Wisdom of the Ages

Here are some of the verities of life which are eternally true. Let us take one for cogitation each day and try to reflect the truth of it in our life. We have, of course, to guard against making an alloy of it by a subtle admixture, traducing it to suit our own commonplace convenience.


  1. Every man is a volume, if you know how to read him.

  2. A man should be like his tea, his real strength appearing when he gets into hot water.

  3. He who gives food to the hungry, also prays. His prayer is through the body.

  4. Be on guard when a creature inspires thee with desire.

  5. Devotion to Truth is the sole reason for our existence.

  6. On the stone of mind rub the sandalwood paste of Naam mixed with the colour of good deeds, and worship Him within the self.

  7. Humility, unostentatiousness, harmlessness, forbearance, uprightness, service to the Guru, purity, steadiness and self-control – all this is called knowledge.

  8. The path of self-purification is hard and steep.

  9. With God all things are possible.

  10. Stand up in the Divine Dignity of your manhood: ye are the children of God!

  11. Lead me from darkness to Light.

  12. Lead me from death to Eternal Life.

  13. For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?

  14. My friend, enjoyment of that food is evil which gives pain to the body and evil thought to the mind.

  15. As the body is purified by water, so is the mind purified by truthfulness.

  16. We can acquire a state incomparably greater than the satisfaction of desire.

  17. In worshipping God we have been always worshipping our hidden self.

  18. When we reach the limit of scientific knowledge, we reach two mysteries – that which is within the self and that which is beyond the world.

  19. Mistakes made on the Path are often even more instructive than the mistake made by turning aside from the Path.

  20. Highest Knowledge is immediate witness of Reality itself.

  21. God is a very hard task-master.

  22. Ye shall be holy, for I the Lord your God, am holy.

  23. The Divine Guidance often comes when the horizon is the blackest.

  24. Hatred does not cease by hatred at any time: hatred ceases by Love, this is an old rule.

  25. Man must choose either of the two courses, the upward or the downward, but as he has the brute in him, he will more easily choose the downward course.

  26. I have heard of Thee by the hearing of the ear: but now my eye seeth Thee.

  27. Into Thy hands I command my spirit.

  28. Life is a pure flame and we live by an invisible sun with us.

  29. The price of wisdom is above rubies.

  30. God keeps an accurate record of all things good and bad.

  31. Truth is One.