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There is a life-force within your soul, seek that life.
There is a gem in the mountain of your body, seek that mine.
O traveler, if you are in search of That
Don't look outside, look inside yourself and seek That.


How can anyone explain Cosmic Consciousness? It's like trying to measure the sky with a twelve inch ruler.

-Swami Satchitananda


The only ones among you who will be really happy are those who will have sought and found how to serve.

-Albert Schweitzer


Every action of our lives touches on some chord that will vibrate in eternity.

-Edwin Hubbel Chapin


If all the beasts were gone, man would die from a great loneliness of spirit. For whatever happens to the beasts, soon happens to man. All things are connected.
-Chief Seattle


With the secure, with the familiar you are bored; you start becoming dull. With the insecure, with the unknown, the uncharted, you feel ecstatic, beautiful, again a child — again those eyes of wonder,
again that heart which can feel the awe of things is there.




Don't injure any and do good to all that you can, and that is all the morality and ethics, and that is all the work there is, and the rest is all nonsense.
-Swami Vivekananda



I am not afraid of storms for I am learning to sail my ship.

Louisa May Alcott



Real fearlessness is the product of tenderness. It comes from letting the world tickle your heart, your raw and beautiful heart. You are willing to open up, without resistance or shyness, and face the world. You are willing to share your heart with others.

-Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche



Joy is the surest sign of the presence of God

-Teilhard de Chardin



Do not attempt to run away from surroundings that are not to your liking. God has placed you there to make you grow quickly. If you get all your desired comforts in a particular place you will not grow strong. So never complain about unfavourable surroundings. Triumph over all difficulties.

~Swami Sivananda



Thinking is easy, acting is difficult, and to put one's thoughts into action is the most difficult thing in the world.

-Johann Wolfgang von Goethe



The false self thinks; the true Self knows.

-Swami Nirmalananda



When people are serving, life is no longer meaningless.

-John Gardner



Don't seek God in temples. He is close to you. He is within you. Only you should surrender to Him and you will rise above happiness and unhappiness.




A man is ethical only when life, as such, is sacred to him, that of plants and animals as that of his fellow men, and when he devotes himself helpfully to all life that is in need of help.
-Albert Schweitzer



The lure of the distant and the difficult is deceptive.  The great opportunity is where you are.

-John Burroughs



Those who are selfless rejoice here and rejoice there; they rejoice wherever they go. They rejoice and delight in the good they have done. 




Look within! ... The secret is inside you.




God won't chastise me for not being Moses. He'll chastise me for not being Zusia.

-Zusia, 19th-century rabbi



It is preoccupation with possessions, more than anything else, that
prevents us from living freely and nobly.




Service performed without selfish motives is the first step on the
path of one’s spiritual progress.

-Sathya Sai Baba



Cowardice asks the question - is it safe?
Expediency asks the question - is it politic?
Vanity asks the question - is it popular?
But conscience asks the question - is it right?
And there comes a time when one must take a position
that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular;
but one must take it because it is right.

-Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.



Every now and again take a good look at something not made with hands- a mountain,a star, the turn of a stream. There will come to you wisdom and patience and solace and, above all, the assurance that you are not  alone in the world.

-Sidney Lovett



The time of business does not with me differ from the time of prayer, and in the noise and clatter of my kitchen, while several persons are at the same time calling for different things, I possess God in as great tranquility as if I were upon my knees at the blessed sacrament. 

-Brother Lawrence



Just as there is no loss of basic energy in the universe, so no thought or action is without its effects, present or ultimate, seen or unseen, felt or unfelt. 

-Norman Cousins



Control the senses and purify the mind. In a pure mind there is constant awareness of the Self. Where there is constant awareness of the Self, freedom ends bondage, and joy ends sorrow.

-Chandogya Upanishad



If the heart wanders or is distracted, bring it back to the point quite gently and replace it tenderly in its Master’s presence. And even if you did nothing during the whole of your hour but bring your heart back and place it again in Our Lord’s presence, though it went away every time you brought it back, your hour would be very well employed.
 -Saint Francis de Sales




Our life is shaped by our mind; we become what we think. Suffering follows an evil thought as the wheels of a cart follow the oxen that draw it.

-The Buddha



Nothing can be more important than being able to choose the way we think.

-Eknath Easwaran



I have been through some terrible things in my life, some of which actually happened.

-Mark Twain



Injuring no one, self-controlled, the wise enter the state of peace beyond all sorrow. Those who are vigilant, who train their minds day and night and strive continually for nirvana, enter the state of peace beyond all selfish passions.




You are me, and I am you.
Isn't it obvious that we "inter-are"?
You cultivate the flower in yourself,
so that I will be beautiful.
I transform the garbage in myself,
so that you will not have to suffer.

