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Dada J P Vaswani Quotes - A Collection of 100 Quotes of J P Vaswani

Spiritual leader, philosopher, guide and who showed light to millions of people across the world, Dada Jashan P. Vaswani was the spiritual head of Sadhu Vaswani Mission in PuneIndia. This collection of Dada J P Vaswani Quotes is mostly from magazines, newspapers and books. It has been collected over a period of ten years.

If while praying, we can think of worldly matters, why can we not, while doing worldly matters, think of God? Keep in constant touch with God and you will find Happiness always.

Teach me O lord to observe all the rules of the Game of life, never to lose my sense of humor, and always to hold my tongue when it is so difficult to hold it.

Full of meaning is life to him who renouncing the fruit of action dedicates himself to the atman, the spirit.

A Collection of 100 Quotes of J P Vaswani


Thoughts are things, thoughts are forces, and thoughts are the building blocks of life. Therefore we must keep our thoughts clean. Whatever we think about, we bring about.

If we wish to be happy, we must unclutter our house — the house of our heart. We must throw out all the joy-killers, the negative thoughts of greed, ill will, jealousy, malice and envy. But throwing these out is not enough – we must fill our minds with happy thoughts – thoughts of prayer, love, kindness, prosperity and peace.

We are so obsessed about external cleanliness that we tend to neglect what’s on the inside, don’t we? And isn’t what’s inside far more important?

When your mind and heart are uncluttered, when they are filled with light, joy-giving thoughts, your spirit too, can soar high!

When you unclutter your mind and cleanse your thoughts, you will find that confidence, hope and optimism fill your mind and you will achieve success and happiness.

All sin and suffering have but one source – man's denial of his own divinity.

Two passions specially must be combated and conquered. The first is impurity; the second is anger.

If the heart be dark, books can teach nothing!

Ask yourself these things before you speak:
Is it true?
Is it necessary?
Will it hurt anybody?

Refuse to be disturbed by anything. Refuse to be resentful or unhappy. And you will always feel on top of the world.

Peace has three dimensions. Peace within ourselves, peace among nations and peace with nature.

Many people ‘React’ and then ‘Regret’…Learn therefore to Reflect and then Respond.

Problems and challenges are not a dead end; they are only a bend in the road. Problems are not stumbling blocks; they are stepping stones to a better, richer, more radiant life.

Neither rites nor rituals, neither creeds nor ceremonies are needed to improve the condition of the world. All that is needed is to love one another.

Life is too short to be spent in fault-finding, holding grudges, or keeping memory of wrongs done to us. Forgive even before forgiveness is asked. Forgive and forget.

The food of the soul is silence. If we don't practice silence, we are starving ourselves.

Both rain and sunshine are needed to make a rainbow. Both joy and sorrow are needed to make a life truly beautiful and colorful.

If there is a language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see, it is the language of love!

You may write wonderful commentaries on the Bhagavad Gita or any other world scriptures, but if you do not reflect the wisdom of these scriptures in word and action, how are you any better than a desktop printer?

Time belongs to God.
He has loaned it to us for use.
Let us use every minute, - every moment, - in the best way we can.

The test of character is -
  • Do you have the courage to stand up for truth even though the heavens fall?
  • Can you smile in trouble?
  • Can you say "No" when evil tempts?
If you would walk the way of love, never feel hurt nor yield to anger, but accept pain as a part of life.
The food of the soul is silence. If we don't practice silence, we are starving ourselves.

You cannot eat the cake and still have it. But there is something you can keep even when you have given it away. It is a smile. So, why not be a smile millionaire?

The man who is eager to reform himself has no time or inclination to criticize others.

It is good to know many things, but it is always better to make good use of whatever little we know.

Teach me O Lord! To observe all the rules of the game of life, never to lose my sense of humor, and always to hold my tongue when it is so difficult to hold it!

Death but occurs but once, and that, too, never before its appointed time. Yet the whole world lives in perpetual fear of death.

Man's destiny is to be a divine bird, - to grow wings and fly from this world of darkness to the radiant world of light.

Know Thyself, - said Socrates. But no one Knows himself until he is opposed. Knowledge comes through conflict.

What is death? A gate to another life. To understand this is to be fearless.

In the midst of your daily work, in the tumult and storm of life, pause for a while, again and again.

How does one get music on the radio? By tuning in! To get the music of life we have to tune in: alas, we have turned away from God!

