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Scriptural Quotes



For the purpose of protection of all, a Linga is variously caused to be built in villages by Gods, by seers and by ordinary men. Karana Agama 10

O Mother, auspicious be thy woodland, thy snowclad mountains and thy ever-running streams. May the Earth pour out her milk for us, a mother unto me her son." -Prithvi Sukta, Atharva Veda

Purity of mind and purity of conduct-these two depend upon the purity of a man's companions. Tirukural

The sun, wonderous strength of the gods, has risen-spirit of all moving and unmoving things. He fills heaven and earth with splendour. -Atharva Veda 13.35

A man may stand quite still, or walk, or run, or flee, or hide himself, as he thinks, secretly. Two men may hatch a plot together. Varuna knows it all, being present as the third one.-Atharva Veda 4.16.2

To you, O Lord, the Priest, beloved of all men, we bring our praise with reverence. Keep watch over our children and ourselves, we pray. Guard both our lives and our cattle.-Atharva Veda Samhita 3.15.7

The father's duty to his son is to make him worthy of precedence in the assembly of the wise. The son's duty to his father is to make the world ask, "By what great austerities did he merit such as son?-Tirukural 66

I call upon the herbs and plants with shoots, those with stalks, with branches and those derived from Gods, the ones that provide life to men. -Atharva Veda 1.8.53

The man who rejects the words of the scriptures and follows the impulse of desire attains neither his perfection, nor joy, nor the Path Supreme. Let the scriptures be, therefore, thy authority as to what is right and what is not right.-Bhagavad Gita 16.23-24

By the power of inner harmony and by the grace of God, Svetasvatara had the vision of Brahman. He then spoke to his nearest hermit-students about the supreme purification, about Brahman, whom the seers adore.-Krishna Yajur Veda, Svetasvatara Upanishad 6.21

As when a fire is lit with damp fuel, different clouds of smoke come forth, in the same way from this great Being are breathed forth the Rig Veda, Yajur Veda, Sama Veda, Atharva Veda.-Shukla Yajur Veda, Brihadaranyaka Upanishad 2.4.10

O Prana, Lord of all this world, homage to thy roaring, homage to thy thunder, homage, O Prana, to thy lightning. You are sun, moon and creator of all. -Atharva Veda

Without a teacher, all philosophy, traditional knowledge and mantras are fruitless. Him alone the Gods laud who is the Guru, keeping active what is handed down by tradition.- Kularnava Tantra 10.1


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