Life is one long ordeal. Remember this even when things seem quite exhilarating. Any moment, the road may turn into a morass, the sky may darken, and fortune fail. Earn the sword of jnana to rend asunder the veil of maya. While on the pilgrimage to the goal, discriminate between the real and the unreal. If the eye does not help you to visualise God in every object it sees, it is far better to be blind. If your ear drags you into filthy cacophony, it is far better to be deaf. The senses should not be encouraged to plunge you into the sensual. They must serve your real interests and sublimate your appetites. They must help you to merge in God.
- Baba -