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Category : October/November/December 2009

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Find the One everywhere and in everything and there will be an end to all pain and suffering.

When visiting Chicago, Swami Vivekananda stayed in the house of a businessman who was an associate of John D. Rockefeller. Many times had Mr. Rockefeller heard his friends talking about an extraordinary and wonderful Hindu monk, and many times he had been invited to meet Swamiji but always refused. At that time Rockefeller was not yet at the peak of his fortune, but was already powerful and strong-willed, a hard man to advise. One day, on a whim, the millionaire briskly walked through the door and said he wanted to see the Hindu monk. Swami Vivekananda, who was behind his writing table, did not even lift his eyes when the magnate entered the study room. In their ensuing conversation, Swami told Rockefeller secrets about his past that Rockefeller alone knew. Then, Swami boldy explained that God had given him all his wealth in order that he might have an opportunity to help people and do good. Annoyed that someone dared to tell him what to do, Rockefeller stormed out. Coming back a week later, he brought plans to donate an enormous sum of money to charity. This was Rockefeller's first large donation to the public welfare. "Well, there you are," he said to Vivekananda, "You can thank me for it." Swamiji then said softly, "No sir, it is for you to thank me." The Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda, vol. 9

Life is meant for God-realization. If you die without attaining God-realization, your life is in vain. Even having one hundred gurus will not help, unless the disciple has a great desire for liberation and tries to get rid of all that stands in the way. Swami Chidananda (1916-2008), President of the Divine Life Society

Most people, most of the time, are under the influence of the ego. Now, when someone is driving under the influence of alcohol, a policeman can pull that drunk driver over and measure the level of inebriation. But what policeman has the authority to pull you over and give you an egolizer test? You are driving, living, acting and speaking under the influence of the ego. Gurumayi Chidvilasananda, successor to Swami Muktananda

Can you weep for Him with intense longing of heart? Men shed a jugful of tears for the sake of their children, for their wives, or for money. But who weeps for God? Sri Ramakrishna Paramahansa (1836-1886)

Remain calm, serene, always in command of yourself. You will then find out how easy it is to get along. Paramahansa Yogananda (1893-1952), Founder of Self-Realization Fellowship

We live in a moment of history where change is so speeded up that we begin to see the present only when it is already disappearing. R.D. Laingt (1927-1989), Scottish psychiatrist

Killing time murders opportunities. Anonymous

Time is more precious than money; it is the most valuable thing in the world. Time is life. Use it profitably in spiritual pursuits. Swami Sivananda of Rishikesh (1887-1963), founder of the Divine Life Society

As righteousness resides in the hearts of the virtuous, so does deceit dwell in the hearts of thieves. Tirukural 288

The biggest sorrow is poverty. The greatest happiness is that of meeting with a saint, which is beyond compare. Tulsidas in the Ramacharitamanasa, 16th century

There are vegetarians and vegans, but there are also vagueans--those who are not sure about what they eat. Anonymous

People have fallen into a foolish habit of speaking of orthodoxy as something heavy, humdrum and safe. There never was anything so perilous or so exciting as orthodoxy. It is sanity--and to be sane is more dramatic than to be mad. G.K. Chesterton (1874-1936), English writer

If you want to be happy, be. Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910), Russian writer

You can gain an intricate control of the various things that change in and about you. Lean your thoughts and feelings in the right direction, and discover how quickly your circumstances will change their direction. Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami (1927-2001), founder of Hinduism Today