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Category : January/February/March 2009

Quotes and Quips

Waste not a minute. Be bold. Realize the Truth, here and now!



You have been born in this world as a human being to worship God; therefore try to acquire love for His Lotus Feet. Why do you trouble yourself to know a hundred other things? What will you gain by discussing philosophy? Sri Ramakrishna Paramahansa (1836-1886)

For our cause I too am prepared to die, but for no cause, my friend, will I be prepared to kill. Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948), Indian spiritual leader

In a day when you don't come across any problems, you can be sure that you are traveling in the wrong path. Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902), disciple of Sri Ramakrisha

Not until we see the richness of the Hindu spirituality can we understand India. Lin Yutang (1895-1976), Chinese writer

Faith is like electricity. You can't see it, but you can see its light shining on you. Anonymous

The highest form of grace is silence. Swami Chinmayananda (1916-1922), founder of the Chinmaya Mission

Water is sufficient to cleanse the body, but truthfulness alone can purify the mind. Tirukkural 298

Truth is not only Eternal but also unlimited and infinite. Sanatana Dharma is very simple and natural because it is based on the Laws of Nature. Swami Rama Tirtha (1873-1906), one of the first sannyasins to bring Hinduism to America

Before I came on this earth, I was the same. As a little girl, I was the same. I grew into womanhood, but still I was the same. And, even now, I am the same. Though the dance of creation will ever change around me in the hall of eternity, I shall be the same. Sri Anandamayi Ma, (1896-1982), Bengali mystic

The body of Benjamin Franklin lies here, made food for worms like an old and worn book. Yet it will appear once more, in a new and more beautiful edition, corrected and amended by its Author. Epitaph on the grave of Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790), American philosopher and politician, who believed in reincarnation

Always remember you're unique, just like everyone else. Anonymous

I do nothing but go about persuading you all, old and young alike, not to take thought of yourselves or your properties, but to care about the improvement of the soul. Socrates, (470-399 bce) Greek philosopher

The first day a guest, the second day a guest, the third day a guest, the fourth day a calamity. Indian proverb

Do not be proud of wealth, people, relations and friends, or youth. All these are snatched by time in the blink of an eye. Giving up this illusory world, know and attain the Supreme. Adi Shankara, 9th century Indian philosopher and saint

The present is the result of past action. Man is the architect of his future. Satguru Yogaswami (1872-1964), Sri Lanka's most revered contemporary mystic

An equation for me has no meaningunless it expresses a thought of God. Srinivas Ramanujan (1887-1920), Indian mathematician

Wake up and find out eventually who you really are. In our culture of course, they'll say you're crazy or you're blasphemous, and they'll either put you in jail or in the nut house (which is the same thing). But if you wake up in India and tell your friends and relations, "My goodness, I've just discovered that I'm God," they'll laugh and say, "Oh, congratulations, at last you found out." Alan Watts, (1915-1973), English philosopher and expert in comparative religion

I think I get enough exercise just pushing my luck. Anonymous

Sometimes I wish karma could talk... That would take a lot of the guesswork out of what we do. Randy Hickey, TV character, brother of the eponymous star in the American show "My Name Is Earl"

Few women admit their age, but fewer men act it. Anonymous

Surrender can never be regarded as complete so long as the devotee wants this or that from the Lord. True surrender is the love of God for the sake of love and nothing else, not even for the sake of salvation. Love Him unconditionally. Sri Ramana Maharishi (1879-1950), South Indian mystic

Each Hindu lineage has within it an inner sound, a nada of a different velocity, varied in pitch and depth. This is sampradaya. This is parampara. This is nada-nadi shakti. This is Hindu mysticism. To hear this very high-pitched eee sound is your first siddhi. It will bring many benefits into your life, smooth out the karmas, keep you inspired and on the subtle path, strengthening your personal force field and that of all those connected to you. Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami (1927-2001), founder of Hinduism Today