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"For fear of causing terror to living beings, let the Bodhisattva striving to attain compassion refrain from eating flesh."

Gautama The Buddha (ca 624?544 bce)


Friendship among fools is particularly sweet, for there is not the slightest pain when they part. Tirukural, Verse 340

A man went into an astrologer's office and waited for a reading. The astrologer examined his chart and said, "You will be poor, unhappy and discontent until you are 45 years old." "What will happen then?" asked the stunned man. The astrologer calmly replied, "Then you'll get used to it."

What do you call a sadhu who cannot sew his torn dhoti? A "mend-he-can't."

I know I am not my body, although I have often wondered, "If I'm not my body, who is?" Swami Beyondananda

King Akbar asked his Prime Minister, "Birbal, who is greater, God or me?" Birbal, who was wise and understood the king's ego, told him, "You are indeed greater, your majesty." "How is that?" Birbal replied, "Your majesty, if someone commits a crime, you can banish him from your kingdom, whereas God can do nothing, for how could God, who pervades everything, banish someone from His kingdom?"

A shrewd but unlearned weaver in ancient Tamil Nadu, India, often attended public debates held at the Tamil Sangam, where high Tamil was spoken freely. "Do you understand the language?" the weaver was asked one day in 2897bce. "No," he said, "but I know who is wrong in the argument by observing who becomes angry first!"

I could find food even in Gandhi's kitchen! A New York beautician telling Eastern European dictator as she rummages through the apparently empty kitchen of his medieval, castle-like home, in a scene from the hip and humorous Hollywood movie, "The Beautician and the Beast"

A rude village man once insulted Gautama Buddha. "You have no right teaching others, you are nothing but a fake." Buddha was not upset. He asked, "If you buy a gift for someone, and that person does not take it, to whom does it belong?" The man replied, "It would still belong to me, since I bought the gift." Buddha smiled, "It is the same with your anger. You became angry with me, but I was not insulted. Therefore the anger falls back on you. You are the one who becomes unhappy, not me. All you have done is hurt yourself."


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