The swarupa (form) and swabhava (essential quality) must be in agreement; that is to say, if a being has the swarupa of a man and the swabhava of a beast, it is false, untrue. In other words, conduct must be in consonance with claims. That is why the Sruthi declares, "Sathyannasthi Paro Dharma" (be true; there is no dharma higher than that). Decide your dharma with buddhi. Ask yourself, "What do I claim to be? What is the special quality by which that claim is established?" Then, direct the mind to the performance of the duties which will demonstrate and develop that quality.
- Baba -