Be not afraid of life, but believe that every experience life brings to you is for your good. Move on in faith. Believe and achieve.

It is not outer conditions that need to be changed. The change has to be brought within me to be able to see things as they are.

We are just moving, we are just drifting. But if we wish to succeed, we must fix our goal! We  should be able to describe our goal vividly. We should fix it in our imagination. And we should have an unswerving focus on the goal all the time.

So many of us today are just drifting through life. We do not know where we are going; we do not even know what we want out of life. We work like machines, going through the same routine day after day. We forget that each of us is unique. You are unique. God made you for a special purpose. Discover that special purpose. Make it your goal and once you have fixed that goal, you must keep your eyes fixed always on that goal. This is one of the secrets of making the most of life — fix your goal!

If I were to ask you right now: “What is it that you want out of life? What do you wish to achieve?” not many of you will be able to give me an answer straight away. To each of you I would say you must fix your goal. It may be a material goal or a spiritual goal but you must fix your goal, and every day, you must work towards reaching that goal!

The stars can only indicate. They cannot compel. Man is the maker of his own destiny.

We must build bridges between hearts, for building bridges of brotherhood is the price of a man’s survival.

What we give to this world comes back to us. Therefore, let us give love, kindness, help, sympathy and service and they will return to us, and we will stand strong as a towering lighthouse amidst the stormy waves of this world.

Always look at the bright side of things and you will be happy and will make others happy.

To be nervous is to lose half the battle; to be nervous is to burn mental energy to no useful purpose.

Patience brings rhythm and harmony into our chaotic lives.

Harsh words can cause more wounds than sticks and stones.

Every time you are irritated, you are burning up valuable emotional energy, which can be used constructively.

With faith we can achieve the impossible. Without faith we cannot cross the threshold.

Courage is the key! To live a full life, to live according to God’s plan, to live life purposefully and meaningfully, requires courage. Life demands of us that we live with courage.

Without courage, we cannot exhibit any other virtue without it. Without the courage to act, justice would be impossible. Without the courage to love, compassion and understanding would not exist.

The uncertainties of life have to be taken on, in the spirit of acceptance. Escape and running away are no solutions.

The power of love is far greater than the power of hatred. If we are to confront the dark forces of destruction and annihilation, we must use the greatest weapon in our possession – the power of love.

Talk less, eat less, sleep less. – the self mantra of Dada J P Vaswani

The paths that lead to the God are many but He is one.

Selfless service equals meditation.

The present system trains only the head. It produces sharp brains, not illuminated hearts. Education can only be complete when it trains the head, the hands (to serve) and the heart. It is the emotional quotient that leads to the sacrifice quotient, which in turn binds humanity.

The best exercise for the heart is to reach down and lift up as many as you can.

God has made us in His image. He is perfect bliss. As His image, are we not also happiness personified? Tat Twam Asi? That art Thou! You are supreme joy and you are eternal bliss. It is only when you forget this that you lose your happiness. You forget your true nature. You forget that you are an aspect of the Divine. It is this lack of self-knowledge, this avidya that makes you unhappy.

With an unhappy mind, how can you look for happiness? How can you hope to find it outside, when your inside is dark and clouded?

Unfortunately, most of us are engaged in searching the entire world over for happiness and fulfillment. If we search until our last breath, we are not going to find happiness out there somewhere. We cannot wish for it; we cannot buy it; nobody can hand it over to us on a platter. It is a very personal feeling – and it must come from within.

The mind is an instrument of cognition, of knowing things, knowing the material world. The soul is a ray of God, ‘that’ which you essentially are. The mind is an instrument with which we know, with which we try to understand things. The mind is discursive, while the soul is synergic. While the soul integrates everything, the mind analyses everything.

We need the help of the mind in doing our work on the physical plane. That is why we have brought with ourselves the instrument of the mind. In your mind you have a friend who is with you 24-hours a day! You may be alone, helpless or in distress, but your mind is ever ready to help you and to guide you to overcome any situation. But it is up to you to use it in the right way.

I recommend ‘shampooing’ the mind everyday! We need to cleanse our mind, we need to unclutter our mind, which often gets filled with wrong thinking and wrong ideas. And then, the minds of so many of us are negative. We must cleanse the mind of all the dirt and negativity that we have accumulated over the years. To do this, we must get right down into our consciousness and shampoo away all the rotten negativities that hold us captive – negativities like impurity, selfishness, greed, lust and hatred, and oh, so many more!

