The Past

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It is incumbent upon the children to exert themselves to utmost in acquiring the art of reading and writing. Writing skills that will provide for urgent needs will be enough for some; and then it will be better and more fitting that they should spend their time in studying those branches of knowledge which are of use.

Sayings of Baha’u’llah


I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth , more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repenteth.

Luke 15:7


Why doesn’t the past decently bury itself, instead of sitting and waiting to be admitted by the present?

D.H. Lawrence


Any action, whether it is good or bad, which forms in creating samskara and in the spritual sense is undesirable. Sinning would appear to be certainly not as bad as the brooding over the sin, coz brooding drives the impression deeper and deeper into the mind where samsakaras of such hardness are formed that much subsequent effort is required to clean the system.

Our Master (Sri Ram Chandra ji) advises us to forget the past, and we can do nothing to change it as the past should not worry us because it is the past. What should concern us is the future which we can affect by our present action. The immediate past is of no more consequence than the more distant past life. This will make it easy to ignore them and to concentrate on laying the basis for future spiritual development.

Sri Ramchandra Mission


Make it rule of life never to regret and never to look back; Regret is an appalling waste of energy; you can’t build on it; it’s only good for wallowing in.

Katherine Mansfield

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Meditation

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But those who worship Me, surrendering all actions to Me, regarding Me as the supreme goal, meditating on Me with Single-pointed yoga. Fix your mind on Me alone, place your intellect in Me, then you shall, no doubt live in Me alone.

Bhagvad Gita (12.6-8)


Desires arise out of body, mind and intelliect. These three material components make up our shell, beyond which lies the true Self, the Atman or God. But we are confused by our shell we identify our self with it, turning to the sensations of our body, the feelings and desires of our mind or the thoughts of the intellect. As we think so we become. This is the principle of action. If we turn to our true Self, in-stead of attaching ourselves to our body, mind and intellect; we will not be dragged again and again into the cycle of birth and death in this world. We will come to God.

God is in Arjuna as he is in every human being. We are all, each one of us, are God plus desires, so by a simple subtraction of desires we come to God. That is our supreme Goal.

Swami Parthasarathy


The most direct way to experience meditation is simply to let everything be as it is. Just let everything be as it is – over and over and over again.

Now the minute we try to let everything be as it is, what we discover is that we don’t want to do it, And the reason for this is that we are so compulsively fascinated with contents of our own mind – our likes, dislikes and all of our worries; but if we want to be free, we will find the strength to be disinterested in the contents of our own mind. If we want to be free we will find the courage to simply – Let everything be as it is.

Andrew Cohen

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Attachment & Discontent

 

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To whatever extent the five senses the four taints of emotions, and the four instinctive appetites are supposed suppressed by a person who is well established in the path of righteousness, to such extent the doorway for such extent for the entrance of evil is closed for that person.

Acarangasutra 4.15


He who remains dissatisfied, finds fault with the way things happen or with one short coming or the other in anyone, then feels sad. One who compares what he has with others’ achievements, and , instead of removing his own shortcomings, longs for more and more, such a one is always dissatisfied.

Raja Yogi B. K. Jagdish


Be  content with your lot; One cannot be first in everything.

Aesop


Although competition and ambition are considered to be desirable qualities by society and employers, they are far from desirable in spiritual sense. One must find satisfaction by doing one’s utmost and not by trying to beat another person in achievement

M. Bhaskaran


Unattachment is the release of need or expectation associated with a specific outcome. For most people, this is one of the most difficult lessons to learn. We become attached to the way we envision something working out, and struggle to make circumstances bend to our desires.

Cherie Carter-Scott


Better a little fire to warm us than a great one to burn us.

Thomas Fuller


Be Content with what thou has received and smooth thy frowning forehead, for the door of choice is not open either to thee or me.

Hafiz

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Pleasure & Pain

 

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Sri Ramakrishna


There is a pleasure, in not being pleased.

