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Puranas Quotes - A Collection Of Quotes From Puranas

Purana quotes are a collection of important quotes from Hindu Puranas.

Happiness is the essential nature of the soul. It is manifested after withdrawal and cessation of all activities. Having perceived that enjoyment and experience are fanciful creations of the mind, I lie down (enjoying whatever comes my way ordained by the Divine).

Having forgotten that this blissful nature is inherent in one’s self, a man is verily enmeshed into samsara which is terrible (owing to birth, death and other miseries) and yet strange (as it consists of birth in celestial, subhuman, human and other-species).

He, who (being ignorant of his innate blissful state) thinks of finding his object (happiness) elsewhere (outside his self), is like an ignorant person who, with a desire to get water (to quench his thirst), leaves water (near him, but) runs after the mirage.

Whenever we fail to see the unity of all objects and the subject but see multiplicity of objects, it will give rise to fear. The one, who moves away from the God, loses the awareness of his true Self. This is all due to the delusive power of the God. This can be overcome by worshipping the Lord who is present in all the beings.

A person who does not react to the objects of senses either with revulsion or joy, considering them all as part of Lord’s power of delusion and temptation, is the best among devotees.

What crass ignorance of people! Knowing the Lord to be the self of all and themselves as one with the transcendental Supreme being, people search for God outside.

Happiness lies in being content with whatever one gets. A person who has no control on his mind will continue to be dissatisfied even if he were to be bestowed with the riches of all the worlds.

As when the sun rises, the dewdrop vanishes away; when love grows all sins and ignorance disappear.

Even though apparently awake, one is still asleep, if one sees multiplicity.

He who has neither beginning, nor middle, nor end, who is all-pervading, infinite and omnipotent, allowed himself to be bound by Yashoda only because of her great love. He is the Lord Omnipotent, the Lord of all things, the controller of all; yet he permits himself to be controlled by those who love him.

The human body is like a boat, the first and foremost use of which is to carry us across the ocean of life and death to the shore of immortality.
Srimad Bhagavad Purana

Quotes on Creation from Srimad Bhagavata Purana

Before creation and in dissolution, the world exists as one absolute existence, which is God (generator, operator, and destructor).

The Lord, though without form and attributes, and beyond all Gunas, projected this universe out of his Divine power.

Having brought forth this universe, He dwells within all beings and within all things. Yet He remains unaffected, for He is pure consciousness.

The creation, preservation and dissolution of the universe are all divine play.

Valuable Lessons from the Srimad Bhagavata Purana

By going on looking at all beings as the Lord Himself, the impurities of the mind i.e. jealousy, competition, contempt etc. along with the ego will all vanish.

A person should do his work all the time remembering God mentally, with his entire heart and mind surrendered to Him and full of love for the disciplines imposed on the path of devotion.

The mind of a person thinking of worldly objects gets attached to them. Similarly the mind thinking of the Lord continuously will get dissolved in Him.

From all the directions happiness pours on a person who is self–controlled, who is free from the sense of all possessions and whose entire mind is happy with thoughts of God alone.

Just as the fish seeks its own death by being tempted by the hook baited with meat, a person who is unable to contain the temptations of his palate and to refrain from seeking tasty dishes seeks to commit a spiritual suicide.

The ocean does not either overflow or gets dried up irrespective of the flow of water from the rivers. Similarly a person devoted totally to the Lord remains unaffected regardless of his prosperity or poverty.

By going on looking at all beings as the Lord Himself, the impurities of the mind i.e.  jealousy, competition, contempt etc. along with the ego will all vanish.  (Bhagavad Purana XI-29-15).

A person should do his work all the time remembering God mentally, with his entire heart and mind surrendered to Him and full of love for the disciplines imposed on the path of devotion. (XI-21-9)

The mind of a person thinking of worldly objects gets attached to them. Similarly the mind thinking of the Lord continuously will get dissolved in Him. (XI-14-27)

From all the directions happiness pours on a person who is self–controlled, who is free from the sense of all possessions and whose entire mind is happy with thoughts of God alone. (XI-14-13)
(Source - Gems from Srimad Bhagavatam by Swami Shantananda Puri)

Srimad Bhagavata Purana on How to Develop True Love and Non Attachment

Religion is not for the purpose of securing a place in heaven. It is an inquiry into Truth, and its ideal is the knowledge of the realization of the Truth. This true love and non-attachment can be developed gradually by these means:
  • By inquiry into the Truth with faith and reverence.
  • By patiently bearing the opposites in life, such as pleasure and pain, success and failure.
  • By gaining the knowledge of Self through studying the scriptures.
  • By taking delight in the company of Truth.
  • By overcoming passions through knowledge and discrimination.
  • By avoiding the association of the worldly-minded.
  • By devotion to spiritual practices.
  • By rendering of services to the great souls who have realized the Truth.
  • By learning to love solitude.
  • By injuring no creature.
  • By control of the senses through Pranayama.
  • By not speaking against other religions.
  • By singing in praises and glory of Divinity.
Srimad Bhagavatam
Source: ‘Timeless Wisdom – The book of All Religions’ by Art of Living Publication