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Faith is the bird that feels the light and sings when the dawn is still dark.

Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941), celebrated Bengali writer who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1913

It is not the knowledge of words that makes a man wise, but purity of heart and steadiness of the mind. Yogasri Svami Yogananda Giri, founder of Svami Gitananda Ashram, Italy

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Those who cannot live in harmony with the world, though they have learned many things, are still ignorant. Tirukural 140

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Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it. Rumi (1207-1273), Sufimystic and poet

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There is no death. Only a change of worlds. Chief Seattle (1780-1866), leader of the Suquamish and Duwamish Native American tribes

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Common men talk bagfuls of religion but do not practice even a grain of it. The wise man speaks a little, even though his whole life is religion expressed in action. Sri Ramakrishna (1836-1886), famed guru of Swami Vivekananda

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Our life is only worth while if we do good deeds and walk the path towards God. Pramukh Swami Maharaj, guru of BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha

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Build your own dreams, or someone else will hire you to build theirs. Farrah Gray, American businessman, philanthropist and motivational speaker

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No one knows what’s next, but everybody does it. George Carlin (1937-2008), American comedian, writer and actor

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If you are constantly absorbed in the soul, then only love and goodness is reflected back. You see the good in everything. Paramhansa Hariharananda (1907-2002), Indian yogi and guru

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Man possesses unlimited strength, infinite capacity for work and boundless perseverance. It is because they cannot always realize it that most men are so miserably inert. Swami Pranavananda (1896-1941), founder of the Bharat Sevashram Sangha

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Never forget that the universe is a single living organism possessed of one substance and one soul, holding all things suspended in a single consciousness and creating all things with a single purpose that they might work together spinning, weaving and knotting whatever comes to pass. Marcus Aurelius (121-180 AD), Roman emperor and philosopher

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In a moment of crisis, the wise build bridges and the foolish build dams. Nigerian proverb

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The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool. William Shakespeare (1564-1616), English playwright

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I am not a saint, unless you think of a saint as a sinner who keeps on trying. Nelson Mandela (1918-2013), South African president, revolutionary and philanthropist

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Never look back unless you are planning to go that way. Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), American author, poet and philosopher

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Perfection is the willingness to be imperfect. Lao Tzu (604-531 BCE), founder of Taoism

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DAVE COVERLY

Just as the rays of light share and diffuse the radiance of the sun, so you too share and reflect the golden glories of Indra, the cosmic soul. Let us meditate on the divine presence and for our share, enjoy the ecstasy of bliss vibrating in the world of past and future creations, by virtue of Indra’s omnipresent majesty. Rig Veda 8.99.3

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In India, “cold weather” is merely a conventional phrase and has come into use through the necessity of having some way to distinguish between weather which will melt a brass door-knob and weather which will only make it mushy. Mark Twain (1835-1910), American writer

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God Siva’s all-knowingness is always inside of us. We don’t have to do anything for it to be there; that’s the important thing. We just have to look in the right place at the right time. Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami, publisher of HINDUISM TODAY

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We must also have desirelessness even for the realization of the Self itself in order to freely proceed and attain the goal. The realization of the Self must never be to us a need to get away from something, an avoidance, a departure from or a means to become better than others. Now we can see that desire is the barrier to freedom, physically, mentally and emotionally. Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami (1927-2001)

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D I D   Y O U   K N O W ?

Restorative Roots

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K NOWN AS HARIDRA IN SANSKRIT AND CURCUMA LONGA BOTANICALLY, turmeric is a small plant closely related to ginger. Found in a variety of cuisines, its bright yellow roots are commonly ground into paste or powder. Sacred to Hindus and indigenous to India, turmeric is an essential part of Indian society. In temples, turmeric water is used daily in ritual ablution of the Deities, and the powder, mixed with unpolished rice, is an important offering during puja.

Western researchers have been rediscovering properties in this root already familiar to ayurveda, such as being anti-swelling, anti-cancerous, an age-abating antioxidant, a digestive enhancer, liver protector, blood purifier, antiseptic, cholesterol buster and skin toner. More uses are being discovered as researchers experiment with curcuminoids, turmeric’s active chemical ingredients.

According to a 2013 greenmedinfo.com article by Sayer Ji, an advisory board member of the National Health Federation, turmeric’s medicinal properties have been the subject of over 5,600 peer-reviewed and published biomedical studies. Sayer Ji mentions his own five-year research project on the sacred plant, which revealed evidence of over 600 potential preventive and therapeutic uses, as well as 175 distinct beneficial physiological effects.

Given the sheer density of research performed on this remarkable spice, it is no wonder that a growing number of studies have concluded that it compares favorably to a variety of conventional medications. These include steroids, antidepressants, blood thinners, and drugs for inflammation, chemotherapy, diabetes and high cholesterol.

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