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Quotes and Teachings of Maharajji - Baba Neem Karoli

Neem Karoli baba was very unique. He never gave any discourses or wrote any articles or books.
His mode of teaching was through simple stories and practical examples. With small nuggets he transformed total personalities, that is his power/miracle.
  • "I am everybody's guru."
  • "I don't want anything. I exist only to serve others."
  • "I have no powers. I don't know anything."
  • "I am the father of the world. The whole world is my child." Link
  • "Ask God or Hanuman. I'm just an ordinary being. I can do nothing."
  • "Love all men as God, even if they hurt you or shame you. Be like Gandhi and Christ."
  • "The great sadhus don't have a human body. They are omnipresent. If a saint changes form, he doesn't necessarily have to take on a human body. The soul is the small form and the human body is the huge form.
  • " If you want to see God, kill desires. Desires are in the mind. When you have a desire for something, don't act on it and it will go away. If you desire to drink this cup of tea, don't, and the desire for it will go away."
  • "In India, yoga flows in the blood of people."
  • "It is entirely against the traditions of the ashram that people should get away without getting prasad."
  • "Often one goes for one thing and finds another"
  • "Love is the strongest medicine. It is more powerful than electricity."
  • "Total truth is necessary. You must live by what you say."
  • "When a man has reached the point where he can sit in meditation for six months, there is no need of eating, no need of latrine or of rest. Only one drop of amrit nectar from the top of the head to the body keeps him alive. If a tiger eats that body there is no care, but only when the life comes back to the body will there be pain."
  • "Lust, Greed, Anger, Attachment - These are all paths to hell."
  • "Attachment is the strongest block to realization."
  • "Serve as Hanuman served"
  • "See all women as mothers, serve them as your mother. When you see the entire world as the mother, the ego falls away."
  • "A pure woman is better than a hundred yogis. Women are more open to love God."
  • "Women are higher than yogis if they are loyal to their husbands."
  • "A wife must serve God by serving her husband."
  • "A woman is a snake; you shouldn't even touch her."
  • "If husband is happy, God is happy"
  • "Marriage is more attachment. You need more devotion and discipline to have union with God when you are married."
  • "If you desire a mango at the moment of death, you'll be born an insect. If you even desire the next breath, you will take birth again."
  • "When you are sad or in pain or sick or you witness any cremation then you actually learn the many truths of life."
  • "It doesn't matter if you are married or not, it only matters how much you love God." He chided: "This world is all attachment. Yet you get worried because you are attached."
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  • Yad karne se ham ajate hain
  • When you remember me I come to you
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  • "Temples are but piles of stones. Attachment holds you back."
  • "Keep God in your heart like you keep money in the bank."
  • "Work is worship"
  • "If you do not make it empty, how will you fill it up again?"
  • "When you loan money to a saint, don't expect to get it back."
  • "Money should be used to help others."
  • "Whoever may be your guru - he may be a lunatic or a common person. Once you have accepted him, he is the lord of lords."
  • "The eyes of a saint are always concentrated on the supreme self. The minute he is aware of himself, sainthood is lost."
  • "The best service you can do is to keep your thoughts on God. Keep God in mind every minute."
  • "It is not necessary to meet your guru on the physical plane. The guru is not external."
  • "To see God, you must have special eyes. Otherwise you cannot bear the shock."
  • When asked how the heart could be purified, Maharaj-ji said, "Always speak the truth."
  • "The guru must know everything about you."
  • "You can leave me. I won't leave you. Once I catch hold of you, I won't let go."
  • "Serve the poor and remember God. You become one with Christ."
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  • "Saints did Jap (japa) and Sadhana for 10,000 years..., only then they could succeed in Jap, Meditation and Yoga. But people want to be expert within 5-7 months only."
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  • "Cleanse the mirror of your heart, and you will see God."
  • "Whoever works for God, his work will be done by itself. "
  • "The best form to worship God is every form."
  • "If you cannot love each other, you cannot achieve your goal."
  • "The heart never grows old."
  • "Everything is impermanent, except the love of God."
  • "It's better to see God in everything than to try to figure it out in everything."
  • -worldly people go outward, but you must go inward like the tortoise, withdrawing within your shell.
  • -if you have enough faith, you can give up money and possessions..
  • -forgiveness is the greatest weapon, because a saint so armed is imperturbable.... he can give up anger immediately.
  • -See God in everyone. it is deception to teach by individual differences and karma.
  • -Maharajji asked an Indian girl four times, "do you like sorrow or joy?" each time the girl answered, " I've never known joy, Maharajji, only sorrow." finally, Maharajji said, " I love sorrow. it brings me closer to god."
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The lessons Maharajji taught about rituals were fraught with paradox that outdistanced the rational mind. He seemed concerned that the rituals be done properly, yet he broke all the rules. But as one devotee said: "When there was work, he would set aside the rituals, and the minute the work was completed, he sent you to do puja." Perhaps he also broke the rules, such as upsetting the fire ceremony, to show people that the thing itself was not the ritual but the spirit. Do the ritual to tune in, but don't get caught. Once, two old men who had taken sanyas after raising families and having done their duties, spent many months at the Kainchi temple (near the hill-station Naini Tal in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh). Maharajji heard them singing "Sita Ram" for several hours each morning. When it was time for them to leave, Maharajji called them in front of him and, in what appeared to be outrage, yelled at them for beating an iron pan in front of the idols. In the scriptures, iron is not to be used in the temples. Maharajji told them that they didn't know how to behave properly and so he threw them out. As they turned to walk away, Maharajji broke into a grin and sang in a high falsetto voice, sweetly: "You beat the gong, and I threw you out."

