Theory and Practice



“The energy which is expended in mere thinking, talking or writing is like the steam which escapes through the whistle of the railway engine. The whistle makes a noise, and is even interesting, but it cannot drive the engine. No amount of whistling can move the engine forward. The steam has to be harnessed and used intelligently in order that it may actually take the engine to its destination. That is why the sages have always insisted on practice rather than theory. This applies particularly to those who want to know and realize God.”
–Life At Its Best, p23

Someone else said that he was sincerely trying to follow Baba’s orders. Baba corrected him, “Don’t keep on saying, ‘I am trying,’ but do it and be it, for you will become old before your time if you go on saying, ‘I am trying,’ and there is no result. Once you know the truth, you must not merely try, but do it! Try once or twice, but don’t make it a lifelong habit.”, p4994


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