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Category : July/August/September 2010

Quotes and Quips

Your actions express your priorities. Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948)

If you must be mad, be it not for the things of the world. Be mad with the love of God. Sri Ramakrishna Paramahansa (1836-1886)

Bliss is the dance-stage, bliss is the lyric;Bliss are the diverse instruments,Bliss is the meaning;The supreme felicity of the universe is bliss,For he who yearns for His dance of bliss.Tirumantiram a sacred mystical treatise by Rishi Tirumular, verse v. 2725

When I think of myself as a body, I am your servant, my Lord; when I think of myself as an individual soul, I am part of you; but when I realize I am atman, you and I become one. Hanuman in the epic Ramayana

A great thing about being an archeologist is that you are always doing ground-breaking research. Anonymous

All differences in this world are of degree, and not of kind, because oneness is the secret of everything. All is God. But you cannot believe in God until you believe in yourself. Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902), disciple of Sri Ramakrishna

The Sanskrit language, whatever be its antiquity, is of wonderful structure, more perfect than the Greek, more copious than the Latin and more exquisitely refined than either. Sir William Jones (1746-1794), English philologist, the first to propose Indo-European as a common root between these languages

Go beyond science, into the region of metaphysics. Real religion is beyond argument. It can only be lived simultaneously inwardly and outwardly. Swami Sivananda (1887-1963), founder of the Divine Life Society, Rishikesh

To later generations of the faithful, what was written in fluctuating circumstances has assumed the status of immutable truth. To suggest that supernatural stories are allegorical can be considered a radical position in even the most liberal precincts of the Christian world. Yes, faith requires a willing suspension of disbelief; I do it myself all the time. But that is a different thing from the suspension of reason and critical intelligence--faculties that tell us that something is not necessarily the case simply because it is written down somewhere or repeated over and over. Jon Meacham, American journalist, Editor of Newsweek

People fight for religion, die for religion, but rarely follow religion. Anonymous

Be as you wish to seem. Socrates, (470-399 bce) Greek philosopher

This body of mine brought seeds with it. Illness is one of them. Activity passes on and so does the body. Of what concern is it to us? All this was settled long ago. Don't be afraid of anything. Satguru Siva Yogaswami (1872-1964), Sri Lankan mystic

There are three rules to live a serene life: be kind, be kind, be kind. Henry James (1843-1916), American-born English writer

When one teaches, two learn. Anonymous

Peace has three dimensions. Peace within ourselves, peace among nations and peace with nature. Dada J.P. Vaswani, head of the Sadhu Vaswani Mission

A conservative is a man who sits and thinks, mostly sits. Woodrow Wilson, (1856-1924), U.S. President

The cultured give happiness wherever they go. The uncultured whenever they go. Anonymous

Take care of other's needs, and your needs will be taken care of; take care of other's prosperity, and your prosperity will be taken care of; take care of other's moksha, and your moksha will be taken care of. Serve the poor; feed the hungry, care for the sick, go from door to door to see what their problems are. This is the only path to peace. These are the commands of all spiritual masters. There is nothing else you need to know. The secret lies simply in implementation. Swami Satyananda Saraswati (1923-2009), disciple of Swami Sivananda of Rishikesh

The contemplation of celestial things will make a man both speak and think more sublimely and magnificently when he descends to human affairs. Marcus Tullius Cicero(106-43 bce), Roman statesman

The good-and-bad concept should be thrown out with a lot of other things, including the up-and-down concept. There is no good; there is no bad. You don't raise your consciousness, nor do you lower it. These are just concepts that have come in by various philosophers who tried to explain these deeper teachings the very best that they could. What is bad is good, and what is good is good. And a higher state of consciousness and a lower state of consciousness, they don't exist at all. We simply hold a certain perspective of awareness, and we look out, and we go in. Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami (1927-2001), founder of Hinduism Today