“Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.”Thich Nhat Hanh
What are riches – grandeur – health itself, to the luxury of a pure conscience, the health of the soul; – and what the sufferings of poverty, disappointment, despair – to the anguish of an afflicted one!Ann Radcliffe
Wisdom can boast no higher attainment than happiness.Ann Radcliffe
Coincidence is God’s way of remaining anonymous.Charlotte Clemensen Taylor
What is called chance is the instrument of Providence and the secret agent that counteracts what men call wisdom, and preserves order and regularity, and continuation in the whole, for … I firmly believe, notwithstanding all our complaints, that almost every person upon earth tastes upon the totality more happiness than misery; and therefore if we could correct the world to our fancies, and with the best intentions imaginable, probably we should only produce more misery and confusion.
Horace Walpole (1904). “The letters of Horace Walpole: fourth earl of Orford”
“If your compassion does not include yourself it is incomplete.”
Jack Kornfield, Page 28 of Buddha’s Little Instruction Book
The mind always takes us to the past or the future. In the present, the mind cannot exist. In the present, there is no need, no use of the mind. One is only aware. By focusing the mind long enough on the present, the mind automatically dissolves.
112 Meditations, Ranjit Chaudhri
If love can fade, then so can pain.https://www.instagram.com/p/BTaDuOjBX1_/
Who are you when all the things that feed your ego fall away?-butterfliesrising.com
Reproduced from Quora
Answered Apr 6, 2017
Dada Bhagwan, May the World Attain Happiness that I have attained.
In reality, a non-vegetarian diet is not good for those who wish to live a spiritual life.
When we kill a chicken or any living being for that matter, they feel fear and pain. They want to live and are afraid of being killed. Therefore, the atoms of fear and pain that arise within them when they are killed it is present in their bodies and as a result enter our body when we consume them.
Spirituality is going towards non-violence. While eating meat, means supporting violence.
Everything we eat is living. Non-vegetarian food (for
One may say that there is some violence even if we eat one-sense developed living beings, but the Lord does not forbid their consumption. This is because one-sensed organisms do not contain pus or meat. When we cut vegetables or fruits they do not run away from us out of fear, so we can eat it them without hesitation.
Here are thoughts by some famous people around the world on eating non-veg food:
George Bernard Shaw, playwright and Nobel Prize winner, “My body is not a graveyard! It is not a cemetery for chickens. I want to be a civilized man.”
“Non-violence leads to the highest ethics; it is the goal of all evolution. Until we stop harming other living beings, we will be classified as savages.” – Thomas Edison famous scientist.
“People eat meat and think that they will become strong as an ox, forgetting that the ox eats grass.” – Pino Caruso (Italian writer)
“Will you be able to look at an animal’s eye and say, “My hunger is more important than your suffering?” – Moby (American musician and photographer)
If you cannot stop eating non-veg food immediately, at least change your opinion by asking for forgiveness with repentance (pratikraman). In addition, start trying different vegetarian foods, there are varieties of food available as per your taste. First, change your opinion that you want to be vegetarian, then things will follow.
For one to understand spiritual knowledge, a pure vegetarian diet is required, because the coverings from the vegetarian diet are comparatively thin, so one can maintain higher awareness.
Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.
The Spiritual Works of Mercy are oriented toward the soul. Though ideally applicable for all faithful, not everyone is considered capable or obligated to perform the first three Spiritual Works of Mercy before they possess the proper tact, knowledge or canonical training to do so. The remaining four Spiritual Works of Mercy are considered to be an obligation of all faithful to practice unconditionally.
The Seven Spiritual Works of Mercy and their Holy Scripture references are:
Admonish the Sinner
(Proverbs 27:17, Luke 15:7; 17:3 2 Timothy 4:2 )
Instruct the Ignorant
(Matthew 28:19-20 Mark 16:14-18 Luke 24:47-49 John 20:21 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 4:1-5 )
Counsel the Doubtful
(Matthew 13:18-23 Mark 4:13-20; 9:14-29 Luke 8:11-15 John 14:27)
Bear Wrongs Patiently
(Matthew 5:38-48 Luke 6:27-36 1 Peter 2:18-19)
Forgive Offenses Willingly
(Matthew 6:14-15; 18:15-35 Mark 11:25 Luke 11:1-4; 17:1-4 )
Comfort the Afflicted
(Psalms 9:8-11; 22:23-27, Psalms 27:4-5; 30:2-4, Psalms 46:2; 55:22, Psalms 56; 71:20-22, Psalms 116; 119:49-50 Jeremiah 29:11-14 Lamentations 3:21-24, 31-33 Nahum 1:7-8 Matthew 11:28-30 John 14:15-18, 27; 16:22-23
2 Corinthians 5:17 1 Peter 5:5-11 Revelation 21:4
Pray for the Living and the Dead
(2 Maccabees 38-46)
1. To feed the hungry
2. To give drink to the thirsty
3. To clothe the naked
4. To give shelter to travellers
5. To visit the sick
6. To visit the imprisoned and
7. To bury the dead
The pain will not go away by getting angry or bitter, it will go away when you learn to accept life’s challenges with grace and ease.
