श्री गणेशाय नमः

Humble obeisances at the lotus feet of Pujya Swami Ji.

नमः शिवायै च नमः शिवाय (salutations to Maa Parvati and Lord Shiva)

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This is my first post here. I want to point it out here itself that I’m not very good at English and my writing skills are not great either. So, all you wonderful people here, please ignore my errors/mistakes.

I started reading members’ posts recently (earlier I used to read only Swami Ji’s) and I want to thank you all for some of the posts have really been helpful. Not making it any more boring, let’s jump to the topic. Here I’m sharing some of the words of the great sages which have helped me and I hope they do you as well.

1. Sri Adi Shankaracharya

  • Do not be proud of wealth, people, relations and friends, or youth. All these are snatched by time in the blink of an eye. Giving up this illusory world, know and attain the Supreme.
  • Alas! Maya, which is adept at making the impossible happen, creates in Brahman which is homogenous, without any parts, distinctions such as Brahma, Vishnu and Siva and thereby perplexes even the learned by making them look upon Brahma, Vishnu and Siva as different from one another.
  • Sickness is not cured by saying 'Medicine' but by drinking it.

2. Lal Ded 1

  • To one who dwells inside herself
    unbearable taunts cause no grief.
    If I am a devotee of Shiva
    No dirt can cling to my mirror.
  • Recognize and anticipate lust, 
    anger and greed, 
    and destroy them 
    with good thoughts and self-control. 
    Or they will destroy you!

3. Kabir 2

  • कबीर सो धन संचे, जो आगे को होय। 
    
    सीस चढ़ाए पोटली, ले जात न देख्यो कोय।। 
    tranlation: Kabir (earns and) accumulates that wealth which is of the afterlife (i.e., spiritual wealth and that of virtuous deeds) because he has never seen anyone carry along the material wealth after death.
  • कहता तो बहुते मिला, गहता मिला न कोय ।
    
    सो कहता बहि जान दे, जो न गहन्ता होय ।। 
    translation: There is no dearth of preachers (or speakers) but those who act according to their preaching are nowhere to be found (or rare). One should avoid listening to those who just preach (or speak) without following their own words.
  • सबै रसायन मैं किया, हरि सा और न कोई।
    
    तिल इक घट मैं संचरै, तौ सब तन कंचन होई।
    translation: I have tried all juices (or addictions), but there's no match for the drinking of juice of intoxicating devotion to Hari (Lord). Even if it enters in body in an amount as small as a sesame seed, everything (about that person) turns gold (precious).
  • जहाँ दया तहा धर्म है, जहाँ लोभ वहां पाप।
    
    जहाँ क्रोध तहा काल है, जहाँ क्षमा वहां आप।
    translation: Where there is pity, there is dharma. Where there is greed, there is sin. Where there is anger, there is death (or presence of god of death). Where there is forgiveness, there is Lord Himself.
  • राम बुलावा भेजिया, दिया कबीरा रोय ।
    
    जो सुख साधू संग में, सो बैकुंठ न होय ।
    translation: When Lord called Kabir (refers to the time of end of life), Kabir cried. Because, the pleasure one derives from the company of the Saints on earth isn't available even in Lord's abode.

4. Milarepa 3

  • My religion is to live and die without regret.
  • Realization does not arise out of words. Understanding does not come from mere suggestions. I urge all those who work for enlightenment To meditate with perseverance and effort. Endurance and effort overcome the greatest of difficulties. May there be no obstacles for those who seek enlightenment.
  • The affairs of the world will go on forever, do not delay the practice of meditation.

5. Swami Vivekananda

  • In Bhakti-Yoga, the first essential is to want God honestly and intensely.
  • Perish in the struggle to be holy; a thousand times welcome death. Be not disheartened. When good nectar is unattainable, it is no reason why we should eat poison.

6. Lao Tzu 4

  • Knowing others is intelligence;
    
    knowing yourself is true wisdom.
    
    Mastering others is strength;
    
    mastering yourself is true power.
  • Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don't resist them; that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.
  • Those who know do not speak. Those who speak do not know.
  • Time is a created thing. To say 'I don't have time,' is like saying, 'I don't want to.
  • Because one believes in oneself, one doesn't try to convince others. Because one is content with oneself, one doesn't need others' approval. Because one accepts oneself, the whole world accepts him or her.
  • Care about what other people think and you will always be their prisoner.
  • Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.
  • Do you have the patience to wait until your mud settles and the water is clear?
  • Respond intelligently even to unintelligent treatment

7. Sri Ramakrishna Paramahansa 5

  • One cannot be spiritual as long as one has shame, hatred, or fear.
  • If one has faith one has everything.
  • Women are, all of them, the veritable images of Śakti.
  • As for me, I consider myself as a speck of the dust of the devotee's feet.

8. Rahim

  • तरुवर फल नहिं खात है, सरवर पियहि न पान। 
    कहि रहीम पर काज हित, संपति संचहि सुजान।।
    translation: A tree doesn't eat its own fruits and a lake doesn't drink it's own water. Though they (tree & lake) still keep plenty of these (fruits and water respectively) to serve others purpose. Similarly, noble people accumulate wealth to help others (charity etc.).
  • वे रहीम नर धन्य हैं, पर उपकारी अंग। 
    बांटन वारे को लगे, ज्यों मेंहदी को रंग।।
    translation: O Rahim! Such people indeed get blessed who are always helpful to others. Just like the one who distributes Henna (a dye for decorating hands) also gets his own hands coloured in the process.
  • रहिमन यही संसार मे, सब सो मिलिए धाई |
    ना जाने केहि रूपमे, नारायण मिल जाई ||
    translation: O Rahim! In this world, meet everyone happily and with love! Who knows in what form Narayan (Lord) may meet you ?

That’s all. I think this post already got long. Thank you for reading it (if you have). As I don’t have any wisdom of my own, I shared these.  I hope it helps someone in some way. Comments, feedback and suggestions are welcome (& also shall I continue to write or not ?).

Thank you.

Jai Sri Hari

References:

  1. Shonaleeka Kaul. ‘Looking Within’ – Life Lessons from from Lal Ded.
  2. Lyricspandit blog
  3. justdharma[dot]com
  4. googlereads
  5. vedantany[dot]org

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