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Monday, January 31, 2005

Mind

Hold to the idea, “I am not the mind, I see that I am thinking, I am watching my mind act”, and each day the identification of yourself with thought and feeling will grow less, until at last you can entirely separate yourself from the mind and actually know it to be apart from yourself.

- Vivekananda

Sunday, January 30, 2005

Ideals

In judging others we always judge them by our own ideals. That is not as it should be. Everyone must be judged according to his own ideal, and not by that of anyone else.

Friday, January 28, 2005

Prayer of Saint Francis

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
and where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

Comment: This is truly the greatest prayer/poem ever written. Each line here represents the goals of our holiest scriptures. If we could even follow one line from this everyday it would be one of our greatest accomplishments.

Thursday, January 27, 2005

Teaching

The first act of true teaching must be that the teaching should not contradict reason.

Character - Quotations - Famous Quotes, Inspirational Quotes, Funny Quotes

Be more concerned with your character than with your reputation. Your character is what you really are while your reputation is merely what others think you are.

--Dale Carnegie Quotations - Famous Quotes, Inspirational Quotes, Funny Quotes

Wednesday, January 26, 2005

Illusion

A human being is part of a whole, called by us the 'Universe,' a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separated from the rest -- a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circles of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.

- Albert Einstein

Tuesday, January 25, 2005

Principle

The world cares little for principle. They care for persons. They will hear with patience the words of a man they like, however nonsensical, and will not listen to anyone they do not like. Think of this and modify your conduct accordingly. Everything will come all right. Be the servant if you want to rule. That is the real secret. Your love will tell even if your words be harsh. Instinctively men feel the love clothed in whatever language.

- Vivekananda

Energy

If that creative energy which is working all around us, day and night, stops for a second, the whole thing falls to the ground. There never was a time when that energy did not work throughout the universe, but there is the law of cycles, pralaya, our Sanskrit word for creation. For the word creation in the English language has unhappily got that fearful, the most crude idea of something coming out of nothing, creation of nonentity, nonexistence becoming existence, which of course, I would not insult you by asking you to believe. Our word, therefore, is projection. The whole of this nature exists, it becomes finer, subsides; and then after a period of rest, as it were, the whole thing is again projected forward, and the same combination, the same evolution, the same manifestations appear and remain playing, as it were, for a certain time, only again to break into pieces, to become finer and finer, until the whole thing subsides, and again comes out. Thus it goes on backward and forward with a wavelike motion throughout eternity. Time, space, and causation are all within this nature. To say, therefore, that it had a beginning is utter nonsense. No question can occur as to its beginnings or its end. Therefore wherever in our scriptures the words “beginning” and “end” are used, you must remember that it means the beginning and end of one particular cycle, no more than that.

- Vivekananda

Ten Cannots

Ten Cannots
by the Rev. William J. H. Boetcker
Presbyterian Clergyman in 1916

You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.
You cannot help small men by tearing down big men.
You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.
You cannot lift the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer.
You cannot help the poor man by destroying the rich.
You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than your income.
You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred.
You cannot establish security on borrowed money.
You cannot build character and courage by taking away man's initiative and independence.
You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves.

Wednesday, January 12, 2005

Adam and Eve

"The Adam and Eve story is incomprehensible to me!" I observed with considerable heat one day in my early struggles with the allegory. "Why did God punish not only the guilty pair, but also the innocent unborn generations?"

Master was more amused by my vehemence than my ignorance. "Genesis is deeply symbolic, and cannot be grasped by a literal interpretation," he explained. "Its 'tree of life' is the human body. The spinal cord is like an upturned tree, with man's hair as its roots, and afferent and efferent nerves as branches. The tree of the nervous system bears many enjoyable fruits, or sensations of sight, sound, smell, taste, and touch. In these, man may rightfully indulge; but he was forbidden the experience of sex, the 'apple' at the center of the bodily garden.

"The 'serpent' represents the coiled-up spinal energy which stimulates the sex nerves. 'Adam' is reason, and 'Eve' is feeling. When the emotion or Eve-consciousness in any human being is overpowered by the sex impulse, his reason or Adam also succumbs.

- Paramhansa Yogananda

Saturday, January 08, 2005

Conquering Nature Quotations - Famous Quotes, Inspirational Quotes, Funny Quotes

The monkeys of Varanasi [city in India] are huge brutes and are sometimes surly. They now took it into their heads not to allow me to pass through their street, so they howled and shrieked and clutched at my feet as I passed. As they pressed closer, I began to run, but the faster I ran, the faster came the monkeys and they began to bite at me. It seemed impossible to escape, but just then I met a stranger who called out to me, “Face the brutes.” I turned and faced the monkeys, and they fell back and finally fled. That is a lesson for all life, face the terrible, face it boldly. Like the monkeys, the hardships of life fall back when we cease to flee before them. If we were ever to gain freedom, it must be by conquering nature, never by running away. Cowards never win victories. We have to fight fear and troubles and ignorance if we expect them to flee before us.

- Vivekananda Quotations - Famous Quotes, Inspirational Quotes, Funny Quotes

Thursday, January 06, 2005

Religion

Religion as a science, as a study, is the greatest and healthiest exercise that the human mind can have.

- Vivekanand

Selfless Giving

Do you ask for anything from your children in return for what you have given them? It is your duty to work for them, and there the matter ends. In whatever you do for a particular person, a city, or a state, assume the same attitude toward it as you have toward your children; expect nothing in return. If you can invariably take the position of a giver, in which everything given by you is a free offering to the world without any thought of return, then will your work bring you no attachment. Attachment comes only where we expect a return.

- Vivekanand

Love

A finite subject cannot love, nor a finite object be loved. When the object of the love of a man is dying every moment, and his mind also is constantly changing as he grows, what eternal love can you expect to find in this world? There cannot be any real love but in God: why then all these loves? These are mere stages. There is a power behind impelling us forward, we do not know where to seek for the real object, but this love is sending us forward in search of it. Again and again we find out our mistake. We grasp something, and find it slips through our fingers, and then we grasp something else. Thus on and on we go, till at last comes light; we come to God, the only One who loves. His love knows no change and is ever ready to take us in.

- Vivekanand

Tuesday, January 04, 2005

Strength Quotations - Love Quotes - Famous Quotes - Inspirational - Motivational

If you are a strong man, very good! But do not curse others who are not strong enough for you. Everyone says, “Woe unto you people.” Who says, “Woe unto me that I cannot help you.” The people are doing all right to the best of their ability and means and knowledge. Woe unto me that I cannot lift them to where I am! - Vivekananda Quotations - Love Quotes - Inspirational - Motivational

Courage

This I have seen in life, he who is overcautious about himself falls into dangers at every step; he who is afraid of losing honor and respect, gets only disgrace; he who is always afraid of loss always losses.

- Vivekanand

Monday, January 03, 2005

Thought

Thought can never be tranquil; thought, which is the product of time, can never find that which is timeless, can never know that which is beyond time. The very nature of our thinking is a contradiction, because we are always thinking in terms of the past or of the future; therefore we are never fully cognizant, fully aware of the present.

- J Krishnamurti

Reason and Belief - Quotations - Famous Quotes, Inspirational Quotes, Funny Quotes

Is it not tremendously blasphemous to believe against reason? What right have we not to use the greatest gift that God has given to us? I am sure God will pardon a man who will use his reason and cannot believe, rather than a man who believes blindly instead of using the facilities He has given him.

- Vivekanand Quotations - Famous Quotes, Inspirational Quotes, Funny Quotes


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