• What's really needed is to recognize the need for spiritual as well as material happiness
  • The yogi's interest is inner peace and self-realization and social harmony
  • Perfection means being in tune with reality
What's really needed is to recognize the need for spiritual as well as material happiness

Who am I

Success in life begins with knowing, "Who am I? What is the purpose of my life?" Knowledge of the self exists; but sincere seekers are rare. More rare are the great teachers of such wisdom. Since time immemorial, wise men have described our wonderful nature: spiritual, primeval, ever-existing, undying, unchangeable, imperishable. This selection of the writings of Jagad Guru Siddhaswarupananda Paramahamsa (Chris Butler) shares that timeless wisdom — inspiring, challenging , practical.

Sharagrahi Vaishnava


  1. ALAS, for those that spend their days
    In festive mirth and joy!
    The dazzling deadly liquid forms
    Their heart for e’er employ!!
  2. The shining bottles charm their eyes
    And draw their heart’s embrace!
    The slaves of wine can never rise
    From what we call disgrace!
  3. Was man intended to be
    A brute in work and heart?
    Should man the Lord of all around
    From common sense depart?
  4. Man’s glory is in common sense
    Dictating us the grace,
    That man is made to live and love
    The beauteous Heaven’s embrace!
  5. The flesh is not our own alas!
    The mortal frame a chain; -
    The soul confined for former wrongs
    Should try to rise again!!
  6. Why then this childish play in that
    Which cannot be our own,
    Which falls within a hundred years,
    As if a rose ablown!
  7. Our life is but a rosy hue
    To go ere long to nought!
    The soul alone would last for e’er
    With good or evil frought!!
  8. How deep the thought of times to be?
    How grave the aspect looks?
    And wrapt in awe become, Oh! I
    When reading Nature’s books!
  9. Man’s life to him a problem dark!
    A screen both left and right!
    No soul hath come to tell us what
    Exists beyond our sight!!
  10. But then a voice, how deep and soft,
    Within ourself is left; -
    Man! Man! Thou art immortal Soul!
    Thee Death can never melt!!
  11. For thee thy Sire on High has kept
    A store of bliss above,
    To end of time, Thou art Oh! His
    Who wants but purest Love.
  12. Oh Love! Thy power and spell benign
    Now melt my soul to God!
    How can my earthly words describe
    That feeling soft and broad!!
  13. Enjoyment - sorrow, - what but lots
    To which the flesh is heir?
    The soul that sleeps alone concludes
    In them it hath a share!!
  14. And then! my friends no more enjoy
    Nor weep! for all below; -
    The women, wine and flesh of beasts
    No love on thee bestow!
  15. But thine to love thy brother man
    And give thyself to God,
    And God doeth know your wages fair; -
    This fact is true and broad!!
  16. Forget the past that sleeps, and ne’er
    The future dream at all,
    But act in times that are with thee
    And progress thee shall call!!
  17. But tell me not in reasoning cold,
    The soul is made alone
    By earth’s mechanic, lifeless rules
    And to destruction prone!
  18. My God who gave us life and all
    Alone the Soul can kill,
    Or give it all the joys above
    His promise to fulfil!
  19. So push thy onward march O Soul!
    Against an evil deed
    That stands with soldiers - hate and lust!
    A hero be indeed!!
  20. Maintain thy post in spirit world
    As firmly as you can,
    Let never matter push thee down,
    O stand heroic man!
  21. O Sharagrahi Vaishnab soul!
    Thou art an angel fair:
    Lead, lead me on to Vrindaban
    And spirit’s power declare!!
  22. There rests my Soul from matter free
    Upon my Lover’s arms,
    Eternal peace and Spirit’s love
    Are all my chanting charms!!