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 Adi Shankara Bhagavatpada Sri Chandrashekhara Bharati Sri Abhinava VidyatirthaSri Bharati Tirtha
 
Do not be proud of wealth, people (relations and friends), and youth. All these aresnatched by Time in the blink of an eye. Giving up this illusory world, know and attainthe Supreme.
[
 Jagadguru Sri Adi Shankara Bhagavatpada
]
Daylight and darkness dusk and dawn, winter and springtime come and go. Timeplays and life ebbs away. But the current of desire never leaves.
[
 Jagadguru Sri Adi Shankara Bhagavatpada
]
An object continues to be dear as long as one derives pleasure from it and it isdetested for the duration that it causes pain. The same object cannot be always likedor disliked. Sometimes, that which is not dear may become dear. Moreover, thatwhich was loveable can turn unpleasant. The Atma, towards which affection neverwanes, is always the most beloved.
[
 Jagadguru Sri Adi Shankara Bhagavatpada
]
Modern man’s condition is pitiable. His craze for sensual pleasures and worldlysuccess is increasing day by day. He toils restlessly to acquire more and moreworldly possessions and comforts. Due to western influence and a craze for materialpossessions, most people have no faith in God or guru or religion or our sacredscriptures. There is growing neglect of Dharma. Virtues are on the decline. Vices areon the rise. Faith is going down rapidly. All our present endeavors must be directedtowards restoration and maintenance of faith in God and in our scriptures. What weneed today is a spiritual revival. The primary cause of all our misery and suffering isthe culpable neglect of dharmic conduct. If only people regain their faith in God, guruand the Vedas and perform the duties as taught by the Vedas and the guru they willall be freed from misery and will be happy.
[Jagadguru Sri ChandrashekharaBharati Mahaswamigal]
It is no doubt a painful experience and a physical loss to have an abscess (or tumor)operated upon and the poisonous matter taken out. But such an operation isnecessary, and in the ultimate result, very beneficial, if we want to secure strengthand health for the rest of the body. Similarly, the strength and health of a society, asmuch as of a body, does not depend upon its size or the number of its component
 
parts but upon its vitality and its freedom from weakness or disease. A society canremain strong and healthy only if the weak, unhealthy and poisonous elements aretaken out of it.
[Jagadguru Sri Chandrashekhara Bharati Mahaswamigal]
In today’s materialistic world, most people have no regard for any religion or God; thefew that profess such regard have only a formal sense of allegiance to their religion,which will disappear in no time, if it conflicts with their personal, selfish interests.Very, very few people are true seekers of God.
 [Jagadguru Sri Chandrashekhara Bharati Mahaswamigal]
Our country suffers at present not for want of religious institutions but for want of people who are prepared to conform to its rules. Waste not your time in trying tocreate more spiritual institutions. Instead of trying to change the world, changeyourself. If each individual reforms himself, society will automatically get reformed.
 [Jagadguru Sri Chandrashekhara Bharati Mahaswamigal]
A government is responsible not only for the secular and material interests of itscitizens but also for their spiritual welfare. It would be failing in its duty if it confinesits attention only to the former and neglects the latter altogether.
[Jagadguru Sri Chandrashekhara Bharati Mahaswamigal]
Wealth and happiness are not related to each other as cause and effect. An attemptto secure happiness by securing wealth is as futile as it is absurd.
[Jagadguru Sri Chandrashekhara Bharati Mahaswamigal]
A thing has value only to the one who wants it. Worldly success and wealth counttherefore only with those who want them. If you do not want them, you certainly donot care how wealthy or successful another person is.
[Jagadguru Sri Chandrashekhara Bharati Mahaswamigal]
 Take money and worldly success when it comes and use it. Do not anticipate orhanker after wealth and worldly success. This is the right attitude.
[Jagadguru Sri Chandrashekhara Bharati Mahaswamigal]
Suppose you have 20 articles in your room, every one of which is likely to distractyou by its very sight? Which is the more practical method, to prepare cases forenveloping every one of them or to shut your eyes? Obviously the latter is easier.Similarly, it is impossible for you to regulate, modify, annihilate or create at yourpleasure the infinite things of the universe which are likely to disturb you. But youcan regulate your own mind so that it gradually ceases to be disturbed by the objectsof the world. And this is the aim of spirituality - to regulate the mind so that it ispeaceful and happy in all circumstances.
 [Jagadguru Sri ChandrashekharaBharati Mahaswamigal]
Once man allows his inherent peace, born of contentment, to be disturbed andmakes room in his heart for greed and desires, a host of evils come on. All evils insociety are due to the demon of desire.
 [Jagadguru Sri Chandrashekhara Bharati Mahaswamigal]
When you know that you have an enemy to encounter, you arm yourself to meet him.It is always preferable to meet the foe in an open field of battle; it is very difficult tofight the foe that is by your side and masquerading as a friend. It is easier to fight atiger openly attacking you than to fight a poison which, unknown to you, has entered
 