Voltaire


Laughter causes misery to vanish. It teaches you to lighten up and take yourself less seriously. even in the most serious situations. It can also hep you gain some much needed perspective.. So give yourself permission to laugh. You’ll be amazed at how quickly a crisis can turn into a comedy when you invite a humour.

Cherie Carter-Scott


Few pleasures there are indeed without the after touch of pain, but that is the preservation which keeps them sweet.

Helen Keller

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Fulfilment and Faith

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Unfortunate are those who keep desiring and yet their desires are not fulfilled. A little more fortunate are those whose desires get fulfilled over a long period of time. More fortunate are those whose desires get fulfilled as soon as their desire arise. The most fortunate are those who have no desires because there is fulfilment before a desire can arise.

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar


Fear exists as long as there is accumulation of the known, which creates fear of losing. Therefore fear of the unknown is really fear of losing the accumulated known. The moment I say ‘I must not lose’ there is fear.

J. Krishnamurti


All things are possible until they are proved impossible – and even impossible may even be so as of now.

Pearl S Buck


Once you learn to listen to your messages, you then move to next , deeper level of growth : Trusting those messages. You learn the lesson of trust when you take a leap of faith and believe that your inner knowing is guiding you toward your greater good. Trust is attunement of your instincts to know who and what is in your best interest; so that you may rely absolutely on the validity of your messages.

Cherie Carter


Learning to talk properly to the self is a spiritual endeavour. When you make a mistake, do you talk lovingly to yourself in your mind, or do you tell yourself off? One habit recognises your divinity; the other subtly shapes a nature of sorrow.

Dadi Janki


Man is not the sum of what he has already but rather the sum of what he does not yet have, of what he could have.

Jean Paul Sartre

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Compassion & Suffering

Compassion

I believe there is a significant difference between your own suffering you might experience in a compassionate state in which you take upon yourself and share other peoples’ suffering; when you think about your own suffering, there is a feeling of being totally burdened.. but in the case of compassion, underlying the uncomfortable feeling is very high level of alertness & determination because you are voluntarily and deliberately accepting anothers’ suffering.

Dalai Lama


A person who believes that all are his soul mates and loves them alike, never feels lonely. The divine qualities of forgiveness, compassion and service will make him lovable in the eyes of all. He will experience intense joy throughout his life.

Yajur veda (4à.6)


Compassion is a natural response to hurt and pain in yourself or in another. The heart softens and opens. Compassion feels warm and soothing, like a gentle salve. It gives the heart strength to feel the pain as well as the truth of the situation.

Causing it, Comparison arises from a heart felt understanding of your own truth, and it supports your willingness to be with the truth.

Bryon Brown


Until we know what motivates the heart and minds of men we can understand nothing outside ourselves, nor will we never reach fulfilment as that greatest miracle of all, The human being.

Marya Mannes


I don’t ask for your pity, but just your understanding – not even that – no. Just for your recognition of me in you, and the enemy, time , in us all.

Tennesse Williams

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Awareness

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What is the point in talking about something of which you know nothing? There is no point in talking about what you don’t know! We can talk about something you think you know but do not know, or something you think you don’t know that you know.

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar


Who’s not sat tense before his own hearts’ curtain.

Rainer Maria Rilke


To know ourselves means to know our relationship with the world, does the understanding of that relationship demand specialisation? Obviously not. What it demands is awareness to meet life as a whole.

J. Krishnamurti


Conscience is the inner voice that tells us that someone may be looking.

H. L. Mencken


Awareness is the process of becoming fully conscious. Awareness can trickle into the corners of your mind slowly, as you clean out the cobwebs, or it can dawn suddenly the moment you become cognisant of your patterns and begin to see yourself objectively.

Cherie Carter-Scott


Only that day downs to which we are awake

Henry David Thoreau


Purifying the soul means putting your highest self in charge. Useless and negative thoughts are removed and annoying habits finished. This is the aim of spiritual study.

