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    , , Joel Osteen, , ,   

    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.

    -Joel Osteen

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    What you are shouts so loudly in my ears, I cannot hear what you say.

    -Ralph Waldo Emerson

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    The greatest healing would be to wake up from what we are not.


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    Bliss, , , , ,   

    You need nothing to be happy – you need something to be sad.


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    Don’t remind the world that it is sick and troubled. Remind it that it is beautiful and free.


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    No thought has any power. You have power. And when you identify and believe in the thought you give power to the thought.


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    Your heart is the light of this world. Don’t cover it with your mind.


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    Celibacy, , , , , Vishaya   

    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.


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    John Lubbock, , , , ,   

    What we see depends mainly on what we look for.

    -John Lubbock

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    Be empty of worrying. Think of who created thoughts!


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    Let silence take you to the core of life.


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    , Lonnie Edwards, ,   

    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)

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    Brahmavihara, , Kaurna, Metta, Mudita, Upekkha   

    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]

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    Adelle Ramcharan, ,   

    Perfectionism is the smart person’s version of procrastination.

    -Adelle Ramcharan

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    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

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    Yeh Kaun Chitrakaar Hai 

    Movie: Boond Jo Ban Gayi Moti
    Singer(s): Mukesh
    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

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    Kahan se aaya kahan jaoge : Lyrics and meaning 

    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).

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    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.

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    Na Jaane Tera Saahab Kaisa Hai – Lyrics and Meaning 

    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

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    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

    -Brihadaranyakopanisad 4.4.5

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    Sometimes the most courageous act is what you don’t do.

    (Movie Advertisement for Paradise Now)

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    Nobody is superior, nobody is inferior, but nobody is equal either. People are simply unique, incomparable. You are you, I am I. I have to contribute my potential to life; you have to contribute your potential to life. I have to discover my own being; you have to discover your own being.


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    God breaks the heart again and again and again until it stays open.

    -Hazrat Inayat Khan

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    Cyclical, , Niruben Amin,   

    Karma is like the fruit of a mango tree. The mango will yield the tree and the tree will yield the mango and the cycle continues.

    -Niruben Amin, The Science of Karma

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    Annice Booth, , , ,   

    The law of karma, blessed ones, is not intended to act as a lash, to tear apart the souls of men. The law of karma is intended to instruct and to cause mankind to approach the throne of grace without fear, with the clearness of mind and being that will render them able to receive the pure vibratory action of Almighty God.

    -Annice Booth, The Path to Your Ascension

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    For the keynote of the law of Karma is equilibrium, and nature is always working to restore that equilibrium whenever through man’s acts it is disturbed.

    -Christmas Humphreys, Karma and Rebirth

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    Jonn Mumford, , , , Yoga   

    The Yogi gains freedom from the wheel of rebirth by sacrificing thinking for being.

    -Jonn Mumford, Karma Manual

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    , Heinrich Zimmer, , , Sanchita Karma   

    The seeds of destiny already stored as a result of former lives, but which have not yet begun to germinate…they have not yet begun to sprout, mature and transform themselves into the harvest of life.

    -Heinrich Zimmer, Philosophies of India

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    , , Friedrich Schiller,   

    There is no such thing as chance; and what seems to us the merest accident springs from the deepest source of destiny.

    -Friedrich Schiller, 1759-1805

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    When the thought has no customers, the thought vanishes.

    -Nisargadatta Maharaj,

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    Breath, , , , Rosary   

    Take to the natural rosary of the breath which being endless continuation has no knots and needs no reversal at all.


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    When the world pushes you to your knees, you’re in the perfect position to pray.


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    , J Paulsen, ,   

    The cost of not following your heart, is spending the rest of your life wishing you had.

    J Paulsen

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    If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.

    Wayne Dyer

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    Our plans never turn out as tasty as reality.

    Ram Dass

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    It is important to expect nothing, to take every experience, including the negative ones, as merely steps on the path, and to proceed.

    Ram Dass

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    Bill Bullard, , , , ,   

    Opinion is really the lowest form of human knowledge. It requires no accountability, no understanding. The highest form of knowledge is empathy, for it requires us to suspend our egos and live in another’s world. It requires profound purpose, larger-than-the-self kind of understanding.

    -Bill Bullard

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    Abigail Johnson, Advice, , ,   

    Lots of people will give you advice… and depending on how well they know you, the advice might be valid or not so valid.

    -Abigail Johnson

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    , Jacqueline Mars, , ,   

    You have to learn to ask questions in a way that will elicit more nuanced answers, rather than the answers you would like to get.

    -Jacqueline Mars

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    , Charles Koch, Measurement,   

    We must measure what leads to results, not simply what is easy to measure.

    -Charles Koch

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    , Carlos Slim Helu, Competition, ,   

    Competiton makes you better, always, always makes you better, even if the competitor wins.

    -Carlos Slim Helu

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    , , , Larry Page,   

    It is often easier to make progress on mega-ambitious dreams. Since no one else is crazy enough to do it, you have little competition.

    -Larry Page

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    The key to realizing a dream is to focus not on success but on significance – and then even the small steps and little victories along your path will take on greater meaning.

    -Oprah Winfrey

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    Supporting any action, with the claim, “I am doing it,” is karma. Claiming doership of any action, binds karma. To support the action with the belief ‘I am the doer’ is called binding the karma. It is this support of the belief of ‘doership’ that binds karma. If you know that you are not the doer and are aware of who the true doer is, ‘I am not the doer’ and ‘who is the doer’ then the action will not have any support and the karma will be shed.


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    Sometimes it is easier to see clearly into the liar than into the man who tells the truth. Truth, like light, blinds. Falsehood, on the contrary, is a beautiful twilight that enhances every object.

    -Albert Camus (1913-1960)

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    The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.

    -Lao Tzu

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    The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.

    –Ralph Waldo Emerson

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    , , , Ray Norda,   

    Cause Change & Lead
    Accept Change & Survive
    Resist Change & Die

    –Ray Norda, Chairman, Novell

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    One of the most beautiful qualities of true friendship is to understand and to be understood.

    -Lucius Annaeus Seneca

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