The Mother Divine
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By Sri Sri Sitaramdas Omkarnath

How to become Desireless & Dispassionate?

  • If you can’t become desireless with effort– fill your heart and mind with Naam, there will be no place left for any desire.
  • Continue to endure everything while repeating ‘Ram’, ‘Ram’– pray for freedom from worldly desires. When it’s time for God’s grace, wipe away the collyrium of desires, sever the bondage of attachment and renounce the samsara (worldly existence) dancing with pleasure.
  • Even a mountain of your wealth will not liberate you from this mortal world, money will only bring misfortune; stay aloof from it.
  • Both effort and detachment are required. Without detachment it is not possible for anyone to continue efforts.

Seva (Service) & Welfare Acts:

  • Aasib jaayib charan sevib”.  The devotee finds his satisfaction in this alone. (These are devotees who don't want to attain nirvana but to keep coming back to Lord’s lotus feet, for His service, which is best possible in the human form).
  • It is service which takes one to the higher regions. Service destroys sense of ‘me’ and ‘mine’, and ending body-consciousness, enables one to realize oneself. It is service that leads one to the direct vision of the Beloved God.
  • Service alone! Service! Service in the material way! Service mentally! The servant does not even realize when and how he was able to become free from the bondage of samsara.

Paropakara (Service to Others):

  • Having been born in this world and obtained the transient human body, one must forever try to engage oneself in serving others to the extent possible. Paropakara (welfare of the others) is supreme dharma. The enlightened ones consider their lives fruitful by simply serving the mankind.

Just Seva (Service) Isn’t Enough:

  • Seva without upasana cannot purify the chitta. It cannot gain roots in firm ground, because after performing service for a few days, the chitta falls down to its lower state.
  •  Just seva (service) won’t do, you will have to regularly do a japa of twenty-one thousand six hundred beads-counts. It doesn’t matter whether you are a householder or a renunciate; those who have done this, have gained experiences and supreme joy, while those who engaged themselves in seva (service) alone have dropped seva after a few days and have fallen. It is because of this, many renunciates have fallen from the path.
  • Even while engaged in welfare activities and service, there is a need to do japa-dhyana etc. The purpose of service is to realize God, therefore continue welfare work, but don’t give up Naam and contemplation of God’s divine sports.


  • Among the various paths available for assimilation of dharma (virtue), the path of compassion is the most excellent one. It is the compassionate one who is designated a sadhu and attains immortality.

Daan (Charity):

  • Daan (charity) brings religious merit to the daataa (donor), not the grahitaa (recipient)


  • When one feels naturally drawn to (and shows great respect for) listening to or contemplating on Bhagawat Katha, one must take it that grace of Satguru has descended.
  • Shuddha-ahara, sadachara, Yathakaal upasana –pure food, virtuous conduct and worship at prescribed hours, these three can rain His grace. The grace comes from above (invariably).


  • Worldly sorrows cannot reach anywhere near those whose minds have been calmed by drinking the nectar of divine bliss. They constantly dwell in ananda (bliss). Sorrow, hardship, sufferings and diseases run away from them.


  • It is by virtue of strength of his character that a man is adored like a God or despised like a devil. There is no virtue that can overwhelm one’s natural character.
  • Whether it’s a man or a woman, character is a priceless wealth for everyone. This is a wealth which once lost cannot be regained. All men and women must preserve this wealth with utmost care.
  • In the short run, prosperity may be achieved through unrighteous means (aversion to dharma), and then one begins to see good in it. Thereafter, victory is obtained over enemies, and then shortly after, everything is destroyed.

Shaucha (Purity)/Traditional attire/ Spiritual Hygiene:

  • The pores of the body throw out impure substances every moment, when you wear clothes such as full trousers and shirt; these impurities stay glued to the body and disturb the mind. “I am the body” – this is ignorance. It is a sin not easily dispelled.
  • The dirty substances of the human body are released through the pores of the skin, attires such as full pant and long gowns sustains the dirt on the body and afflicts the body with tamasik particles.
  • Do not use shirt, shoe, towel, bed, bed sheet etc. of another.
  • It is always a necessary duty to clean up with water after relieving yourself of urine or excreta; what is released from the body is vicious, how can you remain healthy while being clothed in the vapour of your waste matter? How can you pursue sadhana in dirt?
  • The object of men and women of India is (should be) to realize God– imitating the ways of the West, the educated Indians of today wear full pants and scarcely realize that full pants blemished by urine and excreta is taking them to degeneration.
  • Water is the source of life, it is from water the life is inspired, therefore the length of time you spend in water for bath etc. makes your body healthy, and the energy of prana is enhanced. That is why the first instruction of the Aryan Rishis was to take bath in the morning.
  • Rising early in the morning and doing daily ablutions, one must take bath. Through bathing in the morning both the body and mind are endowed with sattvik bhava. The Shastras declare that morning bath rids one of infinite sins.
  • During the four impure days of monthly cycle of women, one should not seek to unite with a woman. That results into damage to the eyes; several cases of current day men with eye-diseases are due to this.