We can’t comprehend with our human mind the…

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

Contact and unity with the soul bring understanding…

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)

I died as a mineral and became a…

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

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

The law of karma blessed ones is not…

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

The Brahman of the Hindus like the Dharmakaya…

The Brahman of the Hindus, like the Dharmakaya of the Buddhists, and the Tao of the Taoists, can be seen, perhaps, as the ultimate unified field, from which spring not only the phenomena studied in physics, but all other phenomena as well.

In the Eastern view, the reality underlying all phenomena is beyond all forms (e.g. beyond a god) and defies all description and specification. It is, therefore, often said to be formless, empty, or void. But this emptiness is not to be taken for mere nothingness. It is, on the contrary, the essence of all forms and the source of all life.

-Fritjof Capra, The Tao of Physics

The Maitreyi Yajnavalkya dialogue includes a discussion of…

The Maitreyi-Yajnavalkya dialogue includes a discussion of love and the essence of whom one loves, suggesting that love is a connection of the soul and the universal self (related to an individual):

Lo, verily, not for love of a husband is a husband dear, but for the love of the soul a husband is dear.
Not for the love of the wife is a wife dear, but for love of the soul a wife is dear.
— Brihadaranyaka Upanishad 2.4.2–4

Variant translation:

Truly, it is not due to the love of a husband
that a husband becomes dear,
but due to the love of God
that a husband becomes dear.

Truly, it is not due to the love of a wife
that a wife becomes dear,
but due to the love of God
that a wife becomes dear.

Truly, it is not due to the love of all things
that all things become dear,
but due to the love of God
that all things become dear.

And then there’s the essential character of the…

And then there’s the essential character of the universe. It is this mechanical system of laws and particles and principles. Utterly devoid of a moral or personal agenda, and instead being an expression of mathematical interactions. Now that could be the signature of a math-centric geek god. But if the cosmos is impersonal and indifferent, that removes any character from creation. We don’t need a god to explain it. Just a big textbook.

-Glyn Williams

Reproduced from https://www.quora.com/If-an-atheist-claims-that-God-does-not-exist-isnt-the-burden-on-him-now

The problem however eventually became evident to make…

The problem, however, eventually became evident: to make science the arbiter of metaphysics is to banish not only God from the world but also love, hate, meaning—to consider a world that is self-evidently not the world we live in. That’s not to say that if you believe in meaning, you must also believe in God. It is to say, though, that if you believe that science provides no basis for God, then you are almost obligated to conclude that science provides no basis for meaning and, therefore, life itself doesn’t have any. In other words, existential claims have no weight; all knowledge is scientific knowledge.

―Paul Kalanithi, When Breath Becomes Air

If you don’t feel strong desires for the…

If you don’t feel strong desires for the manifestation of the glory of God, it is not because you have drunk deeply and are satisfied. It is because you have nibbled so long at the table of the world. Your soul is stuffed with small things, and there is no room for the great.

―John Piper, A Hunger For God

Saying ‘Allahu Akbar ‘ ‘God is Most Great’…

Saying ‘Allahu Akbar ‘- ‘God is Most Great’ – doesn’t mean he is greater than something else, because there is nothing else for Him to be greater than. It means that he is too great to be perceived by the senses and too deep to be understood by the intellect. Too great, indeed, to be known by anything other than Him. Only God knows God.

Ahmad Ibd Ata Allah

Look closely Know yourself Question your genius Do…

Look closely. Know yourself. Question your genius. Do nothing without God, whether He teaches you by making you great or greatly plaguing you. This is the philosopher’s way; to be flogged like an ass and to love those who beat him, to be the father and brother of all humility.

Epictetus

We always revolve about the One but we…

We always revolve about the One, but we do not always pay attention to it. Like a chorus singing harmoniously around its conductor becomes discordant when it turns away from him, but sings beautifully when turned inward and fully attentive – we similarly revolve around the Oneness of God, but do not always look to him. Yet when we do, we find our home and resting place. Around him we dance the true dance; God inspired and no longer dissonant.

