---------Daily Deliberations---------

JAN. 1. The years teach much which the days never know. -Emerson.

JAN. 2. The deepest truth known to me is that erelong my present truth will change. -Schlegel.

JAN. 3. Wherever there is a human being, there is a chance for a kindness.-Seneca.

JAN. 4. Judgment for an evil thing is many times delayed some day or two, some century or two, but it is sure as life, it is sure as death.-Carlyle.

JAN. 5. For sleep, health and wealth to be truly enjoyed, they must be interrupted. -Richter.

JAN. 6. Cover the head with the helmet of right thought. -Buddha.

JAN. 7. A moment's insight is sometimes worth a life's experience. -0. W. Holmes.

JAN. 8. There is but one right, and the possibilities of wrong are infinite. -T. H. Huxley.

JAN. 9. If you judge, investigate. -Seneca.

JAN. 10. The push of death has swung her into life. -Tagore.

JAN. 11. The mental condition of the modern world ... in which all natural explanations have broken down and no supernatural explanation has been established. -Chesterton.

JAN. 12. Thy speech bewrayeth thee. -Matthew 26:73.

JAN. 13. The inaction of the sage is not what the world knows as inaction. It is the result of perfect poise, which nothing can disturb; therefore he is at peace. -Chwang Tsze.

JAN. 14. Consider that God and you are alone in the universe, and you will have great peace in your heart.-Thomas A'Kempis.

JAN. 15. There is no greater sign of stupidity and want of sense than to trifle away a great deal of time in things relating to the body. -Epictetus.

JAN. 16. As a lamp cannot burn without oil, so a true devotee cannot live without God. -Sri Ramakrishna Paramhansa.

JAN. 17. Sense endureth no extremities, and sorrows destroy us or themselves. -Sir Thomas Browne.

JAN. 18. A God has his abode within our breast; when he rouses us, the glow of inspiration warms us; this holy rapture springs from the seeds of the divine mind sown in man. -Ovid.

JAN. 19. A man had need of tough ears to hear himself freely judged. -Montaigne.

JAN. 20. To a man of faith, God-realization is not a very difficult task. -Swami Aseshananda.

JAN. 21. Every virtue is included in the idea of justice, and every just man is good. -Theognis.

JAN. 22. Let us never adopt the maxim, Rather lose our friend than our jest. -Quintilian.

JAN. 23. Great men are the true men, the men in whom nature has succeeded. -Amiel.

JAN. 24. Stiff in opinions, always in the wrong. -Dryden.

JAN. 25. Pain pays the income of each precious thing.-Shakespeare.

JAN. 26. What is man? . . . A nothingness surrounded by God; indigent and capable of God, filled with God if he so desires. -Cardinal Berulle.

JAN. 27. The office of the scholar is to cheer, to raise, to guide men by showing them facts amidst appearances. -Emerson.

JAN. 28. To the materialist, everything is God; to the pantheistic mystic, God is everything. -Goethe.

JAN. 29. If we eliminated all the unfilled spa an in a man's body and collected his protons and electrons into one mass, the man would be reduced to a speck just visible with a magnifying glass. -Prof. Arthur S. Eddington.

JAN. 30. God bears any amount of burden, so to say, on Himself. Why should we trouble ourselves with any considerations, save surrender to His will? -Sri Ramana Maharishi.

JAN. 31. In all the vast and the minute, we see the unambiguous footsteps of the God who gives luster to the insect's wings and wheels His throne upon the rolling worlds. -Cowper.


By Paramhansa Yogananda

FEB. 1. Remember that what is done by ourselves can be undone by ourselves. Adopt the antidotes for our poisonous actions.

FEB. 2. When the power of human methods reveals its limitations, we must seek the omnipotent God.

FEB. 3. Destroy the wrong thought of ages, that we are frail human beings.

FEB. 4. Think, meditate, affirm, believe and realize that we are sons of God.

FEB. 5. Blind repetition without spontaneous love makes one a "praying victrola."

FEB. 6. Saturating devotional words with increasing realizaon transforms them into a superconscious experience.

FEB. 7. The Lord cannot be deceived by the mockery of a prayer, because He is the Witness of thoughts.

FEB - 8. The road to God is paved with sincerity, persistency, concentration, devotion, determination and faith.

FEB. 9. Is it not hypocrisy to address words to the Infinite Being without a heartfelt awe?

FEB. 10. A prayer repeated with deepening attention is not a mechanical repetition but a scientific, progressing power.

FEB. 11. Learn the technique of meditation, for God abides by the laws which He has made.

FEB. 12. Can there be room for superstition, disappointment or doubt when a son communes with his Heavenly Father?

FEB. 13. Sorrow increases sorrow, which can only be healed through contact with the potent salve of the blissful Lord.

FEB. 14. The dark, disturbing emotions of grief are absent in children made in the likeness of God.

FEB. 15. This life is a picture shown in serials and by installments, infinitely interesting, ever-fresh, provocative, complex and yet rooted in unity.

