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Timeless Wisdom of Hindu Saints

A collection of timeless wisdom of Hindu saints.

If you wish to bring the whole world under your control by just one act, then do this: stop grazing your cow-tongue on the pasture of criticism and ill talk of others.

Wrath springs only from thwarted desires.

This life is short; the vanities of the world are transient. They only live who live for others. The rest are more dead than alive.

Durga is one of the most widely worshipped Goddess in Hindu religion. Her name literally means ‘fort’ and implies that the Divine Mother Durga protects all her children who take refuge in Her from evil, just as a castle protects one from enemies.

Reflecting over all scriptures and thinking over and again, one arrives at this conclusion only: always meditate on God.

The fire of knowledge, kindled by discrimination between self and non-self, will burn up the effects of ignorance together with its roots.

Confusion can be destroyed by the realization of pure Brahman, one without a second.

It is a foolish person who identifies himself with a mass of skin, flesh, fat, bones, and filth, while the person skilled in reflection knows his own self, the only reality there is as distinct from the body.

One should forgive, under any injury. It has been said that the continuation of the species is due to man being forgiving. Forgiveness is holiness; by forgiveness the universe is held together. Forgiveness is the might of the mighty; forgiveness is sacrifice; forgiveness is quiet of mind.

While pain might be inevitable, the suffering that comes from the pain is not.
Suffering is not a state of life, it is a state of mind. Suffering is your response to an event.
Whether you suffer or not depends entirely on your reaction to that situation.

Look at the man who walks on a tight rope. He is performing various tricks, but his mind is only on the rope. So also, we may be doing various things, but our minds must be on God. (This single quote - Sri Sivaratnapuri Tiruchi Mahaswamigal )

Devotion is like a flower. It is not something that you try to do. If you dig into the earth, you will not find a flower or fruit, but it all comes from there; the plant is only a passage from earth to flower. The fragrant flower does not display any trace of soil, manure or water – it is devoid of all that. Devotion is devoid of you. When you become just a conduit for life, you become an outpouring of devotion. (Sadhguru)

No one has ever achieved anything of significance in any sphere of life without being devoted to what he is doing. Devotion is not only the sweetest way to be, but also the most intelligent way to be, as a devotee effortlessly perceives what one of intellect will struggle with for a lifetime. (Sadhguru)

All unhappiness is born out of psychological condition of mind called 'vritis' or modifications. Four such conditions of mind are: spardha or competition, asuya or jealousy, tiraskar or hatred and ahankar or ego. These four vritis destroy our happiness. (Swami Visharadanand of Prashanti Kutiram, Bangalore)

Competition brings about the attitude of ‘doing something only to win’ rather than ‘excelling to bring out your best potential’. When ‘winning’ and not ‘doing the best possible’ is the attitude, it may also lead to use of unfair means as also compromise on quality of work input. (Swami Visharadanand of Prashanti Kutiram, Bangalore)