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"The cultured give happiness wherever they go.
The uncultured, whenever they go."

Swami Chinmayananda(1917?1993), Vedantist writer, lecturer and Hindu renaissance founder of Chinmaya Mission InternationalFrank and Ernest


I see God walking in every human form. When I meet different people, I say to myself, "God in the form of the saint, God in the form of the sinner, God in the form of the righteous, God in the form of the unrighteous." Sri Ramakrishna (1836?
1886
), guru of Swami Vivekananda

That's because Hinduism, historically speaking, is the world's only non-prophet religion. Wry response from a little-known swami when asked for an explanation of the apparent poverty found in India

It was a pleading look, as if they were asking me not to put them in the pot. British chef Simon Beavis, who quit his job at a seafood restaurant because he refused, on grounds of cruelty, to boil live lobsters .

Peace on Earth is inevitable. I just hope we human beings are around to enjoy it.
Swami Beyondananda

The world looks like a mathematical equation which, turn it how you will, balances itself. Every secret is told, every crime is punished, every virtue rewarded, every wrong redressed, in silence and certainty. A quote by American poet Ralph Waldo Emerson, posted on a website following a jury's judgment against Ananda Church and its leader, J. Donald Walters, AKA Swami Kriyananda (see Evolutions, p.46)

Once a man acquired the power to walk on water. A real saint met him and asked how long it took him to acquire this power. The man replied proudly that it had taken him 17 years. The saint, laughing, replied, "In 17 years you have acquired a power worth 25 cents. Since we just give a quarter to the boatman and he ferries us across the river!" Narrated by Baba Muktananda and retold by Swami Prakashananda

Serious sport has nothing to do with fair play. It is bound up with hatred, jealousy, boastfulness, disregard of all rules and sadistic pleasure in witnessing violence. In other words, it is war minus the shooting. British writer George Orwell (1903?1950), expressing his opinion of modern competitive sports

DID YOU KNOW?

"Cow Pie" Power

Cow dung is an antiseptic! not only is it free from bacteria, it does a good job of killing it. India's cows produce more than 800 million tons of dung every year. Most is used as fertilizer and some to prepare vibhuti, holy ash. In villages it is still the principal source of cooking fuel. Dried dung is odorless and produces a slow, even heat. Additionally, smoke from a dung fire keeps flies away and acts as a mosquito repellent. Packed on the outside walls of a house, cow dung acts as an insulator, keeping heat out in the summer and holding it inside in winter.


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