There are three categories of human beings. The first category comprises those whose thoughts, words and deeds are the same - which means whatever they think, they speak, and whatever they speak, they do. Such people are A-class people.
The second category comprises those whose thoughts and words are different, but whatever they speak, they do – which means they think one thing and speak another, but they do whatever they speak. Such people are B-class people.
The third category comprises those whose thoughts, words and deeds are different from each other and never the same. Such people think one thing, speak another, and do something altogether different. Such people are C-class people. Most of the leaders of the present-day world fall into this category. You should try to become A-class people. You should speak what you think, and you should do what you speak.
Ánanda Vacanámrtam, 3
Suppose your boss arrives; you will welcome him and say, “Please come, sit down and have something to eat.” You flatter him but inside you say, “What a trouble has arrived! When will he go?” This is not known to your boss. Thus, two “I’s” are within you; one performs action in the external world, and the other is inside. You are well-acquainted with this inner “I”, but others do not have the correct information about it. Spiritual practice (sádhaná), therefore, is to unify the two, the internal “I” and the external “I”, into one.
Two-ness in one single personality of human beings is their disease. The greater the gap between these two “I’s”, the more you will undergo psychic torment. You must remember that in this second half of the 20th Century there is a great gap between the internal “I” and external “I”. And because of the trouble in adjusting these two “I’s” there is an increase in the number of lunatics. This is the greatest disease of the 20th Century.
Lord Buddha said: Win falsehood by truth, win the miserly with generosity, win anger by non-anger. The intelligent thing for you to do would be never to get angry. Be moral in the midst of immorality and falsehood. If you have this skill, you will triumph in any battle. You will remain unassailed.
Ánanda Vacanámrtam, 48
In reality, human beings want neither joy nor sorrow. They seek mental peace and quietude. In daily life, a person comes in contact with different kinds of people. At times one even fights with some people. How will one find mental peace?
Those who do injustice will also suffer injustice. The people who do injustice will lose their mental balance in any fight. Those who do no injustice will be able to maintain their mental balance in their fight against injustice. This is the characteristic of a person who has attained mental quietude.
Ánanda Vacanámrtam, 47
You see now that Ananda Marga’s fame is on the rise. What should we do? We must maintain our mental balance and remain indifferent to both praise and slander, to both joy and sorrow. When I was in jail, I was subjected to a lot of calumny by some people. These very people now praise me. But I was indifferent to all their slander, and now I do not want their adulation.
Ánanda Vacanámrtam, 47
To understand my nature you must do meditation. I keep no ambiguity, I am clear, concrete, conclusive. My philosophy is a complete philosophy, a complete way of life. I am complete in myself, and I want every person to be complete in themselves. I am like an arrow – clear, pointed.
Supreme Expression, 310
To attain complete success in life, one must have mental equipose, mental balance. There must not be any complex in the mind – neither superiority nor inferiority complex.
Now, to bring about mental balance, you should behave with every human being in such a way that this superiority complex or inferiority complex develops neither in you nor in those with whom you behave.
Complex of any sort – superiority or inferiority – is a psychic malady, a mental disease. You must maintain a psychic balance. That balanced mind will be able to move towards the Supreme Consciousness. That’s why it has been said, “One should be humbler than the grass.” Usually superiority is found more in humans than inferiority complex. Even those who possess mere knowledge of the alphabet, feel themselves quite superior to those who are totally illiterate.
Discourse in Calcutta, December 1979
The one and only Supreme Father of the universe is playing with His innumerable children, remaining Himself with them. This play (Liilá) may appear sorrowful to many and delightful to others. It is a great play in which everybody wants to play a happy part, but some must play sorrowful parts also, otherwise the drama does not become interesting. In this world of His, the Supreme Consciousness is staging a big play. Whenever He wants He will call us nearer to Him – He will make us merge into Him. This is His Drama.
So everyone must remember to play their different parts in His drama. Actually, in happiness or in sorrow, no one is miserable or wretched, no one is blessed. No one is wise, no one is a stupid fool. Everyone has to play their parts and nothing else. Whoever can remember this, will suffer no sorrow and will not be overwhelmed with happiness either.
Seminar Notes 1980, 15