Friday, August 31, 2012

Always say, “I have no fear.”

Avoid excessive merriment. A mind in that state never becomes calm; it becomes fickle. Excessive merriment will always be followed by sorrow. Tears and laughter are near kin. People so often run from one extreme to the other.

Be a hero. Always say, “I have no fear.” Tell this to everyone-“Have no fear.”

-Swami Vivekananda

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Sai Baba's twelve assurances to his devotees

Sai Baba made twelve assurances to his devotees:

1. Whosoever puts their feet on Shirdi soil, their sufferings will come to an end.
2. The wretched and miserable will rise to joy and happiness as soon as they climb the steps of [the mosque] Dwarakamayi.
3. I shall be ever active and vigorous even after leaving this earthly body.
4. My tomb shall bless and speak to the needs of my devotees.
5. I shall be active and vigorous even from my tomb.
6. My mortal remains will speak from my tomb.
7. I am ever living to help and guide all who come to me, who surrender to me, and who seek refuge in me.
8. If you look at me, I look at you.
9. If you cast your burden on me, I shall surely bear it.
10. If you seek my advice and help, it shall be given to you at once.
11. There shall be no want in the house of my devotee.
12. If you take a step towards me, I will take 100 steps towards you.

-Sai Baba

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Does the ass in the lion's skin become the lion?

On on side, new India is saying, 'If we only adopt Western ideas, Western language, Western food, Western dress and Western manners, we shall be as strong and powerful as the Western nations'; on the other, old India is saying, 'Fools! By imitation, other's ideas never become one's own. Does the ass in the lion's skin become the lion?

-Swami Vivekananda

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

You cannot help anyone, you can only serve

You cannot help anyone, you can only serve: serve the children of the Lord, serve the Lord himself, if you have the privilege. If the Lord grants that you can help any one of His children, blessed you are; do not think too much of yourselves. Blessed you are that privilege was given to you when others had it not. Do it only as a worship.

-Swami Vivekananda

Monday, March 5, 2012

Arise! Awake! Stand up and fight

Stand up and fight! Not one step back, that is the idea. Fight it out, whatever comes. Let the stars move from the sphere! Let the whole world stand against us! Death means only a change of garment. What of it? Thus fight! You gain nothing by becoming cowards. Taking a step backward, you do not avoid any misfortune. You have cried to all the gods in the world. Has misery ceased? The gods come to help you when you have succeeded. So what is the use? Die game. You are infinite, deathless, birth-less. Because you are infinite spirit, it does not befit you to be a slave. Arise! Awake! Stand up and fight.

-Swami Vivekananda

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

I have discovered it

I've discovered the four Truths.

The First : The world is misery
The Second : There is a cause for the misery
The Third : It is possible to eliminate misery
The Fourth : There is a path to get out of misery


- The manifestation of silence

Monday, February 20, 2012

The living God is within you

The Vedanta says, there is nothing that is not God. The living God is within you, and yet you building churches and temples and believing all sorts of imaginary nonsense. The only God to worship is the human soul in the human body. Of course all animals are temples too, but man is the highest , the Taj Mahal of temples. If I cannot worship in that, no other temple will be of any advantage.

-Swami Vivekananda

Friday, February 17, 2012

Beware of everything that is untrue

Have fire and spread all over. Work, work. Be the servant while leading. Be unselfish, and never listen to one friend in private accusing another. Have infinite patience, and success is yours. Take care! Beware of everything that is untrue; stick to truth and we shall succeed, may be slowly, but surely. Work on as if I never existed. Work as if on each of you depended the whole work. Fifty centuries are looking on you, the future of India depends on you. Work on.

-Swami Vivekananda

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

God can be realized through all paths

If you desire to be pure, have firm faith, and slowly go on with your devotional practices without wasting your energy in useless scriptural discussions and arguments. Your little brain will otherwise be muddled.

God can be realized through all paths. All religions are true. The important thing is to reach the roof. You can reach it by stone stairs or by wooden stairs or by bamboo steps or by a rope. You can also climb up by a bamboo pole.

-Ramkrishna Paramhamsa

Monday, February 13, 2012

Sri Saradadevi quotes on God and his Grace

If you want peace of mind, do not find fault with others. Rather see your own faults.

When one realizes God, He grants knowledge and illumination from within; one knows it oneself.

Continue to pray without losing heart. Everything will happen in time. If one surrenders himself totally at his feet, the Master will see that everything is set right.

Even the impossible becomes possible through devotion

-Sri Saradadevi

My faith is in the younger generation

My faith is in the younger generation, the modern generation, out of them will come my workers. They will work out the whole problem, like lions. I have formulated the idea and have given my life to it. They will spread from center to center, until we have covered the whole of India.

-Swami Vivekananda

Saturday, February 11, 2012

I want to save and advance human life

My main purpose in life is to make enough money to create ever more inventions. The dove is my emblem. I want to save and advance human life, not destroy it. I am proud of the fact that I have never invented weapons to kill.

-Thomas Alva Edison

Selfishness is the chief sin

Selfishness is the chief sin, thinking of ourselves first. He who thinks, 'I will eat first, I will have more money than others, and I will possess everything,' he who thinks, 'I will get to heaven before others, I will get mukti before others', is the selfish man. The unselfish man says, 'I will be last, I do not care to go to heaven, I will even go to hell if by doing so I can help my brothers. 'This unselfishness is the test of religion. He who has more of this unselfishness is more spiritual and nearer to Siva.

-Swami Vivekananda

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

If you want to go east, don't go west

It is easy to talk on religion, but difficult to practice it.

God can be realized through all paths. All religions are true. The important thing is to reach the roof. You can reach it by stone stairs or by wooden stairs or by bamboo steps or by a rope. You can also climb up by a bamboo pole.

If you want to go east, don't go west.

-Ramakrishnar

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Three virtues for the welfare of one and all in the society

For the welfare of one and all in the society, these three Virtues - Morality, Duty and Charity - are absolutely essential. An understanding of the values of these three Virtues and a due observance of the same in practice will result in the development and maintenance of the prosperity and peace of the society.

-Vethathiri Maharishi