He is fire and the sun, and the moon/ And the stars. He is the air and the sea/ He is the blue bird, he is the green bird/ With red eyes; he is the
thundercloud,/ And he is the seasons and the seas/ From his divine power comes forth all this/ Magical show of name and form.
All through eternity God unveils His exquisite form. He holds a mirror to His own Face and beholds His own beauty.
Trinity Higher than any being, any divinity, any goodness. Guide of Christians in the
wisdom of heaven! Lead us up beyond unknowing and light, up to the farthest, highest peak of mystic scripture, where the mysteries of God’s Word lie simple, absolute and unchangeable in the brilliant darkness of a hidden silence With treasures beyond all beauty.
If you don’t know what’s meant by God, watch a forsythia branch or a lettuce leaf sprout.
I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.
Whoever writes my scripts is doing an unbelievable job…There’s some special things that happen in your life and some special days in your life and this is definitely one of them.
Shane Warneon his performance at Melbourne on Dec 26
One’s effort becomes divine when one tries to bring in a new quality in oneself; the quality where one is non-attached and at the same time concerned;
where one is able to convert his business into a temple and not a temple into a business.
Practice as if you are the worst, perform as if you are the best.
Don’t lower your expectations to meet your performance. Raise your level of performance to meet your expectations. Expect the best of yourself, and then
do what is necessary to make it a reality.
Virtue is more clearly shown in the performance of fine actions than in the non-performance of base ones.
Aloneness is the First Lesson of Love
Faith & Belief:
As one not knowing that a golden treasure lies buried beneath his feet may walk over it again and again, yet never find it, so all beings live every moment in
the city of Brahmn, yet never find him because of the veil of illusion by which he is concealed.
Fools dwelling in darkness, but thinking themselves wise and erudite, go round and round, by various tortuous paths, like the blind led by the blind.
Ramdas from his own experience can boldly assert that there is God. Until you yourself get the experience, it is natural that you should deny Him. But a time will come when you too will have faith in Him.
They know an outward aspect of the life of this world but are heedless of the hereafter. Without question they will be the greatest losers in the hereafter.
As for those who believe and do right actions and humble themselves before their Lord, they are the Companions of the Garden, remaining in it timelessly, forever.
By night, an atheist half believes in God.
Who is Free?
Even those men, who, with a steady and devout mind, always follow My doctrine, are freed from the binding effect of all actions.
Bhagavad Gita 4.31
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.
Liberty: One of Imagination’s most precious possessions. Ambrose Bierce,
The Devil’s Dictionary
You have freedom when you’re easy in your harness.
In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed; it must be achieved.
Franklin D Roosevelt
We feel free when we escape – even if it be but from the frying pan into the fire.
Truth and Law
Though human in origin, an exposition of truth is to be accepted; otherwise even what is regarded as divine revelation is to be rejected. Even a young
boy’s words are to be accepted if they are words of wisdom; else reject it like straw even if uttered by Brahma the creator.
Sage Vasishta to Prince Rama, Yoga Vasishta
Even one thousand scriptural statements cannot transform a jar into a piece of cloth.
By Divine Law are all forms manifested; Inexpressible is the Law. By Divine Law are beings created; By Law are some exalted. By Divine Law are beings
marked with nobility or ignominy; By the Law are they visited with bliss or bale. On some by His Law falls grace; Others by His Law are whirled around in cycles of births and deaths. All by the Law are governed, None is exempt. Says Nanak, Should man realise the power of the Law, He would certainly disclaim his ego.
Adi Granth, Japuji 2
Truth is victorious, never untruth. Truth is the way; truth is the goal of life, Reached by sages who are free from self-will.
Change & Choice:
Everything that is happening at this moment is a result of the choices you’ve made in the past.
The world is subject to change and every human being reaps as he sows. Hence man should do good deeds so that he has not to face any undesirable
situation later on. Change is bound to take place because the world cannot be the same every day or even every hour.
B K Jagdish
Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or the present are certain to miss the future.
John F Kennedy
For young people today things move so fast there is no problem of adjustment. Before you can adjust to A, B has appeared leading C by the hand, and with D in the distance.
Through loyalty to the past, our mind refuses to realise that tomorrow’s joy is possible only if today’s makes way for it; that each wave owes the beauty of its line only to the withdrawal of the preceding one.
O man, thou hast wings of virtue and vitality, Establish thyself on the surface of the earth, Fill the firmament with thy radiance, Cover the sphere with thy lustre, Spread thy effulgence in all directions.
