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Scriptural Quotes



O thunder-wielding God, You of all beings are most renowned and mightiest of the mighty. Conduct us to the further shore of sorrows in peace and frustrate all assaults of evil. - Rig Veda II, 33. 3

As one not knowing that a golden treasure lies buried beneath his feet may walk over it again and again yet never find it-so all beings live every moment in the city of Brahman yet never find Him, because of the veil of illusion by which He is concealed.-Sama Veda, Chandogya Upanishad 8.3.2

They will find enduring joy who praise the auspicious God who knows the four Vedas and the six sacred sciences, who is Himself the sacred Word recited by scholars of the scripture. Tirumurai 2.47.1

The sage burns away his life in selfless actions, like an incense stick which gives its fragrance to others at the cost of its own existence. He feels immense happiness in spreading love and peace to all of society. - Man and Nature, Mata Amritanandamayi Ma

Taking as a bow the great weapon of the Upanishad, one should put upon it an arrow sharpened by meditation. Stretching it with a thought directed to the essence of That, penetrate that Imperishable as the mark, my friend.-Atharva Veda, Mundaka Upanishad 2.2.3

Many are the births and deaths forgotten by souls shrouded in ignorance, enveloped in mala's darkness. At the moment great Siva's grace is gained, the renunciate attains the splendorous light.-Tirumantiram 1615

Cutting all the stones to be cut, carving all the stones to be carved, boring all the stones to

be bored, such are the three aspects of the shilpi's art.-Suprabheda Agama 21.28-29

In this process of construction, according to number patterns based on eight, what is symbolically represented by the central point, bindu which is essentially formless, is the Primal Supreme Being.-Mayan's Aintiram 128

Filled full with Brahman are the things we see. Filled full with Brahman are the things we see not. From out of Brahman floweth all that is. From Brahman all-yet is He still the same.-Brihadaranyaka Upanishad, Invocation

The subtle Self is known by thought in which the senses in five different forms have centered. The whole of men's thought is pervaded by the senses. When thought is purified, the Self shines forth.- Atharva Veda, Mundaka Upanishad 3.1.9

A hundred uninitiated are equal to one brahmachari. A hundred brahmacharis are equal to one grihastha. A hundred grihashas are equal to one vanaprastha. A hundred vanaprasthas are equal to one sannyasin-Atharva Veda Narasinha Upanishad 5.10

A sattvic he is, his thoughts centered on Paratattva, his vision clear through conflicting faiths, abhorrent of recurring cycles of births, straight in dharma's path he easy walks. He, sure, is disciple good and true -Tirumantiram 1696

There is no one greater in the three worlds than the guru. It is he who grants divine knowledge and should be worshiped with supreme devotion. - Atharva Veda, Yoga-Shikha Upanishad 5.53.


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