What you love you empower
What you fear you empower
What you empower you attract
If a moment of anger can be extremely destructive, it is equally true that a moment of heartfelt love or compassion can be tremendously constructive.
-Geshe Sonam Rinchen, How Karma Works
Everything exists in dependence on other factors and is thus free from the two extremes: the extreme of reified objective existence and the extreme of nonexistance.
-Geshe Sonam Rinchen, How Karma Works
Give up learning, and put an end to your troubles.
Is there a difference between yes and no?
Is there a difference between good and evil?
Must I fear what others fear? What nonsense!
Other people are contented, enjoying the sacrificial feast of the ox.
In spring some go to the park, and climb the terrace,
But I alone am drifting not knowing where I am.
Like a new-born babe before it learns to smile,
I am alone, without a place to go.
Other have more than they need, but I alone have nothing.
I am a fool. Oh, yes! I am confused.
Other men are clear and bright,
But I alone am dim and weak.
Other men are sharp and clever,
But I alone am dull and stupid.
Oh, I drift like the waves of the sea.
Without direction, like the restless wind.
Everyone else is busy,
But I alone am aimless and depressed.
I am different.
I am nourished by the great mother.
(translation by Gia-fu Feng and Jane English)
“The shell must be broken before the bird can fly.”– Jennifer Worth
“Good is the enemy of great. And that is one of the key reasons why we have so little that becomes great. We don’t have great schools, principally because we have good schools. We don’t have great government, principally because we have good government. Few people attain great lives, in large part because it is just so easy to settle for a good life.”
– James C. Collins
“Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever. That surrender, even the smallest act of giving up, stays with me. So when I feel like quitting, I ask myself, which would I rather live with?”
– Lance Armstrong
In the Buddhist lineage, knowledge is not handed down like an antique. One teacher experiences the truth of the teachings and hands it down as an inspiration to his students. That inspiration wakens the student who passes it on further. The teachings are seen as always up to date, they are not thought of as “ancient wisdom”.
It is like a recipe for bread. Each baker must apply his general knowledge of how to bake bread, but each time it is cooked completely fresh.Jane Hope and Borin Van Loon
Introducing Buddha: A graphic guide
There is no wealth but life.-John Ruskin
How do we come to think of things, rather than of processes in this absolute flux? By shutting our eyes to the successive events. It is an artificial attitude that makes sections in the stream of
changeand calls them things. When we shall know the truth of things, we shall realize how absurd it is for us to worship isolated products of the incessant series of transformations as though they were eternal and real. Life is no thingor state of a thing, but a continuous movement or change.
– Dr Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan
“Nature is busy creating absolutely unique individuals, whereas culture has invented a single mold to which all must conform. It is grotesque. ”
― U. G. Krishnamurti
Every flower must grow through dirt.
Laurie Jean Sennott
Poverty urges us to do and suffer anything that we may escape from it, and so leads us away from virtue.Horace (B.C. 65-8)
For the love of a rose, the gardener becomes the slave of a thousand thorns.Turkish Proverb
As a piece of rope, when burnt, retains its form, but cannot serve to bind, so is the ego which is burnt by the fire of supreme Knowledge.
We can’t comprehend with our human mind the wisdom of God. Somehow, He can plan out generations, take mistakes, failures, betrayals, closed doors and somehow weave them all together and cause them to work for our good. Only God, in His wisdom, can figure out how to take a mistake from one generation and use it to be a blessing in another generation.
What you are shouts so loudly in my ears, I cannot hear what you say.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
The greatest healing would be to wake up from what we are not.
You need nothing to be happy – you need something to be sad.
Don’t remind the world that it is sick and troubled. Remind it that it is beautiful and free.
No thought has any power. You have power. And when you identify and believe in the thought you give power to the thought.
Your heart is the light of this world. Don’t cover it with your mind.
Vishaya in general means that which holds your attention. Here we are talking about that which will grab you and take you into life after life. When is anything considered a vishaya? It is considered a vishaya if you become greedy or infatuated with it. Otherwise it is not a vishaya. Therefore, everything you see in this world is not vishaya but if you become greedy or obsessed with it then it is called vishaya.
What we see depends mainly on what we look for.
Be empty of worrying. Think of who created thoughts!
Let silence take you to the core of life.
