"To love only members of the BrAmho SamAj
or of one's own family is mAyA;
to love one's own countrymen is mAyA.
But to love the people of all countries,
to love the members of all religions, is dayA.
Such love comes from love of God, from dayA."
"MAyA is nothing but 'woman and gold'.
A man living in its midst gradually loses his spiritual
alertness. He thinks all is well with him.
The scavenger carries a tub of night-soil on his head,
and in course of time loses his repulsion to it.
One gradually acquires love of God through
the practice of chanting God's name and glories."
"Remember that dayA, compassion, and mAyA, attachment,
are two different things. Attachment means the feeling of
'my-ness' towards one's relatives.
Compassion is the love one feels
for all beings of the world.
It is an attitude of equality. MAyA also comes from God.
Through mAyA, God makes one serve one's relatives.
But one thing should be remembered:
mAyA keeps us in ignorance and entangles
us in the world, whereas dayA
makes our hearts pure and gradually unties our bonds."
"How is it ever possible for one man to liberate another
from the bondage of the world? God alone,
the Creator of this world-bewitching mAyA,
can save men from mAyA.
There is no other refuge but that great teacher,
How is it ever possible for men who have not
realized God or received His command,
and who are not strengthened with divine strength,
to save others from the prison-house of the world?"
Here is a 60 second WAV
file recording of a sloka from Soundarya Lahari a prelude to the Telegu song
Vinayakuniwhich implores in all humility "Mother, like the moonshine that falls
both on the deserving palatial terraces and the undeserving shrubs of the forest,
let Your grace pour on me too, however undeserving I am"
Sloka by Shrimati M. S. Subbulakshmi____