a Prophet to do everything for us.