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Thought for the Day for November
by Swami Krishnananda

  1. The path of yoga is a journey towards the attainment of perfection.
  2. There is an immense magazine of power imbedded at the core of everything in the world, even in a particle of sand. This energy can be liberated by intense concentration.
  3. After a certain point or a certain limit is reached, the method of sadhana may have to be changed, the speed may have to be accelerated and a different type of guidance may have to be required.
  4. We have to gain knowledge of the mysteries of life, the secrets of existence, before we can try to find out the reasons behind our sufferings and our present experiences.
  5. To look upon the Guru as a person and then to judge him as you judge anybody else in the world, and to take his word or not to take it from your own point of view, would be to cut the ground from under your own feet.
  6. Meditation on an object is not a meditation on the object as it appears to the sense organs; that would be meditation on an illusion. We have to catch the object in its root, as it is.
  7. The magic works by a single stroke of mental effort, and this magic is the realisation of Truth.
  8. The desire to become the All terminates in the experience of Infinitude. This aspiration to transcend states and things points to the unreal character of the universe.
  9. Every speck of space, every atom of matter, can be regarded as a vehicle which reflects one face of God.
  10. When one is in a mood of meditation, one is practising true religion, but by so doing one does not belong to any particular religious cult.
  11. The properties that constitute the stuff of creation are also the constituents of the human personality.
  12. Intuition is that faculty by which we attune ourselves with anything in this world and we know it thoroughly.
  13. The universe is the thought of the Almighty, and therefore it is an eternal meditation by itself. Hence, our participation in meditation is participation in eternity, a blessed participation in the very holy being of the Almighty.
  14. When the work is 'not mine', there is no reason for internal disturbance.
  15. It is unwise to say that the world is good or bad, for all things can always be found in different places, and hence our narrow judgments confined to a limited perception of truth cannot be correct.
  16. The world works for a single purpose, though it may employ different personalities and instruments in different ways for the fulfilment of its intention.
  17. There is a guiding hand always; there is a leading angel sitting on our very shoulders. Every person is carrying within himself or herself a guiding power, a divinity.
  18. The object that you have chosen for your meditation should be the last point of the reach of your mind, beyond which it cannot go. Then it becomes the Absolute.
  19. In the final stage of worship, the soul of the devotee itself performs the worship by offering itself, by surrendering itself, in an intimate union of itself with its Beloved.
  20. We have to view ourselves in a Universal context and then live life, not look upon ourselves as individuals who have to be at war with the world in our everyday life.
  21. We need not be too eager to cherish either a fanatical adherence to what is ours or a contempt for what is alien.
  22. The process of meditation is a march of the mind from intense personality consciousness to a gradual realisation of the impersonality of Truth.
  23. A jivanmukta is a universal person, inasmuch as his consciousness is attuned to Brahman. For him the law of the world is the law of God, and so it is impossible for him to act wrongly, or cherish personal desires.
  24. When we go to the furthest limits of the cosmos outside, as has been done by modern physics for instance, we will find in the farthest distance of the cosmic periphery the same thing that we find in the deepest recesses of our heart.
  25. The ultimate experiencing Consciousness is the Self. This Absolute Self is self-luminosity, non-duality, independence, Consciousness, the sole Being.
  26. There is a subterranean relationship between our inner contents and the whole cosmos outside. The moment we begin to enter the realm of yoga practice, we also start operating upon our cosmic relationships.
  27. It is easier to receive the grace of God than anything from the marketplace. If you want to get something from the shop, you have to walk some distance. But to reach God, you do not have to travel any distance.
  28. It is the principle of universality that is in us that practises yoga, not the individuality that is in us.
  29. God is the Supreme Viewer of the whole Cosmos, and God moves in this world in the form of His Incarnations, manifestations, expressions, functions and activities.
  30. Only the Absolute can be, and is, and liberation is the consciousness of the Absolute.