Plotinus

Every thing contains a portions of all things…

Every thing contains a portions of all things, but Consciousness is infinite, free, alone, and mixed with nothing else. Consciousness is pure and sublime. It has knowledge of everything. It controls all life, great and small. It governs the spinning wheel of separateness that divides things off one from the other. It knows all that is, and things that are not, and things that have been, and things that shall be. Consciousness arranges all things as they are, including the rotating stars, the sun, the moon, the air, and the ether.

Anaxagoras

Illusion

God and I in space alone
And nobody else in view.
“And where are the people, O Lord!” I said.
“The earth below and the sky o’erhead
And the dead whom once I knew?”

“That was a dream,” God smiled and said,
“A dream that seemed to be true,
There were no people, living or dead,
There was no earth and no sky o’erhead
There was only Myself–and you.”

“Why do I feel no fear,” I asked,
“Meeting you here in this way,
For I have sinned I know full well,
And there is heaven and there is hell,
And is this the judgment day?”

“Nay, those were dreams,” the great God said,
“Dreams that have ceased to be.
There are no such things as fear or sin,
There is no you–you have never been–
There is nothing at all but Me.”

-Edna Wheeler Wilcox

That which speech does not illumine but Which…

That which speech does not illumine, but Which illumines speech:
know that alone to be the Brahman, not this which people worship here.

That which cannot be thought by mind, but by Which, they say, mind is able to think:
know that alone to be the Brahman, not this which people worship here.

That which is not seen by the eye, but by Which the eye is able to see:
know that alone to be the Brahman, not this which people worship here.

That which cannot be heard by the ear, but by Which the ear is able to hear:
know that alone to be Brahman, not this which people worship here.

That which none breathes with the breath, but by Which breath is in–breathed:
know that alone to be the Brahman, not this which people worship here.

Kena Updanishad

Don’t surrender your loneliness so quickly Let it…

Don’t surrender your loneliness so quickly. Let it cut you more deep. Let it ferment and season you as few humans and even divine ingredients can. Something missing in my heart tonight has made my eyes so soft, my voice so tender, my need for God absolutely clear.
―Hafiz

ஆங்கொரு கல்லை வாயிலிற் படிஎன் றமைறைத்தனன் சிற்பி மற்றொன் ஓங்கிய…

ஆங்கொரு கல்லை வாயிலிற் படிஎன்
றமைறைத்தனன் சிற்பி,மற்றொன்
ஓங்கிய பெருமைக் கடவுளின் வடிவென்
றுயர்த்தினான், உலகினோர் தாய்நீ;
யாங்கணே, எவரை, எங்ஙனஞ் சமைத்தற்
கெண்ணமோ, அங்ஙனம் சமைப்பாய்.
ஈங்குனைச் சரணென் றெய்தினேன்; என்னை
இருங்கலைப் புலவனாக் குதியே

  • பாஞ்சாலி சபதம், இரண்டாம் பாகம்

சிற்பி ஒரு கல்லை வாயிற்படி என்று மறைத்தான். இன்னொன்றைக் கடவுளின் வடிவமென்று உயர்த்தினான். நீ எல்லோருக்கும் தாய். யாரை எங்கே, எப்படி வைக்க வேண்டுமென்று உனக்குத் தெரியும். அதனால் உன்னைச் சரணடைந்தேன், என்னைப் புலவனாக்கு

Why so many Gods – Jay Lakhani

 

Following is a record of the conversation in Jay Lakhani’s video:

 

Question :

In Hinduism, there are many forms of God. So we follow Ram, we follow Sita, we follow Krishna. But is there one particular form of God that we should be praying to – be it Matarani or be it Krishna, or are they all just representatives of one sole God?

 

Answer :

OK. This question actually worries or confuses lot of Hindu youngsters. And forgets about the Hindus, it confuses the non-Hindus even more. They think this weird religion has got so many Gods.

And if I ask all of you, “Look Shiva, this is ultimate, almighty?”
You say “Yes”.
“Vishnu?”
“Yes”
“Ultimate, almighty?”
“Yes”
“Ultimate?”
“Yes”
“And Mother Goddess?”
“Of course, Mother Goddess, how can you forget them? She is ultimate too”

This is kind of a contradiction. Come on, you cannot have too many “ultimate”s. This is not ultimate enough. So which one is the right one? Can the real God stand up please?  That is what she was asking in a nice way.

