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"Refuse to
be miserable."

Swami Swaroopananda, Chinmaya Mission, Australia


Spirituality is neither the privilege of the poor nor the luxury of the rich. It is the choice of the wise man.
Swami Chinmayananda

Six wise, blind elephants were discussing what humans are like. Failing to agree, they decided to test the nature of humanness by direct experience. The first blind elephant felt the human and declared, "Humans are flat." The others, after working their own considerable tactile talents, agreed.

In one stroke, one can destroy a rock but not a pillow, even so a humble man can never be destroyed, though the man with ego can be!
Swami Sadananda Saraswati

A man went to the temple to pray to God. "All this technology has made us feel so remote, so disconnected, so devoid of human contact," he cried. "Life seems so impersonal lately." Answer from the sanctum: "If you want to report a karmic problem, press 1. If you've had trouble with an asura, press 2. If a scripture is unclear, press 3. If you want a boon, press 4."

The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed.
Albert Einstein

Q: Why don't yogis vacuum in the corners?
A: Because they have no attachments.

I assume full responsibility for my actions, except the ones that are someone else's fault.

My promise to you is that there are no guarantees.
Unknown Swami

On the return trip home, gazing through 240,000 miles of space toward the stars and the planet from which I had come, I suddenly experienced the universe as intelligent, loving, harmonious
Edgar Mitchell, Apollo 14 astronaut, who walked on the Moon in 1971

Education is the manifestation of the perfection already in man, and character is the test of that manifestation. Swami Vivekananda (1863?1902)

Blessed is he who finds happiness in his own foolishness. For he will always be happy. Chinese saying

If you were really slow in a past life, you'd come back as something faster. From the new Volkswagen "Bug" advertisement, explaining how VW's hot new model was improved over the original, an early icon of vehicular frugality


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