101 Spiritual Quotes
And could you keep your heart in wonder at the daily miracles of your life, your pain would not seem less wondrous than your joy.
What is now proved was once only imagined.
Images create desire. You will want what you imagine.
Your imagination is your preview of life's coming attractions.
You must be the change you wish to see in the world.
Fear always springs from ignorance.
It's motive alone that gives character to the actions of men.
Jean de la Bruyere
Your work is to discover your work and then with all you heart to give yourself to it.
It is your work in life that is the ultimate seduction.
We know what we are, not what we may become.
Human affairs are like a chess game. Only those who do not take it seriously can be called good players.
Hung Tzu-ch eng
He who acteth, placing all actions in the Eternal, abandoning attachment, is unaffected by sin as a lotus leaf by the water.
The Bhagavad Gita
No individual can ultimately fail.
The Divinity which descends into humanity is bound to re-gain its original state.
N. Sri Ram
Following the course of least resistance makes for crooked rivers and crooked men.
Destiny is no matter of chance.
It is a matter of choice.
It is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.
William Jennings Bryan
When does gold ore become gold? When it is put through a process of fire. So the human being during the training becomes as pure as gold through suffering. It is the burning away of the dross. Suffering has a great redeeming quality. As a drop of water failing on the desert sand is sucked up immediately, so we must become nothing and nowhere ... we must disappear.
People only see what they are prepared to see.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Our business is to stand strongly for principles, but never to attack persons, about whose lives we can know but little.
Let the one great aim and ideal be to lift up and universalize our affection, so that while it is as deep and intimate as though it has but one object, yet it is ready to be centered on any person, to flow to any point of need.
N. Sri Ram
Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding.
People keep repeating that the main things are love and compassion. Certainly love and compassion are the main things, but it takes knowledge to make love and compassion fruitful. ... It takes just a second to say 'love'. But to acquire knowledge for the well-being and blessing of humanity requires an eternity.
Great things are possible only to strong souls and it's from the trivial events of daily life that strength is won.
The most damaging phrase in the language is: 'It's always been done that way.'
Grace Murray Hopper
Wanting to reform the world without discovering one's true self is like trying to cover the world with leather to avoid the pain of walking on stones and thorns. It is much simpler to wear shoes.
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 separate 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 people near us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.
We can never obtain peace in the world if we neglect the inner world and don't make peace with ourselves. World peace must develop out of inner peace. Without inner peace it is impossible to achieve world peace, external peace. Weapons themselves do not act. They have not come out of the blue. Man has made them. But even given those weapons, those terrible weapons, they cannot act by themselves. As long as they are left alone in storage they cannot do any harm. A human being must use them. Someone must push the button. Satan, the evil powers, cannot push that button. Human beings must do it.
The Dalai Lama
Say not, "I have found the truth," but rather, "I have found a truth."
You're going to die a horrible death, remember. It's all good training, and you'll enjoy it more if you keep the facts in mind.
Take your dying with some seriousness, however. Laughing on the way to your execution it not generally understood by less advanced lifeforms, and they'll call you crazy.
Do not work self into a state of over-anxiety at the changes that will be found, or attempt to use up the strength and vitality ... Forget not the sources of thine inspiration ...
Sattvic knowledge sees the one indestructible Being in all beings, the unity underlying the multiplicity of creation. Rajaistic knowledge sees all things and creatures as separate and distinct. Tamasic knowledge, lacking any sense of perspective, sees one small part and mistakes it for the whole.
Say not, "I have found the path of the soul"
Say rather, "I have met the soul walking upon my path."
Achievement seems to be connected with action.
Successful men and women keep moving.
They make mistakes, but they don't quit.
It is human to think wisely and act in an absurd fashion.
Asking good questions is half of learning.
Hypocritical, proud, and arrogant, living in delusion and clinging to deluded ideas, insatiable in their desires, they pursue their unclean ends. Although burdened with fears that end only with death, they still maintain with complete assurance, "Gratification of lust is the highest that life can offer."
The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other's life.
What Is Meditation?
It is not musing, not daydreaming; but as ye find you bodies made up of the physical, mental and spiritual, it is the attuning of the mental body and the physical body to its spiritual source.