What is the answer? The answer is this. It is very interesting. You see this is important for you to know. It is very good that the question comes from you.

This religion that appears polytheistic….

It is called polytheism. Many gods.
Then you all say yes. Many Gods. Yes. We all go Yeah.

Actually it is not polytheist. It appears polytheist but is actually pluralist. It says, the same ultimate reality that you are trying to relate to, you can call it by different names and give it different forms. Names and forms can be different, but same reality – ultimate reality.

So, not many Gods – but many ways to think about God. This is a big difference.

If you say many Gods, you say naive, not well thought out religion at all. They have not thought it out properly.

And then, when you say many ways to think about God that is grand, that is majestic. It allows different individuals to relate to the idea of spirituality in his own individual mode.

So different groups will say “We love Krishna.”
“OK, sing his glory.”
“Oh! We like Shiva.”
“Go for it my friends.”
The way you are relating to the ultimate is through the name and form of Shiva. Go for it.

This is the answer.

The name the Hindus give to the comprehensive idea of God is, you’d be surprised, is Brahman. The word Brahman there is no person like Brahma is different person, not Brahma. Brahman-Brahma.

The world Brahman means spirit, not as a person at all but as a principle that underpins reality. They said the whole of this creation is nothing but an expression of this principle. Look, not a person – a principle that becomes visible, manifested as the world we see in front of us. And the same principle, Brahman, becomes more visible, (because) clearer as living things and the most clearest vision of Brahman, this principle, is humanity – men and women.

That is why I said you are the clearest manifestation of God on earth. Where else will you find your God? He is lighting you up. Not you, everybody.

So this is a principle oriented religion but then it allows a personalized approach. Because, in that case why shouldn’t we just go Brahman and why should we bother with Ram and Krishna and Shiva and Mother? The reason we have to bother is because we are human – and we got human failings, if you like, human limitations.

If we are human, the only way we can build a relationship with this principle called Brahman, is to think of this principle as a personality.

Suppose I say “Build relation with Brahman”.
You say “What do I do now?”
I say “No, No, No, think of mother Goddess, sweet with flowing hair” and you want to say “Mommy”.
It is easy to build relationship.

With Brahman how do you build a relationship? It is a principle, it is abstract. When you turn the principle into a personality, then you can build friendship, relationship, like a mother figure, father figure, friend.

See the Hindu religion is the only one that allows you to think of God in a variety of different ways. Not just father in heaven, like Christianity. Mommy in heaven. Why not mommy? Mommies are sweeter, kinder, cuddlier, less hairy than daddies. Why can’t you go like “Mommy”? Why daddy all the time? Why fixation? In fact the Gayatri (Mantra) that you just recited, gives you the clue of the Hindu tradition. This is what it translates as. Let us meditate on the glorious effulgence of that supreme being that created the universe. May she enlighten our hearts and direct our destination.  She. Addressing God as She. The central part of Hindus think God is a woman.

See? Because we are human, we like to relate to this principle in a human manner, that is why we create all this imagery. Lets go for it. The same one becomes all this.
People say, how do you reconcile principle and personality?

This is how they reconcile. It is like ice and water. Water is fuzzy, like no shape nothing, just fuzzy. When you freeze it, it can take on different forms. It is the love of the devotee that freezes this principle called Brahman into the various forms that he likes. Suppose I like to think of God as Shiva, this principle reduces itself and becomes Shiva and comes in front of me and interacts with me. This is Hinduism.

The love of the devotee freezes his principle into the personality of his choice. See the power of religion. Real democracy. Spiritual democracy.

