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Category : October/November/December 2010

Quotes and Quips

Hinduism is the ancient refuge for the wisdom of Self. Swami Mayatitananda, founder of the Wise Earth Monastery



By constantly repeating, "I am free, I am free," a man verily becomes free. On the other hand, by constantly repeating, "I am bound, I am bound," he certainly becomes bound. The fool who says only, "I am a sinner, I am a sinner," verily drowns himself in worldliness. One should rather say: "I praise the name of God. How can I be a sinner? How can I be bound?" Sri Ramakrishna Paramahansa (1836-1886)

Choose the path and teachings of a Guru who meets your liking and interest. Don't say bad things about other Gurus. Each Guru is special. Guru is God. God is Guru. The God to whom we pray comes in the form of a Guru. If we badmouth Gurus, we are bad-mouthing God. Sri Narayani Amma, head of the Narayani Peedham of Thirumalaikodi, Tamil Nadu, India

Is there a deeper tragedy than that of a man immersed in the pursuit of the not-self who has no time to realize the Divine Self within? Sadhu Vaswani, (1879-1966) founder the Sadhu Vaswani Mission

No idea has ever been defeated by force. To defeat an idea, you have to offer a better idea, a more attractive and acceptable one. Amos Oz, Israeli writer

When you give of yourself, you always receive more than you give.

Take up one idea and make that your life-- think of it, dream of it, live on it. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success. One single soul with good motives, sincerity and infinite love can destroy the dark designs of millions of hypocrites and brutes. Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902), disciple of Sri Ramakrishna

Begin the day with love, spend the day with love, fill the day with love, end the day with love. Swami Bua Ji Maharaj (ca 1890-2010), Hindu of the Year 1998, spiritual teacher and extraordinary hatha yogi. Though he never disclosed his exact birth date, devotees say he reached 120 years, the ideal human lifespan mentioned in Hindu scripture.

It is Divinity that shapes, not only your ends, but also your acts, your words and thoughts. Your duty is to treat everybody, including yourself, as a manifestation of the Lord. Swami Sivananda (1887-1963), founder of the Divine Life Society, Rishikesh

The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place. George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) Irish playwrite

The reason I sanitized [Hinduism] is there's a lot of junk in it. Deepak Chopra, writer, as quoted by Newsweek

Give thanks for unknown blessings already on their way.

I am confident that there truly is such a thing as living again, and that the living spring from the dead. Socrates, (470-399 bce) Greek philosopher

In between births we rest and learn and plan our next life. We all came here to do something. So do it and don't fool around!

Because I am finally beginning to notice some improvement. Master cello player Pablo Casals (1876-1973), when asked why he continued to practice at age 93

If numbers on the calendar were that significant, somewhere in the mid-morning of March 14, 2015, we would all become cosmically aware of pi (3.14.15, 9:26:54 am).

You attain the feeling of love and then you want to discipline yourself. You love the discipline, because it brings more love. Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami (1927-2001), founder of Hinduism Today