Quotes & Quips
"I am in everything, everything is in me."
Bhagwan Nityananda (died 1961)
When individuals change for the better, then society will change, and when society changes, then the country will change. Pramukh Swami Maharaj, BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha
Do not make the mistake of thinking that you are the physical body. That consciousness which vibrates within you is the same consciousness which pervades the outer world. This is the truth expounded by the siddhas, the perfected beings. To know this is the highest attainment. Swami Muktananda Paramahansa
I believed in reincarnation during my last lifetime, but I don't anymore.
Nothing ever will be attempted, if all possible objections must first be overcome. Samuel Johnson
People who take themselves too seriously are seldom known for a sense of humor. Sita Ram Goel in "How I Became Hindu"
Better a lie that heals than a truth that wounds.
It's hard to make predictions, especially about the future. Yogi Berra, baseball player famous for his witticisms
What is the secret of the true life? To remain still in the midst of activity and to be vibrantly awake while in meditation. Dada Sadhu Vaswani
Be careful of your thoughts; they may become words at any moment.
No emphatic statement can be made about Hinduism that cannot be contradicted; it truly is a religion of opposite and complementary forces that embraces an extraordinary diversity. Stephen Huyler, in "Meeting God: Elements of Hindu Devotion"
Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds. Albert Einstein (1879-1955)
Dharma is to the individual what growth is to a seed--the orderly fulfillment of an inherent nature and destiny.
It is very important to give light and love to everyone, because everyone needs affection. Let light, love and peace live today and always in our hearts. Let these words not just be words pouring out of our lips. Let light invade your whole being so that everyone may be able to love.
Mataji Indra Devi
I've known a man for many years who is always cheerful, generous and optimistic. When I asked him how he maintains such a wonderful outlook on life, he replied, "It must be my blood. It's B positive."
A businessman died and went to the Devaloka. Upon arriving, he asked if he could see Lord Siva. The receptionist deva looked in the karmic records and said, "No, you have been too greedy in your life on Earth. You don't have the karma to see Siva. But you could see Ganesha for a few minutes. However, you may ask Him only three questions." The businessman accepted, and entered a beautiful room where Ganesha was sitting on a golden throne, his trunk waving as he ate a modaka sweet. The businessman prostrated, and thought for a moment. Then he said, "O Great Ganesha, tell me what is time from your cosmic perspective?" Ganesha's voice boomed through the huge room. "Time? To me, a million years is like a second." The businessman pondered this profound answer, and then asked, "O Great Ganesha, tell me, what is money from your cosmic perspective?" Ganesha replied, "Money? To me, a million dollars is like a penny." The businessman pondered this and asked his third question: "O Great Ganesha, may I have a penny?" The Wise God, with a twinkle in his eye, answered: "Of course, just wait a second."
They have "Dial-a-Prayer" for atheists now. You call it up, it rings and rings, but nobody answers.
One party says thought is caused by matter, and the other says matter is caused by thought. Both statements are wrong; matter and thought are coexistent. There is a third something of which both matter and thought are products.
Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902)
When I'm not in my right mind, my left mind gets pretty crowded.
Everyone has a photographic memory. Some just don't have film.
I am not young enough to know everything. Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)
The real art of conversation is not only to say the right thing at the right time, but also to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.
If you have not seen your own Self, if you have not pierced the knots of your Heart and washed away the filth of your mind, then what does it matter if you are a
human being? Kabir
Every time we begin thinking we are the center of the universe, the universe has a way of saying, "I'm sorry. What was your name again?"
As to a mountain that's enflamed, deer and birds do not resort--so, with knowers of God, sins find no shelter. Krishna Yajur Veda, Maitreya Upanishads 6.18
Tirukural 1: "A" is the first and source of all the letters. Even so is God Primordial the first and source of all the world.
Tirukural 2: What has learning profited a man, if it has not led him to worship the Good Feet
of Him who is pure knowledge itself?
Tirukural 7: They alone dispel the mind's distress who take refuge at the Feet of the Incomparable One.
Tirukural 10: The boundless ocean of births can be crossed, indeed, but not without intimate union with Infinity's Holy Feet.
Did You Know?
Way before Columbus sailed the ocean blue in 1492, two almost identical games were played in India and South America. Hindu pachisi (or parchisi) dates back at least 1,600 years, and Aztec patolli over 2,200 years. Historians generally refuse to believe there was any contact between Asia/Europe and the Americas prior to Columbus, and dismiss any evidence to the contrary as "coincidence" or "independent reinvention." Pachisi/patolli are among a great deal of evidence to the contrary. One study calculated the odds against independent invention of such a complicated game to be 1 in 10 to the twenty-seventh power--virtually impossible. The rules are basically the same for these popular gambling games. For example, four people move their four pieces around a four-armed board by casting cowry shells in pachisi, and beans in patolli. When one piece lands on another person's piece, the others piece goes back to the start.
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