Contact and unity with the soul bring understanding and answers your questions. God has so designed us that within each of us there is a special classroom, an inner sanctum, designed for inner communion. Within this classroom, your master teacher expects and awaits you. Seek the presence of this Master Within. No one can enter this classroom except you. The Master is always there.
-Lonnie C. Edwards (Spiritual Laws that govern the Universe)
Metta embraces all beings
Karuna embraces all those who suffer
Mudita embraces the prosperous
Upekkha embraces the good, bad, loved and unloved, pleasant and unpleasant. [Vism. 318]
Perfectionism is the smart person’s version of procrastination.
I died as a mineral and became a plant,
I died as plant and rose to animal,
I died as animal and I was Man.
Why should I fear? When was I less by dying?
Yet once more I shall die as Man, to soar
With angels blest; but even from angelhood
I must pass on: all except God doth perish.
When I have sacrificed my angel-soul,
I shall become what no mind e’er conceived.
Oh, let me not exist! for Non-existence
Proclaims in organ tones, ‘To Him we shall return.’
-Jalal ud-Din Rumi (1207-1273) Translated by A.J. Arberry
Movie: Boond Jo Ban Gayi Moti
Lyricist: Bharat Vyas
हरी हरी वसुंधरा पे नीला नीला ये गगन
कि जिसपे बादलो की पालकी उड़ा रहा पवन
दिशाएं देखो रंग भरी चमक रहीं उमंग भरी
ये किसने फूल फूल पे किया श्रृंगार है
ये कौन चित्रकार है ये कौन चित्रकार
तपस्वियों सी हैं अटल ये पर्वतों की चोटियां
ये सर्प सी घुमेरदार घेरदार घाटियां
ध्वजा से ये खड़े हुए हैं वृक्ष देवदार के
गलीचे ये गुलाब के बगीचे ये बहार के
ये किस कवि की कल्पना का चमत्कार है
ये कौन चित्रकार है ये कौन चित्रकार
कुदरत की इस पवित्रता को तुम निहार लो
इसके गुणों को अपने मन में तुम उतार लो
चमका लो आज लालिमा अपने ललाट की
कण कण से झांकती तुम्हें छवि विराट की
अपनी तो आँख एक है उसकी हजार है
ये कौन चित्रकार है ये कौन चित्रकार
This post records the hindi verses, transliteration and translation of Prahlad Tippaniya’s rendition of the song Kahan se aaya, Kahan Jaoge as performed in Stanford University.
Video of the performance is below:
सब आया एक ही घाट से, उतरा एक ही बाट
sab aaya ek hi ghaat se, utra ek hi baat
Everyone came from one place, and took the same road
बीच में दुविधा पड़ गयी, हो गए बारह बाट
beech mein dhuvidha pad gayi, ho gaye baarah baat
Half way along, you fell into doubt, and it became twelve roads
घाटे पानी सब भरे, अवघट भरे न कोय
ghaate paani sab bhare, avghat bhare na koi
Everyone draws water from river banks, No one draws where there is no bank
अवघट घाट कबीर का, भरे सो निर्मल होए
avghat ghaat kabir ka, bhare so nirmal hoi
No bank is like the bank of Kabir, The one who draws there, he becomes pure.
हिंदू कहूँ तो हूँ नहीं, मैं मुसलमान भी नहीं
hindu kahu to hoon nahi, mai musalmaan bhi nahi
Saying Hindu that I am not, I am not a Muslim also
अरे जो दोनों के बीच में, मैं खेलूं दोनों में
are jo dono ke beech mein, mai khelu dono mein
What is in between the two, I play in both
कहाँ से आया कहाँ जाओगे
kahan se aaya kahan jaaoge
Where are you coming from, Where are you going?
खबर करो अपने तन की
khabar karo apne tan ki
Get the news from your body
कोई सदगुरु मिले तो भेद बतावें
koi sadhguru mile to bhed bataave
If you find a true guru, he will tell you the difference
खुल जावे अंतर खिड़की
khul jaave andar ki khidki
Then inner window will open
हिन्दू मुस्लिम दोनों भुलाने
hindu muslim dono bhulaane
Hindus, Muslims both deluded
खटपट मांय रिया अटकी
khatpat maay riya atki
Stuck in always fighting
जोगी जंगम शेख सवेरा
jogi jangam sheikh savera
Yogis, wandering jains, sheikhs
लालच मांय रिया भटकी
laalach maay riya bhatki
all lost in greed
काज़ी बैठा कुरान बांचे
kaazi baita kuraan baanche
The Kazi sits and reads the Quran
ज़मीन जोर वो करी चटकी
zameen jot woh kari chatki
And then he grabs someone’s land
हर दम साहेब नहीं पहचाना
har dam saaheb nai pehchaana
Can’t see the lord in every breath
पकड़ा मुर्गी ले पटकी
pakda murgi le patki
Catches a hen and smashes it.
