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Scriptural Quotes



Just as the luminous day is born from light, so may the radiant singers shine far and wide! Truly, the poet's wisdom enhances the glory of the ordinance decreed by God, the Powerful, the Ancient. Atharva Veda, 5.A1

Even as the radiance of the sun enlightens all regions, above, below, and slantwise, so that only God, glorious and worthy of worship, rules over all His creation."-Krishna Yajur Veda, Svetasvatara Upanishad 5.4

Where there is a holy man of divine worth who pursues the Lord, that all space embraces; there enemies are none. Rains in abundance fall. Full is the people's contentment. No evil befalls that land.-Tirumantiram 1868

Truth is the Supreme, the Supreme is Truth. Through Truth men never fall from the heavenly world, because Truth belongs to the saints. Therefore, they rejoice in Truth.-Krishna Yajur Veda, Mahanarayana Upanishad 505

Supported by whose protection heaven and earth, shining brightly and inspired in their spirit, manifest this glory, with whose effulgence does the risen sun shine forth? To whom else, besides that giver of happiness, can we offer all our devotion?-Rig Veda Samhita 10.17.4

Easy for all to offer in worship a green leaf to the Lord. Easy for all to give a mouthful to the cow. Easy for all to give a handful when sitting down to eat. Easy for all to speak pleasant words to others.-Tirumantiram 252. TM,201

As hungry children here below sit round about their mother, even so all beings expectantly sit round the agnihotra. -Chandogya Upanishad 5.24.4

First there is the invocation; second, establishing of the God; third, water for washing the feet; fourth ,water for sipping; ...seventh, garment and sandal; eighth, worship with flowers; ninth, incense and light; tenth, offering of food; eleventh; oblations; twelfth, the holy fire; fourteenth, song and music; fifteenth, dancing; and sixteenth, leaving. -Karana Agama 423-426

If a man masters the duties of married life, what further merits could monkhood offer him? -Tirukural, Verse 45

Plough with truth. Plant the seed of desire for knowledge. Weed out falsehood. Irrigate the mind with the water of patience. Supervise your work by introspection and self-analysis. Build the fence of yama and niyama, or right conduct and rules. You will soon attain the eternal bliss of Siva - Tirumurai


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