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Category : October/November/December 2012

Quotes and Quips

Greatness is not what we do, but how we do what we do. Swami Chinmayananda (1916-1993), Vedantist lecturer and founder of Chinmaya Mission



When there is a fight, at least two parties are involved. So there can be no fight with you if you refuse to participate. Paramahansa Yogananda (1893-1952)

There is nothing higher than dharma. Verily, that which is dharma is truth. Brihadaranyaka Upanishad 1.4.14

As the body needs food to survive and grow, the soul needs love. Love instills a strength and vitality that even mother's milk cannot provide. All of us live and long for real love. We are born and die searching for such love. Children, love each other and unite in pure love. Mata Amritanandamayi, Kerala-based hugging saint and Hinduism Today's Hindu of the Year 1993

Thou art nothing, O man, but enchanted Being, and His ever-enchanting, ever-beloved Energy. Siva-Shakti is thy name--even as it is the name of all things. Now, the nature of Shakti is rasa. It is juicy, tasteful, and beauteous, infinitely and forever. This is the basic theory of Indian culture, the fundamental justification of India's arts and her literature, her aspirations and achievements, her life and her actions. And today her renaissance means her return to this fundamental doctrine of life. Subrahmanya Bharati (1882-1921), Tamil poet

Japa, austerities, observances, pilgrimage, sacrifice, charity--all these become a mere waste without understanding the guru tattva. Kularnava Tantra 24

The Higgs Boson walks into a Catholic church. The priest says, "What are you doing here?" HB says, "You can't have mass without me." A tweet from Brian Malow, the Science Comedian

The value of a man should be seen in what he gives and not in what he is able to receive. Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

Self inquiry directly leads to Realization by removing the obstacles which make you think that the Self is not already realized. Ramana Maharshi (1879-1950)

It is mind-boggling to consider that we have available to us a language which has been spoken for 4,000-7,000 years that appears to be in every respect a perfect language designed for enlightened communication. But the most stunning aspect of the discovery is this: NASA, the most advanced research center in the world for cutting-edge technology, has discovered that Sanskrit, the world's oldest spiritual language, is the only unambiguous spoken language on the planet. Considering Sanskrit's status as a spiritual language, a further implication of this discovery is that the age-old dichotomy between religion and science is an entirely unjustified one. Rick Briggs, senior research scientist with NASA, writing in AI Magazine, Spring 1985

Don't be arrogant, because arrogance kills curiosity and passion. Mina Bissell, biologist at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory

Monks work, too. They are in the business of Isness.

When we think about someone, we're sending a thought form to that person, and that thought form is affecting them. If it is a positive, uplifting thought, it affects them in a positive, uplifting way. If it is a critical thought, it affects them in a negative way. Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami, publisher of Hinduism Today

When we encounter wickedness in others, let us be compassionate, for truly there is no intrinsic evil. Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami (1927-2001)