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Who is truly wealthy ?

He who worships the Lord with devotion.


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Who are elders ?

Those who have realized the ultimate truth.

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How does one develop the power of discrimination ?

Through service to an elder.

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Who is most lovable ?

The knower of Brahman

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How does one attain Liberation ?

By practicing spiritual disciplines.


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Who is dear to the Lord ?

He who is fearless and takes away fear from others


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What are the evils most difficult to rid oneself of ?

Jealously and envy

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What is most rarely found among mankind ?

Love for the Lord.


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What is most to be feared ?

To become possessed by your own wealth.


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"Brahmacharya or spotless chastity is the best of all penances; a celibate of such spotless chastity is not a human being, but a god indeed... To the celibate who conserves the semen with great efforts, what is there unattainable in this world ? By the power of the composure of the semen, one will become just like Myself."

- Sri Sankaracharya

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What is fearlessness ?

Dispassion.

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Where is poison ?

Within the wicked.

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Wherein lies strength ?

In patience.

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What is the best weapon with which to subdue others ?

Sound reasoning.

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What is the obstacle to spiritual growth ?

Laziness.

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What causes the bondage of worldly desire ?

Thirst to enjoy these objects.

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What are thieves ?

The objects which steal our hearts away from the Truth.

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What deludes a man like an intoxicating drink ?

Attachment to objects of the senses.

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For one who has achieved human birth, what is the most desirable objective ?

To realize that which is his ultimate good and to be constantly engaged in doing good to others.

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What poisons the spiritual aspirant ?

Neglect of his guru's teachings.

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Who can be called wise ?

He who can discriminate between the real and the unreal.

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Who, in this world can be called pure ?

He whose mind is pure.

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"I am" without attributes, without actions, eternal, without any alternative, stainless, without any defect, without any shape, ever liberated, without any dirt secretion.

From Atmabodh (Self realisation),

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How can one be liberated ?

By attaining the knowledge of Brahman.

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What is the first and most important duty for a man of right understanding?

To cut through the bonds of worldly desire.

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Who is a guru ?

He who has found the truth of Brahman and is always concerned for the welfare of his disciples.


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