Dadi Janki


If I were to begin life again, I should want it as it was. I would only open my eyes a little more.

Jules Bernard

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Leadership

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Mutual acceptance, support, goodwill and endeavour are the hallmarks of responsible leadership. Sharing and caring amongst all the interacting groups ensures continued overall well being. Sharing not only the fruits of success but also the credit for success lifts any success to the level of divine success.

G. Narayana


Leaders of society should have the moral strength to proclaim truth fearlessly.

Rig Veda (8.48.14)


He who has never learned to obey can never be a good commander.

Aristotle


The final test of a leader is that he leaves behind him in other men the conviction and the will to carry on.

Walter Lippmann


I see it is said that leaders should keep their ears to the ground. All I can say is that the British nation will find it very hard to look up to the leaders who are detected in that somewhat ungainly posture.

Winston Churchill


A chief is a man who takes responsibility. He says, “I was beaten.” He does not say, “My men were beaten.” Thus speaks a real man.

Saint-Exupery


Management is efficiency in climbing the ladder of success; leadership determines whether the ladder is leaning against the right wall.

Stephen .R. Covey


No man is great enough or wise enough for any of us to surrender our destiny to. The only way in which any one can lead us is to restore to us the belief in our guidance.

Henry Miller

Change & Choice

Plants-growing-in-stages_RGB_Web2Whether you like it or not, everything that is happening at this moment is a result of the choice you’ve made in the past … most of us, as a result of conditioning, have repetitious to the stimuli in our environment; we forgot that these are choices that we are making in every moment of our existence.

Deepak Chopra


 

This world of ours is subject to change and every human being reaps and sows. Hence man should discharge his part at this present time in a holy way and do good deeds so that he has not to face any desirable situation later on.

He should remember that change is bound to take place because the world cannot be the same every day or every hour.

Raja Yogi B.K. Jagdish Chander


 

The great, unborn Self is undecaying, immortal, undying, fearless, infinite.

Brihadaryanyaka Upnishad 4.4.25


 

Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or 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 D in the distance.

Louis Kronenberg


Through Loyalty to the past, our mind refuses to realize that tomorrows’ joy is possible only if today makes way for it; that each wave owes the beauty of its line only to the withdrawal of the preceding one.

Andre Gide


Continuity in everything is unpleasant. Cold is agreeable that we may get warm.

Pascal

Truth about Creation

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Bobbie Carlyle’s “Self-Made Man” Sculpture

Creation is only the projection into form of that which already exists.

The atoms of the universe may be counted, but not so my manifestations; for eternally I create innumerable worlds.

Srimad Bhagwatam 111.2, x1.10


“In use it can never be exhausted”

Tao Te Ching


As milk is spontaneously changed into curd and water into ice, So Brahma modifies Itself in diverse ways, without the aid of instruments or external means of any kind whatever. Thus spider spins its web out of its substance, subtle beings take diverse forms, and the lotus grows from marsh to marsh without organs of locomotion.

Brahma Sutra 11.1


The yon is fulness; fulness, this. From fulness, fulness doth proceed. With drawing fulness’s fulness off, e’en fulness then itself remains.

Brihadaranyaka Upanishad


There is no existence for the unreal and the real can never be non-existent. The seers of Truth know the nature and final ends of both. Know That to be indestructible by which all this pervaded. No one is ever able to destroy that Immutable, These bodies are perishable; but the dwellers in these bodies are eternal, indestructible and impenetrable, Therefore fight O descendant of Bharata.

He who considers this Self as a slayer or he who thinks that this Self is slain neither of these knows the Truth. For it does not slay, nor is It Slain. This self is not born, nor does It die, nor after once having seen, does It go into non-being. This self is unborn, eternal, changeless, ancient. It is never destroyed even when the body is destroyed.

Srimad Bhagawad Geeta 11.16-20