बहार बैठा ध्यान लगावे
baahar baita dhyaan lagaave
Outwardly he meditates,
भीतर सुरता रही अटकी
bheetar surta rahi atki
Inside his thoughts are stuck
बहार बंदा, भीतर गन्दा
baahar banda, bheetar ganda
Outside saintly, inside filthy
मन मैल मछली गटकी
man meil machli gatki
mind tainted, he swallows a fish.
माला मुद्रा तिलक छापा
mala mudra tilak chaapa
With garlands, money, tilaks,
तीरथ बरत में रिया भटकी
teerath barath mei riya bhatki
He is lost in pilgrimages
गावे बजावे लोक रिझावे
gaave bajaave lok rijhaave
sings, plays entertains people
खबर नहीं अपने तन की
khabar nahi apne tan ki
But has no understanding of his body
बिना विवेक से गीता बांचे
bina vivek se geeta baanche
Unthinking he reads the Gita
चेतन को लगी नहीं चटकी
chetan ko lagi nahi chatki
But it fails to brush his thoughts
कहें कबीर सुनो भाई साधो
kahe kabir suno bahi saadho
Kabir says, listen sadhus,
आवागमन में रिया भटकी
aavaagaman mein riya bhatki
people are lost in coming (birth) and going (death).
Kabir man nirmal bhaya jaise Ganga Neer,
Paache laago hari fire kehet Kabir Kabir
Kabir, the mind is now as pure as Ganga water,
Following, Hari roams, calling Kabir, Kabir.
ना जाने तेरा साहब कैसा है
Na Jaane Tera Saahab Kaisa Hai
Don’t know the nature of your God
(Are the nature of your deeds like the nature of your God?)
मस्जिद ऊपर मुल्ला पुकारे , क्या साहब तेरा बहरा है
Mazjid Oopar Mulla Pukaare, Kya Saahab tera behra hai
From the top of mazjid mulla shouts a loud prayer, Is your God deaf?
चींटी के पग नेवरा बांधे, वह भी साहब सुनता है
Chinti ke pag nevara baandhe, woh bhi to saahab sunta hai
The sound from an ant’s feet, God listens to that as well.
पंडित होके आसन मारे , लंबी माला जपता है
Pandit Hoke Aasan Maare, Lambi Maala Japta Hai
Become a pandit and make aasanas, Chant with long garland,
अन्दर तेरे कपट का करनी , सो भी साहब लखता है
Andar Tere Kapat Ka Karni, So Bhi Saahab Lakhta Hai
The deceitful deeds of your mind, that also God knows
ऊँचा नीचा महल बनाया , गहरी नींव जमाता है
Ooncha Neecha Mahal Banaya, Gahari Neev Jamaata Hai
Making tall and short buildings, man makes deep foundations
चलने का मंसूबा नाहि, रहने का मन करता है
Chalne Ka Mansooba Naahi, Rehne Ka Man Karta Hai
Without dreams of going (dying), the mind wants to stay
कौड़ी कौड़ी माया जोड़ी , गाढ़ी भूमि में झड़ता है
Kaudi Kaudi Maya Jodi, Gaadi Bhoomi Mein Jhadtha Hai
You earn every penny, then you bury it in sand to preserve it
जहि लेना हैं सो ले जईहें , बाँकी वहीं वहीं मरता है
Jahi Lena Hai Le , Baki Wahin Wahin Marta Hai
Who takes life will take it away, remaining dies where it is.
सतवंती को गजि मिले नहि, वेश्या पहिने खासा है
Satvanto Ko Gaji Mile Nahi, Veshya Pahine Khasaa Hai
Good natured woman does not get a cotton cloth, the prostitute wears silk
जेहिं घर साधु भीख न पावे , भड़वा खात बताशा है
Jehi Ghar Saadhu Bheek Na Paave, Bhadva Khaat Batasha Hai
Household does not give alms to saint, pimp eats a delicacy
हीरा पायी परख नहीं जाने , कौड़ी परखन करता है
Heera Paayi Parak Nahi Jaane, Kaudi Parkhan Karta Hai
You have not examined the diamond (Life)in your possession, you examine the penny
क़हत कबीर सुनो भाई साधो, हरी जैसे को तैसा है
Kahat Kabir Suno Bhai Saadho, Hari Jaise Ko Taisa Hai
Kabir says, listen brethren, God gives the things that are sought
The greatest journeys are the ones that bring you home.
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kāmamaya evāyaṃ puruṣa iti
You are what your deep, driving desire is
sa yathākāmo bhavati tatkratur bhavati
As your desire is, so is your will
yatkratur bhavati tat karma kurute
As your will is, so is your deed
yat karma kurute tad abhisaṃpadyate
As your deed is, so is your destiny