When you can’t find the sunshine, be the sunshine.
The what-ifs and the should-haves will eat your brain.
-John O’ Callaghan
Do I not destroy my enemies when I make them my friends?Abraham Lincoln
Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.Søren Kierkegaard
The best index to a person’s character is how he treats people who can’t do him any good, and how he treats people who can’t fight back.Abigail Van Buren
அன்பே உன் அன்னை
அறிவே உன் தந்தை
உலகே உன் கோவில்
ஒன்றே உன் தேவன்
Talent is God given. Be humble.
Fame is man-given. Be grateful.
Conceit is self-given. Be careful.
Never let your sense of morals prevent you from doing what is right.
To grow old is to pass from passion to compassion.
Spontaneous, true action happens naturally when there is no ‘you’ checking whether the action confirms to your idea of what is best for you.
– Ramesh Balsekar
Inwardly be free of all hopes and desires, but outwardly do what needs to be done. Without hopes in your heart, live as if you were full of hopes. Live your heart now cool and now warm, just like every one else. Inwardly give up the idea ‘I am the doer’, yet outwardly engage in all activities. This is how to live in the world, completely free from the least trace of ego.
When the goal of spiritual life is reached, there remains only compassion in the heart.
The individual ‘I’ exists for as long as there is desire for pleasure.
Just as rivers flow from east and west to merge with one sea, forgetting that they were ever separate rivers, so all beings lose their separateness when they eventually merge into pure Being.
– Chandogya Upanishad
Death is not the extinguishing of the light, but blowing out of the candle because the dawn has come.
– Rabindranath Tagore
As long as there is a ‘who’ asking the questions, that ‘who’ will continue to remain puzzled.
– Ramesh Balsekar
Whatever decision we think we are making is actually being made for us, because the decision is the end result of a thought and we have no control over the arising of the thought.
– Ramesh Balsekar
The Atman is the witness of the mind and its workings.
The self exists both inside and outside the physical body, just like an image exists within and outside the mirror.
– Ashtavakra Gita
A poor devotee points to the sky and says, ‘God is up there’. An average devotee says, ‘God dwells in the heart as the Inner Master’. The best devotee says, ‘God alone is and everything I perceive is a form of God’.
The moon is one, but on agitated water it produces many reflections. Similarly, ultimate reality is one, yet it appears to be many in a mind agitated by thoughts.
And when people believe they are powerless, they become irresponsible.Bruce Lipton
“Where your attention goes, your time goes.”Idowu Koyenikan
So my challenge to you is what if you didn’t have to do anything about anything, at all? Nothing at all to do, nothing at all to do about anything. Yes, make a cup of tea, because that doesn’t give you any trouble; whatever it is you have to do…, but it’s not accompanied by this idea that ‘There is something I need to do to be stable in the Awareness’ …because I tell you, that is a trap! Forget about it. If you touch this idea, you believe it instantly into existence; and then you have to believe another idea to remove it. So why not drop both ideas in the first place, and stay where You Are? You are simply Here in which all that arises for You, including the sense of spirituality…, forget about spirituality then. Forget about enlightenment. And forget about ‘you’ also. And what remains here? That which cannot be gotten rid of remains. It’s just that. Simpler than simple.Mooji
” In the ordinary man, when a thought occurs, the ego takes delivery of it as ‘my thought’ and gets involved. In the Enlightened sage, when a thought arises, witnessing happens, and involvement with the thought does not take place.”Ramana Maharshi
Freedom is what we do with what is done to us.
– Jean Paul Sartre
Mental models are to your brain as apps are to your smartphone.Jayme Hoffman
Possession of material riches, without inner peace, is like dying of thirst while bathing in a lake.Paramhansa Yogananda
He who lives in harmony with himself lives in harmony with the universe.Marcus Aurelius
The great lesson to learn of life is the need of giving out from the abundance of one’s self in order to be ever abundant within one’s self.Walter Russel
If you completely put aside every form of belief, then there is no fear whatsoever.Jiddu Krishnamurti
The snow goose need not bathe to make itself white. Neither need you do any thing but be yourself.Lao Tzu
But what is happiness except the simple harmony between a man and the life he leads?Albert Camus
“A person is likely to mind his own business when it is worth minding. When it is not, he takes his mind off his own meaningless affairs by minding other people’s business.”Eric Hoffer
Do the hard jobs first. The easy jobs will take care of themselves.Dale Carnegie
“In order for the forest to be green, each tree must be green.”Susan Pearce, OM-Less?: An Irreverent Guide to Knowing Grace (p. 140).
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
“If your compassion does not include yourself it is incomplete.”
Jack Kornfield, Page 28 of Buddha’s Little Instruction Book
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
Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.
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
“The shell must be broken before the bird can fly.”– Jennifer Worth
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
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