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    If you are becoming more easeful, peaceful & useful then you know you are growing.
    — Swami Satchidananda
    The moment you understand yourself as the true Self, you find such peace and bliss that the impressions of the petty enjoyments you experienced before become as ordinary specks of light in front of the brilliant sun.
    — Swami Satchidananda
    tags: peace  self  moment  true 
     
    Our own true nature is Infinite Joy! Always happy, Always peaceful, Always free.
    — Swami Satchidananda
    tags: nature  true 
     
    Don't depend on something that comes from outside. Outside things are never going to make you happy.
    — Swami Satchidananda
    Everything begins in the mind. If you want to see clearly, you need clear vision.
    — Swami Satchidananda
    tags: mind  vision 
     
    Now will never leave. It is always here. Like a clear canvas, it awaits our painting.
    — Swami Satchidananda
    tags: painting 
     
    There is one Cosmic Essence, all-pervading, all-knowing, all-powerful. This nameless formless essence can be approached by any name, any form, any symbol that suites the taste of the individual. Follow your religion, but try to understand the real purpose behind all of the rituals and traditions, and experience that Oneness.
    — Swami Satchidananda
    tags: experience  real 
     
    If you do not pour water on your plant, what will happen? It will slowly wither and die. Our habits will also slowly wither and die away if we do not give them an opportunity to manifest. You need not fight to stop a habit. Just don't give it an opportunity to repeat itself. (67)
    — Swami Satchidananda
    Never give up; nothing is done overnight. Anyone who achieved anything in life always did it after many failures. Don't give up hope.
    — Swami Satchidananda
    tags: failure  hope 
     
    Truth is the same always. Whoever ponders it will get the same answer. Buddha got it. Patanjali got it. Jesus got it. Mohammed got it. The answer is the same, but the method of working it out may vary this way or that. (115)
    — Swami Satchidananda
    tags: truth  jesus  buddha 
     
    The same thing can be both good and bad. Whenever you speak of good, bad is also present. The world is a mixture of both. There is not good without bad. They are both sides of the same coin. Both are necessary. We have been given free will and discriminating capacity to select what is beneficial to us and to avoid what is detrimental to us. Even Cobra poison can be used as medicine.
    — Swami Satchidananda
    tags: present  world  bad  medicine 
     
    Death can come at any minute, in any way. We do not know what is in store tomorrow, or, whether there is a tomorrow, or even a tonight! But still, we have the golden present. Now we are alive and kicking. What should we do now? Love all, serve all.
    — Swami Satchidananda
    tags: death  present  tomorrow 
     
    The light is within. It is already there. Take your time to see it.
    — Swami Satchidananda
    tags: time 
     
    You are the cause of your own joy or your own misery. You hold that power. You are your own friend and your own enemy.
    — Swami Satchidananda
    tags: enemies  power  joy  friends  enemy  misery 
     
    Do you want to know the secret of life? If you want to have everything, don't want anything. Everything will run after you.
    — Swami Satchidananda
    tags: secret 
     
    We can see the same spirit in everybody only when we know we are that spirit, Atman or Self. Only a person who has understood his own Self can see that Self in everybody.
    — Swami Satchidananda
    tags: people  self  spirit 
     
    Let us accept all the different paths as different rivers running toward the same ocean.
    — Swami Satchidananda
    tags: ocean  running  path 
     
    We are not going to change the whole world, but we can change ourselves and feel free as birds. We can be serene even in the midst of calamities and, by our serenity, make others more tranquil. Serenity is contagious. If we smile at someone, he or she will smile back. And a smile costs nothing. We should plague everyone with joy. If we are to die in a minute, why not die happily, laughing? (136-137)
    — Swami Satchidananda
    tags: joy  world  smile  die 
     
    Anything that you throw comes back. All your actions are echoes.
    — Swami Satchidananda
    tags: action 
     
    If your heart is beautiful, your face will be beautiful, your life will be beautiful, everything will be beautiful.
    — Swami Satchidananda
    tags: heart  beautiful 
     
    Peace comes not from doing, but from undoing; not from getting, but from letting go.
    — Swami Satchidananda
    tags: peace 
     
    Any kind of expectation creates a problem. We should accept, but not expect. Whatever comes, accept it. Whatever goes, accept it. The immediate benefit is that your mind is always peaceful.
    — Swami Satchidananda
    Though we can't always see it at the time, if we look upon events with some perspective, we see things always happen for our best interests. We are always being guided in a way better than we know ourselves.
    — Swami Satchidananda
    tags: time  perspective 
     
    Every pain has a gain behind it
    — Swami Satchidananda
    tags: pain 
     
    [T]he period between four and six in the morning is called the Brahmamuhurta, the Brahmic time, or divine period, and is a very sacred time to meditate. (140)
    — Swami Satchidananda
    tags: time  divine  sacred 
     
    At various points in our lives, or on a quest, and for reasons that often remain obscure, we are driven to make decisions which prove with hindsight to be loaded with meaning. (225)
    — Swami Satchidananda
    tags: live  meaning  decision 
     
    Mere philosophy will not satisfy us. We cannot reach the goal by mere words alone. Without practice, nothing can be achieved. (3)
    — Swami Satchidananda
    tags: alone  philosophy  goal 
     
    One truth, many paths.
    — Swami Satchidananda
    tags: truth  path 
     
    Begin with little things daily and one day you will be doing things that months back you would have thought impossible.
    — Swami Satchidananda
    Yoga is not only learning to stand on your head but also learning to stand on your feet.
    — Swami Satchidananda
    tags: learning 
     
    . . . I feel we don't really need scriptures. The entire life is an open book, a scripture. Read it. Learn while digging a pit or chopping some wood or cooking some food. If you can't learn from your daily activities, how are you going to understand the scriptures? (233)
    — Swami Satchidananda
    tags: food  learn  book  read 
     
    The cause of bandha and moksha (bondage and liberation) is our own minds. If we think we are bound, we are bound. If we think we are liberated, we are liberated. . . . It is only when we transcend the mind that we are free from all these troubles. (117)
    — Swami Satchidananda
    tags: mind 
     
    If you have done something meritorious, you experience pleasure and happiness; if wrong things, suffering. A happy or unhappy life is your own creation. Nobody else is responsible. If you remember this, you won't find fault with anybody. You are your own best friend as well as your worst enemy. (99)
    — Swami Satchidananda
    Don't give up your power to change things. Negativity and unhappiness are caused by you. You can change your attitude.
    — Swami Satchidananda
    tags: power  attitude 
     
    You are not given the light by anyone-not even by a spiritual teacher. You are that light.
    — Swami Satchidananda
    tags: spiritual 
     
    God knows your breaking point. You simply don't know your own strength.
    — Swami Satchidananda
    tags: god  strength 
     
    True love knows no bargains. It is one-way traffic: giving, giving, giving.
    — Swami Satchidananda
    tags: true  giving 
     
    Not only does charity begin at home. Everything begins at home, including spirituality.
    — Swami Satchidananda
    tags: charity 
     
    Music is the celestial sound, and it is sound that controls the whole universe, not atomic vibrations. Sound energy, sound power, is much, much greater than any other power in the world.
    — Swami Satchidananda
    When you win and the other fellow loses, what do you see? A losing face. There is great joy in losing and making the other person win and have a happy face. Who will be the happiest person? The one who brings happiness to others.
    — Swami Satchidananda
    tags: happiness  people  joy 
     
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