FEB. 16. You are not the same man you were a second ago -your thoughts have changed, your sum total is in a different proportion.

FEB. 17. All man's ills have sprung from deficient development of his innate and intuitive soul faculties.

FEB. 18. A disciplined consciousness, united to the Cosmic Mind, never inwardly experiences sickness, or suffering, or failure.

FEB. 19. Enter and bathe in the sacred pool of God-love, hidden behind the ramparts of meditation.

FEB. 20. Fragrant flower-thoughts will blossom from the seed of prayer, watered by the divine dew of meditation.

FEB. 21. The soul consciousness of man is made of God-stuff and is pain-proof.

FEB. 22. All physical and mental sufferings come by identification, imagination, and wrong human habits of thought.

FEB. 2 3. Shall we trust bricks and stone? Is God's hand not broad enough for bomb-shelter?

FEB. 24. I hear Thy footsteps, dancing forcefully in the booming thunder, and softly in the song of atoms.

FEB. 2 5. With a myriad of living thoughts of devotion, let us build the true cathedral of God.

FEB. 26. What is this life coursing in our veins? Could it be other than divine?

FEB. 27. Sail in the boat of meditation over the wild waters of mental restlessness and sensory distractions.

FEB. 28. Manifest Thyself to me, 0 Father, as the light of inner reason, the deep blaze of wisdom.


MARCH 1. Nature has given to us the seeds of knowledge, but not knowledge itself. -Seneca.

MARCH 2. That best portion of a good man's life-his little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness. -Wordsworth.

MARCH 3. Intercommunication becomes communion. Communion becomes identity. At last "we know even as we are known." -Mary Johnston.

MARCH 4. The immeasurable and the unbounded is bliss; there is no joy in the small, the finite.-Upanishads.

MARCH 5. He who has cows has care of cows. -Buddha.

MARCH 6. It is the peculiar quality of an undisciplined man to expect no advantage and to apprehend no danger from himself, but only from objects without him. -Epictetus.

MARCH 7. The sage does not praise those who think as he does, nor condemn those who differ. -Confucius.

MARCH 8. Science arises from the discovery of identity amidst diversity. -W. J. Jevons.

MARCH 9. The thorns which I have reap'd are of the tree I planted; they have torn me, and I bleed. -Byron.

MARCH 10. We know what we are, but know not what we may be. -Shakespeare.

MARCH 11. Mysticism ... a transcendent form of common sense. -Chesterton.

MARCH 12. Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of our own mind. -Emerson.

MARCH 13. Non-violence is infinitely more wonderful and subtle than forces of nature, like, for instance, electricity. The man who gave us the law of love was a far greater scientist than any of our modern scientists. -Mahatma Gandhi.

MARCH 14. Individuals are under no necessity to remain exclusively on the human level of existence. It is in their power to pass from the level of the absence of God to that of God's presence. -Aldous Huxley.

MARCH 15. The soul is self-luminous, the immutable witness of the three states of consciousness. It is pure being, eternally blissful. -Shankaracharya.

MARCH 16. You will find it less easy to uproot faults than to choke them by gaining virtues. -John Ruskin.

MARCH 17. How different are spiritual matters from anything that can be seen or heard in this world! -St. Teresa of Avila.

MARCH 18. Knowledge of divine things, as Heraclitus says, is lost to us by incredulity. -Plutarch.

MARCH 19. Once out of all the grey days of my life I have looked into the heart of reality; I have witnessed the truth; I have seen life as it really is-ravishingly, ecstatically, madly beautiful, and filled to overflowing with a wild joy and a value unspeakable. -Margaret Prescott Montague.

MARCH 20. Gentleness and simplicity . . . the warrior virtues, for they disarm and conquer without the knowledge that a battle has been fought. -Chris Massie.

MARCH 21. Spring is sooner recognized by plants than by men. -Chinese Proverb.

MARCH 22. This afternoon, the possession of God has caught me up with such sheer joy that I thought I never had known anything like it! -Frank Laubach.

MARCH 23. 'Tis the mind that makes the body rich. -Shakespeare.

MARCH 24. Let no man imagine that he has no influence. Whoever he may be, and wherever he may be placed, the man who thinks becomes a light and a power. -Henry George.

MARCH 25. A king is one who fears nothing and desires nothing. -Seneca.

MARCH 26. Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the Lord our God.-Psalms 20:7.

MARCH 27. 1 come from God-l belong to God-I am destined for God. --St. Ignatius.

MARCH 28. Peace is not the perquisite of nations. Individuals, alone, can savor peace. -Philip Wylie.

MARCH 29. We are such stuff as dreams are made of, and our little life is rounded with a sleep. -Shakespeare.

MARCH 30. The time of business does not with me differ from the time of prayer, and in the noise and clatter of my kitchen, while several persons are at the same time calling for different things, I possess God in as great tranquillity as if I were upon my knees at the blessed sacrament.-Brother Lawrence.

MARCH 31. The atom has revealed that it possesses functions so varied and mysterious that science has concluded that it is rather mind than the old mechanical matter. -Prof. Robert Millikan.


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