Swami's Quotations on Dharma
[Here are the 46 points on dharma which Swami has given in
[Ref:Sandeha Nivarini p41-47]
Prema, love, should be considered as the very breath of Life.
The love that is manifest in all things equally, believe that same
Prema [to be] Paramathma.
The one Paramathma is in every one, in the form of Prema.
More than all other forms of Prema, man's first effort should be to
fix his Love on the Lord.
Such Love directed towards God is Bhakthi; that is the fundamental test,
the acquisition of Bhakthi.
Those who seek the Bliss of the Atma should not run after the joys of
Sathya, Truth, must be treated as life-giving as breath itself.
Just as a body that has no breath is useless and begins to rot and
stink within a few minutes, similarly, life without Truth is useless
and becomes the stinking abode of strife and grief.
Believe that there is nothing greater than Truth, nothing more precious,
nothing sweeter and nothing more lasting.
Truth is the all-protecting God. There is no mightier Guardian than
The Lord who is Sathyaswarupa grants His Darshan to those of truthful
speech and loving heart.
Have undiminished kindness towards all beings and also the spirit of
You must also possess control of the senses, ... unruffled character
Be always on the alert against the four sins which the tongue is prone
It is best to attempt to control these tendencies.
Speaking ill of others
Talking too much
Try to prevent the five sins that the body commits:
It is a great help for the highest life if these also are kept as far
away as possible.
Eating of flesh
One must be always vigilant, without a moment's carelessness, against
the eight sins that the mind perpetrates:
Man's primary duty is to keep all these things at a safe distance
Kamam or craving;
Krodham or anger;
Lobham or greed;
Moham or attachment;
Man's mind speeds fast, pursuing wrong actions. Without letting it hurry
like that remember the name of the Lord at that time or attempt to do
some good deed or other. Those who do thus will certainly become fit
for the Lord's Grace.
First give up the evil tendency to feel envious at the prosperity of
others and the desire to harm them. Be happy that others are happy.
Sympathise with those who are in adversity and wish for their
prosperity. That is the means of cultivating love for God.
Patience is all the strength that man needs.
Those anxious to live in joy must always be doing good.
It is easy to conquer anger through love, attachment through reasoning,
falsehood through truth, bad through good and greed through charity.
No reply should be given to the words of the wicked. Be at a great
distance from them; that is for your good. Break off all relations
with such people.
Seek the company of good men, even at the sacrifice of your honour and
life. But be praying to God to bless you with the discrimination needed
to distinguish between the good men and the bad. You must also
endeavour, with the intellect given you.
Those who conquer states and earn fame in the world are hailed as
heroes, no doubt; but those who have conquered the senses are heroes
who must be acclaimed as the conquerors of the Universal.
Whatever acts a good or bad may do, the fruits thereof follow him and
will never stop pursuing him.
Greed yields only sorrow; contentment is best. There is no happiness
greater than contentment.
The mischief-mongering tendency should be plucked out by the roots and
thrown off. If allowed to exist, it will undermine life itself.
Bear with fortitude both loss and grief; try and search for plans to
achieve joy and gain.
When you are invaded by anger, practise silence or remember the name of
the Lord. Do not remind yourself of things which will inflame the anger
more. That will do incalculable harm.
From this moment, avoid all bad habits. Do not delay or postpone.
They do not contribute the slightest joy.
Try as far as possible within your means to satisfy the needs of the
poor, who are really Daridranarayana. Share with them whatever food
you have and make them happy at least that moment.
Whatever you feel should not be done to you by others, avoid doing such
things to others.
For faults and sins committed in ignorance, repent sincerely; try not to
repeat the faults and sins again; pray to God to bless you with the
strength and the courage needed to stick to the right path.
Do not allow anything to come near you, which will destroy your
eagerness and enthusiasm for God. Want of eagerness will cause the
decay of the strength of man.
Yield not to cowardice; do not give up Ananda.
Do not get swelled up when people praise you; do not feel dejected when
people blame you.
If among your friends any one hates another and starts a quarrel, do not
attempt to inflame them more and make them hate each other more; try,
on the other hand, with love and sympathy to restore their former
Instead of searching for others' faults, search for your own faults
yourself; uproot them, throw them off. It is enough if you search and
discover one fault of yours; that is better than discovering tens of
hundreds of faults in other.
Even if you cannot or will not do any punya or good deed, do not
conceive or carry out any papa, or bad deed.
Whatever people may say about the faults that you know are not in you,
do not feel for it; as for the faults that are in you, try to correct
them yourself, even before others point them out to you. Do not harbour
anger or bitterness against persons who point out your faults; do not
retort, pointing out the faults of those persons themselves, but
show your gratitude to them. Trying to discover their faults is a
greater mistake on your part. It is good for you to know your faults;
it is no good your knowing others' faults.
Whenever you get a little leisure, do not spend it in talking about all
and sundry, but utilise it in meditating on God or in doing service to
Lord is understood only by the Bhaktha; the Bhaktha is understood only
by the Lord. Others cannot understand them. So, do not discuss matters
relating to the Lord with those who have no Bhakthi. On account of
such discussion, your devotion will diminish.
If anyone speaks to you on any subject, having understood it wrongly,
do not think of other wrong notions which will support that stand but
grasp only the good and the sweet, in what he says. True meaning is to
be appreciated as desirable, not wrong meaning or many meanings, which
give no meaning at all and cause the hampering of Ananda.
If you desire to cultivate one-pointedness, do not, when in a crowd or
bazaar, scatter your vision to the four corners and on everything, but
see only the road in front of you, just enough to avoid accidents to
yourself. One pointedness will become firmer if one moves about without
taking one's attention off the road, avoiding dangers, and not casting
eyes on others' forms.
Give up all doubts regarding the Guru and God. If your worldly desires
do not get fulfilled, do not blame it on your devotion; there is no
relationship between such desires and devotion to God. These worldly
desires have to be given up some day or other; Bhakthi feelings have to
be acquired some day or other. Be firmly convinced of this.
If your Dhyanam or Japam does not progress properly or if the desires
you have entertained do not come to fruition, do not get dispirited
with God. It will dispirit you even more and you will lose the peace,
however small or big, that you might have earned. During Dhyanam and
Japam you should not be dispirited, desperate or discouraged. When such
feelings come, take it that it is the fault of your Sadhana and
endeavour to do them correctly.
[Article collected from SaiNet - posted by Steve Beckow]