Daily Messages


A million things in life...

Are within the ambit of reason, but a few are not. The truths of spirituality are not " against reason", but "beyond reason". ~ Swami Chidananda


Dharma is our best friend: In this world, good action alone, which follows a person even after death, is considered to be a good friend. Along with the body everything else is destroyed. [Mahabharata] धर्म एव सुहृल्लोके निधनेऽप्यनुयाति यः । शरीरेण समं नाशं सर्वमन्यद्धि गच्छति ॥ collected by Vedanta students of Pune.


Basis of Dharma: The basis of righteousness is having an inclination for Shruti and Smritis, good conduct, good health and a positive attitude towards others. [Yajnavalkya Smriti] श्रुतिः स्मृतिः सदाचारः स्वस्य च प्रियमात्मनः । सम्यक्संकल्पजः कामो धर्ममूलमिदं स्मृतम् ॥ collected by Vedanta students of Pune.


Who sleeps well? He who speaks the truth; he who is frugal in expenditure; he who eats moderately what is wholesome and he who has control over his senses. सुखं शेते सत्यवक्ता , सुखं शेते मितव्ययी । हितभुक् मितभुक् चैव , तथैव विजितेन्द्रियः ॥ collected by Vedanta students of Pune.


Wealth is always the cause of many calamities. It gives not the slightest pleasure. The moneyed people fear even their own sons. This is most commonly observed. (BhajaGovindam) अर्थमनर्थं भावय नित्यं , नास्ति ततः सुखलेशः सत्यम् । पुत्रादपि धनभाजां भीतिः , सर्वत्रैषा विहिता रीतिः ॥ collected by Vedanta students of Pune


Having obtained all the objects that he desires, he who sacrifices them for the sake of others is considered to be superior to those who obtain the objects of their desires and keep them for themselves. (Mahābhārata) यः कामान् आप्नुयात् सर्वान् , यश्चैतान् केवलान् त्यजेत् । प्रापणात् सर्वकामानां , परित्यागो विशिष्यते ॥ collected by Vedanta students of Pune.


One who is in a state of sleep represents Kali Yuga; he who is in an awakened state is considered to represent Dwapara; the one who is in a state of readiness to take action is considered to represent Treta Yuga; while the one who is performing action is compared to that of Krita Yuga. (Manu-smriti 9.30) कलिः शयानो भवति स जाग्रद् द्वापरं युगम् । कर्मस्वभ्युद्यतस्त्रेता विचरंस्तु कृतं युगम् ॥ (मनुस्मृति ९:३०). collected by Vedanta students of Pune.


The goddess of wealth favours only those who continue to strive consistently. Therefore one should turn to work again and again after taking the required rest. (Manu-smriti 9.13) आरभेतैव कर्माणि श्रान्तः श्रान्तः पुनः पुनः । कर्माण्यारभमाणं हि पुरुषं श्रीर्निषेवते ॥ collected by Vedanta students of Pune.


The actions performed in the previous birth unfold as fate. Therefore one should make the greatest efforts to do sincere, diligent work in the present existence. (Hitopadesha) पूर्वजन्मकृतं कर्म तद् दैवमिति कथ्यते । तस्मात् पुरुषकारेण यत्नं कुर्यादतन्द्रितः ॥ collected by Vedanta students of Pune.


How to realize the Self: Being constantly engaged in activities such as the study of sacred Vedic texts and contemplation on the Supreme Being, one achieves Self-realization. [Mahabharata] स्वाध्यायाद्योगमासीत योगात् स्वाध्यायमामनेत् । स्वाध्याय-योग-सम्पत्त्या परमात्मा प्रकाशते॥ collected by Vedanta students of Pune.