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"I hold that, the more helpless a creature, the more
entitled it is to protection from the cruelty of man."

Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948)


There are many egotistical students who say, "I need no guru. God is my guru." They change their own robes [to the saffron of a monk} and live independently. When difficulties and troubles confront them, they are bewildered.
Swami Sivananda (1887-1963)

If you are not capable of doing something you wish to do, do something you can. Swami Shivapremananda

A joke is a very serious thing. Winston Churchill (1874-1965) Prime Minister of England during World War II

Sandalwood perfumes even the axe that hurls it down! The more we rub sandalwood against a stone, the more its fragrance spreads. Burn it, and it wafts its glory through the entire neighborhood. Such is the enchanting beauty of forgiveness in life. Swami Chinmayananda (1916-1993)

The most distressing thing that can happen to a prophet is to be proven wrong. The next most distressing thing is to be proved right. Aldous Huxley, (1894-1963) British writer and mystic

You can't judge like that. I don't think India has a monopoly over spirituality. There are more people practicing yoga in California than in the whole of India. Karan Singh, when asked "Which culture or country is most spiritually oriented?"

The presence of God is not limited to the human species, so we must also discern God in other-than-human life forms. These forms must be within the reach of our concern and compassion. Our understanding of God grows as we learn to recognize God's presence in them. Anatanand Rambachan, professor of religion

Whatever you have to do tomorrow, do it today. Whatever you have to do today, do it now. You have only this moment. Yogi Hari, hatha yoga and sound yoga master and teacher

God does not play dice with the universe; there is an order and reason for all of life. Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

What happens when a Buddhist becomes totally absorbed with the computer he is working with? He enters Nerdvana.

We live in a decaying age. Young people no longer respect their parents. They are rude and impatient. They frequently inhabit taverns and have no self control. Inscription, 6,000 year-old Egyptian tomb

Our Earth is degenerate these latter days. There are signs that the world is speedily coming to an end. Bribery and corruption are common. Inscription found on a 4,800-year-old tablet

Look for severe weather disruptions and worldwide chaos when the Earth's poles "shift" in 2000 or 2001. Edgar Cayce (1877-1945) a famous predictor and reader who was nicknamed the "sleeping psychic."

Did You Know?
Orange suffered an identity crisis, having no name in European Languages until orange, the fruit, arrived from Asia. The ancestor of the modern orange grew wild in North India and eventually came by boat to Europe. India has two Sanskrit names for this fruit, naranga and santara. Naranga became naranj in Arabic, then the English altered it to orange. Santara got modified to the Portuguese, cintra, hence citrus and related words.


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