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"Following the path of knowledge without love and devotion is like eating stones."

Mata Amritanandamayi


Man arrives at immortality by breaking beyond the limitations not only of his physical self, but of his mental and his ordinary psychic nature into the highest plane and supreme ether of the Truth: for there is the foundation of immortality and the native seat of the triple infinite. Sri Aurobindo (1879-1950)

Anger is one letter away from danger. Eleanor Roosevelt, wife of former US president Franklin D. Roosevelt

Have you ever wondered what soul faculty you would use to peer into the deep inner workings of your computer? (Answer: your nerd-eye)

Hinduism revolves around the concept of reciprocity: a devotee's life is enhanced by the gifts he or she bestows. Stephen Huyler, from his latest book, Meeting God: Elements of Hindu Devotion

It is far more impressive when people discover your good qualities without your help.

Vision without action is a daydream.
Action without vision is a nightmare.
A Japanese Proverb

I am sorry to say that there is too much point to the wisecrack that life is extinct on other planets because their scientists were more advanced than ours. John F. Kennedy, (1917-1963) Former US president

Amma was making dosai pancakes for breakfast for her two sons, Vignesh, age seven, and Chandran, age five. The boys got into a terrific argument over who was going to get the first dosai. They grew loud and rowdy. Amma saw this as a teaching opportunity, so she quieted the boys and said. "Now boys, do you know what Ganesha would do? He would say, 'Give the first dosai to others.' " The boys listened carefully as she spoke. Vignesh turned to Chandran and said: "Chandran, you be Ganesha."

Those who hate you don't win unless you hate them back; and then you destroy yourself.

DID YOU KNOW?

Ancient Lamp Offering

Aavilakku, or "flour lamp" is possibly the oldest prasada, or food offering, in the world. It began with the Veddas of Sri Lanka, an indigenous "proto-Australoid" people dating back to the 6th century bce and related to the Australia's Aborigines. Veddas believe they came to Earth long ago from the Pleiades constellation, led by the God Murugan (Karttikeya). They landed in Kathiragama, Sri Lanka, and established the worship of Murugan that continues to this day. As an offering to Him they molded lamps from pounded millet, honey and banana. These were fueled with ghee, and strands from the lotus stem served as the wick. This six-lamp offering represents the six stars of the Pleiades. A few hours of burning cooks the dough, which is then broken up and served.


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