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"When I rest,I rust."

Swami Chinmayananda (1916?1992), founder, Chinmaya Mission, VHP


There are pearls in the deep sea, but one must hazard all to find them. If diving once does not bring you pearls, you need not therefore conclude that the sea is without them. Dive again and again. You are sure to be rewarded in the end. So is it with the finding of the Lord in this world.
Sri Ramakrishna (1836-1886).

Q: Why do some Hindus ceremoniously walk on fire? A: To cleanse their soles.
Rajkumar Manikam, Alaska.

Give me a few men and women who are pure and selfless, and I shall shake the world. Swami Vivekananda (1863?1902).

In religion, India is the only millionaire.... The one land that all men desire to see and having seen once, by even a glimpse, would not give that glimpse for all the shows of all the rest of the globe combined.
Mark Twain (1835?1910), American author on the richness of Hinduism and India which he visited in 1896.

There was a woman who stood up against the digging of a quarry, even when she was beaten and pelted with stones. When asked, "What is it that gives you all this shakti (strength)?" she replied: "Can you see all this grass growing? We come to cut this grass, and every year it grows back. The power in the grass is the power in me. Do you see the trees growing? They are 200 years old. Every year we cut these trees to feed the cattle and to keep our children alive so that children have milk, and still the trees keep growing and still keep nurturing, and that shakti is in me. See this stream? Clear sparkling water. This living water gives me life. And that's my shakti. Vandana Shiva, in the book Non-violence in Animals, Earth and Self in Asian Traditions, by Christopher Chapple.

On the serious side...

Despicable that 95 percent of the people targeted for conversion are the illiterate, the destitute and the socially disadvantaged. Such people are far more numerous among Muslims than Hindus, but the Christian missions dare not try to convert the poor and destitute Muslims because they know the result, namely, violent confrontation. Commentator in News Times, Hyderabad, P. Parijata on the recent revelations about Christian conversion.

Psychiatrists say it's important to feel something when you kill. If you kill without feeling, you're just another heartless sociopath. Feel the jarring explosion and every mutilation. Advertisement for Logitech's WingMan Force computer "joystick." The input device has the ability to push back against the user's hand acording to the video game's action. It's part of a horrifying trend in video games that--psychiatrists say--really is training a whole generation of children to be real killers.

DID YOU KNOW?

Origin of Nicer Nails

The women of ancient India lacked little over their modern counterparts. To compliment abundant gold jewelry and fashionable clothes, they were among the first to use the resinous substance lac as a colored nail polish. The word lac comes from the Sanskrit term laksha--from raksha, meaning protection, hence, our modern terms shellac and lacquer. Laksha was also used in India as a protective furniture coating, as are shellac and lacquer today.


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