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Category : April/May/June 2011

Quotes and Quips

True beauty consists in purity of heart. Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948)

To drink pure water from a shallow pond, one should gently take the water from the surface without disturbing the mud at the bottom. If you desire to be pure, have firm faith and slowly go on with your devotional practices without wasting your energy in useless scriptural discussions and arguments. Keep your mind like clear water, for God is above all arguments. Sri Ramakrishna Paramahansa (1836-1886)

Look at your mind dispassionately; this is enough to calm it. Only when it is quiet can you go beyond it. Do not keep the mind busy all the time, stop it and just be. If you give it a rest, it will settle down and recover its purity and strength. Nisargadatta Maharaj (1897-1981), Hindu sage

Transformation is more important than information. Sri Sakthi Amma, head of the Narayani Peedam of Malaikodi, Tamil Nadu, India

God defined is God denied. To define is to limit. Yet, the deepest of my consciousness calls on Him as pure love. Sadhu Vaswani, (1879-1966) founder of Sadhu Vaswani Mission

The caste system is opposed to the religion described in Vedanta. Caste is a social custom, and all our great preachers have tried to break it down. Every sect has preached against caste, and every time it has only riveted the chains. Caste is simply the outgrowth of the political institutions of India; it is a hereditary trade guild. Interaction with the West has broken caste more than any teaching. Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902)

When the facts change, I change my mind. What do you do, sir? John Maynard Keynes (1883-1946), British economist

Well, it's a pleasure to meet you. Now, tell me, are you a Sunni or a Shia Hindu? An American congressman upon being introduced to the directors of the Hindu American Foundation in 2004. HAF frequently uses this story to illustrate the importance of their work.

We can do whatever we want to the environment and no harm will come, because the Bible says God won't allow the earth to be destroyed. John Shimkus, Republican congressman from Illinois, member of the Energy and Commerce Committee

Why do people who know the least know it the loudest?

When we were young kids growing up in America, we were told to always finish dinner. Our mothers said, 'Think of the starving children in India.' But now I tell my children: 'Finish your homework. Think of the children in India who will make you starve if you don't.' Thomas Friedman, columnist for The New York Times

Being upset reflects the lack of a strategy. Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami, publisher of Hinduism Today

Worry is like a rocking chair. It keeps the mind occupied, but doesn't get you very far.

We are all bubbles in the ocean. The bubble is in the ocean; the ocean is in the bubble. Satguru Siva Yogaswami, (1872-1964) Sri Lankan mystic

Silence is not the absence of communication. It is saying everything without words.

Offer oblations in love, light golden lamps. Spread incense of fragrant wood and lighted camphor in all directions. Forget your worldly worries and meditate. Worshiping thus, there is nothing that you cannot attain. Worshiping thus, you shall inherit the wealth of Indra, heaven's king. Worshiping thus, you shall gain miraculous powers. Worshiping thus, you shall attain moksha. Tirumantiram, verses 1005-1006

Faith is the bird that feels the light and sings when the dawn is still dark. Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941), Indian poet

Siva's devotees know a society is only as free as the freedom enjoyed by its minorities. Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami (1927-2001), founder of Hinduism Today