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Category : January/February/March 2012

Quotes and Quips

Yoga is the restraint of the modifications of the mind.

It's important to go into solitude from time to time and think about God, especially for those who busy themselves day and night with worldly duties and responsibilities. When the plant is young, it should be fenced on all sides, otherwise goats and cattle may eat it up. Sri Ramakrishna Paramahansa (1836-1886)

There is no place more powerful for practice, more blessed or more marvelous than Mount Kailash. Milarepa (c.1052-1135), Tibet's most revered yogi

A happy man is he who desires nothing, claims nothing, expects nothing and is free from hatred and fear. Dada Vaswani, leader of the Sadhu Vaswani Mission

The heart does not talk, it is the intellect that does all the talking. We have become like machines. Life has lost its naturalness, like a garland of plastic flowers. Only when hearts come together does true life blossom. Mata Amritanandamayi, mystic and hugging saint, Hindu of the Year 1993

The ocean of life contains all, not only humans. To reach it, abandon all self-identification, stop thinking of yourself as such-and-such, as this or that. Abandon all self-concern, every desire; stop thinking of achievements of any kind. You are complete here and now; you need absolutely nothing. Nisargadatta Maharaj (1897-1981), Hindu sage

Don't open your diamonds in a vegetable market. Tie them in a bundle, keep them in your heart and go your own way. Kabir (1440-1518), Indian Saint

It is impossible not to be astonished by India. Nowhere on Earth does humanity present itself in such a dizzying, creative burst of cultures and religions, races and tongues. It is this variety which provides a breathtaking ensemble for experiences that is uniquely Indian. Perhaps the only thing more difficult than to be indifferent to India would be to describe or understand India completely. From the travel book, A Rough Guide to India

There can be no keener revelation of a society's soul than the way in which it treats its children. Nelson Mandela, president of South Africa and Nobel laureate

With a smile I faced all hardships. Swami Sivananda (1887-1963), founder of the Divine Life Society

Belief in rebirth is self-evident to many in India. It is not a thesis to be proved, but a fact to be elaborated. Arvind Sharma, Professor, McGill University

No matter how much you push the envelope, it will still be stationery.

People think that what they don't know gets them into trouble. Actually, it is what they think they know that causes problems.

For creative breakthoughs, the relaxation phase is crucial. That's why so many insights happen during warm showers... One of the surprising lessons of the latest neuroscience research is that trying to force an insight can actually prevent it from happening. Jonah Lehrer, Science Journalist

The difference between science and art is that if I had never lived, someone else would eventually have made my discoveries. But if Beethoven had never lived, no one would have written Opus 111. Werner Heisenberg (1901-1976), German theoretical physicist

Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana.

Hinduism is ultimately about experiencing things yourself. Understanding another person's wisdom does not make one wise. Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami, publisher of Hinduism Today

No one can describe the Truth adequately. Even the great Shankara failed to do it. Satguru Siva Yogaswami (1872-1964), Sri Lankan mystic

It is only through sadhana that you will be able to prudently delineate between true intuition and the feelings of need and greed from the externalities of your instinctive nerve system. Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami (1927-2001)