Sayings of Saints Universal (Four)
A further selection from the Sant Vānī, compiled by
Hanuman Prasad Poddar and translated by Hari Prasad Shastri
One who wants to be freed from the mundane entanglements, from the sufferings caused by birth and death, should subdue the mind, prevent it from wandering here and there, and employ it in contemplation of the maker of the universe.
Ye people, practise self-restraint; by this practice all difficulties are overcome. Anyhow make your mind desireless and urgeless. Teachings register quickly on a desireless mind. Love of God rises in it without any further effort.
In the court of the Lord there are no wants. All can have dharma, right pleasures, wealth and recreation.
One who has a thirst for pleasure and gain is always miserable.
All study, all practice of inner and outer control, all knowledge of law, all pilgrimages are fruitless, if your heart is without the loving remembrance of Rama.
As you cannot hold water in your closed fist, so nobody can command wealth.
Be sensible, give up the sleep of indifference. Look, death is knocking at thy door.
This world is a middle point between two places; pilgrims rest here a while and resume their onward journey.
So far as you can, remain silent. If necessity prompts you to speak, then use as few words as possible.
The divine light is the simplicity of the heart and purity of the soul. It is under this light that you see the way to God.