Wednesday, August 24, 2011


Truth is no theory, no speculative system of philosophy, no intellectual insight. Truth is exact correspondence with reality.

- Paramhansa Yogananda

Monday, August 22, 2011

uttrayan - dakshinayan

The six months of the northern path of the sun, the path of light, of fire, of day, of the bright fortnight, leads knowers of Brahman to the supreme goal. The six months of the southern path of the sun, the path of smoke, of night, of the dark fortnight, leads other souls to the light of the moon and rebirth.

- Bhagavad Gita 8:24-25

Saturday, August 20, 2011


Neglecting valuable advice, an ignorant man becomes the cause of his own misery. That soul who neither follows another's orders nor fathoms what to do himself creates nothing but torment until he leaves this life.

- Tirukkural 847-848

Friday, August 19, 2011


Whatsoever a man has renounced, From the sorrow born of that he has freed himself. After a man has renounced, he enjoys the many true things in this World. Let men desiring that renounce in time.

- Tirukkural 35:341-342

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Be an Ant

Live in the world like an ant. The world contains a mixture of truth and untruth, sugar and sand. Be an ant and take the sugar.

- Ramakrishna

remember me

Remembering me at the time of death, close down the doors of the senses and place the mind in the heart. Then, while absorbed in meditation, focus all energy upwards to the head. Repeating in this state the divine Name, the syllable Om that represents the changeless Brahman, you will go forth from the body and attain the supreme goal.

- Bhagavad Gita 8:12-13

Thursday, August 11, 2011

we have power

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 the future can be produced by our present actions; so we have to know how to act.

- Swami Vivekananda

Monday, August 8, 2011

detachment, wisdom and freedom

O Master, Tell me how to find Detachment, wisdom, and freedom! Child, If you wish to be free, Shun the poison of the senses. Seek the nectar of truth, Of love and forgiveness, Simplicity and happiness.

- Ashtavakra Gita 1:1-2


Behold the man who shields his family from all suffering. Has not his body become a willing vessel for affliction. Without good men to hold it up, The family house will fall when misfortune descends.

- Tirukkural 103: 1029-1030

Saturday, August 6, 2011

one still

The Self looks like the world. But this is just an illusion. The Self is everywhere. One. Still. Free. Perfect. The witness of all things, Awareness Without action, clinging or desire.

- Ashtavakra Gita 1:12

inmost self

If a man considers that he is born, he cannot avoid the fear of death. Let him find out if he has been born or if the Self has any birth. He will discover that the Self always exists, that the body that is born resolves itself into thought and that the emergence of thought is the root of all mischief. Find from where thoughts emerge. Then you will be able to abide in the ever-present inmost Self and be free from the idea of birth or the fear of death.

- Ramana Maharshi

pleasant words

Humility and pleasant words are the jewels That adorn a man; there are none other. If a man seeks good works while speaking sweet words, His virtues will wax and his vices wane.

- Tirukkural 10:95-96

the wise

The awakened sages call a person wise when all his undertakings are free from anxiety about results; all his selfish desires have been consumed in the fire of knowledge. The wise, ever satisfied, have abandoned external supports.

- Bhagavad Gita

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

real hero

A devotee who can call on God while living a householder's life is a hero indeed. God thinks: "He who has renounced the world for My sake will surely pray to Me; he must serve Me. Is there anything very remarkable about it? People will cry shame on him if he fails to do so. But he is blessed indeed who prays to Me in the midst of his worldly duties. He is trying to find Me, overcoming a great obstacle pushing away, as it were, a huge block of stone weighing a ton. Such a man is a real hero."

- Ramakrishna

Monday, August 1, 2011

name of god

He who utters the Name of God while walking - gets the merit of a sacrifice at every step. His body becomes a place of pilgrimage. He who repeats God's Name while working - always finds perfect peace. He who utters the Name of God while eating gets the merit of a fast - even though he has taken his meals.

- Tukaram