The Secret of Happy Home

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‘ I have one of the best of wives; and when I go to work. She always has a kind word of encouragement for me and when I go home, she meets me with a smile and a kiss, and then tea is sure to be ready, and she has done so many little things through the day to please me that I cannot find it in my heart to speak an unkind word to anybody.

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The Core Question

By whom willed and directed does the mind alight on its objects?
By whome commanded does the prana (vital breath), that precedes all.
start? By whom willed do men utter speech?
What intelligent power directs the eye to see, the eyes to hear?

Kenopanishad 1.1


It is the ear of the ear,
It is the mind of the mind
It is the speech of the speech.
It is the breath of the breathing.
It is the eye of the eye…

Kenopanishad 1.2


The teacher proceeds from the known to the unknown…
We all know that we hear with our ears.
But a set of ears on their own are as deaf as a post.
Follow the sound vibrations through the eardrums along the nerves.
It is the brain which is actually ‘hearing’ those vibrations. But that’s not the end of it. If the Consciousness leaves the brain you won’t hear.

Even if that Consciousness simply shifts the focus of your brain for a moment, the ears are still transmitting sounds to it as it ticks away, but you are deafened.

Someone might ask three times if you want sugar in your tea, but all you know is that you forgot to lock the door when you left the office.
Therefore, it is Consciousness which enables you to hear. It is the ‘ear of the ear’ because it is that which makes you conscious of sound.

By the same token. Consciousness is the see-er in the eye,
the mind in the mind, the speaker in speech.
That, says the teacher, is the source of existence, is God (Brahman/ब्रह्मा). So, God is the subject of all you see, hear, smell, touch, taste, feel or understand.

Therefore, God can never be an object of perception or comprehension.

Swami Parthasarathy

 

Purifying Ourselves

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Wise, self-controlled and tranquil souls, who are contented in spirit, and who practice austerity and meditation in solitude and silence, are freed from all impurity, and attain by the path of liberation to the immortal, the truly existing, the changeless Self.

Mundaka Upanishad 1.2.11


The moral man’s life is an empflication of the universal moral order, chung yung, because he is a moral person who unceasingly cultivates his true self or moral being. The life of the vulgar person, on the other hand, is a contradiction of the universal order, because he is a vulgar person who in his heart has no regard for, or fear of, the moral law.

Doctrine of the Mean 3


Because perfect wisdom tames and transforms him, wrath and conceit he does not increase. Neither enmity nor ill-will take hold of him, nor is there even a tendency towards them. He will be mindful and friendly… It is wonderful how this perfection of wisdom has been set up for the control and training of the bodhisattvas.

Perfection of Wisdom


Of all the created things of being of the universe,

it is the two-legged men alone,

who, if they purify and humiliate themselves,

may become one with – or may know,

Wakan-Tanka

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Not in the heavens, or the underworlds,

Not in the hollow-caves of trackless mountains…

The cave where brahma shines is the heart-cave.

Of Mind which is filled with the Consciousness

Yoga-bhashya


 

You would attain to divine perfection.

And yet not turn your back upon the world.

H W Longfellow

Forgiveness

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Subvert anger by forgiveness.

Samanusuttam 136


Where there is forgiveness, There is God Himself.

Adi Granth, Shalok, Kabir, p.1372


If you are offering your gift at the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.

Matthew 5.23-24


The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.

Mahatma Gandhi


Good to Forgive, Best to Forget.

Robert Browning

The One In All

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If you can sense the one in all creation,

And see God in every brothers’ face without respect of creed, race or nation;

If you can feel at home in every place;

If you can love your country with devotion,

And yet all the countries too;

If you have freed yourself from class emotion,

And understand the other’s point of view;

If you can sense in every beast a brother,

And see God blossoming in every flower;

If by no thought or word you hurt another,

And fill with noble deeds the fleeting hour;

If all your thoughts, words and acts are holy,

And everything from higher motives done.

And all your work is based on service alone.

You’re very near to the Divine, my son.

– K. Browning

Think Well: Speak Well

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Some words heal
And some words hurt
Some cause sorrow
And some cause mirth
Some words lash
Bringing grief and tears
Some words soothe
Troublesome fears
Some words kill
And some give life
Some jab as hard
As a steel-tipped knife
Some bring hope
To a sinking heart
some cause husband
and wife to part
Harsh words come
From a thoughtless mind
Sweet words belong
to a heart that’s kind
So you are not to open
your mouth in haste
Think well each word
Speak well in taste

Saintly Thoughts – Swami Sivanandaji

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There is a light that never dims
There is a beauty that never fades
There is a drink that immortalises
There is a silence which is ever eloquent
There is a friend who is ever eternal
There is a peace which ever comforts
There is a bliss that never decays
There is a life eternal, which is ever joyful.
It is Atma thy Innermost Self-Indweller.


Cultivate right understanding and right thinking.
Develop cosmic Love.
Eradicate selfishness.
Practice self-restraint.
Develop virtuous qualities.
Have faith in the existence of God.
Pray to the Almighty daily.
The Divine Grace will descend on you.


A time like this demands
Great hearts, Strong minds
The Truth and Willing hands
Men whom the powers of office will not lure
Men whom the spoils of office will not buy
Men who have opinion and a will
Men who dare not lie.

Confidence & Determination

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You have to leave everything behind and move ahead. All your experiences, your relations – everything – is part of the past. Leave the whole world of your memories behind – including me. Drop everything, I am there behind you. Move on Stop looking for more and be free!

– Sri Sri Ravi Shankar


Thich nhat

Walk upright, with calm, dignity, and joy, as though you were an emperor. Place your foot on earth the way an emperor places his seal on a royal decree. A decree can bring happiness or misery. Your steps are peaceful, the world will have peace. If you can make one peaceful step, then peace is possible.

– Thich Nhat Hanh


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Moments of glory are not achieved by staying in our comfort zone. Moments of glory occur when we step outside ourselves and fear shakes hands with freedom.

– Kay Allenbaugh

 

 

 


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When you discover your essential nature and know who you really are, in that knowing itself is the ability to fulfil any dream you have, because you are eternal possibility, the immeasurable potential of all that was, is and will be.

– Deepak Chopra

 


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In the midst of uncertainty keep determination in your thoughts and it will become a guiding light in front of you. Those whose thoughts are filled with determintation will find everything to be possible.

-Dadi Janki

 


Bonhoeffer, Dietrich - German Pastor Who fought Nazism

 

It is the characteristic excellence of the strong man that he can bring momentous issues to the fore and make a decision about them. The weak are always forced to decide between alternatives they have not chosen themselves.

-Dietrich Bonhoeffer