The mind is susceptible to suggestions. It learns whatever you teach it. If through discrimination you can impress upon it the joy and fullness of life in the spirit and the folly of worldly attachments, then your mind will devote itself more and more to God.
Work and worship must go hand in hand. Why are you afraid of work? Work for Him. You can overcome all disinclination for work if you consider it as dedication to God.
The world is so constructed, that if you wish to enjoy its pleasures, you must also endure its pains. Whether you like it or not, you cannot have one without the other.
Initiation into a mantra helps concentration of mind; otherwise your mind will change and fluctuate.
The way of steadying and purifying the mind is to retire into solitude, control all cravings and engage yourself in contemplation and meditation.
(Swami Brahmananda (1863 - 1922) was a disciple of Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa and was a contemporary of Swami Vivekananda.)