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Swami Saradananda Quotes And Teachings

A collection of Quotes and teachings of Swami Saradananda. Swami Saradananda (1865 – 1927) is a direct disciple of Sri Ramakrishna.

Conflicting desires arise in the mind. Because of these desires the mind is constantly lashed into waves. As long as these waves form, the mind is restless. In order to control these waves, which give rise to thoughts of a worldly and distracting nature, one must live a life of self-discipline.

The main thing is one-pointedness of mind. . . It is hard to control the mind, but it must be done. There is no other way. The more you think of Bhagavan, the more will other thoughts decrease. There must be a continuous flow of one thought— the thought of Bhagavan — during the period of wakefulness. Then, at the time of meditation or in sleep, unbecoming thoughts will not find any loophole to enter.

We think we are loving without any selfish taint or hope of return, but deep within us there lurks the expectation that it should be returned and are quite at loss when we find the case to be not exactly up to our inmost wishes.

Remember always that children have brought their own karma with their birth and will develop accordingly in their own lines, and to hold before them the highest ideal by living the same is all that we can do to help them.

Know the Infinite within and give up all vain words.

The fathers of the Vedanta proclaim that its principles underlie all the different religions that exist on the face of the earth and all that will come in the future. The goal which the Vedanta points at is the goal towards which all religions, all society, all humanity are rushing, either consciously or unconsciously, through the process of evolution. The goal being the same in all religions, the Vedanta has no quarrel with any.

The Vedanta philosophy condemns nobody. What if a man be an atheist or an agnostic? The question is, is he sincere, and is he ready to sacrifice himself for the good of others and for the truth that he has known? The Vedanta says there is no fear for him.

To sing the glory of the Lord in the company of devotees is a means to devotion, if the right mood and proper atmosphere is kept up. But along with singing you should also spend time in repetition of His Name in silence.

Swami Saradananda Teaching on Advising Others

Now regarding advice: in a general way we all believe in giving advice; but applying the giving of advice to our daily lives is a very complex and puzzling affair.

Indiscriminate advice never brings the desired result in many cases, it brings just the opposite result.

So, we try to give advice only when we care about the person and when we think our words will carry some weight.

In the case of someone who is stubborn and very near and dear to us and who,
due to his lack of experience is in imminent danger of being harmed by an insincere person, we must take the risk of being disbelieved and misunderstood and offer the advice and then leave the matter in the hands of the Lord.
Swami Saradananda