In quietness and in confidence shall be your strength.
Three things give hardy strength: sleeping on hairy mattresses, breathing cold air, and eating dry food.
Give me a lever long enough and a prop strong enough, I can single-handed move the world.
Tho’/ We are not now that strength that in old days/ Moved earth and heaven: that which we are, we are:/ One equal temper of heroic hearts./ Made weak
by time and fate, but strong in will/ To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.
He saw the cities of many peoples and learnt their ways. He suffered many hardships on the high seas in his struggles to preserve his life and bring his comrades home.
Homer, The Odyssey
Boom and Bust:
Say not ‘tomorrow’ or the ‘day after tomorrow’; for those that perished, perished because they abode always in their hopes, until the truth came upon them
suddenly in their heedlessness.
‘Why dost thou not build a house?’ Jesus asked of an old man who lived open to the heat and cold on a mountain. ‘O Spirit of God’, replied the old man, ‘prophets before thee predicted that I would only live for 700 years; therefore it is not worth my trouble to settle down’.
Opportunities are everywhere. The recession might be drawing to a close, but its continuing legacy is employer’s reliance on short-term staff. There may be fewer jobs for life, but there are more jobs in a lifetime.
Corporate equivalents of the Seven Deadly Sins: Inconsistent product quality, slow response to the marketplace, lack of innovative, competitive products, uncompetitive cost structure, inadequate employee involvement, unresponsive customer service and inefficient resource allocation.
Andrall Pearson Harvard Business Review, 1992
Quality control :
Concerned alone with the upholding of the world, You should act. Whatever the best man does, others do that also. The world follows the standard he sets for himself.
It is the quality of our work which will please God and not the quantity.
Depth of friendship does not depend on length of acquaintance.
The gods approve the depth, and not the tumult, of the soul.
The depth and strength of a human character are defined by its moral reserves. People reveal themselves completely only when they are thrown out of the customary conditions of their life, for only then do they have to fall back on their reserves.
Leonardo da Vinci
The society which scorns excellence in plumbing because plumbing is a humble activity, and tolerates shoddiness in philosophy because philosophy is an exalted activity, will have neither good plumbing nor good philosophy. Neither its pipes nor its theories will hold water.
John W Gardner
Work is Worship:
He who shirks action does not attain freedom; no one can gain perfection by abstaining from work. Indeed, there is no one who rests even for an instant; every creature is driven to action by his own nature.
At the thought, “Wealth is mine acquired by energetic striving, amassed by strength of arm, won by sweat, lawful and lawfully gotten”,bliss comes to him, satisfaction comes to him.
When the prayer is finished, scatter in the land and seek God’s bounty, and remember God frequently, that you may prosper.
He whose livelihood is earned through work, and part given away in charity, such a one, Nanak, truly knows the way to God.
Pray as though everything depended on God. Work as though everything depended on you.
Nobody can think straight who does not work. Idleness warps the mind.
Joy of Meditation
When meditation is mastered, the mind is unwavering like the flame of a lamp in a windless place. In the still mind, in the depths of meditation, the eternal Self reveals itself.
Health, a light body, freedom from cravings, a glowing skin, sonorous voice, fragrance of body: these signs indicate progress in the practice of meditation.
Meditation brings wisdom; lack of meditation leaves ignorance.
When a seeker merges in the beatitude of samadhi, he does not perceive time and space or name and form, the offspring of maya.
Don’t seek experiences in meditation. The path to God is not a circus.
Cry Within. Meditate within. Dive within. Your inner achievements will far outweigh your outer imperfections.
Meditation is the tongue of the soul and the language of our spirit.
Meditate and realise this world is filled with the presence of God.
There are three classes of devotees. The lowest one says, “God is up there”, and he points to heaven. The mediocre devotee says that God dwells in the
heart as the “Inner Controller”. But the highest devotee says: “God alone has become everything. All things that we perceive are so many forms of God”.
The personality absolute, manifest in all creation fine, If thou desire to know of His pervading the universe, the reality and sign, Go! And on the surface of
wine observe the bubble, see how the wine is within the bubble and the bubble within the wine.
Say no longer that God is invisible. Do not speak thus, for what is more manifest than God? He has created all only that you may see it through the beings.
For that is the miraculous power of God, to show Himself through all beings. For nothing is invisible, not even the incorporeal. The intellect makes itself
visible in the act of thinking; God makes Himself visible in the act of creating.