I support you;
you support me.
I am in this world to offer you peace;
you are in this world to bring me joy

-Thich Nhat Hanh



Love is a process of learning, a practice, not a gift from on high.

-Thich Nhat Hanh



To close one's eyes does not ease another's pain.

-Chinese Proverb



I salute the light within your eyes where the whole universe dwells. For when you are at that center within you and I am at that place within me, we shall be one.
- Chief Crazy Horse, Oglala Sioux, 1877


This is the real glory of the human being, that we can chose to remake ourselves completely. 

-Eknath Easwaran, "The Mantram Handbook"


Have confidence in the truth, although you may not be able to comprehend it, although you may suppose its sweetness to be bitter, although you may shrink from it at first. Trust in the Truth...Have faith in the Truth and live it. 
—Gautama Buddha, The Dhammapada


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. 


Prayer of St. Francis


Om Mani Padme Hum

You Are the Jewel in the Lotus of the Heart
-Buddhist mantra


Every heart, every heart

to love will come

but like a refugee.

Ring the bells that still can ring

Forget your perfect offering

There is a crack, a crack in everything

That's how the light gets in

That's how the light gets in

That's how the light gets in

-Leonard Cohen


[I]f you want to be truly free, perform all actions as worship.
-Bhagavad Gita


Pleasures from external objects are wombs of suffering...

They have their beginnings and their ends; no wise man seeks joy among them.... He who finds peace and joy and radiance within himself- 
that man becomes one with God and vanishes into God's bliss.
-Bhagavad Gita


A given situation can be viewed as either unbearable or beneficial: it depends how we look at it. We must make certain that things don’t begin to seem unbearable. If we look too closely at problems we will see nothing else and they will appear all out of proportion with reality; that is when they become intolerable. If we can stand back from them, we will be better able to judge them and they will seem less serious.

-Dalai Lama


Happy Valentine's Day!

A human being is a part of a whole, called by us '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 to 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.

-Albert Einstein


Ask yourself, and yourself alone, one question: Does this path have a heart? If it does, the path is good; if it doesn't, it is of no use.

- Carlos Castaneda

2/10- 2/11/11

Darkness cannot drive out darkness;

only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate;

only love can do that.

-Martin Luther King, Jr.


2/8- 2/9/11

All is change in the world of the senses,
But changeless is the supreme Lord of Love.
Meditate on him, be absorbed in him,
Wake up from this dream of separateness....
Know him to be enshrined in your heart always.
Truly there is nothing more in life to know. 
-Shvetashvatara Upanishad

2/5- 2/6/11

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.  Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.

-I Corinthians 13:4-8a


One becomes like that which is in one's mind. This is the everlasting secret.

-Maitri Upanishad


Those who realize the Self within the heart

Stand firm, grow rich, gather a family
Around them, and receive the love of all.
Realizing this makes our words pleasing,
Our breathing deep, our arms ready to serve
The Lord in all around, our feet ready
To go to the help of everyone in need.
Realizing this we see the Lord of Love
In beast and bird, in starlight and in joy,
In sex energy and in the grateful rain,
In everything the universe contains.
Drawing on the Lord's resources within,
Security, wisdom, and love in action,
We conquer every enemy within
To be United with the Lord of Love.
-Taittiriya Upanishad


If you are seeking closeness to the Beloved,
love everyone.
Whether in their presence or absence,
see only their good.
If you want to be as clear and refreshing
as the breath of the morning bv breeze,
like the sun have nothing but warmth
and light for everyone.

- Shaikh Abu-Saeed Abil-Kheir


The wise, realizing through meditation
The timeless Self, beyond all perception
Hidden in the cave of the heart,
Leave pain and pleasure far behind.
Those who know they are neither body nor mind
But the immemorial Self, the divine
Principle of existence, find the source of all joy and live in joy abiding. 
-Katha Upanishad


There is enough in the world for everyone's need; there is not enough for everyone's greed.



Evoking the presence of the great compassion, let us fill our hearts with our own compassion–towards ourselves and towards all living beings. 

Let us pray that all living beings realize that they are all brothers and sisters, all nourished from the same source of life.

-Buddhist Prayer for Peace


You are what your deep, driving desire is. As your desire is, so is your will. As your will is, so is your deed.  As your deed is, so is your destiny. 

-Brihadaranyaka IV.4.5


What a liberation to realize that the 'voice in my head' is not who I am. Who am I then? The one who sees that. The awareness that is prior to thought, the space in which the thought- or the emotion or sense perception- happens. 
-Eckhart Tolle


You cannot go away into isolation and try to dissolve all your troubles.  They can be solved only in relationship because it is only in relationship that you discover all your troubles.

