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Category : July/August/September 2011

Quotes and Quips

The great soul of India will topple our material world. Romain Rolland (1866-1944), French thinker and Nobel laureate

He who is called Brahman by the jnanis is known as atman by the yogis and as Bhagavan by the bhaktas. But even That disappears when the aspirant reaches nirvikalpa samadhi. Sri Ramakrishna Paramahansa (1836-1886)

All other pleasures and possessions pale into nothingness before service which is rendered in a spirit of joy. Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948)

The human being is a marvelous thing. Imagine, a creature that can talk to God Himself! Dada Vaswani, leader of the Sadhu Vaswani Mission

You cannot believe in God until you believe in yourself. Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902)

Since we cannot change reality, let us change the eyes which see reality. Nikos Kazantzakis (1883-1957), Greek writer

A quiet mind is all you need. All else will happen rightly, once your mind is quiet. As the Sun makes the world active with its rays, so does self-awareness change the mind. In its light, energies wake up and work miracles without effort on your part. Nisargadatta Maharaj (1897-1981), Hindu sage

All things are good when we learn to master them, but no thing is good when it masters us.

Reincarnation is an ancient, mainstream belief in Judaism. Even the great Torah scholar, commentator and kabbalist, Ramban, attributed Job's suffering to reincarnation. In the Jewish concept, the soul is placed in a body in order for a person to attain spiritual perfection. If one didn't take full advantage of the opportunity to perfect the soul, he may be reincarnated to complete the soul's perfection. Rabbi Yirmiyahu Ullman, teacher at the Ohr Somayach scripture school in Jerusalem

For Earth, in a sense, it matters little if we extract energy from petroleum or from eating our vegetables: all of it comes from the planet. Now, a human being at rest runs on 90 watts; that's how much power you need just to lie down. And when you're physically active, you'll need about 250 watts. So how much energy does our Western lifestyle require? When you add up our food calories plus the energy needed to run the computer and the air-conditioner and more, you get over 11,000 watts. A single New Yorker needs more energy than a blue whale, the biggest animal that has ever existed. That is why our lifestyle is unsustainable: Earth just can't do it. Geoffrey West, British physicist

An imperfect world goads us to improve. Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami, publisher of Hinduism Today

Just sit quietly and you will hear swami speaking to you. All are swami. Satguru Siva Yogaswami, (1872-1964) Sri Lankan mystic

Who there be who, like our Lord, knows the great and the small, the difficult and the facile? Only they who, like a tortoise, withdraw the five senses under their shell. They hear and see the here and the beyond, and have all impurities dispelled. Tirumantiram, verse 133

Hinduism is an orthodox religion, conservative in its ways and yet pliant and understanding. It is simultaneously the most demanding spiritual path and the most forgiving. Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami (1927-2001), founder of Hinduism Today