Quotes and Quips

Quotes and Quips

For those who have strong dedication, samadhi is near. Patanjali (2nd century bce), Indian author of the Yoga Sutras

During the Kali Yuga, man, being completely dependent on food to live life, cannot altogether shake off the idea that he is the body. But truly he is Brahman. Sri Ramakrishna Paramahansa (1836-1886), Indian mystic

Hasten slowly, and you shall soon arrive. Renounce all worldly goals, and you shall reach the highest goal. Milarepa (c.1052-1135), Tibet's most revered yogi

Everyone wishes to be loved. Only a blessed few wish to love. Dada Vaswani, leader of the Sadhu Vaswani Mission

Awareness is ever there. It need not be realized. Open the shutter of the mind, and it will be flooded with light. Nisargadatta Maharaj (1897-1981), Hindu sage

All know that the drop merges into the ocean, but few know that the ocean merges into the drop. Kabir (1440-1518), Indian Saint

Bhakti is nothing but the devotion we show to the divinity that resides within us. Once we regard the divinity within us with devotional fervor, we are bound to develop the same affection towards everything outside, for the same divine truth runs through all things. M.S. Subbulakshmi (1916-2004), renowned Carnatic singer

There can be no keener revelation of a society's soul than the way in which it treats its children. Nelson Mandela, president of South Africa and Nobel laureate

There is no physical world for me. All I see, I see it as the glorious manifestation of the Almighty. Swami Sivananda (1887-1963), founder of the Divine Life Society

There is nothing either good or bad, thinking makes it so. William Shakespeare (1564-1616), English playwright

Laughter is a spark from the soul.

My friend has kleptomania, but when it gets bad, he takes something for it.

All the elements in your body, apart from hydrogen, helium and lithium, came from stars that once exploded. Forget Jesus: a whole star had to die for you to live. Lawrence Krauss, American physicist and cosmologist

Love is wise. Hatred is foolish. Bertrand Russel (1872-1970), British philosopher, logician and historian.

Photons have mass? I didn't even know they were Catholic!

God's omnipresent consciousness exists within each individual. Imagine a japa mala: every person is a bead, but the string that goes through the center of each bead--God's consciousness--permeates us all. By looking deeply inside ourselves, we can experience our oneness with God. Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami, publisher of Hinduism Today

If an earthquake does you harm, do you try to harm it in return? Just keep quiet. Let everyone mind their own business. Satguru Siva Yogaswami (1872-1964), Sri Lankan mystic

Hindus profoundly know that God is the same Supreme Being in whom peoples of all faiths find solace, peace and liberation. Nonetheless, we realize that all religions are not the same, and the doctrines of one often conflict with those of another. Even this should never be cause for religious tension or intolerance. Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami (1927-2001)

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