- J Krishnamurti


We are all thirsty. We don't realize that the well is inside of us.
-Roshon from Rishikesh


Give and ye shall receive. Your gift will return you in full - pressed into your bossom, spilling over, running onto your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back." 

-Luke 6:38


The sun, the moon, the stars, and all the lights that you can imagine in the entire external world are but fragments of that one great Light that is within you.

-Swami Rama


If you want to progress on a spiritual path, you must challenge your actions- including what you eat- as to whether they are authentic expressions of the love and spirit within you.  You must ask whether what you are doing bespeaks compassion or indifference to the suffering of others. As long as you act- and eat- without compassion, you remain mired in the realm of separation, loneliness, and frustration, because you have not yet given voice, with your life, to the great heart within you.

-John Robbins


The way is not in the sky. The way is in the heart. 

- Buddha


We must never permit the voice of humanity within us to be silenced.

-Albert Schweitzer


Every blade of grass has its Angel that bends over it and whispers: "Grow, grow." 

- The Talmud


Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not. 

- Ralph Waldo Emerson


The important thing is not to think much, but to love much; and so, do that which best stirs you to love.

- Saint Teresa of Avila


It is only with the heart that we can see clearly. For what is essential, is hidden from the eyes.

- The Little Prince


In the vault of the mind lie all the chains of bondage, as well as the key to freedom.

-Paramahansa Yogananda


Let go of the known, that is, let go of some memory that you have, let go completely of the pleasures that you have, the accumulated memories, the regrets, the anxieties. Die to it completely so that your mind is totally fresh. That is what it means to die so that you don’t carry over all the memories, the shoddy experiences or the pleasurable experiences. End each day every accumulation, and you will know what it means to die so completely that your mind is fresh tomorrow, young and innocent and full of energy. Without that, without love, without the understanding of the beauty of this dying, do what you will, you will never come near that which is unnamable.

-J Krishnamurti



Love and attachment are two different things. Love means giving selflessly, excluding none and including all. Attachment is possessing something. In reality, it is bondage. There is a vast difference between love and attachment. Western people say, "How can you live without attachment?" Well, you can live wonderfully without attachment. You can live on love. Love and attachment are poles apart. One is the cause of freedom. The other is the cause of bondage.

-Swami Rama


Whatever you do, let it be a perfect act. What is a perfect act? It harms nobody, it brings at least some benefit to somebody. If you have control, you can use anything and everything to achieve some good purpose. Keep that in mind as your goal. Whatever you think, whatever you say or do, ask yourself: “Will it harm anybody?”  The answer should be, “Absolutely no.”  The next point is, “Will it at least benefit somebody.”  The answer should be “Yes.” If it is not benefiting anybody, it is a wastage.  So, no harm to anybody, at least some benefit to somebody. "

-       - Swami Satchidananda


You can enter yoga, or the path of yoga, only when you are totally frustrated with your own mind as it is. If you are still hoping that you can gain something through your mind, yoga is not for you.



Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built.



Through the practices of yoga, we discover that concern for the happiness and well being of others, including animals, must be an essential part of our own quest for happiness and well being. The fork can be a powerful weapon of mass destruction or a tool to create peace on Earth.

-Sharon Gannon


God, I offer myself to Thee- To build with me and to do with me as Thou wilt. Relieve me of the bondage of self, that I may better do Thy will. Take away my difficulties, that victory over them may bear witness to those I would help of Thy Power, Thy Love, and Thy Way of life. May I do Thy will always!

-The Third Step Prayer from page 63 of the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous


When anything comes to you, first ask yourself, 'will I be maintaining my peace by getting this, or will my peace be disturbed?' Ask that question for everything- people you will be with, possessions you would like to acquire. Prior to doing anything, ask yourself 'Will this rob me of my peace?' If the answer is yes, then you should choose peace first. Always choose peace. But, if the answer is, 'My peace will not be disturbed by this,' then you can go ahead and still maintain your peace. That should be our aim.

-Swami Satchidananda


Undisturbed calmness of mind is attained by cultivating friendliness toward the happy, compassion for the unhappy, delight in the virtuous, and indifference toward the wicked


-Patanjali's yoga sutra 1:33


We are responsible for what we are, and whatever we wish ourselves to be, we have the power to make ourselves. If what we are now has been the result of our own past actions, it certainly follows that whatever we wish to be in future can be produced by our present actions; so we have to know how to act.

- Swami Vivekananda


Practice becomes firmly grounded when well attended to for a long time, without break and in all earnestness.

- Patanjali's YS 1:14