Approach someone who has realised the purpose of life and question him with reverence and devotion; he will instruct you in this wisdom. Once you attain
it, you will never be deluded. You will see all creatures in the Self, and all in Me.
One not knowing a land asks of one who knows it, he goes forward instructed by the knowing one. Such, indeed, is the blessing of instruction, one finds a
path that leads him straight onward.
Should one see a wise man, who, like a revealer of treasure, points out faults and reproves; let one associate with such a wise person.
Let thy house be a place of meeting for the wise, and dust thyself with the dust of their feet, and drink their words with thirst.
Have faith in the guru’s words, and work. If you have no guru, then pray to God with a longing heart. He will let you know what He is like.
O self of all beings!. We worship you in the genii, the Yakshas. O Supreme Man! We bow to your fearful evil shapes which wander at night, cruel and deceitful.
All visibles and invisibles, movables and immovables, are pervaded by Me. All the worlds existing in the tattvas from Shakti to Prithvi exist in me. Whatever is heard or seen, internally or externally, is pervaded by Me.
I salute Kubera, lord of Yakshas, who provides the spell for magical weapons that bring wealth and good fortune. May the utterance of this prayer bring
forth those magical weapons.
Millions of spiritual creatures walk the earth unseen, both when we wake and when we sleep.
The soul at its highest is found like God, but an angel gives a closer idea of Him. That is all an angel is: an idea of God.
Fairies are invisible and inaudible like angels. But their magic sparkles in nature.
The ignorant one craves for a life of luxury and repeatedly hankers after pleasures. Haunted by his own desires he gets benumbed and is rewarded only
with suffering. Oppressed by physical and mental pain, he keeps rotating in a whirlpool of agony.
Have you seen him who makes his desire his god, and God sends him astray purposely, and seals up his hearing and his heart, and sets on his sight a covering?
Life is just a game, roll the dice, spin the wheel. Whatever comes up is what you get. If you take the game seriously, you become obsessed by it, always
trying to find a goal, but in the game of life, there is no colourful square that says finish.
Passion is a positive obsession. Obsession is a negative passion.
Single-mindedness is all very well in cows or baboons; in an animal claiming to belong to the same species as Shakespeare it is simply disgraceful.
Gold cannot be pure, and people cannot be perfect.
Better a diamond with a flaw than a pebble without.
Where sin increased, grace abounded all the more.
O, Felix culpa! O Fortunate fall!)
This is the very perfection of a man, to find out his own imperfection.
Certain flaws are necessary for the whole. It would seem strange if old friends lacked certain quirks.
Faultily faultless, icily regular, splendidly null, dead perfection; no more.
Ring the bells that still can ring/ Forget your perfect offering./ There is a crack in everything,/ That’s how the light gets in.
You see, when weaving a blanket, an Indian woman leaves a flaw in the weaving of that blanket to let the soul out.
Investigate well, show favour to none, maintain impartiality,/ Consult the law, then give judgment – that is the way of justice.
Justice that love gives is a surrender, justice that law gives is a punishment.
We must not make a scarecrow of the law,/ Setting it up to fear the birds of prey,/ And let it keep one shape, till custom make it/ Their perch and not their terror.
Shakespeare , Measure for Measure
The precepts of the law are these: to live honestly, to injure no one, and to give every man his due. Justinian I,
Sadbhavana means having good feelings towards everybody. It is about the need for compassion without boundaries, without interests.
Do more than belong: participate. Do more than care: help. Do more than believe: practice. Do more than be fair:be kind. Do more than forgive: forget. Do
more than dream: work.
William A Ward
When the senses contact sense objects, a person experiences cold or heat, pleasure or pain. These experiences are fleeting; they come and go. Bear
them patiently, Arjuna. Those who are not affected by these changes, who are the same in pleasure and pain, are truly wise and fit for immortality.
The self-existent Lord pierced the senses to turn outward. Thus we look to the world outside and see not the Self within us. A sage withdrew his senses
from the world of change and, seeking immortality, looked within and beheld the deathless self.
The Tempter masters the lazy and irresolute man who dwells on the attractive side of things, ungoverned in his senses, and unrestrained in his food, like
the wind overcomes a rotten tree. But the Tempter cannot master a man who dwells on the distasteful side of things, self-controlled in his senses,
moderate in eating, resolute and full of faith, like the wind cannot move a mountain crag.
Not to have control over the senses is like sailing in a rudderless ship, bound to break to pieces on coming in contact with the very first rock.