हमारे यहां तो जैसा भक्‍त वैसा भगवान है।…

हमारे यहां तो जैसा भक्‍त वैसा भगवान है। अगर भक्‍त पहलवान है, तो भगवान हनुमान है। और भक्‍त अगर पैसों का पुजारी है, तो भगवान लक्ष्‍मी जी है। अगर भक्‍त ज्ञान में रूचि रखता है तो भगवान सरस्‍वती है। यानी हमारे यहां जितने भक्‍त, उतने भगवान इस प्रकार का माहौल है।

-Narendra Modi, Valedictory function of the 6th World Ayurveda Congress 2014

Moko Kahan Dhundhere Bande – मोको कहां ढूढे रे बन्दे

 

मोको कहां ढूंढे रे बंदे
Moko Kahan Dhundhere Bande
Where are you searching for me, Oh Servant,

मैं तो तेरे पास में
Mein To Tere Paas Mein
I am with you

ना तीर्थ मे ना मूर्त में
Na Teerath Mein, Na Moorat Mein
Not in holy pilgrims, Not in images,

ना एकान्त निवास में
Na Ekant Niwas Mein
Not in solitary living

ना मंदिर में ना मस्जिद में
Na Mandir Mein, Na Masjid Mein
Not in a temple, not in a mosque,

ना काबे कैलास में
Na Kabe Kailas Mein
Not in Kabas or Kailash

ना मैं जप में ना मैं तप में
Na Mein Jap Mein, Na Mein Tap Mein
Not in praying, not in meditation,

ना मैं बरत उपास में
Na Mein Barat Upaas Mein
Not in ritual fasting

ना मैं किर्या कर्म में रहता
Na Mein Kiriya Karm Mein Rehta
Nor I live in action or karma

नहिं जोग सन्यास में
Nahin Jog Sanyas Mein
Neither in yoga or renunciation

नहिं प्राण में नहिं पिंड में
Nahin Pran Mein Nahin Pind Mein
Not in life force, Not in the flesh of body,

ना ब्रंह्याण्ड आकाश में
Na Brahmand Akas Mein
Not in universe or sky

ना मैं प्रकति प्रवार गुफा में
Na Mein Prakuti Prawar Gufa Mein
Not in the womb of nature,

नहिं स्वांसों की स्वांस में
Nahin Swasan Ki Swans Mein
Not in the breath of the breath

खोजि होए तुरत मिल जाउं
Khoji Hoye Turat Mil Jaoon
Search and I can be found quickly

इक पल की तालाश में
Ik Pal Ki Talas Mein
In a moment of search

कहत कबीर सुनो भई साधो
Kahet Kabir Suno Bhai Sadho
Says Kabir, listen brethren holy men,

मैं तो हूँ विश्वास में
Mein To Hun Viswas Mein
I exist in faith

Kya Karega Pyar Woh – क्या करेगा प्यार वह

क्या करेगा प्यार वह भगवान को?
Kya karega pyar woh bhagwan ko?
What love can he give to God?

क्या करेगा प्यार वह ईमान को ?
Kya kareha pyar woh eemaan ko?
What love can he give to Religion?

जन्म लेकर गोद में इन्सान की
Janm lekar godh mein insaan ki
Being born in the lap of a human

प्यार कर पाया न जो इन्सान को ।
Pyar kar paaya na jo insaan ko
He who cannot love the human kind

-Gopal Das Neeraj

A New Year’s Greeting – Reverend William D. Smith

Text below was printed in a religious periodical called “The Christian Work and Evangelist” in January 1904.

I wish you Health enough to make work a pleasure;
Wealth enough to supply all necessary needs;
Grit enough to battle with difficulty and overcome it;
Grace enough to confess your sins and forsake them;
and Patience enough to toil until some good is accomplished.

I wish you a Cheerfulness that shall make others glad;
a Charity that shall see some good in your neighbor;
a Love that shall move you to be useful and helpful;
a Faith that shall make real the things of God;
and a Hope that shall remove all anxious fear concerning the Future.

I wish you the Dignity which befits the children of God;
the Humility which is needed in every follower of Christ;
the Prayerfulness which develops and enriches the soul;
the Push and Progress which were manifested in the life and labors of our Saviour;
and the Piety and Perseverance which come from the abiding presence and influence of the Divine Spirit.

The Rock – T.S. Eliot

The Eagle soars in the summit of Heaven,
The Hunter with his dogs pursues his circuit.

O perpetual revolution of configured stars,
O perpetual recurrence of determined seasons,
O world of spring and autumn, birth and dying!

The endless cycle of idea and action,
Endless invention, endless experiment,
Brings knowledge of motion, but not of stillness;
Knowledge of speech, but not of silence;
Knowledge of words, and ignorance of the Word.
All our knowledge brings us nearer to death,
But nearness to death no nearer to God.