When you are offended at any man's fault, turn to yourself and study your own failings. Then you will forget your anger.
The possible truths, hazily perceived in the world of abstraction, like those inferred from observation and experiment in the world of matter, are forced upon the profane multitudes, too busy to think for themselves, under the form of Divine revelation and scientific authority. But the same question stands open from the days of Socrates and Pilate down to our own age of wholesale negation: is there such a thing as absolute truth in the hands of any one party or man? Reason answers, "there cannot be." There is no room for absolute truth upon any subject whatsoever, in a world as finite and conditioned as man is himself. But there are relative truths, and we have to make the best we can of them.
H.P. Blavatsky, Lucifer
Ideal Love, stepped down to the level of the practical, day-to-day life, must mean the service of each to all within his or her sphere, a delicate consideration of others, a control that gives rise to peace, and cessation from every thought of cruelty and lust.
N. Sri Ram
Every person, all the events of your life, are there because you have drawn them there.
What you choose to do with them is up to you.
Understand that the right to choose your own path is a sacred privilege. Use it. Dwell in possiblity.
Let your courage mount with difficulties.
There would be no will if there were no resistance.
N. Sri Ram
What keeps us playing our parts and going round and round the three lower worlds is not a Divine dictate, but ourselves, our own will-to-live,
which comes from within ourselves.
N. Sri Ram
Soul development should take precedence over all things.
Do not disparage men who appear small, for there are those,
Seemingly insignificant, who are like the linchpin of a mighty chariot.
If men had been forbidden to make porridge of camel's dung, they would have done it, saying that they would not have been forbidden to do it unless there had been some good in it.
Wisdom is not a question of learning facts with the mind;
it can only be acquired through perfection of living.
N. Sri Ram
Not out of right practice comes right thinking, but out of right thinking comes right practice.
It matters enormously what you think.
If you think falsely, you will act mistakenly;
if you think basely, your conduct will suit your thinking.
All wisdom can be stated in two lines:
What is done for you - allow it to be done.
What you must do yourself - make sure you do it.
Those who can serve best, those who help most, those who sacrifice most, those are the people who will be loved in life and honoured in death, when all questions of colour are swept away and when in a free country free citizens shall meet on equal grounds.
You have the right to work, but never to the fruit of work. You should never engage in action for the sake of reward, nor should you long for inaction. Perform work in this world, Arjuna, as a man established within himself-without selfish attachments, and alike in success and defeat. For yoga is perfect evenness of mind.
If the human mind were simple enough to understand, we'd be too simple to understand it.
The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.
Man improves himself as he follows his path;
if he stands still, waiting to improve before he makes a decision, he'll never move.
Never forget that life can only be nobly inspired and rightly lived if you take it bravely and gallantly, as a splendid adventure in which you are setting out into an unknown country, to meet many a joy, to find many a comrade, to win and lose many a battle.
The greatest wealth is a poverty of desires.
True understanding is possible only when we are fully conscious of our thought, not as an operative observer on this thought, but completely and without the intervention of a choice.
Each must discover his own way in life,
and that way lies in his heart.
Let him delve deeply into the depths of his being;
his true centre is not far from there.
N. Sri Ram
There may be different channels of approach, yes. For not all peoples walked in the field when the wheat was ripe. Neither did all stand at the tomb when Lazarus was called forth. Neither were they all present when He walked on the water, nor when He fed the five thousand, nor when He hung on the Cross. Yet each experience answered, and does answer to something within each individual soul-entity. For each soul is a corpuscle in the body of God.
A seeker went to ask a sage for guidance on the Sufi way.
The sage counseled,
"if you have never trodden the path of love, go away and fall in love;
then come back and see us."
The best ideas are common property.
Turn your face to the sun and the shadows fall behind you.
Nothing gives one person so much advantage over another as to remain always cool and unruffled under all circumstances.
There is no such thing as a problem without a gift for you in its hands.
You seek problems because you need their gifts.
There's an important difference between giving up and letting go.