your blood and is sapping your life slowly but unfailingly.
[Jagadguru Sri Chandrashekhara Bharati Mahaswamigal]
In the name of progress and economic growth we have grown weaker and weaker.Western thought and influence are corrupting us. The slow poison of un-Hinduthought and manners has entered our blood; and the most pitiable part of it is thatwe do not and would not realize that it is poison.
 [Jagadguru Sri ChandrashekharaBharati Mahaswamigal]
If we do not succeed in the first few attempts, it means that in the past we haveexercised our free will just in opposite direction. So our present effort must beproportionate to that past activity to eliminate its effects. Thus the obstacles whichwe face in life are just the gauge by which we have to guide our present activities.
 [Jagadguru Sri Chandrashekhara Bharati Mahaswamigal]
Worldly comforts and pleasures are not the means of happiness. Today we have inabundance all the requisites of comfort and happiness, far more than our ancestorshad. Yet we are not better off than before. Even though, the means of happiness(worldly possessions) have increased manifold over the last century, our happinesshas not increased.
 [Jagadguru Sri Chandrashekhara Bharati Mahaswamigal]
All worldly possessions must be left behind when you die. Friends and relatives comeas far as the burning ground and return home from there. The only things whichaccompany the departing soul are dharma (good deeds) and adharma (evil deeds). The former is a help and the latter a hindrance. You must therefore in this birthaccumulate as much of dharma as you can and at the same time minimize adharmaas far as possible.
[Jagadguru Sri Chandrashekhara Bharati Mahaswamigal]
Worldly life is at best only a means of livelihood. There are higher objects in life thanmere living, and only by turning to religion can you secure such objects. Do notignore your spiritual welfare, in the interests of mere living.
[Jagadguru Sri Chandrashekhara Bharati Mahaswamigal]
If you do not succeed even after your best effort, do not despair, for fate being aproduct of your free will can never be stronger than free Will. Your failure only meansthat your present exercise of free will is not sufficient to counteract the result of thepast exercise of it. But if you keep on trying you are bound to succeed
.
[JagadguruSri Chandrashekhara Bharati Mahaswamigal]
Start with boundless hope with the presumption that nothing is impossible for you. If you work with earnestness and persist in your efforts, you can accomplish anything.
 [Jagadguru Sri Chandrashekhara Bharati Mahaswamigal]
Conversions from one religion to another are neither advisable nor desirable. Thereligion in which a man is born is the best fitted for his spiritual up lift ment. The Lordknows which religion is best for us and gives us birth in a country, climate, time andfaith for which we are best suited.
 [Jagadguru Sri Chandrashekhara Bharati Mahaswamigal]
No matter how good an artist is, we cannot paint a picture on vacant air, though hemay possess the finest paints and brushes. He requires a stable background, be itcanvas or a wall. Similarly a seeker should apply his God given gifts on the stablebackground of his God chosen faith. So a Hindu should try to become a better Hindu,

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