Quotable Quote

Obtaining mentality reduces a noble subtle one thing to the level of commercialism. You do something because you want to obtain something. That is what every shopkeeper is engaged in doing, it is not a mentality that is spiritual.
-- Swami Chidananda

A devotee of Sattvika nature offers Payasam (sweetened milk rice) to his chosen Deity; a Rajasika devotee gives as offering fifty richly-spiced dishes to his God; and a devotee of the Tamasika type offers goats and other animals as sacrifice. Difference of nature makes all the difference in the act of worship.
-- Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna

We may worship anything by seeing God in it, if we can forget the idol and see God there. We must not project any image upon God. But we may fill any image with that Life which is God. Only forget the image, and you are right enough -- for "out of Him comes everything". He is everything. We may worship a picture as God, but not God as the picture, God in the picture is right, but the picture as God is wrong. God in the image is perfectly right. There is no danger there. This is the real worship of God.

-- Teachings of Swami Vivekananda 

To become conscious of divine Love, all other love must be abandoned. If we cast ourselves entirely on the mercy of God, He bears all our cares and sorrows, we can depend on His saving care and energising grace.

-- S. Radhakrishnan

A Karmayogi who performs actions in a disinterested way, is not only superior to those who do not perform action or to those who do actions in an interested manner but is also superior to a Jnanayogi.

-- Swami Ramsukhdas

There is a saying among the Bhaktas and the devotees: "O Lord, in my worship, what can I offer You, when everything already belongs to You only? There is nothing I can offer, for nothing that is here is mine. Thus, the only thing that I can do is to take what is already Yours and offer it to You." So, in their own way, the followers of the path of devotion also had glimmerings and glimpses of the truth of transcendental non-duality, even in the midst of their dualistic approach to God. It all goes to confirm the ultimate fact that One alone exists, supreme, non-dual, transcendental.

-- Swami Chidananda

Time is fleeting like the wind. Life is on the wane every moment. Life is but another name of death. There is no knowing when this body will drop off. So you should always be prepared for the call of death. Do not waste your time in vain, do not put off any indispensable duty for some future time. Even from this very moment you should try to accumulate something for the future life. Riches and property are resources for this world alone; they will not accompany you after your death. Spiritual practices and prayer are the resources for the hereafter. They are really your own possession which you can take along with you. However little that provision may be, nothing of it will be in vain; with its help you will have advanced that much further along the Way.

-- Swami Virajananda

బ్రహ్మ సత్యం! జగత్ మిథ్యా! జీవో బ్రహ్మైవ నాపరహా ! - ब्रह्म सत्यं! जगत् मिथ्या! जीवो ब्रह्मैव नापरहा! - "Brahmam Sathyam! Jagath Mithyaa! Jeevo Brahmaiva Naaparahaa!"

"Brahmam Sathyam! What is sathyam? There can't be an end in all three kalas (avasthai). Anything that is not changing is sathyam. Brahmam is sathyam. It doesn't end in all three kalas…"

"Jagad mithya! Jagad – this prapancham – is mithya…What is mithya? you can see but it is not real. If you have eye problem/obstruction, you see double effect in your vision…you may see a staircase…but, at times, you may fall down when you put your foot. Anything that is dceiving to indryaas are mithyas…"

"Jeevo Brahmaiva Naaparahaa. The jeevan that is inside us is nothing but brahman. Why it is not said as "Brahmo brahmai na apaarahaa" He enjoys the whole jagad with these indryaas. The jeevan learns the attributes of the jagad from these indryaas and enjoys the jagad…It retains the name "jeevan" as long as he has the knowledge of the jagad. Once that is gone, that jeevan is brahmam!" 

-- Parammacharya -- 


There are two different basic levels of consciousness; * I am a body (which is illusory (false)) or * I am a soul, (which is real). When the feeling is * I am a body, the thought process is trapped in the limitations, problems and vision of the physical identity. Its reaction to others is on the same level.

Given below is an awareness-thought-decision-action-result cycle in the case of a typical father-son relationship. You will notice the difference consciousness can make to the cycle.

Body Consciousness: I am the father. I know the most.
Soul Consciousness: I am a soul. My natural state is love and peace.

Body Consciousness: My son should listen to me as he is my own flesh and blood.
Soul Consciousness: My son is a soul too. As a soul he is my brother.

Body Consciousness: I will teach him a lesson.
Soul Consciousness: I will respect his idea also.

Body Consciousness: Father argues with son.
Soul Consciousness: Father and son discuss with respect.

Body Consciousness: Ill feeling between father and son.
Soul Consciousness: Respect maintained.

There are many who think: "I have not much attachment for the body; I do not have much passion for my wife, or fondness for my children, nor much attraction for money; I am not bound to anything; I could easily shake it all off if I willed." But when they reel under blows and counter-blows from within and without, or are tossed up and down faced with some horrible ordeal by a turn of fortune, then they are roused from their delusion and realise their hopeless plight of being bound hand and foot by the terrible fetters of Maya. Those who are endowed with good tendencies inherited from previous births find these fetters intolerable. They strive heart and soul to get free of them by any means whatever. These are the Mumuksus, that is, persons desirous of attaining Mukti, or freedom from birth and death.

-- Swami Virajananda

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