India has a rich tradition of enlightened saints [yogis] who have dedicated their lives to guiding those on the spiritual path, encouraging aspirants to reach higher and more fulfilling levels of understanding and insight. What better way to start a New Year than by reading a few words of advice from these wise souls, using them to orient our inner compass in the direction we would like our spiritual journey in 2018 to take ...?
Sri Aurobindo, 1872 – 1950
The yoga we practice is not for ourselves alone, but for the Divine; its aim is to work out the will of the Divine in the world, to effect a spiritual transformation and to bring down a divine nature and a divine life into the mental, vital and physical nature and life of humanity. Its object is not personal Mukti [enlightenment], although Mukti is a necessary condition of the yoga, but the liberation and transformation of the human being. It is not personal Ananda [bliss], but the bringing down of the divine Ananda - Christ's kingdom of heaven, our Satyayuga [golden age] - upon the earth.
Amma, 1964 -
Fill your hearts with love and gratitude. Life gives us what we need and not necessarily what we want. It follows its own wisdom, which is often incomprehensible to our gross minds. We should learn to accept situations in life. This attitude of acceptance is the secret to happiness.
Swami Sivananda Saraswati, 1887 – 1963
This world is your best teacher. There is a lesson in everything. There is a lesson in each experience. Learn it and become wise. Every failure is a stepping stone to success. Every difficulty or disappointment is a trial of your faith. Every unpleasant incident or temptation is a test of your inner strength. Therefore nil desperandum: march forward hero!
Anandamayi Ma, 1896 – 1982
Widen your shrivelled heart, make the interests of others your own and serve them as much as you can by sympathy, kindness, presents and so forth. So long as one enjoys the things of this world and has needs and wants, it is necessary to minister to the needs of one's fellow men. Otherwise one cannot be called a human being. Whenever you have the opportunity, give to the poor, feed the hungry, nurse the sick - do service as a spiritual duty and you will come to know by direct perception that the person served, the one who serves and the act of service are separate only in appearance.
Ramana Maharshi, 1879 – 1950
Correcting oneself is correcting the whole world. The Sun is simply bright. It does not correct anyone. Because it shines, the whole world is full of light. Transforming yourself is a means of giving light to the whole world.
Paramahansa Yogananda, 1893 – 1952
Sing songs that none have sung,
Think thoughts that ne'er in the brain have rung,
Walk in paths that none have trod, weep tears as none have shed for God,
Give peace to all to whom none other gave,
Claim him your own who's everywhere disclaimed.
Love all with love that none have felt and
Brave the battle of life with strength unchained.
Swami Vivekananda, 1863 – 1902
All power is within you; you can do anything and everything. Believe in that, do not believe that you are weak; do not believe that you are half-crazy lunatics, as most of us do nowadays. You can do anything and everything, without even the guidance of any one. Stand up and express the divinity within you.
Rabindranath Tagore, 1861 – 1941
... Let us unite, not in spite of our differences, but through them. For differences can never be wiped away, and life would be so much the poorer without them. Let all human races keep their own personalities, and yet come together, not in a uniformity that is dead, but in a unity that is living.
Mother Meera, 1960 -
Be like a child - clear, loving, spontaneous, infinitely flexible and ready each moment to wonder and accept a miracle.
Ramakrishna, 1836 -1886
So long as the bee is outside the petals of the lily, and has not tasted the sweetness of its honey, it hovers around the flower emitting the buzzing sound; but when it is inside the flower, it noiselessly drinks the nectar. So long as a man quarrels and disputes about doctrines and dogmas, he has not tasted the nectar of true faith; when he has tasted it, he becomes quiet and full of peace.
Jiddu Krishnamurti, 1895 – 1986
Put away the book, the description, the tradition, the authority, and take the journey of self-discovery. Love, and don't be caught in opinions and ideas about what love is or should be. When you love, everything will come right. Love has its own action. Love, and you will know the blessings of it. Keep away from the authority who tells you what love is and what it is not. No authority knows and he who knows cannot tell. Love, and there is understanding.
Satya Sai Baba, 1926 – 2011
I … Want … Peace. I is ego, Want is desire; Remove ego and desire and you have peace.
Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, 1918 – 2008
Be as delicate as possible. If communication accomplishes something on the gross but damages something on the level of feeling then it is a spiritual loss! The feeling is more important for life. Nourishment of the feeling level is the basis for growth of the spiritual holistic value. Delicate behaviour on the surface should be such as to nourish, uphold and enhance the Transcendental value where feelings merge into a common source.
Penny Jane Fuller 2018