If we realized the presence of God as witness
to all we say and do we would not have any thing to conceal from anybody on earth. For we would not think unclean thoughts before our Maker, much less speak them. It is uncleanness that seeks secrecy and darkness.
YI, 22 Dec. 1920
The tendency of human nature is to hide dirt,
we do not want to see or touch dirty things; we want to put them out of
sight. For we want to put them out of sight. And so must it be with our
speech. I would suggest that we should avoid even thinking thoughts we would
hide from the world.
Whatever you do, be true to ourselves and to
the world. Hide not your thoughts. If it is shameful to reveal them, it is
more shameful to think them.
H, 24 April 1937
All sins are committed in secrecy. The moment
we realize that God witnesses even our thoughts we shall be free.
H, 17 Jan. 1939
Control over thought is along and painful and
laborious process. But I am convinced that no time, no labour and no pain is
too much for the glorious result to be reached. The purity of thought is
possible only with a faith in God bordering on definite experience.
YI, 25 Aug. 1927
When your passions threaten to get the better
of you, go down on your knees and cry out to God for help. Ramanama is my
SRSI, Part II, p. ix
Let every aspirant after a pure life take from
me that an impure thought is often powerful in undermining the body as an
YI, 25 Aug. 1927
The potency of thought unsuppressed but
unembodied is far greater than that of embodied that is translated into
action. And when the action is brought under due control, it reacts upon and regulates the thought itself. Thought thus translated into action becomes a prisoner and is brought under subjection.
YI, 2 Sept. 1926
Always aim at complete harmony of thought and
word and deed. Always at purifying your thoughts and everything will be
well. There is nothing more potent than thought. Deed follows word and word
follows thought. The word is the result of a mighty thought and where the
thought is mighty and pure the result is always mighty and pure.
H, 24 April 1937
Man often becomes what he believes himself to
be. If I keep on saying to myself that I cannot do a certain thing, it is
possible that I May end by really becoming incapable of doing it. On the
contrary, if I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the
capacity to do it even If may not have it at the beginning.
H, 1 Sept. 1940
Prayerful well-meaning effort never goes in
vain and man's success lies only in such an effort. The result is in his
YI, 17 June 1931
'Be thou certain, none can perish, trusting
Me,' says the Lord, but let it not be understood to mean that our sins will
be washed away by merely trusting Him without an y striving. Only he who
struggles hard against the allurements of sense objects and turns in tears
and grief to the Lord will be comforted.
YI, 12 Jan. 1928
It is easy enough to say, 'I do not believe in
God.' For God permits all things to be said of Him with impunity. He looks
at our acts. And any breach of His Law carries with it, not its vindictive,
but its purifying, compelling, punishment.
YI, 23 Sept. 1926
The path of self-purification is hard and
steep. To attain to perfect purity one has to become absolutely passion free
in thought, speech and action; to rise above the opposing currents of love
and hatred, attachment and repulsion.
Auto, p. 504
I believe that a healthy soul should inhabit a
healthy body. To the extent, therefore, that the soul grows into health and
freedom from passion, to that extent the body also grows into that state.
YI, 5 June 1924
Cleanliness is next to godliness. We can no
more gain God's blessings with an unclean body than with an unclean mind. A
clean body cannot reside in an unclean city.
YI, 19 Nov. 1925
Restraint never ruins one's health. What ruins
one's health is not restraint but outward suppression. A really
self-restrained person grows every day from strength to strength and from
peace to more peace. The very first step in self-restraint is the restraint
H, 28 Oct. 1937
An innocent youth is a priceless possession
not to be squandered away for the sake of a momentary excitement, miscalled
H, 21 Sept. 1935
Steam becomes a mighty power only when it
allows itself to be imprisoned in a strong little reservoir and produces
tremendous motion and carries huge weights by permitting itself a tiny and
measured outlet. Even so have the youth of the country of their own free
will to allow their inexhaustible in strictly measured and required
YI, 30 Oct. 1929
As a splendid palace deserted by its inmates
looks like a ruin, so does a man without character, all his material
SSA, p. 355
All our learning or recitation of the Vedas,
correct knowledge of Sanskrit, Latin, Greek and what not will avail us
nothing if they do not enable us to cultivate absolute purity of heart. The
end of all knowledge must be building up of character.
YI, 8 Sept. 1927
Knowledge without character is a power for
evil only, as seen in the instances of so many 'talented thieves' and
'gentleman rascals' in the world.
YI, 21 Feb. 1929
Drugs and drink are the two arms of the devil
with which he strikes his helpless victims into stupefaction and
YI, 12 April 1926
When Satan comes disguised as a champion of
liberty, civilization, culture and the like he make himself almost
YI, 11 July 1929
I hold drink to be more damnable than thieving
and perhaps even prostitution thieving and perhaps even prostitution. Is it
not often the parent of both?
YI, 23 Feb. 1922
People drink because of the conditions to
which they are reduced. It is the factory labourers and others that drink.
They are forlorn, uncared for and they take to drink. They are no more
vicious by nature than teetotalers are saints by nature. The majority of
people are controlled by their environment.
YI, 8 Sept. 1927
Nothing but ruins stares a nation in the face
that is a prey to the drink habit. History records that empires have been
destroyed through that habit.
YI, 4 April 1929
There is as much flaw in the argument that it
is an interference with the right of the people as there would be in the
argument that the laws prohibiting theft interfere with the right of
thieving. A thief steals all earthy possessions, a drunkard steals his own
and his neighbors' honour.
YI. 6 Jan. 1927
I have a horror of smoking as of wines.
Smoking I consider to be a vice. It deadens one's conscience and is often
worse than drink in that it acts imperceptible. It is a habit which is
difficult to get rid of when once it seizes hold of a person. It is an
expensive vice. It fouls the breath, discolors teeth and sometimes even
causes cancer. It is an unclean habit.
YI, 12 Jan. 1921
Smoking is in a way a greater curse than drink
inasmuch as the victim does not realize its evil in time. It is not regarded
as assign of barbarism, it is even a claimed by the civilized people. I can
only say, let those who can, give it up and set the example.