Quotes and Quips

Quotes and Quips

To define God is grinding what is already ground; for He is the only being we know.

Hindu sages have told us that to live the spiritual life, no matter how hampered it might be, no matter with what limitations, is infinitely superior to having a mental grasp of things Divine. They have taught us that until we have woven these things into our lives, one by one and step by step, we would not be able to have a grasp of the whole of the Divine teaching. Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948)

Expecting the world to treat you fairly because you are a good person is a little like expecting the bull not to attack you because you are a vegetarian. Dennis Wholey, American entertainer

The sages, being filled with universal love for all beings, did not want to keep their enlightenment to themselves. They declared to all: "O mortals, striving and struggling upon this Earth plane, weeping, wailing, buffeted by the vicissitudes of life: we have come upon a great discovery. There is something beyond these appearances, these vanishing names and forms that go to make up this universe. There is something beyond, which is the very source and support of all these objects of the phenomenal world. Why do you search in vain for happiness outside? Come, come, happiness resides within." Swami Chidananda (1916-2008), president of the Divine Life Society

There are three kinds of devotees. The inferior devotee says, "God is out there" and thinks God is different from His creation. The mediocre devotee says, "God is antaryami, the inner guide who dwells in everyone's heart;" thus the mediocre devotee sees God within. But the superior devotee sees that God alone is everything, for He has become the twenty-four cosmic tattvas. That devotee finds that everything, above and below, is filled with God. Sri Ramakrishna Paramahansa (1836-1886)

Build your inner environment. Practice silence! Paramahansa Yogananda (1893-1952), founder of Self-Realization Fellowship

In May, 2009, the Western media was celebrating the success of an American ecologist's first expedition to Everest, led by his much less famous sherpa guide. One newspaper, the Salt Lake Tribune, simply stated in its headline: "Apa Sherpa Summits Mount Everest for the 19th time."

Life is a pilgrimage. The wise man does not rest by the roadside inns. He marches direct to the illimitable domain of eternal bliss, his ultimate destination. Swami Sivananda of Rishikesh (1887-1963), founder of the Divine Life Society

For seven lives in seven bodies the grateful will remember friends who relieved their anguish and affliction. Tirukural 107

Disease is but a milestone; neither is good health our greater purpose in life. We are wellness. We are consciousness. That is our natural state. Swamini Mayatitananda, founder of the Wise Earth Monastery

Man flows at once to God when the channel of purity is open. By turns our purity inspires and our impurity casts us down. He is blessed who is assured that the animal is dying out in him day by day, and the divine being established. Henry David Thoreau, (1817-1862), American Transcendentalist author

I believe that dance communicates man's deepest, highest and most truly spiritual thoughts and emotions far better than words, spoken or written. Ted Shawn (1891-1972), American dancer

The road to success is always under construction. Anonymous

Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men. Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers. Pray for powers equal to your tasks. Then the doing of your work shall be no miracle, but you shall be the miracle. Phillips Brooks (1835-1893), American author

Silence is the language of the real. Nagarjuna (ca. 150-250), Buddhist philosopher

Many people are afraid of silence. They have to be doing something all the time. Many people also are afraid of being alone. But actually no one ever is alone. He's always with his great divine Self. Every person has a great, divine Self within him, an absolutely perfect, shining, sublime being of light. The voice of this being is a loud silence. The voice of your soul is a loud silence. Many people have said that the voice of God is a deep, profound silence. Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami (1927-2001), founder of Hinduism Today

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