We judge men by their actions, but God looks into their innermost minds…. Under no circumstances give up your spiritual practices. If you give up the practices of japam and meditation and engage yourself solely in work, egoism is bound to arise in you, and you will become the source of quarrels and disharmony.
Man suffers because of his ignorance. This ignorance is his sense of ego. When a man is free from this egoism, surrendering his life, his mind and his intellect at the blessed feet of the Lord of all, renouncing all that he calls his own – then is he blessed indeed. That man alone is truly happy.
Swami Brahmananda 1863 – 1922 – the first president of the Ramakrishna Mission