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Reading the Gita in front of Maharajji, a devotee paused and asked him what was the quickest and shortest method to see God. Maharajji laughed and asked the man if he knew how to swim. The devotee replied that he did. Then Maharajji said that, in that case, he should first bind his arms and legs, tie himself to large boulders and throw himself into deep water. "Then, you'll see God right away," he concluded.

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Maharajji was talking in a room with only a few people, and to one man the talk appeared meaningless. He said: "Babaji, you should give instructions and lessons to people." Maharajji didn't answer. "Sometimes," the man went on, "give us answers and teach us something." Again Maharajji didn't answer him. The man repeated his statement a third time. Irritated, Maharajji shouted: "What are instructions? What is this? What are lessons? This is all foolishness!" Turning to the men standing there, Maharajji asked each how each one would pass the next day. Each man gave a similar reply, saying that he would go to work as usual. Maharajji said: "So many people would pass the day and they'll all do what they have to do tomorrow and they have all pre-planned it. What is the use of giving a particular teaching? No matter what I say, you'll still go on and do what you want. Yet you want me to dictate something. These teachings have got no meaning. It is the Almighty who teaches everybody-they all come well-taught."

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One day he came out and all he said all day long was "thul-thul, nan-nan," repeating these words to himself like a mantra. Days went by like this and somebody finally said: "Maharajji, what are you saying?" And it turned out to be Kumaoni dialect and all it meant was "too big, too big, too little, too little". When he was finally asked why he was saying this, he finally said: "Oh, all you people, you live in the world of judgment. It's always too big or too little."
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Neem Karoli Baba on contentment
"The real contentment comes only when there is no desire, no hankering in your mind for anything. How can you say that you have got everything and do not want anything more when you are holding an empty vessel in your hand? You might be saying this with your mouth, but there would always be the worry in your mind about how the pot could be filled, always looking from side to side with the expectation that somebody will come and fill it up. Well, how can you call this contentment? When one sees that when the pot before him is full to the brim, it is emptied, and when it is empty, it is refilled of its own that is contentment. If anyone wanted to give him anything, he would show that the pot was full already. What would he do with anything more? Even if he wanted to share it with others, where would he put it? This is the real contentment and it comes only through the grace of God. When you have full faith in Him, full reliance on Him, when you can surrender everything to Him, then that grace comes to you by itself - you do not have to ask for it or make any effort. Such is the value of faith in God."

Neem Karoli Baba on Fixing mind on God

Babji said this story to illustrate how one should remember God -always.
Narada. never stops chanting the names of Hari. He once asked Lord Vishnu who is his most ardent devotee. Vishnu said its a poor farmer. Narada was perplexed. To clear Nardas doubt Vishnu hands him a vessel filled to the brim with oil and asks him to go to the top of mountain and come back without spilling a drop. Narada returns with the oil intact. Vishnu asks "how many times you chanted my name" Narada said my mind was fixed on oil only. Vishnu then tells him that the farmer has his MIND always fixed on me all the time despite all his days work and duties.