Quotes and Quips

Quotes and Quips

You are God. I am God. Only one. You cannot separate me from you. Satguru Siva Yogaswami (1872-1964), Sri Lanka's most revered contemporary mystic

I believe that the civilization India evolved is not to be beaten in the world. Nothing can equal the seeds sown by our ancestors. Rome went, Greece shared the same fate; the might of the Pharaohs was broken; Japan has become Westernized; of China nothing can be said; but India is still, somehow or other, sound at the foundation. Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948), Indian spiritual leader

For the Self, all that is seen is but mirage; it lasts but for a moment. Whatever is seen, we know it is not the real "I. " Who could call real this personal self that changes every moment? Adi Shankara, 9th century Indian philosopher and saint

Sectarianism, bigotry and its horrible descendant, fanaticism, have long possessed this beautiful Earth. They have filled the Earth with violence, drenched it often with human blood, destroyed civilizations and sent whole nations to despair. Had it not been for these horrible demons, human society would be far more advanced than it is now. Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902), disciple of Sri Ramakrisha

Divisions are imaginary lines drawn by small minds. Paramahansa Yogananda (1893-1952), Founder of Self-Realisation Fellowship

Life is a loan. Invest wisely. Anonymous

Stop all your attachments to false values. In an ever-changing world there is nothing worthwhile for us to desire or weep for. Joys and sorrows are bound to come in human life; they are just two sides of the same coin. Swami Chinmayananda (1916-1992), founder of the Chinmaya Mission

Even in search of extraordinary gains, the wise will never speak trivial or useless words. Tirukkural 198

Let me tell you the truth: there is nothing wrong in your being in the world. But you must direct your mind towards God; otherwise you will not succeed. Do your duty with one hand and with the other hold to God. After the duty is over, you will hold to God with both hands. Sri Ramakrishna Paramahansa (1836-1886)

There are two great forces in the universe, silence and speech. Silence prepares, speech creates. The strength of noise and activity is great. But infinite is the strength of stillness and silence, in which great forces prepare for action. To be capable of silence, stillness and illuminated passivity is to be fit for immortality. Sri Aurobido (1879-1950)

Like most modern conveniences, ignorance can be very expensive. Anonymous

From one seed arises a huge tree; from it comes numerous seeds, each one of which in its turn grows into a tree. No two fruits are alike. Yet it is one life that throbs in every particle of the tree. So, it is the same Atman everywhere. All creation is That. There is beauty in the birds and in the animals. They too eat and drink like us, mate and multiply; but there is this difference: we can realize our true nature, the Atman. Having been born as human beings, we must not waste this opportunity. Sri Anandamayi Ma, (1896-1982), Bengali mystic

Prayers without action are futile, action without prayers are fatal. Anonymous

In today's multicultural world, the truly reliable path to coexistence and creative cooperation must start from what is at the root of all cultures, from what lies infinitely deeper in human hearts or minds than political opinion, convictions, antipathies or sympathies. That is transcendence. To be in harmony with that which we are not, what we do not understand, what seems distant from us in time and space, but with which we are nevertheless mysteriously linked. Vaclav Havel, playwright, writer and former president of the Czech Republic

A single conversation with a wise man is better than ten years of study. Chinese proverb

Science sometimes runs the risk of not seeing the truth, because it does not want to know about miracles. Jacques Cousteau (1910-1997), French explorer, ecologist and filmmaker

Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great. Mark Twain, (1835-1910), American author

The Saints, Sages and Satgurus are Hinduism's holy men and women. Saints, devoid of ego, reflect the peace, humility and purity of a devout life. Sages, though perfectly liberated, may outwardly appear detached and ordinary. Satgurus, also fully enlightened, guide others on the path.Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami (1927-2001), founder of Hinduism Today

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