Life is full of joy to the man who thinks positively and speaks positively.

In everything that you do, pour the best that is in you.

Be a master over circumstances, passions, desires and animal appetites. Therefore, learn self control.

The man who is a slave of his desires and appetites soon finds that life becomes a burden.

The more we turn away from God, the more we shall continue to wander, the more restless will our hearts become.

No matter who you are, not matter what circumstance you are placed in, you must realize that happiness is your birthright. You are entitled to happiness, and there are no conditions to fulfill, no strings attached.

Happiness does not depend on outer things. Happiness is essentially an inner quality! Happiness is your birthright! But happiness must come from within you.

You cannot depend on another person to make you happy or ‘give’ you happiness. This will place a tremendous strain on both of you. On the other hand, if you are truly happy inside yourself and allow the other person to feel the same, then both of you are truly bringing happiness to each other – without any expectations, with any pre-conditions, without any anticipations.

When you have the will to live for your ideals, to live your passions, the warmth of your faith, confidence and conviction will melt even the most stubborn blocks of insecurity and uncertainty.

One is never too great or too big to ask for forgiveness.

When you make a mistake, admit it. Learn to say “you were right, I was wrong” or “this was my fault” or “I made a mistake”. It may seem very difficult at first, but once it is said you will feel good and considerably lighter.

The world, as we have it today, is created by a few undaunted dreamers, who never gave up on their visions despite trying conditions.

Identification with the body leads to the illusion that power, pleasures and possessions of this world can make us happy. But this is not true; instead, these material possessions only keep us in bondage — the bondage of avidya, ignorance. Once you are freed from this illusion, you will realise the truth of the Self, and move towards God-realisation.

The trouble is that we have a very wrong notion of humility; we associate it with timidity, self-effacement and lowliness in its worst sense! This is not true!

Being grateful makes us positive, happy and optimistic; it helps us see the bright side of life. It teaches us the art of appreciation.

What you feel strongly about happens to you. It is thought power that makes things happen. If you feel grateful for what you have, you will attract many more things to be grateful for. Gratitude is the very basis of the abundant law of attraction.

Some people think that there is no juice left in the orange to squeeze. Others’ with more faith and persistence make marmalade from the skin.

Who is the truly free man? He who desires nothing, expects nothing but accepts everything that comes to him in the will divine.

Often times, we pay scant attention to our thoughts. But thoughts are forces. Thoughts survive and have forms and colours: and they cling to us. They are never lost. A thought may have the form of an angel or a demon, depending upon its contents. If I think a thought of peace, good-will, love, service, purity, prayer, it will stick to me, wearing the form of an angel. If I think a thought of hatred, jealousy, envy, resentment, ill-will, greed, lust, it will stick to me, wearing the form of a demon.

Each one of us has around himself these forms – angelic or demoniac – depending upon the type of thoughts he thinks.

Take care of your thoughts and desires, your impulses and emotions, your feelings and fancies. With them you are building your own life, your hell or your heaven. You are the builder of your own fate, the architect of your destiny. No one – other than you – is to blame for your present condition. You have built it with your own thoughts and desires generated in the near or distant past.

Decide on what you want to make your life. Then work hard towards that goal with all the grit and determination you can muster.

Hard work, determination, perseverance, uncompromising integrity and love of one’s work are the qualities required for success in life.

Every problem has two sides – a difficult angle to it, yet there is also a way out of it.

Look for the hidden benefits that life’s experiences have brought to you.

Your vision is tainted by the colors of the glasses you wear. Make a decision to wear clear glasses and see the world in its true colors.

Dada J P Vaswani Quotes on Karma

While we all take birth with a karmic residue which determines our personality, we are also born with a certain freedom of choice with which we can succeed in accumulating new, good positive karma.

This choice, this freedom, this ability is available to every human being, and it is this which gives all of us the possibility of determining our own future destiny – not only for this life but in the lives to come.

The law of karma is neither fatalistic nor punitive; nor is man a hapless, helpless victim in its bonds. God has blessed each one of us with reason, intellect and discrimination, as well as the sovereign free will.

Even when our past karma inclines us towards evil, we can consciously tune our inclination towards detachment and ego-free action, thus lightening the karmic load.

Life is a rare, precious, and valuable to the thinking human being, because it offers him the opportunity of Liberation, of attaining oneness with His creator, returning to the true Homeland from whence he came.

