The Power of Suggestion

Srimati Carrie Trybulec
Speaks on "The Power of Suggestion"
Sunday, June 7, 2015 at 11:00am

The Isha Upanishad offers the thought that we should desire to live the full measure of life.  What guides us toward the realization of such divine fullness?

In order for us to achieve this realization, the knowledge of our own soul must grow.  By our meditation we liberate the mind and remove all false knowledge and limitation. We can, therefore, nurture the noble thoughts that come to us from every side, exploring the divine powers of suggestion that exist everywhere. 

-Srimati Carrie


From Gurus and Swamis:

“It is the nature of the mind to take suggestions. Once the mind is impressed by a wrong thought it may be difficult to overcome.  False knowledge is worse than ignorance.

Meditation cultivates the noble character of the mind.”

-Swami Kamalananda, Reflections on Still Waters

“To become subjective and to learn to meditate, the mind requires guidance. It requires something to focus on that is at first so interesting and so absorbing - so drawing to the mind - that all lesser and weaker, self-limiting or selfish thoughts, will drop away. It requires a light or an illuminating thought. We can see from this why spiritual study and the understanding of one’s philosophy and ideal are vitally important. We can also understand why the use of a specific mantram (sacred symbolic word) and technique of meditation are held in such sacred esteem.”

 -Swami Kamalananda, The Mystic Cross

“Meditation is not the contradiction of mind. It is the universalization of the senses. The world is not perfect, but it offers me manifold opportunities to unfold the God-given virtues of my soul and to attain self-perfection. Through contemplation upon noble thoughts and impersonal ideals my mind receives inspiration and illumination. In the performance of righteous deeds I feel my soul’s oneness with my fellow men.”

-Swami Premananda, The Inner Path to God

“Mind automatically overcomes and transcends all limitations when it is identified with the universality and infinity of God. Peace and contentment are the inevitable results of a liberated mind.

A liberated mind realizes its oneness with all that exists in the phenomenal world as well as with all the realities of the noumenal universe. 

The powers of mind and the faculties of the senses are not opposing forces within us. On the contrary they function in harmony when the ideals of purity and righteousness inspire and guide them.”

I perceive the presence and power of God around me in nature and in all beings, but I realize his attributes and perfection in the qualities and peace of my inmost soul.”

-Sayings of Shyamacharan Lahiri by Swami Premananda


Noble Thoughts:

“Goodness is the only investment that never fails.”

“Every man is the builder of a temple, called his body, to the god he worships, after a style purely his own, nor can he get off by hammering marble instead. We are all sculptors and painters, and our material is our own flesh and blood and bones. Any nobleness begins at once to refine a man’s features, any meanness or sensuality to imbrute them.”

-Henry David Thoreau, Walden

“One whose senses are spiritualized; whose words are constructive as well as illuminating; whose mind is made calm; who is thus disciplined in these three aspects of self-expression; Him I call a man of wisdom.”

-The Path of the Eternal Law, Dhammapada, Translated by Swami Premananda


“His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence…Make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, virtue with knowledge, knowledge with self-control, self-control with endurance, endurance with devotion, devotion with mutual affection, mutual affection with love.”

- 2 Peter 1:3, New Testament


“Control the senses with the power of the Self, calm the mind with the transcendental peace of the Self, and illumine the intellect with the omniscience of the Self. Then alone objective desire, the great obstacle, will be transformed and will become the mighty power of subjective revelation. Thus thou shalt transcend all consciousness of duality and realize the absolute Self. Thou art the omnipotent Self.”

- Srimad Bhagavad Gita, Revelation of the Supreme Self, Translation and Interpretation by Swami Premananda