Thoughts of Swami Ranganathananda



Differences are only on the surface, at the sensory level. Deep down there is perfect unity.

Do a whole day's honest work, then sit and meditate; then resign yourself to God. Otherwise, the meditation has no meaning or value. Meditation at the end of an active day, filled with good deeds, has meaning, and is rewarding.

Socio-political ideologies uninspired by high moral and spiritual values tend to nourish the lower self of man from which proceed selfishness and intolerance, violence, and war. The first object of every religion is to check and discipline this lower self of man.

A citizen should have a sense of national responsibility. It is only when these two values – freedom and responsibility – come together that the individual becomes a citizen, a true grihastha (householder).

Swami Ranganathananda