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Buddha and How Purity Can Never be Killed

Monday, September 27th, 2010
Buddha and How Purity Can Never be Killed

When Buddha was born, he was so pure that whosoever looked at his face from a distance immediately gave up the ceremonial religion and became a monk and became saved. So the gods held a meeting. They said, ‘We are undone.’ Because most of the gods live upon the ceremonials. These sacrifices go to the […]

The Fanatical Worshiper of Shiva

Monday, August 16th, 2010
	 The Fanatical Worshiper of Shiva

From a class on BHAKTI YOGA, Jan. 20th, 1896. There is an old story of a man who was a worshipper of Shiva. There are sects in our country who worship God as Shiva, and others who worship Him as Vishnu. This man was a great worshipper of Shiva, and to that he added a […]

The Greatest Sacrifice

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

This idea of complete self-sacrifice is illustrated in the following story: After the battle of Kurukshetra the five Pandava brothers performed a great sacrifice and made very large gifts to the poor. All people expressed amazement at the greatness and richness of the sacrifice, and said that such a sacrifice the world had never seen […]

An answer different from what we expect

Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

A teacher teaching Maths to five-year-old student asked him, “If I give you one apple and one apple and one apple, how many apples will you have? “Within a few seconds the student replied confidently, “Four!” The dismayed teacher was expecting an effortless correct answer (three). She was disappointed. “Maybe the child did not listen […]

Desire God and You Shall Have God

Friday, April 30th, 2010

Of course you must understand, there is a difference between desire and desire. The master said, “My child, if you desire after God, God shall come to you.” The disciple did not understand his master fully. One day both went to bathe in a river, and the master said, “Plunge in”, and the boy did […]

What We Think We Become by Swami Vivekananda

Thursday, April 15th, 2010

Thought is all important for “what we think we become.”  There was once a Sannyasin, a holy man, who sat under a tree and taught the people.  He drank milk, and ate only fruit, and made endless ‘Pranayamas,’ and felt himself to be very holy.   In the same village lived an evil woman.  Every day […]

A Millionaire and Three Beggars.

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010

There was a good-natured millionaire in the town. Three beggars thought of approaching him for help. The first man went to the millionaire and said: “O Lord! I want five rupees. Please give me.” The millionaire was taken aback at this man’s impudence. “What! You demand five rupees from me as though I owe you […]

Why we shout when in anger

Sunday, April 4th, 2010

A Hindu saint who was visiting river Ganges to take bath found a group of family members on the banks, shouting in anger at each other. He turned to his disciples smiled and asked. ‘Why do people shout in anger shout at each other?’ Disciples thought for a while, one of them said, ‘Because we […]

Come- Sweet Death!

Thursday, March 11th, 2010

People who live in or near forests of India often make their living by gathering firewood. They tie it into bundles which are slung over their shoulders and carry on their backs to a market-place. One day an old man, out in the woods alone was picking up sticks. He greedily made a pile so […]

Three robbers – by Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa

Thursday, February 18th, 2010

Once, a man was going through a forest, when three robbers fell upon him and robbed him of all his possessions. One of the robbers said, “What’s the use of keeping this man alive?” So saying, he was about to kill him with his sword, when the second robber interrupted him, saying: ‘Oh, no! What […]