The Mystery Schools of antiquity ... gave out deep esoteric knowledge, but at the cost of enormous labor. However, there existed among those teachers certain irresponsible ones who were rash enough to support their endeavors with drugs and poisons in order to give the illusion to their disciples of hastening their flight to the heights. But it is only an illusory push into the superconscious that drugs give; in actuality the mind is brought into a state of trance. By means of his mental powers, from previously received fragmented stimuli, the disciple pieces together completely new pictures which impress him as supercelestial and entirely new. Then people talk of wonderful scenes, preternaturally beautiful colors and fantastic forms. Here lies a great mistake.
Impulsion into spiritual realms can never occur artificially by means of drugs. It can be effected only through selfless spiritual labor, by meditation and prayer.
Being Kind Not in some great deed of heroism; not in some great speech or act that may be pointed to with pride-but rather in the little kindnesses from day to day ...
If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough.
The earth doesn't belong to anyone. It is the land upon which all of us are to live for many years, ploughing, reaping and destroying.
You are always a guest on this earth and have the austerity of a guest. Austerity is far deeper than owning only a few things. The very word austerity has been spoilt by the monks, by the sannyasis, by the hermits. Sitting on that high hill alone in the solitude of many things, many rocks and little animals and ants, that word has no meaning.
Only that which cannot be lost in a shipwreck is yours.
Strength is the capacity to break a chocolate bar into four pieces with your bare hands--and then just eat one of the pieces.
If the creator had a purpose in equipping us with a neck, he surely meant us to stick it out.
In order to live free and happily, you must sacrifice boredom. It is not always an easy sacrifice.
Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat.
F. Scott Fitzgerald
Life is both pleasure and pain, is it not?
But why should we cling to pleasure and avoid pain? Why not merely live with both?
If you cling to pleasure what happens? You get attached, do you not?
Each soul in entering the material experience does so for those purposes of advancement towards that awareness of being fully conscious of the oneness with the Creative Forces.
The love of one's country is a splendid thing. But why should love stop at the border?
Begin at once to live, and count each separate day as a separate life.
I searched for God and found only myself. I searched for myself and found only God.
If words come out of the heart, they will enter the heart, but if they come from the tongue, they will not pass beyond the ears.
It is one of the commonest of mistakes to consider that the limit of our power of perception is also the limit of all there is to perceive.
If you scatter thorns, don't go barefoot.
The will is a product of integrity, not a child of contradictions.
N. Sri Ram
We have yet to discover the true incentive, the inner Will which will have an over-mastering effect upon our lives, and yet be present in every circumstance and incident.
N. Sri Ram
A ruffled mind makes a restless pillow.
You give but little when you give of your possessions.
It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.
Just as a stone, a tree, a straw, grain, a mat, a cloth, a pot, and so on, when burned, are reduced to earth (from which they came), so the body and its sense organs, on being burned in the fire of Knowledge, become Knowledge and are absorbed in Brahman, like darkness in the light of the sun.
Wisdom is not a matter of study, but a matter of living,
and of sure action which rises above opposites.
N. Sri Ram
What man really seeks is not perfection which is in the future,
but fulfillment which is ever in the present.
N. Sri Ram
There are those who give and know not pain in giving, nor do they seek joy, nor give with mindfulness of virtue;
They give as in yonder valley the myrtle breathes its fragrance into space.
Common sense is unfortunately not very common.
He is the wise man who has by perfect living gained the instinct of rightness by which he guides himself, whether in thought or action, who has found that centre of balance which is always over his point of contact with circumstances. He is the man whom Nature pours the riches of all her instincts.
N. Sri Ram
For to be idle is to become a stranger unto the seasons,
and to step out of life's procession,
that marches in majesty and proud submission towards the infinite.
Don't be dismayed at good-byes.
A farewell is necessary before you can meet again.
And meeting again, after moments or lifetimes, is certain for those who are friends.
If a friend is in trouble, don't annoy him by asking if there is anything you can do. Think up something appropriate and do it.
Edgar Watson Howe
And when you work with love you bind yourself to yourself,
and to one another, and to God.
Not a shred of evidence exists in favor of the idea that life is serious.
If you cannot work with love but only with distaste,
it is better that you should leave your work and sit at the gate of the temple
and take alms of those who work with joy.
What we call "willing" is often but an inflation of ourselves,
attended by a hardening.
N. Sri Ram
Whatever you have in your mind - forget it; Whatever you have in your hand - give it; Whatever is to be your fate - face it!
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