Speaks on "Discipleship"
Sunday, September 25, 2016 at 11:00am
We look to all the messengers of God — the great masters, rishis, saints and prophets — to guide us as disciples on the path of truth.
With inner illumination we begin to see what is required for true discipleship: self-dedication and spiritual discipline.
Through discipleship we learn that it is the love of truth and the truth of love that shape our consciousness, ideal and activity.
From Gurus and Swamis:
“Would you choose the way of true discipleship? Then cultivate the capacity to think clearly. Be discriminating, and guide the fresh course of your life by the ideal of self-perfection. Share and universalize your heart in the purest love. Take the higher course always, and then stick to it with commitment, patience and sincerity. This is the path the masters of life have followed to attain freedom and bliss.”
- Swami Kamalananda, Reflections on Still Waters
“…Just humble souls who unassumingly reach out to inspire in others love for God and the desire to seek God by transmitting their consciousness through the vibratory power of their example, words, thoughts and prayers.”
- Swami Yogananda,The Second Coming of Christ
“Soul is a messenger of God. Its exclusive mission is to unfold, realize its God-given qualities and then manifest and share with all other souls God’s truth and attributes in ever increasing abundance.”
- Swami Premananda, Mystic Cross, Dedication Issue
“He who has seen the light of God within him never again walks in spiritual darkness. He remains constantly aware of the sacredness of his body, the righteousness of his mind, the purity of his heart, and the divinity of his soul.”
- Sayings of Shyamacharan Lahiri, by Swami Premananda
"O Divine Master,
Grant that I may not so much seek
To be consoled, as to console;
To be understood, as to understand;
To be loved, as to love."
- From Prayer of St. Francis
“Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.”
- Jalaluddin Rumi
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
- John 13:34-35
“One who is the master of himself and who lives by the power and wisdom of self-control, none can ever deprive him of his conquest, neither men on earth nor gods in heaven, nor angels of the celestial realms, nor demons of the lower planes, nay, not even the creator of heaven and earth.
“To one who is an earnest seeker after the highest truth, the spiritual value of even a hundred years of ritualistic practices is negligible compared to that of his brief association with one true renunciate of pure heart.”
- Dhammapada, The Path of the Eternal Law, Translated by Swami Premananda
“O dear disciple, you have gained the realization of the Self, not through much theoretical learning, but because you were rightly initiated in the illumination of the Self by a preceptor who himself has attained the realization of the Self; and more especially by virtue of your determined self-effort in subjective meditation. O Nachiketa, may we always find such worthy disciples as you.”
- Katha Upanishad, Translated by Swami Premananda