Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Stop Becoming Weak

1. Strength, Strength, it is that we want so much in this life, for what we call sin and sorrow have all one cause and that is our weakness.with weakness comes ignorance, and with ignorance comes misery.

2. Never be weak. You must be strong. you have infinite strength within you.

3. Never think there is anything impossible for the soul. It is the greatest heresy to think so. If there is a sin, this is the only sin - to say that you are weak.

4. The only saint is that soul that never weakens and faces everything.

5. All weakness, all bondage is imagination. .. do not weaken!...Stand up and be strong! that is all the religion I know.

6. Know that all sins and all evils can be summed up in that one word,weakness. It is weakness that is the motive power in all evil-doing; It is the weakness that is the source of all selfsishness; it is weakness that makes men injure others; it is weakness that makes them manifest what they are not in reality.

7. The weak have no place here, in this life or any other life.weakness leads to slavery. Weakness leads to all kinds of misery, physical and mental. weakness is death. There are hundreds and thousands of microbes surrounding us, but they cannot harm us unless we become weak, until the body is ready and predisposed to receive them. There may be a million microbes of misery floating about us. Never mind! they dare not approach us, they have no power to get a hold on us, until mind is weakened.

8. This is great fact; strength is life, weakness is death. strength is felicity, life eternal, immortal; weakness is constant strain and misery; weakness is death.

Heart of a Lion

1. Men should be taught to be practical, physically strong. A dozen such lions will conquer the world, not millions of sheep.
2. I want iron wills and hearts that do not know how to quake.
3. You may meditate on whatever you like, but i shall meditate on heart of a lion. That gives strength.

Ahead of our Time

Every man who thinks ahead of his time is sure to be misunderstood

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Two Sculptors

Once a king was looking for the best sculptor in his kingdom. Two excellent sculptors presented themselves to him and he needed to give them a test to decide who was best.
He asked them to carve an image on two opposite walls of his palace. A curtain was hung between the walls so that they could not see each other’s work. After many months, both sculptors reported that they had finished the work and the king could view it.
Both the works were covered with curtains. First, one curtain was raised that revealed a beautiful image and everyone clapped in appreciation.
Then the opposite curtain was raised, here there was no image on the wall - instead the wall had been polished so finely that it gave a perfect reflection of the opposite image. In fact, it looked sharper than the original, as so much effort had been made in polishing the wall.
The second sculptor won the contest.

The story illustrates an interesting Vedantic tenet:
Really, we do not have to conjure up an image of ‘God’ in our minds. All we have to do is polish the mind - just remove the blemishes. Purify it. That is our task. God already exists. It is just that he is reflected more clearly in a pure mind.

Truth, Purity & Unselfishness

Truth, purity, and unselfishness - whenever these are present, there is no power below or above the sun to crush the possessor thereof. Equipped with these, one individual is able to face the whole universe in opposition.
- Swami Vivekananda.

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Love Abideth Forever

Say day and night," Thou art my father, my mother, my husband, my love, my lord, my God - I want nothing but Thee, nothing but Thee, nothing but Thee." Wealth goes, beauty vanishes, life flies, powers fly - but the Lord abideth forever, love abideth forever.
Stick to God! Who cares what comes to the body or to anything else! Through the terrors of evil, say - my God, my love! Through the pangs of death, say - my God, my love! Through all the evils under the sun, say! my God, my love.
This life is a great chance. What, seekest thou the pleasures of the world? He is the fountain of all bliss. Seek for the highest, aim at the highest, and you shall reach the highest (VI.262)

Where is Happiness?

Thinking about sense-objects will attach you to sense-object.
Grow attached and you become addicted.
Thwart your addiction, it turns to anger.
Be angry and you confuse your mind.
Confuse your mind, you forget the lesson of experience.
Forget experience, you lose discrimination.
Lose discrimination, and you miss life's only purpose.

The uncontrolled mind does not guess that the Atman is present: How can it meditate? Without meditation, where is peace? Without peace, where is happiness?

- Bhagavad Gita, II.62,63,65