Life is what we make of it; and I firmly believe that life is the greatest school for us human beings.

Life is God’s greatest school and our experiences are our best teachers.

One important lesson that I have imbibed is that life is not a pleasure hunting ground; each day that we spend here on this earth has come to us out of the spotless hands of God. If we do not make the most of this life, we will have to face our Maker as failures.

Dada J P Vaswani Quotes on Happiness

Help others. The others are not apart from us. We all are parts of the One Great Whole. No man is an island. If we wish to live a healthy life – mentally, morally, spiritually, – we must be concerned about the welfare of others, specially our less fortunate brothers and sisters.

The selfish man, who is interested only in his own welfare and that of his near and dear ones, is never a happy man.

The happiness that we give to others comes back to us.

The source of happiness is not money, nor is it pleasure or gratification of the senses.

These are temporary and ephemeral, like a bubble. Happiness is within you.


There is happiness above happiness. It belongs to him who, forgetting himself, gives happiness to others.

You will not be truly happy until your heart is warmed by the spark of love.

To have real fun we must surprise others by being extra loving and kind to them.

The worst amongst us will surely have some virtues. May we see the virtues and not the faults.

Every pleasant or unpleasant experience is for my good, never lose your faith in God. Let your faith in the Lord be absolute.

Overcome fear the moment it appears or it will overpower you.

The secret of harmony is respect the other person and in non essential matters, yield!

What one should do to ideally get over depression is to pray to God, meditate on His creation, mediate on nature, walk around a beautiful park or up a hillock, travel to a scenic spot or a hill station, admire God’s beautiful creation, examine a flower, a petal, a stem, a blade of grass. And marvel at the beauty and perfection of nature. Every flower, every petal, every stem, is a model of perfection and holds the secrets of nature.

God is protecting us, God is leading us, God is guiding us, God is watching us, God is watching over us; then why should we worry? Why should we fear anything? We must make prayer a habit. Unlike all other habits it should become integral to our daily living.

The best antidote to worry is faith. To dispel your worry, all you need to do is chant the Name Divine. Just sing, - why do you worry? Just chant the Name Divine.

On How to Overcome Hatred – Dada J P Vaswani

Think of two people who have hurt you, made you angry or let you down recently - two people about whom you still feel animosity.

Now ask yourself: what is my animosity doing to me? Do I feel happy holding on to it? Does it make me feel happier? Does it improve my sleep? Is my life better, richer, more meaningful because of my resentment?

If the answer to all the above questions is 'No', then take a courageous decision.

Let go! Walk away from the disappointment and the bitterness!

What should you do when faced with betrayal, hurt, anger or disappointment? You can choose to react differently, by taking responsibility for your own emotions and feelings. You do this in full awareness that others do not influence your feelings. You choose your own. We have to learn to let go of disappointments and get on with our life. We need to forgive.

Tensions Disappear After Letting Go – Dada J P Vaswani

There was a woman of ninety. She never felt upset over anything. She was never tensed, always serene and tranquil as the waters of a lake on a winless day, - always at peace with God, with those around her and with herself.

Someone asked her how she could be serene in all conditions and circumstances of life. She answered: - “I think it is because I become a little child every night.”

“What is meant by that?” she was asked.

She answered: - “Every night, I go to my silence corner. I look at my Beloved, Krishna. I place all my worries and anxieties and problems of the day, one by one, at his Lotus feet.

If I am guilty about something I have done, - I might have inadvertently hurt or caused grief to someone, - I ask for his forgiveness and then accept it. If I am worried about anything, I hand over the problems to him and let go of it. If I feel lonely or unwanted, I tell Him so and He enfolds me in His loving arms. Always, after letting go, a deep peace settles over me and tensions disappear.”

Quotes on Compassion by Dada J P Vaswani

Compassion begins in awareness. The first step on the path of compassion is to be aware that the One Life flows in all.

The second step of compassion is the acknowledgment that all Creation is One family.

Compassion should be expressed in action, in deeds of daily life, in little acts of kindness and love.

Selective compassion is selfish compassion.

True compassion knows no barriers of caste, creed, race or faith. It falls like the gentle rain on all humanity, all of creation.

True compassion is giving your love, giving yourself in an endless stream of sympathy that flows out to all.

Compassion is a divine attribute and takes you closer to God.