Quotes & Quips

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Living begins when one contributes something that will bring
about more happiness, more wisdom and more freedom.
Until then, one merely drags one’s life.

Swami Dayananda Saraswati (1930-2015), founder of Arsha Vidya Gurukulam, teacher of Vedanta

Ever afterward, though the dance of creation change around me in the hall of eternity, I shall be the same. Anandamayi Ma (1896-1982), Mystic Bengali saint

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When one remains without thinking, one understands another by means of the universal language of silence. Ramana Maharishi (1879-1950), South Indian mystic

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A million times they are born and die; In a million follies they forget this. In the darkness of mala they are enveloped. When at last the hidden grace of Siva bursts forth and chases away the night, then comes the moment for the soul to renounce, and it then becomes a radiant light. Tirumantiram 1615

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A common misconception is the belief that thinking is the creation of thought. Rather, it is the reception of thought from a source which has no name and from a place that cannot be found. Since one can’t decide to think nor can one decide thoughts’ contents, why does one claim their ownership? Is every sound Wu Hsin’s because he can hear them? Wu Hsin (403-221 bce?), Taoist philosopher

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The most important thing a spiritual master does for his spiritual children is to make them consciously aware of something vast and infinite within themselves, which is nothing other than God Himself. Sri Chinmoy (1931-2007), spiritual leader, author, poet and artist

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Hinduism is a faith of almost infinite diversity, and yet it is the broadest, most complicated religion on the planet that caters brilliantly to the individual. It seems every Hindu is free to create and follow his or her own unique religion, choosing his own Gods and methods of worship. The Gods of non-Hindus are respected, and Hindu Gods generously shared. Sarah Macdonald, Australian journalist, author and radio presenter

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Give away love like you’re made of it. Bob Goff, American author

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All the diverse elements of Hinduism are held together by a mystic sense of unity and by an attitude of reconciliation, acceptance and harmony maintained by its followers. Swami Bhajananda, disciple of Swami Vishnudevananda Saraswati of Prayag

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Thoughts are like arrows; once released they strike their mark. Guard them well, or one day you may be your own victim. Navajo proverb

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The key is to keep company only with people who uplift you, whose presence calls forth your best. Epictetus (55-135 ce), Stoic philosopher

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He who from the depth of his soul seeks to know God will certainly realize Him. He must. Sri Ramakrishna Paramahansa (1836-1886), Indian mystic

The season of failure is the best time for sowing the seeds of success. Paramahansa Yogananda (1893-1952), founder of Self Realization Fellowship

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It is nature that causes all movement. Deluded by the ego, the fool harbors the perception that says, “I did it.” Veda Vyasa, author of the Mahabharata

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The key to unusual success lies in one’s ability to be sensitive to opportunities as they arise, and more so, in one’s courage and willpower to actually act on them. These moments pass quickly and if not seized will often not come again. We are in a flow and must willfully act at the appropriate times to be successful. Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami, publisher of HINDUISM TODAY

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Every belief creates certain attitudes. Attitudes govern our actions. Our actions can thus be traced to our inmost beliefs about ourself and the world around us. Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami (1927-2001), founder of HINDUISM TODAY

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“I would really appreciate it if you would refrain from shouting ‘KA-CHING!!!’ every time you attain oneness with the universe.”

Crossword

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Across

4. Sanskrit for “serpent,” often the cobra.

6. Sanskrit for “Service to the guru.”

7. The official language of Myanmar.

10. “Householder.” Family man or woman.

11. One of 18 celebrated Saiva siddhas (adepts), and accepted as the first grammarian of Tamil language.

13. “Eon” or “age.” A time span, from tens-of-thousands to one million years.

14. A term coined in 1969 by Mircea Eliade to contrast the Eastern view of bliss as “standing inside oneself.”

15. Sanskrit for “Non-injury,” nonviolence or nonhurtfulness.

16. The major agricultural product of Myanmar.

17. “Abode of snow.”

18. “Goddess.” A name of Shakti, used especially in Shaktism.

Down

1. Sanskrit for “Cherished or chosen Deity.”

2. True remover of darkness.

3. Primary religion practiced in Myanmar today.

5. The previous name of Myanmar.

8. A fee or honorarium given to a priest at the completion of any rite.

9. One who performs tapas or is in the state of tapas.

12. “Dhupa.” Substance that gives off pleasant aromas when burned.

13. Largest city in Myanmar.

16. “Veda of verse.” The first and oldest of the four Veda corpora of revealed scriptures

For completed puzzle as well as an interactive online version, visit: bit.ly/Hinducrossword


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