Swami Vivekananda (1863?1902)


When the missionaries came to Africa we had land; they had the Bible. They asked us to pray with our eyes closed. When we opened them they had our land; we had the Bible. Jumo Kenyatta, the first elected President of independent Kenya, commenting on missionary activities

We live in a chair-and-car culture, and the cold reality is that people who don't use their legs lose them. Suza Francina, who specializes in classes and workshops for people over 50 at her Ojai Yoga Center in California.

Ever since I switched to taking brown rice instead of white rice, I have not had a single sinus attack or flu.
Sornavanita Sutherman of Singapore

I always wanted to be a procrastinator, but I never got around to it.

Prayer is not asking, it is yearning of the soul for communion with God.
Swami Sivananda (1887?1963)

The difference between a flower and a weed is a judgment.

I'd like to offer something to help you, but in the Zen School we don't have a single thing! Zen Master Ikkyu

An American businessman was vacationing in a small Indian coastal town when a villager walked past with his bullock pulling a cart full of mangos. The American complimented the Indian on the quality of his fruit and asked if he had considered expanding his orchard and increasing his income. The Indian replied no, that he had enough to support his family's immediate needs with just a morning's work. The American asked, "But what do you do with the rest of your time?" The Indian said, "I wake up early, finish my work by noon, have lunch, play with my children, take an afternoon nap, and stroll into the village each evening where I sip lassi and casually visit with my friends." The American, a Harvard MBA, offered to help the poor farmer and went on to explain how he could expand his orchards, open his own grocery business, buy a fleet of trucks to ship his produce around the country, or perhaps around the world. Eventually he could take his business public, sell stock and make millions. "And what would I do then?" the Indian asked. The American replied, "That's the best part. You could retire and live a simple life. Move to a small coastal village, play with your grandchildren, take afternoon naps, build a garden for your wife, and stroll to the village in the evenings to sip lassi and casually visit with your friends."

If our senses conveyed the whole truth to us, we would see the earth as rivers and glaciers of electrons, each speck of dust as a rolling mass of light.
Paramahansa Yogananda

Seek truth in meditation, not in moldy books. Look to the sky to find the moon, not in the pond. Persian proverb

The only real valuable thing is intuition. Albert Einstein

475,000 Songs
Purandaradasa (1484?1564), the famous bhakti poet and musician, is credited with having composed 475,000 devotional songs. He also standardized Carnatic music for teaching and pioneered a system of notation still used today. The first raga, musical scale, is believed to be the Hindustani Bhairav, equivalent to the Carnatic Mayamalavagoula, which Purandaradasa instituted as the scale that singers begin their study with. This raga is said to have emanated from Lord Siva.