Where is the Life we have lost in living?
Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge?
Where is the knowledge we have lost in information?

The cycles of heaven in twenty centuries
Brings us farther from God and nearer to the Dust.
The lot of man is ceaseless labor,
Or ceaseless idleness, which is still harder,
Or irregular labour, which is not pleasant.

I have trodden the winepress alone, and I know
That it is hard to be really useful, resigning
The things that men count for happiness, seeking
The good deeds that lead to obscurity, accepting
With equal face those that bring ignominy,
The applause of all or the love of none.

All men are ready to invest their money
But most expect dividends.
I say to you: Make perfect your will.
I say: take no thought of the harvest,
But only of proper sowing.

The world turns and the world changes,
But one thing does not change.
In all of my years, one thing does not change,
However you disguise it, this thing does not change:
The perpetual struggle of Good and Evil.

-T.S.Eliot

गुरु गोबिन्द दोउ खडे काके लागूँ पाँय |…

गुरु गोबिन्द दोउ खडे काके लागूँ पाँय |
बलिहारी गुरु आपने गोबिन्द दियो बताय ||

Guru gobind dou khade, kaake lagoon paay
Balihari guru aapne, gobind diyo batay

Guru and God both are here, whose feet should I touch first
All glory be unto the guru, path to God who did bestow

Live a good life If there are Gods…

Live a good life. If there are Gods and they are just, then they will not care about how devout you have been, but will welcome you based on the virtues you have lived by. If there are Gods, but unjust, then you should not want to worship them. If there are no Gods, then you will be gone, but will have lived a noble life that will love on in the memories of your loved ones.

-Marcus Aurelius

Quote from Wokini

In my youth I respected the world and life, I needed not anything but peace of heart;

And yet I changed despite myself and believed in Iktumi’s lies. He seemed to know all the truth, he promised to make me happy.

He made me ask Wakantanka for wealth, that I might have power; I was given poverty, that I might find my inner strength.

I asked for fame, so others would know me; I was given obscurity, that I might know myself.

I asked for a person to love that I might never be alone; I was given a life of a hermit, that I might learn to accept myself.

I asked for power, that I might achieve; I was given weakness, that I might learn to obey.

I asked for health, that I might lead a long life; I was given infirmity, that I might appreciate each minute.

I asked Mother Earth for strength, that I might have my way; I was given weakness, that I might feel the need for Her.

I asked to live happily, that I might enjoy life; I was given life, that I might live happily.

I received nothing I asked for, yet all my wishes came true. Despite myself and Iktumi, my dreams were fulfilled.

I am richly blessed more than I ever hoped, I thank you, Wakantanka, for what you’ve given me.

-Billy Mills , Oglala Lakota (1938-)

From Wakan Tanka the Great Mystery comes all…

From Wakan-Tanka, the Great Mystery, comes all power. It is from Wakan-Tanka that the holy man has wisdom and the power to heal and make holy charms. Man knows that all healing plants are given by Wakan-Tanka, therefore they are holy. So too is the buffalo holy, because it is the gift of Wakan-Tanka.

-Flat Iron (Maza Blaska, Oglala Sioux Chief)

Satyameva jayate nānṛtam

Mundaka Upanishad 3.1.6

सत्यमेव जयते नानृतं
सत्येन पन्था विततो देवयानः ।
येनाक्रमन्त्यृषयो ह्याप्तकामा
यत्र तत् सत्यस्य परमं निधानम् ॥६॥

satyameva jayate nānṛtaṁ
satyena panthā vitato devayānaḥ
yenākramantyṛṣayo hyāptakāmā
yatra tat satyasya paramaṁ nidhānam

Truth alone triumphs; not falsehood.
Through truth the divine path is spread out
by which the sages whose desires have been completely fulfilled, reach
where that supreme treasure of Truth resides

The most beautiful and profound emotion we can…

The most beautiful and profound emotion we can experience is the sensation of the mystical. It is at the root of all true science. That deeply emotional conviction of the presence of a superior reasoning power, which is revealed in the incomprehensible universe is my idea of God.

Albert Einstein